Thursday, January 14, 2016

Of Illegal Space Heaters and Cold Winter Mornings

So I think my illegal space heater at work is on its last legs.  It's sad because it is my BFF in the winter, and sometimes in the summer when our building decides that the A/C should definitely be blazing even though I've dressed for the temps outside.  I will definitely have to purchase a new one if this is the case!

This has already been the kind of work week where a) I can't keep track of what day it is and b) all I know is that I'm so grateful a 3-day weekend is on the horizon.  BF does not get the day off, but he does telework every Monday, so I don't feel too bad for him.  ;-)  I'm looking forward to an extra day to sleep in, drink coffee in bed while catching up on some mindless TV.  I do plan to get to the gym that day as well, but mostly the agenda is relaxation!

I'm in the midst of trying to plan various instances of travel for the upcoming months.  I will likely buy my tickets to Omaha for May today for BF and myself.  I usually do this every year with bonus money, just to get it checked off the list.  I am also waiting for the final go ahead from BF about a mini winter getaway in late February.  Our current plan is to go to Clearwater Beach for a long weekend just to find some sun, some beach and some pool time.

We were originally going to go on an April cruise with BF's family, but that fell through in about six different ways.  They're still going, but the cruise they finally decided on is super expensive, Disney and is just not for us.  Then we talked about going to Puerto Rico for 4-5 days, and did a lot of research on the idea.  Ultimately, though, we realized that we were only considering Puerto Rico because it was somewhere new, but no passport was required.  We ended up deciding to save ourselves for the Caribbean vacation we truly want to go on at a later date.  I have dreamlike ideas of a honeymoon in the Bahamas....if we ever get engaged, ha! Anyway, that's our current plan.  The plus to doing Florida is that we can go earlier than we would have for anything else, hence the late February date selection.  BF and I are still planning on our (now) traditional week in the Outer Banks the week after Labor Day, too.  We do love that escape from the real world and I just really enjoy that area.

Beyond that, my gf, A and I have also discussed planning a little long weekend escape from DC sometime this spring.  We're thinking March or April, but we are in the very early planning stages of considering destinations.  I don't want to spend a ton of money since it will be an expensive first half of the year already, but I really hope we come up with something!  We need a cheap flight,  cheap lodging and fun stuff to do for a few days.

One final note is that I'm hopeful that my friend, T, may be able to come visit sometime this year. I got to see her in KC when I went for a friend's wedding, but a longer catch up period is definitely in order!  Cheers to much planning on all of our parts.  Sometimes the planning really stresses me out, but it is always worth it in the end.  :-)

So glad that it is Thursday, which means that Friday is right around the corner.  My Chiefs play the Patriots Saturday afternoon, so that's on the schedule, but I'm starting the day off with a late brunch/early lunch with a couple two girlfriends, which should be lovely.  Always nice to catch up! No plans on Sunday, though we did talk about going to see a newish scary movie called "The Forest". If we do that it would probably be mid-late morning Sunday since we will still want to watch the other playoff football games on Sunday.  ;-)

I hope everyone is having a lovely Thursday that's almost Friday!


  1. so excited to plan a visit! like, for real this time!

  2. I hope your heater is ok and hasn't finally given up the ghost. Or maybe you have decided on a nice warm holiday that you can look forward to, to help you get through the cold winter months. Good luck with what ever you decide to do and I hope you have a great holiday.

    Wilfred Andrews @ LB Plumbing and Heating

  3. Ha! I know exactly where you're coming from about the space heater. I used to have one under my desk too. Eventually we had the office remodeled and they installed ductless heaters. It's really made a big difference, I enjoy being warm all over and not just my toes. Good luck with your vacation plans this year!

    Lester Griffin @ MMHVACR

  4. My personal favourite would have to be a small heater with a timer. The last point is crucial, I know how we all get distracted, called away from the desk, racing off to lunch, leaving for the day. So who wants to leave the heater running all that time? And worse of all, get caught out with it? Not me!

    Dennis Cannon @ Laird And Son