Tuesday, March 2

See-oh-en Ess-ee-are Vee-ay-tee Eye-oh-en

For the past two weeks, Noah's transformed into the next Ed Begley Jr. Only without the TV deal. Nobody's getting paid to live like this.

Don't get me wrong, I'm all about conservation; I'm also all about preventing hypothermia. Our thermostat situation has become something of a how-low-can-you-go competition. Every time I get a chill, or my boogers freeze inside my nose while I'm sitting on the couch, I check the temperature and almost invariably it's a degree lower than it was the day before.

One of my few real indulgences is an almost daily evening bath. I had to put my foot down when Noah mentioned turning down the water heater thermostat.

I almost wouldn't mind so much if this new Power-saver Police regime was a silent one. When I'm huddled under four blankets, holding my cup of tea close to my face in hopes of thawing my eyelashes, I gotta admit it irks me to hear him proudly announce how far under the average power consumption level we are for our area. I trust these claims are true because I've witnessed him obsessively checking our estimates on Duke Power's website.

We were spending a lovely few minutes with Ethan yesterday, on the floor of his bedroom after his nap. The sun was setting and casting moody shadows while filling the window with calm colors. A beautiful family moment.

"I love how we're not using any power in this room right now!" Noah exclaimed. At least I think that's what he said; I couldn't quite hear through the ear muffs.


Sister Copinherhair said...

Ha! That is so funny. My ex used to do the opposite to me. He, being from Texas, would freeze me in the dead of summer with the AC.

Costume Diva said...

Seems our husbands are of a same mind. Just wait till its summer and you can only turn the AC on at night while youre sleeping.

Christopher said...

Our thermostat is set at 64. And then Sara puts the space heater on. Confusing, to say the least, but I keep my mouth shut.

Funny post, and yet I get the idea it's only slightly tounge in cheek.

claudia b said...

my dh is the opposite, he turns the heater on all the fricking time! i'm the anemic one, what gives?

oh yeah, and the booger comment made me spit my tea on the screen. uh-huh.

Erin said...

Sister—My father-in-law does the same. If you met him in the winter, you'd think he was a real stickler for power saving. But if you met him in the summer, you'd realize he just likes his temp set to Ice Box year round.

Costume Diva—We'll see what happens when summer hits. Noah's a sweater (fluids, not yarn), so it should be interesting.

Christopher—I'll admit I've become a pansy with this temperate climate, but to me 64 is a tad chilly. I can submit to 65.

ChocoAddict—One positive side effect to having the heater down is my alertness. I'm a heat-loving anemic myself, but at the first hint of warmth I pass out.

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

I've got a husband just like yours. The battle over the thermostat is constant. I like to sleep with the air cool so as long as I can have 3 or 4 quilts on me I let him turn it down at night. But it makes me crazy during the day time when I touch the counters in the kitchen and they are freezing cold.

May @ Anne and May said...

You guys should move to San Francisco. Here's a little known fact: we don't use central air or heat.

The weather is 65 degrees every day so you don't really need either. Voila!

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