Takin’ Some Heat

On Saturday I found myself in our crawl space on a mission to get our heating system ready to earn its keep. We had our annual system cleaning on Friday and learned two things from the service guy: (1) We’re almost out of oil and (2) we needed to cap off a floor vent that we covered up with the new hardwood flooring installation.

The vent had been right next to our old brick doorway, but it was intentionally covered when that opening was widened (who wants to trip over a floor vent in the middle of a doorway?). And don’t worry, we checked with an expert first to make sure it wouldn’t screw up our system. Up until now we’d just been lazy / nervous about actually capping off the pipe under the house. But with temperatures dropping outside, we could put it off no longer.

Per the service guy’s instructions, I crawled under the house, knocked out a large (now unnecessary) part of ductwork, slipped a 6″cap on one end and duct taped the heck out of it.

It was actually a surprisingly easy task. And now I’ve got this long pipe as a trophy. Best of all, after our oil delivery on Monday, our house will officially be ready for winter.

Big Heating Pipe



Soy To The World

Every once in a great while some amazing product comes along and shoots me with cupid’s arrow. Swiffer duster pads (they grab every dust particle instead of pushing ‘em around). The Diva jeans by Old Navy (I swear they’re better than Sevens- I own three pairs). Life cereal (is there crack in there?). And now there’s a new product to shower with affection: Method Holiday Aroma Soy Candles.

Method soy candle

Love, love, love the streamlined curves. Worship, worship, worship the yummy peppermint vanilla and cinnamon bark scents. Adore, adore, adore the fact that they’re made from eco-friendly (and health-friendly) soy. So don’t walk, run to the nearest Target and snatch up as many as you can. At under seven dollars a pop, they’re a total steal (and they last longer than most other under-ten-dollar varieties). And because they’re only available in these cute shapes and scents over the holidays, it’s time to make ample room in your closet for enough to last you til next November.

Image courtesy of Method