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"Until the next summer rolls around," I said.

Welp, guess what it is now. That's right. It's now the next summer. And now the bugs are out in force once again. And summer only just officially fucking started a week ago (and they'd already been out in force a while before that). *weary goddamn sigh*

I don't mind the heat or even the humidity so much, as long as I'm not out in it for too long (e.g. long enough to go out and water my mother's tomatoes and flowers and such is fine, but much more than that is pushing it). It's the fucking asshole bugs inside the house, which cause me to have to spray on bug repellent inside the house, that piss me the hell off. -_-

I still like summer better than winter, on the whole... but not by much.
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In this entry from back in February, I said that I'd finally settled on liking wintersummer better than summerwinter, now that I'm back in North Carolina for good. However, on many summer days, such as today, I've been on the verge of reversing this stance yet again to liking winter more. I'm not quite at that point just yet, but I'm probably only a hair's width away from being there.

It's not the temperature. Hell, today wasn't even one of the hotter days, but even on the 90°F-plus days, it's still not intolerable. No, it's mainly because of the interminable goddamn insects, even (especially) inside the house. FYI: this house is ancient, originally constructed at some point during the early Precambrian era I'm fairly sure, though I'd have to check the records on that. As such, it has myriad means of permanent, impossible-to-find-and-seal-them-all ingress for insects of all types. They are on the verge of driving me absolutely bugshit. Pun intended. See? See?! That's just how bugshit they're driving me, to the point that I'm actually making horrible puns like that. If only pure, weapons-grade wrath, radiating off of me in waves such as it is, could serve as insect repellant, that would be great. But, sadly, that is not the case. *weary sigh* -_- If there's one good thing that can be said of the cold of winter that I was lamenting in the other entry, it's that it at least kills (most of) the fucking bugs, or at least renders them dormant. Until the next summer rolls around.
kane_magus: (The_Sims_Medieval)
The weatherpeople were apparently "caught off guard" by this. They're saying it's going to snow another "several inches" tomorrow night. I hate winter. That is all.
kane_magus: (The_Sims_Medieval)
Back when I lived in Washington, I used to despise summer and mostly tolerate winter, because A) I didn't have air conditioning at all in the condo where I lived and the air conditioning at work was mostly busted, at least for a long while until it finally got (mostly) fixed, and B) I at least had heat in the form of electric heaters along the walls in my condo. I remember when my sister and I first made a trip out there, way back in 2004, and the real estate guy was all like, no, I wouldn't even need an air conditioner because it never gets above 70°-80°F in the summer (or need all that much heat because it rarely if ever gets below 40°-50°F in the winter).

Now that I've moved back to North Carolina, however, I've come to hate winter so much more than I ever hated summer and will likely ever hate summer. Don't get me wrong, I do still hate summer, too, but it's winter that can go kiss the biggest, hairiest, most encrusted asshole in the world, as far as I'm concerned. Here's an example of the reasons why I feel this way: the water pipes under the kitchen sink burst Friday evening due to freezing and the floor of my bedroom (the lowest point in the house, adjacent to the kitchen) was filled with literally about half an inch of water or more. The pipes were fixed pretty quickly Friday evening thanks to my brother, who is really handy with that sort of thing, unlike me. I only know enough about it to be able to crawl under the house to turn off the water at the main valve coming in from the well. But we only just today got up all of the cloth crap that we'd stuffed in the floor (bed sheets, bath towels, flannel shirts, etc.) to try to soak up the water as best we could. Some of it was literally frozen[1], but then, I figured that that actually made it somewhat easier to deal with, since it'd have been much more annoying had that water still been liquid. We're lucky that we didn't get electrocuted that night due to the water flowing around and up against my space heater and the surge protector it and my computer are plugged into. If the water had gotten much higher, it would have been inside that stuff. Fortunately, the water was contained to a relatively small area (directly under my computer desk), and didn't spread through the rest of the floor. The floor is still a wee bit damp, but it was dry enough that paper towels didn't even get wet when I put them down on it, and the space heater is doing a pretty good job of drying the rest of it up. Just before I started this entry is the first time I've even turned my computer on since Friday evening.

