Tag: climate


We had some of the most severe storms I’ve ever experienced yesterday afternoon and evening. Hurricane-force winds (clocked over 80 MPH downtown), at least two tornadoes that touched down (one of them only a few miles from where Kelly lives). It was absolutely incredible to watch it all happen.

We were safe and secure at Kelly’s place last night. I have yet to see what my yard looks like when I get home this afternoon.

A busy Saturday

I went to bed early last night and I was up early this morning. I took Dad over to Starbucks so he could get some coffee, then we came back home and I had breakfast. Around 9 AM, we headed out, first to fill up the car with gas, then to Home Depot to look for some springs and window locks. Finally, we set out for Annapolis.

It was humid today, and even by the water in Annapolis, though the skies were clear, it was muggy. We walked down Main Street and then cut over to the Naval Academy. Dad hadn’t been through the new visitor entrance. We went through and headed to the gift store, where he got a new Naval Academy baseball cap. We walked around the campus grounds for a while and then headed back to the car.

Next, we set out for Arlington. It took us about an hour to get there, but I drove to where our new house is and showed Dad the area. From there, we headed over to Pentagon City where I parked, called Kelly, found out they were heading to the Spy Museum, and we caught a train to meet them there sometime around 2 PM.

The International Spy Museum was kind of interesting. It wasn’t like your Smithsonian. For one thing, it cost $18/person to get in. For another, they had it set up kind of like an interactive game, which I wasn’t fond of. Finally, I found that I simply didn’t trust everything I read there in the same manner I would from a more established museum like Smithsonian or the American Museum of Natural History. Still, it was fun to wander around the place. Kelly was there, as was her brother and nephew and her brother’s friend.

While we were at the Spy Museum, the skies opened up and the rain came down in sheets, with accompanying thunder and lightening. We all managed to make it to the restaurant across the street for a late lunch/early dinner. By the time the meal was over and we were all full, the rain stopped and we walked over the National Air and Space Museum. Dad and I stayed there for a little while before finally catching a metro back to Pentagon City and then driving home.

It was a fun day, busy, too. Tomorrow will be much of the same, minus the rain. We’ve got the Orioles/Red Sox game in the early afternoon, and then I’ve got a barbecue in the evening.

Rain — out?

As nice at it was on Saturday, it rained just about all day on Sunday. I had tickets to the Orioles/Nationals game today. It was the second game I went to this season, and the second time it rained, which is a first in the 5 years I’ve had these seats. Kelly and I headed up to Camden Yards in the rain at around 12:30. We arrived in the rain around 1 PM. When we got to our seats, we found out that the start of the game was delayed due to rain. I had a hot dog and fries. And we waited.

And waited. And waited.

We both had a lot of things to do this afternoon. As time went on and the weather didn’t look like is was getting any better, we grew concerned that even if they started the game, we wouldn’t be able to stay for much of it.

Finally, at about 3 PM, I called it quits. The game was more than 1-1/2 hours late and we really couldn’t hold out any longer. So we left.

The game started about 30 minutes later.

Oh well. Turns out there was another 30 minutes rain delay in the 8th inning, but we wouldn’t have been able to stay for more than 1/2 hour of the game or so, had we stuck it out.

I did some grocery shopping and then Kelly finished up her laundry. I made us pasta for dinner, and after dinner, with the laundry all done, Kelly headed home.

Great Falls

Saturday brought us some nearly perfect spring weather. Despite that, I did my best to sleep in. I slept really well Friday night, and wanted it to continue, so I slept in until around 9:30 AM. It felt great.

Kelly had the great idea of heading over to Great Falls National Park, which is not far from where she lives. We headed over late in the morning, and arrived on the Maryland side. We parked the car and I grabbed a quick hot dog (not having eaten anything yet) and then hikes about for a while. It was beautiful weather. Lots of people were hiking about. The Billy Goat trail was closed, probably due to all of the rain we’ve been getting, but we strolled along the canal, and also followed the pathway that overlooks the falls. I even managed to take a few pictures, which I’ll post later.

