Update: We Have Heat!

This update is very out of date; we’ve had heat for about 6 weeks. But then there were the holidays, and Baguette got sick, and I got sick, and then work started, and that’s just how it goes. So, here’s what it looks like when your rooftop heating and a/c unit has to be replaced:

And it’s a good thing, because between colds and southern California’s version of winter, we’ve had plenty of opportunity to use it. Here’s to technology.

Photos by Mr. Sandwich.

Thankful Thursday

Looking back, it’s clear that weather is on my mind a lot this November–all but one of my Thankful Thursdays have been related to that topic! And since we’re having a grey, rainy spell here in sunny southern California, it’s on my mind today as well.

I’d love to say that I’m thankful for heat–but I can’t say that yet. Our HVAC unit is finally scheduled for replacement . . . Wednesday of next week.

But there’s one thing that makes any day sunny, no matter the weather:

I’m thankful for Baguette’s smiles. I love that girl so much.

Update: So, About That Heater

It’s been red-tagged. That means it’s not just stupid to use it (carbon monoxide poisoning, I’m looking at you), but illegal.

We’ve gotten one estimate on replacement and are trying to get some more–although given that we’re approaching the holidays, we’re not going to spend ages comparison shopping.

And although temperatures were supposed to be in the low 70s, today was actually about 10 degrees cooler, and rainy. That means tonight is a good night to cook in the oven. I just took a pizza out and replaced it with butternut squash macaroni and cheese, so soon we should be warm inside and out.

Beyond that, we have a space heater that we run when we need it, and layers. You can’t really live properly in southern California without layers, after all.

Photos by Mr. Sandwich.

Thankful Thursday: Climate

Programmable thermostat

Our heater is out, and after Mr. Sandwich replaced the old thermostat with the new one, it turned out that (a) we’ll need to paint the hallway, and (b) the problem was [drumroll please!] not the thermostat! So now we have to find an HVAC repair specialist.

This weekend is supposed to cooler. But it’s southern California, and that means that the highs will be around 72, with lows in the mid-50s. So, okay, the house is going to be cool when we get up in the morning. But we could have the same problem with much lower lows. So if we’re going to have a broken heater, at least we don’t have a broken heater in a cold climate.

Rain, Rain, Go Away

Rain Study 2

Actually, I like the rain, except when I have to commute in it. But I do think that the rain predicted for today and Sunday is going to put a damper (that only sounds like a pun) on our usual activities.

What do you do with an 18-month-old who would love it if I just sat next to her and let her watch Elmo all day long? Because I’m not going to let her do that.

Photo by amandabhslater, via Flickr.

This Post Probably Won’t Get A Lot of Views

Because, really, how many people want to read about someone’s vasomotor rhinitis?

All my life, I’ve had lousy sinuses. I cannot remember a time when I didn’t have to have a box of Kleenex next to my bed. In middle school, I took so much Dristan that it stopped working. For decades. In high school I started taking the first of any number of steroid nasal sprays.

Allergy tests always came up negative. (“You’re mildly allergic to pet dander, mold, dust mites, and Johnson grass, but not enough to warrant shots.”) X-rays showed nothing that could really be improved by surgery. At least in grad school I had plenty of company; everyone I knew kept a box of Kleenex next to the door, because chances were good that a visitor would need a Kleenex even before they could say hello. Apparently Williamsburg, Virginia, kills everyone’s sinuses.

A couple of months ago I had a CT scan and a consultation with an ENT specialist. I’m in a “grey area” regarding surgery. A couple of weeks ago I saw an allergist, who said, “Well, you don’t have allergies” and repeated the vasomotor rhinitis diagnosis I got from an Army doctor 30 years ago.

That’s right, my sinus problems are caused by the weather. Thanks a lot, weather. It’s probably good that I’m not Ororo Munroe, because instead of being a powerful and largely benevolent member of the X-Men, I’d just use my powers of weather control to make my sinus problems more manageable.

So, if I don’t have allergies and it’s not bad enough to mandate surgery, how bad is it? Well, let me put it this way. Before Baguette was born, I was on an Internet forum where someone posed the question, “Is there anything you don’t want your baby to inherit from either of you?”

It took me about one second to type in: sinuses.

Hot Stuff

This weekend has been really hot, and it’s the kind of heat that comes with no air movement whatsoever. Naturally, this is when we ran out of water.

I believe that the city water supplies are safe. I’m not too worried about the pharmaceuticals in the water–the amounts, while measurable, are very low. Based on what I can tell, this is something that we should know about, not something that the media needed to turn into a panic-fest.

But our water tastes bad. It’s the pipes, not the water itself, so we get the reverse-osmosis water from those machines outside the supermarket, and have a stock of 5-gallon bottles that fit into a dispenser in our kitchen. This system works well until we stop paying attention to how many full bottles remain, and suddenly run out. So we just got back from a trip to the grocery store, where we also bought ice. Sometimes we also run out of ice.

Of course, it could always be worse. It looks like fire season may be starting, even though it’s early.