Friday, January 9, 2009

Winter Survival Kit

"Arctic Temperatures coming." "Cuddle Alert!" "Winter storm warning." What is with the weather reports lately? You'd think it was January or something. I've been thinking lately that it might be time to put together a winter survival kit - otherwise, I simply won't survive the winter. I'm going to find a big Mary Poppins style bag and pack it with all the things I need to get through the winter months ahead. I will of course bring it with me everywhere I go because you never know when or where you're going to need it. Here's what is going in it. Let me know if I'm forgetting anything:

hot chocolate/marshmallows
someone to snuggle with (I'll let him out to go to the bathroom and whatnot, don't worry!)
plane tickets to Tahiti
tons of warm blankets
wood burning stove and marshmallows
a good book
memories of warmer times
pictures of summer
tanning bed
tickets to see Beverly Hills Chihuahua
hand warmers
boots, shovel, gloves, etc...
variety of leis (goes along with denial)
two copies of Magnum: PI, the book (there's actually no such thing, but if there were, I'd have two copies of it on hand at all times)

I think that with this kit and the support of my friends, I will survive the winter. If not, I guess I'll have to just adopt the "if you can't beat it, join it" mentality and do my best to enjoy winter. ("Enjoy" and "winter" in the same sentence?!)For me that would mean getting out my sled and finding a good sledding hill. I've gotten pretty good in past years at standing on the sled, holding onto the rope, and surfing down the hill (I'm lying, I'm horrible at that).

Oh, and maybe I could fulfill my life long goal of owning a team of sled dogs! I've always wanted to yell "Mush! Mush!" repeatedly, but no one ever lets me. This would give me an excuse. But remember, this is my back up plan. I'll try the winter survival kit first.


justin said...

I think you're forgetting the latest issue of Star magazine

Sarah said...

Ok, this post is prompting me to give all sorts of feedback! :) First of all, I clicked on the Detroit weather page, and how ridiculous is it that they include an entire section for the "Haircast"...what sort of hair day you'll have based on the weather?? Also, who is the hunky meteorologist? (And no, I do NOT mean Chuck Gaidica!)

So, on your list, you need to include the slippers I just got...they have these heat packs that you put in the microwave and then slip into a pouch in the toe area. They aren't useful for actually walking anywhere, but for hanging out on a couch, they are the BEST!

Finally, for all the amazing parts of dog-sledding that I found out first hand, may I point out what they don't include in the brochure is that you are at the "back end" of a dozen dogs, and any "business" that they want to do, and apparently, pulling a sled really gets the digestion process going, if you know what I mean. :)

Kathy said...

Adding to Justin's thought- you also forgot the safari clock and a copy of Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

Mike said...

Let me know if you ever get that team of sled dogs. I'm not sure why you yell mush to make the dogs run, but it does sound like it'd be fun to do.

Erin said...

Heated car seats are a must. Except that sometimes they make me feel like I've just wet my pants. Am I alone in that feeling?

Katherine said...

Can you get me a bag with the same stuff? Especially if there are Skittles in it. Well, I'd really like someone to cuddle with, too. It might be a little weird to carry him around with me, though. But convenient!

Emily - I get cold in the winter said...

The olds have it right: Michigan in the spring, summer, and fall and Florida in the winter. Let’s make it happen. We could even exchange Florida for another warm location - Fiji, Hawaii, Anywhere in the Caribbean??????
Just think about it.

Katherine said...

The weather today is making me a little grumbly ("snow!" - said while shaking fist at the skies) so I thought I'd revisit your blog to look at the tropical pictures and the dreamy boys. Thanks!

Elizabeth Downie said...

Erin, I don't think you're alone with that. I had a different experience once. Years ago I was riding somewhere with my mom and she turned on my seat heater without telling me. I was sure I was getting a fever before I figured out that the seat heater was on!

Liz said...

Skittles?!?! How will those help you stay warm? The older I get the less I can go sledding, my body just can't take it.