So, despite faaaar too little sleep, having to cancel weekend plans I'd been looking forward to, and my Saturday work schedule in general (oh so not a big fan for, well, the obvious reasons, i.e. WORK) I still had a FANTASTIC day. Mainly due to the weather. Or more specifically, SNOW!!!
For those of you who've lived in Japan (which is a surprisingly large number of my flist) you already are aware that winters here tend towards the mild side, at least in the three major population centers: the greater Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka (includes here in Kyoto) areas. Meaning for the Japanese, 0°C is f**king freezing. Yes, I laugh in the face of this. A LOT. And take great pleasure in freaking them out horribly when I duck outside in only short sleeves to run across to the convenient store. (It's a 30 second walk, and it's like 45°F, it's reeeallly not the end of the world people. Seriously.) It also means 'snow' for them is a light dusting that happens maybe a few times a year, and collects, if at all, for maybe an hour, before all signs have once more disappeared completely.
Except today! It snowed most of the day, nice big huge beautiful flakes, the wet kind that makes walking an exercise in balance and baby steps, but gorgeous to look at, sticking to trees, roofs, etc. In Kuzuha, where I was working, we got several inches accumulation which resulted in me having a huge, big, goofy grin firmly in place the entire day! Much to the student's and staff's amusement and/or chagrin (depending on their varying tolerances for the weather and how many times in the middle of a lesson my eyes wandered to the window. I couldn't help it. Prreeeettttyyy snow).
On the way back home on the train, I have a 25 minute ride I usually spend immersed in a book, or fic or video on my player. Today I spent the entire time staring out, couldn't look away, at the beautiful landscape, all the trees and houses, and bamboo (now THAT'S something yah don't seen in New England) silhouetted in white. And I realized just how much I missed it.
I mean, I knew already, have expressed, quite vocally at times, my envy whenever my parents sent me pics of the multiple feet of snow they have (yes, I prefer my snow measured in feet versus inches. Why yes, I just may be certifiable, what's your point?) But I just didn't realize until I was *this* happy how much I really *need* my crazy weather. I love my Falls in all their red-orange-brown-gold splendor, my Springs in their greens and purples and pinks, and my white, white winters. Okay, summer's humidity and heat and cockroaches I can so TOTALLY skip, but otherwise. Yeah, I love my seasons. A LOT. Weather, in all its variety, makes me happy. What can I say, I’m easy? ^_-
And to further the snow theme, ( here's another SGA chibi pic I did )
, for one of xparrot
's recent fics.
Which segues nicely into the other squee-worthy note of the day: ( SGA 4x16 'Trio'= oh SO GOOD! )