If you're in Texas and it's cold outside, prepare to spend all day thinking and talking about the weather. And why shouldn't we? We don't experience cold very often in Dallas-Fort Worth.
Turn on your favorite weather channel, grab a blanket and tell us if you've done any of these things:
Buy all the canned goods.
The grocery store is less than a mile away, totally walkable if you run low on sustenance. But the day before a cold snap, you buy all the beans. So many beans!
You should really be investing in a new can opener because yours is pretty crappy.
Yeah, you KNOW it's really, really cold. But you definitely go outside anyway. Hey, your neighbor is outside, too! Here's when you say to your neighbor, "Man, it's really cold out here." Then everyone goes inside.
Wear everything you own.
How anyone survived without indoor heat, we'll never know. You need to leave the house, so you wear three pairs of pants, four pairs of socks and two jackets. It's not comfortable, but you could die out there. Better grab another jacket.
Drive to get coffee.
You have a coffeemaker at home. And there are two Starbucks within walking distance. But you're not walking anywhere. Do you see how cold it is? Better get in the car and drive an extra mile to the drive-thru Starbucks. Hey, there's your neighbor!
Better stop at Home Depot.
While you're out, you make a stop. You probably need firewood and those little styrofoam thingies that cover the spigots on the exterior of your home. Wave to the polite employees who are working the checkout counter by those automatic doors that keep opening and bringing gusts of air inside. There is a special place in heaven for those cold Home Depot workers.
Post something on Facebook.
It doesn't really matter. Post a photo of your cute kids all bundled up. Post a photo of your pretty fireplace. Or your mismatched mittens or your steaming cup of cocoa or the temperature gauge in your car. Dramatic weather requires proof that you've lived through it.
Cancel your plans.
Doesn't matter if ice and snow are in the forecast (or not). Tell your friends, family and coworkers you can't make it to whatever function was planned. It's cold out there, didn't you know?