When I opened the door to take Murphy for his afternoon walk, I did not expect to see snow on the ground. Where did those come from? First flakes of the year! 😯

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This year, I’ve absolutely loved winter in Boston. It’s been SO WARM! It was 60 degrees and sunny in November and I ran outside in shorts and a t-shirt at the end of October! Crazy, but awesome!

But, now, I think winter is “officially” here. Wicked bummer. But, I guess I could deal with a White Christmas!

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Despite the wintery weather, the pug couldn’t wait to get outside and stretch his little doggie legs.

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So, Mal and I headed out for a 45-minute walk with him around the neighborhood. I was chilly by the end, but it wasn’t that bad. Maybe I finally learned how to properly dress for winter? 😉

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It was dinnertime when we returned, so I whipped up a very convenient meal. I’m not sure it gets any easier than this!

I made a box of rice pilaf on the stovetop.

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Nuked some broccoli florets in the microwave. (Just add a splash of water, cover, and cook on high for 3 minutes.)

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Added about a tablespoon of olive oil + two tablespoons of Wildtree Scampi Blend + 3/4 of pound of shrimp to a skillet.

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Then, I tossed it all together with some spring mix.

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Viola! Easiest meal ever!

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Off to look for something sweet!

Tomorrow is (Cookie) FRIDAY!!! :mrgreen:


  1. It’s funny that you say you have loved winter so much this year. I was thinking about you this morning and how last year you said you had the winter blues. I am definitely suffering from the winter blues. It has been gross here and it seems like it has been this way for a while. Atlanta did not have the best fall. While the weather was unseasonable warm, it took a turn for the worse and it just dreary. We had tons of ice on the roads and gray skies tonight…not pretty. I don’t mind the cold…I just need light in my life!

  2. It’s nice that you’ve had such a mild winter so far, I’m sure it definitely helps with the marathon training! I couldn’t imagine doing long runs out in the cold here (western NY), we’ve gotten slammed with snow.

  3. yum, what a great, easy meal!
    winter in cleveland got a late start this year too, but now it’s definitely in full swing. we got a bunch of snow earlier this week, and i think it’s here to stay!

  4. As an avid and devoted reader, I have to say that it’s pretty frustrating to see your quotation marks incorrectly used so often. In this post (“officially”) and so many others, there is no need for it.

    Sorry if this comes off as rude or irrelevant, but it’s quite a blog turn-off to see such frequent improper grammar.

  5. I’m in Cambridge, MA and it was actually kind of sunny yesterday afternoon. No snow on this side of Boston! Weird!

  6. @Erin D.!:

    this isn’t a jab, this is just about proper grammar. It wasn’t used as a quote, a reference, or irony. It was just an improper proxy for italics or underlining.

  7. haha who cares if you use quotation marks in the wrong place anyways!!! Out of your whole post, THATS what they comment on–wow.

    Moving on…

    As a Bostonian too…its SO cold and winter has “officially’ began for sure! 😉

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