I am wearing flipflops! Because I can!
Backstory: Went to work wearing a 3/4-sleeve cotton sweater, cords, and leather oxfords with socks. Was much too hot most of the day. Presumably the building temperature will rebalance eventually to suit the more moderate temperatures.
And The Mr. for suggesting that we buy Haku in the first place.
My drive back from Katsucon took about 2 hours in the blowing snow and ice (it's normally about 50 minutes). In particular, a local road about 2 miles from our house had plenty of cars with lousy traction stuck at the bottom of hills and spun out along the curb lanes. It took me about 30 min. to go that 2 miles.
We have gale-force winds howling outside (I can also hear the dry snow – and possibly the road salt – being blasted against the outside of the house). I'm praying nothing happens to our power (downed trees falling on wires etc.) as a result, especially since the temperature is dropping rapidly: currently 23°F (-5°C), with forecast low overnight of 4°C (-15°C).
Stay safe and warm, U.S Atlantic coast-state people.
... Thank God!
On the other hand, now it is pouring rain and will continue to do so until Monday, when we will have wind instead. At least all the previously impacted spring flowers seems to appreciate the rain and milder temps, and are busting out all over.
Today we had the mass birthday party for the Mr. and his siblings and others (February-March is the big birthday season for that side of the family). The Young Lady and I made spring holiday/Easter-ish bags for everyone, with cosmetic stuff and little hardware store gadgets (eyeglass mending kits, mini flashlights and tape measures, etc.) and chocolate goodies. They looked delightful and went over very well with the recipients. We had a pot luck mid-day dinner: spaghetti with sauce, roast chicken, baked sweet potatoes, and a massive salad (my contribution) followed by chocolate cake, pumpkin ice cream pie, and fruit salad. A lot of it was store-bought because everyone has had a cruddy couple of weeks (one abdominal surgery, one oral surgery, one case of a very elderly parent who lives nearly 1000 miles away and had a fall, and horribly busy work and school schedules all around). But we all made it, and exchanged gifts, and talked.
So, here we are, half a week past the Vernal Equinox, and the forecast is calling for snow/rain.
March is supposed to go out like lamb, right? This seems to be the Killer Rabbit version of said lamb ... .
And tomorrow night is the first night of Passover, and we're invited to a Seder at my sister's. Which means we'll be traveling through the weather mess during Rush Hour, because Nice Colleague is out all next week (her young daughter's school is on spring break), so I can't really leave early.
I need to get my act together and go off to the grocery store, to get chicken to make stock, because I have been requested to do matzoh ball soup. I already picked up some fresh dill for it at the Farmers Market.
It's snowing, big huge snowflakes that are only supposed to get thicker. The local press have dubbed the storm Snowquester, which looks to me like the name of a teenaged superhero who has a rocket-powered snowboard or something.
Of course they are riffing off the subject of the government funding sequester, which is another thing that DO NOT WANT. When you're part of the "company town" that is Washington DC (with the federal government as the company), things like this are more personal than political.
Just a few flurries, but it was very seasonal for the Winter Solstice today.
We'll have a late Hanukkah celebration with my sister Amy's family and our stepmother tomorrow. There will be cheese (goat brie, lemon Stilton, mustardseed gouda, and cordobes) and crackers with fig jam and red grapes; latkes (shredded potato pancakes) with applesauce and sour cream; beef brisket made with beer; fresh spinach cooked with scallions and parsley; cucumber sunomono (made by smillaraaq); chocolate Hanukkah gelt (coins); and iced gingerbread cookies (made by The Young Lady) ... .( Cut for cookie picture )
The Occupy movement has set up a registry on Amazon for helping those displaced by Hurricane Sandy. It's full of things like disposable diapers, tools, and blankets. If you want to do something that feels more personal than donating to the Red Cross and aren't nearby enough to for hands-on, this may be a good option.
Another rainstorm, producing at least a couple of inches, is expected to hit that area tomorrow.
The power, which had gone out again ~10:00 p.m., apparently came back on about 1:45 a.m., which is pretty damn good. The Mr. woke me up at that point and told me I could use my CPAP machine, which I did, and slept well into the morning.
It's gloomy and rainy outside, but nothing out of the ordinary for late October. There are a lot of people without power in Northern Virginia (Fairfax, Alexandria, etc.), but in general, the DC area really seems to have dodged the bullet on this one.
The pictures from New York City, on the other hand, are horrifying. How are you all faring up in the northeast?
It's raining lightly, and the wind has picked up and is getting gusty.
U.S. Office of Personnel Management has spoken: federal government offices in the National Capital Area will be closed tomorrow. (Emergency/vital personnel must still report; those with existing telecommuting arrangements are expected to telecommute as usual, for as long as they are able.)
Most of the local school systems are going to shut down, either just for Monday or for both Monday and Tuesday.
On the other hand, the family room addition to my sister's house (about 25-minutes' drive from ours) was crushed by a large falling tree.
The weatherfolk are calling for storms tonight as well, but it should be the more-usual "scattered thunderstorms" and nothing like last night's derecho event (link to WaPo).