Saturday, January 7, 2012
The year without a winter?
It's January 7, and there's no snow on the ground. The lake isn't frozen, and the roads haven't turned into an ice skating ring. Not that I'm complaining... but it's kind of weird.
This time last year, Lake Mendota was already frozen, and it was really cold. Sometimes really really cold. A review of January 2010 confirms that it was cold then too, but 2009 is curiously devoid of complaints about the weather. I must have been in a state of shock. While we did have some warmer days those years, it was nothing like the weather we've had lately. Highs in the 40s? In January?
According to the UW news, Lake Mendota is typically completely covered by ice by Dec 20; however, there have been several years on record where the first freeze was in January. The latest freeze over date was Jan. 30, 1932 so there's plenty of time for me to regret ever even thinking about the fact that there's no snow and ice hanging around. And soon enough I'll be back to complaining about being hot and living in an apartment with inadequate AC.
In other news, I'm continuing to get back into the groove of acting like a responsible adult. After two weeks of all my food magically appearing before me (thanks, Mom), I've actually cooked dinner (with help, thanks, Daniel) the last two nights. Nothing too exciting- just Greek meatball pitas (inspired by Cooking Light) with carrots.
And this crazy spicy mustard turkey pizza from Taste of Home. It's supposed to be a way of using up leftover turkey from Thanksgiving/Christmas, but I just used deli slices. Not the healthiest thing ever, but an interesting combo for sure. Daniel, who's highest praise for something is "it's okay", declared this to "have a flavor". Thanks.
How's the weather where you live?