Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow again yesterday, so we are in for six more weeks of winter. One adjustment people are making on Hubbert's Mesa is turning down the thermostat to save money as energy prices rise. We bundle up as we move around during the day and pile on the blankets at night. However, the transition as we get into a cold bed can be jarring.
While this is mainly a matter of comfort, this is a practical matter too; you can waste a lot of time trying to fall asleep when you are too cold. Many solutions have been devised: electric blankets, hot water bottles, metal contraptions to put hot coals in, even putting blankets in a clothes dryer for a few minutes.
My method is one I haven't seen others use. I like to lie down on top of my blankets (and pajamas) while I'm fully dressed. For 20 to 30 minutes, I'll read, listen to podcasts, play with my latest iThingy, or type on my laptop. Then I'll quickly change for bed and get under the covers while they're still warm and cozy.
This is nothing major. But this solution is almost totally free (since I would spend my time doing those things anyway.) It is just another example of putting your pants on both legs at the same time. Small changes in behavior can be simpler and more effective than complicated technical solutions.
The more creatively we can solve our problems, the easier the Long Ascent will be.