Today’s Important Question:

How would you spend $9.07 at the iTunes store? I’ve gotten a few music suggestions from various people recently but I love options. Suggestions welcome.

Thanks Mom and Dad, the iTunes card was well spent (almost). A Kohls card (also a birthday gift from the parent creatures) was also well spent this morning- plus a little extra. I justify that extra because I never clothes shop until I absolutely have to. Turns out I did pretty well. I came home with 2 short things (length between capris and shorts), some tops, a pair of sandals, the most comfortable bra ever made (I need to invest in more) and a necklace- all of which were on sale. The best part? I can wear it all to work and still dress it down with jeans when I get home.

I reverted back to a standard Blogger template because I was sick of my winter one. It will be June in less than two hours. I did try finding other templates but wasn’t happy. I even created one at PyscHo, which is an amazing tool but it doesn’t support the newer version of Blogger- and I’m now dependent on my nifty features. ARGH! Um, and I see that the site, at time of posting is currently down. Umm… I didn’t mean it. Come back…

Some day I will not be lazy. Some day I will write my own layout. Some day, not today.

Listening: “The Lamb and the Dragon” from Broken Bride by Ludo

Treading Water

Last night found me balanced on the bathtub ledge trying to determine whether or not we have a water-saving shower head installed. Since moving in, I’ve assumed that these water-saving devices were installed. Why wouldn’t a property manger want to save hundreds, perhaps thousands of dollars per year? But I shouldn’t assume that is the case. Examination of the shower head didn’t tell me much. In the course of doing some online investigating, I found some good info regarding resource usage, including these two nifty calculators:

  • Compute your water and energy usage and calculate potential money and natural resources savings.
  • Personal Emissions Calculator lets you calculate how much CO2 your household produces per year, the associated cost, and estimates the amount of money you can save by making changes in your purchases and habits.

I’m going to get to the bottom of the shower head thing. In the meantime, I want to become more aware of the length of my showers. I am notorious for long, hot showers; I use it as my de-stress time. However, there are plenty of other ways to relax that don’t require wasting gallons of water (and energy to heat the water). So, I’ve resolved to take shorter showers. I did a little baseline study this morning.

The shower ran for 6.5 minutes. According to the calculator above, an ordinary shower head puts out 5 gallons per minute (water-saving shower heads put out about 3 gallons per minute). Using what is probably a regular shower head, I put approximately 32.5 gallons of water down the drain today. I’m going to work on getting my time in the shower down to five minutes (I don’t shave with the water running, apparently I just take forever to wash my hair). A five minute shower with a shiny new efficient shower head will cut my water consumption in half. Wow.