The Week in Walks, etc. Vol. 24

Let’s take a walk, shall we?

Sunday, 30th December

No photo, as almost all of my walking was done in the annals of Orchard Field, Chicago. As it turned out, I had plenty of time to wander around the airport, as we were sitting there for almost 90 minutes waiting for the flight to come in. I went up to the check-in hall, and it was practically dead; the only folks there being some folks waiting for an Iberian flight to Spain, or wherever they were flying to punctually. For an airport that is the world’s second-busiest based on number of passengers served, you’d think they’d have more than a Starbucks and a (according to someone I chatted with who’d experienced this before) poor hot-dog joint in the public areas (i.e. before the security screening). Heck, even in Milwaukee, you have a wide variety of places to have food, pick up the newspaper, and even get some old books in the pre-security area. Ah well, that’s enough for the ranting. πŸ˜‰

Total distance – 6443 steps, 5.15km

Monday, 31st December

Walking 31/12/07

One of the horses in the paddock gets some protection from the harsh cold that was due to set in over the next day and a half. Needless to say, the temperatures were very bad (as in near or below zero degrees Fahrenheit; -13 and lower Celsius).

Total distance – 2451 steps, 1.96km

Tuesday, 1st January

Walking 1/1/08

I didn’t get too far in the walk – all the way to the end of the driveway before the harsh winds got to me. Spring and summer can’t come soon enough for me; something I never thought I’d say! πŸ˜‰

Total distance – 709 steps, 0.56km

Wednesday, 2nd January

Walking 2/1/08

A look over the snow-covered field towards the sun in the southwest. I love the contrast between the shadows and the snow that creates them. It’s one of the beautiful things of winter, and despite my dislike of the extreme cold, one reason why it’s really cool to have 4 seasons around here. πŸ™‚

The walking distance includes some steps that I took at a store while purchasing some salt for our water softener, just so you know πŸ˜‰

Total distance – 3255 steps, 2.60km

Thursday, 3rd January

Walking 3/1/08

I don’t think I’ve shown many train photos for these walks, but I have to say that this is one of my favorite ones that I’ve taken. Now, photo purists will say that the fact that the cars beyond the locomotives are out of focus, but I say pfft! I like the photo and that’s all that matters πŸ˜€

Total distance – 2145 steps, 1.71km

Friday, 4th January

Walking 4/1/08

This is kind of an odd shot, but this is what happens when you have snow that drifts over your driveway – you drive the car through the drift, spin the tyres, back up, and go through it with more momentum. As you might be able to see, the rightmost track is straight, and I am proud to say that this was my handiwork. πŸ˜‰

Total distance – 2218 steps, 1.77km

Saturday, 5th January

Yeah, I’m not feeling this whole feeling blah thing. I was so tired all day that my walk consisted of a short saunter to the mailbox and back to pick up the mail and papers that had collected in the 24 hours since my last trip there (it’s not a lot, but it does add up, and we do recycle). No picture, but I can describe the look of the day – it was gray, but the snow was going away slowly as it was above freezing. The fog wouldn’t set in until later (which at its worst on Sunday, was so bad that you couldn’t see more than about 20m in front of you and there were people driving with no lights on!)

Total distance – 492 steps, 0.39km

In other news, I went back to my therapist on Wednesday and we had a good session, talking about ways to get my motivation sparked; it’s something that we will be focusing on I think over the next couple of weeks or so, and we’re scheduled out to the middle of February. The trip down to the airport on Sunday wasn’t as eventful as the trip down the first time (since we had change for the tolls, thankyouverymuch), though the last leg to home was a little bit hairy with the snow starting to fall gently, but it was not that much of a big deal for me to contend with.

This week, I’m looking to debut my first redesign of a blog template – it’s about 99% complete; the only thing left to do on it is make one more adjustment to the header size (making it take up much less space than it does currently; I’ve previewed it and it looks sharp). The other thing I need to do is figure out how to make a testing platform that is similar to the one that is used on the WordPress themes site – I don’t think it’s going to be that hard to do, but we’ll see. πŸ™‚

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