December 9th, 2005


Winter Wonderland

Walking to the train this morning, the snow hadn't accumulated enough to even cover all the grass etc., but of course it had obscured all the places where people never cleaned up the ice on the sidwalks (without the snow you can see it 'cause it's all bumpy). It's the soft fresh fluffy snow, so you've got no traction. *smites people who don't fully clean their sidewalks*

I felt even warmer walking to HBS than I had walking to the train -- which is funny 'cause says it's 25 feels like 16 whereas Norwood is 27 feels like 27. *shrugs* Both places I felt like I could have made do with a lighter coat over my sweater than the one I was wearing.

I slipped and fell hustling across one of the slushy side streets on the way to HBS, so yeah I'm definitely leaving 5-10 minutes early tonight 'cause I have to hustle to make my train and whether it turns to rain or a rainy mix or whatever, hustling in this is not a good plan. (I'm uninjured, in case you were wondering, and my pants didn't tear -- which is what I was concerned about -- and they're black so I just wiped the slush off and all was fine.)

I wonder how many schools will let out early today. is predicting 3-5 inches by this evening for Boston and 4-5 for my 'burb -- but more importantly, the rainy mix is gonna make driving conditions dreadful. ['s hour-by-hour says rain/snow for noon-3pm and then back to snow until 5pm when it's predicted to stop. edit: 5pm is the last hour that says "snow" so really it's not necessarily gonna stop until 6. my bad.]

"i forgot my mittens / wipe my nose / get my new boots on"

[Advent day 13] Luke 1:29-33
29Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. 31You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. 32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end."
This has been something of a calzone week for me (3 in a row) so I knew that today we'd be back to meat calzones and lo, we were, so I got the pasta special without the chicken -- elbow pasta with artichoke, mozzarella, garlic, and oil.  It was okay.  I've really gotta figure out yummy & filling portable sandwiches I can make from grocery stuffs.

While waiting in line at lunch I heard a couple students talking about The Sociopath Next Door -- apparently 1/25 people completely lack... whatever it is that sociopaths lack... and just mimic -- though only some of those people actually turn into serial killers.

polls thanks to lunchtime conversation:

Poll #630775 twin cities and phrases

Ann Arbor is like Cambridge.

Yes, but Ann Arbor is quirkier and/or more liberal.
Yes, but Cambridge is quirkier and/or more liberal.
I have no idea.

"I am the Alpha and the Omega."

I am familiar with this phrase.
I am not familiar with this phrase.

7:30 Singspiration was canceled.  Which I suppose is understandable as the performers have to travel and many of the attendees are older.  And this does mean I can go to bed early tonight.

~2-4pm it was blizzardish -- much snow and wind -- but then it cleared up, like sunny and everything.  At 4:10 the hour-by-hour changed to have "snow" at 5 and "heavy snow" from 6-9.  But, um, the snow had stopped.  (The 6:10 one had remedied this.)

Oh, and during that blizzardish we f'r serious had thunder and lightning.  (Sam links to this.)

I left work about 10-15 minutes early 'cause usually I hustle to make my train and hustling in the snow is not a good idea.  I made it a point to walk slowly and carefully, but I still slipped at times.  The sidewalks were plowed but not shoveled, so you had solid flat walkon with ice underneath.  You need to shovel down to the ground.  (I learned that this is easier said than done when I came home and helped my mom shovel the walkway/stairs as my dad wasn't feeling well.  As long as it's just patches of dusting with the ground mostly visible I think it's okay, though.)

I actually made really good time, arriving 10 minutes before I usually do.

Oh, I forgot to mention in my morning entry that the Charles was muchly iced over, which was interesting to see.

They canceled the 5:33 Readville shuttle.  Readville and Hyde Park could board the 5:40 Franklin Line, but Upham's Corner and Morton Street had to wait until the 6:06 Fairmount train.  That sucks for them.

Going to bed early?  Oops.  I watched SmackdownCollapse )

After Smackdown my dad got the weather report at the beginning of the news, and it included snowfall totals  -- 9 inches in Cambridge.

Okay, sleep.  'Cause I have a full day tomorrow.  (library, MFA, Huntington -- must print out fic to work on during my downtimes)