I love where we live. We live on our own, in an affordable place, that’s small (less cleaning) but not cramped (except the dang kitchen). It’s a great suburb and close to almost anything you could want.
But one shortcoming has become clear this summer: lack of ventilation.
At our last house, our bedroom had three sets of windows. In our studio/1-bed, our main room/bedroom has a large sliding door with no window opening. There is a tiny window at the far end of the kitchen with glass slats, and another smallish window in the bathroom at the far end, so they’re both basically useless for cooling the bedroom. I don’t like the idea of leaving our sliding door – FRONT door, basically – open at night, even if we shut our gate.
With temperatures soaring, we’re forced to rely on a fan. And even our little fan is costly to run.
Also, lately I almost wish we had the space to accommodate couch surfers. Two houses ago, we had two or three Americans stay with us, and it was pretty good fun. But right now, we don’t even have a couch, let alone a guest room.
Am I missing a really obvious way to cool us down at night? And do you play host enough to warrant having a guest bedroom?
The single best post I’ve read in a long time from Make Under Your Life – Don’t turn your wants into have-tos.
On one of the newest additions to my Reader, Eat Move Write tackles a thorny reader question: reaching out to overweight siblings.
Via Conventional Freedom, why lifestyle design is a pyramid scheme.
I LOVE these film roll wedding invitations, via Geek in Heels.
Distractible Jane blogs about dog breeding and how to choose an animal to adopt.
SassyGirl returns home after four months abroad and realises where her new life lies.
Want to learn a new language? Zen Habits shares the keys to succeeding.
Funny About Money on bag-lady syndrome and why she’s afraid of ending up sleeping under a bridge (she has more logical reasons than mine).
Do the people in your life know what they mean to you? Emily Jane’s post has helped me crystallise at least one goal for the year (hopefully I’ll have a proper post up sometime this month).
Yes and Yes tackles a delicate topic in True Story: I Had an Abortion.
Alisha at Stratejoy shares five ways to give back.
Kyla Roma shares a divine looking recipe for sea salt chocolate chip cookies.
Poor Girl Eats Well has a red quinoa and asparagus salad brewing, which I need to jack up a version of quick smart.
Another veggie meal: Cuban beans and rice from Liberal Simplicity.
I love this. Food confessions from Dinner: A Love Story (notice how many more the male half has??)
Investing Newbie is back! Here she shares some strategies for fellow jobhunters.
Jackie at Money Crush explains how to find your “something” that will make you money.
Debt Ninja weighs up a difficult decision: dream city, or dream job, pay cut, and a city lottery?
What communication skills do you wish you’d known when you were starting out? Amy at Just a Titch needs ideas for a class she’s teaching.
Kommein explains what it’s like returning to an office after working as a freelancer.
I’d never thought about this, but Write Around It All had a great post on what the “free” in freelancing really means.
While I enjoyed my magazine journalism paper, it really wasn’t all that useful in many ways. Dollars and Deadlines is great for the nuts and bolts – here she gives an example of a query letter.
Allison at After Graduation’s take on the old “it’s better to have failed than never to have tried” mantra.
Small Steps for Big Change wonders how she might fill up her summer – there are a LOT of options.
MoneyCrush explains why you should create a bare bones budget even if you don’t use it.
Awesome for the blackhead tip alone. Budgets are Sexy on three health-related frugal hacks.