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Oh the weather outside is frightful

...and I have no fire, and no central heating, so it's fairly frightful in here too. My 102 year old house is made of wood and glass and space heaters, and not a lot of insulation. It's currently 22 degrees out and snowing sideways, not what we are accustomed to or built for in the upper laft-hand corner of the US.

I do not actually complain. I have a comfy couch, a nice warm computer on my lap, electricity for the moment, and a hot whiskey toddy. Two down comforters on my bed and fuzzy slippers plus wool socks. And? Not at work. Always a plus.

Though if the power goes out in the 'hood tomorrow, I'm going downtown to the World's Tallest Basement, which, while disagreeable on many levels, has the twin advantages of heat and internet that are generally unaffected by ice storms.

Note to self: never watch that Ang Lee movie again ever.

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str8ontilmornin
Dec. 21st, 2008 04:41 am (UTC)
I wish you warmer temperatures and continued electricity and internet access!!
Oh and I wish you tire chains if you don't have 'em already.
emeraldsedai
Dec. 21st, 2008 05:25 am (UTC)
Thanks! I have a very simple solution to the driving-in-snow problem: don't. Thanks goodness I don't have to most of the time.

Hope you and serenity_valley are keeping warm and safe.
llaras
Dec. 21st, 2008 08:29 am (UTC)
which ang lee movie?

i'm safely ensconced at my mother's tonight. the amount of snow outside right now is freaking me out a little.
emeraldsedai
Dec. 21st, 2008 05:23 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you're safe and warm. We're just not built for this kind of weather here, as witnessed by the extreme dearth of insulation in my little house.

I gotta say, Tri-Met is the hero of the hour this week. They kept MAX running all night long to keep the tracks from freezing, and when the switches finally seized up in the cold, they had tons of buses standing by to get people around.

So, if I have to go to work tomorrow, which I probably do, I can get there--provided I can get off my own porch without breaking my head. That part? Is up to me.
llaras
Dec. 22nd, 2008 07:27 am (UTC)
Be careful! Eep! I've almost slipped and fallen a couple times when I thought I was in a safe spot. It's treacherous out there.
korintomichi
Dec. 21st, 2008 01:22 pm (UTC)
I was going to say that 22 degrees sounds toasty warm, then I realised you were talking farenheit! Hope things heat up and the power stays on.
emeraldsedai
Dec. 21st, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
*clicks toggle on weather widget*

-6 C.

I can't really complain. Friends in Chicago are expecting -23 F by Christmas. I'm all, "23 degrees BELOW ZERO??? FAHRENHEIT???"

'Course, down in that range, C and F start looking more alike. -23 F is -30 C. I think molecules stop moving at that temperature, don't they?
decemberleaf
Dec. 21st, 2008 02:10 pm (UTC)
I hope you have some Laphroaig left. Here on the East Coast we've got an ice-storm today (electricity still on up to now), so we're hunkered down cross-continentally!
emeraldsedai
Dec. 21st, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
I do have some Laphroaig! It's been very nice.

Yes, we're all in this together. When even Las Vegas has to hunker down, it feels a little like the Apocalypse or something!
roseambr
Dec. 21st, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear you got the hot toddy going and are staying relatively warm. I don't dare complain myself since my daughter is in Montana and their temperatures have not been on the plus side of the thermometer for many weeks now. Hubby is out shoveling snow agian, a daily activity for him. The ice crust is 1/4" thick so it's a little more work today. I'm thinking peppermint schnapps in a cup of cocoa myself...
emeraldsedai
Dec. 21st, 2008 06:35 pm (UTC)
The combination of booze and chocolate is just so appealing in this weather.

Happy Solstice to you! I may go out and shovel the sidewalk this afternoon just for the exercise I can't imagine living in a REALLY cold place. We have it made here.
roseambr
Dec. 21st, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
That we do. I was just remembering a winter wine my step-daughter gave us last year. It's supposed to be warmed up before drinking. I'm thinking it sounds perfect for the evening solstice beverage. Enjoy your day!
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emeraldsedai
Dec. 22nd, 2008 12:11 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm doing fine with hats and socks. And I shoveled some snow out on my sidewalk earlier, which warmed me up nicely for a couple of hours!

Still have power, could be worse. I am getting on just fine.
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