*POOF*, Fast week, huh?! Seems like I was just here doing the frozen silver liningness of last week.
I'm happy to report that temperatures here have improved and the snow and ice is trying to melt. After the first couple of days, fluffy pretty snow becomes crusty grungy and nobody wants that to hang around. Plus, the temperatures feel almost human again.
AND, brother Guano surprised me with some new running duds in the mail this week! Some capri tights and a tech top from Brooks. Unfortunately, it's been too cold for the capris as of yet, but I've got a good feeling I'll be "field testing" them in the next few days!
On a related note, I was walking home on Friday at about the time the elementary kids got out of school. I saw this kid, Tyler, walking towards me. Tyler used to hang out with me at the crosswalk each day after school. He didn't even cross the street, he just liked hanging out. In fact, he even told me that he wished he did cross the street so as to be part of the action. He was one of the kids I knew I would miss when I left that post.
Anyways, I saw him walking towards me. He was kicking a tennis ball he'd extracted from a pile of snow. As he passed me, I said "Hello!".
"Hi", he responded and kept kick-walking. A couple of paces further, he stopped and said, "HEY!"
So we had a nice little reunion. He told me about how he'd won first place in the 5th grade spelling bee and so now is going to the regional bee. If he gets first or 2nd in that, he'll go to the state bee. I'm not one to put a lot of weight on spelling bees in general, but I'm excited for him.
And speaking of winning, we won Magnum's office football pool again last week. WHOOO, it's almost like that powerball jackpot! except... not...
And we think we've discovered China's issue with the stairs. After noticing that she goes up and down the basement stairs just fine - in fact, she seemed to go up and down them JUST for dealing with the stress from her issue with the other stairs - we're pretty sure her problem is that the stairs going upstairs are too slippery for her comfort. They're wood whereas the basement stairs are carpeted.
Any suggestions? Short of providing my own self as a grippy human walkway? (It has crossed my mind)