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Sleet - it's for breakfast! - Tactical Ninja

Jul. 25th, 2011

08:50 am - Sleet - it's for breakfast!

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OK so today MetService says 3.2 degrees, feels like -3 with windchill. Reports from Christchurch say it's been snowing all night down there (this is me hoping those who are in temporary housing have sufficient heating), which is making negotiating the potholey, cracked up roads difficult. Love to you all, stay warm.

Meanwhile, I wore my Mum's woolly hat today - the first time this winter I've needed a hat. The train was weirdly empty as folks opted for the cosy comfort of cars. Walking around the waterfront squinting into the southerly and dodging the flying penguins, I noted that there's no snow on the Orongorongos yet. All signs point to us possibly getting a dumping later. [edit] I'm told it's snowing in Upper Hutt right now.[/edit] I am hoping that if it does this, I'll get home first, since Wellington's public transport system is not geared to deal with snow*. Note left for offspring says "Please light the fire" as last night's residual heat was sufficient to help me out of bed this morning and I'd quite like to maintain that, and be able to thaw myself out when I get home.


First let me say that the insulating properties of wool never cease to amaze me. I made this blanket a couple of months ago, using sport weight unplied worsted romney:



I didn't know what to do with it at the time so it found its way onto my bed. Normally I keep the windows in my room cracked all the time because otherwise I might drown in the condensation, and this winter I'm determined not to use a heater. I also shut the door otherwise Fric will come and ask me where Polly is every five minutes and we might end up having an altercation. So this blanket goes over my duvet, and considering it's thinner than the average polarfleece, it keeps me amazingly warm. Now I have a list of Warm Things in order of warmth:

1. Dr Wheel
2. Wool
3. Everything else

Suffice to say, yesterday was all about staying in the house with the fire going, studying and listening to music. And maybe playing some Dragon Age. Because there are so many characters I haven't shagged yet!

I bought a subscription to Digitally Imported. For too long I've been relying on other people's recommendations for my music, now I have 39 channels of whatever type of EDM I could possibly want. So yesterday was spent listening to Psychill and scribbling down the names of artists I liked (in between trying to have sex with Leilana lalala). I was blessed with an epic three-and-a-half hour set by Morlack, which set me to chasing his music around the internet because, well, it's awesome.

Somewhere in there was also quizzing the Youth of Today on driver's licence questions - he's not particularly interested in learning to drive but I remember having to be pushed as well. I'm ok with him not driving but I'm not ok with him not learning how to - too many people I know have their independence severely limited by not being able to and therefore I'll push him through the stages - after that it's up to him.

And then I got to talk to Dr Wheel who was in the sauna that is Hong Kong in July. Again with the envies. BUT! It's less than a month now till I'll be there. OMG ACTUAL REAL JOEL IN THE FLESH! *squee*


*cough*

Tomorrow I get my eyes done. At least, I do if they've finished fixing the machine, which broke down last week and was waiting on a part last I heard. I only have a small window of opportunity to get this done and if I can't have it this week or next week, I'm likely to explode. I have my time off booked, my eye drops, my sunnies, my pills of flaxseed and fish oil - I'm as ready as I'll ever be. The Youth of Today has offered to stay around and be my eyes for the first day. Clearly there's no excuse for the machine not to get its shit together and be working for tomorrow. Hmph.

Today I suspect I'll be a bit like Polly was on Friday. Also, in this weather it'd be easy to talk myself into skipping my lecture, eh?

* Normally it's both too windy and too wet for snow. What we get is sleet. It's like snow only sharp and travelling at 50kmph horizontally. Fun times.

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From:devifemme
Date:July 24th, 2011 09:05 pm (UTC)
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That was a lovely catch-up on your life these days. A little sex -- "so many characters I haven't shagged yet!" A little winter -- meanwhile, it's about 90 degrees here in Florida; we've been around the pool all afternoon (Sunday!). A bit of craftiness. Etc. Good post, sweetie.

Hugz,
Justine
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From:t_c_da
Date:July 24th, 2011 09:15 pm (UTC)
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RNZ news at 9am said that it was snowing in the Wairarapa, believed to be the first time in Greytown since 1909, amongst other places around our end of the North Island...

/shivers...
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From:tatjna
Date:July 24th, 2011 09:16 pm (UTC)
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When I lived in Tinui (1998) it snowed - dumped about 10 inches on just our farm and the one next door. Nobody believed us when we said we couldn't go to work because the road was snowed in - nobody else got it at all!
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From:t_c_da
Date:July 24th, 2011 09:59 pm (UTC)
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Last year it snowed in Maoribank to the extent that it settled on the car, and remained as I drove down to the supermarket, but there was no sign of snow past Clouston Park (2km down the road), so I wound up parked in Upper Hutt CBD with snow still on the car and no snow anywhere else to be seen...

The weather can be very localised around these parts, which shows up the stupidity of the TV weather showing one pattern for the whole of the "Hutt Valley".
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From:tatjna
Date:July 24th, 2011 10:34 pm (UTC)
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Exactly. So many storylines I have not yet pursued!
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:July 24th, 2011 11:11 pm (UTC)
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I was disappointed that I somehow missed the one combo available in DA2.
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From:opheliastorn
Date:July 29th, 2011 10:02 am (UTC)
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WAIT.

... do tell?
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:July 30th, 2011 04:51 am (UTC)
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Pirate lady and the the assassin from DA1 get it on at one point in the game, but you need to have the right relationship with pirate lady... apparently I didn't. ;-(
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From:opheliastorn
Date:July 30th, 2011 07:56 pm (UTC)
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Damn - me neither, I guess! Must try harder next time ...
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From:heartofawarrior
Date:July 24th, 2011 10:48 pm (UTC)
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I had to be dragged through the whole "learning to drive" thing, and only got my license last year, at age 24. Now that I have my own car (one that's comfortable for me to sit in!), it's a lot easier. The written test was no sweat, but driving with a peanut gallery in my passenger seat STILL drives me crazy.

Hope your eye appointment goes off as planned! :-D
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:July 24th, 2011 11:06 pm (UTC)
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I have discovered many great (mostly unknown) DJs through DI.fm.

At the moment I definitely feel much warmer than wool - but also more sweaty.
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From:tatjna
Date:July 24th, 2011 11:31 pm (UTC)
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Can I watch when you go for the sweaty?

In a totally clinical and non-pervy way, of course. You know, for comparisons with wool. It's science!
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:July 25th, 2011 01:20 am (UTC)
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If a mass exodus is planned, I suggest we all move somewhere warm... but with beaches, coral reefs, and cocktails. Oh, and internet.
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From:tatjna
Date:July 25th, 2011 01:22 am (UTC)
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And ponies!
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:July 25th, 2011 01:21 am (UTC)
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Going for sweaty is consisting of me sitting in a chair bitching at the air conditioning taking ages to become effective. ;-p
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From:tatjna
Date:July 25th, 2011 01:22 am (UTC)
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Hey, at the moment I'll take what I can get!
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