Almost Over

January 4, 2015 § Leave a comment

A photo from a 40-minute walk in -1 degree weather (-22 degree windchill) on the last day before heading back to work and officially calling an end to the holidays:

Ball

Below Zero

December 28, 2014 § 3 Comments

Frost

Arctic Tennis (and Nightstand 2014: Week Sixteen)

April 14, 2014 § 2 Comments

I dressed for my tennis lesson this evening like I was going out for a winter run rather than a spring scrimmage. But, alas, I arrived only to discover the lesson was postponed for a second week in a row. Admittedly, I was happy to have the extra hour to do something else, but I was a little disappointed that I wouldn’t be able to say that I played tennis withstanding a below-freezing windchill.

Eskimos would kill to play tennis in weather like this

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I’m still reading my book picks from “Nightstand” weeks 14 and 15, so I’m only adding a few articles to the mix this go-around, including a seven-part investigative series in the Tampa Bay Times that won the Pulitzer today:

Brief Respite

January 24, 2014 § 2 Comments

Minnesota has been granted a short reprieve from the bitter temperatures enveloping the state all winter, and many are out tonight embracing the falling snow.

On nights like this, everything is lit up and incredibly peaceful, the sky an eerie gray-white. It brings back memories of my childhood and the unbridled joy of a winter storm, which brought with it snowball fights, snowmen, forts, outdoor hockey, and the occasional snow day.

The cold returns in earnest tomorrow morning with temperatures dipping lower and lower as each day fades into the next.

So if you live in these parts or in an area where snow is falling, step outside and savor this opportunity to be blanketed in white. Run or ice skate or slide down hills with your kids or just stand still, staring up into the sky.

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Snowy nights = pretty lights:

Ice Cotillion

January 4, 2014 § 4 Comments

The weather gods have cast a pall of doom over the state, closing schools days ahead of time in anticipation of the coldest temperatures seen in years, possibly decades. That makes for big news in Minnesota, where we take pride in our fortitude to withstand the elements and scoff at Floridians who shiver at lows in the 50s.

While I’m annoyingly optimistic about winter, something evil is afoot. I can usually withstand these cold days, exercising outside daily. (“There is no bad weather, only bad clothing.”) But lately my endurance is waning, and dancing across the untreated ice and poorly shoveled sidewalks has left me battered and, yes, kind of surly.

Ice cotillion

Ice cotillion

Today I could only run a little more than half of a five-mile route. I don’t know if it’s thin air or strong winds or the extra pounds of winter gear weighing on me. But I don’t like it. The last thing I want to do is join a gym, especially in January.

Yet complaining is fruitless. Really, the only people who have the right to complain in this weather are firefighters, utility workers, tow-truck drivers, pizza delivery guys, pets (bring them inside, people!), the homeless, and the frail. The rest of us just need to buck it up.

I’ll probably try a short run tomorrow or Monday when the temps dip even more, just to say I did it. Or not.

Three-Hundred-Sixty-Two

December 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

Three-Hundred-Sixty-Two

The last mild day of the year

Three-Hundred-Forty-Three

December 9, 2013 § Leave a comment

Three-Hundred-Forty-Three

The wind chill is something like -19 degrees. But I walked and ran outside today. And snapped this spooky tree photo. I live life on the edge.

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