Ever since my first Chicago TARDIS....I've been wanting to get a new shower head at home...a dual head one...like the Speakman's that were in the hotel rooms there.
But, I've also wanted to get a handled shower.... But, then I impulsively got a newer shower shelf that wouldn't work on my current shower arm...so having to replace the shower arm, would mean time to get a new shower head... and so, after much putting it off, but constantly researching the subject. I then spotted this shower head.
...and decided to purchase it. Since it also solved the idea of being able to shower late at night without turning the light on (still haven't gotten around to figuring out to separating the bathroom light from the bathroom fan.)
It took a few weeks after I got to finally to do it, but one Sunday morning I after showering that I decided to tackle the project. In turned out to be quite an effort to do, so I christened the shower by showering off the sweat I had worked up in installing it.
First problem I ran into was my shower shelves I had weren't designed to accommodate a shower hose....so I had to get a new one....eventually.
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So, I got a new Dyson....
I had been eyeballing this model for some time. Wanting the convenience of cordless, but still having a power head and do real vacuuming.
Because, there are times where I just need spot cleaning, like around my chair in front of computer, or the floor runner by the front door. But, its a pain dragging out my DC18 and dealing with its cord....its more the cord that is issue.
Last year I had picked up a Refurbished Dyson DC31 via Woot.com. And, discovered how nice this is...it sucked way better than my Hoover cordless hand vac, and is just perfect for dealing with crumbs near my coffee table....or other small spills. Though found myself wishing for the extras of the DC35 for other small areas/jobs...
Though I didn't figure out the 65AW button until I got the DC35 (which says MAX on it instead...) So, when a Refurbished Dyson DC35 showed up on Woot, I decided I was going to snap it up.
The only problem is trying to figure out where I should hang it....the DC35 is kind of awkward laying on the floor by an outlet (unlike the DC31). Probably should just toss out my other handvac...
Someday there might be a Dyson Canister vac in my future. I had always intended to get a Canister vac in the beginning, but back then Dyson didn't make one. Right now it would be a question between a Dyson Dyson DC35 or a DC39
The only thing missing from Dyson now...is one that can also deal with wet (cordless...)
Winter has been weird this year...but there's a winter storm alert finally? Though its the rain and snow kind with ice accumulation and inches of snow type. Just as long as it isn't another icepocalyse of 4 years ago.
Though seems interesting that the computer I bought to replace the one I lost during the icepocalyse, died on Friday. Almost as if it was designed to die after 4 years. Annoyed, because its orac, my backuppc/file server. There's 16 drives on the machine, a total raw storage of 23TB....though only about 11.5 usable TB. And, a whole lot less in TiBs.
I'm hoping its something simple though....was looking at the hardware monitor in the BIOS screen...where it reads out voltages...and the lower voltages are low....though are those from the supply or are those generated on the motherboard? Seemed to me that motherboard generates some of the values, but not sure what I'll do if that's the case.
Also seems odd that it died shortly after I turned on heat Friday morning. Anyways...I had been considering getting a new power supply for orac for other reasons, so I jumped over to Amazon and took the plunge to get a new one by Amazon Prime. I had also been meaning to upgrade the case fan on it orac....I mentioned this before....stock fan is 80mm, but there's holes for a bigger fan. I had/have some extra ones around, so I had tried those...except that my extras are too big...so not 120mm. So, I had looked at 92mm, and I did end up with one, but failed to notice that it wasn't a 3-pin fan. So, maybe I'll add one of those to.
So, cart is adding up...and I'm looking at items I have 'saved for later'....and well, new humidifier is among there. Its pretty expensive....~$88 Its an Essick Air Tower Humidifier, though its about the same price as what my old Essick Air unit...though thinking the tower form would work better with where I've been using the old one, plus the old one's fan has become the issue... Though I guess its only 2 years old. I wish I could find something like the humidifier I had back when I was in Medicine Hat....while it eventually got nasty inside, that thing worked well for years and wasn't that expensive as I recall. And, it was easy to fill too. Since, then...I guess the Essick Air is the first one that I got more than one season out of....two whole ones, in fact (though some debate as to how well near the end.) And, it did a good job too. Plus the tower I'm looking at, uses the same wicks as the old one...so I already have an extra set somewhere.
