Today we ate the following.
- Breakfast: A blueberry smoothie for Dad and LP and then Mom made tofu scramble and toast
- Lunch: Leftover pasta with vegan alfredo for Mom and Dad, leftover lentil soup for LP
- Dinner: LP and Dad had crackers and peanut butter for a snack. Mom had a more grown-up snack – hot chocolate with brandy. Oh, the joys of not working!
- Dinner: Stir-fry (tofu, bell pepper, mushrooms, carrots and broccoli) with peanut sauce and soba noodles
Today Dad had jury duty – but just for one day. After he got home we went for a walk to the library. Nothing spent!
I’ve never really been a winter runner. In the winter I’m usually fully into the school year, and the only way I can get a workout in is to go to the gym at 5am on my way to work. However, being home with the kiddos (and the G-man) has given me an opportunity to go running in the middle of the day, or in the afternoon, which is much more tolerable than 5am in this mid-winter months. After our last major snowstorm and the flu, I’ve been running just a couple times. However, I’m starting to get a sense of the special joys and challenges of winter running. Just some things I’ve finally learned:
- Keep an eye out for ice patches – especially near sump pumps that drain into the street.
- Dress in layers that can be adjusted easily. A full-zip jacket is better than one that I have to pull over my head
- Drink lots of water after your run, even if you want a hot cup of tea
- It’s ok to look goofy as you do high-knee steps to get through a snow drift – as long as you don’t fall down!
- Your neighbors apparently notice your running – and comment on it – more in the winter
- People who shovel their sidewalks nicely are awesome. People who don’t shovel their sidewalks suck. I have always shoveled our sidewalks, but from now on I will strive to have them fully cleared and as nice as possible.