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Tuesday in the Arctic
I'm cold. Not all of me, just my hands. I was cold here at work yesterday too. Today I wore my warmest sweater (a huge wool one my mom brought back from Ireland), with a turtleneck underneath. The sweater part of me is mostly warm - well, at least it's not cold. My hands are still very chilly though. Cold enough that typing is a little bit difficult.

I'm always cold, and I'm tired of it. Too bad it's only January....but come to think of it I'm often cold in this office during the summer too. People here make fun of me for wearing sweaters all the time, but it's not my fault! This place is freezing!

It seems like recently everybody I know has gone somewhere warm except for me. I suppose I shouldn't complain too much, since I'm going to San Diego in March for synchro nationals, but I'd like to be warm now!

I used to keep a pair of fingerless gloves in my desk for days like this. I wonder what happened to them...I should see if I can find them, or get a new pair. They were always mildly frustrating, because my palms would be warm and a bit itchy, but my fingertips would remain icy. Still, it might help, at least psychologically. At least it's worth a try.

Or I could get my cubicle a sunlamp. That might be more pleasent...and I could get a tan too! hmmm....
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tammylc From: tammylc Date: January 6th, 2004 10:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Our office is usually to cold too, so I keep a sweater in my office year round. And my cross-the-hall neighbor has a space heater.

Right now I've got the pregnancy furnace going on, so I'm more immune to the cold than usual. Not that I recommend getting pregnant as a way of dealing with a cold office, of course!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 6th, 2004 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
ha! yeah, I think getting pregnant might be just a little bit extreme!
greyyguy From: greyyguy Date: January 6th, 2004 10:25 am (UTC) (Link)
It's cold here too. I just came back from lunch and it wasn't fun outside.

Can you have a heater in your cube? That might help, though most offices frown on them.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 6th, 2004 03:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think heaters are allowed. I'm surrounded by big guys who often have little fans running (why they are hot when I'm putting on extra sweaters seems unfathomable to me), so I guess a heater's no different.

I have a little fan/heater that I bought at my prior office, actually. It sometimes helped, but I found it often would make my legs warm, but the rest of me would stay cold. I think perhaps part of the problem is that my blood doesn't circulate....
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: January 6th, 2004 10:33 am (UTC) (Link)

Cold can be good

Cold can be good for your knees though. What's the word from your doctor?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 6th, 2004 12:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Cold can be good

True, there is that. Haven't heard from the doctor (grrr).
From: nicegeek Date: January 6th, 2004 11:29 am (UTC) (Link)
You should come over here. I've got a halogen lamp and three computers in my office; when I close the door, the temperature quickly climbs to about 80F.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 6th, 2004 12:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
If I had an office and a door, I'd be much better off; I could regulate the temp better. Alas, I have just one computer, no lamps, and no doors.
replyhazy From: replyhazy Date: January 6th, 2004 11:48 am (UTC) (Link)
mmm... fingerless gloves... how Dickensian! Put them on, then ask the boss for more coal!

I'm sitting here with polarfleece socks on, a polarfleece sweater, and a polarfleece lap throw; I'm wearing silk long underwear; and I'm STILL COLD.

I'm putting my desk lamp on just in case that will help....
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 6th, 2004 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
ooh, good idea, that would totally shock my boss!

Were you at an office when you wrote that? I've never tried a lap throw at work, been a bit too embarrassed, though I've often fantasized about a nice blanket to cocoon myself in.
replyhazy From: replyhazy Date: January 6th, 2004 03:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I have a tiger fleece throw here at work! But then, we are business casual, and there are seldom customers wandering around by me. (Although if I were called on it, I would ask for a space heater instead. I bet they would let me keep my throw!)

P.S. I have sent mail to the Midwest Synchro people to make them tell me how to get tickets for the Saturday competitions. Wish me luck.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 7th, 2004 12:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
A throw would be really nice on some days. Today it is finally comfortable in here, but who knows how long it will last....

Good luck, hopefully they will tell you everything you'll need. Getting tickets at the door would probably not be a problem, but I don't know for sure, and I don't know how much they'd cost.
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: January 6th, 2004 12:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
the busier it gets here in the library, the colder it gets, because the door is opening/closing more. i'm thinking fingerless gloves, scarves and earmuffs are going to become a standard part of our winter "uniform."
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 6th, 2004 03:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, that would totally make it worse. At least we don't have any outside air coming in (on the 4th floor). You could get earmuffs with library logos on them!
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: January 6th, 2004 01:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

Go Gloves!

Also immersion in a hot tub is a good way to get warm too!

Its cool where I work but I don't notice cold hands.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 6th, 2004 03:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Go Gloves!

A hottub would be a great addition to my office. Unfortunately every time we've brought the subject up it's been vetoed by management so far.

My typing slows down when my hands are cold. Plus, my muscles get stiff and painful!
tammylc From: tammylc Date: January 6th, 2004 01:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
How about wearing a hat? Don't they claim that you lost 90% of the heat in your body out of your head? A hat might help keep your whole body toasty warm.

Of course, if your coworkers give you a hard time for wearing sweaters, they'd probably really give you a hard time about a hat...
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 6th, 2004 03:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have a hooded sweatshirt I pull out sometimes, and on really cold days I've actually put the hood on. It does indeed get some strange looks. I'm pretty much reconciled to being teased though....

The problem today is just my hands, so I'm not sure a hat would help. Unless I wore one on each hand! *grin*
retepsnave From: retepsnave Date: January 8th, 2004 07:46 am (UTC) (Link)
sunlamp in your cube!
what a brilliant idea...!
you can get a tan, keep warm and grow a rainforest of plants!
(most of the people in our office have small space heater tucked under their desks keeping feet warm... very good idea on some of these subfreezing days!)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 8th, 2004 10:20 am (UTC) (Link)
oooh, a rainforest in my cube, even better! (:
retepsnave From: retepsnave Date: January 8th, 2004 10:22 am (UTC) (Link)
mid afternoon rain showers, will keep humidity high... especailly good for the complextion...
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