Saturday, December 31, 2011

Baby, It's Cold Outside!

Today I went hiking in the mountains with Malamute, Duckling, and the dogs. The temperature was below freezing, but Duckling did just fine; he even took a nap in the carrier! Since we started doing winter hikes last year, we've found Determined Duckling to be quite cold hardy when properly bundled up.

The first year we took up snow hiking, we got a North Face snowsuit for Determined Duckling. It was pricey, but it did keep him very warm. When it got below freezing I layered his lighter snowsuit on underneath. (That one was a Columbia "Little D" dinosaur suit and it was just about the cutest thing I'd ever seen in boys' winter wear.)

This year, we spent far less on winter gear for the little guy, but got the same warm results. This year, I hopped on Amazon during the spring and ordered a snowsuit from a small company for about $30. It's a nice, heavy suit with a cute train applique on the front and has served him well. The only downside is that it doesn't have the fold-over cuffs for the hands like the North Face suit did, so we invested in a good, heavy set of mittens from REI.

The lighter snowsuit we kind of fell into by accident. Malamute got a $10 gift certificate from eBay in October, so we used it to buy a duck Halloween costume for $9 and some odd change. (We still have $.87 leftover, but there isn't a lot of worthwhile stuff you can buy on eBay for $.87.) When it arrived, we found that it was heavier and warmer than we had anticipated, so we've been using it as a light snowsuit ever since. He wore both his train suit and his duck suit today because it was extra cold. A quilt over him and the carrier for more warmth completed the ensemble and VOILA- toasty warm baby, even when it's cold out.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

ATTENTION WORLD: I AM BROKE AND LIVING IN MY IN-LAWS' BASEMENT

"A territory is a closed feedback loop. Our role is to put in effort and love; the territory absorbs this and gives it back to us in the form of well-being."-Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

When I go to Barnes and Noble on a date with my husband, the books I pick up to read for fun are natural parenting books. I love to "window shop" online for cloth diapers. And I love making naturally sweetened cookies of all kinds. An idea that really excites me is taking some classes on herbal medicine. That's how I knew that natural family living is my territory. So here I am.

I've always wanted to start a blog, but resisted for a long time for a number of reasons: 1) I didn't think there was anything in my life that anyone would care enough to read about. 2) I felt like I didn't have anything of worth to share with the world since so many things in my life are so far from perfect, specifically that 3) my husband and I are broke and living in his parents' basement.

I've decided that hanging my head in shame about our living situation has only made me more unhappy and that I want to connect with more people, so I am embracing the fact that I have imperfections in my life, and this blog is part of that. In fact, Mondays will be my "Confessional" posts. On the other hand, on Wednesdays I am going to celebrate the things that I don't worry about with "No Worry Wednesday" posts.

Why "The Practical Rabbit"? I love bunny rabbits, eat a mostly raw vegan diet, and practicality is kind of my theme for this blog and life in general. I do a lot of unconventional things because they work when the conventional ways haven't. My philosophy is that if it works, go with it, even it means being a little different- or a lot different.

My husband is kind of the opposite of me. He's more like an Artistic Malamute. In fact, we are starting a photography business together capitalizing on his photographic and digital art skills. And he is a lover of all things canine (especially malamutes). However, the Artistic Malamute also eats a mostly raw vegan diet (actually, it was his idea). And if you cross a Practical Rabbit and an Artistic Malamute, you get a Determined Duckling, our tenacious, duck-loving son. Rounding out the line-up of our family are our two spitz dogs.

So here we go...