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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Spring has finally . . .

come to Madison . . . although our two large lakes, Monona and Mendota are still frozen

and we are sure to receive some cold temp's in the weeks to come, I think we can actually think about spring in the current tense instead of the future tense.

Spring! I especially think we were waiting . . . waiting . . . waiting for any slight sign of warmth after the extremely cold winter we had. I checked the weather history and in March 2012 the highest temperature was recorded at 83 degrees with 19 days when the high for the day was 60 or above. 19 days sounds unbelievable as we just survived a March that only yielded 1 day that was above 60, March 31 when the high was 65.

Biking: This year we were thrilled with 50+ degree weather, which occurred for a whopping 5 days in March! I got out on my bike on 3 of those days and was also out on a day when the high was only 46! I biked for a total of 61 miles in March, an all time record. When I bike to work I usually do 60+ miles per week, but in March, not so much!

Running: I have been running, but not for any distance. My runs are comprised of running with Sophie for 2 miles. Here we are on Monday morning - I loved the deep blue sky.

The next race I would like to do is the Crazy Legs run on April 26th, a 8k run though UW Madison campus, ending up on the 50 yard line at Camp Randall. Unless I am able to get some hill work in and run for more than 2 miles, I won't be signing up. We will see what the next few days and week end brings.

Recipe Update:
I have now made 25 recipes from Jenna's blog: eat,live,run, HERE. Doing the math or looking at the counter on the right hand column of my blog, shows that I have 105 recipes left to go. Looking at the number of recipes I have completed so far, 25 just doesn't sound like that many, especially since I started in November. Anyway, I am not going to give up and will continue through this journey!

Last night I made the Penne with White Bean and Spinach, here. I will be honest, I didn't think I would enjoy the fact that there really wasn't any real sauce in this recipe, but the lemon zest and juice along with a little water from the penne and the white beans provided a creamy consistency. The cayenne pepper provided a bit of a bite. It was a quick easy meal. I would make it again and actually thought of adding tuna . . . that might sound weird, but I think it would go well with the lemon and spinach.

I have another recipe planned for tomorrow evening - Chicken Paprika with Homemade Dumplings - this will be a new experience since I have never made dumplings before!

As always

Enjoy the moments!


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Speaking of . . .

. . . coffee. My last blog post was titled 'a coffee break'. Keeping with the coffee theme, yesterday and today I started the day with my coffee outside. I started drinking my 1st coffee of the day outside last year in May and did it through Fall. This year I am starting a little earlier, hopefully I can keep it up! I basically try and soak up the fresh air and just chill for a few minutes.

The photo is from yesterday when the temp's were in the 40's, this morning's coffee cooled off quickly since the temp's were high 20's. Yup, we still have snow on the north side of the house.

Our morning runs are accompanied by the sounds of geese and Sandhill cranes, sure signs of spring. Another sign of spring is sleeping with the windows open. The last couple evenings I opened the windows in the bedroom and enjoyed birds waking me up. Last night the street cleaner came down our street. I am sure I would not have heard it if the windows were closed, but with them opened the noise woke me. It takes awhile to get use to sounds from outside coming inside! Anyway, I got up for a glass of milk and while drinking it I was looking out the front window, when suddenly there was someone on a scooter. Not a gas powered scooter, a scooter that kids use and they were followed by someone on a bike with a dog. The time was 12:30pm. It just hit me as a little late to be scooting and biking with a dog . . . but the temp's were in the low 50's so it would have been beautiful! If only I didn't have to get up at 5:15!

Yesterday, my friend and I hopped on our bikes at lunch and did the Lake Monona loop. The winds were 25mph, so it was a hard ride when we were biking into the wind or with the cross wind. But boy oh boy when the wind was at our backs - we were flying!

Tomorrow we are planning another ride at lunch. It works our great. My friend Tricia works about 4 miles away from me, but we can easily get to the same bike path. My office is actually on the bike path, while hers is about 1/2 mile away from the path.

Enjoy the moments!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

A coffee . . .

. . . break! The wonderful spring weather that we are experiencing this weekend somehow feels like a pause, a short coffee break. While I would love to think it is going to continue, this long, brutal winter has taught me to have modest expectations for spring. But with the spring temp's this weekend, the goal is to get out there and enjoy it! Or enjoy it in the house, since the sun is starting to shine through my kitchen windows!

Early morning run with Sophie, followed by a Pilates 1 hour super stretch class. We stretched just about everything, including hands and fingers!

Home again, brought both of us outside. Todd cleaned the garage floor with the hose and I raked some of our front flower beds. I know there is still snow on the ground but the tulips and jonquil's are poking up and I know they would they appreciat getting the heavy wet leaves cleared away.

At 2:30 I headed out for a meet up at a local bicycle store for a women's bike ride. Easy ride around Lake Monona on a 45 degree day sounded great. Afterwards a few of us stopped for beer and some food. (Yup, that is me with my bike backwards!!!)

Sunday was supposed to be 60 degrees, with 20+ mph winds. A few of us had joined the local Trek bicycle club and this morning was an impromptu first ride. We met at Trek West and headed out this morning for a 20 mile ride. The ride didn't quite go as planned but it was still good great. My fried and I actually turned around and only did 10 miles. We had dropped a friend and waited for her, but after 5+ minutes and she didn't show up, we decided to turn around and make sure she was OK. As it turned out, we stopped at Barriques, a local coffee shop and called her. She had turned around and was glad to head over for some coffee.

10+ windy hilly miles earned us a coffee stop! Lesson learned, have a plan ahead of time, if some one gets dropped from a group ride. And we realized we NEED to bike on the west side of Madison more frequently, since there are WAY more hills on that side of town!

When I got home Todd was working on his bike. So with a little prodding we headed out in the afternoon and did the Lake Monona loop, 13 miles.

3 bike rides over the last weekend in March feels like a pretty good accomplishment.

Here is Lake Monona, still covered in ice, but not for long!

Enjoy the moments! Both warm and cold!