Upon getting back to Kelly’s I decided I was read for a nap, and I think I must have napped for around 1-1/2 or so. We ran to the grocery store and then packed up our things (and Kelly packed up her laundry) and we headed over to my place. Kelly did laundry while I mowed the lawn. Well, the front lawn. I completed the front lawn and just started the back when I had a rock with the mower and it stopped working. When I try and start it, it just makes a clicking sound. I don’t know what’s wrong with it.

Saturday evening when headed into DC to hang out with Sarah and Michael. That was fun. We took their dog, Oliver, for a walk in the Congressional Cemetery, stopped at Harris Teeter’s to pick up some food, and then sat out in their backyard, talking, and eating for a few hours. It was close to 11 PM, I think, when we finally headed home.

The rain it raineth every day

I heard we’d received about 6 inches of rain since yesterday afternoon. It wouldn’t surprise me. It rained heavily for what seemed to be more than 24 hours and yards on the south side of my street, closer the the railroad tracks, are flooded. It’s not raining now.

Didn’t really sleep last night–second night in a row that I’ve had trouble. So I took a sick day today. I thought I might get caught up on sleep, but I didn’t sleep during the day either. I plan on sleeping tonight. I rather forced the issue. I took some NyQuil and I’m heading off to bed as soon as I finish this post and pack my lunch.

Heat wave?

Busy as I have been all week, I have neglected to mention how beautiful the weather has been in Santa Monica. Crystal clear skies. Temperatures in the low-to-mid 70s all week long. When Kelly and I woke up this morning, and finally decided to get out of bed around 8 AM, it looked overcast, but that was because we had the thick curtains in our room pulled tightly shut. When we opened them, it was bright and sunny out.

Turns out it’s going to be just about 90 degrees today.

In Santa Monica!

That’s almost unheard of. We are getting together with some of Kelly’s friends around 10 AM. Mom and Dad should be out here around 2 PM and we are spending the rest of the day with them. We have dinner reservations at Ocean Avenue Seafood for 6 PM.

Okay, well, Kelly’s back from the gym. I need to get ready.

What weather!

It was awesome out yesterday when I left the office. I decided at the last minute to walk over to Crystal City Sports Pub, because it was so nice out. The temperature was about 84 and the skies were crystal clear. Eventually, there were about 6 or 7 of us who gathered for happy hour, but I was the only guy in the group. At one point, I managed to knock over my beer which quickly found it’s way over to Susan, who sat across from me. I felt terrible about that, and when I replaced my beer, I made sure to replace hers as well. It was almost 8 PM when Kelly and I left and headed back to her place. I made us some macaroni and cheese for dinner, and after eating, I was tired and went to bed. Kelly came to bed some time later.

Even throughout the night, the weather was simply gorgeous. The ceiling fan was going in the bedroom and it created a nice cool breeze. Nighttime temperatures cooled down a bit, but it was so comfortable–the perfect weather conditions, really. Even this morning, as I write this, there is a great breeze blowing in from outside and it looks to be another great day.

I woke up this morning with some swelling under both my eyes. Not quite like two weeks ago, when I clearly had a severe allergic reaction to something, and yet still, it makes me a little uneasy. I took an antihistamine just in case. I feel fine, and the swelling neither hurts, nor bothers me in any way, except for it’s presence, which disturbs me. I’ve always been perfectly healthy and to have something like this happen twice in two weeks (after turning 36) is a little stressful. It could be a dust allergy–something I know I’m allergic to because I was tested for it. When I get back from Santa Monica, I’ll probably make an appointment with my doctor to get it checked out.

Payday yesterday. Also, Kelly had kindly taken a portion of the change I had sitting at home to one of those bank change machines, which netted me $67. I’ve got plenty more change sitting at home, but this was a nice little bonus from the collected coffers.

