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Still haven't used the AC yet

July 20th, 2011 at 05:56 pm

Like most of the country, it seems, it's been really hot and humid for the past few days, and it appears more heat from the Midwest will be rolling in tomorrow and Friday.

So far, I've managed to do without the AC (!!) but I suppose if I were going to cave, it would happen during the next two days. As it is, all I have is a small AC I usually put in the bedroom for sleeping.

I wouldn't mind trying it in another room, like my office, where I spend a lot of time, but I don't want to start putting holes in more window sills.

Would you happen to know if there are AC units out there that don't require you to drill a hole in the sill to hold it? Guess that's a dumb question, but I was just wondering.

I had plans to see Thor at the $2 movie theater in town but my friend cancelled out. It was just as well, I suppose, as I had been mowing and collecting berries and was pretty hot and sweaty by the time 6 pm rolled around.

Still, I haven't been to the movies in ages. Maybe we'll make it later this week.

Tomorrow morning I'm meeting the author at the coffee shop. I'm not sure the purpose of the meeting, altho she did say she wanted my feedback on the book. Well, she's getting all my edits, so not sure what else she's looking for, but maybe this is an overture toward friendship, so I will go. She's a very nice person.

She seems to love my edits. I was afraid maybe I'd overdone it. She especially liked one of my comments, which was "Show, don't tell." In other words, don't keep explaining what all your characters are thinking, just communicate that through their words and behavior. She tends to explain everything, which I think makes it less interesting because there are fewer surprises.

I wrote up another press release yesterday and haven't heard back from the sales director of the townhouses I wrote about, which is a little unusual. I find myself falling in love with many of the new complexes I write about, including this one.

The big selling point here is, where else can you get NEW construction, 2- and 3-bedroom townhomes across the street from a public beach for $250,000 to $350,000 in New Haven County? S/S appliances, granite counters, natural gas heat, central air, hardwood and tile floors, Colonial style. This particular neighborhood is undergoing a kind of renaissance; they're trying to make it an artist community and in fact there are now 2 galleries and the first level of these townhomes, which is retail, will include artist loft space.

Otherwise, not much else new. I've been picking wineberries nearly every day, though to get a real haul, I need to don my hip boots so I can wade into the thicket without worrying too much about deer ticks.

I'm still eating lettuce from the garden. Altho it has bolted, it tastes fine to me.


Well, with the elimination of cable TV, there is absolutely no further expense I can cut. Which means I either have to focus on reducing utilities, like electric and water, which of course I've been doing all along, or focusing solely on ways to make more money, which always seems harder to me than cutting expenses.

Which is one reason I haven't dragged the AC down from the attic yet.

5 Responses to “Still haven't used the AC yet”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    If you are getting the heat and humidity we have been having you will want to have your ac running. It is very uncomfortable. Heat index was 115 today. Not pleasant.

  2. My English Castle Says:

    I know there are some sort of freestanding A/C units--but don't know much more about them. We've had the A/C on pretty constantly since Monday. I am NOT good in the heat. We did do a deal with the electric utility to have them turn it off for up to 4 hours a day--and it's off now. The temp in here has risen 3 degrees since they switched it off!

  3. CB in the City Says:

    I caved and turned on the air last weekend. It's central and cycles on and off. The apartment is very comfortable. Outdoors is NOT! I've always found it very hard to cut down on heating/cooling as I seem to have a pretty narrow range of comfort.

    I'm thinking about cutting out cable, too, though I must keep my internet. I've heard that if you cancel cable they jack up the internet. Was that true for you?

  4. My English Castle Says:

    I'm with you CB. I wish I was comfortable at 58 in the winter or 85 in the summer like some of my friends--but I'm just cranky and nonproductive outside my comfort range--despite fleece vests in the winter and all cotton floaty things in the summer.

  5. patientsaver Says:

    My cable was with Charter and my Internet is with AT&T, so that wasn't an issue. But if they tried to pull that on me, i'd switch Internet providers, for sure.

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