B is for Bone-Chilling Cold

work-at-homeWhen our third child was a toddler, it became evident that he needed his own room. His brother, the early bird, was significantly cutting into the kid’s sleep, and a sleep-deprived toddler is not the most amusing person to have around. The result was that he got my lovely little office. I moved to the basement.

My basement office is OK in the summer as basements go. It is more garden-level than underground so I have a nice-sized window that I can open to let in the light and the summer breezes. But winter is something else. By mid-December, this place is cold. And it stays that way until about mid-May.

I have an industrial-sized space heater that takes off the chill some. Of course, the lights in the neighborhood also dim a little when I switch it on. I see a noticeable bump in our electric bill when I’m using it, too. I have even, in my head, calculated the additional number of billable hours I need to work over the course of the winter to pay for the heat this little beauty puts out.

But, hey, I don’t mind. I’m all about sacrificing for my kids. All. day. long.

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14 thoughts on “B is for Bone-Chilling Cold

    • In typical fashion, I am usually behind on breakfast. It occurs to me to be hungry sometime closer to lunch which throws off lunch. But clearly, given my post for “Day C” I do not skip the coffee.

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  1. My whole house is cold. Even when it’s warm outside it is colder inside. I guess it will save me on our electric bill in the summer.

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    • I’m usually warm when I’m not working so I don’t keep the house that warm. But then again, I’m moving non-stop when I’m not working.

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  2. Brrrrrrrr. Recently I kicked my youngest out of her room and into her sisters room. Now I have an office, lol. Looks like we’re just opposites!

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    • If you’d ever been around my youngest when his basic needs are not being met (food, sleep…) you would know there is really no other option.

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  3. My office is our tiny back bedroom, which also houses an ancient boiler, in winter it’s a toss up between being cold or having weird and wonderful banging noises (which as you can imagine is great for concentration). Sometimes I’d use the heater just so I could get peace and quiet for a few hours despite knowing it probably cost more than my hourly rate!

    Finally after 2 and a half years of working at home (it’s quieter in Summer at least) I’m having a new boiler – mostly because it’s ancient and broken not because of the noise, but we’re relocating it entirely… I’m going to gain an extra foot and a half in the room… I may just fit!!

    Mars
    Curling Stones for Lego People

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