Happily, our wonderful oil company (a smaller, local business we've used forever) will be delivering oil to our house tomorrow. I'm glad it's supposed to be warmer Wednesday, as I have to have the furnace off for delivery -- and for a couple hours after that for the oil to 'settle.' (brr)
We ordered our normal 200 gallons, which came to a total of $552.00 this year. Last year we ordered in November, and the total was $664.00, which comes to a savings of $112.00 (over last year).
Okay, yeah, it's still pretty high, compared to previous years (before 2007). But I still think it's very good news, considering all the dire warnings we'd been hearing about the cost of heating our home this winter...
I actually went for a bike ride this afternoon! That was after the fog finally lifted and the sun came out. It was chilly, but I bundled up in a sweatshirt and leather gloves, so I stayed pretty warm. Somebody remind me in future to do something to keep my knees a bit warmer, though, will you? (smile) I had to take a hot bath this evening to warm them up, they hurt so bad.
It was lovely to be out in the fresh air and sunshine, I must admit. My goal is to ride a little every day, if possible. Rain shouldn't really keep me in, but I'm not planning to be stupid, either. I've already had the flu, so I don't need a prolonged cold or other illness to tell me to be wise. It has been my experience, though, that if I get out and get a little exercise that I tend to be more healthy, rather than less so. Well, we'll see how it goes with this goal! (grin)
On the days when I'm in the festival office, I get a lot of exercise, running up and down the stairs all day long. As I've mentioned before, my cube is downstairs near the back of the office, and the IT Room is upstairs, near the front of the building (in the opposite corner, as well). No matter what, it always seems like I'm up and down and up and down. I can't complain, really, because I think the exercise is good for me!
Marilyn mistressmarilyn and I have decided on our costumes for Halloween, so we'll need to spend this coming weekend pulling them together. They're going to be great fun, I think! (heh) But I'm not giving them away just yet!!!
The festival received an award -- the '2008 Best of Portland Award' -- via email today. Um, RIGHT. It didn't take me long to discover that it was a scam, known as a 'vanity award.' They give you a link to the (yes, very attractive) award -- and how to order it. They also give you a link to a pretty realistic 'Press Release.' The amusing thing? When you google that exact award, you find tons of businesses that have been taken in by it! I couldn't believe how many of the press releases (using this award name) were all over the internet, showing off their 'win.' Hey? Try some other organization, guys. The festival knows what a real win is all about! (And to think you can find out the facts by checking with the Better Business Bureau! How hard is that? People are either lazy, or they just love the idea of winning an award -- any award -- so much, that they don't bother to check...)
On the website side, I need to finish the Court pages I've been working on. And notify Lilia that the SSL Certification for the store website expires on November 3, so she can take care of it. (Not sure why they're coming to me for help, but that's what it's like when you're the webmaster, I guess. You even get questions about the websites connected to the festival that you don't happen to manage... Not that I mind, of course. It's just interesting!)
I did some actual cleaning and organizing in my home office today, aside from the coding (and other website) work I got done. This was actually a productive day, even though I didn't end up going to the office to do the IT-related work I'd planned on.
Sister Sue told me that her friend Patsy got her medical test results, and she doesn't have more cancer, after all! That's great news!!! (She's dealing with a serious family-related issue, but that's a whole different story...)
Sue has a cribbage tournament this weekend, so she'll be gone. And her daughter (my niece) Candy is going to the beach this weekend, I guess.
We got the most recent Indiana Jones movie on DVD yesterday. (Yes, we were fans of this movie -- and have been long-time fans of the entire series, including the TV show.)
I guess that's it for now!