Saturday, December 17, 2016

Running in the Winter is Bliss

There is just something about a cold evening, even better if it's a cold snowy evening that makes me crave a run through Lincoln Park and along Lake Michigan. Weird? Crazy? Lost my mind? Probably all of the above.

Maybe it's the feeling of adventure? Feeling really tough and hardcore? Knowing how happy my husky will be running out in the cold? The joy of the complete silence running through the park, only hearing the snow falling. Or the awesomeness that is having the lakeshore path all to yourself.  When I'm out there I feel so alive, alert, focused, my senses heightened. I'm living life! -2 with windchill won't bring me down!

Probably all of the above. Maybe the secret is coming home, drying off and showering and then snuggling up with a good book in front of the fireplace with Christmas music playing and sipping on hot apple cider tea. The epitome of koselig.

Pretty perfect if you ask me!

When it's less than 20 degrees outside I'm wearing a lot of clothing, in fact i'm toasty!

What to wear:

  • 2 pairs of gloves
  • 4 top layers (tank, long sleeve, puffer vest, shell)
  • 2 bottom layers
  • Wool socks
  • Waterproof trail shoes (I have yaktrax but never use them. You don't need them for the snow and if it's that icy I don't think it's safe to run)
  • Neck gaiter
  • Headband
  • Musher's wax for your dog's paws 
Just channel the famous Norwegian saying: "There's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing".

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Baked Margherita Spaghetti Squash

I made this delicious recipe for lunch today using my spaghetti squash and tomatoes from the Farmer's Market. Best spaghetti squash I've ever made! Usually it's a bit too bland for me. I think using the olive oil, salt and pepper prior to roasting the squash made a big difference. The broiler was fun to use and made the cheese look so yummy. Very hot out of the broiler though-beware!

Tastes as good as it looks!

Hooded Merganser

Quite a unique and amazing duck! I saw one yesterday and two today at North Pond, hanging out with the mallards. Easily identifiable to say the least.

Eye catching. Thanks Pinterest. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Quote of the Day

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impacton the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”-Jane Goodall