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13 January 2013 @ 11:46 am
Trying to gather some motivation here. o_O

It's Sacramento-cold, in the bitter 40s, which is like cold in other areas except that there is stuff to do outside (pruning roses! Putting away Xmas lights!) and it's not cold enough that you can rationalize skipping it. I'd forgotten how bad frozen toes feel...

Watched Friday's Fringe (did I miss an episode, I wonder? The kids always interrupt the 9pm shows, so it's hard to know). Very surprised at September's appearance in that episode (initially got stuck on him being vaguely familiar because he kind of looked like Ewan McGregor, and the kids had talked over part of the plot). Wow. And then the show managed to twist the pathos multiple times and bring on the sniffles, though in the main I still prefer Walter 1 and Olivia 1, for the complexity of their soulds and their pain. /vague non-spoilery musings.

I'm on the Twitter, for those of you I haven't already tweeted. HalfshellVenus over there, too. So far, the few celebs I follow tend to tweet and retweet too often, and I pick up 1-2 spammers a DAY. How so sucky, Twitter?

All right, back to the motivation attempts. Though I hear the sewing machine and other indoor chores calling me... ;)

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nodressrehersalnodressrehersal on January 13th, 2013 07:55 pm (UTC)
Here in Western NY, it's been 64 degrees all day! Hubby went golfing, and I went out and noodled around outside for a while. Opened all the windows inside, too - changing out the stale air for some of the fresh stuff.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 13th, 2013 08:20 pm (UTC)
We tend to get a day or two like that in late January/early February (our annual "false Spring"), but that sure isn't happening right now!

That weather is what usually motivates me to go outside and finish pruning the roses, which by then have started budding out again. They get maybe 4-6 weeks of 'dormancy' a year!

Enjoy the balmy temps!
nodressrehersalnodressrehersal on January 13th, 2013 10:19 pm (UTC)
Well huh, for some reason, I thought you were further north, like - Seattle or Portland.

What are your normal temps for this time of year?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 13th, 2013 11:17 pm (UTC)
I'm originally from Oregon, and my heart is still there. That might have something to do with it. :)

Something like 44-54 IS a normal daytime hight temp for Sacramento this time of year (Eugene is only about 5 degrees colder).

But part of the problem is aftermath of the extended warm weather. The leaves really fall off the trees in about the 2-3 weeks before Xmas (when you have no time to deal with them), so winter pruning is further delayed into this time of year, when prolonged time outside is very unappealing. At least with leaf-raking, you're moving around more!

We also still have about 50-60 roses on our property (after removing some 30-40), so it's not like finding a time to do a couple of bushes here and there. o_O
nodressrehersalnodressrehersal on January 14th, 2013 12:29 am (UTC)
Oh, I can see how timing could be a real bugger with garden cleanup. My lilac tree started budding out with the extended warm autumn we had, and crocuses are peeking up, maybe 1/4 inch. Silly plants.

Did you plant the roses, or did you inherit them with the house? I only have two, but they're ancient and nearly impossible to get rid of - they were here when we bought the house. I love roses - other people's roses - but not a fan of tending them in the garden.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 14th, 2013 05:15 am (UTC)
The roses came with the house. They're beautiful, but we never would have planted the nearly 100 that were here when we first moved in. The former owner was semi-retired AND used to pay people to take care of those things.

We had 4 bushes and a rose tree at the prior house, and sometimes that seemed like a lot. ;)
Clair de Luneclair_de_lune on January 13th, 2013 08:03 pm (UTC)
I've "added" you - or whatever it's called - on Twitter, but I hardly ever tweet... I'm eclair_de_lune over there.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 13th, 2013 08:20 pm (UTC)
For both internet pun reasons and the idea of loony food, I like that username a lot!
Clair de Lune: still moonlightingclair_de_lune on January 13th, 2013 08:30 pm (UTC)

LOL, would you have the pastry in mind?
clair_de_lune was already taken so I went for the closest thing... There's a silly pun with clair/éclair. Clair de lune means moonlight, but éclair = lightning - and, different meaning, it is a pastry ;)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on January 13th, 2013 09:13 pm (UTC)
Yes-- moon pastry! Or loony pastry, either one.

And the pun I meant was actually not the French (makes it even more interesting), but things like "email" and "etrade." It's "eclair"-- the clair on the Interwebs!
Clair de Lune: pb - trio2clair_de_lune on January 13th, 2013 09:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes, indeed! We usually hyphenate this kind of word around here (e-mail, e-book, e-commerce...) and I didn't realize what you meant.
I rather like said pun *g*
Destinadestina on January 13th, 2013 08:36 pm (UTC)
It was 28 here last night. I am not accustomed to leaving my heater on overnight. I've been in SoCal 31 years, and I love it when it gets cold, but not when I need a heater! *g*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 13th, 2013 09:17 pm (UTC)
I saw a note in the news, about a cold snap hitting Southern California, which was really a surprise!

I think you're having our weather right now, which must be even less fun for you.

Right now, I'm at the point of, "Should I put a sheet over that year-old flowering maple that hates the cold? Or just assume that it's already dead? So far, the laziness has won out over the last 2-3 nights...
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 13th, 2013 11:18 pm (UTC)
That's warmer than us, right now! Geez-- it finally broke 40-degrees after noon today. :O

I'll add you later, probably tonight. :D
java_fiendjava_fiend on January 14th, 2013 07:24 pm (UTC)
I've never seen Fringe though I hear that it's a show that's likely right up my alley. How do you like it? Is it worth the time investment?

Yay for being on Twitter! :-)

And yeah... it's been freaking COLD lately. lol....

Stay warm!!!!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Fringe- Astrid Walter Cowhalfshellvenus on January 14th, 2013 08:10 pm (UTC)
I think you'd really like it! With all prior seasons on DVD, it would be great for catchup.

The show draws you in with the weird, and sometimes the false science hurts. But Walter1 is hilarious and amazing, and Olivia1 is soulful, and there are these random dramatic moments that will move you more than you could ever have thought possible. The show isn't just complex in terms of plot-- there is unexpected dramatic complexity. Try it!

I keep forgetting that the SoCal people are suffering through nearly identical weather right now. I'm having trouble believing in today's high of 50, after yesterday barely squeaked up to 45. The main reason I care is that 50-degrees is bike-outside weather (it's a biking day), and 45-degrees is cannot-make-myself-do-it weather. ;)