Snow!!!

Dec. 10th, 2008 04:05 pm
cifarelli: (Ember)
Yay! We're finally getting some now here in Houston, too. It's really more of a "wintry mix" of snow and rain, but there're definitely some flakes falling. None of it's sticking at this point, though.

I took Corwin out in it to get the mail, but he was pretty unimpressed. We'll check later to see if anything bothers to accumulate.

[Edit: It's starting to stick a little, now. I can see some accumulation on the rooftops of the neighbors' houses, and on Corwin's little playscape in the backyard. The stuff hitting the ground is no longer melting instantaneously either; it's sticking around for a second or three before melting away. I might try to take some pictures later.]

[EDIT #2: Just for the record, for those of you not from Texas who don't get how wonky our weather really is -- it was in the 70s here yesterday. High enough in the 70s that I wished I was wearing a short-sleeved shirt when Corwin and I went out to get the mail in the afternoon.]
cifarelli: (Ember)
Corwin and I had a busy day today.

He was going on 7 1/2 hours straight sleep last night, when the really bad thunderstorm we had around 4:30 a.m. woke him up. It woke Andrew and me up, too, though, so it really wasn't a big deal that Corwin was awake. He's definitely starting to sleep longer stretches more consistently. (but don't tell Murphy I said that!)

We went to a meeting of the Houston Babywearers group this afternoon. I've been wanting to learn more about the different types of slings/carriers that are out there, since our Eddie Bauer front carrier is really convenient for certain activities -- like grocery shopping and going for walks -- but it's not so great for anything that involves bending over, plus even though it says it's good up to 26 lbs, it's starting to feel like it works itself loose over time when we use it for walks. The meeting turned out to be really helpful; I was able to get a good idea about slings, pouches, and mei tais, all of which look pretty easy to get started using.

After the meeting I went across the street to A Woman's Work to look at their selection of slings and pouches. Unfortunately, the place was incredibly busy and I found it difficult to get and hold anyone's attention to help me try stuff on. And then once I figured out what size and style I wanted, it turned out they didn't have a single one in my size and style in stock (or at least, I couldn't find anything, and no one was avialable to help me at that particular moment, and Corwin was reaching meltdown from not having had a nap). So I didn't end up buying anything, and will probably end up ordering something online instead. I think I'd like to get a mei tai (for longer carries) and either a ring sling or pouch (for quick in-and-outs).

A Woman's Work also has a baby scale in the front of the store, so I weighed Corwin on a lark. In his clothes, he's now 17 lbs, 14 oz. My baby is HUGE! At the meeting, he was gigantic next to the 3-month old babies, and about the same size as the 5 and 6 month old babies that were there. He'll be 4 months old on Tuesday.

We woke up this morning to no cable TV or internet, and both were still out when I got home from the meeting/shopping around 3:15. They finally came back up around 5:00 p.m. I need to call the cable company (Comcast, as of yesterday) tomorrow and cancel the service order for Friday morning. Apparently there were outages all over Houston due to last night's inclement weather, but there was "no reported outage" for the area associated with our phone number. Regardless, that seems to have been the problem. I'm really glad I had something to do outside the house for most of the day today, since I think I would have gone crazy at home all day with no internet.
cifarelli: (Ember)
I'm glad we park our cars in the garage. It sounds scary out there tonight.

Ice storm?

Jan. 15th, 2007 09:47 pm
cifarelli: (Ember)
So Andrew and I are wondering if we will end up having to go to work tomorrow. No closings have been announced as of yet, but weather.com is showing it getting to 32 around midnight tonight and staying there all day tomorrow. And there is a 70% chance of precipitation (sleet and freezing rain, mainly) starting in the wee hours of the morning and lasting all day as well.

If this comes to pass, and the university does not close tomorrow, I'm not sure what I will do. I haven't driven on ice before, and I'm not sure I want to try it for the first time on my 17 mile commute, while pregnant (so if I have an accident, there are two of us to worry about). And given that a large chunk of my commute is over elevated freeways, I'm likely to either encounter ice or closed freeways, in which case I'm likely to get hopelessly lost. :P

Hopefully if the elevated freeways are icy, the city will be smart and close them. And hopefully if the freeways are closed, the university will be smart and close as well. But we'll see.

Anyone know how likely ice is to form if the temp holds steady at 32 for hours on end? What if it bounces between 32 and 33?

