Some images from winter around here:
Icicles hanging off the roof over the back yard.
The avalanche of snow leading down to the basement.
Gordon hanging out in the snow.
So, it has been interesting around here. Winter Storm Ion came in and put the muscle on us. So much so, that I experienced my first snow day (true story: DePaul was closed on Monday!! Yippeee!) We ended up with another 10″ of snow over the weekend, combined with brutal cold on Monday and Today, and things are just not back to usual. On Sunday, we walked to a Korean grocer at Brynn Mawr (which was like maybe 6 blocks away). Nico walked the whole time and was a champ about it.
I have decided that Nico’s pink cheeks make me very happy.
I finished Nico’s hat. The wheels came off a bit when I was decreasing to finish it. But altogether, I am very happy with how it came out. Although, I am not sure I will make him any more, since he whipped if off his head and threw it on the floor (to be funny). Let’s see how funny it is next year when his giant melon head doesnt have any hats to keep warm because his mom wont make any…
It’s still pretty chilly here… below 0. But its supposed to warm up substantially this week… like in the upper 30s. Given that it was -48 with the windchill yesterday and we’re going to have RAIN later this week, I am left with the conclusion that Chicago is drunk. Go home Chicago. Go home. I am actually working from home today, in the basement. It’s fricking freezing. Like for serious, I have the hood on my hoodie sweatshirt pulled up and I am contemplating finding one of our space heaters to supplement.
Dave and I took Nico to school on Monday (which was open for a few hours), and we got stuck coming back (and trying to park the car). I hopped out and pushed the car out. So yay, for my muscles- made by CrossFit. Speaking of CrossFit, our gym started a paleo challenge this week. I know, you all are rolling your eyes. Paleo? Really? But, I am a social person who also is peer pressured very easily. So, I am doing it. In all, I think it is a bit of tie really… no processed carbs like bagels and bread, but you can put bacon on everything. And for some reason, butter is okay, but not milk or yogurt.
I have been, for six months, been trying to find a paleo blueberry muffin. Mostly for Nico and me… since I don’t like him eating a lot of processed foods. I found a recipe for muffins using coconut flour, which isn’t terrible. You have to not mind coconut, which some people do. I mostly just use this as a method of getting butter and the tiniest scotch of maple syrup to my mouth.
In any case, someone ate the last three of these guys for breakfast. So- they must be alright. Speaking of food. Last night I made a spaghetti squash carbonara. Basically, I fried bacon and then tossed spaghetti squash in the fat (along with sun dried tomatoes and garlic). Then topped with a fried egg. Guess who ate that? The boys!! I put a little marinara on Nico’s and didnt tell him it was spaghetti squash and he ate 1.5 servings of it. I know, right? Mom cooking ninja!!
Before Christmas, we had to make our selections for Nico’s school for next year. Chicago has this crazy lottery system… where you choose schools you want your kid to be considered for and you might get in, you might not. But there are also selective enrollment schools, where your kid has to test to get into. So, we signed Nico up for both. And his test is tomorrow. I’m not nervous for him… the biggest obstacle for him is whether he will go into the test (the kid has to be able to separate from the parent to go into the test room by himself). If he can, I think he would be fine. Because he is really bright: he’s reading, telling time, doing math, etc.
In one sense, I understand that Nico is essentially being shafted by the system… since CPS doesnt allow redshirting, we figured that it wouldnt do much good to keep him at his preschool another year (since he would be starting first grade when he starts). But, maybe being able to separate is a good indicator. And maybe it would to him some good to go somewhere where he could be the kid out in front. I dont know. I just kind of wish it would be over already. Will keep you posted.