Saturday, January 03, 2009


It's nasty and cloudy out. The computer thing says it's 18F, which is warmer than yesterday, but it looks far less inviting out there.

I really need to get outside, though, just get outside and do something to move around and soak up a little of what counts for winter sunshine around here.

I have a bunch of stuff on the list for today, starting with cleaning out the bluebird nestbox. But it looks so nasty cold out there.

The thing is, if I huddle inside, then it'll be harder not to huddle inside tomorrow, and to huddle inside the next day, and so on, and then the break will be over and I'll have been miserable. Warm, but miserable.

I need a really fun winter thing to do, something that I will get up looking forward to doing. I'm going to rent some cross-country skis when the rental place re-opens next week, and a friend or two have offered to teach me to cross-country ski, so maybe that's the ticket.

Because dog knows I can't see myself taking up curling.


  1. I went to prep school in NH for four years. The only thing that ultimately saved my sanity was taking up cross-country skiing in junior and senior years. It's a great workout, but more importantly, you can get outside in relatively light clothing and usually feel quite warm due to exertion. I found it liberating after a couple of years of the dull huddling you describe.

    I hope you enjoy it!

  2. Anonymous10:00 AM

    I took up cross-country skiing last year, and it was a lot more fun than I thought it would be. And there's not much to learn, at least to basic skiing (the skating style is much more athletic and demanding), once you master the weird little pushing-yourself-forward motion. Alas, I have a terrible case of bronchitis that is making me wonder whether I'll get in any skiing time (downhill or XC) this season at all. Sigh.

    Anyway, I recommend it, and yes, outdoor activities make the winters much more enjoyable.

  3. What about ice skating? I always looked forward to that in winter when I lived in countries where lakes actually froze.

    Cross country skiing sounds like a great plan too. (My one and only experience with it was non-stop horribleness, but that was the fault of the gear, not the sport. Make sure you hire the right size skis!)