LIFE AS WE KNOW IT
I think I'd like to go back to California now
The pools froze over.
Power was down when I work up at 7:30 — it just came back up at 11. Yay! It was getting frosty in here. Put food out on the balcony in a bowl for the birds because snow is too deep for them to get to the food I put out for them on the ground. Maybe I need a bird feeder.
Oh, also, we are back up in double digit temps. 14 degrees fahrenheit. Whoohoo! It was 7 degrees when I woke up.
Georgetown boil water notice issued. Last count I saw on boil water notices was something like 400+ I have lost count. I have been boiling water anyway in advance.
Power was on this morning when I woke up. A first in days. Hoping it stays on. It is good to have heat. It's supposed to get up to 30f today. I did not expect to consider 30f "warm" in this lifetime but I do now. It beats the hell out of 7's and 5's.
Best summation I've seen on the situation in Texas is in this Twitter thread: https://twitter.com/ConorKenny/status/1362274022709420033?s=20
I love owls! I almost never see them, but I do occasionally hear one outside my house at night.
One of my favorite Easter Clips:
Since I moved in here, the balcony has been barren. I got it some little fairy lights, and I got it some new chairs because the old chairs were in tatters, but that's been it, lights, two chairs, and an ashtray on the concrete patio floor. And it sat that way a long time because I don't have the heart to put any more living plants on a balcony in Texas, Texas weather kills every plant I've ever tried that with and makes me sad. And the old stool I used as a table on the balcony had rusted out so got tossed during the last move. So. Barren balcony. BUT —
I decided to get brave and try out a faux plant, and also saw a little table on Amazon on sale that looked pretty, so I ordered the plant and table and the plant actually looks really nice and so does the table and suddenly my little balcony instead of being a concrete smoker's wasteland is now a little oasis. Yay! Okay, a smoker's oasis, but still, an oasis! Yay!
It makes me happy just walking out there now. Also it's really pretty at night with the fairy lights.
I have to fill out a form and get it notarized that says I am a US citizen who can legally work in the US and am who I say I am for the University of Utah. Okay —
I'm a University of Utah graduate. Some of my instructors still work on campus. Everyone there knows I am who I say I am I am so documented at U of U. But no. That won't do. The government needs another piece of paper saying I am a US citizen and am who I claim to be that is signed by a notary or "trusted individual" (trusted by them not me I guess) BUT — it doesn't need a notary seal. Just a notary signature. WTF? Why get a notary signature if it doesn't require a notary seal?
The mind boggles. But oh well.
There was a particularly cute kid in the pool today. A little girl, a toddler, in what is the going to trend today, little floaties on her arms, was in the little pool. She was facing my balcony, with her mom sitting on the pool edge back turned to me when I came out on the balcony. The little girl saw me right off and shouted hello. I waved. She had some toys which she demonstrated to me long distance to show me how cool they were. She was mad cute and very gregarious so I liked her right off. Her mom turned around to check me out after the first hello and I looked harmless I guess so the mom was fine with the little girl's and my conversation across the pool/balcony gap till I waved good-bye and headed back in. It is so funny to be included like that by a little kid in the world outside, and also very endearing.
The other day at the pool these three completely beautiful young men showed up. It was like music started as they walked into the pool area they were seriously like Greek gods or something you sort of thought of marble statues of the perfect man watching them just walk.
It is not just me who thought that. A little girl at the pool who could not have been more than three years old caught sight of them and her mouth dropped open and she just stared, open mouthed, watching them walk across the pool area.
I am more subtle and also not three years old any more I kept my mouth closed. But I totally got her reaction. I wanted to stare too.
Most of my neighbors are chubbed out, which made for an especially strong shock factor. I hope they come back. Ambiance!
Uh ohs. I pirated one of the patio plants for a zoom session because the wall behind me was looking very blank and then I rescued the second plant because storm rain is getting heavy and I brought it in too and now I'm looking at the living room with the two plants thinking it looks really nice and — the poor balcony may need its own plants all over again now. Oops.
I'm watching the news pretty close on Ida and checking into social media (FB, twitter) to keep an eye on how things are going with Kitty and Toni and Kim and some other people I know in Louisiana. Now everyone is without power though so I'm guessing they won't be checking in a lot till power goes back online.