(the picture would be brighter if it wasn't taken through the window...but i didn't want to go outside)
(much more peaceful to look out back than out front)
And it is still snowing. I guess this means that winter is really here.
Speaking of winter, I saw the following statement on a popular blog: "Also picked up a new toboggan at Old Navy for $4! I really needed something that covered my ears and didn’t itch for our trips to Boston and Montana. Problem solved!" This was followed by a picture of her in a toque (or knitted cap for you non-canadians). As I read the statement, I first thought "I had no idea Old Navy sold toboggans...and $4?!?! you can't buy a sled for $4! itchy ears? whaaa?" I saw the picture and laughed a bit. Who is this crazy southerner thinking she has a toboggan on her head?
Then, I read the comments. Apparently in the American south, people wear toboggans on their heads. Now, I hate to go all north vs south on people here, but since the word toboggan is apparently rooted in the Algonquin language and has come to the English language via the French Canadians...I feel like the North has to pull some rank here and say that we are right and the south is wrong. There was clearly some sort of "lost in translation" error that took place many years ago that got all you southerners confused. Either that or some northerner, jealous that you didn't actually have to deal with toques or toboggans very often, decided to play a trick on you and it has stuck.
As people who come from a place where we can wear a toque and use a toboggan almost 8 months a year, I think we northerners know what we're talking about: toboggan = sled/sleigh/j-shaped wooden platform on which you cheat death going down a steep snow-covered hill. Sure, you can carry it OVER your head, but it does not actually go ON your head.
Any strange regional terms that you use that you know mean different things elsewhere? And does anyone want to come over and help me shovel out my car? (because that little black golf in the first picture is ours)