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364/365: To the Rescue

364/365: To the Rescue

We were just starting to rearrange cars in a driveway to facilitate a departure from our late-December game night when a car skidded around the corner and sailed gracefully off the road and into a snow bank. The high school-aged driver was clearly well and properly stuck, so we gatherered shovels and came to his aid, eventually freeing his car. Unfortunately, this freedom came at the cost of his front bumper, which the packed snow and ice staunchly refused to release without damage.

Just one more day to go!

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356/365: Beginning to Look

356/365: Beginning to Look

Woke up with a sudden resurgence of the Death Cough and promptly lost my voice, so I ended up working from home today while the snow fell and the wind whipped at anything unfortunate enough to be outside. Luckily, this meant I was home to catch the snowfall during the light. I'll probably be cursing the snow before the week is out, but for now it finally feels normal in a way that most of 2012's weather hasn't.

I'm breathlessly excited (maybe that's just the illness?) to have finally hit single digits--nine more days to go!!

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304/365: Over Troubled Water

304/365: Over Troubled Water

I never expected to experience much in the way of hurricanes while living in Ohio, but Sandy apparently likes surprises. While we didn't get anything as bad as the situations in New York and New Jersey, we still had to contend with powerful, sustained winds, and torrential rain. We were lucky enough to keep our electricity--albeit unsteadily--throughout the night, and neither our house nor our trees sustained any injury of note. Our neighbors didn't fare quite as well, unfortunately--I counted at least four big evergreens down at homes across the street and down a few houses, and our next-door neighbors lost a big limb. And way at the back of our property, the little creek that is usually lucky if it has more than a trickle going through it had become a raging, quickly flowing little river, evidence of the amount of rain that had been visited upon us.

61 more days...

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297/365: Maelstrom

297/365: Maelstrom

A sudden, torrential downpour flooded our parking lot just before lunch today, and the swirling vortex around the drain was simply irresistable as a photo opportunity. While trying to get close enough for a shot, I learned a valuable lesson in just exactly how not-waterproof my shoes and socks are...

68 days to go.

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199/365: Withstand

199/365: Withstand

The heat is back; as I left the office at almost 8 PM, I stepped into an oppressive wall of near-100°F suffering. I count myself lucky as I only have to deal with quick jaunts between air conditioned spaces, unlike the trees and other outdoor plants that have to withstand this summertime furnace, day in and day out.

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180/365: Ninety-Nine Degrees

180/365: Ninety-Nine Degrees

All through the extraordinarily mild winter, I kept fretting about what it boded for the summer. As evidenced by the run of 90°+ days here in Cleveland, and the drought, heat, and wildfires currently running amok in the west, it certainly looks like it's going to be hot, hot, and more hot.

Can we have spring back, please?

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No Business Like Snow Business


You Don't Say
Originally uploaded by mikepirnat.

March 1 was strangely mild; I laughed derisively when the weather lady declared that it was "coming in like a lamb" for once. Silly, silly woman. As a recent fortune cookie told me, "the lion, when hunting, does not roar." And that's what our small handful of balmy days were--that nice peaceful time before the lion pounces and tears you limb from limb.

So, after a Tuesday ice storm that had my car out of commission all day (plow didn't come before work, I got my car stuck in the ice and snow, and did some underbelly damage in its extraction, Liz was paying close enough attention that she was able to stock up on food and supplies before the whole state got socked on Friday. Her efforts made sure that once I was home from work on Friday, we could just hole up in the house and watch the snow come down, and down, and down down down, burying our yard and turning the neighborhood into an icy moonscape.

We entertained Claire. We had cocoa. I played a ton of Mass Effect. We watched a couple ski down the street. And still the snow kept falling, and falling.

Finally, on Sunday, the weather broke, our plow guy cleared out our driveway, and we emerged into the sunny day to explore the new world.

I shot a bunch of photos on Saturday and Sunday, including some great shots of Claire.

While I enjoyed having an excuse to wear my Jayne hat, I think it's safe to say we're all looking forward to spring.


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Nessie, Is That You?


Nessie, Is That You?
Originally uploaded by mikepirnat.
It all started so innocently... A whole bunch of rain, some company-wide emails about which cars were most in jeopardy from the flood waters in our parking lot... And then a guy sent out a photo of the situation. Minutes later, it was a Fark Photoshop contest, played out over an all-hands email chain.

This was my little contribution, tossed together very quickly in GIMP. It received a startling amount of praise (including hearty LOLs from members of our senior management and a commendation from our art director!), so I figured I'd share. :-)

Hopefully everyone else managed to stay high and dry today--or if you did have to slog through it, that you did so safely.

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Heck Yeah

Dang, it's suddenly turning out to be a great week! In brief:

  • After a couple miserable days of near-100-degree temperatures, the weather has cooled off and is now downright awesome.
  • Got my monitor back from Apple (no thanks to DHL, who apparently don't even believe in leaving slips at the door when they ignore the "no one will be home between X and Y, please deliver when it will actually make sense to do so" instructions). It's all fixed and happy, and now the cats have a new box to play with. It really is amazing how much better the ACD is than the old 19" monitor I'd been using in its stead...
  • I totally aced the infant CPR course we did last night. Plus, since everyone else was either too timid or too cool to do the "say stuff out loud along with the script" part of the training, my long-dormant inner theater geek had an excellent opportunity to ham it up loudly, to the amusement of all. Thought for today: "The scene is safe!"
  • This is the week that I finally have cleared enough off of my plate at work to dig into fixing the crapton of problems on our new site that are Safari-specific. It was an uphill battle for a few days, but this afternoon I finally had the "eureka!" moment of complete enlightenment and discovered the one bug in the JavaScript framework we're using that seems to be the lynchpin holding everything up. With what's literally a one-line change, close to twenty really horribly broken things on our site suddenly and miraculously work. Huzzah! I'll probably have something more on this once I get the legal OK from work to the disclose details of that portion of my brain...
  • We had a major project launch and data conversion that started last night at midnight... and for the first time in forever, I didn't have to do anything to support it. No being online from home, no camping out in the office, no having to monkey with it in the morning, nothing. After seven years of driving in at two or three in the morning, I can't describe how great that feels to just not have to worry about it. :-)
  • Liz kicked ass on her most recent papers! You go, girl!
  • The window's open, the sunset was lovely, the breeze is delightful, good music on the ol' MP3 player, and a cold beer. Ahhh, bliss.

I'm not entirely sure whether recent events are karma's equivalent of the cash-back bonus, or if I've just taken out a karma-equity loan that'll eventually catch up to me, but for now I'm just going to enjoy feeling happy.

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