Thursday, January 23, 2014

Tilting At Windmills

We had 3 more missing-glove crises here today.  These kids are trying to break me, I know they are. Despite all that trauma, we managed to go ice skating AND sledding AND Costco shopping by 2:00 this afternoon. I've gotten really good at Costco, I'll have you know. Even accompanied by 3 kids (one of whom insisted on price-scanning everything HERSELF), I managed to spend $118 in under 20 minutes.  Larry will be so proud.

Then I came home and met a friend for our weekly 3-mile walk, which might sound like sort of a stupid plan in 20-degree weather, but which was really quite smart compared to our original plan to walk at our usual time early in the morning, when it was all of zero degrees out.

ZERO DEGREES - what the heck does that mean, anyway? Does it mean there was no temperature whatsoever?  Let me tell you, no temperature is COLD.

I'm starting to confuse myself.  Anyway, today was also notable in that I pulled on my jeans first thing in the morning (and, yes, one leg at a time, just like the rest of you), unlike, say, yesterday morning when I walked around in my exercise leggings all day pretending that I was actually going to get around to exercising.  I was living a lie, people. I'm not proud of it, but there you are.

This, then, is what I learned: exercise clothes don't make you feel like exercising. They also don't make you feel like cooking. Or grocery shopping. Or anything else halfway productive.  In fact, all they make you feel like doing is lounging around on the couch and messing with your knitting projects.

Or maybe that's just me.

Well, I'm off to find a really good sale on waterproof winter gloves. I figure that, if I buy 3 identical sets for each girl, I won't have to feel bad once a glove goes missing.  Odds are, this won't work any better than the matching-stuffed-puppies plan, but at least I will know that I gave it the old college try.

Whatever THAT means...


  1. I'm with you on the exercise pants masquerading as lounge pants. In fact, I'm wearing a pair right now and even went to a friend's house wearing them this morning. Thankfully she's the kind of friend who was also wearing sweats and her house was as not-clean as mine. Which is why we're friends.

  2. We do the same thing here--black gloves for all--and mis-matched they still don't look too bad.
    Is Costco worth it? I've wondered and now one opened about a half hour away from me.

  3. I suppose compared to a pencil skirt and heels, jeans are comfortable, but I've worn almost nothing besides yoga pants since I lost my job and I can barely wait to kick off my jeans when I return home (I do actually go places, although not many, and not in yoga pants). I used to wear scrubs to work and those would be my second choice for comfort. Plus, you can get away with wearing scrubs to the grocery store because then people aren't surprised by a pony tail and no earrings.

  4. I often put on the exercise clothes thinking that I will actually exercise but actually just walk around looking schlubby all day but they sure are comfortable. $118 at costco should win an award. I can never get out of there for under $300!

  5. Generally I do exercise if I've gone to the trouble of putting on exercise clothes. But that's because they give you a really funny look if you go to the grocery store in your karate gi.

    And since 0 degrees is a different temperature depending on what temperature scale you're using, consider it arbitrary. Celcius defines degrees as 1/100 of the temperature difference between boiling and freezing water at sea level. Faranheit is arbitrary. The most meaningful one is Kelvin (absolute zero, the lowest temp possible), but you'd never see it- by the time you got to 0 Kelvin you'd be dead (0 Kelvin = -459.67°F). Yes, this has been another useless fact! :)

  6. Costco had really warm insulated ski gloves in early December. But they only had a few pairs left at the Winchester Costco, as of 2 weeks ago. I did not think to check yesterday, but they are probably gone now.