moiread: (chin in hand • kate h.)
It's been cold and rainy here these last few days, which has made me really happy. Fall is totally my season, and if I could live in it year-round, I would. I've been doing a lot of tea and cookies (I bought three dozen balls of ready-to-bake snickerdoodles from [livejournal.com profile] soirenoir, who makes even better snickerdoodles than I do, and now I'm out, so I'll have to buy more) in the evenings, sitting out on my patio to watch the rain. It's been really nice.

The other awesome thing about cold weather coming in is that it's time to start eating all my favourite kinds of foods. My parents were here tonight to help me do more yard work, and to lay some sod. I had tea and cookies and pita bread with roasted red pepper hummus and grapes out for us to snack on during the afternoon, but then come dinnertime, I broke off to cook. I made some squash soup (half my good squash soup from last year, canned by [livejournal.com profile] soirenoir, half store-bought tetra pack squash soup, with nutmeg and sage and maple syrup and fresh cream and a touch of curry paste to give the store-bought crap some life, all mixed together in a big pot), and then I roasted a big honking eggplant with garlic olive oil and sea salt, and baked a decent-sized yam, too. I toasted some whole wheat baguette, and put that out with the asparagus-asiago spread I bought yesterday. And more tea. It was a totally vegetarian meal, and it was delicious. (Not that I'm vegetarian. But eating like one sometimes is really, really good for you.)

And just think! Soon it will be time for baking my own bread, making cobblers and pies, cooking spinach/feta/sun-dried-tomato loaves, and desserty cake loaves like lemon raspberry and chocolate zucchini, and lamb stew with baking powder biscuits fresh from the oven, and tea and tea and more tea, and hot chocolate, and ohhh, so many wonderful things. I can't wait for it to start!

As for the yard, I'm hoping to get the landscaping totally finished over the next week or two, so that it will be ready for me to start planting come spring. The yard looks completely different from the way it did when I first moved in. When I first got here, there was no grass, just dirt and dandelions, and some patio stones, and a kind of raised section of yard with some really terrible bushes along the fence. The bushes were comprised of some kind of monstrous evergreen, one to either side of a poor choked purple-leaf sand-cherry tree, and then two really leggy, twiggy bushes at the end that had grown together into a single tangled thicket as tall as I am. And under it all was "dirt" that was actually mostly gravel. I don't know who the hell brought that mess into being, but I've been resenting them for it rather a lot lately.

It took a hell of a lot of convincing, but I got my dad to help me take out the two evergreens, and next we'll tear out the leggy whatevers, leaving just the tree. It will finally be able to breathe. We've moved the patio about six inches, which doesn't seem like much for the amount of work it takes, but it brought it into line with the actual patio DOORS, and it gave me just enough room to put in a raised flower bed all along the other fence, where the second pretty sand-cherry is. We've built a really nice grey stone retaining wall there, and I found some white trellises on UsedOttawa, and come next spring I'll plant some Virginia Creeper there, and probably also some ivy, and whichever one wins that fight can stay. (I like them both, they both look really pretty, and all I want from them is to grow up the fence so I have some privacy screening.)

And along the other fence, once it's totally free of the stupid ugly half-dead overgrown unkempt bushes that never looked good and need tons of maintenance trimming that they never did get and never would have with me either, will be room for vegetables! I can plant carrots and tomatoes and all sorts of things, since that's the spot that actually gets sun.

Maybe I'll even put a big Euonymus under my bedroom window, since that's where the runoff from the rain hits, and it makes a big mess. But a good hardy plant would love it.

Now that the hard landscaping is almost almost almost finished, the difference is insane. I wish I'd taken photos from before, so I could post them and show you, but I didn't think to. And best of all, now everybody is seeing what I saw in my head, and they understand why pulling out all that shit was worth it. (After the number of times this has happened, between yard stuff and interior decorating stuff and whatever, you'd think they would just take it on faith that I know what I'm doing. But no!) My parents were worried that the building management would get pissed at me, but I doubt it. I did ask them if I could landscape, and with the state the yard was in when I got here, we ALL agreed that any changes would be an improvement. By the time I'm done with this yard, it will bring up the value of the apartment considerably, and the lovely ground-floor apartment with a GARDEN that has FLOWERS and ACTUAL GRASS and TREES and STEPPING STONES (and, if I can swing it, a gate to boot) will be more of a selling feature than anything inside.

