I"m looking for a winter aerobic activity to keep my fitness level up for mountain biking. Cross country skiing is one of them. What should I buy and how hard is it going to be to learn? [more inside]
posted by unSane
on Nov 27, 2008 -
What's your solution to the slippery winter sidewalks, preferably with the least impact to environment yet won't involve salt tracked in on the carpet?
My in-laws are in town and the normal sidewalk and driveway shoveling is not going to be enough to keep them from slipping and falling.
Here's my problem, we have kids and pets that will track in salt or de-icer all over the carpet.
posted by Mike Johnson
on Nov 26, 2008 -
Where should we go for a winter weekend getaway within 2 hours drive of Chicago? [more inside]
posted by sandor
on Nov 21, 2008 -
Help me de-code a NYCares Winter Wishes Wish - I have no idea what this kid is asking for [more inside]
posted by nanhey
on Nov 17, 2008 -
What is the purpose of this weird detail (a button-on loop of some kind with wool on one side and velvet on the other) on the inside of my new coat? [more inside]
posted by Your Time Machine Sucks
on Nov 7, 2008 -
I'm considering a December trip to Greece: probably Athens and Crete. Any tips on the off-season in particular? How many days to spend in each place? Any other places I should be looking at? [more inside]
posted by TheophileEscargot
on Oct 22, 2008 -
I'm heading into my first Northern European winter, and all of my Berlin friends are regaling me with stories of months spent in a state of unrelenting malaise while developing alcohol problems and watching people throw themselves on to the Bahn tracks. I had problems with depression even when I lived in California, so I'm trying to develop a strategy for a suicide-free season. My primary question: will the sunbeds at my local pool constitute "light therapy"? [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog
on Oct 22, 2008 -
I'm going to Europe in December/January. How do I make hostel reservations? I'll be traveling with one friend for about a week, and then by myself for another week and a half. My ideal hostel is warm, safe, and my stuff won't get stolen. We're not too afraid of roughing it, but we're going in the winter. So how (much) should we plan? [more inside]
posted by theiconoclast31
on Oct 19, 2008 -
Is there anywhere that sells all-cotton winter coats for toddlers? My fragile son has skin allergies and while the usual mountain climbing gear may be great for all of those two-year-olds who are climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, what about the kids who need their skin to breathe free, man? [more inside]
posted by Overzealous
on Oct 4, 2008 -
I am looking for suggestions from all you intelligent, practical women out there regarding good, solid, moderately not-ugly snow boots. I live in Colorado and last winter was a nasty one and the one before, even worse and I am hanging up my knee-high, heeled black leather boots in favor of something less life-threatening. I used to swear I would never wear Uggs, but they have some cute styles this year and if they, or anything else, work for you, please, share. Under $200 is where I'm at. [more inside]
posted by orangeRamona
on Sep 27, 2008 -
Winter container gardening... or, to be more specific, what to do with the containers? [more inside]
posted by jal0021
on Sep 17, 2008 -
Has anyone got any good vegetarian recipes for winter? I'm not a vegetarian, but I'm teaching myself to cook more meat-free meals for environmental reasons. I did ok during summer, but now that the weather's turned cold, I'm finding it harder. Tell me your favourites! [more inside]
posted by harriet vane
on Aug 8, 2008 -
I have a motorcycle (1983 bmw r100) that I would like to protect from the harsh Massachusetts winter. I would also like to take this time to do some work on the bike. I do not have a garage so I need to rent a place. Am I able to do repairs on a vehicle in a self storage facility? If not can you think of the type of place that would allow this?
