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What do you do when it rains/snows?

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Created December 13, 2011 at 4:25 AM

I live in Los Angeles so I can't really complain most of the time. But it's raining right now and I did a whole lotta NOTHING today. I wanna know what everyone else does when they're forced to stay inside. I have weights, a step machine, a mini trampoline, a punching bag and the Xbox Kinect (with games that involve sports and dancing) so I have the resources to stay active but it's just this darn weather that makes me wanna cuddle in bed watching Disney movies. Did hunter-gatherers let bad weather stop them from hunting and gathering?

04f2eae4450112cdedce7235923c646d

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on December 14, 2011
at 05:03 AM

I just wear a f.ing sweater. I have probably 4 goretex jackets, all of them which I have used frequently, but when I run I LOVE to get wet. I'll just put on 2-3 tshirts and a sweater + pants.

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on December 13, 2011
at 11:09 PM

It's impossible for anyone to know the answer to this question.

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on December 13, 2011
at 11:03 PM

*running gear specially designed for rainy weather

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on December 13, 2011
at 11:02 PM

Do you guys have special running gear like Gortex that DG mentioned in her answer?

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(10663)

on December 13, 2011
at 11:00 PM

Ooh, I don't think I could live where you guys live. I'm so spoiled. I love my LA sunshine.

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on December 13, 2011
at 10:59 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wv-34w8kGPM

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on December 13, 2011
at 10:58 PM

Haha I guess I'm a little spoiled living in LA and get moody over a little bit of rain. But part of Paleo is PLAYING right? And what better way than to splash in some puddles? Thanks Bree!

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on December 13, 2011
at 10:57 PM

Those sound fun--will look into it!

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on December 13, 2011
at 10:57 PM

I have the "You Are Your Own Gym" and find it useful!

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on December 13, 2011
at 09:27 PM

I was out running during the storm in August. Best. Run. Ever. Also, I was for a hike with my 50 lbs backpack when we had 40mm of rain in 12 hours concistently for 3 days in the mountains. Just beautiful.

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on December 13, 2011
at 06:25 PM

I think that in my opinion there are very few reasons that I would be forced to stay inside (hurricane, tornado, extreme cold like -50) - and I think that is what people are driving at here

4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

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on December 13, 2011
at 06:07 PM

I'd be willing to bet that complaining about bad weather is as old as language itself.

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on December 13, 2011
at 06:02 PM

I agree that my question was a little underdeveloped. I thought my third sentence would get across what I wanted to know but I guess not :P

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on December 13, 2011
at 05:24 PM

I live 3 hours from snow, and when I go to snow country, I go specifically to do outdoorsy stuff. As for rainy days, I do whatever outdoor activity I want to, dressed so as to be comfortable, defined chiefly as staying warm. One of the things I like most about running in a torrential downpour is: getting drenched and staying warm.

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on December 13, 2011
at 03:57 PM

You should be where I am at the moment...lots of people were getting loads of great exercise picking up fence panels from the street, next doors garden, maybe even the next county. I personally didn't go for a run last night because it was just TOO darn windy and rainy. But for gentle rain (like in LA) I concur 100%!!!

Bdede2dbc411f2533a7e6f13674ade51

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on December 13, 2011
at 03:40 PM

Okay,that would kind of suck! I don't mind bad weather if I'm out to enjoy it, though. My parents conditioned me well by taking my brother and I to the coast to storm watch when things were forecast to be bad. Oregonians are weird that way. Loved it, though. When I lived in AK, I loved being out when it was -40, chopping wood or taking the dog for a walk up the frozen river. We'd snowmobile and ski down to -30F. But, I also really liked the warm weather of Hawaii and San Diego when I lived in those places. I guess I'll take whatever nature serves up :)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on December 13, 2011
at 02:43 PM

Love the 'painting the cave walls and making arrowheads'! That relates to my re-painting the house.