Though having an extra set of wicks isn't a requirement for what I get...though footprint and output are...and pretty much I think wick types are the only kind I'll consider now. And, brand isn't necessarily a requirement...though past experience with other brands has made me leary of others. Plus there's feature differences. Some do take less space, but only have one tank. But, I'm running this single humidifier to try to humidify my entire condo...so it does have to be big as well... But, have time before I have to complete the order...so reviewing all the results....wouldn't be so painful if amazon's search was so fuzzy. I'm searching for just "humidifier", and its showing me things like cribs, pillows, swaddles, bassinets, dehumidifiers, evaporator coolers, air purifiers, bottle brush, nipple cleaner, heaters, bonsai tree, air conditioners...though the cigar related humidifiers probably aren't out of line, though I don't really think they should be in the department I'm searching under. And, the further out...finding humidifiers becomes less and less likely, but sometimes there'll be one here and there....though I'm sure if they weren't so fuzzy, I wouldn't have 10x the results to wade through....though sometimes the result is way near the end. But, not this time.
Anyways...that's pretty much what should just be in my amazon cart. But, if I add a few more items, I can get 6-month do not pay on my Amazon card....and I've already put off getting the humidifier too long already.
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Near the end of August, I started an experiment to kick caffeine....but not chocolate.
To replace coffee, it was either decaf coffee or second+ tea leaves (quick steep and throw first cup out)... For first thing in the morning it was dependent on how many times I had made tea from my current set (or how long they had got left out)....or relying on my coffee maker to automatically brew a pot in the morning.
I was also running low on my good tea from Boca Java...and I'm still getting automatic shipments from Boca Java. And, I had switched my Boca Java shipments to send decaf.
So during the work week, it was mainly decaf in the morning...tea in the evening...and on weekends...tea all day.
But, then it happened...another coffee maker bit the dust...on Monday, September 26th.... After some mourning, I decided to buy a new coffeemaker using Amazon Prime (and one-day shipping) and some Amex points. It arrived September 30th.
I went with a Black & Decker DLX1050B as my last coffee maker.
I still had coffee left when my next auto delivery from Boca Java arrived....this time holiday (halloween) flavors in decaf....and I still hadn't gotten to setting it up.
But, having a moment while making supper, today...I decided it was time to set it up.
As I was setting it up...I decided that this would be the last. Because I now see that Boca Java has tea available, and while there are some good decafs for the occasional consumption, I'm not liking it for regular consumption.... Though for now its easier to have decaf waiting for me when I wake up in the morning, than tea. But, perhaps someday it won't matter which is easier...or something.
Probably a lot of pressure for a Black & Decker coffeemaker....though not surprising, since my original coffee maker...of nearly 16+ years was a Black & Decker SpaceMaker. It could go under cabinet, but I never got around to getting the necessary spacers to make it go under the cabinets of my home in Medicine Hat. And, its simple shape made it work sitting on my counter, with various supplies sitting on top of it. But, the new spacemaker models aren't shaped that way....so when it finally came time to replace it...I had gone with the Mr. Coffee machine for its form, and when that died.... form became less important, so I got the KitchenAid one...and now that its gone, form ceased to be a matter...so I'm back to having a Black & Decker coffeemaker.... for now....
Hopefully, Boca Java will come back with my favorite...Green Tea Passion. Though they seem to be doing bagged teas, rather than loose teas.... hmm....
It was back in November, 2006 that I got my previous Panasonic Electro Thermo Pot. Which compared to previous ones that I've owned, seemed perfect in almost every way. They only minor problem was the it default to
210F208F as the temperature when plugged in, but after its 6 hour off timer it was 185F. For me, I would've preferred it be 185F all the time, and off timing didn't really fit my usage. So, I had plugged it into a timer to be on for a few hours in the morning and then in the evenings. (so it was off for 8 hours during the day, and for 7-9 hours over night....shorter on weekdays than weekends....6 hours might have worked, but remembering to use it ... especially in the morning....not happening...)
