Monday, December 26, 2016

Not So Bad

Uo Hat
Buffalo Wool Coat (thrifted)
Rick Owens Lilies Cardigan (ebay)
Anne Klein Cashmere Sweater (thrifted)
Helmut Lang Top (ebay)
Rag and Bone Leather Pants (ebay)
Acne Boots (ebay)

Did you have a lovely Christmas? I hope so!

New year's is never really a big deal for us so aside from kids being out of school, it's back into the same old with us and bracing ourselves for the depths of winter now. January and February can seem bleak at times with temps plummeting to -60 F (without wind-chill) and it's so cold you can hear sounds for miles. We do try to get outside quite a bit, even in the cold, and enjoy snowshoeing and skiing along with the start of cutting the firewood for the next winter. We layer quite a bit to stay warm but even in that kind of weather, you can still enjoy the outdoors. I just finished Dan Simmons' The Terror about the lost Franklin Expedition in the search for the Northwest passage and now I don't feel nearly as cold. Just reading about them camping outside in sleeping bags, in the wind, in -100F in the best clothing 1847 cold offer (lots and lots of wool since English explorers had not yet realized they needed the expertise of the locals to survive and how wonderful and necessary fur parkas are!) It was an okay book, much better than The Abominable (same author) which was a fictional telling of an Everest summiting in 1926 and while it was great 1/3 of the way through, ended up falling to troupes and of course, Nazis as Yetis. Hmmp. I love reading about early aviation in Alaska, polar expeditions and mountaineering books, along I have the bad habit of reading them during the winter - reading about -100 temps, or in the case of the first Denali winter ascent attempt, -148F - leaves me shivering most of the time! I need to start reading them in the summer when it's warm but there's never enough time...

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