Dilemma: Heating or Internet?
From my previous blog, you have have ascertained that my landlord hasn't put me in the best of situations. But I've been er...coping, with various different methods of staying warm. A sleeping bag and a couple of hot water bottles has been my main line of defence against Jack Frost and nightly I've been prepping the bedroom with candles and hot water bottles before I retire for the night, sometimes even with a hot flask of tea. Yes, it's that cold I might as well be a baby in Switzerland. (Which are kept outside in -5c temperatures to nap... you don't believe me do you? Well www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&a...,d.d2k there ya go).
In between visits from my doctor, the Environmental Protection Officer and a number of repairmen, there was lots of something being done. I think they call it 'thinking' and 'taking notes' and 'leaving as quickly as possible'. I still have no central heating or hot water and it's now day 24. I have one halogen heater myself to warm up with. It's not a particularly good one...or rather than good it doesn't kick out that much heat. Now when the second set of repair men came to the property, mumbled a bit and then left, they did (thanks to my Landlord) leave a couple of special items behind.
Two convection heaters. After some fiddling around and playing a fun game to reorganise all of my items to use as few extension leads as possible I've discovered that I have a problem. In order to put a heater in the front room (other than the halogen heater) I must either turn off the computer and the internet or...not have heating (beyond the rather useless halogen heater). So right now, I have two heaters in the room which I can't use, one condemned, the other which doesn't even have a long enough cord with which I could hang myself so that's doubly no good.
I have a strong feeling I'm going to need to go out (hahaha...I mean amazon express...going out...HAH ) and purchase myself an extended lead so that I can use a spare socket from one room, pull the extension through, just so that I can power the heater. Another added expense I didn't really need at this time. I mean, I had to purchase a fresh batch of some little hotties, electric and some other essentials to help me keep warm...of course, this was all before the heater came. So since I'm low on funds I gotta wait until march before I can get heating. (Which I didn't realise before writing this blog entry). Well it's only five more days...how far can the temperature drop in five/six days?
I will in the mean time continue my routine to keep warm and try to use the heaters as effectively as I can around the house. They'll at least keep the bathroom...no it won't, can't get anywhere near a plug in there... the kitchen and the bedroom warm! I guess it's really a no brainer, I'll keep the internet on instead At least that way I can take my mind off being cold.