While it's indeed the 6th day of 2018, I'm not ready to take the plunge into the new year just yet. It feels like the holidays still need a wrap up, and I'm certainly ill-prepared to make decisions on nearly everything. I'd say discombobulated best describes my state at the moment.
Traveling to New England for the holidays was a challenge, to say the least. I'm also accustomed to flying solo so living in multiple people's lives was a feat in itself. And, of course, too much eating and drinking occurred. I should be arrested for the sheer quantity of shrimp I consumed in a two-week period. But, there were 28 of us for Christmas dinner, nearly all three generations of the family, and it was a delightful, too-quickly-over day. There was also singing on Christmas Eve (with and without cocktails), stockings hung by the chimney, a few memorable visits with friends, much avoidance of politics, and just a few spats.
The greatest occurrence of all, of course, was the longest stretch of the coldest weather I can recall in my life, capped with 4:30 darkness. In 15 days, I did not go out once to move my body; not a simple walk. This is an inhumane life, yet my travel karma had me out of New England the day before the "bomb cyclone" hit! Still, I'm taking LL Bean's motto (above) to heart for 2018. While it has nothing to do with brand loyalty, it has everything to do with how, where and when I choose to travel in the still-to-come new year. At the moment, I'm enjoying moving in the warm sun of South Florida.
1/7/2018 10:34:00 am
Judy: With the exception of a doctor visit and retrieving greens that blew off the Xmas décor, still too cold to venture outdoors, Heat wave this week in the 30's. You were one lucky lady to get out when you did. Very cranky people still stuck in airports. Eileen
1/8/2018 12:01:49 pm
Eileen: Thanks for reminding as I meant to mention that I escaped the cyclone and have edited, accordingly. Delta was offering $500 flight coupon to push off my flight and I WAS NOT TAKING IT. With just one flight left that day it was too much risk! So glad given what I've seen happening at JFK this past week. Getting back to relaxed and fit mode as quickly as I can! j.
1/8/2018 09:21:10 pm
hey j.... thank the goddesses that you got out before the bomb cyclone. stuck inside for days. did enjoy the solitude and coziness of indoors. and my shoveling endurance tripled at least. but I effed it pretty loudly to village plows who, despite what is unrelenting work in storms, plowed a foot of street snow into my driveway entrance twice daily, several days in a row. thanks. thanks for the fr update. look forward to reading where 2018 takes you.
1/9/2018 06:40:33 pm
BO: LOL at your driveway. I used to get the SAME treatment in Easton until I started parking my car at the absolute edge of the drive before a storm! Try that!!! Glad you're out getting fit! Will be tormenting you with training for our little walk in the second half of the year! j.
1/9/2018 12:38:02 pm
Happy New year Judy. I got a very short ride in on New Year's Day. My fingers could not take the cold, but I can say I did it. New biking goals set for the year, hopefully with no restrictions.
1/9/2018 06:42:40 pm
Sue! KUDOS to you for getting out in that madness! My goals change this year too -- I need to reduce distance/increase speed, add weight training back, and start walking more for 2019 plans. Need to get that together! August? yes, no idea! LOVE the leggings and will never let them go! j.
1/12/2018 11:00:12 am
I, too, am discombobulated. The day you wrote this, I was at the Choice One Urgent Care confirming that I did indeed fracture my rib falling on the stairs. It has me very frustrated during workouts. So glad you escaped some of the bitter cold. I've been dreaming of warm places. Can't wait to see where 2018 takes you!
1/18/2018 08:08:10 pm
Karen: Thought I'd write by now as I wonder about your "falling on stairs fracture"! and sorry I haven't. Still feeling a bit lost in space! Not sure where I'm sleeping in week but getting excited about the fall! Promise to write soon! j.
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