posted by ps6000
on Jul 29, 2008 -
I'm about to go off to college- in Massachusetts, when I've lived in Texas my entire life. Ideally, I'd like not to freeze all winter, so I'm looking for your clothing/lifestyle advice geared to someone without a clue. Additionally, the only members of my family who've lived anywhere cold are male, while I've fairly recently embraced my dressing-like-a-girl options. Any advice about how women in Our Frozen Territories stay warm without giving up on looking nice is especially appreciated. [more inside]
posted by MadamM
on Jul 21, 2008 -
Two of my favorite books for summer are "Winter's Tale" by Mark Helprin and "Smilla's Sense of Snow" by Peter Hoeg; I'd like suggestions for other (preferably hefty) novels with complex/absorbing story lines and wintry settings or themes to help me stay sane 'til September. Got an ice book to recommend?
posted by taz
on Jun 10, 2008 -
Four part backpacking question: backpacks, international shipping, shoes, and more travel orientated places to ask such questions. [more inside]
posted by atmosphere
on May 13, 2008 -
BackpackingFilter: Travelling around Europe from mid October to mid Janruary - help me pick the right gear to take. [more inside]
posted by atmosphere
on Apr 20, 2008 -
Is it necessary or worthwhile to remove the snow from my crushed-stone driveway? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by JMOZ
on Feb 23, 2008 -
What could a small ice cream/frozen yogurt shop start selling in the colder months to keep business alive?
posted by logic vs love
on Feb 21, 2008 -
I can't stop thinking about fridges and winter.
Would it save much energy to freeze gallon containers of water outdoors and put those in the fridge now and then? It's Minnesota winter over here and I want to make the most of it ;)
posted by advicepig
on Feb 21, 2008 -
I'm thinking about going on an exchange program, and am not sure how I should rank my choices. Should I spend January to June in Brisbane, Australia or Amsterdam? [more inside]
posted by Dasein
on Feb 11, 2008 -
Where's the best place in Chicago to sit in front of a nice fire and sip drinks? [more inside]
posted by MsMolly
on Feb 4, 2008 -
What are some cheap & lovely ideas for a winter-themed house-party here in Montreal? [more inside]
posted by Marquis
on Jan 16, 2008 -
Would I be better off buying a winter coat and heavy shoes in Park City, Utah or London? [more inside]
posted by caek
on Jan 14, 2008 -
How can I prevent a bird from damaging my house? This exact bird (or family of birds) arrives every winter and uses the area under the roof above my window to next. I'm amazed by the stunning accuracy of the on-board navigation system on this crow-like bird, but it keeps ripping grates off my house and tossing insulation out.
posted by k7lim
on Jan 7, 2008 -
I will be vacating my house for a few months over the winter. Aside from some house plants there will be nothing organic in the house to worry about. I was planning on turning the heat down to near 40.
The house is not particularly well insulated so, if we get a serious cold snap,which is entirely likely,I would like to be prepared. I was thinking of turning off the water from the basement so the pipes will be empty,therefore not freeze.
Is there any danger in this?
Have you any other suggestions?
posted by citybuddha
on Jan 2, 2008 -
What's a safe minimum temperature to keep my apartment during the day while my cat is home alone? [more inside]
posted by Oktober
on Jan 2, 2008 -
I don't really use my car much in the winter but I park it outdoors. How do I maximize its chances of survival? [more inside]
posted by shothotbot
on Dec 30, 2007 -
Non-chlorinated winter swimming options in or around NYC? (Sustained swimming, not quick dips like the Polar Bear Club takes at Coney.) Just asking in case there's some idea I'm totally missing, short of "go somewhere warmer."
posted by lorimer
on Dec 17, 2007 -
Do I really need winter tires in Denver? I lived in Chicago for 30 years and never bought winter tires. Granted, I was young and foolish for many of those years, but still. [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore
on Dec 12, 2007 -
I live in a humid / semi-tropical area where it never gets cold / snows. I have been here for 7 years and am very climatized. Now, whenever I go home to Michigan for Christmas, I get extremely 'dried out'.....my head feels dehydrated. I also get extremely tired / lethargic, and my internal thermometer gets thrown out of wack. What is going on here, and what can I do to alleviate the symptoms so I can have an enjoyable Christmas?
posted by jasondigitized
on Dec 9, 2007 -