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Strangely Creepy 2009

November 5th, 2009 at 07:34 am

Hello! Welcome to the 2009 edition of Strangely Creepy! I'm your host, BA, here for yet another round of lively talks with... myself regarding matters of the strange and creepy kind.

So BA, temperatures are dropping now. Are you ready for Jack Frost to come a'knocking?
Ugh, no. As you know, I'm reluctant to just turn up the heat. I do turn it up when the kids are with me, but it seems like a colossal waste when it's just myself.

Righty ho! So, making plans to bunker up in Fort Closet?
Returning to the closet has crossed my mind, and it's still a serious option on the table. But there's a reason why I didn't do it last year and why I am hesitant to do it anymore at all.

Really! Do go on....
Mostly, it has to do with the technical issues of good air circulation, because you know, the last thing I need is to kill any more brain cells. The confined space also leads to the issue of my body sweat collecting with nowhere to go. I would wake up drenched. That and there's the potential hazard of having a radiator in a room full of clothes that would have to be addressed....

Oh, boo hoo I have poo in my pants, why not just tough it up, man? Show them lovely ladies out there the hairs on your backside by hibernating in the closet with macho gusto.
Don't you mean hair on the chest? Or do you mean spine on the backside?

OK... again, the closet option isn't off the table yet. In fact, I still think it's worth serious consideration. All I am saying is that there may be better options out there.

Such as?
Well, what about just a sleeping bag or even pitching a tent or something? That way, I can still reduce the amount of space that needs to be heated, but still be in a room where there is good air circulation?

Well, I don't know. It certainly sounds strangely creepy, but I'm just the interviewer, and you're suppose to have all the answers. Don't you have the answers?
Well, I've thought long and hard about it, and I do think it can work. With some effort, it may even be affordable and not even look tacky!

But what?

Well, you seemed like you were about to add a "But..."
Ah, yes. But... the catch is this would require more money. In fact, it would require that I set up a separate savings fund to get all the gear in place. Of course, I wouldn't consider any expensive options, and I would consider something that could and would be used year after year.

Of course. So, anything in particular in mind?
I would just love to pull off a stylish looking yurt. I know, crazy right?

Strangely creepy!
But take a look at this!

I know it's a picture of a permanent dwelling, but yurts by nature are small portable tents. The trick is just to find a way to build one that's both affordable, stylish, and can be taken down and put back up year after year.

So, that's what you've decided?
Well, no. I'm still in the brain-storming stage, so all this is just.. you know... brainstorming.

So, you have no earthly clue what you want to do.
Ok, no, I really don't know. I'm still deciding. I do know one thing is for sure: I don't want to have to turn on the heat too high just to keep myself warm. I think that's just nuts.

Alright, any ideas on how you plan to resolve this?
Well, whenever I'm not sure about something, I would ask around for outside input. What about asking the readers on what they think I should do about it?

Smashing! Kind of like that internet 2.0 thing that we keep hearing about. The wave of the 21st century and all that jazz.
Yes indeed!

So, there you have it! Thank you for listening in on another exciting episode Strangely Creepy. And this time, we would love to hear from you dear readers. Please. Help out our hapless, hairless chump (Hey!) I mean chum and his winter predicament. Until then, this is BA, signing out!

16 Responses to “Strangely Creepy 2009”

  1. Caoineag Says:

    Hmmm...not sure you could heat a small area while still leaving it breathable to a bigger area. So I think the sweat problem will happen with a tent too. Have you considered an electric blanket to warm up your bed instead of a heater?

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    A down comforter and a stocking cap, if needed, provide plenty of warmth for winter sleeping. Just turn thermostat WAY down. And look for a down comforter on sale around Black Friday!!

    When I was living in our sorority house, our beds were in a sleeping dorm, without heat or air...so the windows had to stay cracked open all winter. In the midwest! I survived with a comforter, blanket and down comforter. I was NEVER cold inside the bed. And I was two feet from the window! This option saves electricity over the heater and electric blanket.

  3. Campfrugal Says:

    I hear closing off some of your rooms or heater vents might help heat that one room you might want to spend most of your time in.

  4. Ima saver Says:

    I like the yurt idea. Too bad we aren't close enough to help you build it!

  5. toyguy1963 Says:

    I was thinking along the same lines as Campfrgal. Couldn't you just sort of block off your bedroom or whatever room you want to use. Just heat that one room.

  6. Broken Arrow Says:

    Thanks gang for all the suggestions so far. I'm definitely going to try them all out.

    Patrick, I've tried that before, and I'm afraid my room radiator isn't enough to heat my bedroom. If I can reduce the space even more somehow, then it will definitely work.

    Ima, thank you for offering anyways! Yeah, it's a shame I am too far out. I think having a well-built yurt would just be wild. Big Grin

  7. dmontngrey Says:

    How big is this bedroom? We use one of those oil filled radiator heaters to heat our third floor - an 18' x 17' open room. It's more than adequate.

  8. Broken Arrow Says:

    I think mine is more like 12' x 12'. However, it also has a cathedral ceiling. It's pretty, but ultimately not too practical. Honestly, I've tried to let my heater heat the room. The difference is only subtle at best. I think most of the heat just collects up in that cathedral ceiling....

    But the electric blanket and other warming nightwear idea will work. I used that last year, and if I can't get a yurt built, then I can always fall back on that. Big Grin

  9. PrincessPerky Says:

    Oh a yurt sounds like so much fun!

    Wonder if there is a way to make your ceiling lower...without making it an eyesore like a drop ceiling.

  10. cptacek Says:

    Could you rig up something like a 4 poster bed? Hang blankets all around the bed, and make a top to it. Leave a few feet on one side for the heater...make sure it can't touch anything bad. That's why they had 4 poster beds, after all, to keep the people from freezing in castles.

  11. toyguy1963 Says:

    You could put a hammock up near the ceiling. LOL

    Well I'm trying.

  12. baselle Says:

    Coffin. Its how the drac-man stayed warm and got the babes.

  13. Broken Arrow Says:

    Hahaha, listen to you bunch of crazies.

    Of course, most of these ideas have crossed my mind too... all except the ceiling hammock. Big Grin

    cptacek, I always thought it'd be crazy and fun to do something like that, but I had no idea that was the purpose for it. Amazing.... Big Grin

  14. miclason Says:

    LOL! This is too funny!
    Sadly, as I live in the tropics and have quite the OPPOSITE problem (how to keep the room cool at night) I don't have any advice to offer!

  15. midlight21 Says:

    I'd vote to get a mummy style sleeping bag that covers your head too. But, I'd be afraid of getting stuck inside when the zipper went crazy, so I'd just buy a knitted cap and warm wool socks and pile under the blankets.

    Flannel sheets and flannel pjs would make nice Christmas gifts to yourself!

  16. scfr Says:

    Teepee time!

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