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Saturday, December 01, 2007

Chicago and the Icy MESS

Yes, Mother Nature has a very bad sense of humor. She brought snow, but did not leave the freezing rain back where it came from. Needless to say, it made my journey from the gym and hair salon VERY, VERY interesting. I was able to deal with the walk along Clark Street fine - no incidents. I almost kissed the sidewalk on Belmont on my way to the CTA station. Once I was on the train after a cold wait, I felt confident because I knew that I took the safer route home. That confidence was shaken when I started to look outside after each stop after Sheridan. All I could see on the CTA platform was a natural-made ice rink coming off the train. When I reached my stop on Arygle, my worst fears were presented - the ice rink was HUGE. As long as I walked SLLLLLOOOOW, I was fine. It was same once I got on the sidewalk and walked home.

Once home, I made a decision to NOT RUN tomorrow during a 5K that Josh and I signed up for. I do not want to risk any injury caused by the ice and crap that's still falling as I speak. I have spent too much time recovering to risk it on a very small race. If I do go with Josh, I will walk the course - not run.

Well, once I got home, I made the finishing touches to our small lights display for our apartment. I miss owning a home or ground floor apartment with a balcony and going NUTS with the lights, but I am very proud of what I have come up with this year. (Well, we are the one apartment with lights on their windows). And YES, peeps - we do have heat back on as late, late Thursday night. We have a nice warm, toasty apartment again. Yayy!

To top of that good news, I received an e-mail tonight from the company that created my free blogger head. They had a redesigned their website and sent out an e-mail about a contest for a free custom header. Well, I won a FREE custom header and now in the process of deciding what I want on it. Everyone will have to wait and see what will come about. To be continued....

BTW, 14 days until GRADUATION TIME!

11 comments:

Pokey said...

Yikes....makes our rainy day seem almost tropical! :)

Wes said...

Awww! That's cool! Be vewy vewy careful on that ice! You are so right!! No need to hurt something. Taper time till gradiation!! Woo hoo!!!

})i({ RunnerGirl said...

Nice lights!!!!

And congrats on the blogger head!

teacherwoman said...

Beautiful!

Probably a wise decision not to run in that weather! I wouldn't have either!

Neese said...

agh we get ice storms down here, ice IS dangerous, nothing to mess with. The lights look awesome!

L*I*S*A said...

I feel your pain with the cold, ice and snow!

Jess said...

You need some ice spikes for walking/running in that weather!

Nat said...

I love your lights! Glad you have heat again.

Danielle said...

I so need a new blogger head...I'm not sure how to go about putting up a new one though.

Do you have any yak trax? I have yet to try them but plan on putting screws in my shoes this year for running on the icy stuff. It really does make for a good workout though.

Full Metal Lunchbox said...

You should tell your readers that the weather on race day ended up being pretty nice.  Of course there was no way to know it would turn out that way.

Anne said...

I don't know if this helps, but back in my Boston and Alaska days, I carried "grippers" for my shoes to make negotiating those "ice rinks" a little easier. It's going to be a long winter in Chicago...but being an MN Firefly, you already know that!