Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Dawning of a New Day

I generally try to stay away from politics on this blog, but I just wanted to remind everyone of what happened this morning for those of you in the Central Standard Time Zone. Today was a big day, no matter what your political affiliation or belief system about what this nation needs or doesn't need. Today we got to see history in the making, a day that future generations will get to read about in history books. Today the very first African American president was sworn into office, and America's story has been forever changed. And that's the end of my two minutes for politics.

Now, I have been experiencing a freezing coldness in our usually toasty apartment. One of the great things about living here is the idea that we save on our electicity bill in the winter because the neighbors above and beside us run their apartments so high that it heats ours. Today I realized that having to wear a 2nd pair of socks to sit on the couch was a little outside of the norm. It's snowing outside. Imagine my surprise when the heat had been turned down to 60 degrees. SIXTY DEGREES!

Now, I am no genius when it comes to meat lockers and whatnot, but I am certain I am experiencing the same symptoms as someone who might accidently get locked in one. At least I am getting the chance to work on my survival skills. If I could give merit badges for the past few days, here is what they would be:

1. Largest amount of clothes layered without purpose of competition or other games.

2. Ability to sit still without fidgeting for long periods of time for fear of losing the heated spot on the couch/chair/floor.

3. Coldest. Feet. Ever.

4. Coldest. Fingers. Ever.

5. Oh, look, we're inside and I think I just saw my breath.

6. Hovering over the toilet for fear of the cold porcelin seat.

7. It's so cold my hands are cracking.

8. My fingernails are blue and I didn't even paint them.

9. Most resmeblance to this kid from "A Christmas Story".

and finally...

10. My teeth chattered so much I need to see a dentist to make sure I didn't chip anything.

While I am certain this problem will be soon solved (our neighbors' heat went out), until then I will remain bundled up. Stay warm. :)


Jamie said...

Steve doesn't believe in using the heater because we live in Florida. We had a cold front come through today and the low tonight is 30 degrees. I have on 2 pairs of socks, 2 pairs of sweatpants, 2 long sleeve shirts and an over-sized sweatshirt. While it's probably much colder outside where you live, I have a feeling our indoor spaces are about the same temperature. Happy Inauguration!

Anonymous said...

our heat isn't turned up most of the time, either...usually between 63 and 68 (which, by the way, is still pretty damn cold for being inside of the house, especially if it is even colder outside). I have invested in a large amount of slipper socks and arm/leg warmers, and have no shame in wearing those, toting around a space heater, and wearing blankets as I move around. Our upstairs (yeah, with the bedrooms) does not have heat at all (except for what comes up from downstairs...which isnt much, considering the temp its set at), so i typically sleep under a mountain of blankets.

On a more positive note, it's January, and our highest electric bill this winter was 80 dollars. Not too shabby. Our neighbors highest was 287.