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Stupid House

weather: cloudy
outside: 3.7°C
mood: recumbent
Right. Nothing quite says "Vacation's Over" more loudly and clearly than your house falling apart the moment you come home.


The central heating is busted in our house.

And thus begins the phone tag with the Fix-It Man, rushing home early, waiting and waiting and waiting for him, not being able to buy the right part to replace, having to wait until today and now waiting and waiting and waiting, hoping he hasn't forgotten, like he has in the past... !!!

It's about 14°, but we can just put more layers on. The birds can't, though. They can die with more than 10-15° of a temperature change in a 24 hour period. With 5-6° they could get sick. We'll just have to watch them for sneezing and coughing in the next little while.

We moved them into our room last night where we ran a small humidifier/space heater the whole night. We left them both there all day today as well because the rest of the house was so cold. Even without the heater running during the day, our room would lose heat slower if we closed all the doors and things.

userinfoSkippy loves warm water, so I gave her some when I got home. I wasn't sure what to do with userinfoSid. We know he prefers warm water too, but we rarely see him drinking at all and he's too afraid of our hands to drink from a cup we offer him. Maybe I'll just grab him for a warm bath later.

I haven't had the motivation to organize pictures from our trip. I've done some, but not all of them. There are pics that we're sharing with the family, but won't be posting online. The ones left are just scenery and there aren't very many that I like. If you Image Googled for the location names, I'm sure you'd get pictures that other people have taken that look infinitely better than ours. In fact, in my more aw-what-the-hell moments, I think I should just post the itinerary that the travel company sent me (it's a Word doc, so I'll probably export it to HTML or something). That thing has great pictures.

I still have to write up some of the things I wanted to say about the trip. I still don't know if I want to do a Day-by-Day trip diary. I have more "Misc." to say than anything else. Some days, lots of stuff happened, but some days were just a lot of sleeping and playing MJ.

I'm sleeping and waking up at proper GMT-8 hours now, but I'm still feeling odd and on the verge of getting sick, during the day. I used to feel this way when I pulled all-nighters.

It's so cold out now, the temperature is going below 0°C sometimes. I asked my Mother-in-Law to bring me back a face maskie thingie. I don't want my Asthma to come back again. =\


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serennig
Dec. 7th, 2005 04:11 am (UTC)
Space heater for birdies?
bride
Dec. 7th, 2005 04:33 am (UTC)
It was more for us, but yeah, they've been basking in it more than we have =)
serennig
Dec. 7th, 2005 05:02 am (UTC)
Oh, somehow I missed when you said you already had one. Good.

Brimley's a huge fan of his "Happy Hut", which is sadly looking a bit worse for wear, they typically last him a year or so and this one is about 2 years old. But lately on the colder nights I've taken to covering his cage with a blanket, to maximize inner warmth. Quakers are tough as birds go, but not Saskatchewan tough.
bride
Dec. 7th, 2005 05:13 am (UTC)
=O I would love to get Skippy one of those, but she might be too afraid of it to actually use it. She's such a scaredy-bird.

Sid... forget it. He wouldn't touch it. =}
jenny_rambles
Dec. 7th, 2005 08:26 am (UTC)
Ugh - of all the times for the heat to break it HAS to be December!
bride
Dec. 7th, 2005 03:59 pm (UTC)
And the coldest December in years =P
d2leddy
Dec. 7th, 2005 03:12 pm (UTC)
The central heating is busted in our house.

!!! I hope the birds are going to be okay.

I haven't had the motivation to organize pictures from our trip

Whenever you get around to it, I'm all eyes. Take your time :)
bride
Dec. 7th, 2005 03:58 pm (UTC)
=) Thanks =)
trigeekgirl
Dec. 12th, 2005 01:55 am (UTC)
That's it, I've now seen Hello Kitty put on EVERYTHING.
bride
Dec. 12th, 2005 04:09 am (UTC)
Heh, I wouldn't speak too soon XD
trigeekgirl
Dec. 12th, 2005 04:12 am (UTC)
Aaah, there are Hello Kitty VIBRATORS.

Why oh why did I have to Google Hello Kitty?
bride
Dec. 12th, 2005 04:14 am (UTC)
Hahahaha!! I can't believe you didn't know that!! =D =D
trigeekgirl
Dec. 12th, 2005 04:17 am (UTC)
I'm just a sheltered Caucasian girl, y'see. This Hello Kitty obsession is a complete mystery to me.
trigeekgirl
Dec. 12th, 2005 04:24 am (UTC)
Also, I've suggested that a LJ friend speak to you about her difficulties in dealing with her Chinese future mother-in-law, since you are knowledgable and helpful to those who are a bit confused about Chinese culture and interactions. Her fiance is fairly Westernized according to her, but his parents are not, and it's causing a bit of friction between the (Caucasian) fiancee and her future m-i-l.

So if a lj user named kitfoxx happens to contact you, that's why. :)
bride
Dec. 12th, 2005 05:01 am (UTC)
Yeah, I saw her post in weddingplans... I don't know how much I can help, but I'll try my best =}
trigeekgirl
Dec. 12th, 2005 05:04 am (UTC)
Ah, should have known she'd post to weddingplans. I don't watch the community anymore. :)
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