The year was 2000 and it was the first time Henri flew home to New Jersey to meet my parents. I had flown back earlier and Henri arrived a few days later. I was one of the last people alive who did not yet own a cell phone, (Have you noticed I’m notoriously behind the curve with technology?) so I told him to just wait outside Newark Airport and we would pick him up.
Well it had snowed 16 inches and was 19 degrees below zero that day, and of course Newark Airport being Newark Airport was under construction and we couldn’t get even remotely close to his terminal. And since I didn’t have a cell phone, there was no way to tell him this.
Henri was born in Florida and lived in sunny California since he was four years old so when I told him to wear something warm we thought a light leather jacket would do the trick. He did not own gloves.
When we finally got to him his face was numb, his lips were blue, and the first thing he said to my mother was, “Why do people live here?”
My mother, being my mother, said, “Quit being a wussy boy.” For Christmas she gave him a snow shovel with a note that said, “This is for the driveway.”
They’ve had the same relationship ever since. (Just kidding – they laugh at each other.)
Some Tips for Making a Winter Workout Easier:
- If you are going outside (running, biking, skiing) throw your clothes in the dryer first to warm them up.
- If you are going to be outside a lot, check out this website: http://allseasoncyclist.com and click on “winter cycling.” He gives reviews of warm clothing, goggles, hand warmers, etc.
- Stuck inside? Try new things. Why just use cardio equipment? Try a new yoga or kickboxing class. Heck, I’m finally going to start my pole dancing classes. (Don’t worry – I’m not looking for a career change, just a fun exercise class.)
- Don’t like classes? Try new strength exercises. Here’s a new booty one Ima try from Bodybuilding.com: Glorious Glutes.
- On cold mornings when you don’t want to lug yourself out of bed remind yourself that bikini season is just around the corner…
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