Oh, Slanket!

My housemate derides my slanket (indeed, initially attempted to ban it from the house), but I say:  anyone who thinks a slanket is silly has got the heat on too high in these hard times.  Our 1895 row house is more than a tad drafty, and the slanket is superior to any alternative I've tried for watching television, reading, or working on the couch.

No, really.  It retains heat better than a sweater (because it shares all your body heat, not just the bits under your sweater or jeans), yet lets you do everything you need to.  Yes, I know I sound like I'm acting on an infomercial.  That's because the slanket is actually as awesome as they claim. Also, it sounds like a Tudor insult. Add me to the ranks of the proud slanketeers

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Megan McArdle is a columnist at Bloomberg View and a former senior editor at The Atlantic. Her new book is The Up Side of Down.

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