December 20th, 2004

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An ugly truth about lofts

I've lived in two lofts, one with 11-ft. ceilings, one with 10-ft., and while the high ceilings and giant windows are great, my GOD is it hard to stay warm!*

Now if I lived in a new building or in a building with at least new windows, or ceiling fans or something, it wouldn't be so bad, but when it gets really cold, brrrrrrr, it's just annoying difficult to warm up there air.

At least the air at living level. I noticed years ago that a loft is a perfect demo of the "hot air rises" principle; if I reach up or get on a ladder and feel the air from the 6-10 ft. range, it's quite toasty, but down at the level where you sit and walk around, it's not nearly that hot.

The windows are another matter. The windows at the Metropolitan were better than here b/c they opened but they radiated cold possibly even worse. I will never forget the time ice formed on the headboard of my bed. It got so cold one January that Caleb tacked an extra comforter over the window. I slept with about 6 layers of blankets on my bed! LOL. Which is what you get for sleeping in an 10'x10" bedroom with 8'x8' single-pane windows on two sides... sides on the corner of the 10th floor!

The windows here are slightly better as far as radiating cold, since the frames are wood, not metal, but they're hardly efficient. They're 5 ft. x 8 ft. single-pane guillotine style (but sealed shut). Right now they're all steamed up. The birds' cage is next to a window and I've been putting a towel over them as well as the usual sheet at night, so they stay more insulated. They never seem much bothered when the cold hits like this but I worry anyway.

I guess the only good news is that my electric bill hasn't ever been horrendous, despite this.

* Mind you, I'm saying this based on living in Atlanta. It's gotta be so much worse in Boston, Chicago, etc. Here, it's only really only what I call cold two months a year, if that.)
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Sleep, spelling, allergy shots, and BOOKS

Sleep was a bit fitful last night after I got a text message at 4:30 a.m. The beep woke me up. Even though I read the message (from Elly in Germany) right away and was able to fall asleep, I kept waking up about every half hour after that feeling like I'd get another one or there might be an email related to the text message. When I finally got up at 8:30 there wasn't any email.

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There's a new poster on one of the online book discussion groups I'm in who leaves out paragraphs, proper capitalization and spelling. Guess that's a new poster I'll be skipping, no matter what. Somebody who posts in giant vomits of letters shouldn't be rewarded with replies, IMO.

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In related news, the online book group that was discussing appendices, and to whom I summarized the plot of my book and the appendices, continues to thrash over the topic. Today we had another person saying how if a SF/F book has notes at the end, it's normally a very bad sign because it shows the writer needs to do more work and fit those details into the book. I continue to think this argument is horseshit, at least as a blanket statement.

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Have to go up to Buckhead for my last allergy shot before my trip. They told me if I got a shot right before I left and right when I get back, I'll be OK so far as my schedule goes. I almost wish I could go in early next Monday on the day in between trips but their office is closed. Oh, well. Personally I don't see how I can skip 2 weeks but I asked two nurses and they both said so, so.... *shrugs*

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My next book to read, on my trip, is going to be Le Guin's Worlds of Exile and Illusion, three of her 60s Hainish novels in one volume. Since these novels are from the same time period and set in the same world (Hainish universe) as Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed, I expect good things. Also, I skimmed through a bit and there appeared to be Plot involved (unlike The Telling) so hopefully my optimism is well placed.

I'll also be taking along Bending the Landscape: Fantasy, which I expect to be oodles better than the Horror anthology in the series, which I read a couple of weeks ago. I really loved the Science Fiction volume so I hope maybe this Fantasy one is more like that. Short stories are a good trip read.

I may also take along Asimov's The Gods Themselves since it's just a pocket paperback and I'm going to be doing a lot of traveling...

Let's see, got a RT flight to Boston (2 hrs. each way), at least a couple of MBTA commuter train trips (45 min. Andover-Boston or vice versa), RT Atlanta-Frankfurt (8-10 hrs. each way), a Frankfrut-Cologne train trip (1 1/2 hours), some more train trips later with Caleb...

Maybe I'll bring even more books. I guess I'll see about that when I get back from Boston and do my final packing for Germany.
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Brrrrrr!

I'm about to go out. It's 22, with wind chill 12. I swear tomorrow when I get to Boston it'll be the first time I say "Wow, it's warmer here!" LOL. Usually no matter where I go, I come back to Atlanta thinking I live in an oven. This is a 2-3 year low. Got tights on under my corderoys again, so I should be all set :)
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Urghgh and Misc.

So Bush's so-called deficit-reduction plan basically seems to boil down to spending money on his war and cutting spending on anything else -- especially stuff he doesn't believe in. I swear, Dubya should just have to put the whole thing on his credit card. 'Course not like he'd pay it back or anything.

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It was cold out, though I notice it's way colder Downtown than elsewhere in the city, mainly b/c we've got that "windtunnel effect" going on with the skycrapers.

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While at the allergy clinic, not only got my shot, but got them to give me 2 weeks' worth of Allegra, so I can better cope with the yucky dust I'll be encountering at my parents' house, Marja's apartment and presumedly the castle. I don't know why but my allergies are often worse other places, even though my own home is full of dust and animal fur, feathers, and seed hulls. *shrugs*

Also paid off my balance at the clinic. Was almost $300, which I think must cover all the shots this whole fall. I'm unsure, but I think possibly my insurance company will be picking up some of this cost come 2005. As it is, $24 a shot. I haven't had a sinus infection since I started and I think in the end it'll be a good thing, but man, $24 a shot?!

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Going to go through my "to do" and errand list now. Fascinating list of things I've got to do before I go. Getting untangled from my life is a pain in the ass ;)
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