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I have an exciting house update. [20091209|20:26]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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I spent the last two nights in London at the lovely imyril & her boy's flat while something wonderful happened to our house.

It acquired...central heating.

This may not sound particularly thrilling to you, but to me, this is the best £4k I have ever spent. Before, the house had ancient electric storage heaters which cost a fortune to run, and as we discovered once it got properly cold, don't actually warm a room beyond the four feet directly in front of the heater. Additionally, the bathroom featured a miniscule hot water heater which was at least 30 years old and probably half full of limescale. We could take 1.5 showers (note: 2 people + 1.5 showers == 1 unhappy person*) OR 1 bath per day. If we did either of the preceding, we couldn't wash the dishes in hot water.

I'd gotten used to the shower/bath situation. I'd even gotten used to getting home and putting on more clothes than I was wearing when I was outside. After three months of scrubbing greasy pans in cold water, though, my patience was wearing thin.

I would post pictures, but I don't think photos of combination boilers and radiators are all that exciting. Pictures of the glorious bubble bath I'm going to take in a few minutes might be more interesting. However, the internet has yet to see naked pictures of me and I think I'll keep it that way.

* Since I get up early to commute to London, Unhappy Person was almost invariably the bloke. Poor man.

ETA: You can have some pictures of the kittens. Because they're cute and fluffy.

Sputnik & Telstar discover bathtime



Bubbles. Oooh.
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[User Picture]From: saltdawg
2009-12-09 20:42 (UTC)

Hrumph...

I, for one, enjoy photographs of things like boilers and radiators.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-12-10 11:50 (UTC)

Re: Hrumph...

I'll take some this weekend, when I'm actually home in the daylight!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-12-10 11:50 (UTC)
There are some with kittens instead.
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[User Picture]From: bellelaqueen
2009-12-09 21:12 (UTC)
YAY for not being confined to 4 foot area of each room over winter!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-12-10 11:51 (UTC)
I know! It's brilliant. I can actually take my time getting dressed in the morning instead of frantically donning layers before I freeze after my two minute shower.
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[User Picture]From: sekl
2009-12-09 21:16 (UTC)
You've gone native. Excitement over central heating indeed.

Next, you'll be explaining a really good cup of tea to me.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-12-10 11:55 (UTC)
It depends what time of day it is, really. In the morning I like a good strong cup of builders, plenty of milk. At coffee I have Earl Grey with a bit of lemon squeezed in. After lunch, I favour a fruit tisane. After 5 PM, I drink peppermint tea - can be made from fresh leaves if I'm at home.
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[User Picture]From: nimoloth
2009-12-10 13:05 (UTC)
I have recently discovered Yunnan (Twinings variety, since I couldn't find any better) thanks to a friend, and it's very good! It's like a very mild Lapsang Souchong. I have been having it every morning at work now, and going back to Tetley's brickie tea this morning was a bit of a shock. I am also working my way through a whole box of advent tea - a different one for each day!
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[User Picture]From: sekl
2009-12-10 22:38 (UTC)
Where again might one find a box of advent tea?
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[User Picture]From: nimoloth
2009-12-12 12:38 (UTC)
It's German, but you can get it on Amazon.
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From: pbristow
2009-12-09 22:33 (UTC)
"However, the internet has yet to see naked pictures of me and I think I'll keep it that way."

Awww...! [SLINKS AWAY DISAPPOINTED]
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-12-10 11:58 (UTC)
My toes are visible in the kitten pictures.
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[User Picture]From: wiggyfish
2009-12-10 16:44 (UTC)
And they're naked!
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[User Picture]From: smallfurry
2009-12-09 22:45 (UTC)
never underestimate the awesomeness of central heating. and depending where you live, central air conditioning as well.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-12-10 11:58 (UTC)
Oh yeah. I wouldn't live in LA without air conditioning. Did that as a student - never again!
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[User Picture]From: wiggyfish
2009-12-10 16:43 (UTC)
Hahaha ... after 13 years without central air, I'm posting my A/C units on Freecycle TODAY. Looking forward to seeing the backs of those moldy little bastards.
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[User Picture]From: anthrokeight
2009-12-10 04:38 (UTC)
Your cats are as cute as the white German shepherd and that is saying something, I tell you what.

Also I love the image of your little tootsies in the bubbles in the second picture. Your naked toes are available to the internet.

It's -15 deg F. here right now... I appreciate the joyous rapture over central heating. I really, really do.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-12-10 12:10 (UTC)
They're not the smartest cats I've ever had, but they certainly are the most sweet-natured.

Ach! My vulnerable pink toes are on the internet. The shame!

I read in yesterday's newspaper that a two-week cold spell is due to start on Monday. The timing is making me even more grateful for a relatively mild autumn thus far.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-12-10 12:12 (UTC)
But they are richer for adorable kitten pictures, no?

(What worries me is that there may actually be naked photos of me somewhere on the internets. I was the victim of a burglary a couple of years ago and I didn't password-protect my photo collection on the laptop they stole. I have to hope they just wiped the thing and sold it on, but of course I don't know that for sure.)
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[User Picture]From: nimoloth
2009-12-10 13:01 (UTC)
Cool pictures! That last looks like a wet cat just waiting to happen!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-12-13 08:21 (UTC)
Thus far, Telstar has avoided accidentally falling into water. He has, however, deliberately and grandiosely leapt into the deep end of our pond.

Edited at 2009-12-13 08:22 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: nimoloth
2009-12-10 13:08 (UTC)
Also, I am jealous of your central heating - our boiler is incompetent, and can barely keep up with the temperature even when on full blast permanently. Any colder and it won't be enough. Plus, we can't put it on timer, since it makes a screaming noise when it starts which can only be fixed by running the hot tap for a few seconds, meaning the bathroom is baltic in the morning. If I owned the flat, I would have replaced it years ago!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-12-13 08:24 (UTC)
Oh man, that's so annoying. Especially if you're an environmentally conscientious person.
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[User Picture]From: nimoloth
2009-12-13 12:44 (UTC)
Actually, it's probably better for the environment - it's so crap we just don't bother putting it on half the time (like now - I'm sitting here with the freezing fog outside and my salopettes and many layers on). If it worked properly, we'd probably have it on much more often!
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