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printdude / December 22, 2008 9:28 AM

One Word:


R / December 22, 2008 9:39 AM

Good gear. I always had shabby coats and no boots, which made getting around treacherous. Investing in a puffy coat and waterproof boots (and wearing layers) makes the day much better, even if they're not very flattering.

td / December 22, 2008 9:50 AM

Im using heat

Leelah / December 22, 2008 9:56 AM

I am staying inside! However, tonight I will be staying warm by drinking 50 wines at Juicy Wine Co.

Mimi / December 22, 2008 10:14 AM

I'm staying inside getting cabin fever. Manhattans are also helping.

Sara / December 22, 2008 10:22 AM

Layers, a trapper hat lined with fake fur, and knee socks. When I'm inside: lots of blankets and a purring cat held close.

*Kara* / December 22, 2008 10:31 AM

Actually, I'm not.

Gaigen / December 22, 2008 10:37 AM

I slice open the belly of a tauntaun with my lightsabre and climb inside.

eee / December 22, 2008 10:41 AM

During the day, extra layers and electric blankets when on the couch. On the go, snow boots lined with fake fur, giant scarves I can wrap around my head 3+ times, ear warmers, a hat, and a big coat. At night, it's all about unintentionally stealing covers.

Leelah / December 22, 2008 10:57 AM

@Gaigen - awesome!

Mucky Fingers / December 22, 2008 11:17 AM

I soldier on.

annie / December 22, 2008 11:21 AM

Space heaters, heating pads, long underwear and thick socks. Our place is freezing! The two dogs help at night, even though we've been having three dog night kinda cold.

Spence / December 22, 2008 11:37 AM

expedition weight thermal underwear.

Michi / December 22, 2008 12:04 PM

outdoor-grade plastic on the inside of the windows.
Cat, quilts, dog, taken together.
Cooking, with husband.

Baldeesh / December 22, 2008 12:06 PM

Tape up the gaps in the windows with clear packing tape, and snuggle under a heating blanket.

For outdoors, thick hand-knit cap, Doctor Who scarf (can't beat 14 feet of wool), heavy coat, gloves and wristwarmers, hand-knit wool socks over cotton socks inside waterproof snowboots and at least 2 hoodies.

I look ridiculous, but I don't feel the cold!

Cheryl / December 22, 2008 12:52 PM


Carrie / December 22, 2008 12:55 PM

Blankies on the couch; thick blanket and 2 cats on the bed, 1 boyfriend in the bed; doubling up on socks for outside; a good scarf; silly, but warm hat; hot food; hot drinks or booze; dreaming of the rest of the week when it's in the 30s. Oh heat, too.

crystal clear / December 22, 2008 1:53 PM

lots of blankets on bed, electric mat, ginger tea, sweats to bed.

bought a good long down coat last year at Uncle Dan's, which is serving me well this year. Just need to get new boots for all the snow shoveling I am doing this year.

Mo / December 22, 2008 1:54 PM

Exactly what R said.

Also, the heat generated by using my shovel like an ax to break up the ice around my car. I was sweating by the time I drove out of my space.

Spook / December 22, 2008 2:15 PM

68 degrees at night, 80 when ever I'm home, plus a space heater when I'm in my den. Sorry, I know I want win any Green awards, but I can't stand a cold house

Andrew / December 22, 2008 2:52 PM

I'm particularly thankful for my space heater here in the office. My desk is next to an exterior wall, and the brick acts like an anti-radiator -- you can feel the cold coming through.

flange / December 22, 2008 3:48 PM

heh. right, "cold."

i'm not even wearing a scarf today.

you kids.

the heiress / December 22, 2008 4:16 PM

I've busted out the mink.
fur is super warm, as it turns out.

kate / December 22, 2008 4:32 PM

HA!!! Spook.

Also, multiple pairs of socks and some whiskey in my tea. Not a lot, just enough.

zoenotcool / December 22, 2008 4:42 PM

Inside: tea with honey, hot water bottle when sitting or sleeping (yes, I'm 36 going on 93 and am gradually becoming British). I have a nest of 5-6 blankets at night, because my SO only needs 1 comforter.

Outside: Thinsulate, layers of Lands End over L.L. Bean. Function over fashion.

Steven / December 22, 2008 6:31 PM

Coffee with Bailey's natch, cashmere and two Italian greyhounds, Spugi and Bonaparte. Northern genes and a sunny attitude that does not involve religion help too.

Gaigen / December 23, 2008 8:55 AM

Coffee with Bailey's natch

This is a dangerous sentence to read fast. Glad I read it twice.

Jasmine / December 23, 2008 10:52 AM

Indoors: Tea. Soup. Repeat.

Outdoors: Land's End down coat. Cashmere everything else (hat, scarf, mittens). Hunter boots over SmartWool socks.

w / December 23, 2008 11:22 AM

Punching kittens.

Deborah Rebolloso / December 23, 2008 12:45 PM

I moved to San Diego!

Spook / December 23, 2008 1:14 PM

I'd like to be able to say
my brand new L.L. Bean 18 inch lace up thermo thinsulated duck boots! But those sums of bitches haven't arrived yet! They said three to five day shipping!

WTF! Any one noticed how you can't buy freak'n duck boots in the Midwest? Not at Eddie Bower, Orviz of Land's End!

You can only order them. Do you see
whats wrong with this picture? Its Chicago, not Miami! Any place on the east coast you just walk right in a store and get yer duckbooks, but not Chicago!

Morgan Park / December 23, 2008 5:10 PM

I'm not. The pipes burst in the apartment above me. So not only is my bathroom wrecked, I have no running water. Spending the next few nights on a friend's couch. Happy Holidays to all!

fluffy / December 23, 2008 7:21 PM

Snuggling with the coolest cat ever, Mr. M.

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