31 January 2016
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26 January 2016
There are days when writing seems to be a breeze. then there are days like this one. It seems like nothing is firing my imagination this day. I hope that something pops into my mind soon.
The federal government is closed again today. This means that my day will be on the quiet side once again.
One possibility for writing is my desire to improve the blog. I am looking through some ideas and might try them out by this weekend. I would love to create the menu at the top of the blog where I can list tags and have the appropriate posts appear under each page. I have been reading and watching some videos about that. It may require a change to the theme that I use, but themes are rather temporary when you think about them anyway. I will see about making those changes when I am comfortable with what I am doing.
At least the weather is warmer again today as the snow continues to slowly melt. When we walked across the street for dinner last night, it was an adventure because most of the sidewalks were not really cleaned off and we had to walk in the street in order to avoid the ankle-deep slush. Supposedly, residences and businesses should be FINED for failure to clear the sidewalks after 24 hours. I hope that this is being enforced today, but I don’t have my hopes up.
At least I have my music to keep my spirits up as I make my way through the workday here at home. The meetings are spaced throughout the afternoon, and I am making sure to get my steps in as often as I can in the meantime. I am over halfway there now and I still have approximately 3 hours left in the workday.
Hal (person) ventured out to the store earlier today and he informed me that the roads are passable, but not all of the lanes are cleared, especially turn lanes. This makes things rather difficult and I am surprised that the main roads have not been treated better by now. I know that the crews have had to go onto the side streets due to complaints but I cannot see the area ready to get back to normal by tomorrow morning if right now is any indication.
Right now, I would say that I am not going to the client’s location tomorrow morning. I can dial in IF they have their normal Wednesday morning meeting. Our trip last night just across the street revealed that the bus stops and sidewalks are still in terrible shape around here. I will work early as normal on Wednesday, but I will not travel.
I just stepped outside for a smoke and it is 52 degrees! The snow will melt gradually, but temperatures like this will certainly help although there is a good chance that things will freeze again overnight.
I am beginning my last meeting of the day here and looking forward to the evening. Plans to go to the store are off because there are too many people out on the roads right now pretending that all is well with the world and that there are no lanes still covered in wet. slushy snow. From the window I have seen several near misses due to this. Whatever we need will wait until tomorrow when I am off work early anyway.
I am going to sign off early tonight and get some rest. I hope that everyone has had a great day and will have an even better tomorrow.
25 January 2016
And so, another week begins here. After the snowstorm, things are still in flux around here. The government is still shut down, but that is due to all the people who live miles away from the area and commute far too long on any given day. I know that there are areas that got a lot more snow than we did here, and they are still digging out especially in the subdivisions. It was the right decision to keep hundreds of thousands of people off the roads in those areas today, but that has no affect on me. Being a contractor means that I have to work regardless of the weather but since I work from home this isn’t a problem at all.
I feel reinvigorated about writing today. Perhaps it is the start of the week that makes me feel this way, but I am not complaining. I am looking forward to topics and inspiration surrounding me right now.
I took some time to play with The Stooges this morning during a break from the job. Hal (cat) found one of his catnip toys that he must have put away somewhere, so I had him chasing it until he was ready to lay down. I gave him the toy to snuggle up with and he is happy now.
I am getting my walks in during breaks in the routine here. I’ll have lunch in a little while and check on The Stooges again as well as Hal (person). He is watching TV so I have the door closed in order to keep the droning monotony away from me in favor of some music as I work. The daily meetings are slowly passing and the sun is shining. There are still people in the parking lot who decided that today was the day to clear the snow from around their cars. Most of them must have the day off from work, or they are teleworking like I am. It helps that my car is in the underground garage and doesn’t have to be cleaned off :)
I think that after work today, I am telling Hal (person) that we are going across the street for dinner this evening at Shooter McGees for 1/2 price burger night. It will get us out of the apartment without having to put either of our cars on the road, so that is a great option for later today. Eventually, we will venture out to the grocery store again but that isn’t something that we need to do right away.
As the workday begins to draw towards a close, I am doing some research on how to improve my blog template. I have some ideas and have researched how to implement them by finding some reference material and videos. This will be a task that I will work on as the week progresses.
Work is over with for today, Hal (person) is showering before we walk across the street for dinner. It will be good to get out of the apartment even for a short while.
24 January 2016
23 January 2016
With this Saturday resigned to being a day spent indoors, with only the occasional smoke breaks on the balcony, it gives me time to think about things. Naturally my thoughts are all over the place right now. It will take time to get my mind focused on one topic to really start something meaningful.
A friend recently commented on my blog that the best thing to do in a case like this is just to start writing and see where that takes me. Well, here it goes.
I am trying another method of creating this blog post. I am using Google Docs to start because I can still post this to both WP and Blogger formats. I suppose that I really need to think about the value of continuing to use both platforms when I write because it does get rather tricky at times copyng and pasting the same things from one blog to another. I think that both platforms have their advantages. I certainly get more feedback from my WP blog, or at least that is how it seems to me. I know that G+ allows people to post responses to my Blogger entries, but it doesn’t provide the same detailed statistics that WP does. I don’t write for statistics, but I do enjoy seeing which posts do generate more hits. This helps me to write more effectively, at least I like to think so.
Normally, I use Evernote as my base platform and then migrate the entries to both WP and Blogger. This works on the basic level, but tags and photos have to be input at the WP site, and tags have to be input at the Blogger site. Advantage Blogger on that one. Blogger takes photos from Evernote more easily than WP.
