Back In The Saddle

I certainly was blogging intensely there for a while, wasn’t I? The campaign and election stuff had my adrenaline pumping, for sure!

While I usually try to post something daily, I don’t feel obliged to, so this isn’t one of those sorry-I-haven’t-been-blogging-as-much-as-usual posts. It’s not like the world is hanging on my every word, after all. I’m just catching up and trying to regain a little momentum.

I want to post a few updates on some stuff, like the situation at my son’s school, which includes a rather humorous story about the call I received from the S.T.E.M Academy Director. There are a few other things as well, but I’ll just play it by ear rather than listing it all right now.

There are also a few other things to rant about, like smokers at bus stops, and how I’m almost certain that shopping at Walmart is significantly decreasing my life expectancy. I’ll get to all this once I’ve reestablished my routine and settled back in after reluctantly sending Mike back to England (I tried hiding his passport, but he kept finding it!).

As for this weekend, I’ve been rearranging what little furniture I own in preparation for the winter. I have central heating, but I hate running it for several reasons. Mainly because it racks up an enormous gas bill that causes me great pain and makes me cry. It also dries me out and makes me cough; plus it just doesn’t seem right to pay so much money to get sick when chest colds and even strep throat are so easy to come by for free.

In light of all that, I’ve set up my relatively large bedroom like a den of sorts. I have a small heater fan, which more than does the trick; I sometimes have to turn it off because it gets too warm. My son has one for his bedroom as well, so we’re both set at night.

When I have to be in the kitchen for any length of time, the stove warms things up quite nicely, and our bathroom is quite small, so we can warm it up before showering just by running the hot water for a couple of minutes before getting in. When my son and I hang out together, it’s usually in my room anyway, so I think this will work out just fine. And it will save us a ton of money!

So, now that I have everything set up the way I want it, I’m totally pooped and my back is aching. I’m going to take some Aleve, lie down with my heating pad for a while and wait for my son to come back from his friend’s house.

It’s really very cozy in here. I think I like it!

Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On

7 responses to “Back In The Saddle

  • saintpaulgrrl

    I can tell that we both live on opposite north-south ends of the country! We’ve had temperatures at night in the teens and 20s and you bet the furnace has been running. It keeps trying to snow here but only manages a few flakes at a time. Looking forward to seeing some warmer weather over Thanksgiving! I’ll have to keep my eye on the Yahoo weather so I know what to pack. 🙂

  • truthwalker

    They don’t keep the same building temperatures in Germany. Moving here from Mississippi, where it was 100 degrees and 100% humidity to southern Germany where it is 45 degrees and 85% humidity has been chilly. It wouldn’t be so bad if they kept the houses and offices good and hot, but they keep them at about 59 – 63. It’s not bad mind you, not cold, Just never quite warm.

  • Lottie

    Bonnie: It rarely drops below freezing here. Even when it does, it’s not for long. It froze a couple of years ago, and we closed most schools and businesses and everyone stayed home glued to the T.V. waiting to be told when it was safe to venture back out. Of course, that had more to do with ice on the roads and walkways than the temperature alone. We’re just not prepared…

    Yesterday, I went out in a light sweater. You probably won’t need more than that. It’s not so bad when the sun is out.

    Truthwalker: I noticed the same thing in England. They turn the heating on, but it was never quite as warm as buildings here. I usually take my jacket off after a few minutes inside someplace here. Never had to over there. I actually prefer that, though.

  • thehun

    Well so long as you got things cozy you are good to go!

    Mrs. “the hun” and I have a one bedroom condo here in ATL. Our home heating plan relies heavily on the increased baking of things in the oven and doing more laundry (warm air from the dryer).

  • Lottie

    Oh right! I forgot to mention the dryer. The laundry room is right off my bedroom, and the dryer definitely helps keep it warm.

  • saintpaulgrrl

    Maybe I’ll bring all my dirty laundry next week and use your washer and dryer, thus warming your abode! (Just kidding….)

  • Lottie

    Nah, I can run that old thing any time. Let’s go out for coffee instead.

    . 😉

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