It is currently -12ºF here in Chicago. That's -24ºC.
Look, it's never exactly warm here in January, I get that, but it's NEGATIVE TWELVE, and that's not counting the windchill. This is something new. I can usually coax myself through cold snaps by reminding myself that there are people in the world who cope with much colder temperatures all winter long. They are called Canadian. All of them. They all live further north than us. I tell myself, If the good people of Saskatchewan can handle this but worse, you can do this. You can do this. If Celine "I made an Anne Geddes calendar on purpose" Dion, can handle this temperature, you can suck it up.
Current temperature in Saskatoon: -10ºF. This means I can no longer look to the good people of Saskatchewan for inspiration as it is two degrees colder here (!!!!!).
You know, they just don't make Hallmark cards to commemorate the level of badassery one feels at a moment like this.
But I digress. Let's take a moment to discuss the benefits of freezing stuff. Like candles.
The two candles above came from the same box, have been burning for the same amount of time (90 minutes), same location, same everything....except the candle on the left spent 24 hours in the freezer before it was lit. It lasts longer and dribbles less. I think this is because it takes more time for the flame to bring the wax up to liquid temperature. Or something like that. I'm not really sure. It's just a cool trick to get you through a long dinner party (or a power outage - knock on wood!).