January 18, 2012
At the end of this day [and week], it felt like about 10 weeks had been packed into one. But in large part, I think this is more due to the battles involved in daily life [weather, security, communal life, and the like] than due to simple work/school day issues. So as we chatted about the day over dinner, one veteran here commented that there is talk, judging from the trend so far in temperatures, snow, and ice, that this will be a winter to rival winter–even here in the land known for its extremes. Lord have mercy, I thought. Me, in an extreme winter? It is stunning, for sure . . . but I so wish that I was only seeing it, not feeling it!