First off, thanks everybody for your comments yesterday. I wasn’t saying I thought I was fat, I just wanted people’s opinions as to whether that particular photo makes me look larger than I am (read: unflattering). I should probably consider taking some new ones.
Anyway, being newly single has made me realize a few things. I knew that living along was going to force me to become more independent and more secure. I also suspected it would make me more social. One thing I never anticipated was that it would change something completely unrelated: my tolerance for cold temperatures.
Matt and I did not use heat for the past 4 or 5 years. Not once. I’ve been at my new place for only a week and a half and I’ve had to use it numerous times. There are numerous factors coming into play here. First, our previous buildings were modern and better insulated (my current exposed brick walls don’t help). Second, our previous buildings were larger so we benefited from the heat generated in our neighboring units (my apartment building has only one unit per floor with windows on nearly 3 sides). Third, I’ve got nobody to cuddle with to keep warm (being single will do that to you).
So now after 24 hours of temperatures hovering between 3 degrees and 9 degrees, I’m thinking “MMMM – Palm Springs would be nice right now”. That’s not me! I love winter – I hate summer! But all I’m craving right now is to be able to lounge about my apartment in boxer briefs, not layers and layers of clothes.
It’s funny, when I’ve heard people from other places say “I love Boston but I could never live there because of the winters” I used to tell them it’s not that bad. I’d say that you learn to adjust by taking different routes to places*. But when I would say that, I always lived within blocks of a train/subway station and my home was, well, warm. Now I’m seeing things from a whole new perspective.
It’s amazing the things you learn about yourself when going through change.
*For example, while walking through the Back Bay I’d go through the Hynes/Copley/Prudential/Back Bay Station complex which essentially brings you from one end of the neighborhood to the other, or if you go Downtown Crossing there are subway stops practically every few blocks from Chinatown to North Station…some even connected by underground tunnels and going right into stores like Filene’s and Macy’s.
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