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 google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j... 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.