gloriously

It is finally cold here. In the last few days, the temperature has dropped, the chill has set in, and it is finally cold.

It’s the sort of cold that makes me shiver and makes my teeth chatter. It’s the sort of cold that makes my fingers freeze as I type, and makes me contemplate searching for my gloves (but I probably won’t). It’s the sort of cold that gives me hope that maybe – just maybe – we will have a “proper” winter this year.

It is gloriously cold.

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in motion

So, after the not-so-bad weather in the last week or two, it has suddenly gotten much, much colder. Freezing!

I find it kind of weird, though, how I still feel ok walking to and from the bus stop without a coat/jumper on (really just goes to show how insulating my work uniform actually is) but coaxing myself to get out of bed in the morning or to turn the water off after a shower is such a struggle. I know that I can handle the cold… but I suppose the transition is the real hard part.

I suppose the bus stop is only a short walk away, so it’s not like I’m braving the cold for very long, especially considering that the buses tend to have pretty decent heating now. But walking past/along the creek – it’s absolutely freezing around there! Just have to walk faster to counteract it and get away from the creek.

On a kind of related note: Something that I’ve discovered recently while on the bus to/from work is that I no longer seem to get motion sickness or headaches from reading while in a moving vehicle (planes don’t count), which means more reading time for me! Although, to be fair, the bus trips are quite short. Still not sure how’d I go with reading on a long drive. I’d probably fall asleep…

Speaking of driving, I can’t remember the last time I’ve actually driven anywhere. But, then again, why drive when I can get the bus and read on the way?

Anyway, also just wanted to mention that I’ve still been going cycling on most week-ends (if the weather’s good). I find that I can get a bit bored of going along the same tracks over and over again, so I’ve been trying to discover new places that are good for bike riding. I went cycling around UQ the other day, and I’m surprised I haven’t gone there earlier! I want to go back and explore the Dutton Park / Fairfield area, too.

And when I’m sick of that, I’ll go somewhere else.

The good thing about winter is that I can cycle for two hours without getting drenched in sweat. The bad thing is that it gets dark earlier (I’ve got lights on my bike, but prefer not having to use them). It’s kind of cool (in both senses of the word) cycling near the creek, though. It’s like cycling through one gigantic fridge.

I’m also (pleasantly) surprised at how much shade-cover some bike paths have. And I’ve noticed a couple of new bike paths being constructed/planned in my local area. Can’t wait for these to be completed and opened. Sort of seems like they’ve started the projects and just abandoned them half done, though, so I’m not holding my breath on those.