1. knowing that the kitchen pipes will thaw now that I've remembered to open the damn cabinet doors*
2. putting a note in my calendar for next December in the hopes that a more timely reminder next winter will help us avoid this situation
3. running water in the bathroom**
4. mad survival skills
5. building a fire and snuggling up for a while
*Every year, we forget about this. Every damn year
**and everywhere else, thus giving new meaning to the phrase "everything but the kitchen sink"