i spent some more time trying to solve the pilot light problem. after some online research, i went to microcenter to buy a can of compressed air. while i was there, i also tried to find the two printer candidates i've been thinking about buying (epson stylus photo r200 and the canon i455 desktop photo printer), but they carried neither model. i paid for my merchandise then rode back home. down in the basement, i was blasting the furnace's pilot light area with shots of cold, hoping to clean out any debris. i lit the pilot and cranked the heat back on and off a few times, and everything seemed to be working well, so i figured i might've fixed the problem.
off to staples in fresh pond to see if they carried the printers i wanted. they had a few boxes of epson r200 ($100). i went to my parents' cafe to borrow the car, and my father ended up coming with me to pick up the printer. returning to the cafe, i rode the motorcycle back home, and my mother came over for dinner, bringing with her the printer. first thing i did when i got home was to test the heat, and i was disappointed to see that it wouldn't start when i turned on the thermostat, which meant the pilot light was out again. this leaves me no choice but to call nstar tomorrow morning to get somebody to take a look at it.
for dinner we had rice noodles. afterwards, i set up the printer and test printed a 4x6" photo, which came out good enough that i couldn't tell it was a digital print.
after my mother left, i called renata, who called me earlier to thank me for some hair care advice (in my spare time i'm an aspiring hairdresser). last night, after she was complaining about her hair, i told renata she should try some infusium 23, since i've heard good things about it (although i've never tried it myself). well, i didn't think she would follow up on my advice, but she did, and went out and got some, and now she's a new convert. i fell asleep on the couch during the late evening news. i didn't wake up until almost 4am, where i crawled to my bedroom, but not before brushing my teeth first (proper dental hygiene, always important!). for some reason i couldn't fall back asleep, and even woke up to do some reading, hoping to put myself back in a slumbering mode. finally after an hour later i got sleepy again and went to bed.