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Is there a hat that's appropriate for wearing indoors at work? I'm concerned about the amount of heat I'm losing through my head. I'm concerned about the amount of heat I'm losing through all of my extremities, for that matter, as well as the total surface area of my skin. I'm starting to wonder where I should be investing my time, money and effort: into figuring out how to put heavy velvet curtains up on the windows to insulate them (putting the screws directly into the concrete walls?); into shopping for fingerless gloves to type with; into shopping for little flat caps to wear on my head; or into shopping for more scarves of the thick, mufflery type.

Whatever I end up doing, it is clear that I am going to become a Dickensian guttersnipe. I can picture myself now: a piteous figure in fingerless gloves, swathed in a muffler, with only my eyes peeking out from under my hat. I'll go to the Board of Governors (or whoever it is who determines the allocation of money towards heating around here) and meekly request: "Please, sirs, I want some more."

srah - Tuesday, 15 November 2005 - 12:27 PM
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Comments (12)

gravatar J - November 15, 2005 - 6:07 PM -

There's a short story called "The Overcoat" by Nikolai Gogol about this Russian peasant-type guy who has this threadbare overcoat for years. He scrimps and saves and finally gets a nice swank new overcoat, only to have it almost immediately stolen. I think his job is really sad, too, like he's a copyist or something, and spends his life copying books by hand. So that's sort of your like your life I guess, except you have the internet and a DVD player.

gravatar srah - November 15, 2005 - 6:12 PM -

My Internet is stolen. Does that make it any better?

gravatar katie - November 15, 2005 - 10:20 PM -

No, because your internet is not stolen from you.

gravatar srah - November 15, 2005 - 10:24 PM -

I meant in the vein of "And oi 'aven't even got a h'Internet to call me own, guv'nor."

gravatar Tony - November 15, 2005 - 10:52 PM -

You could get a small electric space heater with a fan. Some of them pack some nice warming capability and you wouldn't have to worry about drilling into the wall. You'd also have some nice control over the heating level...sometimes if it's windy the window will leak cold air no matter how much insulation is there.

Presumably though, that shouldn't be your problem...the University should take care of that task. If not, I have a masonary bit that you can borrow, although you may need a hammer drill...which, unfortunately I do not have in stock :-P

gravatar srah - November 16, 2005 - 7:34 AM -

Awwwwwww, no funn being practical. The point is, it's ME and I'm ALWAYS COLD.

gravatar Aunt Pam - November 16, 2005 - 8:55 AM -

More unwanted practical advise:

Put up insulating window film over your apartment windows and this may seem odd coming from me, but well, exercise and work up a sweat. Spend breaktimes/lunchtimes taking a brisk walk (indoors if need be)and get some heat generated. :)

gravatar katie - November 16, 2005 - 10:54 AM -

Using a phoney accent still doesn't make your h'Internet stolen. But the accent is. :P

I bought a space heater for my office in Vermont for the same reasons. Found a wicked cheap one on Amazon.

gravatar Aunt Pam - November 16, 2005 - 11:21 AM -

Hey! Katie's post just reminded me I just inherited a lovely little ceramic space heater as my sister is moving to Shanghai. At my age I'm used to being cold and simply celebrate when the hot flashes come. If you want I'll set it aside and we'll get it to you by hook or crook.

gravatar srah - November 16, 2005 - 12:07 PM -

I actually do have a space heater here! It keeps my feet warm but does nothing for my upper half.

My apartment's warm enough (and there I can cover myself in blankets or get into bed or bundle up) - it's just at work that I freeze.

gravatar katie - November 16, 2005 - 12:12 PM -

Um...take the space heater to work.

gravatar srah - November 16, 2005 - 1:02 PM -

Between the hours of 8-5 M-F, "here" = work, Ms Student-Pants! ;-P

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