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Feb. 19th, 2014

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I have not exactly been the queen of posting this winter, mostly because people get tired of hearing the same thing every day (ie WHEN WILL WINTER END??!!). Basically, every day looks just like this:

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This is at the park I drive by several times every day. I see all the sunrises and all the sunsets because of all the events before and after school (plus, just school--my district has no buses and I have five kids in school). It looks like a scene at the beach, doesn't it? Except...100 degrees colder. (It was -5 when I took this photo.)

Everyone who is not Lakota in this state is Norwegian, which pretty much means Elsa rules every day all the time. We've had 24 days since December where the HIGH did not get above zero, and some of those highs were in the double digits below. You remember Polar Vortex Round 1? We were in that bulls-eye where the windchills said -70. Don't talk to me about Antarctica.

Still. The snow is kind of pretty, as long as you don't touch the air too long. I've started running (all three days of it; today I had to rest so I don't get shin splints), and we're gone skating a couple times. We have the next two days off of school, and as long as it's above zero, we'll probably try skating again this weekend.

Needless to say, it's been a good winter for reading and writing. Speaking of, I have a kid waiting for me to finish off part 1 of Bedknob and Broomstick. Stay warm!

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robinellen
Feb. 20th, 2014 04:35 am (UTC)
I can't believe the extreme temps you've seen -- crazy!
olmue
Feb. 20th, 2014 01:28 pm (UTC)
North Dakota/Minnesota temps are SUPPOSED to be some of the coldest in North America--we're the center of a huge continent, after all. But man, this winter seems to have Exceeded Expectations, even for the locals. Everyone is eager for a break!
athgarvan
Feb. 22nd, 2014 09:47 am (UTC)
How does one live in such a cold (but often beautiful) place.
Take a long break on the Med.
olmue
Feb. 22nd, 2014 02:55 pm (UTC)
I think people are born with antifreeze in their veins. Seriously. Even on the coldest days, people are out running. I have run at 10 degrees before. But at ten or twenty below zero? Forget it! :)
jennifer_j_s
Feb. 22nd, 2014 03:23 pm (UTC)
Rose, a writer friend who is a runner (from Vermont) said she had damaged her lungs running in extremely cold weather. Permanently. I don't know whether it's true or not, but probably you should try to fact check it. Call up a pulmonologist's office?
olmue
Feb. 22nd, 2014 07:07 pm (UTC)
I think I've just come to terms with the fact that when it's below zero, I just. can't. do. it. Even if everyone else in the world is doing it, I can't. Also, after those three very nice days at 35 degrees, enough snow melted and refroze so that the sidewalks all have an inch thick of solid ice on them. So...I will just have to be unhealthy a bit longer.

(If you're running in extremely cold weather, like -20, you would HAVE to wear something over your face so you didn't breathe in the straight cold air. I do see people with balaclavas, face masks, and sometimes just bandanas over their faces when they're running. They seem to do okay. If you have lung issues to start out with, though, I maybe wouldn't recommend it.)
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