I Never Thought I’d Live to See This Day.

In keeping with my newfound motivation to lose 25 pounds by June 30th, I have been exercising for 30 minutes, four days a week [which is laughable compared to the effort most people put forth, but it’s 100% more exercise than I got last year]. Yesterday evening I was in the kitchen working on dinner, when I realised I hadn’t yet done anything that could be rationalised even remotely as exercise {because you know most days I make the hike from my car to campus and consider myself golden}.

I got my loaf of bread in the oven, peered out the window and beheld the most vivid red sunset I’d seen in Canada to date.  It looked so peaceful out there, and reminded me so much of home, that I decided I’d have a brisk, heart-pumping walk through the snow for my day’s workout.

Note: this is not the sunset I saw.  This is just proof that it’s cold up here.

I checked the temperature and was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t too cold, so I grabbed a jacket, gloves and my iPod™, and made my way outside.

A few minutes into my walk, I came to a realisation so startling I actually stopped in my tracks:

When I had checked the temperature back at the house, the thermometer read 32 degrees.  FreezingAnd I was excited that it wasn’t very cold. Because, y’know, freezing is such a nice, balmy temperature.

Which leads me to my next conclusion:

I am certifiably more Canadian than I ever thought I could become; I might as well apply for dual citizenship instead of merely residency, at the rate I’m going.  Next thing I know, I’ll be calling beanies “toques” and sofas “chesterfields.”

Freezing, balmy…  Gimme a break.

About Camille

I'm Camille. I have a butt-chin. I live in Canada. I was born in Arizona. I like Diet Dr. Pepper. Hello. You can find me on Twitter @archiveslives, Facebook at facebook.com/archivesofourlives, instagram at ArchivesLives, and elsewhere.
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22 Responses to I Never Thought I’d Live to See This Day.

  1. anon10 says:

    Well, since I have never seen the snow AND I live in Arizona, I can’t really imagine 32 degree weather. Or, for that matter snow. But, what I found really weird is that 32 degrees is pretty warm… how interesting!

  2. Ok, I am thankful you got to where I mentally was the minute I saw that picture. My immediate thought was “NOT THAT COLD??? ARGH!!!!” Because that picture looks beyond cold!

    Thanks for coming by my blog today…I need to get on the four times a week workout myself…thankfully, it rarely looks like that in Texas! :)

  3. I think somewhere in my list of things to do this year I had something about losing 10-15 pounds. Yet here I sit eating chocolate covered pralines and avoiding the gym.

    You’re a better woman than I.

  4. anonymous says:

    they call sofas “chesterfields” up there?? huh. where does that even come from?

  5. DeeMarie says:

    It’s not much better in Ohio. At 32 degrees, I only carry my coat to the car… it’s too warm to actually wear, you know!! ;)

  6. Mikelle says:

    Yeah, at thirty degrees yesterday, I was only wearing a zip-up hoodie, and thinking how warm it was with the sun beating down.

  7. Joel says:

    Yeah, 32 is pretty nice, so long as there is no wind.

  8. Katie says:

    What the hell is a chesterfield?!?!?!

  9. Camille says:

    anon10– Interesting? How kind of you—I think it’s nuts.

    The Stiletto Mom– I like making new blog friends! Oh, to be in Texas…or New Mexico…or AZ…or Cali… Or anywhere but this freezing place.

    angela hardison– Thanks a lot! Now I’ll be craving chocolate covered pralines (I don’t even know what a praline is, but if it’s covered in chocolate, I WANT IT!) until the day I die.

    anonymous– I have no idea about the history of the word “chesterfield,” only that I think it has more syllables than necessary to convey the word “couch.” Okay, I just looked it up: in the mid 1800s, a sofa with padded arms and back was named after the Earl of Chesterfield, whoever he was. In contemporary music, the group Barenaked Ladies mention it in “If I Had a Million Dollars.” Specifically in the line that goes, “If I had a million dollars I’d buy you furniture for your house (maybe a nice chesterfield or an ottoman).” For years before moving to Canada, I thought the BNLs were singing, “maybe an ice chest or (something) or an ottoman.” WHEW! Does that answer your question?

    DeeMarie– I DID THAT THIS MORNING ON MY WAY TO SCHOOL! We’re twins or something.

    Mikelle– Seriously.

    Joel– That’s what was so glorious about yesterday—no wind! Today is another story, however. It’s 43 degrees outside and I’m colder than yesterday, because of the dang windchill.

    Katie– Weird, is what it is. See above reply to anonymous. Also, THANK YOU for the fancy post you wrote about me! I’m honoured, truly.

  10. HeatherPride says:

    I had an old neighbor couple who called their sofa a “divan” and I never could figure that one out.

