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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Jan 9, 2012/ 14 Teves, 5772

Put your right leg out

By Lori Borgman

Lori Borgman


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I was at a sporting goods store waiting to pay for an item when a woman ahead of me said, "I like your vest." It was a quilted corduroy vest with a fake fur collar.

"Wouldn't that be perfect for running in and out of stores in the cold?" she said to her friend.

"Like sleeping with one leg out," the woman said.

I was stunned. Speechless.

Here, all this time I thought I was the only one who slept with one leg out.

The ladies represented an entire demographic (and one apparently now going public) that sleeps with one leg out.

If you don't know what I'm talking about, you're not one of us.

We are a set of sleepers who regulate our internal thermostats by throwing one leg out from beneath the covers to keep from overheating.

Some refer to it as the thermostat-control leg.

There are also variations on the theme. There is the thermostat-control arm and the thermostat-control foot for those who can regulate their internal temperature by merely venting a foot or an arm. And special kudos to those who can regulate body temperature by venting only the big toe.

I have always believed it is healthier to be on the cold side rather than the warm side, particularly at night. On occasion, the husband has said, "Why don't we just sleep outside?"

"Why don't we?" I chirp. "Our ancestors did."

He claims his ancestors did not sleep outside, but came from a long line of luxury hotel chain magnates that cranked the thermostat to 80 degrees in each and every room.

Naturally, if you have a temperature control appendage, you will marry someone who can never pile bedding high enough, owns thermal underwear and wore socks to bed as a child.

It is for the family's own good that I keep the thermostat set low.

I know for a fact that being chilly makes you more productive than being warm. When you get too warm, you get sleepy. Then you feel lethargic. The next thing you know, you're cracking your head on the floor because you fell off your computer chair.

When certain family members stop by, they frequently complain about the temperature in the house. We have one daughter who often refuses to remove her coat.

"My hands are frozen," she will say.

"Put them in this warm dishwater," I say. "That will fix everything."

Another one complains, "My feet are turning to ice."

"Well, of course they are," I say. "You need to keep moving. Why don't you run this laundry upstairs? Then you can sweep the kitchen and unload the dishwasher. You'll feel warmer in no time."

It is reassuring to know that I am not alone in the one leg out routine, my quest for cooler air and productive living.

Maybe we'll start a support group. We can meet at my place.

Wear a jacket.


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