Right now it is -34 here with a -43 windchill. Yesterday morning, I think it was -30 and I’m not sure what the windchill was then. While these aren’t quite the coldest temperatures I’ve ever experienced, they certainly feel like they are! As it is only December, I’m really hoping that January isn’t even worse! The temperature here has been very cold for a while now and the email I received on Thursday morning from my Mom with the subject line “Greetings from the tropics…” didn’t make me feel any better about the temperature here! I did finally buy a space heater for my office at work yesterday; so, at least now I’m only suffering while I’m outdoors now! I have decided that I am not brave enough to go outside this morning though I usually go shopping early Saturday mornings when the stores are quiet; it’s not like there is anything I really need to buy immediately anyway. I guess I’ll stop complaining now.
I was just looking at the search terms people used to find this blog and I noticed a strange one: ladyboys using facebook in abu dhabi. It dawned on me that I haven’t made a list of weird search terms in a very, very long time (over 2.5 years); as I really didn’t have anything better to do, I took a look through the search terms used in the last year. Here are some more weird search terms I found:
- do you have something similar to boxing day in abu dhabi
- old pop cans with buttons
- “stuck in traffic” “desperate to pee”
- happy valley abu dhabi happy ending
- definitely cold
- abu dhabi curling
- amanda culture abu dhabi
- amdana energy drinks
- caramelle negozio
- every person in abu dhabi named Amanda
- sweden kids open toped card decorated
I was originally planning to just stay here for Christmas. But I really started to really reconsider this decision last weekend when I found the long weekend to be very boring. It was clear I’d probably find Christmas here even more boring. So, I’d been looking at flight prices since then and prices for the best dates for me to fly had been quite high. I’d been considering flying on Christmas Eve or Boxing Day to save money but I didn’t really want to do that. Anyway, at lunch today I found that the prices for flying out on Saturday, December 21 and coming back on Sunday, December 29 were a lot better than they had been. So, I decided to book right then before the prices changed. The return price ended up being under $800 which I don’t think it too bad for flying so close to Christmas but not on any actual holidays. The only downside is that the connection I have in Winnipeg on the way to Toronto is very tight so I won’t be totally surprised if I end up being delayed.
I went over to Finlayson Island this afternoon and went on a hike. I have been really lazy lately, even for me, but the realization that this was my last chance this year for a snow-free hike (unless the weather forecast is really, really wrong) was enough motivation for actually get off my couch! It was actually quite nice outside this afternoon and I’m glad I went. Here are a few pictures: