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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes...

There's a haze of smoke covering the city right now. It's from forest fires in Northern Quebec, and the wind is carrying it all the way down to Quebec City. It's moving on to Trois Rivières, and will probably hit Montreal soon. The sky looks yellowish and weird, and the sun is all red. I kind of feel like I'm in some post-apocalyptic epic à la Stephen King. (The smoke does explain why my sinuses have been acting up all day, though.)


In Moff We Trust


Doctor Who has been so great this season. I haven't written much here, but I have been squeeing all over LJ since the beginning of April. I am loving what Steven Moffat has been doing, I love Matt Smith as Eleven, and Karen Gillan is adorable. But yesterday's episode? It surpassed everything, and if possible I am even more squeeful than ever. It makes me this happy:




I Think I Promised Pictures, Yes?


Our never-ending bathroom reno has actually been finished for a while (Mostly-- there's still a medicine cabinet to hang up). Here are the pictures I kept saying I would post.

Here it is Before:



And After:

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It hardly seems fair that we're having another blizzard, when we just had one on Wednesday.

This one is worse than the one we had on Wednesday, though. Sitting in my computer room, I can't see across the parking lot to the next building. It's about -20 with the windchill, with gusts of wind at about 83km/h. The best part is that Environment Canada says "Light snow". Apparently they don't have a window.

At least the storm held off until this afternoon. I've been planning a children's event for the store, and the news of an impending storm (oh, you thought I was going to say "Oncoming" there, didn't you?) was freaking me out. I was certain that the blizzard would hit just before my event, after all the planning and coordination and stress I went through. It did snow overnight, but the snow stopped this morning, and there was a window of glorious weather.

We had about 22 kids, plus their parents and a group of adult fans of the author. It went brilliantly, too. Since the book had a beach theme, I asked the kids what kinds of things they would bring to the beach. They said stuff like "a picnic basket" or "a beach ball" or "a parasol", but one kid brought the house down by saying "a kangaroo!" Best answer ever, kid! The author was a huge hit and the kids had a blast.

It's a good thing we had a beach theme, too, because given the howling winds outside, it looks like a while before we'll see real beach weather.

(ETA: My power is flickering on and off. Shiny. I'm going to run around and turn stuff off, now.)
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From Environment Canada:

SNOWFALL WARNING CONTINUED
BLOWING SNOW WARNING CONTINUED
WIND WARNING CONTINUED

Snow -9 °C

Observed at: Quebec Lesage Int'l Airport
Date: 3:00 PM EST Wednesday 5 March 2008
  • Condition: Snow
    Pressure: 100.0 kPa 
    Tendency: falling
    Visibility: 0.6 km
     
  • Temperature: -8.9°C
    Dewpoint: -11.7°C
    Humidity: 80 %
    Wind: ENE 37 gust 46 km/h
    Wind Chill: -19
Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] chicklet73 for the word "Snowpocalypse". It's my new favourite word, and it accurately describes the Weather Event that is raging outside. You know, Quebec City already has so much snow that we have run out of places to put it. We really don't need more, thanks.

  

That picture really doesn't do it justice. If you stand in my dining room and look out, you can't see to the end of the street. The house across the street is almost completely hidden by a giant snowbank.

The storm is so bad that my boss closed the store and sent everyone home early. I wasn't done, though. I took a cab to the CBC to record a book review thing, and then walked over to the Literary and Historical Society carrying two tote bags full of very heavy books that I had used for my review. (I had to drop off some promo stuff for an upcoming event.) It took about 20 minutes to get there from the CBC building, when it should have taken about five minutes. Then I trudged back through the snow to catch a bus. When I got there I had a 15 minute wait, so I went to a café for a hot chocolate. When I got back to the bus stop, my bus had been canceled, which sucked, because that bus would have dropped me off on the corner of my street, whereas the one I had to take drops me off about four blocks away. In the middle of a blizzard, four blocks feels like about ten miles.

When I got home, I met my husband on the stairs of our apartment building. He decided that now was the time to carry our air conditioner over to the new condo. Why? Because he is a freak.

Now I am wearing PJs and my face is finally warming up. I'm going to have a nap before book club. I suggested we cancel, but everyone else seems game, so it's still on. I'm getting a lift, thankfully!

(ETA: The current conditions in Bridgetown, Barbados:

Conditions for Bridgetown at 5:00 pm AST

Current Conditions:
Mostly Cloudy, 26 C

Bastards.)
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It's raining outside my apartment window right now. Rain in January never really bothered me. It's inconvenient, because there's slush and muck, and sometimes a thin veneer of ice will form, making walking difficult and causing drivers the added inconvenience of having to chip their car doors open. The trees look like they've been coated with glass, and when the sun shines, the whole world glitters.

But now, for Montrealers, rain in January makes us wonder if we'll have another Ice Storm like the one in 1998. )

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