Things To Change

I just read the latest from one of my favorite bloggers at The Zen Hiker.  He talks about the cool side of the pillow.  Except he says it better than that.  Immediately I thought about things I promised myself I would do differently when I became an adult.

Turning to the cool side of the pillow is awesome.  But I could do that as a kid, too.

What I hated, was when it was cold at night, like cold cold, and I had lain in one spot for a while until I was fairly warm.  And you know what’s coming next……I moved a little. And had to quick find that warm spot again because the rest of the sheet was freezing.  I vowed that when I was an adult, I would keep the heat up to an above zero temperature. This wasn’t a poverty issue.  Actually I’m not sure why my parents kept the house so cold at night that sleeping was a problem.  Maybe because their generation grew up in the depression?  So now we keep our heat high enough at night that we can move our limbs without freezing to death.

So these are some of the things that I vowed I would do or not do when I grew up.

  1. Keep the heat up at night.
  2. Eat snacks whenever I wanted to.
  3. Read whenever I wanted to.
  4. Never be forced to play outside.
  5. Be nice to my family.

So how did this all work out for me?

  1.  The heat isn’t sky high, but pretty comfortable at night.  I still think of the cold sheets as a kid.
  2.  If I ate fewer snacks I would look better so this falls under watch what you wish for.
  3.  I read whenever I want, and I don’t need the flashlight under the covers so I don’t get caught.  Unless you count my nook e-reader which lights up so I don’t have to wake up my husband with the real lamp.
  4. If you google “The Great Indoorswoman” my picture will be there.  I hope no one actually googled that.  Or if you did, tell me what you found.
  5. really hope my family thinks this one has been accomplished, but it’s highly possible that the jury is still out.

    The Great Indoorsgirl

    The Great Indoorsgirl

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36 Responses to Things To Change

  1. Paul says:

    I looked up “The Great Outdoorswoman” and it suggested “The Great Outdoorsman”. Shame on you, Google.

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  2. christophermcgeownwriting says:

    wordpress isn’t letting me like this so I’m just going to come out and say it: I like this entry

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  3. Ritu says:

    Barb I’m like you… one of the Great Indoorswomen too! But alas my job as a nursery teacher means I HAVE to go out come rain or shine with my class!!!!
    Great post!

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  4. Carrie Rubin says:

    There are some benefits to being grown up, for sure! I like it cold at night though. Every one else in the house is shivering, and I’m too toasty. 😁

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  5. I looked up The Great Indoorswoman (with capitalization) and after telling Google to stick its sexism where the sun doesn’t shine…
    A couple of your tribe have their own Tumblr podcast.

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  6. Parca Bahn says:

    My husband says the light from my Kindle wakes him up, so, just as when I was a child, I have to build a fort in bed with blankets and read under it. Some things never change.

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    • Barb Knowles says:

      Ha! I keep the glow light pretty low on my nook. I don’t like to read on the kindle because I have the kindle fire with the glare style screen. I watch netflix and videos on the kindle, but just read regular books or books on the nook. I haven’t yet had to resort to sneaking the nook, lol.

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  7. JenStewie says:

    A heated blanket or bed-sized heating pad works wonders at keeping you toasty in the cold nights. And probably much cheaper than keeping the heat on all night.

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    • Barb Knowles says:

      That’s true and years ago I had one. I was always worried about electrocuting myself (silly, I know), and I like the weight of blankets and comforters. We didn’t have those when I was little. Comforters didn’t exist when I was really little, as far as I know. My parents gave us an extra thin blanket. You have to understand that we were wealthy so there was no reason for not having more blankets or the heat up. And maybe it was only on really cold nights. But that’s my memory. When I went away to college, I bought extra blankets and now it’s a distance memory. Thank you for commenting 🙂

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  8. Bea dM says:

    Maybe they thought cold at night was healthier? my aunt does. I vowed I would put my feet up on my desk to read more comfortably. Yup. Good for one’s circulation but very bad form if anyone catches me doing it.

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  9. Val says:

    I no longer care what I look like so I eat snacks when I want ’em. Our bedroom is currently below freezing as the heating in there (and many other rooms) doesn’t work, so now we’re sleeping in the spare room and it’s lovely and warm. Not only can’t I sleep if I’m cold, but ‘cos I have bad circulation I get pain from it too.
    A thing that as a kid I wanted to continue doing as an adult was having posters of the Beatles all over my wall – um, nope, not a chance now! A thing I wanted to do differently was be able to reach the floor when I sat at a table and on the loo, and I’m glad to say both of those things happened. I just hope they don’t reverse because then that means I’m shrinking!

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