Think Cold Thoughts

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Baltimore is on Day 4 of 98+ degree heat (not including heat index)- all of my clothes have see-through-sweat and my eyelids are melting to my eyes. I’ve already eaten all the ice cream in the land with my head stuck in the freezer so I’m taking myself back to chillier, snowier times and thinking cold thoughts.

My sister used to live in Alaska so there was the vacation where we did family dog-sledding. It was so cold my brother got frostbite on his feet. Smartly, I sat in the middle smushed between my mom and brother.

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You can almost see my eyes but no quite. It was only –20 degree Fahrenheit that day. The coldest I’ve ever been in was –50 when my brother picked me up from the airport that trip. He almost hit a moose on the way home because the brake lines froze. #neveragain

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It was probably noon when this was taken and the sun was setting- if you can even say it rose.

Alaska in the summer is pleasant. (Maybe I just need to book a quick trip to Alaska to cool off!) Jeans and sweatshirts were perfect in North Pole, Alaska where my sister lived.

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We drove up the Ice Truckers road to the Arctic Circle in Alaska in summer too.  Ah, what lovely summer temperatures!  Fashionable Iowa sweatshirts garnered lots of conversation with the locals and we even met some native Iowans.

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The blizzard of 2016 was a good cold moment. In 24 hours we got all the snow we were going to get for the whole winter. It was winter, all of a sudden, all at once, in 24 hours. It didn’t snow again the rest of the winter season. Of course BC and I walked a mile to a fancy restaurant at the start of the 24 hour storm. BC was not a happy camper about the walk (wuss) but he had some good steak at the end so it was worth it.

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Finding my buried automobile was a task. I only drive once a week so I usually know the general vicinity not the actual spot.  At least someone shoveled the sidewalk a little.

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Alaska at –50 degrees was the coldest I’ve ever been in but Mt. Kilimanjaro from midnight to 6am climbing to the summit was right up there. It wasn’t as cold but there was no respite from the wind and cold and altitude. Breathing was hard, my fingers and toes were dumb, and I was hiking straight uphill to 19,000 feet.

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I don’t actually own this #uglybutwarmpuffycoat I rented it in Africa since my own stylish one did not fit into my backpack.

Writing this post cooled me down quite a bit. Or the fact I’m writing in my underwear with the fan blowing on me. Here’s to the dog days of summer- stay cool out there!

Reader question: Would you rather be hot or cold? Where is the coldest you have been?

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Summer 2016 Beach Reads

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Summer 2016 has become a productive reading summer and it’s only half over.  If you need a good book to read in your beach lounger, look no further. Here are my Summer 2016 Beach Reads- a list made with my book club, the aptly named- Book Club for Busy Ladies.

1) You by Caroline Kepnes

I was the first in the book club to discover this gem and what a creepy, thrilling gem it is. Everyone in the book club agrees that You is like being stuck watching a horror film that you cannot look away from.

2) North and South- Elizabeth Gaskell

While this is not a new book, I did just watch the BBC miniseries which then in turn made me want to read the book. If you prefer reading, check out this Victorian romance novel. If you prefer a good Netflix binge, find North and South and add it to your queue.

3) The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

This is a book that your book club would love to discuss if you are in to suspense and thought-provoking books. It is even a Pulitzer Finalist in the fiction category. And even better is that it takes place in cold Alaska, a good read to think cold thoughts on the brutal hot summer days coming up over the next week.

4) Calendar Series by Audrey Carlan

Calendar Girl (12 Book Series) by Audrey Carlan

Let’s be honest, a lot of readers just want a good trashy romance novel for the beach. The Calendar Girl series is perfect set of 12 books to keep you in trashy romance, tawdry sex, romance, call girl drama, and  then even more sex. Lots and lots of sex. I got a little bored with the “storyline” and quit reading them after September- I was really just skimming them for the good parts by then. But if you need some easy, exciting reading- Calendar Girl is a great option.

5) The Oxford Inheritance by Anna McDonald

I’m reading this right now and haven’t gotten too far into it yet. The blurb promises a thriller with black magic, murder, and money. Sounds like a good one!

Reader question: What book are you reading now? Do you prefer thrillers, bestsellers, classics, romance, or crime when you are reading at the beach or pool in the summer?

 

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