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Dad ... and snow

I talked to my dad a couple times today. He's obviously very scared, afraid that he won't even make it out of the hospital. He asked me if we'd take his cat.

I'm leaving for Nebraska on Tuesday, just for a few days. He protested, then said he'd pay, but I insisted. At his reaction, I reassured him that I'm not coming because I think he's dying this week, but I didn't tell him that it was primarily because he sounded so scared, either. I just said that I wanted to be able to be there for him while he's in the hospital, to maybe cheer him up a little bit. He allowed that having me there *would* make a difference and he'd be happy to see me. So I'm going.

I'm mostly feeling numb about the whole thing. I cried a few times this afternoon, but now I'm just focused on making travel arrangements, planning what books I'll take with me, worrying about what clothes to wear in the snow, etc. It's easier to throw myself into other things and not just think.

So ... about clothes in the snow. I haven't been in the snow since I lived in Scotland, about a million years ago. Are sneakers okay in the snow? Are jeans okay in the snow? I have a couple of sweaters I can wear over t-shirts, but will that be enough? I'm taking my cloak, despite the fact that I'm sure the native Omahans will think I'm crazy. Hell, half the people in the Bay Area think I'm crazy when they see me wearing it. But it's warm. I'm stressed about this one issue ... probably easier than stopping to stress about the bigger issue.

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nekogirl
Mar. 18th, 2006 04:31 am (UTC)
Jeans are fine, although you might want some leggings/long underwear for layering if it's extremely cold. Layering sweatshirts over tshirts is fine too... I'm going to assume that you're not going to be trekking through the snow, and will mainly be moving from car to buildings, so you should be fine either way.
If you do plan to trek, you should bring some boots or at least an extra pair of runners to wear while the first pair dry out.

Also... your cloak might not be wind resistant.. if it's windy there, but if you're not wandering the tundra you should be okay. :)

I suggest some knit gloves to shove in your pocket and maybe a scarf.
palmir
Mar. 18th, 2006 04:43 am (UTC)
Seconded, and I'll add a hat to the list (but only really needed if you're doing a little trekking).

If you lack all of above, I can come down this weekend to drop off whatever cold-weather things I can find that you might be able to use (hat, gloves, fleecy things).

(And don't worry about me making the trip down; I can also use it as an excuse to go for a ride in Napa)
kimberly_a
Mar. 18th, 2006 05:20 am (UTC)
Now that people are making suggestions, I'm realizing how much stuff I do have that I can cobble together. I have gloves and a scarf, hiking boots, leggings to wear under jeans, a fleece sweatshirt, etc.

I think I'll be okay. Thank you for the offer, though!
kimberly_a
Mar. 18th, 2006 05:14 am (UTC)
The lows are supposed to be around 18 degrees. I assume that's very cold. It certainly *sounds* very cold.

After reading your comment, I went searching and found a couple of tight-fitting long-sleeved t-shirts that should work well under sweaters.

Unfortunately, I *am* most likely going to be trekking through the snow -- well, through the no-doubt-snow-plowed streets, anyway -- because I don't drive.

I think my cloak should be okay. It's made of wool, and it's pretty thick. The main problem, I imagine, will be that it'll get whipped around if there's wind.

Bringing a spare pair of shoes is a good idea, and you reminded me that I *do* in fact have a scarf and some gloves. I hadn't even thought of them until you suggested it. Thank you!
nekogirl
Mar. 18th, 2006 07:49 am (UTC)
Apparently that's -7 C. Um, well, it's cold, but not that cold. As far as I can remember (from my rudimentary knowledge of American geography) Nebraska's in the middle someplace, right? It should be a dry cold rather than a wet cold (which I have, lovely). As long as you wear enough layers you should be okay.

Of course, I'm looking at the Omaha websitey thing here and it says that it's VERY COLD. Perhaps my comparing it to Calgary isn't a good idea.

If you get REALLY cold you can pack those little heat packy things in your pockets. (Or wear a nifty ski mask-- I had one when I was little!)
kimberly_a
Mar. 18th, 2006 10:34 pm (UTC)
Apparently they're expecting a blizzard Sunday-Tuesday, with 20 inches of snow. I arrive on Tuesday. Joy. Well, at least I'm not arriving on Monday, as I had initially hoped to do.
silversliver
Mar. 18th, 2006 04:45 am (UTC)
I second the scarf and gloves option, especially if your hands get cold easily. I also agree that jeans and layered sweatshirts should be fine.

I hope your trip is successful and that you can comfort your dad. It's a difficult time to go through, for all involved!
kimberly_a
Mar. 18th, 2006 05:16 am (UTC)
My hands definitely do get cold easily, as does my nose. Unfortunately, I would rather not wear a nose warmer.
10zlaine
Mar. 18th, 2006 05:01 am (UTC)
Sneakers should be fine if you don't have a pair of hiking/trekking boots or whatever. Most places will have scooped paths. Just keep in mind that you *could* have a couple of inches and anything without much of a sole won't keep you above it and the shoe would be subject to wetness. I doubt you'll have too much snow (meaning, hopefully not feet)...sounds like there could be an inch or two.

Clothes are clothes. I wear jeans and t-shirts all winter.

Have a safe trip.
kimberly_a
Mar. 18th, 2006 05:17 am (UTC)
I actually *do* own a pair of hiking boots with a pretty thick sole. I hadn't thought of wearing them (because I rarely do), but it's a great idea. Thanks!
10zlaine
Mar. 18th, 2006 05:23 am (UTC)
No problem! I own scads of converse tennies, but I never wear them in the winter--I wear my hiking boots most of the time since I'm usually either dealing with snow, melting snow, slush and rain!

So, take both!
striped
Mar. 18th, 2006 08:46 am (UTC)
I too think boots are better. It's a very icky feeling to have snow leak into your shoes and melt there, which will happen if your shoes are too low and there's a lot of snow.
striped
Mar. 18th, 2006 08:48 am (UTC)
Um, also, I'm very sorry for your dad. It's weird that I commented here first even if I knew your father has cancer, but it was hard to find anything to say. But I hope they can do at least something about it.
kimberly_a
Mar. 18th, 2006 10:37 pm (UTC)
I don't think it was weird at all. It's difficult to say anything about something so big, so I don't really expect people to respond.

I, too, hope they can do something about it. They're going to try radiation to shrink the tumor, so that might help.
kimberly_a
Mar. 18th, 2006 10:35 pm (UTC)
There's supposed to be 20 inches of snow, but I assume the sidewalks and roads will be kept plowed. At least, I hope so.
daev
Mar. 19th, 2006 06:33 am (UTC)
Roads will be plowed, sidewalks probably won't. The rule, in Illinois at least, is that property owners, not the city, clear the sidewalks.

You are going to need
  • warm, mid-calf boots
  • a parka, or multiple layers of sweaters and a coat
  • good gloves or mittens
  • a fuzzy hat
if you're going to be walking a mile in that sort of weather in Nebraska.

If he is at Creighton then that's right near a major highway interchange ... not many places to cross over there.

Dress warmly and stay safe!
kimberly_a
Mar. 19th, 2006 07:37 am (UTC)
Only ankle-height leather boots, only t-shirt/shirt/fleece/cloak layering, fuzzy gloves, and -- yes! -- a fuzzy hat.

One hopes the weather won't be that bad. I'm disappointed to hear about the sidewalks, though. That'll make things impossible, especially if they really do get 20 inches of snow over the next couple of days.

My dad is at the VA hospital in Omaha.
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