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Andrew / October 23, 2005 7:44 PM

(Thanks to Jennifer for the question.)

Nick / October 23, 2005 9:51 PM

White Sox

Stephen / October 23, 2005 11:04 PM

Hot apple cider spiked with cinnamon.
Chicago 'dibs'-system parking etiquette.
Late-night silence after snowfalls.
People's Energy bills.
My car's seat warmers :-)

ivy / October 23, 2005 11:12 PM

- El station heaters
- buying a new scarf
- sobbing on the kitchen floor (next week after daylight savings time ends) when I realize that I leave for work in the dark and come home in the dark

susan / October 23, 2005 11:40 PM

tights, scarves, amazing sunrises, and hiding under blankets.

hench / October 23, 2005 11:54 PM

my wonderful hat & gloves.
snuggling with the sweetheart.

printdude / October 24, 2005 12:26 AM

Cream Sauces!
Cross-Country Skiing!

Most notalby, seeable breath.

mike / October 24, 2005 1:24 AM

traveling, sex, movies where things blow up, good fiction, parties---

all things escapist

Lori / October 24, 2005 2:08 AM

Baking cookies

Brian / October 24, 2005 7:02 AM

Huddling over the radiator
'The Chicago Shuffle' (you know you do it at the el platform.. don't lie)
Hot Cocoa

j / October 24, 2005 7:30 AM


Veronica / October 24, 2005 7:48 AM

Hearty stews and soups. Warm coffee on cold evenings. Snuggling under the covers in bed.

holden / October 24, 2005 7:54 AM

Chai tea
Making soups
More time for Netflix
More time for book reading
Flannel-lined pants
That first sniff when the moisture freezes inside your nose.

Ian / October 24, 2005 7:55 AM

Soups, Stews and Sunday Roasts.
Baking (This winters pet project)
Red wine and port.
Ordering the wood for our open-fire.

Shylo / October 24, 2005 8:32 AM

Sitting over my SAD lamp.

Losing countless mittens.

Frozen tears.

Red wine.

christian / October 24, 2005 8:35 AM

I think about sleeping, but that isn't anything new.
Cold weather driving.
Making good home made chili.
Where the hell are all my sweaters?
Will I accualy go cross-country skiing this year?

Moon / October 24, 2005 8:52 AM

sobbing on the kitchen floor (next week after daylight savings time ends) when I realize that I leave for work in the dark and come home in the dark

Doesn't Daylight Savings Time last 2 weeks longer this year???

slb / October 24, 2005 9:04 AM

baking pies, cookies, and cakes. stews and soups. hot chocolate and mulled wine.

snuggling, sleeping, snoozing.

trying to wrench myself out of bed in the cold morning, fighting off despair, trying to convince myself that someday it will be warm and green again...

MikeH / October 24, 2005 9:25 AM

Lazy Sunday afternoons on the couch and under the blanket, watching football and recovering from the weekend...

The smell of wood-burning fireplaces and the sound of rustling leaves...

Ovaltine with warm milk, Irish coffees and hot green tea...

Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas...

This time of year rocks it!

Leah / October 24, 2005 9:27 AM


Specifically that tomato soup recipe you all posted last fall. I hope I can find it again.

And potato & Leek soup.

And the wierd stew I made this weekend with beef, spicey V8 and squash.

And tea.

ivy / October 24, 2005 9:43 AM

Doesn't Daylight Savings Time last 2 weeks longer this year???

Nope, the change doesn't go into effect 'till 2007. Then the start will be the second Sunday in March, and the end will be the first Sunday in November.

emily / October 24, 2005 9:46 AM

soups and stews, my wonderful wood burning fire place, snuggling, smores, spiced wine, stockings, turtlenecks.

Slim Bottomley / October 24, 2005 9:49 AM

Keeping my place clean and happy despite the extra mud that comes in on my shoes and the extra gloom that comes in the windows.

Killin' the bugs that seek shelter at my place (except for my little spider buddies).

The smell of burning radiator dust.

The nice Mexican tuckpointers who were so careful not to bash my window AC with their platform this past weekend, and who actually swept it clean of crud when they were done for the day.

My DIY turntable platform project, and somehow managing all the music I'm downloading every day.

Not answering the phone when exes call seeking winter companionship. :/

Baltimore / October 24, 2005 10:17 AM

60 thousand people in Illinois with out heat
because they are too poor to pay their bill while "Peoples" Energy and Nicor get richer and richer.