I'm just glad that I don't live farther north, where they're apparently dealing with this kind of crap weather all the time right now and have been for a while. Not that I plan on moving anywhere else any time soon, but if I did... is there anywhere in the world where it just, like, shifts back and forth only between spring and autumn and bypasses summer and winter entirely? ¬_¬

[1] - The entirety of this house is heated by a single wood-burning stove in a room on the far end of the house, and a set of gas logs in the room adjacent to it, and that's it. Three or four days ago, back when the temperature got down to around 2°F or so during the night, when I got up the next morning, it was around 85°F in the living room (the room with the gas logs), around 50°F in the kitchen adjacent to the living room, and around 30°F the rest of the way from my bedroom through Ma's bedroom and into the bathroom. It was probably well above 90°F in the wood-stove room itself, but we don't have a thermometer in there to know for sure. (The layout of the rooms in the house is kind of a big U-shape, or more like a |_|-shape, starting from the wood-stove room, with the bend being at the kitchen and my bedroom, and then looping back 180° to my mother's bedroom and the bathroom.) Yeah, that's a big part of why I dislike winter so much more than summer now.
kane_magus: (The_Sims_Medieval)
They were saying something on the radio this morning about how it is expected to be dry all this week and that we might be in line to break yet another record, this time for driest January. Honestly, I don't mind at all that it's not raining when it's in the winter. It's in the summer when it's relatively super hot that I don't like the dry spells so much.
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Today, a rainfall record was broken at Sea-Tac airport, and this was at around 11:30am PST. It's 2:00pm now, and it is still raining, and they are saying it is going to continue raining on through the weekend as well (and it's just Monday).

Note that this is after another record was broken back in August, only this time for the driest weather.
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The view outside my window at work yesterday:
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The view out the front door of work as I was leaving yesterday:
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The view from the balcony of my condo this morning:
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This may not seem like much of anything for people in areas used to getting a lot of snow, but for here it's not a normal thing.
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Nice. Though, as the article says, it's likely that SOPA isn't completely dead yet, and PIPA is also still lurking over in the Senate as well.


In news completely unrelated to the above, it is completely white outside this morning, with weather reports showing a 70% chance of more white stuff falling here starting around noon or so. As such, I just sent an email to some of the guys at work, letting them know that I'm going to take a wait-and-see approach as to whether or not I come in today. If they all show up and let me know that they made it, I'll try to come on in as well. Otherwise, I'm staying here.
kane_magus: (kanethumb1)
Not sure how bad it is as far as traveling goes, though. The roads and sidewalks are white, but the roads do look driven upon. I'm going to wait an hour or two before going to work to see what the other guys are going to do, as I don't want to walk the 1.25 miles or so (through back roads and/or road construction areas, no less) and then find out I'm the only one there. For reference, DigiPen won't be opening until 10:30am, and that's what I've used as my gauge for what to do in situations like this in the past.

Current temperature is 27-28°F, according to the three different weather widgets/apps on my computer.

It doesn't seem as bad as last time though, for what that's worth.

(EDIT)

But, unlike last time, this time I decided to just stay in. I went up to the mailbox a little while ago, and on the way back I slipped and fell and slid part of the way down the hill. Arm still hurts a bit where I landed on it weird. That was when I decided I didn't need to be walking in this mess and would just stay home today.

(/EDIT)
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I would have said that I'll believe it when I see it, but it was already snowing yesterday evening as I was walking home from work. Not enough to stick since there's nothing out there this morning, and it's not doing anything right now that I can tell, but it was still snowing then.
kane_magus: (kanethumb1)
The weather took a big snowy crap all over everything last night. I checked schoolreport.org and saw that DigiPen was closed, which is what I used in the past as an indicator as to whether it was wise to try to go out or not.