I really wish that I could simply export my entire Evernote entry directly to both platforms with tags and photos included. I did find an app called Blogo that almost fits the bill. Tags still have to be migrated, other than that, it is almost perfect. A bit more research might be more helpful before I decide to abandon Blogo because it is a wonderful app in so many ways. I will experiment with Blogo as I post this and see how it works with some additional research.
My day is comfortable with the exception of the weather. We are safe and warm and happy. In the bigger picture, who can ask for more than that? I am very cynical when it comes to things that go on in the world, yet I am very much a people person. I totally distrust the corporate media, but I absolutely love talking to and communicating with, people from all over the world through my writing. Each person is a treasure that I value highly.
My day is also filled with music. Regardless of how I feel, or how confused I am when I try to write, music always makes me feel better. There are times when I use music to drown out the droning of the TV when Hal (person) has it turned on because I simply find that as I get older that TV is a complete waste of time for me. Shows that focus on a group of fucking idiots sitting around talking about things that they want me to think are important actually make me want to projectile vomit in the general direction of the TV set. That is the nicest thing I can say about those shows.I prefer to watch a movie, or sports, or cartoons. Anything that does NOT involve people hosting other people to talk about shit.
I finally turned the TV on to see the UK game against Vanderbilt. Before the game started, I ventured out to smoke. Because the wind has picked up, I went to the building garage and went out through the doors there. While it is cold, and there is lots of snow blowing around, there still isn’t the catastrophic amounts that were being predicted. Perhaps we have 11-12” on the ground now.
Happily, UK is leading Vanderbilt 37-27 at halftime. Once the game is over with, I will regroup and take stock of the day so far. With the snow still blowing around and the storm not predicted to end until midnight at the earliest, it will be a long night. I hope by tomorrow morning that I can get out on the balcony and begin effective snow removal efforts.
It is almost 2300 and the snow has stopped at last. I spent some time to get the snow off go the balcony and it is remarkably clean now and won’t be carrying any extra weight as the snow melts and packs. I think that this is a good a time as any to call it a night and get back to writing tomorrow. I hope that everyone has had a great day and will have an even better tomorrow!
As I slowly wake up this morning, I am coming to terms with the weather. I honestly believe that we are nowhere near the 2 feet of snow that was predicted for us. At 1130 Saturday, it looks like calling what we have 1 foot of snow would be considered generous.
22 January 2016
And so, after days of endless and mindless hysteria from the media, today is the day of #SNOWPOCALYPSE2016. One can almost feel torn about this, will it be another case of the media creating fear and panic (undoubtedly), or will it be a truly historic snowstorm (remains to be seen). Either way, we are all set here for whatever happens. Since traveling to California isn’t an option, we will have to endure whatever the storm has to offer us.
As of this morning, there is nothing going on. The Federal Government is closing at 12 noon today but already encouraged people to telework in order to keep hundreds of thousands of drivers off the roads. Being a contractor, I am working from home and technically I won’t get to end my day at noon because we are treated as lower-class citizens in the DC power structure. This used to upset me, but as I said, since I work from home I will be just fine.
At 0820 this morning the storm is approaching Richmond.
The last forecast that I heard called for snow to begin here in the late afternoon. I don’t know if this map means that the storm is approaching more quickly than anticipated or not. Hal (person) has left to brave the crowds for one last trip to the grocery store. Surprisingly, as I look out the window, there is not a lot of traffic as I look out of the window.
Hal (cat) is really active this morning. He is normally talking, but right now he is being extra affectionate for some reason. I am not complaining at all. I am glad to report that Hal (person) just made it home from Safeway without any trouble.
The 0900 radar shows the snow getting closer
Hal (person) said that Safeway wasn’t crowded. I suppose that is because everyone already panicked over the last few days. Work is very slow, I have one conference call this morning that should still take place because the other person already told me that they will be telecommuting today.
The 1130 radar
As you can see, the snow is getting closer, but still nothing here yet. It is about 15-20 miles south of us at this time.
After one of the daily meetings, the apartment community got a truckload of firewood delivered. It was like the grocery store with everyone trying to get what they could. We managed to get enough to last us in case the power goes out.
As you can plainly see, Stevie Nicks now considers the firewood all hers. We put it in the bathroom in order for it to cure as much as possible in case we need it later if we lose power. The only thing we are missing is the emergency radio, it is somewhere in the apartment, but of course it will never be found when we are looking for it.
The snow started to fall here at 1300. It is still light snow, and not sticking to surfaces yet, but we will see what happens. I am preparing for my last daily meeting with one of the people on the West Coast, so they have very little idea what we are trying to prepare for here.
And now, as I look out of the window, I see all the people who tried to work until noon or until the snow started to fall. I predict another disastrous rush hour for those who are stupid enough to be trying to drive home right now. I am glad that we are at home and as prepared as we can be.
1430 and the snow is falling steadily, but not that heavy. The traffic is light now, I hope that everyone made it home if they were out earlier today. The cars in the parking lot across the street at Shooter McGees are not covered in snow as well and the snow is beginning to stick to the surface on Duke Street.
Hal (cat) certainly knows how to deal with the snow.
Since Hal (cat) was a rescue cat, we are so happy that he no longer has to struggle to find a place to stay warm and dry at times like this. He is a part of the family now, and he is loved. If you are in the path of this storm and you have pets, please bring them inside rather than let them suffer outside.
The snow is picking up, but there is not much wind right now. Duke Street, a major thoroughfare, is becoming snow-packed already. This is a surprise because one would have thought that it would have been better treated before the snowfall began.
I will write more later, but I want to go ahead an publish this post now.
21 January 2016
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