I’m in charge of the warm.

When my husband and I first started living together we had some growing pains like every couple. We had a problem that seemed small, but if it wasn’t fixed I feared it would doom us.

I really like to be warm, and he didn’t mind so much being cold. I minded very much being cold.

Very Much.

I have no idea why someone who hates the cold so much was born in Boston. Why that same person stayed here after being raised in this arctic tundra. And why after traveling the world following the sun that same person decided to settle here. It’s COLD from October until April. Ok that might be an exaggeration. It’s not like that every year, but that’s how it felt this year anyway.

I digress. For the first year of our marriage there were lots of discussions about the temperature – the thermostat wars. In order to keep the peace we solved this problem simply.

I don’t mind too terribly being hot but despise being cold. He can’t sleep AT ALL when it’s hot and doesn’t mind being cold. So I proposed that he be in charge of the cooling and I would be in charge of the heating. No questions asked. No passive aggressive “isn’t it too hot/cold in here” business. Nope. In the winter I’m in charge of the thermostat and in the summer it’s all his. I’m in charge of a lot of things in my house. The kids, the food, the cleaning. You know, everything. And also, I’m in charge of the warm :-)

These days it’s even easier because this little brilliant piece of engineering, the Nest, has gotten to know us so well that sometimes we don’t even need to touch it for days! It knows when we’re away. We can control it from our phones. Awesome. Our 130 year old house has no idea what hit it.


Nest Thermostat


Now if I could only get him to be in charge of his dirty socks, that, would be great. Maybe there’s an app for that. A girl can dream.

How do you keep from having the thermostat wars?



I’ve joined NaBloPoMo this month. NaBloPoMo is a daily blogging exercise centered around a theme. For August 2013, it’s HOT. The daily writing prompts can be found here.
How do you like to warm up when you’re cold?

Also that’s an Amazon affiliate link up there :-)


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  1. If you bought the Nest in the last 60 days there is a $100 rebate from National Grid (if they are your electric company… http://www.downloads.nest.com/rebates/national_grid.pdf

  2. Happy to see you’re back to it. Looking forward to reading all about your “hot” month. :)

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