Living at or above 1,000 feet is often a joy, especially during the winter time when the snow really piles up. During the fall, the views are… Read more “Battening Down the Hatches”
Spare me anymore details about the impending storm. We all remember last year how we were snowbound for days without electricity and any working cell phone service.… Read more “Oh Sandy!”
You know, I just love it. I love the changing of the seasons, particularly at home in Litchfield County, Connecticut. Tonight before work, I took a little… Read more “Litchfield County Foliage Fades Away, With a Bang”
Ah, here it is all over again. Crisp mornings followed by sun drenched afternoons that seem to radiate even more with the vibrant colors of the leaves… Read more “Falling Back into Fall: New England’s Best Season”
Changes are coming once again to your Facebook account. In just about a week, Facebook has given users notice that they will transition users personal pages to the new timeline format. Timeline is a hip new way to explore life on Facebook. Think of it as a diary of your entire life portrayed right in front of you in a virtual world, right up from the time you were born.
Many users had shielded from activating timeline on their own for the fear of change, but fear not. Timeline is about to be a huge part of your life, and you’ll be looking at your life you never have before. With timeline, you’ll have the ability to see what kinds of relationships you used to have or what kinds of things you had posted to your Facebook wall.
It’s time to welcome change, not shield it. If you’re like me and live your entire life on social media sites, you’ll fall in love with timeline. Check out the video for a brief overview of what’s coming your way.
What is it about snow that brings out the kid in you? It seems for me, each time it snows, a bit of childhood comes back with it. Maybe that’s why I enjoy it so much, then again, I could just be wildly insane. Either way, when there’s a snow day to be had, you can be rest assured I’m out there enjoying every minute of it.
While most days I’m up in Vermont out on the slopes, this past Sunday morning I got to finally test out my snowshoes I had received for Christmas from my mother. Here in northwestern Connecticut, there’s plenty of places to explore, but considering it was 10AM and I had just got home from a long 12 hour overnight shift, I wasn’t looking to travel any further than right in my own backyard.
I decided to hit up the Still River Greenway in Torrington. While it’s a great place to walk and bike during the summer, it’s also the perfect place to snowshoe and cross country ski during the winter. Not too many people would think of a greenway to be a year round place of refuge, but indeed it is.
Parking my car at the entrance by Winsted, I strapped on my snowshoes and away I went. The trail isn’t maintained during the winter so snow is a guarantee after any snow storm we get. The surroundings were actually quite peaceful as not a soul was in sight, except for the random passing of vehicles on Winsted Road, of course, which isn’t exactly the harmonic sounds of nature, but none the less, a relaxing experience away from any hustle and bustle.
The best part about snowshoeing the greenway is that it’s flat. No need to try and manage your way around boulders or occasional tree roots that will have you falling flat on your face! As an inexperienced snowshoer, it’s probably not best that I attempt any of that just yet. I do need my legs to ski for the rest of the winter, otherwise I might just suffer winter depression like the majority of folks! Then again, that may stop me from doing anymore snow dances for the rest of the winter.
As Americans, we’re all on a budget. The dollar just doesn’t go as far as it used to. It includes everything, even our morning cup of joe which can cost anywhere from two to five dollars on the average. So, how can you make the pinch feel less harsh?
Make a stop at your local Mickey D’s. You’ll be surprised by what you taste! For years, I have been ignoring those who have told me McDonalds has the best coffee in America. I ignored all of them, and went on to spend five-dollars a day on a great cup of coffee at Starbucks. Then, one day, my local Starbucks was closed and I had to settle for what I thought was less. Then, there I was. Starring and sipping on what was possibly the best coffee I have ever had, and for just a buck!
Any size, any day. Just a buck. I couldn’t believe what I have been missing out on all this time. It then made me wonder, what else was I missing out on. It was then and there that I had a revelation. It was time to conquer everything else I had previously ignored. It’s amazing what coffee can do.