Thursday, February 19, 2009

The best thing I've bought this year!

So, it hasn't been that long into 2009 yet, but I have been so cold in our house since we got these wood floors. We should've gone for the radiant heat, but the sales person said we didn't need it since it never gets cold in So Cal... yeah, right!

We used our heaters a lot in December and ended up with a huge electric bill. So we started using them a whole lot less, basically not at all.

So I started shopping for an electric blanket/throw. I wanted one that was soft, not stiff, had a decent length cord, and would keep me warm, of course... and had good reviews. Seemed like the place I usually buy all of my stuff from, Amazon, was out of stock on most of their electric blankets... I guess other people have been buying them up too. The decent priced ones that got good reviews were all out of stock and everything else was starting to get more expensive.

I looked around a little more and found a throw on JC Penney's website and went ahead and ordered it. It came faster than it would've taken for Amazon to even ship out the one I wanted from them. I ended up getting something similar to this. Same brand, but mine doesn't have 10 heat settings, it only has six.

I'm loving it so far. Keeps me nice and warm and uses a lot less electricity than our heaters. Next time, I'll probably go with something a little bit bigger, but this does the job. I hope it lasts for a while.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Are all cockatiels like this?

We've been cockatiel sitting for someone while their house pretty much gets rebuilt (busted pipes flooded their whole house). So, we've had the cockatiel since around October.

She's so odd. At first, we thought that her eating every time she saw us was just eating because she was stressed out about being in a new place. Turns out that's not really the case. When we moved her into the garage while our floors downstairs were being worked on, it seemed like she barely ate much at all!

She only eats when there are people around. Seems pretty weird to me. And, man, is she a real attention seeker. All kinds of loud shrieking sounds if you just leave her sight for a few seconds. I really think she's just one really spoiled bird.

Another weird thing is that she likes sitting on people's shoulders, but when you open up her cage and stick your arm in for her to climb on, she seems so freaked out about going out. Once she's out she's fine.

Such a weird bird. Anybody else have cockatiels like this??