Every afternoon on my way to work I stop at my neighborhood coffee shop. I order the exact same thing everytime too. Before I can get in the shop good, the baristas know to get me a large iced coffee and a croissant. I couldn’t fathom a day without these two things! However, last week my entire schedule was interrupted by a period of warm weather as well as an Air Conditioner outage! Once the rapidly rising temperatures started to reach the nineties, a lot of people were forced to run their cooling systems much more than normal and I think this went for the coffee shop as well. I thought this because when I went in to have my drink, the store was hot and stale, and there were no other customers inside! After placing my usual order I asked the woman who regularly helps me what was going on. She told me that the Heating and Air Conditioning repairman was so backed up that it would take him a few afternoons until he could service their Air Conditioner. I worried prematurely that the soda shop would suffer and I insisted on going there each afternoon until the unit was working.. Although I didn’t sit and enjoy my breakfast like I normally did, I still needed my caffeine fix and also my croissant. After all, those things just wouldn’t be the same any place else! After awhile the A/C was finally mended, and I was able to go on with my normal routine. I was satisfied, and I’m certain the staff and other loyal coffee drinkers were too!
When I got my dog I didn’t realize that I would have to start revolving my life around him. Understandably, he takes a lot of work to care for him, but I love my dog so much that I don’t care at all. He’s so pampered! Awhile back, I had a renovation done in my house just so I wouldn’t need to worry about him while I was gone to work. I had gotten a smart temperature control installed because it would give me the ability to adjust the temperature from anywhere at all. On a toasty day, I can get the Air Conditioner running for my pet so that I’m not worrying about him getting too hot while I’m not there. I can do the exact same thing on cold afternoons by getting the furnace going if it gets chilly unexpectedly! The thing about the system that certainly benefits me is that I don’t have to have my HVAC unit running all day long while I’m not there. Doing this can cause my power bills to be unreasonably high, and I wouldn’t feel too good about wasting that much energy. Don’t misunderstand me, I’d do just about anything for my dog, however I’m delighted to have found a way around having to run my A/C constantly! When I bought my dog, I had no idea what I was getting myself into, however I’ve really enjoyed having him around. He’s a good buddy for me! I wouldn’t exchange him for anything, and I think it’s become pretty apparent that I would go to great lengths to ensure that he is comfy at home.
There’s a state park near my apartment that I visit at least once a week–it’s a really lovely site, and I believe I’m lucky to have access to it! Sometimes when I go out there I end up staying all day because there are tons of trails plus areas to explore! Last weekend, I even went camping out there for a couple of nights. I enjoyed the adventure, but by the end up it I was ready to get back to my apartment building! The crazy temperatures were unusually high last weekend, so not having access to an AC unit was tough… When I made it home, I was so sleepy that I cranked up the heating and AC system and just crashed on my couch. I could enjoy the frosty air pumping, so much so that I slept for four hours straight! My outing made me realize how much I appreciate nature, as well as how much I appreciate my undefined all at the same time. I’ve really been contemplating taking a week long trip to a new park that’s a few hours away from where I live, but I think that I need some more experience with longer camping trips before I do that. Yet a week without central air conditioning in the woods sounds both fun as well as challenging. I think that I could survive for a week, but I don’t want to be uncomfortable the entire time! Maybe I should try a four day trek before I do the week long trip in completely new-to-me territory! Or, maybe I could just bring a portable air conditioner along in my truck. That would be the dream!
My older brother and I have consistently been easily close. Since the two of us were young kids, we have been inseparable, and that holds true even now. We’re only two years apart in age, and we have a lot in common. Whether it’s movies, interests, food, you name it, my older brother and I almost always prefer the same things. One of the best things about having a sibling around is that there is consistently someone to help out in a time of need. For instance, a few weeks ago, I decided that I wanted to install a media air purification system onto my household heating and air conditioning unit… The employee at the hardware store told me that it would be an easy task, but I have no faith in myself when it comes to finally working with major appliances. My older brother was willing to come over and get the media air purification system ready to go. On top of that, he cleaned the furnace coils and changed the air filter. I guess he knows how forgetful I can be when it comes to these things, so he took the initiative to help me out. I think he did all of this because he knows how excruciating my allergy issues can be. The better the air quality in my place, the better health I am usually in… After he left, I noticed that I was breathing much easier after just a few hours. Not everyone has someone prefer this who is consistently willing to go out of their way to help, so I consider myself lucky to have such a fantastic sibling! Without him, I’d certainly be frustrated with allergy issues, and I wouldn’t even realize why.
