Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Another Minnesota Night

Yesterday the temperature was in the 40s. This morning the temperature was 6. At 5, when I went to pick up Jim, it was 1, then shortly thereafter it went down to -3. Currewntly it is -13 with a windchill of -37. The cold that everyone was telling us about has finally struck.

With the wonderful weather yesterday, we decided to let some fresh air in and opened our double sliding doors. (The two layers of door provide insulation from sound as well as from cold.) Today I noticed that the outside door was still slightly open and that the inside was getting foggy and frosty. I tried to close the door, but it was frozen still. So when Jim got home I had him work on it. By that time the door was covered in ice crystals and snow! The outside door was completely frozen so he had to take the hair dryer to it to get it to move. It is so unbelievable that it can be 70 here in our apartment, but the difference to outside is so different that ice can exist on our window.

I wrote the previous message last night. We ended up closing the blinds, which has helped somewaht but since it is (at 10:30 am) -12 degrees, I don't think that there is anything that will really help.

We were foolishly thinking that we were doing so well with the cold. We thought-- this isn't any worse than Michigan, and then this week has proven how wrong we were. Thankfully we live in the city with the world's largest system of skyways-- over 80 blocks and 8 miles worth and we were able recently to walk from a block from Jim's work to the Target Center and on to have dinner at Applebees and see more of the town.



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