It’s only 8:30 and I’ve already been knee-deep in techno problems. The TV and PS3 are flipping me the “not supported mode” finger. After cycling through so many menus and settings I’ve probably screwed the TV for regular TV watching, no dice. I’m thinking (almost hoping, as much as they cost) that the HDMI cable blew.
2 boys + school vacation + no PS3 = :gaah:
And in a mere several hours we shall embark to Smitty’s Cinema Pub for the Ultimate Birthday Party—Bolt, pizza, soda, popcorn, cupcakes and ice cream. Frankly, all I see is sugar, sugar, sugar and hey…more sugar!
Thanksgiving’s tomorrow and I finally remembered to buy a turkey last night. Now I have to unbury my dining room, which is full of stuff from the den. I can’t put it back in the den because it’s not done (the sheetrocker’s sanding today, yay!), so I’ll have to pile it on top of some other piles somewhere.
And Friday morning we’re heading north, which means I need copious amounts of 1) clean laundry, which I seem to have enabled a shortage of and 2) cold weather gear, which I have yet to find all of.
Fortunately, there’s Sven because, while I might not be totally reaching my goals, I AM writing every single day, which is an amazing feat unto itself (for me).
Oh, and a PSA from a Mrs. HVAC:
I’ve been getting inundated with inserts in electric/gas/etc bills featuring energy-saving tips. You’re getting them, too, I assume. One of their favorite tips seems to be turning down the heat when you’re not going to be home.
I actually have a leaflet here instructing people to set their thermostats at 70 while they’re home and lower to them to 60 when they’re away at work/school. NO. No no—omg, seriously NO.
If you should follow those directions, you might notice your furnace/boiler works like a dog trying to get back up to 70. Or maybe it turns up an hour before you’re scheduled to get home, so you don’t notice it working like a dog, but it does. It not only has to heat the air, but every surface in the home because the core room temperature dropped so much.
If you really want to adjust your thermostat to save energy, then drop it two degrees. Three if you absolutely must. Any more than that and you’re actually increasing your energy use and adding unnecessary wear and tear to your equipment.
Even better, set it for 69 and leave it alone.
And don’t take energy conservation tips from people who make their money from your energy consumption.