Saturday, December 26, 2009

fail, absolutely

First, update to the post below. The reason why the heating bill was so low was, *sigh*, I was in Tahiti & Bora Bora for 2 weeks, which means we didn't use the heat - so it's not a real gauge of normal gas bill.

Second, I spent about an hour to make this amazing mint pea soup with creme fraiche (actually we just use 1% sour cream) and prosciutto. It was pretty decent the first time I made it, but the second time (last night) was even better.

Thing is, the soup was for tonight, and I forgot to put it in the fridge, so the soup all spoiled. Big time bummer.

Friday, December 25, 2009

merry christmas, house

Well, well, well.

It appears that the gift I gave to the house last year is finally giving back. Last year this time, my heat bill was ~$180. After switching to the new furnace, I pay, wait for it - $93 and change, tax in!

Very nice, and the house is at a balmy 21C.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

it's the little things

Sometimes when you get an unexpected deal, it's such a good feeling.

I went to angel electronics to buy a 5' HDMI cable for $4.99. When the sales got the cable for me, he asked if I wanted the 6', which was the same price. Of course - a foot longer, no price change, what's not to love.

Except, when I went to their website, the 6' was actually $9.99. I wonder if the website was wrong, or he made a mistake.

5' cable vs 6' cable

Now, I'm not sure whether I should go back and tell them they made a mistake. I hate to rip people off for any reason.

Wait, of course that's a hypocritical statement. I've asked for "no-tax" before, which means I've ripped off the government. I've watched a movie that I didn't pay for. I've watched TV shows that didn't include the commercials. So I'm by no means perfect.

But I actually feel a tiny bit guilty about buying something which is essentially 50% off the regular price, how silly is that?

I still have a conscience, and that's a good thing I guess.