A first for us here at home

Usually I have the heat in my house set on 55.

Yes, you read that correctly, 55.

An old house, electric baseboard heat.  I usually just have to turn on the living room heater so that it’s on.  Lowest possible setting.  55.  And then I wear shorts for the rest of the day because it is quite hot.

Not tonight.

Tonight, it is 20 degrees outside.  I think it is a balmy 60 inside my house.  And my teeth are chattering.  You know how once one part of you gets cold it’s impossible to get warm?  For some people it’s hands.  For others, it’s feet.  For me?  It’s the small of my back.  I will have chill bumps all over my self.  And right now, that’s about the whole of it.  I even turned on the bedroom baseboard heater.  It’s the first time all year.  Granted, the year is only 22 days old, but still.  Crazy.  I don’t think I used it all last winter, and probably not the winter before either.

Now, I have the heat in the living room set at 75.  And I just can’t get warm!

Best Game Night Ever!

I tried to write a pithy intro paragraph, but at this point, who needs to?  It’s Tuesday, so that means it’s Tuesday Topics.  Seven people you’d like to meet.  I first inferred from this it’s seven famous people you’d like to meet.  Otherwise, the list would be pretty short.  But I can think of a few people who are not on the paparazzo daily charting list, so they’re on here too.  (Disclaimer: All photos are screen caps from imdb.com)

The Austin Family Diary

    1. Wil Wheaton.  I’m obsessed with Tabletop and have discovered new games, plus he just seems like he’d be a hoot.  Plus he appears to have an awesome relationship with his equally cool appearing wife so she can come too.
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    2. If Wil comes, Nathan Fillion has to too.  After all, they ran on the same ticket.
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    3. Maureen O’Hara.  She just seems fascinating.  I loved her autobiography, Tis Herself.
      Tis Herself
    4. When my grandma moved into an assisted living facility over a year ago, she moved from a house she had lived in for thirty years to a 200 square foot room.  Downsizing is an understatement.  One of the quirks that always cracked me up was she would shop at yard sales and find great photo frames, and hang them on the wall.  Complete with original photos or photos of other people’s families.  So we would make up stories about them.  Imagine my surprise when it turns out some of them were actual relatives.  I was close with my great-grandma.  She died when she was 100 1/2 and I was 13.  I never knew her husband, he died when my grandma was 2.  The people in these photos are her and her husband, her mother, and her mother’s parents (My great-grandma’s great-grandma!).  Considering my granny was born in 1886, and the great great great’s were tintypes with surprisingly little damage, aren’t these photos cool?  They might not be the best at the party games, but they’d be great at the “in my day . . . ” stories!
      Granny and husband

      Granny and husband

      Granny's mom

      Granny’s mom

      Granny's Great Grandma

      Granny’s Great Grandma

      Granny's Great grandpa

      Granny’s Great grandpa

    5. Lauren Graham.  She is a Virginia girl, after all, and in interviews she appears to be someone that I’d have an absolute blast with.
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    6. Anjelah Johnson.  Aside from the fact that her husband is Manwell Reyes, who is in Group 1 Crew which is an AMAZING band, she is so hysterically funny.  You might know her from MadTV, you might know her as Bon Qui Qui or the girl who works in your nail salon.  Regardless, anyone who is that funny has to be a lot of fun to hang around.
    7. Joss Whedon.  Because who doesn’t.
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