living in a rural area, having backyard chickens makes no economic sense since fresh eggs are readily available and, almost literally, a dime a dozen. but the daily routine of saying “Hallo!” while feeding The Girls always makes me a smile which, i think, is priceless.
making odin french toast with eggs collected straight from the coop even more so
what do we do when we’re not sitting in cold hockey arenas watching odin play? We sit in cold hockey arenas with odin watching other people play. boys high school game. we had to leave after the 2nd period so odin could get to bed which didn’t make him happy
no, i’m not going to do all running selfies for the “365 project” but, whoooweee, this is a new low in more ways than one. 5 miles. -8°F actual. -27°F windchill. Probably -32-35°F windchill when factoring in 7mph running speed. it’s hard to see in photo but my eyelashes developing significant icicle buildup.
without a doubt this is the coldest run i’ve ever done. for gear, i threw on thermal underwear under my running pants, 3 long sleeve running shirts under my winter running coat, 2 pairs of socks, 3 gloves ( 2 running gloves and a pair of “regular” cold weather gloves ), a balaclava and a cold weather running hat. at these temps, i’m solidly in the skin freezes in 30 minutes zone, so i’m a bit paranoid about unintentionally exposed skin.
all things considered, the run felt good but -30°F windchill is my new low, brutal limit. probably not going to run if it gets any colder
i don’t know why i do this. i guess it’s the challenge. at the very least, it’ll make running in 0°F weather feel balmy.
5 mile run at 7mph in 5°F temps and 15-20mph winds = -18°F windchill. right on the border of exposed skin freezing in 30 minutes! good thing my hot breath in warming my exposed eyes.
might possibly be one of the coldest runs i’ve done, though i’ve ended with larger eyelash icicles
for 10 years, i’ve wanted to do a “365 project”. one photo a day, for 365 days. i didn’t plan on starting today but there’s no time like the present. we’ll see if I can keep this up.
odin and me in the tomah hockey arena. his team won the tournament. this is right before he started the 3rd game after we’d been at the arena for 7 hours.
one of life’s little pleasures in the driftless region – hanging out at the driftless cafe playing cribbage with kris and odin while waiting for local, organic dinner to be served. the lake louie ipa makes the impending defeat just a little easier.
the cafe is a special place and they have a kickstarter thing going to help fund their expansion. check it out and feel free to kick in a few bucks whether or not you live in the area
the “just ship” philosophy is, i believe, an homage to the steve jobs quote, “real artists ship”. it’s mostly seen in tech circles but i like the general philosophy that at end of the day “shipping” is the only thing that matters and it’s a valuable lesson outside tech. when i saw that kellan ( now cto of etsy ) was shipping the shirts originally developed for the etsy engineering shirt, i knew i had to get one.
in retrospect I should have ordered 6 more so I could make it my everyday shirt.
at the time of this writing he’s sold out of men’s sizes but you can pre-order at 50% off! hmmmmm…
the title is a quote from one of the two characters in my 80s costume mash up. the other character is easy to guess but only a few at work could guess the quote character with suspenders, power tie and a giant cell phone.
in a bit of trivia, the corncob standing next to me is wearing an outfit i wore six years ago in a local parade while i handed out ov milk and string cheese.
i can’t remember if i wore any underwear but i think he’s probably ok either way
three months ago I held this very goat when it was just a day old.
I’ve almost taken it home twice!
it’s impossible to convey the beauty of the view from the top of the ridge just a mile from my desk at organic valley. maybe a picture is worth a thousand words.
the view of the classic driftless region geography makes for quite an energizing “out and back” lunch run even on a dull day, all the more so when it’s sunny, green and lush.
do yourself a favor and view large on a big screen.