January 16th, 2003

bundled up, walkabout, snow

Shutting This computer down

So I figured out that if I use an ordinary couch pillow to hold it up, my laptop doesn't burn my lap after hours of financial figures....

Got the checkbook register updated; posted all the bills. BLECH.

Gonna consult with Flar about keeping afloat until he gets in the next client check. Not sure when he's due to pay his next tax payment -- that affects the available float money. And to think he got me fortified enough to tackle this task, by telling me how much money should be coming in, any day now. Mind you, he's leaving town tomorrow for the remainder of the business week.

Now I'm going to update the bowling stuff so I can go to bed.

Oh, here's a test to lighten this up a bit:

What color of kitten would you be?

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bundled up, walkabout, snow

A great day so far

It's been a busy day so far:
  • fed dogs
  • woke kids
  • printed bowling forms
  • drove kids to school
  • filled up the car
  • bought Wolf's Bday present
  • went back home for the bowling forms
  • bowled
  • picked up some staples at Sam's, including Milk and Bread
  • deposited a credit line check to keep us afloat until money comes in
  • put away the food
  • ate lunch
  • read email

It's supposed to snow, but the predicted accumulation has dropped from "3 to 6" down to "1 to 3" inches, so it sounds like it'll just be pretty. I hope there's still enough to sled on. And it appears quite likely it won't start until after I've got the kids home from school. My favorite kind of snow. ;)

Bowling was great this morning! I bowled 147, 156 and 175. My average is 138, so that's fantastic. We took 3 out of 4 points, and are now in the lead in this league by 6 points. Woo hoo!

Even though we're broke right now, I'm in a good mood because I conquered a slew of paperwork last night. And now I'm about to tackle the chess paperwork, so I can do phone calling after school. Go me.

Knight said he was coming over tonight as long as he could get out of his driveway when he wakes up. Looks like that won't be a problem. If the snow holds out long enough, I'm going to see if I can get him to bring carry-out for dinner so I don't have to cook. We're planning to watch Pluto Nash while I fold clothes. A domestic date night.

Flar decided to drive himself to the airport, since he's not sure how long his last meeting of the day will run. Which greatly simplifies Saturday, since I don't have run across town from the bowling alley to pick him up. Critter will like this, since it means he can sleep in, instead of going to the bowling alley with us.

Flar's next trip to Brazil is January 31. I'm hoping to be able to finish Gaucha's present by then.

And now, to work.
bundled up, walkabout, snow

Snowy day wrapup

I got to school with time to knit and listen to WVLK. And decided to call in a snow team report, since it was starting to come down. It was kind of weird - the roads were clear driving to school, but there was tiny snow in the air. Which looked like a frozen fog, really. The flakes gradually got bigger as I approached school, and then turned into snowglobe flakes while I sat in line.

The snow team reports on road conditions and store inventories, and the radio starting taking reports yesterday, sort of as a jibe at the weathermen who get so gung-ho about storms. The weather advisories kept delaying the onset of the storm, such that it looked like it wouldn't ever get around to it. But I called because I thought the main problem during drive-time traffic would be the same as posd by fog: reduced visibility. Combine that with slick streets, and tada.

I got home safely with the boys. Driving through the school neighborhood, the main roads were clear, and the side streets and parking lots were already white. Once I got onto the freeway, the road was white in that pattern formed by heavy traffic, with snow ghosts weaving over the surface. Critter calls the low-level whirling snow snakes, and Tigger calls them shadows. Ever watched how they move shadows in some animations?

Anyway, the drive home was about normal, until I got past South Point, and things started slowing a bit. By the time I passed the dragstrip, traffic was almost stopped. I stayed in the left lane, since I wanted to slow almost to a stop before venturing into the whited out center turn lane. I stopped as far back as I thought would still trigger the sensor, in case of cars sliding through intersections. The intersection of Nicholasville and Vince and Catnip is sort of a saddle shape. There's a hill to the south, a gradual incline to the and east, and flat to the west. It's easy to build up speed coming aound the corner from Nicholasville (to the south) and find yourself unable to stop for the light when the street is slick. I have AntiLock Brakes on my car. I realize that if they kick in, that it means I wouldn't have been stopping with regular brakes -- that I'd probably already be sliding. But it's still disconcerting to have the car not stop when you tell it too, and feel it pumping away at the brakes. Fortunately, the two times this happened today, I had snow day stopping distance in front of me, and there were no mishaps.

Instead of dropping salt on Vince, or maybe in addition to it, they drop cinders. I could tell that there was already a layer under the snowfall, But I didn't push my luck around any of the corners. I got just the right amount of braking out of the uphill before my driveway, and was able to turn in without the shudder of ABS.

I left the garage door open, and the lights on for Knight. At home, I called him to see if he was up yet, and asked if he could pick up dinner. We agreed on Schlotzsky's (funny name, serious sandwiches -- the only people who get me to eat black olives on purpose). Then I updated the chess database and did the calling I needed to do.

A little later Knight called to tell me he'd be a little late. There was an accident that had traffic on Nicholasville Road tied up from just north of Vince all the way to New Circle, and estimates of two to three hour delays. So he drove Tates Creek to Union Mill to the other end of Vince, instead. Kind of twisty country roads for a snowy night, but he made it here safely.

We watched Pluto Nash and ate Schlotzsky's and oranges and cookies and played with the dogs and the kids. I played chess with Tigger -- with him moving all the pieces, and me using old-fashioned notation cause it involves less counting. He got bored with the game, but it was intriguing, because we're both conservative players, so there's all these battles on the board that aren't being started... We might continue tomorrow.

Knight had to leave early as he's driving some people to work tonight, and I've decided not to bother with folding laundry until tomorrow. Tonight, I'm going to carry the recycling bin to the curb -- Timothy got it filled, at least -- and turn in. I have to get up in time for school, as I won't know until tomorrow whether it's in session.

Tomorrow -- Plan A:
  • take the kids to school
  • watch Angel at Knight's on the way home
  • fold laundry
  • make the master bed with new sheets and clear off the massage table
  • vaccuum the master bedroom and Lincoln room
  • print sign-out sheets and Update Hand-out for chess club
  • chess club
  • home: miscellaneous cleaning while waiting for Wolf and Sydb

Plan B involves school being cancelled, and not bothering to go over to Knight's. Which may mean more cleaning happens, or may mean more sleeping happens. And no chess club, so more phoning.