Amy / October 24, 2005 10:50 AM

How freaking far I live from work.
Static electricity and itchy wool sweaters.
Biting wind and darkness.
Where I'm going to go on vacation in January.

I'm really not a winter person.

Justin / October 24, 2005 11:02 AM

Remembered drives through Galena
Fantasies of Italy (I've been) and Germany (haven't)
"Looking for Mr. Green"

In a couple months:
"The Snow Man"
Ducks on Fox River ice

YAJ / October 24, 2005 11:06 AM

Hmmm...cold weather means the hubby starts making cream sauces.

And my hot cocoa habit kicks in.

e_five / October 24, 2005 11:07 AM

The fear of dying alone in the cold and dark.

andy / October 24, 2005 11:15 AM

Cold weather? Who cares! The White Sox are two games away from winning the World Series!!!

Funcrusher / October 24, 2005 11:20 AM

japan grabs and switch b/s lipslides

sweetwater / October 24, 2005 11:30 AM

or maybe
if i can't go far i'll just go to the

sabrosa / October 24, 2005 11:40 AM

staying in bed!
hot tea!
warm ass sweaters!
christmas lights!

kelly / October 24, 2005 11:40 AM

i think of glögg and all the things i was supposed to accomplish while it was still nice out!

i also start my annual quest to find new ankle boots to replace my beloved pair before they finally throw in the towel.

Paula / October 24, 2005 11:45 AM

Warm fuzzy turtleneck sweaters, flannel pajamas, knitted slippers, and finally being able to use my oven without melting into a puddle of sweat. Time for chili, stew, goulash and home-made mac and cheese. Also time to bust open the Barenjager for some honey flavored goodness.

pang / October 24, 2005 11:46 AM

-- mulled cider
-- hot chocolate
-- my kids in footie pajamas
-- my husband's ice-cold feet with which he gleefully touches me when we're in bed because he thinks that's funny
-- and, best of all...flannnel sheets!

steven / October 24, 2005 11:47 AM

Kristkindel Market in Daley Plaza
Hot cocoa
Snugglin with my sweetie
How much driving to work sucks in the snow
Spring training
What to buy everyone for Christmas
Being a year older (11/22)

Carrie / October 24, 2005 12:02 PM

mumbling under my breath about how I hate the stinging cold
getting into work and telling everyone "it's not that bad, it's just the wind"
hot, hot baths with wine and a magazine
forcing myself out so I don't get sad
looking forward to spring and the flowers and the weather getting warm again

Eamon / October 24, 2005 12:08 PM

Scaring the sweet bejeezus out of the neighbors' kids on Halloween.

Eamon / October 24, 2005 12:09 PM

Also: football, football, football, football, football, football, football, football, football, football, football, football, and football. Also football.

leah / October 24, 2005 12:14 PM

Brown alcohol, going to shows freezing without a coat rather than dealing with coat checks, finally moving into my condo and cranking the heat up to 100 because I can.

And throwing my clothes in the dryer in the morning before getting dressed. Because I can. And it feels good!

Staci / October 24, 2005 12:39 PM

Turtlenecks, hot tea and making many varieties of chili. And being very thankful that my building has an entrance into the pedway.

Roni / October 24, 2005 1:15 PM

ditto on the turtlenecks and tights.


bam / October 24, 2005 1:35 PM

Found myself drawn to the whisky section at Binny's just the other day -- it's Islay season.

Breadbaking -- takes the chill off our otherwise not so toasty kitchen.

Hearty meals, soups, stews. Crafted a fine batch of beef bourguignon Saturday. Need to get some of the printdude's cream sauce(s)!

Getting another gross of narcissus bulbs planted before first frost. I knew I was buying way too many again, but....

oketo / October 24, 2005 2:00 PM

hot black knee boots on hot women.

Kevin / October 24, 2005 2:15 PM

Pang, it's a poorly kept secret that men receive a manual when they get married. It teaches us things like how to forget every single personally important date on the calendar, but be able to remember Al Kaline's batting average with runners in scoring position in 1967. It also instructs us that nothing is more fun than making your wife scream with cold feet and hands.

Bittersweet / October 24, 2005 3:41 PM

-Pumpkin Pie
-Usable knitting FO's
-Clothes that cover my body
-Sitting by the fire (once we figure out how to use the gas starting kind)
-Holiday everything
-Body heat
-Driving/parking in the snow
-Folding sweaters (got a part-time seasonal job at a major department store)
-Wool, flannel and down

Steve / October 24, 2005 3:42 PM

My thoughts were already with the Sox, but last night at the Cell it was all about warm thoughts to keep from freezing to death.

