How many hands do I have? No, it’s not a trick question.
Yes, like most people, I have two of them (and like most moms, I could use a couple more).
So why in the world do I own eight—yep, eight—pairs of running gloves?
Sidebar: It might seem like there would be absolutely no need for winter wear here in the Houston area. But temps can drop into the 30s and 40s overnight. As an early-morning jogger, I hate when my hands and ears are cold. I usually wear shorts no matter how frosty it is, but I cherish my long-sleeve shirts, gloves, and ear warmers. I even have a winter pair of headphones to wear with my iPod shuffle (they cover my ears)!
The other day I took a look at the bottom shelf in a cabinet in my laundry room and didn’t like what I saw. My running gear was strewn among three tightly fitting baskets such that I couldn’t easily get out what I needed. It was time for a change!
So I took all the baskets off the shelf, added a couple more containers (that now reside on a large metal shelving unit near the washing machine), and divided everything up logically. What a difference some organization makes! I love being able to find what I need in an instant.
But it did mean that I finally could see how many gloves I own. Yikes!
The good news is that almost all the gloves were free, given away at the Chevron Houston Marathon expo each year. And it is nice to have a few extra, especially for when they get wet, and I need a pair for back-to-back runs.
But eight? I guess eight is enough!