Saturday we went in for Flu Shots. I don't really understand why they are such a "thing." An adult flu shot is easy, but getting one for a kid seems to be quite an issue. For pediatric flu shots you have to go to your doctor - at least, that is my experience in Washington. I use a pretty major chain of clinics, so it is usually not an issue, but this year they seemed to be having a problem getting in vaccine. Every time I called, they didn't have any. Of course in this modern age of computers they don't take my name and number or email address to let me know when it comes in. I just have to keep calling back, press one for this, two for this, etc. Great. Eventually they got in the vaccine. Now, how long does it take to get a shot? About two minutes? Well, I had to book our appointment out 2 weeks. The appointed day arrived and we went in for shots. We arrived early as they always request. We waited in the waiting room because they were running behind as they always do. When it was our turn the nurse took us back, looked at the chart, and said "I think that we are out of pediatric shots." Uhhhh, come again? I explained that she must be mistaken because I made an appointment 2 weeks before after calling for 2 months, and then drove down to the clinic so they must still have some, right? The nurse said that she really didn't think so, but she would check. She called down the hall that she found one more, thus avoiding an awkward incident involving the SWAT team because I've barricaded myself in the office until they locate a vaccine.
For Christmas my wife gave me a Netatmo weather station because I am a home weather station nerd. The Netatmo is very cool, but it has an unexpected feature: it measures indoor Carbon Dioxide (CO2) levels. As soon as I set it up, the Netatmo began to alert that our indoor CO2 was at an unsafe level. The notes said that outdoor CO2 is usually around 400 ppm, and numbers above 1500 ppm could be unhealthy. On that first day, my house was at around 1300 ppm. Prior to that, I never gave indoor CO2 levels a thought. I began to do some research and discovered high levels of CO2 can cause symptoms such as fatigue, headache, breathing difficulties, strained eyes and itchy skin. My family does have all of these issues, especially on the weekends when we are home all day, but I never connected that to indoor air quality. Previously, I installed a Nest thermostat . The Nest is very smart and saves energy by learning your habits and programming itself. Unfortunately, it is so efficient, that t