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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Simple Cold-Weather Pleasures

I hate the cold. Hate is not a word I like to throw around much, and when I do use it, I usually don't mean it, but this time I really do mean it. I HATE the cold.

We are quickly moving into the most dreadful 5 or 6 months of the year, despite the fact that it was 71 degrees yesterday. What a pleasant surprise that was! Unfortunately, it wasn't that warm in my office (generally never is, even in the summer, due to over air-conditioning). So I didn't really get a chance to enjoy yesterday's weather.

Today it's something like... well, it's supposed to get around the 40's, but I'd say it's more 50's right now, and even that is too cold for me. I like it to be about 74 degrees inside, and 70-72 degrees outside all the time. Unfortunately, we're not living in San Diego. So for now I have to deal with it.

One of the ways I deal with the evil cold is by basking in some simple pleasures that make the chilly gray more bearable. One of those pleasures is scarves. I think people look much more sophisticated with scarves, and today I wore one for the first time this season.

I have almost as many scarves as I have coats, which is another one of my cold-weather pleasures. I do love the look of coats, especially long coats. I usually acquire at least one new coat a season. It's the one obsessive shopping thing that I indulge in, because I'm not a rampant shopper. But I love buying coats. This year I'd like to find a nice Victorian-style coat, because my vision of the future involves people reverting to Victorian styles, although in an updated fashion, of course.

An obvious cold-weather pleasure is the absolute plethora of warm bevies available for consumption. Most of the year I'm a plain latte kind of girl, but as we get closer to the holidays, I frequently change my order to pumpkin spice lattes, eggnog lattes, cinnamon lattes, peppermint lattes, chai lattes, and the list goes on. The only problem with that is that most of these bevies are overly sweet, especially when you are accustomed to drinking unsweetened lattes. I'm wondering if I could get my baristas to cut the flavoring in half? I'll try doing that.

Finally -- and this is the simplest pleasure of all -- when washing my hands, I enjoy keeping my hands under the stream of warm water for longer than usual. I frequently leave them under the water until the threat of scalding becomes imminent. Unfortunately, our bathrooms at work have only cold water for both the hot and cold knobs. Such cruelty! So I only get to indulge in this pleasure at home or in public restrooms. Though this may hurt my feelings a little, I'll take all the comfort I can get in times of cold. Especially since we haven't figured out the secret of human hibernation yet.

Stay warm this season, folks.


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4 comments:

Sarahbellum said...

Lattes are the only way to make it through winter alive.

And since the S-bux baristas don't have enough reason to hate me, I give them one more by asking for sugar-free flavoring and only one pump. I started asking for a one-pump latte, but quickly found they don't think I"m nearly as clever as I think I am.

Whitney said...

Sra, I am jealous because here I sweat all day! You can never wear the same thing twice without washing it because it reeks! Scarves are my favorite accessory as well. In Madrid there were so many cute scarves I wanted to run up and steel them from the necks of the fashionable! I can't wait for snow! Three weeks!

Whitney said...

Sra, I am jealous because here I sweat all day! You can never wear the same thing twice without washing it because it reeks! Scarves are my favorite accessory as well. In Madrid there were so many cute scarves I wanted to run up and steel them from the necks of the fashionable! I can't wait for snow! Three weeks!

Sarahbellum said...

Lattes are the only way to make it through winter alive.

And since the S-bux baristas don't have enough reason to hate me, I give them one more by asking for sugar-free flavoring and only one pump. I started asking for a one-pump latte, but quickly found they don't think I"m nearly as clever as I think I am.

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