Freakishness and Weekends

That was weird.

I could smell it on Friday. Any of you who are used to impending snow storms coming know what I’m talking about. The air becomes heavy, static, and the sun has troubles cutting through…haze? What is that? It’s a storm coming, and if you’re paying attention, you’ll know about it a full day before it gets here.

It started on Saturday as light rain that changed over quickly. By 9 am, it was snowing. Hard. We had our first Nor’easter of the season. On a weekend we’d normally use rakes (if the leaves were down yet, which they’re not), we were using them for a different reason – to knock snow off the trees so the branches wouldn’t break. We lost two branches in total, and it was precisely because the leaves were still on the trees and the snow clung to them.

It snowed all day and into the night, but luckily by morning all was clear. It was too warm before the storm for the snow to stick to the driveway beyond a thick layer of sludge. But the road crews were out and the layers of salt were again thicker than the snow. Coming from a land of constant snow and dwindling salt piles, I view that action with a mixture of disdain and envy.

Sunday was a lovely day with sun, chillier temps (low 40s) and dry roads. Yes, they were pretty much dry. That doesn’t mean my car isn’t covered in salt. It is. Like I said, thick layers of salt.

Today I’ll be getting a medical test in the morning, then putting together a portfolio for a client meeting later in the week. I finished a book I was working on, so I’ll be editing. Just in time for the start of NanoWriMo. I got a large contract out on Friday, so I hope to hear from the client today with the project. And I have to get in touch with my insurance agency to give them my working life history via reams of paper.

How was your weekend? Did you fare better with the weather?

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  • Cathy Miller October 31, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    I enjoyed the weekend-my last minute groveling helped me finally raise the $2,300 minimum I needed to walk in my 8th 3-Day Walk for the Cure. I leave for San Diego a week from Friday and the Walk is 2 weeks from Friday. Pray to the no blisters gods!

    Needless to say, I've been frantically tying up ends. Our weather is supposed to get much colder here-but no snow-knock on wood. Stay warm, Lori!

  • Paula October 31, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Good luck on the walk, Cathy. I get blisters and abrasions just wearing my already-broken-in and properly-fitting shoes, so I can't imagine such a long walk. Then again, I have overly sensitive skin and lifelong foot problems, so my feet hurt after anything more than a 1-mile walk. If the blister I have on my heel right now means you won't get any blisters, I'm happy to oblige.

    My weekend was quiet. I decided not to turn the computer on at all Saturday (beautiful weather), and on Sunday (cold, rainy, windy) I discovered one of my favorite west-coast editors had asked me to do two of six articles for a special section they'd just planned…copy is due by Thursday. Luckily he and the other two writers (and the publicist we'll all be working with) were checking e-mail, so we worked out some details.

  • Cathy Miller October 31, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Thanks for taking one for the team, Paula. 🙂

  • Lori October 31, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Moleskin, Cathy. Moleskin taped to the ankles makes a HUGE difference! Well, if ankle blisters are the problem…

    Good luck on the walk!! Rooting for you…

    Sounds cool, Paula! Enjoy the assignments. 🙂

  • Anonymous January 3, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Today, I went to the beach with my kids. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said "You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear." She put the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is completely off topic but I had to tell someone!