February 2011


Between the blizzard and being stretched pretty thin personally and professionally, I’ve been walking around in quit a fog over the last couple of weeks. But the sun is shining, it’s Friday, and I’m shaking the cobwebs out of my noggin.

I found a SUPERB blog this week, one that lessens the shame I feel about being overweight, while teaching ways to develop a healthy relationship with food, no matter what one chooses to eat. I give you, The Fat Nutritionist.  Once again, it’s a blog that’s been around for awhile, with many followers, and I’m rather late to the game. But Michelle over there is all about removing any sort of moral judgment from the fact of one’s weight, or what one eats.  And I *love* that.

Anyway, we are 16 days post blizzard, and virtually all the snow is gone.  It was well into the 50s here yesterday.  And all you big dog owners know what this means.  It means Big Dog goes out back, and comes back inside with mud caked up in between his toes and under his claws, and his undercarriage gets all splattered with God only knows what, mixed with mud.

We have hardwood floors in our little house, and with a newly mobile baby (crawling like a champ, if I do say so myself), I confess to being super-anal about how clean Big Dog’s paws have to be before I will let him roam in the living room.  So I dug out an old pitcher, and have taken to filling it with water and washing Big Dog’s paws, one at a time, when he comes in from the mud.  That’s right.  Big Dog gets a Doggie Foot Spa Bath several times a day.

So…Big City, USA, my home,  is Chicago.  And we are digging out from two feet of snow (which, I understand, makes this year’s blizzard the third worst in the 100-plus years that weather gurus have been keeping track of such things).

This is most definitely one area where the advent of technology is a tremendous blessing.  44 years ago a blizzard crippled the city for nearly a week.  No one knew it was coming.  This time around we had a week’s notice, and provided you were not one of the thousands who lost power, and you didn’t have to drive anywhere, it honestly wasn’t as much of a hardship as “24 inches of snow” would have you believe.

Anywho…digging out…catching up at work after two days away…I am formulating my next blog post over the weekend.