Monday- tuna melt
Tuesday- chicken and dumplings
Wednesday- taco bake
Thursday- chicken taquitos
Friday- grilled cheese and soup
Saturday- pork chops, stuffing, veggies
Sunday- BBQ chicken nachos
Winter is in full swing in the STL area. Per usual, our winter precipitation is lacking and the temperatures are comparable to a roller coaster. I used to be a fan of cold weather, but I'm finding myself more content with the 32-80 degree range. Anything below freezing is for the birds.
This is our second winter in our new home, and it's a fairly energy efficient house which surprising for its age and lack of updates. Still, utility costs are on the rise (I'm looking at you Ameren with your 10.1% increase), and I'm looking for any way I can to save a buck. I've done a bit of research, and want to share the information I've dug up.
*These are all simple ideas you can do ASAP and will not cost you a dime. I'll do another post with options that may cost a bit, but will save you in the long run.
-- Use those ceiling fans. According to the Department of Energy, turning on a ceiling fan, set to spin clockwise, for just one hour will help disburse the heat in a room. Here's a cute little diagram I found demonstrating the air flow from a fan.
--If you have a fireplace you are not using, close the damper. Heat rises and if the damper is open, it's basically a nice little hole in your roof that allows heat and dollars to fly right out.
--Unused rooms. If you have any rooms that are rarely used, shut the vents and close the doors. This allows for more air to be pushed to other rooms more efficiently.
--Unblock any vents. Vents can be mistakenly covered up with toys, rugs or towels. Removing them helps circulate the air more efficiently.
--Use your curtains. If you have south-facing windows, open the curtains up during the day to let the sun do some natural heating of its own. Close the curtains at nighttime prevent the heat from escaping.
--Turn down your thermostat. Turning your thermostat down one degree can potentially save you 3% a year. Just one tiny degree! When you aren't home, turn it down ten degrees. No sense in wasting that money on ghosts or dust bunnies.
From IMDB: As the result of a childhood wish, John Bennett's teddy bear, Ted, came to life and has been by John's side ever since - a friendship that's tested when Lori, John's girlfriend of four years, wants more from their relationship.
I'm quite the Mark Wahlberg fan, but when I saw the previews for Ted, I knew this wasn't my cup of tea. I felt it was going to be along the lines of The Hangover, which I despised. I rented the movie because Mr. 'man Clan wanted to see it. I'm secretly hoping I can con him into watching The Hobbit with me. This will be my bargaining chip.
This will be a short review. We didn't even finish the movie. There were some fun one liners, but for the most part, the film was extremely boring. It didn't hold our interest. The premise alone was ridiculous, but I was willing to try it out any way. Mark Wahlberg, WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?!?!
My biggest concern? Everyone loved this movie. Since the hubs and I did not, does this make us old??
Grade: F, two thumbs down. I want my 45 minutes and $1.45 back.