Physical Comforts

I’m grateful to be in the cool office today. I put in my air conditioning unit yesterday, and anticipated an hour wait to cool down my apartment. It was 95 degrees outside at 6:30 p.m., so I estimated that it was about 110 degrees in my uninsulated, attic room.

Last year the air conditioner I bought, carefully chosen to accommodate the square foot area of my room and the fact I’m on the third floor, worked fairly well, but after waiting 2 hours, I gave up on it and opened the windows. To cool off, I washed my hair, which usually takes 3-4 hours to dry, but despite the humid air it only took about 1/2 hour.

I turned my computer on and after an hour it started to hum loudly, which always happens when it gets over 95 degrees in my room. If the heat continues, I will have to give in and put a second air conditioner in my room. Well, at least I have the consolation that in the winter, my room is always nice and warm.

Thankfully, it’s not too COLD in the office either, and my office-mate likes the temperature on the warm side too. This is one of the few jobs I’ve had where I am usually physically comfortable, because of our consideration for each other (there’s not too much fighting over the thermostat), and DDA’s concern for our well being.

In the winter, we can use personal heaters in case it gets very cold. I have an articulating chair to keep my back from straining, and a wacom tablet that prevents tendonitis. Thankfully, there are no glaring fluorescent lights overhead that reflect on my screen.

Perhaps today’s designs will be in cool, fruit colors. The website that I’m designing today will be an interface for several medical videos. It has to have blues and oranges, to coordinate with other literature. What good therapy for my eyes!