I Am, Officially, A Wimp

Last night, for the first time since I was fifteen, I went to a high school football game. The actual temperature was around twenty-seven degrees, but the windchill hovered near twenty.

Knowing it was going to be really cold, like anyone with a lick of sense, I went prepared. Overly prepared, I thought. A pair of warm sweat pants over my leggings. A heavy hooded coat, fleece-lined mittens, a knit scarf, a hat (which I forgot in the van), and two fleece blankets. Seriously, I could have given an Eskimo an run for his or her money.

Except for the beard and mustache, this was pretty much me last night…

cold guyPhoto Credit: Morguefile.com

But even though I sat on one folded blanket, had the scarf wrapped around my head and neck (with the hood up). and was wrapped up in the other blanket … I was freezing! (yes, I looked like a dork)

I tried to tough it out, but my daughter and I wound up leaving partway through the third quarter to sit in the van. The rest of the crew followed shortly thereafter – and it took me far longer than the two hours in the bleachers to warm back up again.

So I think that’s a part of the past I’ll not revisit again. At least not in the middle of November in Michigan. I don’t even like sports (any sports).


Just one more quick note here. Maybe I have the wrong ones, but the fleece-lined mittens that felt so warm in store the day I bought them … pretty useless after ten minutes in the bleachers in a twenty-degree windchill.

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6 Responses to I Am, Officially, A Wimp

  1. karenmcfarland says:

    High school football. That’s taking me back. But in Michigan? You’re not a wimp. You’re crazy girlfriend! Burrrrrrrrr! Speaking of mittens. During my skiing days, I had a friend who swore by his battery operated heated mittens. I kid you not. They worked. So in the future, look for a pair. Got to keep your otter extremities warm! Twenty degrees. Y’all are nuts! lolol!

    • Kristy K. James says:

      Ooh…love the heated mittens idea, Karen! You’d think we would have them in Michigan, right? Not that I see me going to another football game (EVER!), but they would still come in handy in the van while waiting for it to warm up. 😀

      And yes….there must be some degree of insanity for those of us who choose to live in climates with snow and windchills in the winter. 😀

  2. I don’t think you’re a wimp. I empathize. In fact, I’m freaking out right now, trying to figure out if I can find my gloves and other winter paraphernalia for my winter trip up to Rochester. So thrilled to get this new day job, but really? Training in Rochester? Eep!

    • Kristy K. James says:

      Oh I hope you find everything! If it’s anywhere near as cold in NY as it is here, you’re going to need it all. It is kind of weird that they’re sending you across country for training though. Too bad it wasn’t a month ago. You’d have liked the 40s a lot more. 🙂

  3. Kathy Tozzi says:

    I remember those days very well. My daughter was in the marching band through high school, I not only had football games to sit through but also marching band competitions every week (I never missed one of either of those). I found bleacher chairs and put heated hunter cushions on them. Sitting on them activates the heat..along with hand warmers in not only my gloves but also in my shoes made a big difference. Although I missed the days and nights of football games, marching band, as well as softball when she graduated it brings back warm memories for me and the treasured times spent for and with my baby girl.

    • Kristy K. James says:

      Aww….you’re a good mom, Kathy! But reading about your experiences makes me think of two things. One that I’d had the bleacher chair and all the warmers you had on Friday night. And two, that I’m SO glad my kids never showed an in sports and bands. I am such a wimp when it comes to temperature extremes that it’s not even funny. 😀

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