Since winter shows no signs of stopping this:
I think I should take this opportunity to say thank you one of my best buddies this winter – my gigantic winter coat.
One Christmas, an anonymous family friend gave me a very nice sweater. It was a muddy white color, with a huge turtleneck, and it was sooo itchy! I felt like I was wearing a straightjacket. The sweater still had tags on it. I took it back to the store and for $20 extra I got this fantastic winter coat.
Possible downsides of this coat are that I very accurately call it the body bag. I have also been mistaken for a homeless person several times this past week while wearing it (once my church accountant refused to let me in the building). Friends don’t always acknowledge me in the school hallways.
On the positive side, I have never felt cold while wearing this coat. It has been through blizzard conditions in Cleveland and Buffalo and Michigan. Also, it is like a built-in sleeping bag, so I can sleep in the car while Dave drives us to work. If I wear it in the office, my desk chair is suddenly transformed from lumpy uncomfortable furniture into deluxe lounge chair made of black rabbit down.
So even though I can never tell them, every winter I am grateful for that ugly Christmas sweater that turned into the best coat ever.