We've been spoiled. The weather in Edmonton has been unseasonably warm this winter. Last week it was +13 celcius, and now it's -29, with a windchill, which means it feels like it's about minus a billion degrees outside (or -44, but really who's counting). I got complacent. I got used to wearing cute light jackets and ballet flats and TOMS. Now I have to bundle up before I go outside because it's cold enough to cause frostbite in 5-10 minutes. It's days like today, and actually the whole week, that remind me that I live in the asshole of the world. When my ancestors were given the choice of Alberta or California, they chose Alberta because they got more land. Land that is frozen and covered in snow for about 8 months out of the year. Land where you can't grow palm or orange trees. Let's take a second and think about which one would have been the better choice. If I could go back in time and tell them that by settling in Dante's forgotten frozen circle of hell, they are making future generations completely miserable for a substantial portion of the year, I would. I wouldn't even hesitate to threaten then with violence. Bad life choice great great grandparents, bad life choice.
It's days like today that make me yearn for when schools would close because it's too cold. That only happens in Alberta when it's -50 outside. Buses don't run, no one wants to go outside. I miss snow/cold days. Being in university means that snow days don't exist. The only time they exist is when you skip class, and that just leaves me with a sense of guilt. Walking around campus today was torture. Luckily, almost all my classes can be reached via pedway. Seriously, it's cold, and I hate it. This weather makes me want to cuddle up in front the fireplace, with my favourite blanket from Restoration Hardware, with a mug of pumpkin chai tea from David's Tea, and A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin. It's days like today that make me wish that I was a kept woman...kind of...a little bit.
Today I am giving you a fabulous duet between Jay Malinowski from the Canadian band Bedouin Soundclash, and Beatrice Martin, a French Canadian artist known as Couer de Pirate. They come together to create the dynamic duo of Armistice. Mission Bells is probably one of the top played songs on my iPod. I love the mariachi feel to it, and the chemistry between Malinowski and Martin. I love how the song is about missing someone and remembering. Also, I love her tattoos. I am kind of a sucker for really awesome sleeves. So, enjoy the awesome, old school, mariachi-esque tones of Mission Bells by Armistice.
Happy Muesday everyone! Stay warm! Remember losing limbs due to frostbite isn't sexy!