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Not that anyone cares...

But holy CRAP it's cold in here.  54F according to the thermometer at my desk, and as far as we can tell, the vents are blowing cold air.  Call has gone in to facilities, and they're alerting the HVAC guys for this building (we rent this one.)  Luckily I wore a wool skirt this morning, and because it was chilly on Friday I brought in a wool shawl.

That's doing nothing for my ankles, however.

Must keep moving...

EDIT: The icing on the cake?  We have a fire drill today at 2:30.  We can all go outside to warm up.

I am not going to go use the breast pump until they either get us some heat, or the discomfort becomes unbearable.  I will NOT take them out when it's this bloody cold!

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galingale
Dec. 8th, 2008 01:55 pm (UTC)
If YOU'RE cold, the rest of the department must have already turned into ice cubes. May I suggest a round of hot water bottles for everyone? Fill an empty soda bottle, pop it in the microwave and it makes a GREAT lap warmer. Wears out faster than a cat but hey at least it doesn't shed.

Good luck!
kls_eloise
Dec. 8th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
Exactly. I'm dying, *they're* in hell. It's absolutely awful. I'm wearing the shawl, my hat, and my coat over my legs.

You mean one of those 20 oz bottles from the machine?
galingale
Dec. 9th, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC)
That's the one. Grab a couple of empties, add hot water, and insert into the inside pockets of your coat! Or down your sleeves if you're desperate.
pippagrey
Dec. 8th, 2008 02:16 pm (UTC)
Which reminds me... The back rooms were just distinctly nippy when I got in this morning so I better check and see if my heating units are working. We just replaced the chip board in one of them, after it fried very nicely thank you. (The library stank for hours, even with door open and fans going.)

I remember when I had no heat in the old library area one January. I think I would have been happy if it had been 54. I now know where the blanket warmers on A-4 are.

You might check OSHA regs to see if there is a minimum temp for office workers. I know that I haven't been able to find a maximum.
kls_eloise
Dec. 8th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
There is not - at least not that I have ever been able to find.

It's almost up to 55.
pippagrey
Dec. 8th, 2008 06:13 pm (UTC)
Sounds right. If they don't care that employees are ruining computer keyboards and mice by sweating, why should they worry that we can't type either because our fingers are blue?

From the standard office worker's point of view, OSHA isn't that helpful.

Well, it's supposed to be in the 50s by Wednesday. Of course it's also supposed to not get above freezing on Friday.

And I have rotted out pipes in our heating system, that aren't a problem right now, because it's cold, and it's something to do with a heat pump system. But when it warms up and folks in the building might end up turning on the cooling? Maintenance is amused in the way one is amused at the train wreck one warned folks was going to happen.
merimask
Dec. 8th, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, that totally sucks! & if you are having the same cold weather we had here yestyerday, it must be VERY cold outside. Single digit cold.

Bundle up. A scarf around the neck will do wonders.

I hope everything gets fixed soon!
kls_eloise
Dec. 8th, 2008 08:56 pm (UTC)
That would be the cold front in question. Good day for a fire drill, eh? Had I but known, it would have been a good day to wear trousers instead of a skirt. At least it's a wool skirt.

Now with my luck, they'll overcompensate and it'll be 110 in here tomorrow.
kebbykate
Dec. 8th, 2008 08:37 pm (UTC)
Make yourself a rice warmer! Take uncooked rice, sew into some fabric, nuke for 1-2 min. depending on size, and voila! Portable warmth.

I also rely on wool socks for my frigid little office.

Don't go too long without pumping, or you'll regret it big time!
kls_eloise
Dec. 8th, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC)
I've got one - unfortunately it's at home (and the microwave is in the kitchen, a quarter of a mile down the building.)

"Don't go too long without pumping, or you'll regret it big time!"

Oh, I've already done that a time or three, so I'm very familiar with the fruits of neglect. I believe the phrase last week (when it snuck up on me) as I walked in the door was "I either need the baby or the pump NOW." It felt so warm in here after being outside for the fire drill that I took care of it.
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