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I'm not sure how it got to be mid January, flist. Perhaps because December and early January were so warm, I didn't really believe it was winter? In any case, the universe has been conspiring to correct me before I got too comfortable: the temps are down around 20F/-7C right now, a winter storm is on its way, and I just had my first class of the semester. Let 2016 begin!

I really want to post photos from our annual cookie party, but that may need to happen later this week, when school demands die down. In the meantime, have a few links to things I've purchased recently that are brightening a grey January. I try so hard not to purchase unnecessary things, and yet these prove that every once in a while, it's okay to loosen up.

Exhibit A, in the category of "Consumerism works!": the fleece headband! I've been fretting about how I'm going to continue to run in the mornings when it gets cold, and suddenly it occurred to me that I could go online and type in "winter exercise clothing" and see what other folks were doing. And in fact, a little headband does make being outside much more bearable. Who knew?

(Speaking of exercise: It's been so warm here that I signed up for game_is_on last week and didn't think twice about committing to take runs/walks for exercise for the next four weeks. I'll need to rethink that if we get a few inches of snow here over the weekend, as forecast.)

Exhibit B: Patterns! Color! The better half and I did some dog-sitting in Brooklyn over the holidays, and on the whole it was very low-key affair: walk the dog, make lunch, walk the dog, take a nap, walk the dog, do a little reading. (All of which was profoundly relaxing--no complaints!) But we were also close enough to the Brooklyn Ikea that we could walk there, and we did--twice! I love Ikea but can rarely go, since the one in my region is difficult to access via transit. And how much better to walk? The better half and I treated ourselves to two pillow covers and a new duvet cover as our year-end gifts for each other, and I'm delighted at how nice the apartment looks.

Hope you're all doing well and staying warm (or cool, where applicable)!

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Jan. 19th, 2016 08:55 pm (UTC)
I love IKEA. I wish I was near one, but the closest is almost 5 hours away. Very sad. Looks like you got some lovely things there, though. Very bright and cheery. :)

It's been unseasonably warm here, too, which means that when it gets appropriately cool we all complain. :)

Cookies! Yes, we want to see cookies. *g*

Edited at 2016-01-19 11:55 pm (UTC)
Jan. 19th, 2016 09:02 pm (UTC)
I'm amused at how much a surprise winter is for me, every year. I've been living on the east coast since my 20s, and still it's always: "Snow! Cold! How are we going to survive?"

And, yes, cookies! More soon! M.
Jan. 19th, 2016 09:10 pm (UTC)
What always cracks me up is how freaked out people get by snow here. I mean we don't get it every year, but it happens often enough that people should know how to deal with it by now, but even the threat of snow means people are in the stores buying them out of bread and milk. It's amazing. :)
Jan. 19th, 2016 09:16 pm (UTC)
We get a couple winter storms here, though the snow generally melts pretty quickly. But it's the same as where you are: the stores are just decimated the day before. Never be caught without milk, I suppose? :) M.
Jan. 19th, 2016 09:29 pm (UTC)
We've been in the teens and single digits F here over the last few days. I think winter just wants to let everyone know that they shouldn't dismiss her out of hand simply because she'd been unusually mild so far. ;D The headband sounds like a good idea. I'm dedicated to earmuffs myself. Love the pillow!
Jan. 29th, 2016 01:16 am (UTC)
I think winter just wants to let everyone know that they shouldn't dismiss her out of hand simply because she'd been unusually mild so far.

You're so right! "Back with a vengeance" seems apt here.

I should try ear muffs, too. I think as I slowly become more expert in wintery gear, I'm learning there's a reason for everything. I used to think a woolen hat was all I needed, but I suspect I don't know the half of it.

Thanks on the pillow! Ikea brings such delights. M.
Jan. 20th, 2016 01:45 am (UTC)
I've been reading about the upcoming storm -- hope the predictions are wrong. I hate snow, and the older I get, the less I seem to be able to cope with driving in it. (At least mentally.)

Love the Ikea purchases.
Jan. 29th, 2016 01:19 am (UTC)
Hope you weren't hit too hard this past weekend! We had two feet, far more than DC can handle at any one time.

