Happy New Year, everyone! The last month has been a bit of a whirlwind: I had a delightful 3 day bout of bronchitis. I spent some excellent, but busy, time with family, meeting my (at the time) nearly-three month old niece for the first time and being at the hospital when my nephew decided to arrive, just under the wire, before I flew home. I’ve been home for nearly two weeks and I’ve been busy trying to catch up with things that were left unfinished before the holidays. Local key players are slowly returning from their holidays so things are starting to return to normal in this, the last week of break (here at least — I believe that many of our Canadian academic readers are already back at it).
Part of returning to form means doing the rounds of my coffee shops, making sure that baristas remember my order after my absence.
Fortunately, they all passed the implicit test. It’s as though a three week absence doesn’t make that much difference when you go to a place two to three times a week for the six months previous to this absence. And are, clearly, awesome.
While we’re experience nothing even remotely similar to the insane deep freeze that IPF North is currently in the midst of, the last few days have been the coldest I’ve ever experienced in IPF South — a location where all windows are only single glazed and, thus, super drafty, and where even the slightest drop below freezing is viewed as apocalyptic. After four and a half years here, I’ve gotten weak and so today I had to layer underneath my fantastic fox shirt and eat soup in order to manage. I lead an exceedingly difficult life.
Another form that needs to returning to is having some drinks and tacos. A difficult task but one that I proved myself up to.
Both outfits are also vehicles for some of my holiday loot (with further such vehicles to come — namely boots): the fox t shirt in the above outfit, and the moto jacket here. Both outfits are also all about my youngest sister — the one who kindly had a baby five hours before I had to be at the airport so I could meet the little duffer. I technically bought the moto jacket in this outfit in the Boxing Day sales, but it’s the twin of the one I gifted said sister. Similarly, she brought back the scarf for me from a recent-ish trip to Milan.
Hope all of your new years are off to a good start! And if you’re currently in the midst of the polar vortex, that you’re keeping warm!