Sick Days

It’s a rare occasion that I get really sick. Sometimes I’ll feel slightly under the weather, and it only happens about once or twice a year. Well, today I woke up with a mean throat ache and some congestion. Not enough to totally wipe me out, but enough to keep me from attempting a commute in -4 F (-22 F with windchill) weather.

Chilly view from my balcony.

Instead I chose to stay home with these snuggle bugs:


2 farm eggs, chicken sausage and Paleo bread.
2 farm eggs, chicken sausage and Paleo bread.

There’s no better remedy than eggs and puppy love to nurse me back to health. In spite of the fact that now I have to get up every 4 hours to take Skye out for a potty break. It’s a struggle every time– she hates the cold– and she often ends up going in forbidden places (like the lobby). She’s adjusting to winter here and I totally feel her pain.

This was taken even before the dip below zero degrees, but still pretty cold.

When I moved to Chicago from L.A. about 5 years ago, I had NO IDEA what I was getting myself into. I didn’t have a winter jacket and I wore rain boots because I had no snow boots. I was freezing half the time and thought I’d never survive.

Then I learned it’s all about the layers, hats, gloves, scarves and, of course, a decent down jacket.

No need for expensive North Face craziness. Macy’s and other department stores have a respectable assortment of down jackets that will do just fine. I’ve had my Calvin Klein and DKNY jackets since my first winter (I purchased them as soon as I realized what I had gotten myself into). They were about a third of the price of a North Face jacket and are still going strong, and, of course, are suuuuper warm.

My Calvin Klein one kind of looks like this. Since I bought mine so long ago, it’s probably no longer for sale, but there are tons of similar styles.

My boots: the classic Sorel Tofino boots:

Gotta go all out with the shoes, but never forget a good pair of thick wool socks!

Luckily, today I get to sit around in my robe all day and not worry about winter. Until tomorrow.


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