How to br-r-r-rave the chill

January 29th, 2009
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Baby it's been cold outside and inside — yesterday, today, possibly continuing tomorrow.

How cold? Socks on the feet time, haul out the extra blankie time, wear long jammies to bed time.

So what's a shivering soul to do?

Some tips to get into warm mode and rev up the body temps:

Avoid the flicks that will chill and frost the psyche. Like:

• "Fargo" — murder and mayhem in the deep freeze.

• "Eight Below" — rescue dogs in the Antarctica.

• "Alive" — downed plane with a, gulp, element of cannibalism.

• "Dr. Zhivago" — splendor in Siberia, but makes you want to order a (faux) mink.

• "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" — family adventure with much too much blankets ... of white.

• "The Thing" — something's alive and threatening in the Antarctic.

 

Instead, watch flicks that make you believe warm. Like:

• "Lawrence of Arabia" — war in the dunes...and rediscover Peter O'Toole.

• "The Long, Hot Summer" — heated romance, with sweltering sweat.

• "Dune" — endless oppression amid miles of sand.

• "The Endless Summer"— the definitive surf film that makes you think beach and ocean.

• "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" — gays on the outback, with oodles of fun.

• "Walkabout" — aridity-aplenty with aboriginal twists.

• "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" — postapocalyptic mayhem in the desert.

• Any mindless Frankie and Annette beach fling ("Beach Blanket," "Bikini Beach," "Beach Blanket Bingo") — the endless summer fantasy from the 1950s and '60s.

Foods to avoid — or you'll get brain freeze:

• Popsicles.

• Shave ice.

• Frozen margaritas.

Tonics to slurp:

• Chazuke.

• Miso soup.

• A glass of wine.

Share your thoughts about warming up...

 

 

 

3 Responses to “How to br-r-r-rave the chill”

  1. NeedaHobby:

    I like to snuggle under a blanket and have a cup of coffee or hot cocoa. A bowl of chili or stew is also great on a chilly night!


  2. Rodney:

    I'm loving this cold weather. The best way to stay warm is to have a warm body next to you. The less clothes, the better. No seriously. When you're skin to skin, the body heat radiates more, versus pajama to pajama - where the body heat is contained within the clothing.

    Don't know if this is true, but I heard that in the cold regions when it got really cold, the residents would allow a dog to sleep with them to help keep them warm. Well, this one night it was extremely cold and these people had to bring in three of their dogs to keep them warm.

    And thus was born the band name: Three Dog Night.


  3. Maliha:

    Great post, thanks for the info