chomiji: Akari, the shaman from SDK ... more to her than you might imagine  (Akari - autumn colors)

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).

chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (Hotaru - uh oh)

The National Weather Service's forecast for DC and vicinity tonight: Chance Rain/Snow; Low 37°F

For Sunday: Partly Sunny; High 80°F

(Typical high and low temps for this time of year: 66°F and 42°F. And no snow.)

chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (Hotaru - uh oh)

The remains of Tropical Storm Lee are drifting wetly up toward the U.S. east coast instead of over Texas, where they might have done someone some good. It started pouring this afternoon here. It's stopped for the moment, but more is expected.

New England, batten the hatches. It's supposed to come your way in a couple of days.

chomiji: Hotaru from Samurai Deeper Kyo, a little closer to Kyo's blade Tenrou than he'd like, with the caption Uh Oh Crap  (Hotaru-uh oh!)

Man-o-manischewitz, we've been having some mongo windstorms lately! Power's out at home, so I've been hanging out at the office. But I think I need to go now.

chomiji: Miyazaki's Totoro, standing in the rain with an umbrella (Totoro - umbrella)

A tornado warning was issued. But although our recycling bins got blown around and some small tree branches came down, we never lost power (although it flickered several times). When I headed out after the rain had mostly stopped, because I had grocery shopping to do, I found trees down along MD 410 and other roads, and traffic lights out for miles. I couldn't pick up anything at the drugstore because they had shut for lack of power.

Apparently the power to the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission's largest filtration plant went out as well, so we're all under water restrictions. (We missed the first round of that this month because we were on vacation - the earlier one was caused by a failed water main.)

chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (hakkai - scream)

OK, so the area has beaten its all-time winter total snow record. Now it can knock off, right?

Except that ... the current NWS forecast is calling for more snow on Monday!

No! Non! Nyet! Lo! Nuh uh! Basta!

I have already rescheduled the Young Lady's 2nd-opnion orthodontics appointment twice! Right now, it's scheduled for Tuesday! Arrrgghhhh!

This is beginning to remind me of The Dark Is Rising, in all the wrong ways.

(OK, realistically, we have power, we have food, we have all my medications, we have Intarwebs. I know, it could be worse. sigh.)

chomiji: Hakkai from Saiyuki, in a hooded parka. Animated snowflakes fall; caption is A hazy shade of winter (Hakkai - snow)

Listen up, people!

NWS wants us to be careful!

1. FOLLOW MANUFACTURERS INSTRUCTIONS WHEN OPERATING A GENERATOR OR AXILLARY HEATER ....   - Special Statement

They're right, of course. Burns to that area could be quite painful!

I sent them an e-mail about it, so it may get fixed at some point ...

chomiji: Hakkai from Saiyuki, in a hooded parka. Animated snowflakes fall; caption is A hazy shade of winter (Hakkai - snow)

I mean, WTF? I'm used to having ants in the kitchen in the spring and in the fall. It's one of the prices you pay for living in a cool old house in a neighborhood where lots of the homeowners are passionate about not using gobs of pesticides in their yards.

But ants in February? While the snow is pelting down? Nuh-uh. What are these, special cold-resistant Boreal ants imported from Canada?

D-:

And while we're at it, WTF snow again??? And more in Friday night? The National Weather Service is not usually confidant enough to say 90% chance of snow this far ahead of time - but that's what they're saying!

chomiji: Hakkai from Saiyuki, in a hooded parka. Animated snowflakes fall; caption is A hazy shade of winter (Hakkai - snow)

I should have walked around yesterday and taken pictures of the neighborhood (Takoma Park, MD), but I was too pooped after shoveling. Anyway, I did take a few around the house.

Cut for pictures )
chomiji: Hakkai from Saiyuki, in a hooded parka. Animated snowflakes fall; caption is A hazy shade of winter (Hakkai - snow)

The official record snowfall (since the 1880s) for a single storm in Washington, DC, is 12 inches on December 17, 1932. There's a decent chance that record may be broken here in the next 36 hours: the predictions call for anywhere from 16 to 24 inches. Ironically, my sister-in-law's area out in Garrett County (extreme western Maryland), which is usually very snowy (the state's only real ski resort, Wisp, is located there), is not slated to get any at all from this storm.

