Oct. 28th, 2012


So, most folks might know I live in Ithaca, New York. And it looks like we're getting a visitor named Sandy in a day or two.

The good news: I'm 3-4 hours drive from the coast. Thus, the hurricane has to travel overland to get to me, weakening as it goes (hopefully). I also live several hundred feet above (and a few miles away from) the lake. There are no streams near me, and I suspect the worst flooding will be turning the grass near me into a swamp.

Also, as an apartment owner, it's someone else's jobs to worry about the gutters and the Dumpsters and stuff like that.

The bad news: Well, you heard the news about how Sandy + cold front = OMG perfect storm. Also, Sandy's route inland and north is supposed to go maybe 20 miles west of my town. We're supposed to get tropical storm force winds, at least in gusts and we're under a wind warning (and a flood warning) Monday and Tuesday. Winds mean downed trees which probably means power loss.

So, I picked up bottled water*, flashlights and batteries, charged my cell phone and made sure my laptop was home and not at my office. Also, I have sandwich fixings and such. If the winds look bad when I get up, I'll work from home. And if I lose power, well... there's always writing I can do on the laptop. (Work is probably not an option, as I need to talk to the computers at Cornell.)

Despite all I have to do ($%&*(@&$ job applications + paper writing), I almost wish I could take two days off to sip hot chocolate (if we don't lose power), watch the storm and read novels. I suppose that's a normal thing.

* Only one gallon, and it's technically distilled water, but it was the last thing the store had unless I wanted to carry a dozen individual bottles home. It's safe to drink, even if it's not intended as a beverage choice.

Jan. 28th, 2010

Ithaca Winters

My heat went out sometime last evening -- nights are fine, since I have plenty of blankets (and a cat), but being awake (and out of my nice, warm, bed) was not fun. Thankfully, someone was already down to fix the heat when I left for work, and the problem should be clearing up by the time I get home. I also know this is what motivates me to get into work early -- having a <60°F apartment*.

Granted, I then wasted an hour hanging out with the other grad students and drinking tea, but I was doing so in my office.

I also can't find my hat, and the only one I could find was the Firefly Hat I crocheted a while back. Which was designed to be a silly hat for those of you who didn't see the episode it appeared in -- basically the show's amoral tough-guy gets a brightly-colored pom-pom-topped stocking cap (with earflaps) from his mother, and puts it on, without remarking on it besides that it's a 'cunning hat', while the rest of the cast present tries not to laugh. ("A man walks down the street in that hat, people know he's not afraid of anything.")

Mine is terribly warm -- I made it out of wool -- but it's a bit silly. Also, without realizing it, I put on the thigh-length brown cardigan my sister bought me for Christmas, so I also have a brown coat. (I'm mixing characters here.)

* The interior thermometer caps out at 60°F. Probably because that means you're either turning the heat on, or you have the AC on too much.

Dec. 24th, 2009

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from Nebraska

I'm sitting here in the dining room (well, dining area of the living room). It's snowing hard and the wind is blowing. My sister and brother-in-law are supposed to drive down from Omaha after he gets out of work and stay overnight at his family's place. Mom is trying to convince Jenn to stay home, but Matt is determined to come. Considering what it looks like out of my window, I think anyone who can avoid going outside is crazy.

It's a bit sad, since it's the first Christmas we might not have Jenn around. Even when she was in the college band, the team never got into bowl games that required her to leave -- sometimes she had to leave at noon on Christmas Day, but she was still there to open gifts in the morning.

Ironic, considering one reason I am running around like an idiot this holidays -- a triangle trip from Ithaca to Lincoln to Orlando and back (well, to Syracuse) -- is because I wanted to see everyone this time.

Also noticing my connections. The friends of mine from high school who don't do things like Facebook or LJ are people I have to re-connect with every time I come back. Everyone else I tend to keep up with, but I still like to see them again.

Apr. 22nd, 2009

I find it worrying how much my self-esteem depends on how my work is going. I'm making steady progress right now, and my mood is great. I was running my head against a brick wall last weekend and I couldn't sleep because of it.

Other things I find disturbing is how cold it is, and that my heat has apparently been turned off for the summer. No wonder I can't get out of bed -- it's effing cold.
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Jan. 17th, 2009

New Years Resolutions: Two Weeks In

Still cold. Except today I have to do grocery shopping.

Long bit about New Years Resolutions )

Dec. 12th, 2008


Success in work is hoping that today isn't a snow day, so you can go into work.

Though some of Larry Niven's stepping discs would be nice right now -- I want to go into work, but I sure as heck don't want to go outside.
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