Truth be told, I’m cold even with socks and slippers and the biggest wool sweater I own. Instead of lounging in bed wearing flirty pajamas and reading a good book, I’m hunched over my computer hammering out as much work as I can muster before my kids get home. But a girl can dream. Here’s how I wish I were waiting out this polar vortex:
Reading this new book start to finish.
Padding around in slip-on moccasins.*
Wearing this sleep set under the covers.
Opening up this passport cover and daydreaming about a sunny escape.
Getting massaged with this delicious smelling hair and body oil.
Following up with this body butter.
And partaking in this sleepy time herbal blend—to sip, or smoke, or soak—and taking a long mid-day snooze.
In an effort to ground all of this make-believing in something a bit more down to earth, here are few other places to direct my attention:
Give the gift of long johns: Brooklyn Defender Services is a non-profit that provides criminal, civil, family and immigration legal defense. As the coldest weather of the year hits New York, they’ve put together an Amazon Wishlist filled with long johns, socks, and underwear they’re sending to NYC jails to help keep incarcerated New Yorkers warm.
Buy someone a coffee: Earlier this month, a conversation unfolded on Instagram about racism in the online (and offline) knitting community. It evolved into a community-wide reckoning about how to confront racism. As so often happens, women of color led the charge by calling in white women to confront their roles in racism and white supremacy as well as their casual use of gaslighting, spiritual bypassing, and tone policing. A few of the women who led these discussions are @su.krita (ko-fi), @ocean_bythesea (ko-fi), @astitchtowear (ko-fi) and @thecolormustard (ko-fi). Those ko-fi links provide a quick way to send a virtual cup of coffee (in the form of just a few dollars) as a thank you for their time.
*These beautiful moccasins were designed and made by Jamie Gentry, an indigenous designer from the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation. Please support indigenous designers if considering the purchase of moccasins.