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

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on December 13, 2011
at 02:08 PM

Agreed, I hate running, unless it's raining... then I love it :D I wish it were windy and rainy more often where I live.

71e078b9000a360364fd039bae64dabf

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on December 13, 2011
at 01:45 PM

I try and kid myself i like being outdoors in bad weather, but the two hour bike ride i had to make last weekend (i don't own a car) in ~2 degrees C and rain/sleet was not enjoyable!

Bdede2dbc411f2533a7e6f13674ade51

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on December 13, 2011
at 12:35 PM

Where I live in Germany, I'd be inside 350 days of the year. Thankfully, I LOVE snow. Rain? I'm from Western Oregon. Bring it on Herr Scheissewetter!

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on December 13, 2011
at 10:13 AM

If you don't like it, don't answer. No reason to start a flame war.

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on December 13, 2011
at 08:36 AM

You could move over here to Scotland :)

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on December 13, 2011
at 07:29 AM

April.. what about editing your post to make it a bit more clear and concise? It's totally cool to amend a post, I definitely do on occasion if I think I found a way explain myself better. Your response to DG actually states in a much more understandable way what you are looking for. In some instances high level is best :)

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on December 13, 2011
at 07:25 AM

April.. what about editing your post to make it a bit more clear and concise? It's totally cool to amend a post, I definitely do on occasion if I think I found a way explain myself better. Your response to DG actually makes me understand what exactly you are looking for. In some instances high level is best :)

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on December 13, 2011
at 07:16 AM

Umm.. what about editing your post to make it a bit more clear and concise? Your response to DG actually makes me understand what you are looking for. In some instances high level is best :)

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on December 13, 2011
at 06:24 AM

Thanks for the, uh, constructive criticism, and I do agree that yeah I can tough it up and go outside if I wanted to and that I should. But my question was specifically asking what people do indoors in harsher weather (which I know I rarely have to deal with). I wasn't asking for suggestions on what I should do, but merely what activities other people do.

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on December 13, 2011
at 06:20 AM

No, you have completely dumbed-down my question. You have severely undermined my intelligence all because I asked a subjective question. I am insulted that this answer received two upvotes. Yes, maybe you should leave if all you do is leave unnecessary answers and contribute nothing else at all. This site is about asking questions about the Paleo lifestyle. Maybe your remark would be justified if I had asked something like "what do kittens dream about?" I can't believe how so damn judgmental people can be.

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on December 13, 2011
at 06:20 AM

Chimpanzees hate the rain and will huddle under trees; I huddle under the covers. I can get back to being a mighty hunter when it's sunny out. :)

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on December 13, 2011
at 04:43 AM

No. I suspect that survival was much more important to them than pretty much anything else. Gear up and go for a nice walk or something, the air will be washed clean by the rain.

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531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

on December 13, 2011
at 06:04 AM

I like to listen to Foreigner. Also, I touch myself.

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on December 13, 2011
at 10:59 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wv-34w8kGPM

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Bdede2dbc411f2533a7e6f13674ade51

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on December 13, 2011
at 06:49 AM

Go for a swim in the tar pits? Throw spears through the big donut on top of Randy's?

If you can't find something to do in LA to keep you occupied during "inclement" weather, you've got bigger issues. You basically answered your own question while asking your question. You've purchased that exercise equipment, so use it. Or join a gym. Or buy some wet-weather protections and go for a run. Or just take it easy and relax. The body needs that too. Worrying about petty shit like this isn't going to help with stress and cortisol levels.

In my opinion, being Paleo also means being malleable. You do what you can when you can based on what is presented to you. It's not hard. I've been laid up with a pretty bad back for the last six months and have hardly been able to do anything exercise related in this time. So, I try to focus my energies elsewhere - reading, learning, dialing in my diet for this specific time in my life, etc.. Use your energies for something productive. If you don't feel like exercising that day, don't. Also, if you think the weather in LA is hindering your activities, it's best that you don't move anywhere else. Stay put, because 99% of places on Earth have worse weather than SoCal. It rains quite a bit in Hawaii. It would be a shame to be stuck inside all day while in the tropics......

