|The view from my computer|
It really is a beautiful day, though. I was sorta dreading my planned 5 miler for today, as our windchills are still in the single-digits and may only get as high as the teens. That, and I'm almost certainly going to need the YakTrax traction devices on my shoes to handle the snow underfoot. But the sunshine makes such a difference, especially if I wear dark-colored running duds. I love requiring sunglasses for sun, instead of for eye protection against wind and blowing snow, for a change. Sunshine is relatively rare in these parts, thanks to the Lake MI cloud machine.
|View from back door...|
through cat nose-printed window
We ate like kings the entire weekend. My sister and her BF really chose great eating options. The first night we were there we ate at the Title Town Brewery. Delicious...and the food was good, too.
The following night we enjoyed a supper sans-kids (sis had a sitter stay at her house with my son and my nephews) at a wonderful Irish restaurant/pub, St. Brendan's. I was even able to order a snakebite black (half lager, half hard cider, shot of blackcurrant liqueur) I haven't had one of those since the early 90s when I did a semester in the UK.
Our last night there we ate at HuHot, a mongolian BBQ place. It was amazing and really fun to create our own dishes. DH was feeling uncomfortably stuffed after eating very little. He figured it was from all the overeating we'd done all weekend.
Later that night he was hit by some intestinal evil. The next AM we discovered that my brother's GF was similarly sick. They initially blamed it on food poisoning from the BBQ, but they didn't eat many common things and those things that were in common were things that the rest of us had also eaten -- plus food poisoning takes more than a few hours to hit. Within the next couple of days my sister's BF and my mom also fell ill, so we're pretty certain now that something viral was shared, not any bad food.
That was still a rough trip home for my hubby and included extra bathroom stops. Poor guy. On the bright side, he didn't gain nearly the weight that I did over the course of the trip. My weight come New Year's day was the highest it's been in something like 6 years. *shudder*
New Year's Eve was spent with our JDRF friends, which has become our standard gathering for the night.
The past week has been quiet. I've been running and nowhere biking just enough to maintain a moderate level of fitness, but this is definitely the off-season. I feel no motivation to do more than bare minimum. Eventually I need to get back to weight training, but I think I will wait until I actually start training for my Spring duathlons...which I still need to register for. I ate at least $20 by not registering by 12/31 for a couple of those.
I also discovered that one of the races I'd been targeting is no more. They no longer offer a duathlon option, just the tris. Instead I may go do a du down by a friend in Indy. I'm also looking at a race in the middle of the state, near my best friend. It's not a "true" duathlon, as it only has a single running leg. But it would be a great, hard workout 2 weeks before my first du of the season.