As a lined pot, it was likely to last forever....but it does have one thing that wears out....the pump.
About a year ago, it started making a lot more noise and sometimes working harder to get water out....so I started thinking that it would be time to replace it.
Then about 6 weeks ago, I started into my experiment of cutting caffeine out of my diet (strange time, since I had recently stocked up on large amounts of a caffeine, and even still had some orders that hadn't yet arrived.) Jury is still out on whether the change is helping my EDS (Excessive Daytime Sleepiness) problem. The jury is confused in part from the switch from Methylphenidate to Armodafinil as my daytime stimulant (I was on Modafinil before the switch to Methylphenidate)...
Anyways...with the cut of caffeine....it meant no more coffee in the morning (I did get some decaf, but it really is no substitute...and then my coffee maker quit working.... the heating element went, like the previous one.... the old black & decker had lasted forever, but the rubber parts had gotten old and weren't sealing like the used to, and the mineral buildup was getting to a problem.... coffee cleaner helped, but with the bad seals it wasn't a pleasant operation, especially making sure I won't have to taste the cleaner afterwards... I got a new Black & Decker coffee maker, but haven't gotten around to putting it into service yet.) So, I switched to drinking tea....I do have real teas...but had learned from watching Dr. Teas a few years back...that you want to rinse tea leaves and discard as part of getting the tea leaves ready to make tea. And, the rinse benefit is it cuts the caffeine...and of course, the subsequent cups won't have the caffeine.
I hope Boca Java gets back to selling tea....though I should get the coffee maker set up again, before my next membership selection arrives with more decaf (getting some of the seasonal flavored ones later this month). I especially hope they bring back Green Tea Passion back before I run out.
So, not only was I use my thermo pot most every morning to make tea instead of coffee....I found that I was now using it in the evening to make a second, third, fourth cup from the old tea....though more recently I've started experimenting with herbal teas, and sometimes a different one in late evening than earlier in the day. And, the old thermo pot was starting to make its angry noise more and more often.
So, only about a week into my experiment, I pulled the trigger and bought an new one.
My old Panasonic Electro Thermo Pot was an NC-EM22P (2.2 Quart) purchased on November 18th, 2006 from NewEgg.com...don't recall how I thought to get it from there, but I strong suspect iGive was the motivating factor...at various times it offers some kind of ability to search the iGive stores for products...and that was probably a time where it worked. These days searching has become worse....they are all into the fuzzy, and no longer into the exact. And, adding more and more keywords doesn't refine searches.... it just makes it more annoying, because it doesn't seem to care after a point. Could be the downfall for Amazon at some point. IE: if I'm searching for 2TB drives, I don't want 1000 hits where most of the results are for drives smaller than 2TB....and if I really want to see what all 2TB drives there are...I have to go through all the hits...etc.
But, I didn't have this problem with finding what new Panasonic Electro Thermo Pot to get, because I had already found the ones I would likely get and put it in my wishlist. I did a quick search in case a new model had come along, but wading through the rice cookers, breadmakers, slow cookers, coffee makers, etc. that polluted the result set I didn't see anything newer...available with Amazon Prime. So, I ordered the Panasonic NC-EH30PC Electro Thermo Pot on August 28, 2011.
This new one is a 3 quart. Not sure it was the thing I should've gotten...with the increased tea drinking, I was running out of water in the 2.2 quart one faster as well. Though refilling it from my Pur water pitcher was easier....one pitcher would get it back to the max line or close to it. Takes a bit more to get the 3 quart topped back up. There's a 4.1 quart model, which I had also considered. Though it was probably good that I just went with the 3 quart one. More capacity means its bigger...namely taller. The lid opening on the 3 quart barely clears the underside of my kitchen cabinet.
