I think I've told you all that I am very much a morning person; most days I am up no later than 5:00 a.m. In the summer I will get up even earlier. I like mornings because it's quiet and I can drink my coffee and read my e-mail without a thousand interruptions.
So I get up, come downstairs, let Lila out and put some food in her bowl on the porch while Rusty heads for his pouf in the living room (sometimes he eats a bit of food in the morning, too, but usually not). I make my coffee, and by the time I am done, so is Lila. She comes in and goes for her pouf and I wander in to my office where I sit down at my computer.
I check my e-mail, answer any pressing questions, and make a few notes. Then I look at Ravelry and Facebook. Sometimes this is a speedy process, and sometimes it's not. When I am done with the social media, I pull up Google Reader and see what RSS feeds have been updated. The husband, who is a Libertarian, reads LewRockwell.com every day. I find a lot of the articles there to be pretty thought-provoking (even if I don't agree with them), so I've begun reading it, too (and I agree with a lot more than I thought I would). From LewRockwell.com I get led down some really strange rabbit trails. Today, for example, I started with this:
which looked to have some good information. Our home is pretty tight, but we can always use suggestions.
Of course, I was tickled when I got to this part:
Excellent advice, especially considering we keep our house at 63 degrees and I would really prefer that it felt more like 67 degrees! Naturally, I had to click on the "putting on a sweater" link, and I was led to this:
A Man's Guide to Sweaters. It's fascinating. Go there and read it yourself. Besides the sweater style advice, there are lots of wonderful pictures from old Sirdar pattern books, including one of a man in a sweater and a kilt. The husband likes sweaters, but I highly doubt I could ever get him into a kilt.
I should note that the Art of Manliness website has some very interesting posts and is well worth reading. If only more men would practice the art of manliness, the world would be a better place.
On another, completely unrelated note: We received our annual letter from Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Montana yesterday. This letter comes once a year to announce the rate hike in the health insurance premiums for our family. Because the husband and I have been self-employed most of our married lives, we've always paid for our own health insurance. The premium hike from 2009 to 2010 was $50 a month—not great, but I found a way to fit it into the family budget, and this year we paid a little over $700 a month to insure the four of us.
The premium hike from 2010 to 2011 is—get this—an astounding $185 a month. We will now be paying over $900 a month to insure the four of us. That's only a few dollars less than our mortgage payment. Believe me, with the current state of our personal economy, that increase will be a little harder to absorb. And that's for a policy with a $5000 deductible on each of us which pays for neither vision nor dental. And before anyone leaps in and tells me that the Republicans will save us all from the Democrats who forced the health care bill through Congress, I think that EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM (except for perhaps Ron Paul) needs to be fired and sent home. The Republicans are no more sainted than the Democrats. The husband has a great idea. He thinks that anyone who wants to "serve" in Congress or any other public office needs to plan to live in dormitories and pay all their own expenses (including their own health care premiums). And then we'll get people who will be there for the right reasons and who will do things for the right reasons.
Now you know why I read LewRockwell.com every morning.