My son came back from school last week, and told me something I’ve waited almost ten years to hear. “Mom, can you help me with this science fair project?” See, most parents would roll their eyes, sigh, or flat-out refuse to help, just leaving their partner to help their kid! Me, on the other hand? I was obsessed with the science fair every year I was in school; I loved seeing all the cool or deranged projects that our classmates came up with. Needless to say, I couldn’t wait to see what our son wanted to do for his project. For a few days, he struggled to come up with a fine idea, until a single sizzling Monday when our home’s A/C unit went out of commission–it was the perfect opportunity to use the scientific method, plus test our son’s question: What’s the most effective, cost-efficient way to cool down? Every one of us started with his idea first, which was to locate a metal soup bowl full of ice in front of an oscillating fan. Yet while it worked for a few hours, the ice melted too quickly for this to be an effective way to cool off. Next, my son and I tried using ice water, then pushing it through a hose with a special nozzle that would mist the chilly water in front of the fan. Yet while this worked incredibly well, however more than one problems came from itL the mist dampened and eventually caused our clothes to get wet, plus we ran out of ice water too fast Finally, with my supervision, my sun tried running a small flow of real R134 refrigerant that would disperse into the oscillating fan plus be spread out through the room. This cooled down the entire room easily and suddenly! However, the refrigerant was still too dense when it came out, plus it was dangerous to breathe in for too long. Then ultimately, our son decided that the ice water system was the best of the three options due to minimal steps in setup. It was a fun experience for both of us, plus a great way to cool down parts of the house until the heating and air conditioning contractor came to repair our air conditioner.
My bestie and I loved going to this renaissance festival that they have every year in our town, and the first more than two years in a row were spectacular! Trained swordsmen in full armor, bashing each other with their shields as they cross swords? That’s awesome. There was also a ton of vendors everywhere, from food vendors to souvenirs. However one vendor that caught our eye, was a guy positioned in a small clearing, not as adjacent to the many vendors, hammering away at what looked prefer a red-hot sword. I approached this guy with my bestie in tow, eager to see a blacksmith in real time. The guy saw myself and my friend coming, smiled and motioned for the two of us to come closer for a better look. He said his name was Guy, ironically, and he was a genuine blacksmith who produces props and replica weapons for film studios. On the side though, he creates battle-ready swords! What a task that must be! However as I was asking him about the process of smithing, I couldn’t help how suddenly I was heavily covered in sweat. I had been fine all day without AC. Again, Guy smiled, as he said finally working the forge takes time to get used to the heat. I don’t know how he did it – the forge felt prefer a furnace dumping heat directly into our eyes! Guy explained that the heat is critical to form the metals used in his smithing process, but both of us found ourselves backing further away from his set-up. He laughed, telling us that it’s much easier to job the forge while in the bitter-freezing Winter seasons in our area, as the heat from the forge keeps you warm all day just like a central heater. I was ecstatic that I grabbed one of his contractor cards – I’ll be asking him if he’s willing to take an apprentice on later this year!
Recently, I was up in Manhattan on a company trip. It was the middle of Summer as well as the weather was legitimately around 95 degrees outside. But every office building I had to visit for meetings as well as such were all perfectly cooled with quality heating and A/C systems. However the air conditioning in the office buildings were even slightly better than the hotel I was staying at. You know, they had that comfy feeling that almost makes you want to fall asleep! But not so comfy that you do absolutely fall asleep. Then after a unquestionably long afternoon of going to see several office buildings for meetings, all I wanted to do was just go back to the hotel. I wanted to take a shower with the nice radiant floors they have, shave, have a nice meal as well as get ready to go to sleep… So I hailed the third cab for the afternoon to go back to the hotel, then when I got in, I thought I was going to die! This taxi cab had absolutely no air conditioning in it! I couldn’t believe it! I almost got out as well and hailed another. But, this time of afternoon, getting a cab is near impossible, so I was stuck. I told the cabbie where I wanted to go and the two of us were off. I asked him what was going on with the air conditioning as well as why he had none–he said the car’s air conditioning system literally had just broke down about an minute before I got in. I was his final cab ride for the afternoon. He was looking forward to turning in the cab, reporting the problem as well as getting home to his heating and A/C system, just as I was looking forward to going back to the hotel with their quality heating and air conditioning system!
