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Flat Days, Static Nights

Over the weekend I think I overdid it. The little man and I were out and about Friday, Saturday and Sunday, having our lungs flash frozen by science fiction style wind chills. Monday morning we both woke up sick so I thought it wise to stay indoors and keep our runny noses to ourselves. And it was for the best. Especially as I discovered my kitchen pipes had frozen solid (yesterday the actual air temp was 20 below zero) and spent part of the day down the basement with a space heater. Big fun. Foolishly I thought the worst of it had passed. This morning we left the house early but not early enough. A light snowstorm snarled up traffic such that it took an hour and a half to get the lad to school, and another half hour to get myself to the office. I averaged about 8 mph. I was all set to be bitter about J flying off to the Bay Area today, for a week of business and pleasure, but the storm delayed his flight by over an hour. That’s something. I guess.

Hey, howsabout five good things?

  1. Ted Leo’s Living with the Living comes out in March. His tour in support of the release includes a stop in Minneapolis, at First Ave, on April 25th.
  2. I’ve only just heard about a vegan cheese from Scotland called Sheese. No, I am not making this up. It’s supposed to be amazing. And not just according to purveyors of said product, but various vegan bloggers love the stuff. And I would love to try it but at $9.75 per package, USD, I’ll have to hold off a little longer.
  3. Runaways Vol. 1 was all I hoped for and more. Am I starting to revere Brian K. Vaughan even more than Joss Whedon? I do believe so.
  4. Joe makes a very good point.
  5. How did I not know about Etta Candy before now? And where the heck did I find out about her? Hmmm.
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Bonus: Misery loves company.


  1. Valerie wrote:

    Sorry to hear that you’re both under the weather, but I’m glad to see you posting. I was beginning to get concerned.

    (Am also glad to hear that we in the Rockies aren’t the only ones that have been suffering through the subzero temps. Today was pretty nice–40º, but for awhile there it was so cold that I was beginning to think we were going to have to measure temps in Kelvin.)

    Spring is on the way. That may or may not be a comfort, but usually the sight of something green or blooming does wonders for me in the Fresh Start to Life department.

    I’ve missed your photos and your words. I’ve never met you, but I consider you a friend. I hope that things start looking up for you soon and in Big Extravagant Fabulous Ways, because you deserve it.

    Lots of good wishes from here. :-)

    Tuesday, February 6, 2007 at 8:55 pm | Permalink
  2. v-nick wrote:

    Uhm…..yeah, after looking at that sheese…–i want to order some.

    Tuesday, February 6, 2007 at 9:32 pm | Permalink
  3. emily wrote:

    Ha! We are really tearing up the internet with our fun tales of being cold, broke, stuck in traffic, creatively depleted, etc. At least we’re in it together.

    And I have a cold now, too. So I’m using guerrilla tactics to take care of myself and leaving work early. Take that, work!

    Wednesday, February 7, 2007 at 12:07 pm | Permalink
  4. Eve wrote:

    Runaways Vol. 1 was awesome! The whole series is amazing and while I LOVE Joss Whedon, I can’t imagine how he can top what Vaughan did (though, I don’t think Whedon is doing a long run on it, maybe only 6 issues).

    Wednesday, February 7, 2007 at 2:42 pm | Permalink
  5. Val, thanks! Yeah, we just have to slog it out a little longer until spring. It’s just that we’d gotten spoiled here. Winter didn’t really start until a few weeks ago.

    Nick, we should have a sheese party!

    Em, no doubt. I hope you feel better soon too.

    Eve, I just finished Vol. 2 too. Loved it! And I’m curious to see what Whedon’s run turns out to be like. Fingers crossed.

    Thursday, February 8, 2007 at 6:22 am | Permalink

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