I stood outside waiting for my 11:00pm live shot and I had one prevailing thought – fear! It is October. I can see my breath! I was standing out there, waiting the 10 minutes before I’d go live and I realized, I was freezing. How was I going to survive this winter? The other day, I wore a coat to work and hubby removed our air conditioner from the window. Not only was summer over but winter was already nipping at my frigid fingers.
I am actually scared of winter. The last time I was in Boston, I worked mainly during the day. It meant various court stories, where I would be bundle up, yes, taking off many layers as I sat in court, but at least I was warm for a portion of the day. This go around, I am on the night shift. There are no court stories in the evening. Nearly all of my stories take place outside. And, of course, it’s colder at night. I can honestly say I’m frightened!!
It’s been 4 years since I’ve reported in the bitter cold of a New England winter. In Charlotte, October is the most glorious month after September. In the Carolinas, summer extends well into September. October and November are late summer months. Autumn comes in December. January and February are the winter months. Spring is in March while April, May and June are the summer months. It’s July and August that are dreaded because they are oppressively hot and humid. In the South, July and August is über-summer.
I started to think about New England weather. I returned in late March. I still needed a coat and gloves. Spring starts in April here and summer arrives in June. Friends told me August actually marks the end of summer. Fall arrives quickly in September and as I’m now realizing, winter starts dipping the mercury in October. At this rate, winter will extend into December and frozen tundra time will occur in January and February. Awesome.
I came home from my live shot in a full panic. Where are my winter boots? Did I donate them to the Salvation Army 4 years ago? How many pairs of long johns do I have? Oh poop, only one. I donated several pairs when we moved south! I thought of the hand and feet warmers I’d have to buy. I purchased them in bulk before and when I left for Charlotte, I bequeathed them to my photographers, but now I’d have to invest again in mass quantities of these little packets of warmth. I need to locate the hats, gloves, and scarves. I don’t even know where to start looking for my space pen. (While working in Boston, every year I’d ask for a space pen for Christmas. It allowed me to write in freezing temperatures. Don’t laugh – it was a necessity!) Maybe this year I’ll just use a pencil.
The hyperventilation panic has subsided. Thanks for the longer nights, I’ve gotten a good night sleep and have awaken with a brighter perspective! I figure I have enough gear for fall and winter here, which gives me a couple more weeks to prepare for the frostbite months. I’ll take any suggestions you have on stay warm (best thermals, must have jackets, warmest boots) but I think the only positive side is – there are only four more months until spring.