Last-minute vacation madness: my sister in DC just asked me to plan a vacation to Disney World for my 6-year-old niece during this year's winter holidays. She'd like 3-5 days, either before or after Christmas. Today is already December 8. Is this perfectly doable, or difficult/expensive but worth it, or not recommended? If we go ahead at this late date, what can we do to get the most out of the trip? [more inside]
BALTIMORE Filter: I am a college student who will be living in Baltimore City (near Little Italy) this winter break for six weeks. I don't know anyone in this city. Are there any "discussion" groups/activities I can get involved in while I'm there? [more inside]
I am moving to Minneapolis from Los Angeles and the only thing I'm a bit worried about is the weather. Got some tips? [more inside]
Are "pet safe" ice melting products a scam? Are they effective? Worth the price? [more inside]
How should I prepare my Blundstones for winter in Toronto? [more inside]
Warmest Hat in the Multiverse? [more inside]
I need advice on fixing condensation on aluminum window frames. My house has a ton of aluminum window frames. Now that the weather has turned cold water is condensing on them, puddling at the bottom of the frames, and causing problems. How can I fix this? [more inside]
I'm looking for a women's winter hiking boot / trail shoe. Specifications inside.. [more inside]
HeatFilter: I'm out of heating oil, and won't get delivery for 24-48 hours. Should I worry about my pipes? [more inside]
Help me find a base layer (long underwear!), for a Buffalo winter, please! Specific needs inside: [more inside]
What classical music works are most reminiscent of winter? [more inside]
Came home from the holiday and one of my outdoor faucets won't stop running. What's broken? [more inside]
I have business in the Bloomfield Hills suburb of Detroit in a couple of weeks. Google Maps gives me two routes from the airport car rental to my destination with roughly the same travel time and a third that appears slightly longer. Which is best in terms of ease of navigation for a solo driving Detroit area newb, safe road conditions (especially if it snows), and likelihood that the travel time is accurate (i.e. not prone to massive unexpected delays)? [more inside]
Re-starting my indoor garden: What should I do? I've had a sucessful window-herb-plant garden going for years but then everything just died at once. I want to start fresh, from seed ideally, and as soon as possible. What plants (herb or house) grow in winter (Heated but not that heated apartment) with semi-eastern exposure that don't die if I look at them funny?
When you get the ideas, you get the itinerary. Then when you get the itinerary, then you get the fun.
Women, alcohol, drugs, cash, gambling, and guns. And questions. WAY LONGER inside. [more inside]
Buying Boots and a parka in Northern Alberta (Canada.) Where to look? The post title says it all. I'm buying boots and a parka in Northern Alberta (Canada.) I'm only a couple hours north of Edmonton and can go there if necessary, but ordering online is also something I'd consider. I plan to be spending a decent amount of time outside and want to get gear that will keep me warm, and last for years to come. What are the quality names? Where is a good place to look?
What should I do for a long-weekend-style vacation in Chicago this winter? [more inside]
Is it safe to cross the Cascade from Portland during the winter? I accepted a job cross-country. I will be leaving all my possessions behind. I want fly into Portland and rent a car and continue rest of my trip east into central Oregon. What's winter condition like at mountain passes on state route 20, 26, or I-84. Is it safe to drive in the mountain during late November/early December?
Please recommend me winter clothes like this. I like the minimalist design and the typographic elements, but they only have a few thermals! [more inside]
NorCal Backpack Filter. Looking for a seasonally appropriate backpacking trip in the latitude of Prairie Creek Redwoods, Trinity Alps, Shasta, Susanville for this weekend.
NorCal Backpack Filter. Looking for a seasonally appropriate backpacking trip in the latitude of Prairie Creek Redwoods, Trinity Alps, Shasta, Susanville for this weekend. [more inside]
The time change just kicked in, which means the long, cold, dark, stupid winter starts now! Other people who get Seasonal Affective Disorder or related symptoms -- what are your best hacks to make the season more bearable? [more inside]
How can I keep myself warm when I am in bed? [more inside]
I started dressing more fashionably in the last year; ditching my Kohls and Sears wardrobe for Banana Republic, J Crew, and Ann Taylor. Overall I'm pleased with my new wardrobe, but I have not figured out what to do for winter! I live in New England where it gets COLD and those thin little "sweaters" that BR and J Crew like so much don't cut it. Last winter I looked great but was frequently cold. Should I just go to LL Bean, or is there some winter fashion secret?