When I graduated from college, my best friends and I decided to take a long road trip to celebrate. We always wanted to drive across the country, so we drove to the west coast. We had a great time stopping along to way at various scenic areas. We wanted to drive through the desert just to experience the hot and dry climate. It was extremely hot, but the view was absolutely gorgeous. We did have one pretty annoying complication though. While we were driving through the middle of the desert, we heard a funny noise and then suddenly the air conditioner in the car starting blowing hot air. It was over one hundred degrees and not a good time for the fan to quit working. We rolled down the windows, but we found that it was hard to hear each other talk, so that got old quickly. After two days of burning up in the car, we decided to stop and have a mechanic fix the air conditioner. It was going to take a couple hours to get the parts, so while we waited, we went out for brunch to a local diner. We found a nice cool place to sit underneath a fan, so we took our time soaking in the cool air while we ate. I don’t know that I’ve ever put as much thought into how important an air conditioner really is until we ended up in the desert without one. After the mechanic fixed our air conditioner we commenced our journey towards the Grand Canyon. We soaked in the scenes and had the best time of our lives. I’ll never forget that experience. It was a fun trip even with the air conditioner problem. I don’t know if I’m cut out to live in the hot climate, but it sure was a nice change of pace.
When it comes to traveling I’m finding that, more and more, I really don’t want to be on the road. I have a job that requires two business trips a month to various sites around the country. I used to thoroughly enjoy this because it offered me a way to see new things, but now I just find it totally exhausting. The worst part of traveling is never knowing what to expect at the hotel. I’ve dealt with all sorts of problems, but the one that absolutely irritates me the most is when I have A/C problems. When I get in from a day of traveling, the last thing I want to deal with is a HVAC unit that won’t work properly. Without a doubt, this is the problem that I have to deal with the most. I guess that hotel employees have to oversee a lot of rooms, and that requires something to be done with the A/C units most of the time. I mean, each room has its own cooling system, so that can lead to a lot of problems. But why can’t someone check out the HVAC units before allowing guests to check it? I can’t recall how many nights I’ve had to spend in warm rooms because the hotel was booked and could’t offer alternative accommodations. If it wasn’t for A/C problems, I totally wouldn’t be so worn out when it comes to being on the move all the time. I guess I’m going to apply for a new position soon. Traveling is no longer fun for me.
I was listening to the stereo, and heard they were running a contest. The grand prize was a kitchen makeover worth $5,000. I looked at our refrigerator, as and I knew the price I had paid for that. They were showing a complete kitchen makeover, including window treatments, wall treatments, modern cabinetry, flooring and appliances. My refrigerator costs half of the $5000 so I was pretty sure it was going to be a lot more than that. Don’t get me wrong, I did put in our bid on that prize, because that would save me a lot of money. We are planning on installing modern cabinetry and doing a complete makeover of our kitchen. The thing is that I have already been going through magazines and have been online. I know the exact makeover I want to do in our kitchen. I love the rural charm of the Tuscan Beauty. I love the way the hook is over the stove. There is an island that can be used for prep work, as well as it is set up to seat up 8 or 9 people. I’m sure if our kitchen were larger, I could get a larger island. Everything is so compact and together, and since I love to cook, I wouldn’t be running from one side of the room to the other to find our spices as well as herbs. My fiance cringed at the price, but he agreed that the Tuscan Beauty unquestionably was gorgeous as well as practical. Maybe I’ll start redesigning our bathrooms when I get our kitchen done. I just can’t tell my fiance that I’ve already found the perfect bathroom.