auntiemeesh: (autumn)
It's cold this morning! Mid-forties over night and the heat is not on. Brr! And I've discovered/remembered that I don't actually have a fall/winter wardrobe anymore. All of my jeans have holes at the knee and the boss is cracking down on holey jeans. Looks like I'll have to be creative with the budget in order to repair the situation.

This fall is shaping up to be an allergy-laden one. I woke up with a headache this morning and I'm waiting for the Claritin to kick in. Thank goodness I still have some left over from the poison-whatever rash this summer.

In more fun news, Penguins training camp starts today. Almost hockey season!
auntiemeesh: (rainbow)
I had an all-day workshop today, in which I made a necklace out of lace, fabric samples and old film spools; took apart an old radio/cd player just to see what was inside; played with the coolest blocks I've ever seen; had a long chat with a woman about costuming (she's just getting started on a Civil War era ballgown without having ever made much more than a pair of pjs before); and incidentally got some really great/fun ideas for the classroom. Some days I think I have the best job ever.

And then I left the all day workshop and raced what turned out to be a really terrible storm to work. I made it, just barely. According to the news, we got about three inches of rain in an hour. In a few places around town the flashflooding was severe - they reported six feet by the zoo - and at least three people were killed. Yikes! Luckily, it all calmed down to a nice, quiet drizzle by the time I headed outside again to go home.

And now it's the weekend!
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A cold, unendingly wet spring has catapulted straight into baking hot summer. If you need to find me, I'll be carving out a little niche for myself in the fridge.
auntiemeesh: (rainbow)
What an exciting afternoon. We were given a chance to put our Emergency Weather drill into practical application at work. There were a variety of tornado warnings/watches for our area, just around the time that parents come to pick their children up. So all the kids from upstairs were sent down to the basement (where we Infant/Toddler folks hang out anyway), including a number of parents who had already arrived to pick up.

We actually got the first round of the storm earlier in the afternoon, while our kids were having snack. The sky was almost pitch dark, it was raining heavily and there were some flashes of lightning and rumbles of thunder. We love to share weather experiences with the kids, so one of the teachers went to our back door and opened it up to let the kids hear/see the rain. And then it began hailing with ice balls maybe a centimeter in diameter or a little less - the biggest hail I can remember seeing prior to that. I have since seen bigger.

This was what was in my yard when I got home from work, a good forty minutes after the second round of hail came through. I am so glad it came at 5:20, while I was at work and not 6:20 when I would have been walking home from work.

The storm has calmed down considerably, but I was still glad to accept a ride home this evening. It's quite exciting to have that sort of shared group experience with a storm - we all stood around chatting about how none of us had ever seen hail that big before - but it would be the pits to be caught out in it!
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In the continuing adventures of Meesh In The Kitchen, I made a chicken and vegetable korma today. Chicken, sweet potatoes, frozen veggies and korma sauce from a jar. It smells really good. Unfortunately, I got much too early of a start and I'm probably not going to be ready to eat it for a little while at least.

Update: Yummy!

In other news, I finally watched Downton Abbey this week and loved it immediately and whole-heartedly. I'm looking forward to season two this summer. I also watched season two of The Mighty Boosh, one of the more random products of British humor. I'm pretty sure Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding (the creators/main actors) must be on some serious mind-altering drugs nearly all the time. But it's ridiculously funny in small doses.

There was a hockey game this afternoon. It was going well. And then Matt Cooke put an elbow in someone's face five minutes into the third period. This was utterly stupid and inexcusable and ultimately lost the Pens the game. Based on other recent elbow-to-head penalties, it's at least a two game suspension, but because Cooke is a repeat offender and his last suspension was four games, I'm going to guess he gets six this time. Either way, there's another game tomorrow, so the decision will have to be made quickly.

Not much else going on. It's been a beautiful weekend, all sunshine and spring. Trees are budding, early flowers are starting to bloom, slightly less early flowers are starting to bud. I expect there will be daffodils on the way in to work tomorrow. They've been budding for the past week. I'm hoping the weather will be nice enough to wear one of my new skirts.
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Thank you, all my lovely friends, for the kind and thoughtful birthday wishes. I've had a lovely day so far.

