Friday, January 20, 2006

Show and Tell - A good hat

Ooh, I love hats. But rarely have occasion to wear one. I actually wore this hat yesterday. In fact, was wearing it when I read Blackbird's announcement that today's theme is a good hat. Voila! Okay, yes, I was wearing a fleece snow hat indoors. Why? Well, you see, our recent heat bill arrived to the tune of over $200 for only ONE MONTH. Outrageous! Double from last year. Before the baby came, my husband started calling me Mother Russia because I insisted we keep the heat down in the house, 65 degrees while we're in, off while we're away. I programmed the thermostat and that was that. Once the baby came, we needed to keep the house at 68 degrees all the time, so I set the thermostat to Hold 68 and that was that. The baby is now a year old, and in daycare, and I'm back in the office a few days a week, so I set the thermostat back to Run Program. Only I worked from home yesterday, and was freezing! So I first donned a heavy sweatshirt over my jammies. Don't tell my office that I work in my jammies! (I start at 6 a.m. and it's so much easier to stumble out of bed and get to it.) I was still freezing, and the hat was conveniently nearby, and one does lose a tremendous amount of body heat through one's head, you know, so on went the hat.
This hat? I designed it. My brothers were talking about how cool they (the brothers) are on the slopes, catching air and whatnot on the snowboard, and the topic of cool hats came up. Wouldn't it be cool to have dredlocks? I'm no snow bunny, but I like a design challenge, and so was borne the dredhat. (Yes, one can get dred hats in Jamaica, but they're costume, mainly, and not suitable for extreme snow antics. Plus, I didn't know such a thing existed at the time. So you see, my design? Still original in my small world.)

They were a big hit on the slopes. People kept asking the avid sportsters where they got those cool hats. And people kept telling me I should sell them. And I kept telling them that they're not cost effective. One would have to hire slave labor in third world countries to be able to sell them at a price the public would be willing to pay. It's those hand braided dreds. So time consuming. But a nice effect, eh?

As it turns out, the dredhat is more suited to the non-extreme snow sportster, due to the long locks whipping in the wind and interfering with one's vision. And as well, my brothers learned that a hard helmet is advisable, in the odd chance of a wipeout.

Now this is a good hat, don't you think? High marks for cuteness, but that's mainly because of the model.


Blogger blackbird said...

Very inventive! and groovy, man.
I'm left wondering if you ever have to video chat with your office...I'm guessing no.

8:07 AM, January 20, 2006  
Blogger Cee said...

I love the dreds! Too cool.

9:05 AM, January 20, 2006  
Blogger doggerelblogger said...

Wooo. Them's some hats.

1:34 PM, January 20, 2006  
Blogger LoriLaurieLauri said...

I was all over that dredhat until I was hypnotized by the baby!

1:48 PM, January 20, 2006  
Blogger Jeanne said...

Laura (just six) says, "That hat is so silly! I laughed! really loud!"

I think it's very cool, too --

5:56 PM, January 20, 2006  
Blogger Suse said...

That's hilarious. I remember you telling me about the dredhat you invented, and I just could not imagine it.

And your word verif is pogre. Which is very apt for the last pic.

7:07 PM, January 20, 2006  
Blogger halloweenlover said...

Fabulous hat! I can imagine that people would have been begging you to make and sell them! Very cool.

And the baby? Scrumptious.

8:43 PM, January 20, 2006  
Blogger Flourish & Blotts said...

Love the cutie in the horned hat! I wish hats would come back in style. I look terrific in hats (probably due to my huge head) and they make me look so much taller! -Flourish

7:06 AM, January 21, 2006  
Blogger Kim said...

that is way too cute,even for his own good!

I love the post about your family going to Cambridge. Seven kids. WOW.

4:39 AM, January 22, 2006  
Blogger Susie Sunshine said...

That Viking baby picture is on my favoritest kid pictures ever list. The outfit, pose and his expression are all perfect and hilarious. (This should be available as a poster.)

Our heating bill was over $200 for one month AND I WAS COLD THE ENTIRE TIME, WTF?!

4:52 AM, January 23, 2006  
Blogger ladylinoleum said...

OMG I love that hat!!!!

5:35 PM, January 24, 2006  

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