I Thought of Taking the Night Off

From the computer that is.

This career development program I wrote about last time has taken up a lot of my evenings.

It’s strange sitting in front of the computer for long stretches again. I haven’t done that in… Years!

But then I figured I owed the blog an article. (As if you were all DYING to read something from me!)

Cooped Up

What with all the computer-sitting-at, and the staying-at-home, and the onset of darker, gloomier weather, I decided that the boys and I needed to be able to go outside whenever.

And I really mean WHENEVER.

In German, there’s a saying that a girlfriend reminded me of today.

Es gibt kein schlechtes Wetter, es gibt nur falsche Kleidung.

That roughly translates to: “There is no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes.”

When it poured rain on Monday, I realized that the boys had either destroyed or outgrown all their rain pants. So I hopped on to zappos.com and ordered them each a pair of these Columbia kids’ rain pants.

They’re not fancy, they’re not cute, but they do the trick!

Their rain jackets are a hand-me-down (the yellow one on the Bear) and from Target (on the Bug). They’ve been soaked through a couple of times, so I need to re-waterproof them. I usually do this with the same kind of spray I use for shoes and boots, though I’m sure there’s a better product I should be using.

(I find that having them wear lovingly hand knit sweaters under their rain jackets improves the waterproofness. It’s true. Wool is a wonder fiber.)

Their boots are snow boots (on the Bug–didn’t hold up to serious puddle jumping) and an Amazon purchase of Thomas the Tank Engine rain boots for the Bear.

Like I said, nothing fancy. But we all had the gear we needed to spend an hour outside today. (I was decked out in my mom’s old LLBean rain pants, Costco rain boots I picked up the last time I was there, and my Helly Hansen rain jacket I’ve had for years–also needs to be re-waterproofed…)

Next Up…

I’ll need to make sure we have all the necessary gear for really cold weather outdooring!

Not that it really gets that cold here in Virginia, but on the days it does snow, we want to be ready!

Gotta be ready for more exploring in the rain!

Jane

The Brain In Jane works mainly in the rain. It's always raining somewhere. Find me on Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.

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