13 ideas on how to “survive” this winter

The Outside/In team gathers around the proverbial fire to share our best ideas to better understand winter. The dream is not just to survive, but to thrive – dare we say “survive” – ​​and to enjoy the season, both the cold and the coziness.

This year we are there Mara HoplamazianClimate and environmental reporter at New Hampshire Public Radio, who shares her tips for enjoying the season.

Tips to ‘survive’ this winter outside.

  1. Embrace the Waffle Knit Thermo. It’s one of my favorite base layers. If I’m going out and I’m more into a button-down than a sweater look, I can wear a waffle knit underneath and still be warm. -Felix
  2. Make plans with a new friend, maybe someone special that you want to impress a little. Making plans with someone your friendship is still developing is a special level of commitment, and if you’re having trouble motivating yourself to get outside, it can help. – Justine
  3. Try sunbathing in winter. It seems paradoxical, but on cold days I feel warmer when I’m outside in the sun than when I’m inside with the heating on. I bring a picnic blanket with a friend to my local park and we sit on the picnic blanket and let the sun warm us. -Felix
  4. Build a Darkness Survival Kit. This year I’m making a Dark Survival Kit. I replaced the batteries in my old headlamp. I’ll order a safety vest for my late-night walks and probably a box of glowsticks too. I also have a lunar calendar so I can see which days are best for getting out to enjoy the moonlight. – Mara
  5. play pond hockey! A few years ago I started playing pond hockey. I think it’s a much more accessible, fun version of hockey: you need skates and a stick, but that’s about it. There is no network; We only use a four by four piece of wood. The sound of the puck hitting the wood on the icy pond… it’s so satisfying. – Nate
Trees cast shadows on the snow in the forest at night.

recommendations on the screen

  1. “Outer Reach”. This is a show about a rancher in Wyoming who finds a giant bug-in-the-universe hole in the ground… And then really weird things happen. What I love about the show is that it takes all the tropes of the modern western — the stoic cowboy, rodeos, heaps of hardcore masculinity — and then turns it on its head. It’s the western version of Twin Peaks. – Nate
  2. An all-winter trilogy marathon. When the pandemic started, my pod at the time and I each picked our favorite trilogy and then watched them all. I’ve seen a lot of movies that I probably would never have seen on my own. And since a lot of us chose trilogies that were important to us as kids, it was a really fun way to explore each other’s inner worlds. – Mara
  3. “Kiss the floor.” Every time I talk to someone and the subject of farming comes up, I bring up the documentary Kiss the Ground. It is about regenerative agriculture, a possible climate solution that involves perennial planting, crop rotation and other techniques that also overlap with permaculture and doing nothing agriculture. -Felix
  4. All by Julio Torres. I recommend picking a creator and watching, reading, or listening to everything they’ve ever made. For now, I strongly suggest that that person is Julio Torres. He called a special on HBO “My Favorite Shapes” this is just unlike any comedy special I’ve ever seen, and he writes and co-acts Los Espookys also on HBO. He has also written a children’s book. When you engage with someone who works in different mediums, you see the connections between the things they do. It’s a nice way to discover new things. – Justine
waffles on paper.

Another type of waffle, also a winter survival tool.

Cozy off-screen ideas

  1. linoprint. It’s like a woodcut, but it’s simpler. You get a little tool and a sheet of linoleum, and then you carve out a design, roll up some ink, and make a print. You can get a kit for around $20 and there are loads of tutorials on Youtube. I consider myself pretty bad at art in general, but there’s something liberating about linocut. – Mara
  2. Take tea to the next level. Here is my vision: Find a nice teapot and treat yourself to a nice loose tea. Then pay attention to the brewing times and water temperature when preparing the tea – if you do it right, you can “open up” a new world of taste. I think paying careful attention to taste can have a very nice calming effect on your brain (it is science). – Justine
  3. don’t skip me by Willy Vlautin. The book is about a young ranch hand in Nevada who wants to prove himself as a boxer in Arizona. Needless to say, things aren’t going as planned. The writing is anchored in what it’s like to live in modern rural West, or even modern rural America: gas stations, fast food, open country. And it has one of the most heartbreaking and surprising endings I’ve ever read. – Nate
  4. Think of a typewriter. I bought a typewriter last winter and I really enjoy typing on it. It’s very satisfying Clack, clack, clack, clack, clack. The nice thing about a typewriter as opposed to a laptop is that it gets less distracted, plus if you make a mistake you just have to keep going. There’s no backspace – technically there is, but the ink is already on the paper, so just keep going. -Felix

This week’s episode also features Betsy Dawkins, Cholla Foot, Juliet Cox, Anna Buckwalter and Two Maine Mermaids in Portland, Maine.

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