My dad called me first thing this morning, actually getting my birthday day right for the first time in years. He's had a lot of health problems this past year or so but he sounded a lot better than he has in a while, and it was only a little awkward talking to him.

Some friends treated me to a delightful brunch this morning. We went to a little place called Coca Cafe, which has the feel of a coffee house, but the kitchen of a restaurant. They open at 10, we got there at 10:05 and they already had a forty minute wait for a table! So after putting our names on the list, we wandered a block or two down the street to Espresso a Mano for some coffee and a warm place to wait.

As soon as we walked in the door, I could tell this was a place that takes their coffee seriously. I ordered a latte and discovered that I was right.

It also tasted really good.

We hung out with our coffees until a table opened up and then wandered back down the street to eat. I'd never been to Coca Cafe before, but I can definitely recommend it. I ordered the Almond French Toast, which came with strawberries and lemon cream sauce.

Since I was taking pictures, Friend D wanted to take a pic of me with my food. Good thing I made an effort to be presentable this morning!

The thing about today that I was not expecting was the inch of snow on the ground when I woke up, and the persistent snowfall that has continued all day, despite the fact that assured me this morning that it was raining. It's only just barely freezing, and the snow is sticking to every single little leaf, twig and branch. Very pretty in a rather bleak, monochromatic way.

Coming up: pictures of a walk on a snowy day )

And now, the sky is all pink with sunset, I'm in my snuggly Life is Good pjs, I'm getting ready to heat up some left over chicken vindaloo, I have dark chocolate to eat for dessert, and movies to pop into the dvd player. I declare this birthday a rousing success!
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Apparently we're having a thunderstorm. I thought I heard a rumble a little while ago, but aside from the fact that it's February, I was also watching a tv show in which there was a thunderstorm. The brilliant flash of lightning a few minutes ago, however, very definitely came from the window, not the computer screen. February weather, gotta love it. A week ago, Mother Nature dumped seven inches of snow in my front yard. Tonight, it's 50F out and thundering. Zoe doesn't appreciate this nonsense either, judging by the way she lit out of the window at the first dim rumblings.
auntiemeesh: (snowtree)
It snowed yesterday. After Spring spent the past week teasing us with 60 degree temps, today there is seven inches of snow on the sidewalk. Lovely. The public schools are closed, but we don't close unless we get closer to 2 feet of snow. Oh well. I pulled out my gaiters, spent some time trying to remember how to wear them, and went out to shovel the sidewalk. I'll try to take some pictures on the way to work.
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It's a beautiful, clear and breezy night. The full moon is shining down into my living room like a cold, white sun. It's so bright even my dinky little camera can get some sort of picture.

This must be the explanation for the kids at work today. They were acting suspiciously crazy and violent, like very small werewolves, claws included. At least we were able to take them outside a lot this week. I'm not sure I would have survived, sanity intact, otherwise.
auntiemeesh: (snowtree)
This past week was one of those weeks where all you want to do is survive it. An unpleasant combo of period and head cold really wiped me out. Yesterday I was invited to go out with people after work to watch a hockey game and have a few drinks. I declined due to a fabulous headache. I was ready for bed by 8:30 last night, but heroically held out until ten, and then slept approximately sixteen hours. An hour and a half later, I still feel all groggy and gross, but I think 2:30 in the afternoon is late enough to be getting up, I definitely can't crawl back into bed for a nap yet. *sigh*

It's a bright, sunny, blue-sky day outside, but cold. The current temp is 16F, which is too cold for me to feel any desire to venture outside. Yesterday evening, I stopped at CVS after work to buy some essential groceries, and saw some children playing in the snow, sledding on a small hill at the neighborhood park. It amazed me that they were out there voluntarily when it was so cold, and then remembered that kids don't feel the cold in the same way that adults do. It's not that they don't get cold, it's just that they don't care. I can remember being the same way when I was little. If there was snow to play in, it must be played in, and it didn't matter that your mittens were soaked and your hands were so cold you could barely move your fingers. You were having fun. Today is a great day to be ten years old.
auntiemeesh: (snowtree)
It is treacherous out there! The main roads are mostly fine, but the sidewalks are mostly just a smooth sheet of thick ice and in my neighborhood, so are the roads. Not ideal walking conditions. I made it off my little street and about half a block on the next street (heading down to an intersection) by walking on the snowy margin between street and sidewalk. After the intersection, there was no such margin. Just icy sidewalk and icy road, both going uphill. As I stood at this interesting juncture in my morning walk, weighing the pros and cons of road vs sidewalk and wondering how great the chances were of re-injuring my bad shoulder if I should fall, when a car pulled up and the older gentleman driving it asked if I would like a ride. He was going in my direction and was able to get me almost the entire way to work.

