Friday, October 16, 2009

On always having the shivers

At my full time job, I work with mostly men. My office is in the west wing of the building, where the president and the vice president (my boss) sit. The president and vice president, both former professional athletes, are big men. Huge men. Miniature mountains of humanity. They do not get cold.

As a result, I do not get warm.

I must have an imperfect circulatory system, because the tip of my nose is especially cold. I’ve been known to be caught pressing my warm coffee mug to my face in an attempt to defrost my sniffer. It is quite ridiculous.

I am not beyond putting on a pair of skating tights under my pants. And stashing a blanket under my desk is becoming a very real possibility.

Earlier this week, my boss suggested doing jumping jacks and a variety of other calisthenics to warm up. Lovely idea. Especially in heels.

I make do. With cup after cup of coffee and tea and hot water. And remembering to bundle up at home.

At my new part time job, I work with mostly women. I suspect that this has something to do with a critical difference: I was working AND could feel the end of my nose.

I don’t have the proper words to express the thrill that I felt when my body registered the temperature at the library yesterday.

I thought, for a moment, that I was on a tropical island. And getting paid for it.

2 comments:

Mrs. Architect said...

OMG, I can totally appreciate this! I have a heater under my desk that I run 365 days a year. Even when its 116 degrees outside in August here in Dallas. I wear a sweater, drinks coffee or hot tea, and run my heater every.single.day.

In the winter, I'm known to not even take off my coat while sitting at my desk. Even the floor length feaux furs. hehe

Accidentally Me said...

Totally and completely agree on the space heater. Keeps the feet warm, and the rest of you by extension. Total lifechanger...

 
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