It feels like this winter had been either freezing cold (like sub zero cold) or else snowing. Noah can't catch a break with traffic, and I have been wearing snowpants way more than any 33 year old woman that is not a skier should have to.
Back when I was little I was always so embarrassed when my mom would wear snowpants around town, running errands, going on field trips. But I totally get it now. Leaning into cars to buckle children in, being the sole adult on winter time excursions- it is important to be warm and it is important to be prepared.
Somewhere along the line, however, I have also come to the conclusion that snowpants are also necessary to wear when I am going to work. I go in late at night and I wear scrub pants that are super thin- my legs may as well be bare. I do go from garage to parking ramp, but it is still cold. I know some of the girls wear leggings under their scrubs, but then you actually have to change on arrival, because the job of the nurse is too active with a high likelyhood of sweat to continue to wear layered pants. I can just slip my snowpants off in the locker room, no bathroom needed.
Coworkers do chuckle a little, but they are used to my quirky ways, and I think they are slightly jealous. One time a patient in a wheelchair pointed and laughed as I left the hospital. That was awkward.
On the coldest morning when I had to try to help my coworker start her car in the cold ramp for 15 minutes, only to fail, and then to drive her home with one of my windows mostly open for most of the drive- well, I was the one who was happy and warm in my snowpants. That has solidified my decision: snowpants must be worn in the winter.