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Nov. 26th, 2007

This weekend we watched about 4 episodes of "Ask This Old House" which we love. We love making fun of their accents, we love making fun of how easy everything is for them, and we love entertaining the idea that we might improve our house in some way ever at all. (And I have a major crush on Roger Cook, and we love joking about how if they came to help us with something I'd run off with him.) Anyways, one of the recent eps was about energy efficiency! Great, we got lots of tips on things to improve. One of the easiest ones is that they said that most hot water heaters are set on a far too high temperature! It's using too much energy heating all that water to that temperature, surely you can turn it down a few notches.

I am sure you can see where this is going. I did, in fact, take a COLD shower this morning. Not getting the week off to a good start. At all.

As a further result of all this passive home improvement, we ran around the house and took pictures of everything we want to fix. And it's really daunting. I loaded them onto flickr, in case I pick out some things to send to the ATOH guys as questions. I feel like our house is a wreck now! And the final result? Jack finally hung my stained glass lamp instead of the boring lamp that was in the dining area. He was a total hero this weekend.

In related news, I spent 6 hours at Dr. Dremo's Saturday night to play 30 minutes of music. That sounds bitterer than it is. I had a good time except for the smoke. I am trying to get over a cold and a bronchial infection here, people! ...It was a long night. But the other bands that played with us were really enjoyable and I find that watching other musicians play gives me more and more reward and joy. It was (almost 99% sure) our last gig with Olya as bassist. *snif*

Sunday was spent in mostly leisurely fashion, as I was beat from getting in at 3am the previous night. I did arrange to get my car in for service (30,000 miles, aww) and do some dishes... but apart from that the house is still a disaster area, and may in fact be even MORE of a disaster area than it was, particularly since the drum kit was tossed back in the library willy-nilly. I will spare you my TV updates but for this: Moonlight is awesome and shut up.

Tonight is the Club of Books. Hope to see a few of you there. :)

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judithiscariot
Nov. 26th, 2007 06:00 pm (UTC)
thank god i remembered to set my water heater on "vacation" before i left :-D
esperanzazine
Nov. 26th, 2007 06:03 pm (UTC)
We have also fallen for that trick and paid the cold-shower price. I'm just not willing to go that far.

My house would be perfect for "Ask," especially since I hit up thisoldhouse.com with all my random radiator/plaster/ weird old house questions. It gets too overwhelming to think about all the possible things that could be fixed in our house for so many thousands of dollars, though.
snidegrrl
Nov. 26th, 2007 07:43 pm (UTC)
I'll help you fix stuff in your old house if you will help me with mine...

or we could just leave them and cross our fingers, because aigh!
esperanzazine
Nov. 26th, 2007 08:54 pm (UTC)
I just bought mine in May, so I'm certainly not leaving it!

How old is yours? Ours is 102. What do you know about putting up drywall?
snidegrrl
Nov. 26th, 2007 10:20 pm (UTC)
Ours is 132. And we have absolutely no plans to leave ours either!

All I know about putting up drywall I learned on ATOH. Which is nothing. They are always running around repairing plaster & ceilings; I have not seen an episode about drywall yet.

Do you have a flickr account? You can check out my pictures of house issues and our yard here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/snidegrrl/collections/72157603282555296/

We are lucky in that plaster was already replaced with drywall when we bought the house.
esperanzazine
Nov. 26th, 2007 10:24 pm (UTC)
Our kitchen ceiling is crumbling plaster that needs to come down, and needs to be replaced with drywall, because plaster is so difficult.

I'm going to go look at your pics! Old houses rule!
snidegrrl
Nov. 26th, 2007 10:46 pm (UTC)
Hrm. I have seen them patch plaster ceilings. What are the walls?
solderline
Nov. 26th, 2007 06:23 pm (UTC)
Yay
New light! Yay!

We just turned ours up a bit. I know strange, but that whole making sure things actually get disinfected in the hot water is important and such. I recognize I am paranoid.

That is a great deal of dedication to the music! Yay:)

I wish you a speedy recovery on the ick.

snidegrrl
Nov. 26th, 2007 07:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Yay
Yes... thank you for the lamp/chandelier you gave me like, 3 years ago!! It's finally up and it looks nice.
paleotheist
Nov. 26th, 2007 07:07 pm (UTC)
I can't decide how I feel about Moonlight. I've seen a couple of episodes, and I kinda like the main guy, but I'd like him to be a little more bad ass. I guess maybe that's my preconceived-Buffyesque image of vampires. I do like the main girl though (Beth). She's not entirely stereotyped. I have to see where they go with things. Right now Mick is being kind of a pansy and I'm going to lose interest if he doesn't suck it up and stop pining over his psycho ex wife. The psycho ex wife is really pretty though.
snidegrrl
Nov. 26th, 2007 08:10 pm (UTC)
Yes, that is the one complaint I have, is that Mick keeps looking like an idiot in every fight.

His psycho ex-wife is generally hilarious to me, due to the fact that it's Shannyn Sossamon and her inability to act her way out of a wet paper bag is working perfectly for portraying the sort of blank amorality and crazy-face necessary.
examorata
Nov. 26th, 2007 07:12 pm (UTC)
Glad you got some rest in around the other activities!

I cannot throw stones for TV choices! But I don't want to start watching Moonlight or anything else until after this strike business. Part of the reason I didn't tune in out of curiosity was, I liked having Friday nights without a TV show. =)
snidegrrl
Nov. 26th, 2007 08:12 pm (UTC)
Ah, but now that we have DVR, it's not a friday night show, but instead is an every-other-sunday night show. :) We watch two or three at a shot on weekends when we're lazing around. :)
csue_n_moo
Nov. 27th, 2007 12:01 am (UTC)
We just put an insulating (asbestos, ick) wrap around our water heater and left it at its temperature.

Not that we know how to turn it down, anyway... ^^;
motorharp
Nov. 27th, 2007 06:24 pm (UTC)
Random, haphazard insulation!
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