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It was so nice to have the temperature go down enough of Saturday to actually do chores! I got quite a long way with Thursdays list (which I had completely failed at on Thursday). The house looks presentable again and no longer smells of festival, which is good. I'm also close to clearing out the review queue for Scrapbook, which will give me a warm glow.

On the bad side, our shower broke last week - Alex was using it when he noticed that there was smoke rather than steam and a nasty plastic smell. As he said, it was quite good going for his subconcious really given how awake he normally is in the morning! When we took the cover off the wires were blackened :( Unfortunatly, the earliest we can get it replaced is Thursday this week apparently, so I'm showering at work and Alex is bathing in the mornings, which is awkward.

Having failed in my plan to try the Slimfast diet due to them having stopped making the foods I like and could eat in the office for it I've decided to try cereal instead so now I have a big box of cornflakes lurking in the office kitchen. I've also picked a random selection of pasta lunch things to make up when I want hot lunchtime food, although I gave in and went for a jacket potato today. Perhaps I should bring in low fat fillings or something - tuna mayo is not bad but it's not great either. I also plan to dance and revolve (or possibly revolt) this week - hopefully that'll be a fun way of getting a bit more exercise.

Went to see the in-laws on Sunday* which turned out to be a rather pleasant day - huge amounts of food (I didn't finish mine) from the BBQ, nice laid back relaxing chat and a look at Bob's latest crop of holiday photos. I have to say, if you are going to look through someone elses holiday photos, Bobs are the ones to look at. He's got very into digital photography and he has a great eye. There were some particularly amazing ones in this batch, including one of an artic tern swooping on him from above which is now my desktop background. I'll have to upload a protected copy to Scrapbook so you can see it - it really is a fab photo.

* I always feel a bit odd calling them my in-laws as, strictly speaking, they're not but it seems to trip off the tongue in a way "Alex's parents" doesn't and implies more of a relationship between them and me, which I think is appropriate these days. I always thought outlaws a bit self conciously silly for actual use and I don't think I've heard any other descriptors for it.

Date: July 31st, 2006 02:23 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] applez.livejournal.com
I'm puzzled why your shower has wires going through it. Seems a bit...murderous?

Date: July 31st, 2006 02:28 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] tinyjo.livejournal.com
Well, it's an electric shower... I think they're fairly common here - do you not get them in the US?

Date: July 31st, 2006 03:05 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] applez.livejournal.com
What's the electricity used for? To pump the water, to heat it?

Hereabouts, those sort of systems tend to be reserved for pumping systems/jets in hot-tubs. Otherwise, most homes rely on large, not-particularly-efficient central boilers, and the mains' high-pressure.

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Come to think of it, I think I can remember some sort of heating coil system in a panel configuration that is usually placed beneath the water output, above the bath-taps, when I was last there. I guess I forgot.

Date: July 31st, 2006 03:18 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] tinyjo.livejournal.com
Both, if I understand it properly. There are also showers which run from hot water tanks but I think these are supposed to be more efficient.

Efficiencies

Date: July 31st, 2006 04:11 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] applez.livejournal.com
I was always given to understand that the on-demand heating coil systems were more efficient because one wasn't keeping the large kettle constantly on boil whether the water was being used or not.

Plus, as I can attest for my house - the plumbing isn't insulated, so even with a more-efficient modern boiler (as I had to buy a few years ago), there's a constant energy loss from the hot pipes. And it doesn't make nearly enough difference in basement or house in winter, either. ;-)

Ideally, I'd get a 10ga/min flowrate coil heater to replace my boiler...that should cover my everyday and extreme hot water needs. But that is an issue I will gladly hand off to my parents after I vacate my house in a year's time.

Date: July 31st, 2006 08:36 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] t--m--i.livejournal.com
Points the Oxbridge graduate at the National Weight Control Registry. Mmm scientificy evidence goodness.

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