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All the Right Clothes: surviving a midwest winter

We're in week four of our Ohio life, and most days have been pretty darn cold. In the 20s. We've had snow on the ground the past two weeks, and it will stay through Christmas. But you know what? I don't mind it at all, because I'm as toasty as can be. Maybe it's because we're new here and I don't care what people think of me, or maybe it's because I'm older and wiser now, but I am choosing warmth over fashion. Long underwear (that I've had since college!), wool socks, thick sweaters, a down coat that covers my butt and shields my face, wool gloves, fleece hat and insulated boots. I walk back and forth to school twice a day in this outfit, and I love it. I walk past dozens of idling cars lining the streets around the school and feel great to be outside stretching my legs and clearing my head (well, except for all the carbon monoxide that's seeping in). Plus if I were sitting in one of those cars, I wouldn't get to meet some of the parents I've met who also walk to school.

The other day I walked to our local library branch, which is a good 8-10 blocks away. I later called Renee and told her I was working on my reputation as 'crazy walking lady' because no one else was outside that day. I've just got to get out of the house or I'll go insane! Maybe it's all very new and novel and one day I will shake my head at someone else out walking on a bitter cold day. But for now I'll wear the label proudly. I've got the clothes for it, after all.


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