Anyway. Time to go jump in the shower and head to Rose's. We have a box of shinies from Elise to open, and movies to watch! And probably brownies to make. ;)
moiread: (:O! • lily a.)
Half an hour ago, I was jolted out of sleep by a magnitude 5.5 earthquake. Fuckin' trippy, man. No damage to my apartment or my building, as far as I can tell -- power and internet are fine, and only a few non-breakable things fell out of my cupboards. I hear power's out downtown, though.

Biggest one I've felt yet, but I suspect my friends in California wouldn't even roll over in their sleep for a 5.5. ;)

Hooray...?

Dec. 17th, 2009 09:41 am
moiread: (chin in hand • kate h.)
Last night I slept in leggings, PJ pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and two pairs of socks. It is officially winter.

Wait, what?

Dec. 4th, 2009 11:47 am
moiread: (dude • stock.)
How is it that [livejournal.com profile] puja has snow in Texas today and we've been around 8°C (46°F) all week? Today is only 3°C (37°F), but still -- ABOVE ZERO. WHERE IS WINTER? I mean, don't get me wrong, I prefer this over the alternative and I'll relish it for as long as it lasts. I am a huge fan of lovely wonderful fall, and not so much of the frozen wasteland. But now it's even starting to freak me out a little.

Glorious.

Jun. 26th, 2009 06:52 pm
moiread: (delighted • zooey d.)
I was walking down the street on my way back from the pharmacy to the sound of violins (of the Vienna Teng variety), watching a front of thick dark clouds roll in over the roofs around me. Suddenly a gust of wind came out of nowhere, so strong it yanked hats off people's hats and stole things from their hands. It didn't get my tablet, but it did send my skirt flying up around my waist, Marilyn-style, and made me glad I was wearing cute underwear today. There was a flash of lightning, then another, and just as everyone on the street had managed to collect their hats and handbags and were looking up in worry, the skies opened all at once in a torrential downpour that soaked every bit of clothing on my body in less than ten seconds. It even filled my shoes. I threw back my head and whooped out loud with joy.

Then I walked home with water trickling down my nose and behind my ears, squelching in my shoes, and I thought, "This is a perfect moment."

Now I'm going to go take a shower, where I will sing along to silly songs and fling my hair in all directions and throw water at the wall, and then I'm going to go meet my best friend for sushi. Today is a good day.

Hooboy.

Jun. 24th, 2009 10:04 pm
moiread: (squinty • emilie d.)
Well, I wanted to make posts, but instead I've gotten about 12 hours of catch-up sleep and am generally refusing to leave my room. The latter isn't because I'm hermiting; it's because while it was 35°C/95°F outside today, it was even hotter inside. We're talking at least 40°C/104°F. And while my room doesn't have the computer, it does have a bed, an A/C I can put directly next to me, and a TV/DVD player featuring all the various episodes of things I missed while I was gone, which is a perfectly livable arrangement for a day.

I can't cope with being in bed like that all summer, though, and I also know I can't cope with the heat out here in the apartment proper, so we may have a problem. We may have the kind of problem that means I'm forced to move into my parents' basement for two months, in fact.

Yeah. Yeah. I've got that same look on my face right now too. Nobody ever wants to move back into their parents' basement.