I had a similar experience last winter on an exceptionally cold morning, really too cold to be out, when another stranger (a young woman) also took pity on me and drove me to work. Thank goodness for the kindness of strangers!
auntiemeesh: (rainbow)
I have very rarely had a chance to watch the leading edge of a storm front sweep across the sky the way this one did this morning. I took these pics just after finishing my run (just in time, too!) this morning, on the CMU campus.

Stuck behind a cut but only a few pics this time )

In other news, my boning and pins arrived today. I'm not sure the boning is going to be stiff enough, but I'll give it a try. It's also a little narrower than I was supposed to get, but I haven't been able to find 3/8" boning anywhere. The choices seem to be limited to 1/4" or 1/2" so I went with 1/4". That may just mean that I add a few extra channels for it, I certainly got enough to do that.

Sadly, despite the arrival of my stuff, I still haven't found the gumption to spread out my muslin and start pinning the pattern pieces. It may have to wait until the weekend, since it requires a certain amount of concentration to do it right, and I've proven to be not so good at that sort of concentration even under the best of circumstances, let alone at the end of the day when I'm completely exhausted.
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Luckily, I'm not in school anymore and don't have any homework lying around, because if I did, Zoe would certainly eat it. The girl's gone paper crazy! She uses those sharp little teeth of hers to rip up everything in sight. When I get dvds from Netflix, I have to hide the envelopes if I want them to be in one piece when I'm ready to send them back. Good thing she's so adorable, or I'd have to send her back.

Mal had me worried yesterday evening. He puked up a hairball but didn't feel any better afterwards, wouldn't eat, etc. Finally puked up a little more, and had a small piece of salad dressing packaging in it (the individual serving packet that you get with pre-packaged salads). Poor guy, he loves to lick and chew the package after I've used the dressing but he's never swallowed any of the plastic before. I'll have to be more careful with the packaging from now on.

I can't believe it's June already. Summer is here, ready or not. I always find myself wishing for just a little more of that lovely spring weather, and looking ahead to fall. It seems unfair to hate summer so much, when it was the highlight of the year for my entire childhood. No school! Let's go outside and play, play, play! Spend all afternoon at the local swimming pool, riding bikes, climbing hills. I don't remember ever minding the humidity or the heat as a kid. Now I go outside and wilt. All the strength and energy drains out of my body and all I want to do is turn around and go back inside. Or at the very least sit down somewhere and be a very passive observer of the world around me. Unfortunately, when one spends one's day supervising highly active and disaster prone one-year-olds (good grief, we've got such babies this summer) passive is not a word in one's vocabulary. Yeah, provider of happy memories or not, I hate summer. September can roll around any time it likes.
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It's a beautiful, blue-sky morning and I could smell honeysuckle as I walked to work. What a lovely way to start the day.

Today is the last day with our current crop of toddlers, which makes me a little sad, but also excited. These kids are so ready to move on to bigger challenges, and we are all ready for a new group of tiny little toddlers to fall in love with.

Happy Thursday, everyone!
auntiemeesh: (rainbow)
After much internal debate, I did call off work today. Slept until two pm. And I've decided to keep my arm in the sling as much as I can this weekend. I've definitely taken a step backwards in the healing process.

I have babysitting to do this evening and an all-day work conference tomorrow, so it's not going to be much of a weekend, but I have two 3 day weekends in a row coming up, so that should help a little.

