Last night, The Husband and I sat together in our respective recliners (don't laugh, well, okay, go right ahead) in our family room with the fireplace going and the white lights on the Christmas tree blinking and twinkling to watch the premiere of The Sing-Off (don't laugh, well, okay, go right ahead) on the DVR.
Which by the way, was really, really good. I highly recommend giving it a chance. Plus there's cutie patootie Nick Lachey hosting. Scott may never confess his undying love for Acapella music, but he sat there and watched it with me. So there's that.
Sometime much later, possibly in the wee hours of the morning, I woke up a few times feeling rather cold, well, at least my nose was, as the rest of me was tucked under a few layers of bedding topped off by a toasty duvet. I worried maybe our pilot light had gone out or our heater was on the fritz, but I did nothing further to investigate because, after all, most of me was warm and cozy.
Once Scott got up this morning he did investigate because he was about to be the one getting ready for work in an icy cold bathroom any moment.
Someone, who shall remain nameless, but she might be the author of this blog, had turned the heater off at some point yesterday. Completely off, OFF.
See, Scott and I have very different internal heaters, typically he runs cold and I run on the warm (HOT) side. I love cooler weather because I actually feel normal for a while. I like for the house to be cool and snuggle up under layers and blankets. Scott is the opposite.
I have been known to be
passive aggressive sneaky with the thermostat, taking it a little too far yesterday when I turned the system OFF and promptly forgot about it.
We were in the mid 30s last night outside and the temperature in the house had gotten down to 60 when Scott checked it.
Then I started thinking about how easy we have it, only needing to push a button and our comfort is soon restored.
Others don't always have that easy solution.
Yesterday we also had unexpected repairs completed on our second car.
We were a little grumbly about it at first, the timing of an expensive bill at Christmas and all, but were thankful to have it done.
I thought about how nice it is to have a second car and how I don't always think about that until we are without one.
I'm so thankful for all of the essentials and comforts that surround me.
But I know I take it all for granted most of the time.
With Christmas fast approaching I'm feeling a strong urge to practice more giving, more service.
Yet I'm not quite sure where to start.
But I'm looking.
Are you watching The Sing-Off too? (C'mon, dorks unite!)
Do you and your spouse agree on the thermostat or do you resort to my sneaky methods too?
How do you balance the buy-buy, want-want with giving and service? I'd really appreciate your ideas and suggestions!