Home Comforts

I am growing very tired of communal living.

I know that it could be worse. I no longer live in a dorm full of women, I no longer even have a roommate. However, I do have to hear things from my neighbors every day. Upstairs neighbor has a barking, restless dog and has been known to have the TV on high volume 24 hours a day. Next door neighbor occasionally screams at her kids or gets drunk and sings Christmas carols. Plus there are some wind chimes that are annoying the heck out of me. At least I don’t have to live like my brother when he was in his twenties, with six to ten squatters at a time in an unheated Quonset hut.

However, I am ready to have my own house. And when I do, I will splurge on something that I really, really want but don’t want to install (let alone leave) in an apartment: The Nest learning thermostat.

This is the best thermostat out there. It learns. Yes, that’s right. As you adjust your thermostat, it determines when you have the most need for heat and when the heat should be turned down. It meets your needs before you tell it. It also shows you when you’re saving energy. I can’t explain it as well as the video, but it is pretty amazing.

In other house-related news, I inspired someone! After my post on the Christmas branch, my friend Elizabeth decided to give it a try, and tweeted me this picture:

Look how gorgeous her nature-inspired branch is! The tree component came from her own yard, the ribbon she had on hand, and then she bought the glass ornaments. Inexpensive, lovely, and safely out of the hands of her pre-schoolers. Yay, Elizabeth!

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