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04f2eae4450112cdedce7235923c646d

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on December 13, 2011
at 05:32 AM

Go for a run. Running in rain is the best feeling ever (besides squatting and eating bacon).

04f2eae4450112cdedce7235923c646d

(1112)

on December 14, 2011
at 05:03 AM

I just wear a f.ing sweater. I have probably 4 goretex jackets, all of them which I have used frequently, but when I run I LOVE to get wet. I'll just put on 2-3 tshirts and a sweater + pants.

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(10663)

on December 13, 2011
at 11:02 PM

Do you guys have special running gear like Gortex that DG mentioned in her answer?

04f2eae4450112cdedce7235923c646d

(1112)

on December 13, 2011
at 09:27 PM

I was out running during the storm in August. Best. Run. Ever. Also, I was for a hike with my 50 lbs backpack when we had 40mm of rain in 12 hours concistently for 3 days in the mountains. Just beautiful.

6cdc6b1e75690cfcc4804a6c9eaa910a

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on December 13, 2011
at 03:57 PM

You should be where I am at the moment...lots of people were getting loads of great exercise picking up fence panels from the street, next doors garden, maybe even the next county. I personally didn't go for a run last night because it was just TOO darn windy and rainy. But for gentle rain (like in LA) I concur 100%!!!

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

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on December 13, 2011
at 02:08 PM

Agreed, I hate running, unless it's raining... then I love it :D I wish it were windy and rainy more often where I live.

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on December 13, 2011
at 11:03 PM

*running gear specially designed for rainy weather

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on December 13, 2011
at 04:35 AM

April! You live in one of the few towns (OK, "big cities") where, when it rains in December, it's warm. Or at least, warmer than a lot of other places in the US of A. So if you go outside and walk or run in the rain, you not be likely to shiver your timbers.

Still, LA in December is different from Fiji or Maui. LA is less warm. So get hold of some rain gear (like Gortex) which protects from rain yet allows the body to sweat, and to keep warm at the same time.

I can hear you saying, "But such gear is expensive." If that's your stance, then all I can say is: your ancestors and mine, the Paleos about whom we all seem to be obsessed, did what you did today, when they could. Namely, they stayed inside (their caves or huts) and stayed as warm as they could.

What did they probably not do? Whine. Complain about "the weather." Probably they did neither. Almost certainly they did neither. They were survivors, not "consumers" (like you and me).

OK? So buck up and close your laptop and go outside. Get moving, and move fast enough to work up a sweat. If your sweat meets cold air, consider yourself Alive.

Any questions?

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on December 13, 2011
at 05:24 PM

I live 3 hours from snow, and when I go to snow country, I go specifically to do outdoorsy stuff. As for rainy days, I do whatever outdoor activity I want to, dressed so as to be comfortable, defined chiefly as staying warm. One of the things I like most about running in a torrential downpour is: getting drenched and staying warm.

4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

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on December 13, 2011
at 06:07 PM

I'd be willing to bet that complaining about bad weather is as old as language itself.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on December 13, 2011
at 07:16 AM

Umm.. what about editing your post to make it a bit more clear and concise? Your response to DG actually makes me understand what you are looking for. In some instances high level is best :)

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on December 13, 2011
at 06:24 AM

Thanks for the, uh, constructive criticism, and I do agree that yeah I can tough it up and go outside if I wanted to and that I should. But my question was specifically asking what people do indoors in harsher weather (which I know I rarely have to deal with). I wasn't asking for suggestions on what I should do, but merely what activities other people do.

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on December 13, 2011
at 04:50 PM

Put on your rain boots and go puddle jumping! Get wet and make a mess - then when you get home it takes a while to clean up put on a pot of tea curl up and read a book and listen to the rain. And then when you wake up from your puddle jumping tea induced nap turn on some of your fave music and dance!

