The Month Old Banana

If you think that it is bad that I haven’t updated for 10 days, then consider this: Eddie threw a banana into his backpack for his trip to Chicago last month, and today, he found it again. It is flat, black and dehydrated. It looks more like an appendage after voodoo than fruit. As to why I haven’t been updating, I have been busy… shopping. I’m using the “squirrel hoarding away nuts” excuse.

Without discussing my purchases in overwhelming detail, let me discuss my research into cold weather gear. I have found that down, sleeping bag parkas are essential for the snow and that is why I am still looking for the right one. I’ve narrowed it down to this parka by Patagonia in Prussian Blue and/or this. It has been raining recently, and my Barney’s down jacket from California is making me sweat when I walk around in it. Thus, I purchased a very flattering, cranberry rain coat that is light. I will reserve the down jacket for moderately freezing days. I have yet to purchase rain boots, but I’m thinking black patent.

I have read that SmartWool base layers are very effective. Likewise, 3M’s Thinsulate products are essential for trapping temperature. Since moving here, it has been my ultimate goal to find these products and purchase them. Other satisfactory base layers are silk and wool. I haven’t found silk yet, but I managed to get two great wool sweaters at Nordstrom Rack for $13 each and Thinsulate gloves for $14. Score. I have also purchased SmartWool as well as made a significant online purchase of fleece Cuddl Duds. With my moon boots, I will be rocking the snow bunny look soon. Better than bananas.

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