Jun. 10th, 2004

urocyon: Grey fox crossing a stream (Default)
I just chucked two more snails over the garden wall. Ha! Small revenge for the loss of one of the two eensy struggling cucumber plants overnight, however.

The heat Tuesday convinced me that getting in a smallish air conditioner was a necessity. It felt like I was sitting back in Virginia (as we will be at the end of the month--eek!), which isn't the greatest sensation, given my medication. When I found myself looking at the forecast and actively considering stopping taking the stabiliser for a while, the relative infrequency here of temperatures over the mid-70s Fahrenheit or mid-20s Celsius seemed a piss-poor reason to risk keeling over when they do run that high.

I didn't get much done Tuesday, mainly sat around in front of a fan in the coolest rooms. [livejournal.com profile] vatine was kind enough to rig up a swamp cooler with the fan in the bedroom that night, since it tends to heat up in the late afternoon and stay hot into the night, even with the windows open.

So, I did a little looking around Tuesday afternoon, and found an 8000 BTU unit from B&Q for £179 (plus £10 for delivery). It should show up at some point today. The javascript on their site is so screwed up that I couldn't find out a more exact time range--among other things--but it didn't matter; when I called customer service about it this morning, the woman said it's being shipped from the warehouse to arrive sometime between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Convenient, that, but I won't complain too much. At least Tuesday's forecast hasn't held, so the "next day" delivery really being today isn't crucial. I'll just be glad to see it.

I'm not actually familiar with that sort of air conditioner; I'm used to the window-hung units (besides central ones). Those are more suited to sash windows, obviously, and I had wondered what design arrangements were made for portable ones where the sash windows aren't so common. It does slightly surprise me that I'd never even seen a free-standing one, though--I can think of a number of applications where they'd be handy.

As soon as places were open, I did need to do some hair appointment shuffling--it was a near-certainty that the air conditioner would show up as soon as I left the house, and I think everyone would be happier if I get this bushy mess dealt with before [livejournal.com profile] ruthi and [livejournal.com profile] oscarhocklee's wedding Saturday. *g* The place I used last time--and was quite pleased with--couldn't work me in tomorrow, so I called another I'd noticed wandering around the town center. It looked like a decent shop, but I'm always wary of new hairdressers. In one of the very rare instances that the words of Ray Stevens come to mind, "You might look like Larry, Moe, or Curly if a stranger cuts your hair".† *shudder*

† Some may harbor the opinion that it could be a very good thing indeed if I didn't end up looking like someone had slapped a hedgehog on my head--for once--but they can be safely ignored. ;)
urocyon: Grey fox crossing a stream (Default)
As if confirmation were needed, I just popped across the street to Iceland for five minutes tops, and the delivery man came. At least I thought to leave a note on the door...

Also, rechecking B&Q's page on the air conditioner, I'm glad I went ahead and ordered it; they're now out of stock. From what I could tell comparing prices, it's no wonder.

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