Another Thinking Out Loud Thursday – linking up with Amanda at Running with Spoons
It has been a mighty cold week here in the Northeast. Actually, come to think about it, I think it has been cold everywhere. I am definitely getting a chuckle from my Florida social media friends who are thinking that their current temps are “cold”. I would be in shorts if it was 12C! Seriously, I would be. It is hard to think that just a few weeks ago we were running around in shorts. Thankfully, the NYC trip was not this weekend, because driving home would have been a nightmare! Although we did not drive through Buffalo, there was still lots of snow right in the area we drive in to get to NYC. Crazy amounts of snow! It isn’t even winter yet.
Although many of us have been complaining about the winter approaching and the “brace yourselves” winter running posts are all the rage right now – there are a few things that are fun about winter. Don’t get me wrong, I am definitely more of a summer person, but there is something not quite right about having a nice fire going when the temperature is soaring past 30C. It can be a nice evening if you build a little fire (or turn on the gas switch), get into PJs and some blankets and read a good book. Someone on my street had a fire going this evening, I was smelling the burning wood with envy! Another point comes to mind when I talk about PJs – winter is all about fun and comfy pyjamas! Time to bring out the monkey flannel pajamas and onesies! Or is it pyjamas?
Food can also be more interesting and creative in the winter months. In the summer, I almost always use the BBQ, although I will BBQ until the snow covers the grill. In the winter, using the oven warms the house up nicely. Nothing better than a nice slow-roasted chicken or a juicy prime rib with all the fixings. Christmas cookies, warm beverages and melted cheese are all food items I tend to enjoy during the winter months. I think my cheese consumption goes up during the holiday season, so good!
Sure, the weather does get a little frightful and cold some days, but there are great winter activities! Here in Ottawa, we have the world’s largest ice rink, the Rideau Canal! At this rate, we will be skating by next Friday (not really, it is going to warm up). There is also Gatineau Park that provides the perfect scene for Snow Shoeing and Cross Country Skiing. It is easy to get warmed up, even on the coldest day by getting the blood flowing. Remember, I did run a 5K in -30C conditions once. It wasn’t that bad, I swear! In my mind, nothing is better than spending the day on the slopes at a great ski resort. Although last year it was so cold that I couldn’t feel my hands, I still had fun! Plus, Après Ski anyone?
One last thing about winter: they are very rare, and actually don’t really happen in the proper sense here in Ottawa (we never close). I am always optimistic that one day it will happen. BUT – the best part of winter?
Have a great Thursday