On the plus side, I woke up to a nice, grumbly thunderstorm. It was lovely to lie all snuggled up in bed listening to the rain and thunder.
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Poor Zoe, she's been sneezing almost non-stop since yesterday. I called the vet to double check that she's okay but since she's not goopy or congested or anything, it's probably just allergies. There's also a little bit of a smoke smell in the kitchen still, which may be aggravating it. Mal, on the other hand, is completely unaffected by it all.

I had to go to a Carnival committee meeting this morning, which there was absolutely no need for me to be at, but oh well, it got my morning started with at least a semblance of productivity. I carried on with that by stopping in Oakland to register for tomorrow morning's Race For The Cure event and then walking into Squirrel Hill to eat lunch and deposit some checks at the bank. I probably got close to three miles of walking in, so that has to be good. It's a cool and cloudy, wild and windy day, just perfect for being outside. It's going to be quite chilly but at least partly sunny for the race tomorrow morning.

And now, I really do need to do some minimal cleaning. It can be put off no longer. *sigh*
auntiemeesh: (weeping cherry)
It seems like a bunch of my flist is struggling to find their joy today. I hope you all find something to make you smile.

Things that are making me smile today:

*It's a gorgeous, bright blue sky day. Not gonna be too hot, just perfect temps. I love spring beyond reason and today is a perfect example of it.

*The Penguins start their playoff run tonight. Playoff hockey ftw!

*In line with the above, I'm going to Silky's to watch most of the game after work (and a quick trip to the gym).

*Neither of the kitties has destroyed anything for at least a good thirty hours now.

*It's a bit sluggish and uncomfortable, but I can lift my arm up to the keyboard at the work computer without help now! Yay for a (semi)functional arm!
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Spring is up to its old tricks. We've had lots of cool, rainy days lately, which I would embrace wholeheartedly if not for the downside of being unable to take cranky children outside. Yesterday, when I left work the sky above was a beautiful blue, with a very dark, menacing cloudbank moving up from the west. By the time I came out of the grocery store it had overtaken us and was raining lightly. Then a little harder. Then all of a sudden a burst of hail (luckily tiny hail, so no harm to me or baby plants), then back to a gentle drizzle.

Day 2 of 14 on my no sweets or desserts plan. I see the potential for backfiring, but I'm continuing on, none the less. Problem is, I continue to feel hungry (or some state that my sweets addled brain interprets as hungry, at any rate) even after eating a big meal, because I haven't had that dessert. So then, in an effort to not feel like I'm starving, I go and eat more 'healthy' food. I ate a ton today. So the next thing, once I've kicked the constant desire for sweets, will be to work on portion control. One thing at a time, though.

Babies did nothing but cry this afternoon. I'm as exhausted as if I'd gone on a twelve mile hike, all up hill, carrying a heavy pack. It hardly seems fair that a couple of hours with screaming minions of Lucifer crying babies would leave me so completely wrecked. I am, in fact, pouting over this. *shows you pouty face*
auntiemeesh: (merlin)
I managed to push through my serious aversion to section five and got it down. Only two more to go, a bit of polishing, and I'm actually going to have fic to post. I'm a little excited by the novelty of this.

I had a three hour break from the writing for purposes of babysitting this afternoon, and got a nice walk out of it as a bonus. Took the baby to the playground where he toddled about and explored a climber (with me about three hairs-breadth behind him). Barely ten minutes in, however, I noticed the sky turning an ominous shade of black and strapped baby back into the stroller for the fifteen minute walk back to the house. We didn't end up getting anything like a real storm, but it got pretty windy for a while and did rain a bit. Played with the baby and the dog for a couple of hours and when it was time for me to go home, he cried. Between him and baby girl snuggling up in my arms very trustingly last night, I'm feeling very well loved for a childless spinster-type.
auntiemeesh: (weeping cherry)
It's officially spring, so I'm using my spring icon. Doesn't matter that it's the coldest day we've had in weeks and I was greeted on my walk to work with the occasional snowflake. It's spring! And I should add, I was also greeted with the first of the daffodils (and boy do I really, really want to spell that with a y for some reason) this morning. Daffs are just about my favorite flower, probably because they are a harbinger of spring, my favorite season.


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