This new Electro Thermo Pot also has some changes from the previous model....it has an extra temperature setting. The old one did
210208, 185 and 140....wait why do I keep saying 210 instead of 208....probably because my very first hot water pot did 210....think that was a Tiger, was a gift I got when moving out of my parents for the second time (and to the US)...spring 1998. Pretty sure the Zojirushi I got to replace it did 208 as well. (according to Quicken, I got the Zojirushi in June of 2002)....the Tiger wasn't a lined, and finally got replaced then it had rusted through....the rust didn't stop me from using it before that point...
Anyways...the new Electro Thermo Pot does 208, 190, 180, 140....and defaults to 190 on power as well as after 6 hours (don't use the 6 hours much, since I still use the timer). The other new thing that threw for at first, was that the temperature setting light flashes if the water in the pot is hotter than that set point, which will be the case after (re)boil.
I had a vague recollection on the different temperatures as being relevant to what kind of tea...but on the previous model, I had found it was mainly 185 that I want for tea than 208. Though with 190 vs 180 now...its not so clear...except that the manual mentions green tea with the 180 setting.
Quick internet search.... suggested is near boiling is for black tea/rooibos, 190 for oolong, 180 for white tea, 160 for green tea, but no recommendation for herbal teas...and to just experiment, but most work in near boiling.... I try to not be so obsessive now...so 190 is probably where it'll stay all the time....and I do have at least one kind of each tea near by. Most from Boca Java....but starting to get other teas now....
So, on June 26th, I had blogged about my new Lasko 52" Oscillating Pedestal Fan and touched on how I was thinking of getting a few more Air Purifiers.
And, what happens? The next day, Woot has Air Purifiers on sale. And, its going for a pretty good price, about half for Amazon Prime. And, it would come by FedEx ground which is a plus....
So, I went ahead and bought a couple of them. Even though it wasn't really in the budget just right now. But, the one I was looking to get would've been much more than what I spent on two of these. And, that one is still on the list.
I put these two Air Purifiers into the low priority areas. One went into my bedroom, and the other in my computer room.
So far nothing much to report about these...though not sure about the electrolyzed water feature or gimmick? Guess we'll see how the odor feature works, which is kind of the main point...
One quirk so far, it offers a button to change the lights (bright, dark, off)....but it only affects the front lights...doesn't do anything for the top ones, guess we'll see how it works in the bedroom.... I went for off. Guess it saves on a post-it.
Like I had said, this is the time to start replacing filters. Though I didn't necessarily mean they would happen this (long) weekend...though it was part of the plan (this year).
This morning, I slept in....it was after 10 sometime. I noticed lights flashing, Orac seemed to have died overnight. It does get warm before it cools off, after bedtime....and its the first Sunday of the month, so it was running checkarrays. Guess that was too much for it. Booted it back up, poked some logs and then looked at smartctl a bit....fired off some short selftests, and restarted checkarrays and back to my morning.
Maybe I should try to hit the tower fan to run for a couple of hours when I go to bed....or maybe I could just leave it going all summer....and see if that helps. Or find somewhere other than the lower shelf of my old printer stand to put the disk arrays....
So morning....now after 11am....I start coffee and think I'll have some breakfast sausages (which means the a whole package). Had to have them sometime this weekend, after buying them yesterday. Because the Dillons store changed the display to this awful spring loaded push stuff to the front type system, which probably works fine for things that have thicker packaging... but a foam tray of sausages with thin plastic wrap...not so good. Pretty much impossible to get a package out without the plastic getting ripped. Been this way for months and months...don't know why they haven't figured it out yet. They keep running register receipt surveys...though not sure why now, before it seemed centered around whether they should upgrade/replace my Dillons. They are now working on building the new Dillons. But....
Anyways...that meant I'd have to use the range hood, and replacing the charcoal filter is one of the key filters to replace this weekend. So, I started that process, and ended up doing a wipe down/clean everything, including the inside of the microwave. Now, the inside of my microwave does reflect that I don't clean it that often...but it wasn't disgusting or anything. And, the end result isn't spotless...but at least it isn't greasy and it is cleaner. But the grill in front of the filter only gets attention when I'm replacing the filter. Oh, just realized I forgot the grease filters on the bottom. I should do those later. Wonder if I can toss those in the dishwasher?? They're supposed to be....but I suppose if I had too, I could probably track down replacements on line, eh? Evidently as P/N 4358853. Wonder when the bulbs are going to need replacing....should be a standard 40W appliance bulb in the microwave, P/N Y0053437, though its a different 25W bulb on the underside? P/N A3073101. Hmmm, wonder if they make LED replacements for these. Perhaps I'll look at replacing sooner than later....
