09:19 – Things are warming up. It was 37.4F (3C) when I took Colin out this morning. The driveway was about 25% covered in ice with standing water on it. Most of that should be gone by tomorrow.
Barbara just left to head down to Winston. She has an eye doctor appointment this morning, lunch with a friend, errands this afternoon, and then she’s spending the night at her sister’s house. Errands again tomorrow morning and then she’ll head back up to Sparta, stopping at Costco on the way out of town. Costco has a $3 off sale on 2-packs of 48-ounce peanut butter, so I added two 2-packs to her list. Twelve pounds of peanut butter to go into LTS food storage. The open jar in the kitchen has a best-by date of May 2015, and neither of us can tell any difference between it and fresh. If we just stuck the four new jars on the shelf and forgot about them, they’d still be perfectly fine for at least another five years, and probably longer.
When I checked the thermometer in the garage this morning, it read 44.3F (7C), so I think we’re past any danger of stuff freezing out there, at least until the next extremely cold spell. It’s still a bit chilly for us to work out there, but we did pick up a small 1,500W (5,100 BTU/hr) radiant space heater that we can use for localized heating if we do want to work out there.
We’ve had a flurry of science kit orders over the last couple of days. With about 33% of the month gone, we’re at about 53% of January 2015 revenue, so we’re likely to be on track or better for the month.
I see that Obama, that asshole, broke down in tears while giving his final speech as president. Only fitting, considering that his actions as president have had most of us Normals in tears for the last eight years. I hope that over the next couple weeks Obama suffers an incredibly painful illness, communicates it to all of his family and staff and the Congress, and that they all die in agony just as Trump is inaugurated. I guess that’s too much to hope for, but hope springs eternal. The only Good progressive is a Dead progressive. Of course, what no one ever admits is that Trump, too, is a progressive.