Thursday, November 8, 2007

Freeze Yer Buns Challenge

I'm trying to get back on the environmental wagon... and Crunchy Chicken conveniently has a new challenge right along the lines of what I was already considering (with little anticipatory shivers). The idea is not to literally freeze your posterior regions but to set your thermostat at least a degree lower than you normally would. And I'm all in favor of lowering heating bills, which are not pretty in a drafty, gas-radiator-heated apartment. Last year I was cold all the time and still had high bills, so I figure if I'm going to be cold anyway I might as well keep the thermostat at 67 during the day and 62 at night.

It's just starting to dip into the 30s at night here, so I'm starting to look for Warm Solutions. The newest idea: whenever I'm cold sitting still (which I can be, even at 67 with layers of sweaters and socks; I was the child who wore sweatshirts in the summer until my mom told me to change because she was hot just looking at me), I get up and wash dishes or mop the floor or polish the table. Brooks already says, "Everything is so clean around here!"

Lower bills (we hope) and a cleaner house! Yay for environmental consciousness!


Anna S said...

"The newest idea: whenever I'm cold sitting still, I get up and wash dishes or mop the floor or polish the table."

Brilliant. Environmentally responsible AND productive!

Lovely to meet you!

Ben, Kyri & Rachelle said...

I just can't do cold. I try. Fortunately I have children who won't keep the covers on as an excuse. -rlr

Kevin & Amy said...

Hey Dana--Fun to find your blog! Thanks for leaving a comment so I could touch base with you again. :)

About cold--I love it in fall when it's a little nippy in the room and I'm toasty under the covers. But like Rachelle said, you can't do that with kids. So, how we're all toasty all night long. Ahh ... the sacrifices. :)

the Joneses said...

I could echo the "I have children" reason -- it's true, Daph won't keep her covers on -- but mostly in my house it's the Ex-Yankee Who Can't Take Winter Anymore problem.

If you're cold, get up and clean something! What a stupid thought. No, really, it's a good thought. But here I invoke the Children Clause: I dislike cleaning up the same thing fifteen times a day. That, and I'm just not a neat person. Good for you to have a house so clean that your husband remarks on it. I wish that were me, but lacking that, at least I can make good biscuits.

-- SJ

Dana said...

I don't have time to distract you all with another post so I'll just confess that the house isn't clean any more. It was a lovely overachieving idea that lasted a few days and fell under the pressure of impending finals.

akalinear said...

Dana! I completely randomly came across your blog! It's so good to "see" you again! and I heard from Mark that you got married - congratulations! All the best to you and your husband for a great new year... ~Linnea