I did read something in the Chronicle earlier that indicated that a couple of specific interchanges were being sanded this evening. And that several other interchanges were going to be closed at 5 p.m. today and remain closed until the danger of freezing is past. One of said interchanges is the one from the Westpark Toll Road to 59 North, which I go through every morning. So if I do have to go to work and conditions are still bad, I'm going to have to find an alternate route around that, too (which means I get to go through the intersection of Fountainview and 59, which used to sometimes take me 20 minutes to get through). I'm planning to get up extra early tomorrow, so I can leave extra early if I have to go to work. Blah, just thrilling, ain't it?

[EDIT 7:54 a.m. 1/16/2007: No precipitation at all last night. Everything is functioning normally today, and I am at work. The Chronicle is still trying to scare us by saying it will probably rain in time for the evening commute, though, so we'll see...]
cifarelli: (Ember)
Andrew and I are back from Austin now. This was a more mellow trip than we have had in a while. We arrived at my parents' house Friday evening close to 8:00, after a drive made longer and more stressful than usual by lightning storms and very heavy rainfall along the way. Needless to say, we crashed once we got there, and didn't end up going out at all that evening.

Saturday we got a slow start, and didn't end up going out to hang out with people at all that day, either. Instead, after lunch at Threadgill's with my parents, we just relaxed at their house, chatting with them and reading (me) or playing computer games (Andrew). I tried a couple of different times to get in touch with [livejournal.com profile] sunflowerkwm, but I'm guessing they must have gone out of town this weekend, as none of my attempts were successful. I do hope I'll manage to get together with her again sometime relatively soon.

Saturday evening my brother and sister came over, as that was pretty much the only free time [livejournal.com profile] beckyboo83 had this weekend (her job as a nurse had her working Saturday, Sunday, and today). We had our family Christmas -- opened presents, took pictures (unfortunately, after [livejournal.com profile] beckyboo83 left, so she isn't in any of them), ate chocolate truffles, and the like.

December 30, 2006


There's a couple more piccies back here! )

Sunday was New Year's Eve, so we headed out a little before 1:00 to spend the day with friends. We met up with people at Main Event, an entertainment center along the lines of Jillian's or Dave & Buster's, if you're familiar with either of those. Between me (7 months pregnant) and [livejournal.com profile] onefishclappin (toting her 11-pound six-week-old son), we determined the only activity we could feasibly participate in was the black-light mini-golf, so a group of six of us did that. Then Andrew and [livejournal.com profile] liz_gregory played a round of Laser Tag, while the rest of us joined another group that was bowling (we just sat and watched and chatted). I FINALLY got to hold and interact with baby Alex, which was really cool. :) We finally left there around 4, and Andrew and I headed down to [livejournal.com profile] onefishclappin's house to spend some time with her and her hubby [livejournal.com profile] krikwennavd, who wasn't going to be at the New Year's party that night for various complex reasons. The four of us plus their two kids went out to dinner, and then Andrew and I headed back to the north side of town for the New Year's party. A couple of people took large group shots that are supposedly going to be submitted to the Rice Owlmanac -- we'll see if they're any better about that than Andrew and I were about submitting our wedding picture ;)

We headed home shortly after toasting the new year at midnight, since that seems to be about when I turn into a pumpkin these days, and there wasn't anything terribly exciting going on to hold my attention. This morning (afternoon) we had New Year's dinner with my parents and my brother, and then we headed back to Houston, where we're now safely ensconced at home again.

Good news: I don't have to use a vacation day tomorrow after all, as the university I work for is a state institution, and Governor Perry has ordered all state offices to close tomorrow for a day of mourning for President Ford. That's my Christmas present from the governor, I guess. :)
cifarelli: (Ember)
Fortunately, I have several drops to drink, a whole travel-mug-full even!

This morning's commute was frustrating, as large swaths of Westpark between Beltway 8 and Gessner were under water at the time I was trying to pass through. I finally found a way to get myself to the Westpark Toll Road, but it was 8:00 by the time I got on 59 and 8:30 by the time I actually arrived at work. The reason I found this so frustrating is that I had an 8:00 desk shift this morning, and I got up extra early in an attempt to make it on time. Thwarted by Mother Nature, alas!

I leave early today for a doctor's appointment this afternoon. In the meantime I have plenty of work to keep me busy, and a rising bayou to stare out the window at. I have a (crappy) camera phone now, so I could take a picture, but then I am left with no way to get said picture from phone to computer to post. So you'll just have to take my word for it. There are about four steps going down into the bayou that I can usually see from my window. Currently only two are above the water line. I've seen the bayou much higher in the past, so I'm curious to see how high it will go today.
cifarelli: (Ember)
Weather
The bayou is back down to normal levels today. You wouldn't know it had been high yesterday except for a large deposit of sand with wave-looking imprints in it sitting on the sidewalk in one spot. It's a bright sunny day out.

