November 1st. As in, almost Thanksgiving - almost Christmas - the year is basically over, November. Can you believe it? I love fall, and I love November (what? It's my birthday month!) but what I don't like is being cold.
Yes, I know. In the Spring I will bitterly complain that it is wet, the summer is too hot and humid, and here we are gearing up for 5 months of "OMG it's cold" in the blog world. Deal with it.
Although I live in Georgia and we haven't had any snow like up North, it has dipped below zero and started cooling down inside. As it is a new house, we are still playing around with the heat and how much we need. It's pretty energy efficient, so we don't need heating most days. Other days I NEED it. Badly.
To cut down on heating costs though, I try to do some other things to keep warm. Ready?
1. Hot Water Bottles. I don't know how big these are in America, but they are truly amazing. Mine is a stuffed dog (who may or may not be nicknamed Hot Toddy) who has a pouch inside for the bottle. I boil water before I go to bed, pour it inside, and snuggle with him all night long. Hubby only gets a little bit jealous.
2. Ginormous Hot Drinks: Normal mugs don't suffice. I find I cool down quickly with lots of cold water, so I drink a lot more tea during the day. Probably a good thing because my Diet Coke addiction is lessening. So what's better than a normal mug with tea? A freaking GIANT mug with tea.
3. Showering: I know, genius right? Hot water heats you up? What I'm referring to is showering right after a workout. When I run, I need to shower right away or I end up get chilled for a couple of hours. If you're sweaty, you'll cool down even faster, making it important to get clean and dry as quickly as possible.
4. Move: No, I don't mean like move to Hawaii. Although....that would obviously work. I mean get up and move around! Even a short walk will get your circulation going and help you stay warm.
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What are your tips/tricks for staying warm in cold weather?
Aside from the above....wearing dozens of layers every second of the day. I'm always freezing at night, so I put on tons of clothes. The I get hot at night and consistently wake up naked in the morning. When sleeping next to hubby - no big deal. At a slumber party - AWKWARD. Just so awkward.
What temperature do you set your thermostat in the winter?
Serious dilemma. I think it tends to settle on about 68 degrees. I'm curious what the average "comfortable" temperature is for most people indoors!