First spring night

Wow! The low here last night was 61 degrees and before I got into bed, I opened the window in my bedroom and for the first time since early fall, I slept with cool night air circulating about my room, and it was fantastic. It’s going to be another (relatively) warm day today, although cooler than yesterday. Things begin to cool off tomorrow, however.

And Kelly is back later this afternoon!

Lunchtime roundup

My right hand feels as though it’s about to fall off. I wrote 8 “thank you” notes for my birthday celebration this past weekend. It’s a good thing I generally don’t write longhand or I wouldn’t make it as a writer. A computer (or typewriter at the very least) is a saving grace. But it just doesn’t seem right, typing a thank you note, so I did them long-hand. They probably won’t go in the mail until Saturday, however. I’m out of stamps. Everyone seems to borrow stamps from me but when I ask to borrow a stamp in return, they never have any.

I sent an updated W-4 to payroll today. Per my accountant, I’m having an addition $100 taken out of each paycheck, which should keep my tax bill somewhat lower next April.

I’m 196 pages through In Memory Yet Green and just about to begin one of my favorite parts, where a young, 18 year old Isaac Asimov visits John Campbell for the first time. How I wish I could have been there! Coincidentally, last night, I purchased and downloaded mabfan‘s short story, “Cosmic Corkscrew“, in which “a fan goes back in time to retrieve the lost manuscript of Isaac Asimov’s first story.” Re-reading it, a decade or so after I first read it brought tears to my eyes last night. It’s made my reading of In Memory Yet Green even more delightful.

Dad and I received two “This is Birdland” t-shirts from the Orioles yesterday (well, I received them, but I’ll bring one out to him when I visit in a week and a half). The shirts are bright orange while white lettering. We got them as one of the perquisites of being season ticket holders.

It’s supposed to be well into the 70s today. When I get home from work, it’s my plan to do my first lawn mowing of the year. The yard needs it, and since it is spring, frequent mowings are required and I don’t want the grass to get so long as to make the job too tedious.

April Fools’ Day

Happy April FoolsDay everyone! I was tempted to post that the Rainbow Room Birthday Bash had been canceled, but I was afraid I’d freak out too many people and so I’ve forgone having my fun in order that you all maintain your sanity.

I’ve already had a busy morning at work, developing some reports with SSRS (SQL Server Reporting Services). Later today there is a paper airplane contest here, but I’m not sure I’m going to have time to make it. I was thinking about spending some of my lunchtime on the novel outline. Remember, I’d like to have my 44 sentences (or so) done today. I’m also eager to do more work on my story, “If By Reason of Strength…” and I may try for some wordage there, too.

Several bills due today, none of which I had to remember to pay because they were all paid automatically through my BillPay service. I’ve been using the service for years, but just last month, switched to have it pay bills automatically. Very convenient. Saves time.

It’s rainy and overcast here today, as April should be, I suppose. But warm. Temperatures will be up around 70 degrees.

Cherry blossom festival

Kelly and I decided to brave the cool (but clear) weather and the potential crowds downtown today to check out the annual blooming of the cherry blossoms in D.C. As it turned out, more than the cherry blossom festival was going on. The National Marathon took place today. There was a kite festival on the Mall. And indeed, the Orange line train heading into downtown was pretty crowded. In fact, the whole mall area seemed jam packed with people and cars and buses. It was a good thing we took the train in and decided to walk. The roads were a mess.

We got off the train one stop before Smithsonian to avoid the major crowds. We then took a leisurely walk down to the Mall, past the Washington Monument where the kite festival was taking place. Kites of all kinds filled the skies there. We continued on past the first few cherry blossoms, and then made our way down toward the basin, which was surrounded by blooming trees. (And crowded with people.) We walked passed the Jefferson Memorial and then over to the other side of the basin, following the path around to the FDR memorial. Kelly had never been to the FDR memorial, so we wandered through that. I’d been there before, but this was the first time I’d learned that the memorial was divided into 4 sections, each one representing a term of FDR’s presidency.

More pictures of the Cherry Blossom festival…