Into 2014

Jan. 5th, 2014 10:34 am
chickenfeet: (Default)
2014 kicked off with my annual physical because nothing says "Happy New Year" like a finger up one's arse.  I seem to be in reasonably good shape bar this cough that won't go away and rather high blood pressure.  Those two mean I have the bumper fun bag of inhalers and meds to work with for the time being.  Also I'm being good about exercising again (so far).

Work now includes a rather intimidating strategy project on top of everything else but no definitive word about my future post March 30th.

Recent DVD reviews include Busoni's Doktor Faustus; a christmas present from the lemur, a rather unthrilling Elektra from Baden-Baden and Puccini's Il Trittico from the Royal Opera House.  Live performances are a bit thin on the ground right now but I'll kick into high gear on January 18th when COC starts up again with Così fan tutte.  I'm hoping to interview Sir Thomas Allen ahead of the premier.

Otherwise it's snow, freezing rain and arctic temperatures.



chickenfeet: (toe)
It is cold. -20, -30 with the windchill. The Gardner expressway is closed because the high winds are still blowing chunks of ice off the office towers. Yesterday, a cop claimed he saw a four foot by four foot chunk go flying past. There is a gas shortage because of a refinery fire. Yesterday I worked from home because I had no gas and the Gardner was closed. Today I decided to make the effort to go in to the office. It took me an hour to get from Sherbourne to Bathurst. At that point I gave up. I did manage to get gas though. Last night the lemur decided not to wear the Barney coat so I did. It was warm and did not make snarky comments about misplaced apostrophe's.
chickenfeet: (Default)
You probably have to be canadian to realise just how weird this is. It's almost the end of November and here in Hogtown we are heading for a high of 14C. Meanwhile, in Victoria, the town all Canada and half of Japan retires to because of its benign climate, there's a foot of snow on the ground. And there are floods in Ethiopia.
chickenfeet: (widmerpool)
Last night it was -27C in Volgograd so I celebrated by watching Stalingrad. As [livejournal.com profile] taelle points out, it's a pity no invaders are approaching Moscow. Such a waste of a cold snap!
chickenfeet: (Default)
Environment Canada's Official Weather Warnings
Warnings
City of Toronto
3:31 PM EDT Friday 19 August 2005

Tornado warning for
City of Toronto continued

Radar is detecting a line of severe rotating storms in the Toronto
area. There have been several reports of tornadoes and damage within
this line of storms. These storms are moving eastward at 70 km/h.
chickenfeet: (bear&leela)
This is not right. It's 0550 and the humidity is 86%. Sweat is just pouring off me and this is as cool as it will get for the next 24 hours. I also have multiple scratches on my legs and hands from overenthusiastic kitten climbing attempts. My "to do" list is made up entirely of items that are either depressing, deadly dull or both. Bleh!

Hello sky!

Jul. 20th, 2005 08:18 am
chickenfeet: (Default)
It is a most glorious morning in Toronto the Good. The humidity has dropped right off, there is a clear blue, cloudless sky and a pleasant breeze. After a month of living in a Chinese laundry, bliss it is indeed.

So, despite some lingering knackeredness from the weekend I thoroughly enjoyed running this morning. I shall have to think of more sensible outdoor things today and it should be glorious for the burner BBQ this evening.

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