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The (Cyber) Bag of Weasels

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"About as much fun as a bag of weasels"...when I first saw this Irish adage, it made me think of the life of a writer: sometimes perilous, sometimes painful, certainly interesting. My paper journal has always been called "The Bag of Weasels." This is the Bag of Weasels' online home.

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I woke up this morning at 2:30 AM ... to pouring rain. 2 AM was the time the National Weather Service had predicted the temperature would drop low enough to turn yesterday evening's drizzly rain (observed by anyone who watched the Super Bowl!) into all snow. A lifetime of fighting insomnia has taught me little tricks to get myself back to sleep, one of which is to get up and get a drink of water and "reset my brain" so that whatever is niggling at me will leave me alone. While I was up, I checked our weather station. 37F/3C. Grrr. That was still quite far from the predicted 30F/-1C low.

We're going to get screwed out of our snow! I thought. This would mean a full day of rain in near-freezing temperatures, to say nothing of the fact that I was really looking forward to a day off to get ahead on my paper.

And then my little trick to get back to sleep didn't work. Every time I'd start to drift off, the rain would come pounding down in earnest or one of the dogs would start scratching or something small to wake me up. So I was up all night listening to my much-anticipated snow pouring down as rain!

One good thing did come of it: I finished The Social Contract and downloaded Discourses on Inequality and am presently halfway through that. (Don't be impressed. They're both really short.)

I fell asleep shortly before the alarm went off at 6:15. By now, the pouring rain had been replaced by a sharp tick tick tick sound at the window: It was starting to ice. The temperature had dropped to the brink of freezing. The winter storm warning was still in effect; it was just going to get rolling later than predicted. Carroll County Public Schools were on a two-hour delay and closed not long after. Baltimore County did the same with their northernmost district but not the rest, so we were due into work. Bobby texted our principal to let him know that we were going to wait a bit before coming in on account of the ice. And it had begun to snow: giant, wet flakes that were already sticking to the ground.

I went back to sleep. When I next woke up, Bobby was on the phone with our principal to let him know we would not be in. That's weird, I thought. I could hear water running in the gutter, so it was above freezing; I hoped we weren't blowing a day of leave on something stupid. Then I heard the snowplow come down the road, so I looked out the window and saw that, in that short time, 3 inches (7.5 cm) had already fallen, and the road was completely covered.

It is still snowing, and I'm going to be conservative and say that we have 6 inches (15 cm) so far. It's the big, pretty flakes that look like the inside of a snowglobe.

We've still potentially got an ice storm coming on Wednesday and the big snow this weekend. The local meteorologists are already making unsmiling jokes that the kids won't have school for two more weeks.



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  • We've still potentially got an ice storm coming on Wednesday and the big snow this weekend. The local meteorologists are already making unsmiling jokes that the kids won't have school for two more weeks.

    Gosh, just saw Oshun's post of it still snowing in NYC.

    After this, I think you deserve a lovely early spring. (Unless you really like snow, of course. Here every-one wants it, but it is a pain, and I don't).
    • I do like snow, but I am fortunate to live in a place in the world where it is a minimal hassle. (From what I've heard of snow in the UK, I wouldn't want it there either.)

      It makes everything pretty (versus bare and muddy and brown-gray), and schools close when we get enough of it, so I get impromptu days off!

      I am curious to see how this year's rather intense winter (in terms of cold and snow) will transition into spring and summer. I'd rather have a bad winter than a bad summer; the heat and humidity around here can get unbearable in the summer.
      • (From what I've heard of snow in the UK, I wouldn't want it there either.)

        Even the people who want it get sick of it after about two days!

        I hope you get a good summer; I would call heat and humidly a good one, better than wet and chilly!

        • "Hot and humid" in Baltimore can be a week or more of 40C+ with 100% humidity! It's actually dangerous enough that the city opens "cooling centers" because people with air-conditioning--especially the elderly--are at risk of illness or even death.

          Luckily, northwest of the city as we are and in the hills, our temps are usually significantly lower than Baltimore. I wouldn't want "wet and chilly" either!
          • It's actually dangerous enough that the city opens "cooling centers" because people with air-conditioning--especially the elderly--are at risk of illness or even death.

            That i too much. A few years ago France and the continent experienced some searing summer temps (UK didn't, not surprisingly) but there were a lot of heat-related deaths because very few people have home AC.

            I appreciate the sun. It does a lot for my mood, and to have as we did in 2011, a cold winter and a summer of almost incessant rain and chilly winds made me feel hopeless.

            Edited at 2014-02-03 07:39 pm (UTC)
            • I'm the same. I tend to be seasonally affective and suffer in the winter. (This year has been relatively good, despite the record-breaking cold and nonstop snow!)

              Have you ever tried a sun lamp? One of my friends on the clinical staff at work uses a lamp for I think only 15 minutes a day to treat her SAD ... I can find out what she uses, if you want.
  • It has been snowing here all day too. Big wet heavy flakes. We could get as much as six-eight inches. It looks like 3-4 already. Laura and Alex stayed home also. Mainly because she wasn't feeling very well.

    Oh, my. Funny that it makes you happy. Because it makes us really sad! It is so hard to do anything in the snow here. And things don't shut down.

    Edited at 2014-02-03 06:37 pm (UTC)
    • I think it's different here. It makes things really pretty, for one. City snow gets nasty fast. And the town does a really good job of keeping the streets cleared.

      And of course, we get days off of school for it! It's like Mother Nature giving me the gift of time--which I can always use! :D
  • Stay safe and warm.
  • We have about three or four inches on the ground. The streets are wet but not ice, but that'll change when the sun goes down.

    It's the ice storm that we're supposed to get tomorrow evening and overnight that concerns me. (Mostly because of re-read prep, but I don't want the power going out. I've been through one bad ice storm; I don't need to go through a second.) I hope you escape the worst of that!
    • Ice storms are so much scarier! We're better prepared than most people we know because we have the woodstove for heating and cooking, and we're not on a well, so we can use our water if the power goes out.

      I hope you dodge the worst of it too and keep your power!
      • That is fortunate! Our chimney (which has a woodburning stove inset) has cracks in the flue, so we shouldn't use it. That's what worries me; I'm not sure the furnace can be hooked up to the generator. (When we moved in, Dad said no. Now he's saying yes.) But we do have a gas water heater, so there'll at least be hot water.

        Thank you!
  • We did not get the predicted snow last night. However there are steel grey clouds out there and it's only 27 degrees. I iz hope-filled. ^__^
  • *sending lots of 'get ahead' work ethic vibes. Or writing vibes*

    We didn't get our winter weather, much to the disappointment of the meteorologists. It wintery-mixed for a long time, but the ground was warm enough it wasn't going to stick anyway.
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