Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Sweating for a month for two bucks

So our July power bill (for usage in June) hit $185. We were shocked. Our thermostat was at 78 degrees (about 18 degrees higher than my father in law likes it), we not only turned off, but unplugged just about everything when not in use and we have a house full of compact fluorescent bulbs. The uncontrollable factor was the Texas heat which was over 100 degrees daily.

For July we bumped up the thermostat to 80 degrees. We wore shorts around the house. Somewhat uncomfortable with leather couches and laptops on our laps. The power bill arrived yesterday. A whole $2 saved. We pay 11.9 cents per kwh. Crazy. The thermostat is back to 78 degrees.

Twitter. It took me a while to warm up to it. I like it. Twitter will never replace my blogs. I have much more to say than can be combined in 140 characters or less.

Kelli has a Skype account. I installed it for no reason. I have one as well. Macs have built in microphones and webcams. We can have video chat very easily. We can also just talk back and forth. WHEN my mother in law gets a Mac in theory ( although I doubt she would) she could simply call Kelli via Skype and chat. True a headset would provide better conversation clarity than the built in microphone. eh.

I decided on which netbook I want, the HP Mini 5101. The HP 5101 isn't the longest lasting netbook (last 6-7 hours in normal use as compared to over 9 hours for the Toshiba NB205.) Funny thing, I ordered it from MacMall.com with just $9 shipping. The same product from PCMall (which is owned by the same company that owns MacMall.com) charges $25 shipping. The HP 5101 isn't listed on Macmall.com, I had to search for it. Right now it's on backorder as HP hasn't started shipping the 5101 yet.

I have the best wife I could ask for. Despite our differences (and there are many) our relationship just works. Whoever thought it was a good idea to marry someone with a lot of stuff in common got it all wrong. By being so different we both have seen, done , discussed and experienced things we likely never would have done had we not met. Even though I think she is wrong about a lot of things (politics, the environment, food, television, music...I could go on), I wouldn't have it any other way.

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