November 14, 2013

Toto, we're not in Alaska anymore...

This was my view at the bus stop yesterday morning. See those tiny white specks? Look reeeeaaal close, the ones on the leaves. Ya, that's snow. Ya, I'm excited. Sue me.

Anchorage got dumped on earlier in the week.  I'm not going to lie, I was a wee bit jealous to see friends' pictures of the fluffy white stuff. And all we got here were these measly little flakes, that probably melted minutes after I snapped that shot. Toto, we're definitely not in Alaska anymore.

The snow, or lack there of, isn't the only adjustment we're going to have this fall/winter, but it may be one of the biggest. Here's some others:

>> I can get away with wearing my Costco knockoff Uggs to the bus stop instead of them just being my "office shoes". 

>> I haven't even begun to think about snow pants.

>> Leggings and wool socks are no longer appropriate office attire. In fact, my wool socks didn't even make the cut in my sock drawer. (Ok, that's a lie, I snuck one pair in.)

>> I can look out the window at 7am and see sunshine. (And also concrete for miles.)

>> People at work look at me funny when I say things like "bathroom", "9th grader", "college", among many other words.

>> "Eh" has been added back into my vocabulary. Or at least, I am more aware when I say it now.

>> Instead of a beautiful 15 minute drive up the mountain, I'm stuck on a train with a hundred sleeping and texting people as my view.

>> Instead of a moose running out in front of the car in the mornings, my biggest fear is being pushed in front of the train. (True story. I don't know which one is more scary.)

And my favourite…

>> The "acceptable" fashion has changed. For example, I wore my favorite sweater/jacket to the mall the other day. A woman in the store referred to it as my "Christmas sweater". Huge fail.

Don't forget to participate in the "What inspires your senses?" photo linkup here on Friday, November 22! More details can be found here.

Have a happy week friends!



  1. haha, I imagine that must take some getting used to! I didn't much like living in Toronto due to the ridiculous amount of people but here in Ottawa we get both the potential moose-striking danger (okay, so probably more like deer) AND the boring texting crowd/fear of dying in a motor-related crash (still terrified of double-decker busses). All in one commute! haha.

    I'm excited for snow too, if it makes you feel better :)

  2. It is so interesting to think about all the major differences when you move from one place to another! I just moved from Edmonton to Cochrane, Ontario (8 hrs north of TO), so it's kind of like the opposite of you! I can't help but notice all the differences. Just found your blog recently and I'm enjoying it lots :)

  3. Life with snow seems so foreign to me. I can't even imagine having to buy things like snow pants or having to shovel snow. But at the same time, I am still jealous. ;)

  4. haha! I remember coming back to the lower 48 and thinking, "I should probably throw out these carhartt coveralls" but I keep them for nostalgia purposes. hehe :)

  5. And now it's raining and melting the beautiful snow:(

  6. HAHA, that's hilarious someone referred to it as your Christmas sweater.

    I can't wait for snow to arrive either. Bring it on!

  7. We sure did get a good amount of snow the other day, but now the temps have gone back up and it is melting. It looks a lot like break up instead of winter right now. Hopefully that changes soon though. I am sorry you miss the snow..but you did remind me that I need to buy snow pants. haha!

  8. Christmas sweater? Oh no, haha!

    Things are sure different in Canada, eh? :)


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