Still, I sent an email to the guys at work letting them know that I would be willing to try to walk the 1.2 miles or so there, even in the snow/ice, but only if I knew for sure that I wouldn't be the only one there. Will also try calling the office itself in a bit (as I don't have any of their cellphone numbers), but if I don't get a hold of anyone, I'm staying at home.

By the way, it is 15-17°F right now (according to my duo of weather apps on my PC). So much for "almost never gets below 40°F" that my real estate agent told me when I first moved out here. ¬_¬

(EDIT)

I ended up going on in anyway, because my supervisor answered my email saying he was here. As soon as I got there, my supervisor (the only other one on this project to show up) informed me that he would be leaving almost immediately to go help some friends of his whose house had apparently collapsed during the night.

So, while there are a couple of other people here today in other rooms, I am the only one of the three here that is working on my particular project. Sucks. Kind of wish I'd stayed home after all. Then again, if I stay home, I don't get paid.

(/EDIT)
kane_magus: (Default)
Not enough to white the ground or anything, but still. Pretty neat.

(Dear snow, please don't mess up my travel plans next month. Thanks.)
kane_magus: (Default)
It is too bloody hot in this office.

Oh well, only 17 more minutes to go before I can go out into the blessed cool and rain.
kane_magus: (Default)
Glad I brought my umbrella with me today.
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The woman on the radio described the weather this morning as "made of yuck" (exact words). Apparently, "made of yuck" means cloudy, slightly windy, cool (but not so cool that I didn't still have to take off my jacket as I was walking in to work this morning), and most importantly, no blinding glaring Day Star shooting its hateful rays into my eyes, either directly or via bankshots off of any and every reflective surface that I walk past. So yeah, if I had the ability to reach through the radio waves and punch her square in the jaw whenever she said retarded things like this (and when it comes to weather that is the slightest bit not-super-sunny, she says them), it would take careful consideration and restraint on my part to refrain from using that ability repeatedly, in rapid succession.

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Jul. 6th, 2010 08:54 am
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Weather alert for east Seattle area )

In other words, it looks like the northwest is finally catching up with the rest of the country.

And now it's already 60°F (outside, that is, as it's already considerably hotter inside the office), and it's not even 9:00am yet.

*heavy, weary sigh*

This blows (much unlike what the wind is supposedly going to do later this week, sadly).

Weather

May. 13th, 2010 02:29 pm
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I think I'm going to go to Target after work and look into buying a desk fan or two. It is so freaking hot in this room right now. It's only 66 outside, according to weather.com, but it has to be something like 15-20 degrees or more hotter than that in here, and it really sucks.
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I took the bus for the mile and a half or so it takes to get to work this morning, because it is putting it down out there right now. (For once... oh wait, it supposedly rains here all the time, what am I thinking?) If it's still doing this in the evening, I'll probably take the bus back as well.

On the way in, there were some guys in the back of the bus, and one of them was talking about trying to do a speedrun on Eternal Darkness. I thought that was kind of an amusing conversation on which to eavesdrop.
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My power went out at some point last night, though I have no idea exactly when. All I know is that it went out at some point before my radio should have come on to wake me up at around 7:30 this morning, and that it was still out at 9:00 when I left for work (I should have been to work at 8:30). Hopefully it'll be back up by the time I get home. I called Puget Sound Energy and got the "we are aware of outages in blah, blah, blah counties," one of which was King.

Also, when I got to work, an hour late, it turned out that the power had gone out here at some point during the night as well, though it was back up and running when I got here.

Not sure what happened last night. Apparently there was a lot of wind or something?

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Dec. 17th, 2009 07:46 pm
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It looks like the weather might be shaping up to be the opposite of what it was last year, in that this time the snow will apparently be hitting in North Carolina rather than Washington. Well, as long as it doesn't mess with my flights or adversely affect getting to or from the airport, it can snow all it wants, as far as I'm concerned.

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