Sunday, January 30, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
But this heavy snow is certainly a workout! I've taken off my hat, gloves and sweatshirt so I'm just snowshoeing along in jeans and a T-shirt, and I'm still dripping with sweat!
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Now this is how I like my snow- in the woods to snowshoe through with Holly!
We're in the other side of Saxon Woods than we usually go because our usual parking area wasn't plowed, so we parked by the pool and are doing the loop there- it's so pretty!
9 hours, 2 passes with the snowblower, 1 to handshovel what the snowblower couldn't get (we've gotta get some of these sidewalks replaced this summer!), and a final pass to lay down a thin layer of icemelter to get what the sun won't hit and stop everything refreezing tonight- and I'm done!
Now to grab my snowshoes and my dog and head for the woods :)
I was right- it's about 15 inches of heavy, sticky snow. The first pass with the snowblower (just the sidewalks, none of the internal pathways or doorways) to get a single width path cut through took nearly 2 3/4 hours.
I'm just having a cup of coffee before I head out to adjust the snowblower blade for the next pass and go around again.
It was an odd storm, Rye schools are closed, as are NYC (which almost never close) but Jackie's school is on a 2 hour delay so she's about to head out.
The only bright spot, I suppose, is that this will be excellent snowshoe snow- if I can get finished in time to head to the woods before dark!
Update- 07:34- Jackie's school just changed to being closed, but they have kids there who stayed the night so they could take an exam this morning, so now Jackie has to try and get hold of someone to find out if she should try and go in.
Further Update- 08:15- Jackie went in to work even though her school was officially closed. They are taking the kids who stayed over to one of the local high schools so they can take the test- she's a good woman!
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
We were forcast "20% chance of snow showers" for this morning- so far we have about 2" on the ground!
And tomorrow and Thursday look lovely- snow, then rain, snow and sleet followed by heavy snow. Are there any churches in Florida looking for a verger?
Monday, January 24, 2011
I Just wanted to relate a slightly surreal car ride I had last night with my son.
Jackie was clearing up after hosting a candle party up in the guild room (think tupperware party but with candles- although I have to say that since electric light was made available to all I don't see the point) when Crispy appeared and informed me that he'd just realised that he had to go to Gamestop (video game store) as today was the last day for him to download a free Pokemon to his Nintendo DS from their instore wifi. We decided to combine this with a lazy dinner of burgers from Wendy's, so Crisp and I got in the car and headed off.
On the way Crispy decided to quiz me on the periodic table of elements- and not just "what's the chemical symbol for sulphur", no- he wanted to know things like: what sulphur is (a nonmetal), where boron resides on the table (in the p-block), and where in the table the transition metals are (the middle). I was able to answer about 75% of his questions correctly, but only because our shower curtain has the periodic table on it (I know- majorly geeky) so I see it every time I take a shower and sit and look at it whenever I go to the bathroom.
But it was certainly interesting being schooled on the periodic table by an 11-year-old on his way to get a free character for his video game!
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
It's gorgeous in the woods today, cold and sunny and awesome, and the random music in my earbuds is rockin', so Holly and I decided to do the full 4+ mile loop.
I'm on my faithful snowshoes and we're keeping up a good pace so she doesn't need her coat even though it's well below freezing- and I'm just in a light fleece sweatshirt and gloves. This winter so far I've had the chance to get so comfortable on my snowshoes that I'm almost as fast over snow with them on as I am on bare ground in hiking boots- but it certainly is a workout :)
Friday, January 21, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
At Crispy's school for the Winter Chorus Concert- which I was quite looking forward to until I realised that they have seating roped off for the 6th graders (who are singing first) so we'll have to stay for the (shiver) handbell choir, and for the 7th and 8th graders to sing what looks in the program like the whole of Guys and Dolls to us- damn!
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
...and the piles of snow in the parking lot keep on growing!
I've been out working on the sidewalks since 7 and have broken the snowblower twice: once I snapped the shear pins on the impeller trying to break through the pile of ice the f***wits who drive the town plows had pushed into the neat cut-outs I had made at the top of Rectory St (thanks guys!!!- sarcasm), in the end I had to get an ice chopper to break my way through; and then I broke the chute control (that lets you direct where it blows the snow) when it jammed and must have pushed it too hard. Luckily I had spare shear pins so I was able to replace them, and I managed to finish the 1st pass without the chute control- but I'll have to try and jury-rig something for it before I go out with it again. The next pass will be a hand shovel to clean up what the showblower couldn't get, then a quick pass with the ice melter.
This novelty is beginning to wear of this shovelling game!
But at least I have a snowshoe tromp through the woods with Holly to look forward to later:)
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Check out those awesome 16 bit graphics (she's playing Populous)!
As usual Jon Stewart pretty much says it best- as he says, you don't know what a troubled mind will get caught on (who could have predicted that the Beatles Helter Skelter could have been part of the inspiration for the Manson murders?). But wouldn't it be nice if we could just be a little nicer to each other?
This video is a bit long, but I think you'll find it worth your time.
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|Arizona Shootings Reaction|
Sunday, January 09, 2011
Update: I will now admit that I think this is a bit of a knee-jerk reaction- both from Olbermann himself and from me for posting it- it's still valid, and I'm not going to take it down, but I think the video above from Jon Stewart is actually a much better and considered reaction.
Saturday, January 08, 2011
What this translated into was all three of us spending the last three hours working on his room. We've thrown out 5 big black garbage bags of crap, filled 4 big tubs of stuff to give away to other kids, taken the door off his closet so he can get at the stuff in it, and vacuumed, dusted and sorted our little hearts out. Now we're all exhausted, so we're leaving his bookshelves to go through another day.
It may still look full (you should've seen the "before" picture!), but he has a clean and organised room to start the new year with :)
Friday, January 07, 2011
The verdict after watching it: "Pretty awesome!", which in 11-year-old-speak is high praise indeed, especially for a show with 30-year-old special effects!
But the best comment came from my wife, who walked through at one point during one of Omega's megalomaniacal rants and said, "Grandpa still sounds like that when someone's loaded the dishwasher wrong."
Thursday, January 06, 2011
I thought I didn't have time to get to the woods this afternoon (turns out I did- didn't have to pick up Crispy when I thought I did). But we're having fun anyway playing with one of Holly's Christmas presents- a ChuckIt ball that whistles in flight :)