It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood!

The view from my computer
I just asked my son if he knows who Mister Rogers is...he gave me an utterly clueless look.  Sad.  Would you be my, could you be my, won't you be my neighbor...hello, neighbor (heh, did I just share an earworm?).

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've been back from our Wisconsin road trip for just over a week.  We spent 3 nights in Green Bay at the Hotel Sierra with my family for a belated Christmas celebration.  My sister's BF works at the convention center attached to the hotel and was able to get us CHEAP room rates for our stay.  Well worth the drive.  The rooms were all suite-style with ample living space, microwaves, tall dorm fridges, wet-bar, Mp3 player docks built into the clock/radios, free breakfast (omelette/pancake/french toast bar with choices of bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, potatoes, cereal, pastries, coffee, juice), pool, hot tub, sauna, steam room, gym.  We paid a meager $60/night for all of this.  As long as Rich works there we will continue to do this every year, I think.  It was so nice to be with family, yet all have our own space for down-time.  In the past we've gathered at my brother's place once/year, but even in his relatively large house it got really cramped with 8 adults and 3 kids.  The pool gave the kids something to do to burn off childhood energy.

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.


  1. Sounds like you had a nice trip to cheeseland! My family had a similar flu bug around Christmas. Luckily it was very brief for all who fell ill (and luckier still was the fact that it skipped over me!)

  2. It was a gorgeous day, wasn't it? I shoveled my sidewalk/driveway this morning in the brilliant sunshine and even worked up a pretty good sweat. Then I spent the rest of the day inside. :)

  3. I spent today inside. It was gloomy, again. I didn't even have the mojo to ride the nowhere bike. It's OK, I haven't had a rest day in 10 days.