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Happy birthday to Dot! (Because birthdays should be celebrated across many platforms.)

Also, as a point of interest for those who are currently basking in the beautiful Irish sunshine (or who kind of wish they were doing so, but can only purchase oddly scented chemicals to make up for it): Total Chicago snowfall this season is a bit over five feet. At last report, it was two inches less than my height.

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elliska
Feb. 26th, 2014 07:52 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday Dot! I hope your weather has improved!

And FP--five feet?! That is sick. This winter has got to go!
frenchpony
Feb. 26th, 2014 09:30 pm (UTC)
So I probably shouldn't tell you about how we're having our third go at the polar vortex? Or about how part of the reason that I haven't posted in weeks is that there have been times when it's been almost too cold to type in my apartment and I had to reserve typing time for work-related writing?
dot_o_choillmor
Feb. 27th, 2014 01:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Elliska! The trend at the moment seems to be lovely sunshine and then horrendously heavy showers. I'm seeing a lot of rainbows!
frenchpony
Feb. 27th, 2014 02:32 pm (UTC)
Do you ever get the sunshine and the rain at once? Apparently, that's a thing that happens in places that are not New England, because it was only after I moved to the Midwest that I learned to call it a sunshower.
dot_o_choillmor
Feb. 27th, 2014 05:40 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, we get sunshowers here. But mostly just rain ;-)
rhobike
Feb. 26th, 2014 10:18 pm (UTC)
it's getting to me. I never used to hate winter. I don't even hate it now, since I'm too tired and apathetic to summon the energy to hate it. But I am encouraged by the lengthening days. Seeing sunlight when I leave the office means things are looking up.
frenchpony
Feb. 26th, 2014 11:39 pm (UTC)
Every year, I'm astonished at the difference that the sunlight makes. Even if it's freezing cold outside, just having it be light at least gives a little bit of hope that spring will actually come again.
lcohen
Feb. 26th, 2014 11:01 pm (UTC)
now you've done it. you've thrown down the gauntlet of "snowfall taller than rachel," and mother nature has accepted--i'm being told there's going to be another major snowfall this coming weekend. oh how i hope that the two inches it would take to match your height will suffice and it will not feel the need to move up to "as tall as lisa."
frenchpony
Feb. 26th, 2014 11:40 pm (UTC)
Sowwy. But at least we haven't had all five feet, two inches of it at once!
meckinock
Feb. 27th, 2014 12:02 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday, Dot! I hope it stopped raining in Ireland. Now that it's spring and all.

FP, when we lived in northern Wisconsin when I was a kid, everyone stuck tennis balls on the top of their radio antennas so drivers could see each other around the snow drifts when they came to an intersection. Maybe you need to stick a flagpole into your backpack or something.
frenchpony
Feb. 27th, 2014 12:28 am (UTC)
I'll get right on the flagpole bit! In the meantime, I have a lovely winter hat that Aunt Pony gave me, that has a big floppy ridiculous bright blue flower right smack in the middle of my forehead. I love this hat, because don't we all need something ridiculous and brightly colored in the middle of winter?
dot_o_choillmor
Feb. 27th, 2014 01:51 pm (UTC)
Maybe you need to stick a flagpole into your backpack or something.

I seem to be the only one who thinks not going out in it might be an idea...
frenchpony
Feb. 27th, 2014 02:27 pm (UTC)
Well, and I think you'll appreciate this, as I said to myself during Polar Vortex I, while wrapping up in a shirt, a big ol' fisherman sweater, jeans, two pairs of socks, two scarves, a hat, and a hood, those library books aren't going to return themselves!
dot_o_choillmor
Feb. 27th, 2014 05:41 pm (UTC)
Ah. Well, that's an acceptable reason.
dot_o_choillmor
Feb. 27th, 2014 01:45 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure I'd recommend the scented chemicals.

At the moment everywhere smells like soggy, decaying earth. But the sun is currently shining!

Erm, good luck in the snow. Maybe, you know, stay inside.
frenchpony
Feb. 27th, 2014 02:26 pm (UTC)
No, the scented chemicals are pretty nasty. Irish Spring isn't what you'd call a premium brand of soap. On the other hand, it's common enough that I think it's spawned some imitators. I currently have a bottle of dish soap that bills itself as being "New Zealand Spring" scented. I think I may have to run that one by my Kiwi dance classmate. Who knows? There seems to be a market in America for products scented under the names of "[Anglophone Country] Spring." We could totally get in on this.

We did have a two-day thaw earlier this week, so some of the snow melted, and the rest of it turned to large sheets of ice. A little snow might just be what we need to give us some traction there . . .
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