It's coming - and quickly. Winter in Chicago is a force to be
reckoned with, so before the full force of a cranky Mother Nature
descends on us, here are five ways to get ready for The Big
- Go play outside.
ALONE. Before the lakefront freezes over and
your bike goes into winter hibernation, leave the kids behind and
go play! A solo swing session, forest preserve walk, beach picnic
with a pal or power ride down the bike path will help prepare your
spirit for the big chill.
- Stock up on sick-day
supplies. The Cold and Flu Fiesta is coming
to town and ya best be prepared. Reserve a part of the pantry for
stuff you'll need when that dreaded call comes in from the school
nurse. Don't forget: cans of ginger ale, liquid pain reliever, a
working thermometer, sore-throat lollipops and a special "sick day
sack" filled with goodies to keep 'em happy in bed. (Tip: Use a
pillow case and stuff it with fave items and trinkets that come out
only when they are sick.)
- Get some new "don't touch me"
jammies. You know, those super cozy, ultra
toasty, super un-sexy PJs you LOVE when the weather cools. That's
what my husband calls the "don't touch me" jammies. Everyone needs
a set. They don't have to be expensive, but they do have to be
irresistible, if only to you.
- Hit the
laundromat. When was the last time you washed
those big ol' blankets you pull out each fall? This year grab a
latte, some trashy mags or your neglected bedside book and take a
field trip to the cleaners. You'll feel like a domestic goddess,
and it'll give you a couple hours of peace and quiet..
- Lock yourself in the
playroom. Some people nest and clear the
clutter every spring. I think the season just before you're about
to be homebound a bit more is the ideal time to simplify your
space. Take a half day, lock yourself in the land of LEGOs and
slash and burn. My kids can rarely even tell what I've donated
while they're away. .
Meredith Sinclair is a freelance writer and blogger living with three quirky guys on Chicago's North Shore.
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