Here’s a fact I’ve begun to accept about myself: I like to complain about the weather.
For most of the summer, it was too hot. Now, it’s finally cooled down, but it’s too rainy and too humid. And although I’ll try to deny this and declare my love for cold-weather running, I’m pretty sure that you’ll find me grumbling too cold, too icy, too windy, and/or too snowy at some point during the winter.
Today, I complained. See?
All day, I whined internally while procrastinating my run. I tried telling myself I should be glad that at least it wasn’t 90*. But, nope. Too rainy. Still not impressed, weather.
Here’s another fact: I get a kick out of those international weather listings on the back page of the front section of USA Today. Whenever we travel and get a copy plopped at our hotel room door, I become immediately engrossed in the weather section and proceed to call out tidbits to the hubs (“It’s 68 and raining in Milwaukee! 92 and sunny in Abu Dhabi!”) while he pretends not to hear me.
Right. I am a weather nerd.
So. What would perfect weather look like? Easy: 55 and sunny. Or if not sunny, at least dry. That’s my ideal running weather. The very definition of not-hot but not-cold. Shorts and a tank-top comfortable.
I poked around to see where in the world I might go, at the moment, to find this blissful fantasy weather. Hmm, could I live in any of these places?
(All data weather data is from USA Today’s Friday forecasts. Pictures as cited.)
1. Buenos Aries, Argentina – High 59*, Low 44*, Partly Sunny
From Lonely Planet: “Mix together a beautiful European-like city with attractive residents, gourmet cuisine, awesome shopping, a frenzied nightlife and top-drawer activities, and you get Buenos Aires, a cosmopolitan metropolis with both slick neighborhoods and equally downtrodden areas – but that’s part of the appeal.”
Could I live there? I’ve never been to BA, but from what I’ve heard – yes, I could definitely live there. However, I’d be thirty pounds heavier from a constant diet of amazing steak and red wine and thus less able to run, so the weather ideal would be sort of lost on me.
2. Wellington, New Zealand – High 58*, Low 48*, Fair
From Lonely Planet: “Hemmed in by hillsides around a magnificent harbour, Wellington is NZ’s capital. Given the relatively small population, there’s an astounding number of quality restaurants, cafés, bars, galleries, shops and theatres here. Timber Victorian houses terrace up steep valleys from the waterfront in an almost San Franciscan manner.”
Could I live there? Sold. When’s the next flight?
3. Helsinki, Finland – High 54*, Low 45*, Sunny
From Lonely Planet: “Helsinki is cool without – as yet – being self-consciously so. Unlike other capitals, you sense that people go to places because they enjoy them, not to be seen. Much modern décor is ironic and humorous.”
Could I live there? Well, I am also “cool without – as yet – being self-consciously so.” Right? (Seriously, what does that even mean? Lonely Planet, call me. I can do yer guidebooks better. Thx.)
But really….no, I couldn’t live there. I don’t mind snow but I don’t think I could deal with Finland winters.
4. Ulan Bator, Mongolia – High 58*, Low 31*, Sunny
From Lonely Planet: “An enormous city of pulsating commerce, heavy traffic, sinful nightlife and bohemian counter-culture, the Mongolian capital stirs as much shock as it does excitement. UB is a cauldron of concrete and dirt. New buildings are thrown up on any available patch of ground, while Humvees battle Landcruisers and yellow taxis for right of way on pot-holed boulevards.”
Could I live there? Um, yeah…NO. I don’t want to live in a “cauldron” of anything. Manic drivers in giant SUVs? That sounds like the worst place to run ever. I would love to visit though! (Really…the hubs and I have talked about doing a Mongolia trip at some point, mostly for the awesome trekking, but I’m sure we’d stop in the city too.)
5. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada – High 54*, Low 37*, Sunny
From Lonely Planet: “A crop of concrete and glass pops out of the prairies in an area fertile with history and culture. Winnipeg’s isolation, self-sufficiency and outside ignorance have allowed it to evolve into one of Canada’s honest and composed metropolitan cities that can handle being the butt of the Simpsons gag, ‘That’s it! We’re all going back to Winnipeg!’”
Could I live there? Probably. The interior of Canada has seems mysteriously charming to me. As in, I feel like Laura Ingalls and her Pa might still be up there today…dragging their wagon across the prairie and igniting pioneer fantasies in my childhood heart. But anyway. I could, but I probably wouldn’t. Because those Ingalls chicks had to use outhouses, yo.
One final weather-related fact. At this point, I am refusing to check the forecast for October 1o in Chicago. If there is one thing that is totally out of my control for this race, it’s the weather. My stalking it over the next ten days is NOT going to change it. So I’ll check it when I’m packing next Friday morning and deal with it then.
Today’s EAT: Again I dine alone. Woe is me. (Yes, the hubs is still in the picture. He’s just logging some late hours at the office this week.)
I knew I should have a somewhat healthy, balanced meal instead of eating ice cream for dinner. Enter: Pork Nacho Salad.
This was so easy and really delicious. I’m not sure why I’ve never put salad on nachos before because it’s a genius combination. The key, I think, is to toss the salad with the dressing before hand so it sticks to the lettuce. But…wow. I’ll definitely be making salad-topped nachos of various varieties again!
Sound good? Try it for yourself, or make your own variation. And let me know how it turns out!
Today’s DRINK: I’ve been sipping in a glass of red while cooking and blogging this evening:
Artezin (ha – get it?) Zinfandel. Not horrible, but nothing special either. It was very dry. I don’t like red wines that leave me thirsty.
Today’s RUN: In spite of my weather-related whining, I dragged myself out for five easy miles. The taper continues!
Today’s QUESTION: If you had to move abroad, where would you move? I have no intention of expatriating any time soon, but it’s a fun question that I think about often! I’d love to live in Ireland or Scotland!