(I never got around to publishing this entry when I wrote it in early January as there were a couple of photos I was waiting to upload from my camera, and then they were accidently deleted.)
Last year I wrote about some of my favorite things and I promptly ended up having my fabulous Ness wallet stolen. (For those of you who don’t know the wonderfulness that is Ness, allow me to introduce you: http://www.nessbypost.com) Well, I’m testing fate again by writing about some of the favorite things I’ve enjoyed recently.
Firstly, I started off the 2011-2012 winter season by equipping myself once and for all with the right boots to tackle the coldest weather. You may remember last year I was trying to decide what boots to buy for my first winter in Germany. In the end, I opted for the Bronx boots as I felt they would be the most versatile over the entire winter. I don’t regret that decision as they have proven to be my go-to winter boots and what I’ve worn practically every day since it turned chilly this winter. They were also the boots I took with me for my visit to the US. What I discovered last year, however, is that while they’re great for more temperate winter weather (which is mostly what we’ve had this year) my tootsies absolutely freeze when the temperature drops. Last year, we had an incredibly cold, bitter and snowy winter and my feet froze on many occasions, especially during outside winter markets. I decided this year that I needed something much, much warmer if I was going to actually enjoy those winter markets for longer than 10 minutes. So I ordered myself a pair of classic Moonboots, just like the silver ones I had as a kid.
The good news? They’re warm. Really, really warm. On the few cold days we’ve experienced, I wore them and my feet felt so warm it was almost as if they each had their own little oven. And they’re so comfortable. I told the Mr. that they’re like walking on warm, oven-heated fluffy clouds.
The bad news? This winter was the complete opposite from last year’s, and it’s been practically warm and balmy in comparison. I’ve only worn my boots a handful of times, and when I did wear them there was no snow on the ground and a lot of people were staring. Moonboots aren’t exactly “demure,” shall we say? I don’t really care (my attitude is that you don’t know what you’re missing, suckas!) but I think if the weather were colder and snowy, I would elicit fewer stares.
Still, I love them, and I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for extremely comfortable and very warm snow boots.
Another favorite treat has been a gift visiting friends have been bringing me from either the US or the UK over the past year. I am addicted to the Lonely Planet Travel magazine. It is travel porn, my friends, so I give you fair warning. Once you buy a copy, and drool over the glossy centerfold, you’ll only want more and more. The Mr. complains that it fills my head with unrealistic longings and desires for the exotic, but even if I never go to half of the places featured I find that I learn so much about the world simply by reading the magazine.
You may notice the photo to the right contains another item. I gorged myself just prior to Christmas with lovely British mince pies that visiting friends brought at my request. I love mince pies, expecially the really good quality “posh” ones made by Marks and Spencers grocers with shortcrust pastry that just melts in your mouth. The Mr. isn’t a fan at all, but that was all the better for me. I ate almost two boxes of them BY MYSELF. Ahem. It’s a good thing I don’t have access to them here in Germany.
And finally, my last favorite thing I’ll mention was a belated birthday gift I received from my mother-in-law over Christmas. She likes to crochet, and has made most members of the family their own hat. I love the colors she used for mine, and think the style suits me pretty well. I also love that it’s lightweight, perfect for chilly (but not terribly cold) spring or fall days. I’m lucky to have another person in my life that makes me nice things made from yarn.