    Stay warm, Ice Queen!

  11. raygon says:

    Seriously, chesterfields? But even sofa is an upgrade for this house. We just call it a couch.
    And I agree! Our outdoor cut off is 25. If my kids want to go out and play, it has to be over 25 and I am happy to let them go crazy out there! Too bad lately, it has not been WARM enough to go out.
    Oh Camille, what is happening to us?

  12. Holly Decker says:

    truly a realization WORTH recording :)
    love it.
    you are livin’ my dream… for some reason there is something about being able to have a beautiful day outside, an ipod, and the ability to jog. i live for days like that… and i haven’t had one in about 6 months… going on 9. but i am sincerely hoping to whip my butt into shape when this kid arrives.
    oh i hope.

  13. niki says:

    wow, true canadian for sure. so, yesterday the high in chicago was 6! that’s right, 6 degrees! i’m gonna die. i don’t know if i can handle it. any suggestions or tips?

    about the crib…i first found it on ebay. then just yesterday i found it for 100 dollars less on a website called juvenileheirlooms.com. they have lots of beautiful cribs. and of course that’s only halfway copying. i mean, if you can consider it copying it at all. after all, you do live in canada!

  14. anonymous says:

    Fresh baked bread with dinner, aka, supper, and a skinny, purty, clever wife?
    Poor, poor, Poor Kyle.

  15. Liz Wood says:

    WOW! I can’t believe you went walking in that! I don’t know about 32 degrees being “not too cold.” But I do love the snow and it does look peaceful. I would love to visit Canada!

  16. Alexa Mae says:

    you go girl. i don’t even run outside here in az. i prefer treadmills. and thats awesome that you have that goal…you can doooittt!!! good luck. i had that same goal last year, and accomplished, then gained a bit back during the holidays. i think, i just think, you may have motivated me back to my treadmill. thank you canadian girl!

  17. Tisha says:

    Woo Hoo!! A new Canadian! Welcome to the club!

  18. Anonymous says:


    I am in my house in shorts and a T-shirt, and I’m ready to go put on a sweater and some pants because it’s starting to get a little chilly for me t 70 degrees. Sorry. Sucks to be you!

  19. Camille says:

    HeatherPride– To me, a divan sounds like something a sultan would sit on as he gets carried through the streets of Agruba. Oh wait. Agruba’s not a real place, is it? Everything I know in life I learned from Disney.

    Raygon– What’s happened to us is…MEN. Men who hail from the barren north. I say we revolt.

    Holly Decker– Don’t feel too bad—I didn’t JOG. I just walked, briskly. I never jog. It’s against my code of ethics.

    Niki– My only suggestion is take winter clothes and take cute pictures in them! I find winter coats, scarves, mittens, etc. make for some of the most charming pictures. Knowing your flair for all things vintage, I’m sure you’ll be beautiful. Also…I just looked up the crib and now I know why you say you’d have to save up! Heavens. But still, if a person were to have, say…10 kids, it might pay for itself eventually. Then again, 10 kids…would it be worth it??

    Anonymous– Ha! I hope Poor Kyle reads this comment! Actually, it was really EASY fresh-baked bread. It’s called the no-knead bread and takes about 24 hours to rest, but with careful planning it’s a cinch. Have you heard of it? Knowing your culinary background, I’m sure you’d enjoy giving it a shot. Google it, if you’re so inclined. Let me know what you think.

    Liz Wood– With enough bundling up (and assuming there’s no wind), 32 degrees can be quite pleasant.

    Alexa Mae– Oh, it’s so rare I actually motivate anybody to do anything! Good luck with your quest. I’m more dedicated this go-around than I’ve ever been before, and thank goodness.

    Tisha– Hi! Thanks for the warm welcome to the club—I’ll consider it official when I get my papers declaring myself a resident, once and for all. Thanks for the comment.

  20. Heber says:

    Even if you turn canadian you can always come back to being an arizonian, the human mind is very adaptable.

  21. anonymous says:

    Cool recipe, looks much easier than that knead and rise repeatedly tedium.
    Still, to plan a day ahead, that’s some dedication. To be honest, i’m not much of a baker, interest-wise, i don’t eat pastries, and i think the last time i made bread from scratch was cooking school, some 10 or so years ago.
    PK, you’re a lucky man.

  22. Kimberly says:

    Dude Camille, look at all your comments!

    Exercising four days a week!! I’m truly impressed, those quarters must be adding up! I seriously need to get on that. So have you lost any towards your goal then? I’m down 3 1/2 from January 1st and trying to work out more myself. Fun times.

    Oh and because I have to join the club, its 28 today and I think I’m starting to acclamate to the weather myself here in the South because its not bothering me as much as it used to. Weird.

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