Honestly, driving in snow seems so dangerous--I don't know how folks do it. With driving skills honed in sunny southern California, I'm lucky I haven't had to do much driving here on the east coast. I'm anxious just thinking about it.

Thanks on the Ikea purchases! They have lovely items, don't they? M.
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Jan. 29th, 2016 01:24 am (UTC)
I've noticed your knitting! I wish I had that skill (and/or that kind of patience). Headbands seem like precisely the kind of thing that might be best hand-made (the store-bought ones aren't quite wind-tight either).

Doesn't Ikea have lovely textile, among other things? I love window-shopping there when I can go. M.
Jan. 20th, 2016 08:50 am (UTC)
I use headbands for years now. I have so much hair that I do not really need a hat, but the ears need to stay warm ;-). I have even been jogging wearing gloves in addition to a headband recently.
Jan. 29th, 2016 01:25 am (UTC)
Aha! I hadn't thought of the gloves, but that's a good idea, too. I need to expand my winter outdoors wardrobe, clearly! :) M.
Jan. 20th, 2016 02:01 pm (UTC)
Love your bedding, it's so cheerful! I wish we had an IKEA close by, but I'd probably spend way too much money there. I do love their kitchenware. :)
Jan. 29th, 2016 01:27 am (UTC)
Isn't the orange cheerful? Ikea's textiles are so seductive. I was so happy to be nearby for a few weeks. (I can see the temptation if it were more accessible, though!) M.
Jan. 20th, 2016 05:55 pm (UTC)
I admit it, I have never understood running as a recreation. I used to be quite good at it over distances less than 200 meters. 15 or more years ago. Now I wouldn't run from a Grizzly Bear, the bear would do less damage.

However, I wish you joy and warm ears of your running.

Jan. 29th, 2016 01:29 am (UTC)
Oh my word, Lash, not recreation at all! Not for me, at least--I'm miserable the whole time, but I'm getting the exercise the doctor ordered and getting outdoors, which doesn't happen often enough.

Hmm.."quite good at distances less than 200 meters?" I'm intrigued...

Thank you! M.
Jan. 20th, 2016 06:20 pm (UTC)
Those colors are great! And I love redecorating. I don't often actually do it, but I get excited even like this when it is actually other people doing it! :)
Jan. 29th, 2016 01:31 am (UTC)
It was a tiny little redecorating episode, wasn't it? I love houses in general and, like you, love talking to friends about what they're doing with their apartments and thinking about the options--even if they're not likely to happen any time soon. I'm also fascinated by Idea's 300 square foot and 400 square foot apartment--I love seeing how they make good use of space.

Thanks, G! M.
Jan. 20th, 2016 09:09 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you had a relaxing time in Brooklyn! It's fun to get an extended change of scenery every so often.

IKEA! I love it so, but haven't been inside once since 2000. There are none here in Maine. NONE. The closest is south of Boston. I keep saying I want to take a road trip down there. I ache for more of their bookcases. Shipping is just outrageous though, so it's either road trip or lusting from afar. I do love the bedding you got!
Jan. 29th, 2016 01:33 am (UTC)
The change of scenery is surprisingly effective, isn't it? I love my own neighborhood, but it was fun to be somewhere else.

I love how folks generally know how far they are from an Ikea, even if the closest one is too far to be a practical option. :) Wish yours were closer.

Thanks on the bedding! It still makes me smile, several weeks later. M.
Jan. 21st, 2016 06:03 am (UTC)
I feel all virtuous now for not doing consumerism and buying headbands. Of course, the main reason is I don't do running, and my recliner is of the Victorian wing-type, so my ears stay warm anyhow.

I love the warm colours of the Ikea purchases. It's such a fun store!
Jan. 29th, 2016 01:36 am (UTC)
Are the colors lovely? Ikea is really on when it's on.

I'm so not a runner, TRS. I'm getting exercise, as the doctor ordered, and seeing the sun more than usual. Given a choice, though, I'd take a recliner any day!

I like the image of you in a Victorian winged recliner. What a stylish chair! M.
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