Don't ever let the weather get you down - it's not worth it. Enjoy the rain - make it fun! And never be afraid of getting wet! And this is coming from experience, I lived in the cloudiest and rainiest place on earth for 3 years (and I'm not exaggerating there was a couple who moved there with their kids who were allergic to the sun!)

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on December 13, 2011
at 10:58 PM

Haha I guess I'm a little spoiled living in LA and get moody over a little bit of rain. But part of Paleo is PLAYING right? And what better way than to splash in some puddles? Thanks Bree!

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96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on December 13, 2011
at 10:22 AM

When it snows here in NY, and it sticks, I do the obvious: free work-out involving a shovel and the snow.

I work out with dumbbells anyway, so turn on the TV to the metal music station and lift away. There's nothing quite like Slayer for burning through a bunch of sets! :)

what-do-you-do-when-it-rains/snows?

If you're not working out that day, it's perfectly fine to have a day of rest. Read something or watch something, or cook some meals for the next few days. Or just rest.

Or if it's not too noisy outside, and it's just the sound of raid, mediate to the rain. The freshest air you'll have is when it's raining, so open a window and breathe deep while meditating.

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on December 13, 2011
at 05:57 AM

I'm in Toronto, its been between -3 and + 3 Celsius so far this winter which is pretty warm for us. However I still run home from work some days in t-shirt and shorts.

If you are moving you are warm. Rain! last week I was running in the snow.

Also some days it is best to do nothing, put your feet up relax. Honestly don't beat yourself up about it I love days where I do nothing. Normally that day is my Sunday, I literally don't do shit on Sunday.

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on December 13, 2011
at 07:25 PM

I go dancing twice a week--free-style, very Paleo--- and I do lots of squatting, bodyweight resistance work, etc.

Google 5 Rhythms???, Soul Motion, Ecstatic Dance, Barefoot Boogie..

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on December 13, 2011
at 10:57 PM

Those sound fun--will look into it!

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on December 13, 2011
at 12:16 PM

I live in London. In most dictionaries, 'London' is a synonym of 'rain'.

:-)

Kidding about the linguistics, but it rains just about 24/7 in London. I've never stayed inside because of rain before; if it is extremely heavy, I pop on extra high heeled boots (or, try wellies, if you're more practical with your clothes) to keep my feet dry, get my man-sized umbrella (the sort you can use as a spear/vault pole) and just get out. I'm originally from Moscow, where you get a lot of ice & snow. It's worthwhile investing in shoes with good grip if ice is an issue.

Just as Aaron pointed out, I too sometimes go running in the rain - its a totally different experience - it gives you a kind of power-ballad romantic feeling - and, from a technical point of view, your workout might be more effective because heat usually makes you feel tired faster, while the rain will cool you down and keep you going longer.

If you really cannot force yourself to get out, or are faced with an apocalyptic cataclysm, or civil unrest, or anything else, you might consider the Prison workout - http://www.marksdailyapple.com/prison-workout/#axzz1gPqkPoqt. - the descending sets of burpees especially are a killer. Tried them, loved them. Total body workout.

Working out at home is a real option if you find yourself unable to go outside. Besides, if you're anything like me and staying inside makes you feel sluggish and disgusting, this will keep you energized and give you that post-exercise 'glow'.

Lots of paleo love,

Milla

P.S. If you're into warm and fuzzy jazz, I'd also recommend listening to Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong singing "It's a lovely day" while you're out braving the elements!

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71e078b9000a360364fd039bae64dabf

on December 13, 2011
at 12:13 PM

If i stayed inside every time it rained/snowed i'd be indoors from October-March.

71e078b9000a360364fd039bae64dabf

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on December 13, 2011
at 01:45 PM

I try and kid myself i like being outdoors in bad weather, but the two hour bike ride i had to make last weekend (i don't own a car) in ~2 degrees C and rain/sleet was not enjoyable!

