I would like to be given permission to say the following things without feeling like I need to deflect eye-rolling by rolling my eyes:
“I think I’d like being more outdoorsy.”
“I’d like to try climbing. Just once.”
“I badly want to kayak, though water kind of freaks me out.”
“I think I’m going to like this biking thing.”
“Let’s do the Virginia Creeper Trail!”
“Reading Outdoor magazine makes me want more adventure in my life. I want a subscription.”
“I like browsing the technical attire* at outfitters.”
*technical attire: my term for clothing created for very specific uses, which goes counter to my “practical means useful in a variety of ways” perspective, but seems the way to make sure you can bike or hike or ride or, ahem, fall comfortably.
And I would like to be able to permit myself to actively shop for and purchase the following items:
– a wicking, warm, well-fitting base layer top (for snowboarding/ skiing, biking, staying warm in my frigid home office)
– a wind jacket
– a rain jacket
– whatever the most appropriate water-resistant biking pants might be
– padded bike shorts… though I love, love, love the comfyness of my bike seat, I’d like the padding, please
– a backpack that’s not made to carry my laptop with a prominently placed corporate logo
Aaand, also permission:
– to NOT to do a ton of research to find the perfect thing but rather just enough to buy a good thing for me. If it fits well and makes me grin, it’s good enough. This means real-life purchases rather than online purchases.
– and to not find the cheapest deal ever but just the best deal – which balances stress and time with a good price. (So I totally should have bought the rain jacket I saw at the outfitters for 50% off, even though I hadn’t done a proper amount of web searching and angsty comparison shopping.)
– to not NOT buy something just because it’s just for me. When I have the right stuff and am less miserable, everyone has more fun. Really. I’m always the slowest/ most scared/ least capable of the bunch, so getting me a little better/ faster/ warmer/ successful is good for everyone.
– to ask everyone for recommendations and help as I try to be less of a couch-lounging once-upon-an-urbanite.
So: anyone have a down jacket they absolutely love? Lightweight, flattering (not that I don’t love looking like the Michelin puffy thing), warm and waterproof?
How about a rain jacket you’d like to keep forever? I’m not clear on whether you can have breathable + waterproof, but I guess if you can, I’d like that. Since I work in Seattle with a business style I like to call “preppy mountaineer,” I can get away with wearing athletic outerwear over business attire.
Aaand, last (for now): leather boots, not athletic, but calf high and commute-worthy? Dark brown or black leather, comfortable, classically styled, wearable with jeans or skirts and the kind of thing you might run on through an airport. A woman at the coffee shop liked her Born’s better than her Frye’s. And I am strangely attracted to these.