We're getting ready for a winter retreat with a large group of students in a very cold area of Wisconsin. Dressing in warm layers is always a priority.
As I was thinking through my warm clothing that was available, I started thinking about all that warm clothing in the dining hall. That sounds really weird, I know, but there is good reason.
The dining hall is notoriously overpacked with people. The tables and chairs are very close together. Add to that all the snowy boots clomping around, and you really want to make sure that your coats, hats, mittens, and scarves stay on the back of your chair very well rather than falling to the floor to get kicked around, soaked, or lost.
I've come to love the inside pockets of my coat for this very reason.
My absolute favorite scarf to take on this trip (made for me by a guy that helped us out in youth group when I was a student) is very bulky and not conducive to staying in a small space.
Enter Marie Anne with my solution! I can just wear this all weekend without having to take it off and put it on all the time! (oh...insight: I guess I can't spill any food on it...) This will leave my coat pockets or sleeves free for my hat and mittens.
(Wow, I'm not very experienced at taking pictures of myself. 10 shots later, I have to crop it and settle for this. Note to self: Raise your chin in self-portraits. *shudder* Note to self #2: Next time, just wait a couple hours until the photographer of the family is home from work to take it himself.)
Now I just have to decide how horrendous it will be to bypass tradition and leave my amazing fleece scarf at home... =(