I had taken work off today (I had use-or-lose leave), so I hit the grocery stores. Seasonal activities are planned for tomorrow: I bought things for cooking and baking (the Young Lady mentioned making cookies, and I got yeast in case the Mr. wants to bake bread, and spaghetti sauce makings for one of us to use), and I plan to finish the holiday cards up. I still haven't done the family newsletter for the relatives. In a move reminiscent of the classic joke about the over-confident law school student who only removes the shrink-wrap from his textbook the night before the final, I have finally installed iWorks on my almost-year-old Mac so I can do said newsletter. I also installed my new Photoshop CS4.

I usually include little thumbnail photos in the newsletter. This year, that's a problem. I think no one took any decent ones of me (I take most of the photos myself), and the most enjoyable event to report was probably the college-visit road trip for the Young Lady and her best friend on spring break - and I declined to lug my big camera along on that. (And in NYC, when it was pouring rain, I was very glad I hadn't.) The Young Lady may have some pix on her Facebook that I can snag, though.

chomiji: Chibi of Mibu no Hotaru from Samurai Deeper Kyo, in a swimsuit and in flames (hotaru-too hot!)

On the way to the Metro this morning, I saw a tiger swallowtail butterfly. I haven't seen one in years. The cicadas were shimmering and simmering zim-zim-zim from the trees. The August Moon hostas will be coming into bloom: my late father called them August lilies and told me that they bloomed especially for my birthday. I knew he was joking.

August: the dog days of summer, when time seems to stand still. And this year I will be 51 years old. And ... I hate hot weather.

(More frivolously: it's dead easy to find a picture of a dog wearing sunglasses on Flickr Creative Commons.)

chomiji: Miyazaki's Totoro, standing in the rain with an umbrella (Totoro - umbrella)

Rain is pelting down outside. The National Weather Service map for 11:00am (EDT) shows Tropical Storm Hanna sitting on the Virginia-North Carolina border, with what should be the eye (except Hanna doesn't have much of an eye, being a Tropical Storm) a bit west of the Newport News/Virginia Beach area. The storm should be up in these parts by mid- to late afternoon. If you like weather stuff, here's a link to the National Weather Service's hurricane page.

Snow Job

Dec. 5th, 2007 12:55 pm
chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (Default)

It's snowing! It shouldn't snow this early in Washington ... maybe by the end of the month, or in January or February. But not in the first week of December. Some of the trees still have leaves on them!

Cut for some pix of the white stuff )
chomiji: Miyazaki's Totoro, standing in the rain with an umbrella (Totoro - umbrella)

I don't know how long it's been since we've had rain - weeks, it seems - but now it's dark and thundering and coming down buckets.

Now I'm worrying that our big dead tree (which is still there) will fall over. But I guess it would have to rain for a couple of days for the earth to get soft enough for that to happen.

chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (Default)

We have one of those very messy Washington D.C. winter storms coming through right now. We sit at the confluence of several climatic zones, a hop-skip-jump from the moderating waters of the Chesapeake Bay, a short drive from the low but still-significant Appalachian Mountains. The difference here between rain and colder, harder stuff is often just a few degrees Fahrenheit, a few miles on the map. Right now, it's snowing. But they're calling for an ice storm overnight.

And I've been having mild panic attacks ... what if we have an ice storm and the power goes out? For days?

I'm not just worrying about the practical stuff - the pipes freezing, how would we keep the bunnies warm - not to mention the family! No, my big issue is how the hell will I finish my costume ?!!!

See, the costume symbolizes so many things. I've been talking about it for weeks. It's my happiness at this con. It's my improved mood over the past couple of weeks. It's my new friendship online. Arrggggh!!!

So life isn't difficult enough, that I've got to do these things to myself?

The library cataloger brought Valentine's Day goodies - cookies, mini-cupcakes - to the office. I've really gotta watch that stuff. Sugar acts as a stimulant, and I'm beginning to see a pattern between blood sugar spikes and panic reactions in myself. It's much worse at night, though.

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