April 04, 2006

What a Week. Already.

Blogging has been rather sporadic of late, and I'm sorry. It seems a number of things have conspired to suck the life out of my blogging energy, including yet more daycare trauma, everything in the entire house breaking, and my recent purchase of God of War for the PS2, but it looks as though things are getting back on a more even keel--well, maybe. Take a glimpse into my recent past and judge for yourselves...

So The Boy had a new daycare situation, all happy with his buddies from the Place That Suddenly Went to Hell. Unfortunately, this situation has also deteriorated due to a combination of bureaucratic screw-ups and his teacher's medical problems. Let's just say there's been stress. After some scrambling, The Boy is hanging with a sitter at his best buddy's house, which means earlier mornings, later evenings and a higher gas bill, but it's only for two months, so I guess we'll live.

While that was going on, Hublet came home one day to relax and await our late arrival. Suddenly he heard the shower come on in the guest bathroom. Only it wasn't the shower--it was the toilet overflowing because the rod that holds the floater in the tank had corroded and broken. So. Water everywhere. Then we tried to fix the toilet only to discover that we have some freaky sized toilet for which we need Super Special Parts, and so tomorrow we have a plumber coming. Yay.

Oh, and did I mention our heat pump has recently given up the ghost? Yeah. They came out to replace that yesterday, which was great, except...

The new thermostat is smaller than the previous one, so my wallpaper in the hallway now looks decidedly bizarre. House Beautiful it isn't, folks. Plus we discovered that the builders had mislabeled the breakers, so the installers managed to turn off our hot water heater, which I didn't realize until...

I got up in the 49 degree weather this morning (no heat pump, remember?) and leapt into my nice, allegedly hot shower to warm up and ended up freezing my ass off. Fastest. Shower. Ever.

Now my scalp itches because I didn't rinse all the shampoo out in my rush to just FINISH THE SHOWER, I am chugging Pepto Bismol to prevent all the hot coffee I'm drinking from burning a hole in my stomach lining, we're hemorraging cash, AND did I mention I still need to do our taxes?

At least The Boy is having fun with the grandparents this week.

I'm just looking forward to June. Come on, June!

Posted by Big Arm Woman at April 4, 2006 11:16 AM
Comments

You can heat the house with lightbulbs as efficiently as electric (resistance) heating, though not as efficiently as a heat pump.

Turn on all the lights and leave them on. 100w is 100w of heat except for the tiny part that escapes out the window.

Leave the TV on, for that matter. That's equally efficient heat watts too.

In fact your furnace ought to be made to do something useful before it converts energy to heat, like knit a sweater.

It all goes to heat eventually, but you ought to get some directed use out of it first.

(When my own heat pump died in 1978 after 3 years, I left it broken. I can recognize a cash sink when I see one.)


Posted by: Ron Hardin at April 4, 2006 01:19 PM

It should be easy to put a little wooden or metal panel around the thermostat, to cover up Teh Uglies.

(Heck, a piece of mat-board, such as for photo mounting, would suffice temporarily...)

Posted by: Sigivald at April 4, 2006 03:54 PM

Ooh, a framed and matted thermostat. You could start a trend.

Posted by: Laura(southernxyl) at April 5, 2006 01:53 PM