Strange encounters
I was looking at a poetry web site (The Poetry Archive) that I was thinking of adding a link to from the library's web site. Then I glanced at the Terms & Conditions, and found the following:

"The Website is provided for the benefit of residents of the United Kingdom. If you are not a UK resident or do not agree to be bound by the Conditions, you may not use or access the Website and we will have the right to restrict or prevent your access to the Website."

I have no idea how they'd technically go about banning access by those not residents of the UK, but this is enough to prevent us from linking. I hope I don't get in trouble for having listened to several recordings and having poked around on the site fairly thoroughly before I read the Terms & Conditions! [/end sarcasm]

Music
Having an odd combination of The Cruxshadows "Love and Hatred" and the traditional "Deck the Halls" stuck in one's head is very, well...odd. Be glad you're not here to be tormented by hearing me attempt to sing this!
cifarelli: (Ember)
I'm sitting here in my office on the 5th floor watching the bayou rise outside my window. I've been doing so all afternoon. It's up pretty high, but still has a few feet to go before it damages anything that I can see. There's a low-lying building on the other side of the bayou that looks like it might get water in it if this goes up another 3 feet or so, but my distance judgement could be a bit off since I'm looking at it from a little ways away and at an angle. I wish I had the digital camera here so I could take a picture. I'm not sure I've seen it this high in the last year since I moved to this office.

Andrew and I put up the rest of our Christmas decorations last night. The house is now mostly ready for my family's visit this weekend. I still have to make the bed and vacuum in the guest room, and [livejournal.com profile] min_phoenix is going to come over and help me finish cleaning the carpet on the stairs tomorrow night. She was going to let me borrow her sister's steam cleaner that has a hand tool, but when cornered her sister said the hand tool on her steam cleaner has never worked. So we're going to go at via the manual method. Whee! I'm so lucky to have friends who are willing to help me with stuff like this, though.

Andrew and I saw The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Saturday night, and since [livejournal.com profile] mahtab really wanted a review, I'll attempt to write one now. ;) In a nutshell, I found it enjoyable, and it is worth seeing in the theater. Andrew even liked it! :) I thought the beginning dragged a bit; I wasn't keeping track of the actual time, but it seemed forever before all four children had gone through the wardrobe and the adventure was started in earnest. In general, the movie felt long to me. I also haven't read the books since I was living at my parents' house (so likely sometime in high school), so I wasn't able to be overly nit-picky about any plot-changes that may have been made. The movie felt faithful to my memory of the book. Tilda Swinton was excellent as the White Witch. And my favorite characters were the beavers, in spite of them being CGI. :) I wasn't overly impressed with the CGI, but I'm a hard one to impress. CGI creatures just don't look natural to me (ever -- I had problems even with Gollum in the LotR movies), and it kinda pops me out of the immersion. The beavers didn't bother me so much because they were so anthropomorphic, but some of the flying animals, insects, and rapidly growing flowers really bothered me. But again -- that's likely just me and my perfectionist standards. ;)
In sum, go see it! :)

I'm not looking forward to driving home today. I suspect my commute is going to be a long, wet slog.
cifarelli: (Ember)
Yup, it's snowing here in HOUSTON!!!! And it's even sticking, a little bit anyway.

For those of you who see lots of snow on a regular basis, you may now laugh at our wimpy snow. And for those of you who don't see snow very often, if ever, you may revel in it! :)

Snow pictures, cut for those with low bandwidth )

Merry Christmas everyone!
cifarelli: (Ember)
I don't really have anything worth writing about tonight. More stress at work, as I'm involved in lots of meetings to determine what to do about the situation I've been rambling about for several days now. I think the stress may be taking its toll on me as tonight I feel vaguely like I might be coming down with something. My leg muscles are achy, my throat feels like it might almost could be scratchy, and my eyes are very tired. I hope I'm not coming down with something, as I really can't afford to get sick this week. As the supervisor of the people who are in trouble, I need to be there to take part in the decision making and whatever the final discipline turns out to be. Can't get sick as a way to wimp out on it. :P I wish I didn't hate dealing with people so much. Or perhaps I just wish that people were easier to deal with in general. Then I wouldn't ever have to encounter situations like these ones that are stressing me out so much.

And for the record, I'm jealous of all you Austinites and Dallasites with snow. Just looked out the window here and it doesn't even look damp. Though I have to admit the cigarette butts on the carport could be interpreted to look a little bit like snow ;)

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