Now while cooking my sausages....I thought I of one other thing that is on my list to replace. And, that is the UV-C bulb in my Germ Guardian 1000 in the bathroom. Yes, its more than just a night light in there.... Supposed to replace the bulb like every 6 months. Though its been 9 months since I got it. I did get a couple of spare bulbs a while back, but I first had to find them...turned out they were in the first place I looked...only I wasn't looking there for them (moved something more recently added to my cabinet to another 'better' spot....yeah, I also did some light rearranging as I was looking for them. Like I bought a new thing of toothpaste, only to find today that I already had two ... neither in the expected location....) At least I avoided another new nose hair trimmer...when I was entering the transaction in Quicken, it pre-populated using the information of my last drugstore.com transaction. Which showed that I had already bought the item last time, at a lower price than this time (this time's had a mail-in rebate...) Was able to cancel and replace the order. Though it probably means that the charge won't hit my Discover card until after June 30th (so no 5% cashback bonus for the drugstore.com purchase...).
Though I probably won't get around to it until Sunday or Monday of the long weekend.
Plus I need to buy some of the filters, and they won't come until later this month....
But, one of the filters up for definite replacement (other than the furnace one) is the charcoal filter in my microwave/range hood unit. It has a listed part number of R0131463, and I was able to procure some online....I got 3 at the time. (seemed a reasonable number to start with, since i felt I was taking a risk ordering online and keep the total order under $50...plus I didn't know if it would be easy or hard to do....) I wasn't sure I really needed to replace these annually like it suggested. And, I didn't replace for the first time until about 24 months. But, I figured that I should shoot for 18 months. Though my stove usage has been increasing, and will probably take off if I ever get around to replacing it (its the only remaining kitchen appliance that was old when started the lease to buy process.)
So, moved in Summer 2006, replaced first time Summer 2008 (~24), then Jan 2010 (~18), so now Jul 2011 (~18)....
I didn't really pay attention to whether I would still be able to find the part in the future, until recently...as I draw up on the last one.
But, new search wasn't going well....part kept coming up discontinued....well, the date stamp on the Microwave is September 2005. I guess they think its time I bought a new one Though I did come across a few places that said to try W10190762A instead. So, I got to take a change again? It is my intent to buy a few more than last time....though not sure if few more is like to get 5 or 10. If I was more sure, I'd probably have done 10.
Anyways...I searched and searched...to find somewhere online that had a reasonable price and offered useful shipping (ie: not UPS). Wasn't the cheapest, but less than the more expensive sites (though some did offer free shipping, and at the quantity I desired, I could probably qualify either with 10 or a bit more than 10). Though flat rate FedEx ground is good/better. Another did offer USPS as a cheaper way than their normal FedEx options.
Just before I hit the order button though, I wanted a bit more reassurance that I was getting the right item....so I looked at pictures to guess what its size was (most sites either had nothing, and some did offer a picture of filter on a grid. Google eventually turned up measurements. I then measured the one remaining unused filter and it seemed to match. More importantly, the package had W10190762 printed on it (no mention of the R0131463 p/n)....maybe if I had looked at it sooner, it wouldn't have taken this long to search for more filters
So I ordered 5. As I was entering the transaction into Quicken....it completed the payee information on me. Heh, I'm ordering these 5 new filters from the same place that I previously ordered the 3.
Oh well....time I got ready for work....maybe I should've taken today off as my floating holiday.... Also wish I had made more definite plans to travel this long weekend....such as attend Convergence or some other convention this long weekend.
I bought the first one of these almost 2 years ago....I probably should've bought it in the first place.
