How shall we who died to sin still live in it? Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.
When we got up it was 1° F outside. Unfortunately it remained 1° until I had to go outside, at which point the windchill supposedly made it feel like -17° F. This is the type of weather that cold seeps through the walls, through windows (and ours are single-pane, not fully sealed, 100-year-old windows), through your three layers of clothes – that’s just inside, of course – and freezes your bones in place in two seconds flat. You spend all your time inside shivering and wishing you had gone to school in Hawai’i or the Caribbean and all your time outside wondering when you’ll get inside. Our roommate, who hails from Minnesota, cheerfully got up and exclaimed, “It’s just like home!”
Which just makes you wonder why people voluntarily live in places that consistently are subject to Arctic weather. It also makes you wonder why people like my Ethics professor comment, “You think this is cold, I heard of a town in Minnesota where it was 50 below!” As if that will un-numb my fingers, stop my teeth from chattering, or thaw my nose-hairs. Could somebody please pass me a hair dryer?
10:15 pm: Update: We took the little thermometer out of the fridge and put it in our living room, just for kicks. Turns out it’s just above food-preservation temperature out there which stops at about 45° F. To put it succinctly, our living room is 50° F and we are freezing… but we don’t want to pay for heat. The question is, which will give in first: our frostbitten fingers, or our wallets?
– KF –