(Anyone on the Pacific Coast want to adopt me for a summer? I have a great many excellent skills, including cooking, baking, cleaning, carrying more heavy things than anyone ever expects me to be able to, and a terrifically graphic sense of humour. Also I am an excellent nursemaid and am great at dyeing hair. I can even knit you little yarn robots and uteruses and cthulus. Or tea cozies. Or dildo cozies. You know, whichever.)
moiread: (cranky cloud • HOUSE MD.)
Ugh, it is too hot in here. Already. In less than a month, we went from pockets of snow still on the ground to today's high of 30°C/86°F. And I do not cope with heat at all well. I don't even want to think of what this apartment will be like a month from now, let alone in August. Time to start pricing out floor model air conditioners, since none of our windows will fit them. ;_;
moiread: (squinty • emilie d.)
I would just like all of you whiny Yanks down south to know that it is -40°C (which is also -40°F, conveniently enough) outside tonight with the wind-chill and I have officially switched to wearing not only multiple pairs of socks (in addition to the usual layers) but also long underwear under my clothing. Yes, that's right. You heard me. Long underwear.

What all am I wearing right now? Well, in a completely non-porny kinda way, let me tell you! Right now I'm wearing a thin pair of cotton socks, over which are a thick pair of woolen knee-highs that I knit myself last year. I am also wearing a pair of thick leggings, which are tucked under the knee-highs, and a pair of jeans over all of that. On my upper body I've got a thick camisole, a long-sleeved cotton shirt, and a hoodie. For slippers, I've got a pair of moccasins, but I may wind up switching those out for my fuzzy leopard-print bootie-slippers, which are warmer. And I already had to switch out the afghan Cam ([livejournal.com profile] rosmar) knit me for my spare heavy blanket after the sun set cuz the temperature in here felt like it dropped ten fucking degrees in twenty minutes.

But the real irony, of course, is that when I had lunch with Jay ([livejournal.com profile] lunarbovine) earlier oday and he offered me a space heater*, I told him no. Because the weather so far had been so very mild this winter.

Yeah.

* The heater in my room is broken. Also, I have a pair of six-foot single-pane bay windows that are not in any way equipped or sealed for winter. You want heat leakage? WE GOTCHER HEAT LEAKAGE ROIGHT HERE, 'BUY. There's at least a ten-degree temperature difference between my room and the warm bits of the apartment. No joke.

EDIT: And now I'm even going to go OUTSIDE. Yes, outside. Because I am a crazy, crazy person. Store across the street, HERE I COME.

EDIT2: Look! I'm back! And I didn't die. This deserves a cookie.

PSA:

Dec. 10th, 2008 07:42 am
moiread: (sigh • lauren a.)
Hooooly crap. Everything is covered in really bad ice and it's turning the roads into a death trap. The Queensway is a massive parking lot, the sidewalks are insane, and it took my mother forty minutes to get all the ice off her car only to discover that she was sliding around dangerously as soon as she got her wheels going. Downtown is a zoo, between the ice and the snow and the picketers. Even emergency services like fire trucks and ambulances are having a hard time getting through the corporate sector, since everything is so backed up and generally fucked.

So please, if you have any option at all of not leaving the house today, take it. I already know some of you do not have that option, but for anyone who does, STAY THE HELL AWAY FROM THE ROADS. Thanks.
moiread: (Default)
  • 09:43 - Putting together a Magic: The Gathering deck (haven't done this in YEARS, good lord) so I can go kick Ari's butt again today. >:) #
  • 17:51 - Home. Tired. It's too hot outside to be doing anything except vegetating in front of the A/C. #
  • 18:10 - GDHGSAJSFDAH WHERE IS THE FEBREZE AIR STUFF??? Some horrible smell came in through the A/C while I was out and it is awful. AUGH. #
  • 19:04 - I very desperately want to go live in my fridge. #
  • 20:49 - I feel weird. Light-headed. That's never a good sign. I SWEAR I'VE KEPT HYDRATED TODAY. #
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Snow II.

Dec. 28th, 2007 10:43 pm
moiread: (Default)
After my last snow post, Rose and I both swore we'd take daylight pictures of proper Ottawa snow. Here are mine! All can be clicked on to produce larger versions. Apologies in advance if the photos are too light or too dark -- I've recently discovered that my monitor is the latter and my father's is the former, so I'm screwed on accuracy no matter what I do. ;)

These were taken yesterday, at my parents' house. )


EDIT: Rose's photos are up too! *beam*

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