Good Morning, Monday

Chicago is having itself quite the cold snap! It’s been windy and frigid out here with some snow showers. While many a Midwesterner would get excited about such an event (snow! magical!), for me it’s just a reminder of what’s just around the corner- more snow and deeper cold snaps. Shudder. I can be a negative Nancy sometimes.

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I’m originally from Argentina and then we moved to California when I was a kid (when I was around 7). I lived there most of my life, until I made the move to Chicago in 2010. Needless to say, I’m not exactly used to intense winters, or even a little snow for that matter. While the past 4 winters in Chicago have at least better prepared me for a fifth, I can’t exactly say I’m looking forward to it. It’s wearing me down, guys.

Can you see the little snowflakes?
Can you see the little snowflakes?

To balance that out, luckily, we have the holidays coming up! There are only a few days left until Thanksgiving, when I will be heading to beautiful Phoenix, AZ to spend turkey day with my husband’s family at their timeshare. It can’t come too soon, I already need a break from the cold. We’ll be staying at the Desert Ridge Resort for Turkey Day:

 

Then we will be driving out to Pittsburgh for Christmas, where my husband’s parents live, to spend time with the in-laws.

I’m super sad I won’t be able to spend Christmas with my family in California this year, but alas, the moving expenses have burned a hole in our pocket. I usually go see my sister Laura and the kids:

My sister, nephew and niece, Christmas 2012.
My sister, nephew and niece, Christmas 2012.
That was Diego and Isabella two years ago. Can't believe it!
That was Diego and Isabella two years ago. Can’t believe it!

They grow up so fast!

For now, just need to stick it out another week, which will be especially tough since Alex is doing the night shift rotation in pediatrics. So, it’ll just be me and this fella:

It is I, Fred.
It is I, Fred.

And this little lady:

I'm buckets of fun.
I’m buckets of fun.

Onward, ho.

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