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Friday
Oct312008

HEAT!

It was indeed the thermocoupler, and the bill was thrillingly small. The repair guy showed up at 8 p.m., so I had plenty of time to run around wearing three sweaters, moaning about how I was dying. Even though our heat is off most of the day, it doesn't seem quite as cold as it did yesterday, when we didn't have that early-morning blast to sustain us. My neighbor was telling me that they never turn on their heat, and I am still trying to wrap my mind around this. They don't like the bills, so they choose to be cold. How does one survive, in such a state? Does the constant shivering end, at some point, or is it like all-day aerobicizing?

You'll notice that today is the last day of October, and it's also the last day of the Donors Choose Blogger's Challenge. I decided to give you all a break and stop harassing you to donate, and accordingly most of you stopped donating, but still, Finslippy came in first among the mommy bloggers! So thank you very kindly for your donations. And since it's the last day, might some of you donate? I'm 21 dollars away from $5000, and it would be nice to round this baby up before the day is through. And no, I'm not doing the Pat Benatar video, I said I would do that if I won the entire challenge--which, okay, I kind of realized was impossible, given Tomato Nation's illustrious history. Readers have asked me to do the video anyway, which I considered, really I did, before we had this crazy idea to sell our house.

Speaking of which, we're moving back to Brooklyn. At some point. It's looking now like circumstances might keep us here until the spring. Which would make Henry very happy, as he's forgotten everything he loved about Brooklyn. That alone is reason enough to go back, but mostly we're going because Brooklyn still feels like home, almost three years later. We don't dislike New Jersey, but it wasn't the right fit for us. Sadly, we lived here just long enough that now we've made all these damn friends we're going to miss. But if we had moved back right away we might always have wondered if we should have given New Jersey a real chance. We'll miss a lot about this place, but we're excited to get back where we belong.

Hey, I've got a Wonderland post up today! And now I am off to costume my child. There is a Halloween parade at school, and Henry is Boba Fett.

Reader Comments (35)

Relishing my last Halloween not knowing which one is Boba Fett.

Good for you for going home.
November 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterArabella
Former brooklyn-ite (15 years) now in Albany for the past 2 years. I am jealous of you and happy for you! We'll move back when our two kids are old enough to quit school and work full time so we can afford a two bedroom with a garden in a relatively decent part of the borough.
November 3, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlulu
When I just got out of college, I was living in a tiny apartment in Trenton, NJ. I had no money (I was working at a bookstore making $8.50/hr), so heat was a luxury. During the winter when I got home from work, I'd wait until it was so cold, I could almost see my breath. I'd then turn on the heat to 72. As soon as the inside of the apartment reached that temperature (anywhere between 45 and 90 minutes), I'd shut it off for the night. That method usually kept it above 60, so I just wore a lot of sweaters and had two down comforters. Fun times.
November 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRCheli
We just had our psychological roots yanked out this summer when we sold our condo in Chicago with a two-week close (I know - idiots! Don't ever say yes to that...no matter how badly you want to sell). We've been "trying on" communities ever since, trying to find our new home, and have finally realized that we want to be where we just sold. Feels good to know where your "home" is. Good luck with the sale! If you need help with paint colors for staging, I'm your woman. We were on the market for a year, then painted two rooms and viola! an offer within four days. Who knew?
November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJill
I'm glad you guys are going back to where you feel good. It's good for ya.
November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney
Ahhhhhhhhhh, Brooklyn. Sounds so niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiic.
November 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBOSSY
We just moved from Bergen Co. to Columbus OH. Big change. While I hated NJ, I do miss those friends I made there. Darn. Ohio is awesome (except for the neurotic swing-state-ness!) and I am making new friends...but there isn't a 5year history with these new friends. Takes time.
November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDQ
I live in Canada, and my family never turns our heat on either - at least, not unless there are overnight guests.

The secrets are:

1: Have very good insulation.2: Live somewhere temperate.3: Have lots of throw blankets for when you are just sitting around.4: Have a small home.5: Cook at home; the heat from the oven or stove helps a surprising amount.
November 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterwondering
I live in Canada, and my family never turns our heat on either - at least, not unless there are overnight guests.

The secrets are:

1: Have very good insulation.2: Live somewhere temperate.3: Have lots of throw blankets for when you are just sitting around.4: Have a small home.5: Cook at home; the heat from the oven or stove helps a surprising amount.
November 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterwondering
I live in Canada, and my family never turns our heat on either - at least, not unless there are overnight guests.

The secrets are:

1: Have very good insulation.2: Live somewhere temperate.3: Have lots of throw blankets for when you are just sitting around.4: Have a small home.5: Cook at home; the heat from the oven or stove helps a surprising amount.
November 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterwondering

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