That is the sound everyone in my office is making.
It is officially winter and f*cking cold out.
Before I continue, I would like to remind you that although I am from "Canada," I am from Vancouver, the part of Canada which RARELY sees snow, at least not until February, and temp barely goes below freezing.
All last week is was between 5-10 degrees C (that's like 40-50 F for all you Americans). Not bad, really, except that the downside is that it's accompanied by pouring rain most of the time.
For my birthday, my bf whisked me off to Whistler (home, along with Vancouver, of the 2010 Olympics).
We stayed in a beautiful hotel, ate wonderful food and drank our faces off.
We basically stayed inside the entire time because when we braved the outdoors for a trip to the bar, liqour store and *ahem* other stuff, WE NEARLY DIED! IT WAS THAT COLD!
Later I found that with the windchill, it was -24!
Anyhoo, we got back yesterday only to discover a similar thing going on in Vancouver. We left the city with a bearable 5C and clear skies...came back to -5C with snow absolutely everywhere! And now with the windchill, it feels like -17C!
I know we Vancouverites are "wusses" for complaining, considering the REST OF CANADA has to deal with this all the time, every winter. But for the balmy West Coast, we sure aren't used to it. I agree that it's better than cold rain, but when your office's heating system breaks down because it's too cold, the novelty wears off.
Anyway, what I now realize I have to do is rethink my wardrobe this week. I am going to have to layer or sweater my ass off...beats walking around in the office with your winter coat on, as everyone seems to be doing. Think Warm! Think Cozy! Think Bulk!
Here are some fashiony pics from Whistler:
My new ASOS dress and necklace (I must have been stoned in this picture since it was -24 outside and yeah...don't remember it being that cold at that exact moment, though my smile is just a tad forced looking, dontcha think?).
LOVE that necklace, btw. It's such a close take on those edgy necklaces Burberry has been popping out lately.
Finally breaking out the warm accessories: Gloves + Hat Forever 21
On other news, I discovered today that I will be supplying relief to the receptionist until Xmas break. Totally blows.
In my last job, I had to do the same and I dreaded getting on that phone everyday, even if it was just for an hour or so. At least this time there the system is easier, I only have to answer the phone and not do anything else and it's only till the girl who normally provides relief gets back from Vacay on the 5th. Still...I heard rumours that the girl was going back to school and I am praying it's not true because who is going to take her role? ME? Me who HATES reception, who is NOT a receptionist, who did not go to school for nearly 5 years to just be a receptionist.
I know I would always be in Marketing but it bothers me how I can be pawned off like that. I'm probably overeacting, and I really am grateful to have any job. But at the same time, I like my job (as much as I can) and want to do it really well - but I won't be able do my best if I am up at reception for a lot of the day. I know my boss doesn't want me doing it either. Sigh - I really hope that they can't force you into another position. I was hired to be a marketing and communications assistant and that's where I will fit to stay. I don't mind helping out but God help me if providing relief reception becomes part of my job description!