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on December 13, 2011
at 11:00 PM

Ooh, I don't think I could live where you guys live. I'm so spoiled. I love my LA sunshine.

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on December 13, 2011
at 12:35 PM

Where I live in Germany, I'd be inside 350 days of the year. Thankfully, I LOVE snow. Rain? I'm from Western Oregon. Bring it on Herr Scheissewetter!

Bdede2dbc411f2533a7e6f13674ade51

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on December 13, 2011
at 03:40 PM

Okay,that would kind of suck! I don't mind bad weather if I'm out to enjoy it, though. My parents conditioned me well by taking my brother and I to the coast to storm watch when things were forecast to be bad. Oregonians are weird that way. Loved it, though. When I lived in AK, I loved being out when it was -40, chopping wood or taking the dog for a walk up the frozen river. We'd snowmobile and ski down to -30F. But, I also really liked the warm weather of Hawaii and San Diego when I lived in those places. I guess I'll take whatever nature serves up :)

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on December 13, 2011
at 05:38 AM

this is the dumbest post i've ever seen on this group and this group has stooped to a new low; it makes we want to leave this group.

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on December 13, 2011
at 06:20 AM

No, you have completely dumbed-down my question. You have severely undermined my intelligence all because I asked a subjective question. I am insulted that this answer received two upvotes. Yes, maybe you should leave if all you do is leave unnecessary answers and contribute nothing else at all. This site is about asking questions about the Paleo lifestyle. Maybe your remark would be justified if I had asked something like "what do kittens dream about?" I can't believe how so damn judgmental people can be.

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on December 13, 2011
at 10:13 AM

If you don't like it, don't answer. No reason to start a flame war.

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on December 14, 2011
at 04:23 AM

Portland, Oregon speaking here: go outside and do what you normally do. It builds character.

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on December 13, 2011
at 09:51 PM

Yoga and body weight exercises can be done anywhere... Or, as others have stated, you can rest. It is easy for some of us to get TOO focused on exercise, and make it into another stress-inducing job to get done... My approach is to play as much as possible, and enjoy every bit of exercise I get. Check out "you are your own gym" by Mark Lauren for some awesome body weight workouts. Obviously, you can ignore the chapter on nutrition :)

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on December 13, 2011
at 10:57 PM

I have the "You Are Your Own Gym" and find it useful!

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on December 13, 2011
at 07:15 PM

Sounds like it could be a great opportunity to catch up on some experimenting in the kitchen, primal reading or documentary viewing! I can really sympathize with the situation - right now I'm two weeks in to being housebound with storms up at a friends bach - but Bree is spot on with the advice not to let the weather bring you down. If you feel up to it then sometimes tackling the wind and rain can be a refreshing challenge, but I find I can get into a self-punishing mindset if I put too much pressure on myself. Check in with your body and amp up the self-compassion - do what feels like it will nourish your WHOLE self and remember all things pass eventually (seasons too).

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on December 13, 2011
at 01:15 PM

I walk. If it's light rain an umbrella works, when it gets harder there's the Muck boots and Hellys, when it gets icy cold the rubber traction gizmos, scarf, insulated gloves, wool and fur hat. Every day for 5 years, from 0F to 100F....

I always end up bored afterwards, staring out at the rain. Definitely music, either played or listened to. Food preparation - you can make this as complicated as you want, and it eats up the time. Shopping. Reading blogs and books. Cleaning. If I'm really bored there's TV, but that's a last resort. The real paleo version of all this indoor activity would probably be painting the cave walls and making arrowheads.

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on December 13, 2011
at 02:43 PM

Love the 'painting the cave walls and making arrowheads'! That relates to my re-painting the house.

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on December 13, 2011
at 11:42 AM

I love to go running on rainy days. Try it, you just might like it. :)

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