An ode to my heating pad

It’s 54 degrees tonight in my part of Hawaii, and I’m enjoying this chill. Considering how other states and locales fare during the winter, I still feel pretty wimpy about calling this cold.

But wimpy, I am. I am tucked under a down comforter and I have a heating pad on high.

I must confess I brought out the heating pad two months ago for a sore back, and I never put it away. It coincided with autumn’s cooler temperatures and I started enjoying its warmth at night.

It’s too hot for my husband, so I’ve isolated what could have been my human heater. He rolls to the other side of the bed to avoid being roasted.

I’ve developed a routine where I now turn the pad on before I brush my teeth, so it’s all ready when I come to bed. It’s very exciting, really. I love sliding into a toasty, warm bed.

It reminds me of living in the East Coast and considering electric blankets a necessity. This is like the scaled-down tropics version.

I guess when I really think about it, how can I possibly deserve to say I “enjoy this chill?” All I’ve really admitted here is that I enjoy sitting under (or above, if I switch it up and lie on it) 135 degree Fahrenheit temperatures.

So… how are you managing this weekend’s winter storm, and do you like the cold, or not?

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Diane Ako

Peace of mind By Diane Ako I like to reflect on life. Sometimes it’s philosophically. Sometimes it’s humorously. For all its beauty, life is far too difficult a journey to take alone. You need the support and connection with others to help carry you along the way. Writing brings me that connection– within and without. It clarifies my thoughts and feelings. It helps me reach out to others for advice, wisdom, or feedback. Your thoughts become your actions. Your actions become you. A wise yogi- Patanjali- said, “Speak what is true. Speak what is pleasant.” Let’s speak of things pleasant to one another and seek some peace of mind along the way. ABOUT Diane Ako joined Hawaii: In Real Life in October 2016. She likes being part of a community of local bloggers – people who like writing and sharing, like she does. Ako is an anchor/ reporter at Island News (KITV4 – ABC) in Honolulu. She previously anchored and reported at KHON2 (FOX) and KHNL (NBC), and at stations in California, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania. She freelance writes for NMG Network's magazines. In between news jobs, in 2017, she launched and ran her own p.r. company, Diane Ako PR. From 2010-2014, she headed the public relations department at Halekulani Corporation, which oversees luxury resort Halekulani and boutique hotel Waikiki Parc. She’s been blogging since 2009 – before Hawaii: IRL, she wrote for The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the state’s largest daily newspaper, where her stories garnered a dozen journalism awards and an Emmy nomination. Ako has a BA in Communications from Menlo College and an MA in Political Science from University of Hawaii at Manoa. She volunteers as a board member of the Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation, a Shinto shrine maiden at Daijingyu Temple, a citizen-scientist studying shrimp, and a yoga teacher at a senior center.

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One thought on “An ode to my heating pad

  • February 13, 2019 at 6:34 am

    Hello Diane,
    I prefer cold rather than hot or humid weather. It’s not that cold where I would need a heating pad though.


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