A few weeks ago, there was an overnight thunderstorm and powerblip. Later I noticed my Oreck XL Air Purifier was angry, it gets that way now and then after a nasty blip...but looks like this was the last time it would take one. I had been thinking of getting some new air purifiers anyways, guess it is time. Though I wasn't really ready to get one for this location (Computer Room). Of higher consideration was one for bedroom, TARDIS corner or Kitchen Hallway (thinking something wall mount in the vicinity over where my trash can is...)....TARDIS corner was the one that needed something more, because there wasn't anything there at the moment. At least I have the old Surround Air in the kitchen or an undersized Kenmore by the bedroom.
A few days later, I discovered the tower fan in the 'Computer Room' had stopped working. Well, it was a cheap one that I had picked up from Wal-Mart when I had first moved here...almost 5 years ago. I don't think the blip got it, more like the plastic gearing in it has worn out.
I thought maybe I could knock two off with one, and get a tower air cleaner to replace both....so what I got via Amazon Prime was the Bionaire BAP1525RCW-U PERMAtech Tower Air Purifier with Remote Control. Probably an okay air purifier, though inconsistent with what I've been getting lately...and it is rather noisy and doesn't move much air around...so, I'm still going to want a fan.
I did consider moving it to TARDIS corner, but there was another problem with this Tower Air Purifier....it was shorter than my old tower fan so even if it could delivery the air volume to be a fan, it didn't have the height. OTOH, it was taller than I had room for in TARDIS corner....
Shortly after this, I received an email from RichardSolo.com....their Electrostatic Air Purifier was on sale for $99 'til about Father's Day. I had looked at getting one of these at one time years ago, but that need went away and I forgot all about it. But, it seems to work well tucked into TARDIS corner....so guess I got that 'priority' taken care of. Only just put it into service today, so haven't had time to experience much else with it. Though I'm thinking I'd like to get a second one....to replace the Brookstone ESP Air Purifier that I use at work...which had become intermittent in operation some time ago. The Brookstone ESP Air Purifier was like $99 when I got it....so that would seem right. Perhaps it'll be on sale again at a later date.
...though I don't know why, but hope that I'm not in the 11.5%
This all started when I had a January 13, 2011 appointment following my PSG/MSLT of December 2&3, 2010. The finding of the MSLT was 'normal', and there was no room for discussion or questions on it with my sleep doctor. But, while I was waiting on the MSLT results, I got a letter dated December 14, 2010 from Stanford saying had the DQB1*0602 subtype.
After the appointment, I was to get a referral to somewhere like Stanford and maybe I should see a Neurologist because maybe I'm actually have seizures and not EDS + sleep attacks. When I asked what 'somewhere like Stanford' might be, the doc said Stanford is the only place he knows so that's where. So, why did he say 'somewhere like Stanford' if he doesn't know any such place.
But, the whole Stanford thing seemed to stall after I was told that I needed to call my insurance and tell them if it would be covered...and not just let me tell them there that it would be covered. Somehow leaving and then saying that I had called my insurance was better than just saying it? Anyways, I called, and found out that it would they would be covered as an in-network provider (so even better than I had thought).... But, when I called back, the doc said that he had been thinking and probably wouldn't do the referral now.
The following week, I got a call from his office saying they had called the number of Stanford...and it was not in service, and wanted me to find out the correct number. I provided them with the number that was on their website, the URL being part of the letter that they had gotten the number they had called from. Though later it occurred to me, that Monday, January 17th was President's Day. Which was a University holiday for me, and likely was a University holiday for Stanford....and I found out that it was, and they were closed that day.
And, then I heard nothing..... I contacted Stanford a few times after this, and they average about 3 calls from medical professional each day but they don't recall having gotten any phone call from mime.
After a couple months, I decided to take it upon myself to do the second thing....and found a nearby neurologist that I wanted to see. I had first appointment with him, on March 28, 2011, during which he said he wanted to see the MSLT data for himself since it looked borderline and I finally got something for my RLS and he wanted to run a bunch of other tests, such as MRI and then he would see me in about a month and after he get's back from vacation.
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