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I got 2,110 on my NaNo today! My goal is to try for 2K each day, just so I have some extra in the bank for things like Thanksgiving (since it looks like I'm going to be doing a sit-down dinner for seven people) and Loscon (SF/F convention Thanksgiving weekend...we just go for the day on Saturday).

I'm not saying I've beaten the curse of the past two years or anything, but that's more than I wrote for the whole of last year's NaNo, so I'll take what I can get.

Oh, and Southern California? It's November 1st. It is not supposed to be 90 fucking degrees, thankyouvermuch.

Meh.

OMGWTFBBQ!

Sep. 24th, 2009 01:34 pm
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The thermometer in my car says it's 113 degrees outside!

Sometimes I really do hate Southern California so very, very much....

Freaky

Jun. 3rd, 2009 04:15 pm
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We're actually having Weather. Yes, I capitalized it on purpose. See, in SoCal we don't get a lot of Weather. We get rain that's usually not that heavy. We have a lot of days at this time of year where it's gray and cool in the morning because of the fog and low clouds that come in off the ocean, and then it clears and becomes warmer (but not hot) as the clouds burn off.

What we don't get is an hour-long thunderstorm, complete with heavy rain and lightning strikes that make the lights in your office flicker. Nope.

However, since I love Weather, I think this is pretty cool. The only downside is that I don't have an umbrella with me. Nobody carries an umbrella in SoCal in June. Oh, well.

A Prayer

Oct. 23rd, 2008 10:15 am
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Dear God,

It's almost Halloween. Could you attempt to make it less than 100 FUCKING DEGREES OUTSIDE??!!???

Your friend,

Me

(I really do hate Southern California so very much right now....)

Whoo-hoo!

May. 22nd, 2008 01:47 pm
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We're getting thunder and lightning here. Now if it'll just knock the power out so we can all go home.... ;-)

(Seriously, this is big news for me, since SoCal mostly has extremely boring weather.)

ETA: And now it's pouring. Maybe it'll wash off my car.

ETA: And now it's HAILING. I hope it didn't DENT my car! :-(

ETA: OK, that was one of the scariest drives I've ever had to make in my life. The streets are totally flooded around here. I've never seen anything like it before in my life. And poor Erik chose today to ride his bike to work (there were no warnings of severe weather in this area). He's taking the bus home, because the bus is safer than having me go out to get him, but I'm still not going to calm down until he gets home....

Rain!

Nov. 30th, 2007 10:06 am
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It's raining! Glorious rain! Those of you who aren't in SoCal probably won't understand the magnitude of this event, but after the dry, Santa Ana-plagued fall and horrible dry winter we had last year, pretty much any moisture falling from the sky is a gift from God. It's cold, too -- got to break out a wool sweater and some boots. Woot!

I'm just praying we don't have a repeat of last winter, because if that happens, we're going to be in a serious drought. Dead lawns and dirty cars everywhere...no, thanks! Everyone, pray for this rain to be the first of many! :-)
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That's a really obscure LOTR quote (book, not film). Cookies to the first person who recognizes it.

Seriously, though, here in SoCal we've gone through two weeks of unbelievably dry (3% humidity, anyone?) weather, first cool, and then unseasonably warm. It made my eyes and my sinuses and my hair and my skin and just about every part of my body rebel. In fact, I left work early today because I was just feeling unbelievably crappy...nothing I could put my finger on, but just a general malaise. I think a lot of it had to do with the weather...I'm highly sensitive to that sort of stuff, unfortunately. And I was also feeling pissy because the forecasters kept saying the weather was going to change, but when I left the house this morning it just felt like the same old warm, dry crap we've been dealing with for the past two weeks.

I was in the living room, lying down on the couch and watching TV because I didn't have the energy to do anything else, and all of a sudden this gust of wind comes out of nowhere, and I could just feel the barometric pressure drop. It was amazing. Almost instantly the breeze began coming off the ocean again instead of the desert the way it had been, and the temperature dropped and the humidity went up. A few hours later I took the dog for the walk, and the air finally felt like real air for the first time in almost two weeks. I could even smell the ocean. My headache finally went away, and I felt like a human being again.

Here's crossing my fingers that we actually get some rain this weekend. I may finally be in the mood to get a Christmas tree. (Seriously, who wants to decorate a Christmas tree when it's 80 frigging degrees outside?)

Off to write...blissfully, I have the house to myself, as Erik stayed down in Anaheim to have dinner with his father after he picked up Kate.They were going to try to hook up with some relatives who apparently are visiting Disneyland over the weekend, so if I'm lucky they'll stay out fairly late. (Don't get me wrong...I love my husband...but every once in a while it's just really nice to have the place to myself.)
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I know it's been sort of nuts everywhere, but yesterday it was 113 degrees at my house. And humid. Plus we got some insane thunder right around dinner time, and about fifteen quarter-sized drops of rain.

Today it's not quite as hot (ooh...just 100...), but it's even more humid and overcast. And it's raining off and on, with more thunder. Walking outside feels like walking into a bunch of damp mosquito netting.

All this in Southern California, where it can get quite hot during the summer, but hardly ever humid. I feel like I'm back in New Orleans or something. I've spent the entire weekend burrowed in my house, sewing, writing, and wandering the internet. The few errands I had to do yesterday I got done before 10 a.m. because I just couldn't have handled being outside any later than that.

So far, I think this is about the worst summer in terms of heat/humidity that I've ever had to deal with.

Yesterday I got the first of my fall clothing catalogs in the mail and was reduced to wretched whimpering over how long it was probably going to be before I got to wear boots again (and forget about sweaters and jackets; hell, forget about shirts with sleeves).

Sigh.

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I have to say that all these people who are here from out of town and are bitching about the weather are completely cracking me up. Just because it's Southern California does not mean it's always 85 and sunny around here. In fact, March is often our rainiest month. Now, I will admit that the temperatures we've been having over the past few days are kind of freakishly low (yesterday we reached a high of about 50 in my town), but come on, kids, it's not as if we're on the equator! And by the way, don't let that door smack you in the ass on the way out.

Sorry -- as a native of Southern California, I've just had to deal with tourists my entire life, and it gets old after a while. Especially after being cut off on the freeway this morning by some schmoe driving a minivan with Arizona plates. What the hell were they doing on the freeway during rush hour, anyway? I know I sure as hell wouldn't be there if I didn't have to be!

Time to go off and do my rain dance...maybe I can ruin a few more people's days....

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