I also want to investigate an intriguing product my friend Julie mentioned her father bought her mother last year: battery powered socks! I have the worst blood circulation (my friend who is in med school said it was either diabetes or bad blood circulation...I'm going with the second one) and my feet and hands are almost constantly ice-cold during the winter. It is incredibly uncomfortable, so I'm always looking for new ways to keep them warm. These socks have their own thermostat and last for 12 hours! I doubt that I would be wearing them that long, but holy cow! This may the answer to all my cold feet woes. Even though I've already invested in a space heater for my room, I'm thinking a belated Christmas 2009 present to myself is in order.
I realize my desire to live in a place where it is appropriate to where fur coats is at odds with my icy extremities, but hopefully I can find a way to make it all work.