This winter, the good news is that it looks like we're back to normal. Instead of locking the city in a hellish ice grip that paralyzes all commerce for an entire week, it's just going to rain all of the goddamn time. And it's going to continue to do so for at least another three months.

(L.L. Bean)
(L.L. Bean)

This is why the time to buy a late-season pair of duck boots is now. Through next Tuesday, L.L. Bean is taking 25% off a huge slice of their catalog, so you can cop yourself a handsome pair of those already cheap duck boots that have been very popular this year at a nice discount. And, since Maine is the Oregon of the Northeast, you might as well get yourself some flannels and so forth while they're cheap.

*inhales deeply* (Bodum)
*inhales deeply* (Bodum)

A timeless companion to both breakfast and a midday cup, Bodum's French press with a black plastic finish is down to $27 today. We keep one around in our apartment as a backup in case our percolator craps out or in case we're travelling to a coffee-uncertain destination, but a big French press is also perfect as a primary brewer, and it makes for the perfect new-apartment gift, as well.


(Cuisinart)
(Cuisinart)
Normally, I’m not a very big fan of specialty, single-use kitchen gadgets. But after finding this nifty $4 sale today, my heart told me, “Walker, the people want to hear about waffles.” So skip the brunch line and make yourself some gosh darn waffles: Your significant other will thank you for it.
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