Friday, December 11, 2009

A Long and Dark December

Well, I'm effectively done with this semester. After turning in 20 pages of writing last week, all that I have left are two finals, but they are both online, so I won't even have to go to school for them

I can't say I'm at all sad to be done. It was a crazy and not fun one. I guess it did improve in the middle, but it started really badly, and got a little intense toward the end, what with that Social Research class and having to write three major research papers all due the same week and all.

I did develop some relationships with people in the department that I had really missed out on the last two semesters, which was good I guess. On the other hand, I'm not sure how long all that's going to be meaningful.

We have been having some serious winter weather the last few days and I've been frustrated by the fact that my house still has no real heat. Last night was so cold that I could hardly sleep, despite being under a quilt and a sleeping bag.

My Dad had promised several times that we would install some kind of heating system, and he ended up deciding on a Verner, which is a Czech biomass furnace. We used to sell them at this warm house, and ended up having a display model left on hand. They are really nice machines, so I was exited about getting it.

The only problem with us and projects is that my Dad has all these contractor friends who do work for him. They end up basically being contractors, only minus the contract part. This means they often show up, do some work, and disappear for weeks (or even months) at a time leaving the job undone.

Naturally, they got the Verner about 90% installed, and now its been three weeks since I've seen them, and I'm sealing of my room with blankets and and trying to find out how many electric space heaters our breaker will support.

So anyhow, as Coldplay said, it's been a rather "long and dark December" so far... but I feel like the rest of it may be a lot better, or at least I hope it will.

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