Since it's an Ozone Alert Day in these parts, do you think I can use that as an excuse to not run the washing machine and dryer?
Nah, I've got a load going, but the thought did occur to me!
It's even hotter today. Actually, I don't think the temperature is hotter, but it's much more humid. You know you're in trouble when you get out of the shower, and you work up a sweat combing your hair out! I've been hanging around, sitting outside and reading, waiting for the delivery people to call. They're supposed to deliver our table in the "early afternoon." I wonder what constitutes "early" for them?
Oh, I have another energy-saving tip for you! While we don't have central air, we have ceiling fans in the dining room and all the bedrooms. In our bedroom especially, I would usually leave the ceiling fan on during the day, just to "circulate the air." I was reading an article the other day that said that this is a complete waste of energy. It may move the air around, but there is no cooling of the air temperature going on. A guy was quoted as saying, "Fans cool people, not rooms." Now that I think about it, that makes perfect sense! Yes, a fan feels great, but only if you're sitting near one. If I'm in the kitchen, and the dining room ceiling fan is on, I can't feel it. No, I don't turn this ceiling fan off everytime I leave the room, but I've been keeping the bedroom fan off unless I'm in there folding clothes or something. I just thought that was kind of an interesting tidbit!
I'm almost finished with Ironweed, and I'm finding it very bleak. What has happened to these people to get where they're at (homeless) is just sad. I just read a very touching moment that got me kind of choked up, and hopeful that things would change for the protagonist, but I have a feeling things are going to get bad again.
I mentioned a while back that I set up AOL Alerts (I have a "Remind Me" icon on the AOL toolbar) to get birthday alerts. My old program gave me 2 days' notice, and that's not enough time. I set this up to remind me a week before, and I got my first alert today, for Kim and Steve's anniversary. It works! So I unsubscribed from the first program, and I'll rely on this one. So if you need a reminder--I find I need them more and more!--for anything from a birthday to an appointment, the AOL calendar seems to be a fairly nice little feature.
We borrowed all the Bourne movies from Ken's Mom last time we were down there. Ken has read the books, and I think he said he'd seen the first movie a long time ago, but I've done neither. We watched the first one, "The Bourne Identity" last night. Wow, good stuff! I really like Matt Damon, and he's got some awesome Kung Fu stuff going on here! There's a great car chase in this one, too. I'm looking forward to the other two.
I was so tempted to go out and get a couple more Mob movies yesterday. I want to get "Goodfellas" (I know that's Ellen's favorite!) and "Casino." I have the latter on tape, but I'd like to get it on DVD. I'll wait for a bit--we've got plenty of stuff here to watch, and maybe we needed a little break from the gangster movies. Ayyy, what am I sayin'? You can never watch too many Mob movies! Fuggedaboudit!