Help me get a solar recharge during the winter! [more inside]
Flannel lined sports pants: recommends & where to order them online? [more inside]
Does Kwanzaa really exist? [more inside]
Keeping my avocado tree happy over winter: please help a not-very-experienced plant owner. [more inside]
Looking for very warm, comfortable, inexpensive, stylish, low-heeled knee high boots or shoes for fall/winter. Also, good arch support needed. Help me wade through what's currently available. [more inside]
How do I prepare for a drive across the country (probably on I-80) in early November? [more inside]
TRAVEL: I am a student living in D.C. Where are the cheapest (warm) countries and cities I can go "backpacking" to this winter break? [more inside]
I want a women's burgundy-colored hat, scarf, and gloves set. Please hope me. [more inside]
I'm going to be starting a little sabbatical from work around Thanksgiving time, and we want to take a vacation trip to kick it off. It'll be approaching winter, and I've always been fascinated by the idea of cold northern oceanfront places with fantastic storms and windswept beaches. Something like the setting of The Ghost Writer, beautiful and austere landscape, cozy house right on the water. Can anyone recommend a town or place to look, maybe pacific northwest or new england? My experience with VRBO-style rentals in California has been good, and dog-friendly would be a big plus.
Winter driving between, Grand Rapids, MI and Lansing, MI on I96; How good or bad does it get? [more inside]
I've lived in Boston 7 years now but never obtained proper cold weather attire, struggling along with the coat I brought from California and a cheap one I found here when I couldn't tolerate the California one anymore. Well, no more. This year I'm going to do it right. I turn to Ask MeFi because I'm hopelessly confused by the variety of options out there. [more inside]
Whenever it's dark outside, my brain starts winding down for the day. This is fine in the summer, but right about this time of year it starts to suck a little. How can I get going in the evenings? [more inside]
Recommend an indoor running track in the Twin Cities, Minnesota? [more inside]
Help me find a pair of shoes and/or boots to wear while my Nike Frees hibernate for the winter! [more inside]
Moving house: our new appartment comes with its own refrigerator and washing machine. We can store our own fridge and washing machine in a shed in my mothers yard. How can I best protect the machines against moist conditions and subzero (Celcius) temperatures in winter?
Minimalist footwear for Chicago winter and running in said winter? [more inside]
How often, and for how long, should I turn over my car's engine in order to preserve the battery? [more inside]
Planning a trip in mid/late december to Washington D.C. and am not sure what sort of clothing/essentials should be taken with me; as I've never been there before. Your help is appreciated.
I'm thinking about going to Bulgaria for a week to ten days...in February. How would the time of year and weather impact my plans? [more inside]
Me and my girlfriend are planning to embark upon a long adventure. We have never done it before and have some questions. [more inside]
What sort of warm warm socks should I wear with my Vibram Five Fingers Sprint in the cold cold Chicago winter? [more inside]
TravelFilter: I will be traveling to China for the first time this December. Given that it will be fairly cold in well-known cities like Beijing and Shanghai, where do you suggest that we go? [more inside]
Is taking a roadtrip through the midwest over a couple weeks during the winter (around the holidays) a horrible idea?
Is taking a roadtrip through the midwest over a couple weeks during the winter (around the holidays) a horrible idea? Tentative idea is Detroit to Tulsa via a bunch of stops to see things/cities/people. Tentative route - Detroit to Fargo via I-94 (via Chicago, Milwaukee, St Paul), Fargo to Kansas City via I-29 (via S. Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska) and then down to Tulsa. [more inside]
Wintering in LA / Austin / other? I want to be a 27 year old snowbird! [more inside]
What is the brand/make of Adrian Brody's winter jacket in the recent sci-fi thriller movie "Splice?" [more inside]
I'm taking up commuting by cycle, heading home after midnight. Winter is coming in, and I need some way to stop my face from freezing in the cold night air. I tried wrapping a wool scarf around my nose and mouth, but it was uncomfortable and kept coming loose and falling down. Is there a better way?
How can I throw an awesome winter solstice party? [more inside]