Time to break out that winter jacket.

As we get farther into November the cold weather keeps coming. Throughout this past week the weather has been so different. Toward the end of last week the temperatures have been dropping and my urge to unpack my winter coat became stronger and stronger. But then on Saturday, the temperature rose to 60 degrees and it was a beautiful day out. The sun was shining, the sky was clear, and it almost felt like a summer day.  Sunday was a different story though. On Sunday I awoke to cold rain and the temperature dropped significantly.

I don’t know what exactly is going on, but it is definitely throwing me off. One day I’ll be wearing shorts, the next I’ll have to bundle up in my winter coat.  Don’t get me wrong; I am definitely a fan of the snow and the cold weather. I think it is because I associate snow with so many of my favorite things. For starters, the first sign of snow means that Thanksgiving is usually close (one of my favorite holidays—mainly because the food is so good), it also means that Thanksgiving Dinner in the Caf is going to be happening soon. Every year at Luther, the cafeteria has one dinner dedicated to turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, and pie… it’s probably one of my favorite meals in the Caf and I look forward to it each year.  After Thanksgiving follows my birthday in December.  December also means that winter break is near, which is always one of my favorite times of the year because I get the opportunity to catch up with family and friends that I haven’t seen in months. I can’t forget about Christmas either (easily one of the best parts of December, minus my birthday of course).

One thing that I like about Luther during the holidays is that they put up Christmas lights on some of the academic buildings and we have a big pine tree in the heart of the campus that gets decorated.  When it’s dark outside and all you can see is snow falling and Christmas lights shining all around campus it really brings the whole ideas of holidays together here on campus. It is definitely one of my favorite times of the year on campus.

Even though it snowed all day yesterday, most of the evidence is gone, which is a sad sight to see. I am hoping that later in the week or next week we will get some snow that sticks so that way campus can gear up for the holidays. The only part about the snow that I am not looking forward to is the driving part. For some reason Iowans and Minnesotans forget how to drive when snow hits the ground…you think we would be used to it by now, but I guess not.

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