It’s hot here. Crazy hot. Like 101-degrees hot, not even looking at the “heat index” that makes it feel close to 110. Ick.
I’m sweating like a pig, which is an interesting turn of phrase considering pigs don’t sweat very much. But alas, I am. Partly because I come from a long line of heavy perspirators, and partly due to my own internal thermostat being cranked up because I am 12 weeks pregnant. (Yay!) So, I am way supah sexayy right now, to be sure.
Our central air was just not doing its job very well. Our attic fan is going full-bore, but when it’s only got 100-degree air to pull in, there’s only so much it can do to help! I went around and made sure blinds and curtains were closed as much as possible, especially because our windows are original to the house and thus lack any semblance of energy efficiency. Then I figured, maybe there’s stuff I’m not thinking of, and took to the inter-tubes to get any other little tidbits of air conditioning efficiency wisdom. Came across a couple that are helping, I think:
1) Changing the air filter. This is a bit DUH, right? But once I read it, I realized we hadn’t changed the filter in, oh, maybe as long as we lived here? There were a few spares in the garage, so I retrieved one and opened the return duct grate and…. ick. So it is changed, and I vacuumed out the whole inside of the duct that I could see, and the grate as well.
2) Run your dehumidifier. This doesn’t necessarily help the air conditioner very much, but it helps make it feel cooler even though it’s not really cooler. We have one, though its bucket had become full about a week ago and I neglected to empty it. So I did that, and it is running, and hopefully it will also make a difference.
But yes, so, I finally got knocked up. 🙂 I’m due January 23, and we have already had an ultrasound a couple weeks ago and a nice strong, fast, 160 beats-per-minute heartbeat was observed, and the baby was measuring perfectly for dates. Ultrasounds always make me nervous because my very first pregnancy ended in a miscarriage, and it was discovered I was going to lose the baby on an ultrasound at 10 weeks. I’ve had so many more ultrasounds go well since then, but that one that sucked really really bad gets me a little freaked out for each one.
We’ve basically found out gender for each of our first two kids, so for this one we’re going to keep it a total surprise. Not my choice, but Frank wanted a surprise for every kid and I never let him get his way.
OK, I’m going to go back to laying around and sweating, and occasionally checking the thermostat to see if the temperature has dipped at all. Stay cool!