Weekend Assignment #295: Even in Tucson, things can get a bit chilly on December nights. What is your favorite way to keep warm?
Extra Credit: What is the temperature setting on your thermostat?
Most of Southern California is naturally desert country, which means that there’s little humidity to hold the heat in, and nights definitely can get chilly. I notice a difference in just the couple of hours that elapse between when I get home from work and when I take my dog Gypsy out for her evening walk – the temperatures go down with the sun. I’ll bundle up in a fleece jacket while we’re out. If it’s a particularly cool night, I’ll warm myself up when we come back in with a hot drink (cocoa, tea, or decaf coffee with sweet milk, depending on my mood), slippers, and a cozy fleece throw over my lap while I watch TV with Tall Paul. When it’s time to call it a night, Gypsy will settle in at the foot of the bed until we turn the lights out; she’s usually on my side, since my legs are shorter and she has more room. But once I get under the covers, she jumps down to the floor and I can stretch my feet down into the nice warm spot she’s left for them.
Other things that help keep me warm:
- Turtleneck sweaters
- Fires in the fireplace (we have a fireplace, but we don’t use it)
- Slipper socks
- Soft blankets
- Comfort food
The holiday season seems to be the only time that some of us really welcome the cold – it just seems to add to the sense of Christmas in the air, I think. But a lot of folks don’t really have much use for wnter once the holidays are over, so it’s too bad that there’s usually months of it left. What are some of your favorite ways to warm up?