Welcome to Snowmageddon

I feel poorly that I don’t think I have formally told you (my readers) Happy New Year.  So Happy New Year!!!

Here is a quick update on my life as a blogger, human, dietitian, and runner.

My holidays were fantastic!  Not only was I spoiled by my family and Pat, but I got to spend A TON of quality time with my family- it went by way to fast, and I was no where near ready to come back to Chicago, in fact I cried when I had to leave.

Overall I was able to have a really relaxing time at home in Michigan.  Unfortunately though right before I went home, mid-Michigan was hit by a terrible ice storm, and about 150,000 people did not have power.  Due to the kindness of others, and the sacrifices many employees made from Consumers Energy – we were able to use a generator and have heat and electricity until our power was restored on Christmas night.

Here is a quick highlight of how spoiled I got, my family genuinely gets my obsession with running, pandas, and clothes, and food.

My sister got me a Riot Society shirt, that is just a little different than this.  I'm so obsessed with it.  I wish I could wear it to work.

My sister got me a Riot Society shirt, that is just a little different than this. I’m so obsessed with it. I wish I could wear it to work.

 

My sister also got me a panda sweater.  She gets me.

My sister also got me a panda sweater. She gets me.

A new pair of Mizuno Wave Inspire 9s to replace my current pair after the snow melts

A new pair of Mizuno Wave Inspire 9s to replace my current pair after the snow melts

 

Pat got me these leggings that I have been drooling over since October

Pat got me these leggings that I have been drooling over since October

OH YEAH. I also got a bike.  It might be tri time for this girl in 2014!!!

OH YEAH. I also got a bike. It might be tri time for this girl in 2014!!!

These are just a few things.  I was so spoiled, and had such a great time being home.  The  only thing that made me a little excited to return to Chicago after the Holidays was I saw some of my fellow runners posting pictures of the gorgeous running weather (45 degrees and sunny) in Chicago.  I clearly just like taking bad weather with me.

When I returned it was windy and snowing, and freezing cold.  Since returning home a week ago, it’s been below 30 most of the past 7 days, and in some areas of Chicago there are three feet of snow on the ground.  It’s kind of BS.

But that hasn’t stopped my activities like going out to Ruth’s Chris, with some great friends for NYE!

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Following the festivities of NYE, Patrick and I enjoyed the Spartans winning the Rose Bowl, and visiting with some good friends.

I have also tried using my YakTrax this week to try to run outside to avoid the dreadmill.  I did a quick 4 miler the other day, but it was genuinely hell.  I was dealing with low temps, snow, ice, and 20 MPH wind.

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Needless to say- I’ll be making peace with the dreadtreadmill until the temps go back up, and some of this snow melts.

Oh did I mention that Chicago is basically the planet Hoth?

Basically Casey and I today

Basically Casey and I today

I grew up in the mid-west.  So snow, ice, wind, they don’t scare me (as long as I have power).  But considering that the highs for this week are Monday: -11, Tuesday: 9, Wednesday: 15 (not including wind chills), I find this most off-putting.

Because we are badass Casey & I ventured out into the cold on Sunday – to get breakfast, and a few groceries.

And despite these conditions:

Chicago 2014

Yeah this is really a photo HuffPost Chicago posted to twitter

 

We braved the snow, the wind from the North Pole, and a rogue snow scraper, to have this:

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The Santa Fe Frittata from Yolk

It.Was.Worth.It

So I’ve brought you up to speed on what is happening up until now.  This is what I have planned for 2014:

1) A marathon- including other races, and some new ones

2) Riding my new bike

3) Multiple weddings, including one I’m standing up in this summer

4) A lot of strengthening

5) Swimming

6) Eat a lot of food

7) A lot of baking and cooking

8) Keeping you fine readers updating on all of the above, and then some.

 

 

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