Wow, what a week it’s been in the world of weather! With the ever-falling snow and dangerously cold temperatures, it’s been hard to find any sort of silver lining — besides the gray slush that lines the crowded streets, that is. So in the spirit of a new year and resolutions for the good, here is my list of the top seven positive things to come out of these record low negative temperatures.
- We got the phrase “polar vortex,” which sounds like Santa Claus was beamed up to Starship Enterprise.
- Kids and adults alike were performing science experiments all week and exclaiming things like “Science is cool!”
- Students are actually looking forward to going back to school today. Since when does that happen?!
- As soon as the temperature hits 20 degrees Fahrenheit, we Chicagoans will grab our swimsuits and towels and head to the beach — it will be a heat wave!
- Can you imagine being the person who coined the term “Chiberia”? I can’t decide if he or she should win a trophy or a slap on the face.
- I imagine the phones at travel agencies that send people to Mexico and the Caribbean are ringing off the hook due to people — myself included — who are attempting to warm themselves up by dreaming of a warm vacation.
- With four days in a row of my evening plans getting canceled, I discovered that sipping a cup of vanilla chai tea, flipping channels, and curling up with a good book in my heated apartment is a pretty nice way to spend a night.
The temperature for today is predicted to be in the teens — for the first time in as long as I can remember, I’m sure you won’t hear many Chicagoans complaining.