me *hearts* new mini heater


A few weeks ago I picked up a small heater at Lowes as a) it was on sale, b) I've got circulation problems so if I get cold when typing my fingers go numb. Amusingly it still gets a little cold in Florida occasionally, so for $11 it was worth picking up to have available if it was needed. Today the room I was going to be working in was a bit too cool for my liking - the windows had been open to dry paint, so it was a perfect time to try out the heater. Well I must say it was worth the $11 - it has a digital temperature gauge, an oscillating fan, a timer, and best of all, you don't just set it on or off, you set a temperature and it automatically turns on/off as needed. Excellent stuff.

Back to normality


After several weeks of trying to do everything yet accomplishing nothing (or so it seemed), this week we've turned ourselves around and started living better, starting with a stronger separation of church and state, er, I mean work and home. We started off with a trip to the chiropractor, picked up breakfast, then spent some time painting the bedroom together. Now I'm going to work for a few hours and later will take a break away from it, then work some more - rinse, repeat. Amusingly this way we'll actually accomplish more for our day than otherwise, and this morning has so far been a lot more fun and less stressful than previously, which is exactly what it should be.

Happy Birthday Lego!


Lego was 50 years old yesterday. I was a huge Lego fan as a child, my parents would get me a new set for my birthday every year, and over the years it built up into a huge collection of pieces. We've passed this love of Lego on to our two children, who both have great fun playing with their duplo, especially our eldest who makes some awesome spaceships and airplanes (and robots, and dinosaurs...).

Almost got the Highland Games


The local New World Celts and associated Celtic groups had their annual games over the weekend. Yesterday we decided to take a brake from the insanity and pop over for a while, only due to the overly apt weather (foggy, cold, damp) my asthma was going insane so I had to go home. My wife and kids had a great time, though, they met up with a friend of ours and her boyfriend (who's big in the NWC) so had company. There were lots of vendors selling tasty stuff, some of which made its way home - real scones, Viscount biscuits (only orange, there wasn't any mint), and a bottle of Lucozade - num! :-) Next year we'll hopefully all get to go, I'll have to see about bribing the weather reporters first..

Home again, lots of work ahead of us


After a week of chaos from our recent flooding, and sleeping at either a hotel or in-laws (thank you!!) we're finally home again. And now that we're home there's a mountain of work ahead of us to get our house back to normal. Everything from our kitchen is in boxes, shortly to be joined by everything from our bookcases, which all got damaged. We're also going to be going through everything with an eye to getting rid of a good chunk of our possessions that we just don't either need or use anymore, which should greatly lighten our load. We've submitted some initial details to our insurance company and hope to hear in a few days when we'll get funded to replace our beds as it kinda sucks sleeping on a mattress pad on cold, hard terrazzo. Anyway, hope your year is going better than ours.


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