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Optimism, a late winter necessity.



If you think about it, us North Dakotans are optimists.  We are optimistic with every late spring snow storm that “this is the last one”.  While we have had a blessedly mild winter this year I am getting impatient for springtime and unlimited outdoor recreation opportunities.  I’m not a fan of the cold.  I try to push myself to get my natural dose of Vitamin D throughout the winter – but often it is a struggle. If the sun is shining, there is no to minimal wind AND the temp hovering around zero I can be found wandering around outdoors with my trusty side kicks.  But if one of those crucial variables is off, no sun, excess wind or double negative digits the deal is off.

Luckily the last two snows that blew through were short lived and the temps were of the nature that the majority of the roads were melted off within two days.  No forced exile for days on end here!

This week I was lucky enough to get in several days of snow shoeing while living vicariously through my daughter who was on her senior trip to White Fish, MT where she and her classmates were down hill skiing.

I’ve had a blast and burned thousands of calories – but please, please I beg of you spring, its time to poke your head through the clouds and show us what is yet to come!

While I managed to get quite a few days of out door activity in, there were several days that I struggled to get my step goal in for the day.  Some days my only motivation is a movie or tv show while I slog through stepping in place.  This week my favorite movies were Tulip Fever and Revolutionary Road both of which I enjoyed a great deal.  I’m also intrigued that Tulip Fever was adapted from a novel by Deborah Moggach which you can bet I will be adding to my Good Reads list of books to read. With all of that activity I am still on track to getting my 310,000 steps in for the month.  I’ve missed three days at the beginning of the month with less than stellar step counts but I’ve had several days well over my 10,000 a day step goal to make up for those missed steps in the long run.

Have you seen any good movies or read any good books this week?  Something that made you think or awed you with its backdrop and scenery?

All of those steps were needed as I’ve been heavy handed in the sweet making department as of late.  With St. Paddy’s day celebrated with Irish Cream Brownies and a hold over recipe from Mardi Gras, Pralines .  Both of which are outstanding and easy recipes that you won’t be able to stay away from.  Consider yourself warned.

Unfortunately I’m not the only one bowing under the weight of all those sweets.  img_4939

My poor KitchenAid stand mixer bit the dust on Saturday night.  While I could probably get away with ordering a couple of parts and over hauling the machine I decided it was time for an upgrade.  This machine was a wedding gift from my husband to myself 22 years ago.  I think its time.  I’m a frugal kind of gal and I recognize that I should have upgraded years ago.  We purchased all new appliances when we were married.  The refrigerator is the sole survivor at this point.  I should probably start budgeting accordingly.

Do you have a long lived kitchen appliance in your home?  Do you prefer to repair or replace?

So my optimism for this week is that I will come home to find a new KitchenAid stand mixer sitting my kitchen counter and I’ll have all sorts of new reasons to get outside with Oliver to meet my step goals!




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