Now my thoughts are longer feeling guilty about my tendency to be a homebody, since it'll be too cold for people to want to do anything outside!

Sarah / October 24, 2005 4:05 PM

eating babies

Chris / October 24, 2005 4:21 PM

Hot mulled cider
Ignoring people who complain about the cold weather
Looking for a good place to learn snowboarding this year
Christmas music in general

eep / October 24, 2005 4:27 PM

Scarves, cupping your hands over your nose & mouth and breathing hard to warm your nose up, dark gray skies and bright yellow leaves, cocoa, snuggling to keep warm, necking to get warmer.

SH / October 24, 2005 4:47 PM


yeti / October 24, 2005 6:39 PM

Peeing name in snow
Last opportunity to see the Christmas shmindows at Marshall Fields
Dry skin & body butter
Why bums don't migrate south to were it's warm during the Chicago wintertime
How Christmas in Hollis totally rules

libby / October 24, 2005 6:56 PM

stews, soups and trying to learn bake (again). also, disliking the all the time darkness.

maggie / October 25, 2005 12:09 AM

Wrestling (the real stuff, not WWE) hot chocolate, and the realization that everything I own will soon be cold and damp.

F3 / October 25, 2005 3:16 AM

-hot chocolate
-the clarity of cold air
-no more iced coffee -- rather a venti quad white mocha whole milk extra whip -- to start my morning

april / October 25, 2005 6:24 AM

-stumbling out of a hot, smoky bar at closing time and into the crisp, cool Chicago air
-potato soup
-how eerily quiet this town gets
-It's a Wonderful Life/White Christmas double feature at the Music Box
-my first year living here

amanda / October 25, 2005 9:33 AM

long underwear, soup, hot chocolate with whipped cream, staying in bed as long as possible, knitting, and going for walks late at night after the first really big snowfall, with the moonlight and the snow making it seem much lighter out than it actually is.

Moon / October 25, 2005 10:28 AM

japan grabs and switch b/s lipslides

Is it a code???

/Or a spam message??

jen / October 25, 2005 10:40 AM

how i swear this will be my last winter in chicago...

Ben / October 25, 2005 12:57 PM

The University of Alabama and it's amazing football team.

Spence / October 25, 2005 2:02 PM

-Making huge crock pots of Chili that last a week.

-Skiing in Wisconsin on the weekends.

-Guinness season

-Da Bears

-Da Bulls

winediva / October 25, 2005 2:19 PM

Red wine to go with my chili. Highly recommend Zinfandels and Cotes du Rhone rouges.

Vosges mexican blend hot chocolate made with whole milk.

finally investing in one of those big le cruset dutch ovens. So pricey, but so lovely...

mike / October 25, 2005 2:22 PM

moon, they sound to me like skateboarding tricks, not that it clarifies anything.

Jay / October 25, 2005 3:10 PM

chilledsteam; they start to flow like a river.

jk1 / October 25, 2005 4:36 PM

My thoughts turn to depression brought on by being smothered by the great indoors and lack of light. The confinement drives me crazy, not being able to be active, having to stay close to home (no car).

All those good things that folks have mentioned thus far keep me going until, oh, January 2nd. The three months thereafter are pure, freezing hell.

When I moved to Chicago from California as a kid, everyone kept touting the climatic 'variety.' That would be great if we didn't have SO MUCH 'variety' here. A month of Fall, a month of winter are all the 'variety' I can handle in good spirits...

Jenny / October 25, 2005 4:42 PM

How happy I'll be that the bucket-drummer guy will no longer be playing directly outside my office window from 4:30pm onwards.

susana / October 25, 2005 5:36 PM

helping the homeless (people and animals, but mostly animals)
watching movies in bed

Slack-a-gogo / October 25, 2005 5:49 PM

-hot chocolate
-my three month fear of ice damming
-year end best-of lists
-being reminded that all Summer I told everyone I prefer winter
-the return of Chia Pet commercials
-Hardrock Coco and Joe

And when it's so cold that you can see you breath I get some odd joy from pretending I'm smoking.

kelly / October 25, 2005 8:50 PM

ice skating

Merike - South Africa / May 21, 2007 4:55 AM

Pancakes! They are synonomous with cold and rain in my mind:)

DVD's and cuddleing under a poofy duvet

Long drives along the coast with the rough seas crashing against the shore... and the odd gull testing his power against the gusty wind

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