Friday, December 24, 2004

after the ice storm....

A window in the apartment above mine. There are beautiful icicles like that everywhere today, decorating everything from buildings to street signs.
That was what my car looked like after the ice storm yesterday. It took me nearly an hour to scrape it all off and warm my car up enough to drive home after work.
I'm not sure if you can tell just how thick the ice was on my car, but rest assured it was!

Oh how I love sushi!

I went for sushi with a friend last night and we ordered a dragon roll. The chef was so artistic with his decoration of the roll, it looked like an actual dragon!

Thursday, December 23, 2004

ice storm!

This is the view outside my window *right* now. Hard to see past the ice buildup, isn't it? We are having some seriously crazy weather here in Toronto right now...

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

I love my new water cooler, and I don't care WHO knows it!

I know I cracked am I to be taking pictures of my new water cooler, right? And who else is really gonna care? Just humour me here...and behold...MY NEW WATER COOLER!!! (cue angels singing)
NICE, hunh?? (go for the larger image, you know you want to!) It's got hot water, cool water, AND cold water. Eeeeek!! is it sexy OR WHAT??
oooooo... fancy! It has a blue back-lit LCD reading/temperature control!! Now I can adjust the temperature of my water to just the way I like it (the colder the better, baby!!) Just as a note, the 'number' on the left (E4) is the hot water temperature which was doing the funky chicken until I reset it. Now it says 89C.
As an incredible bonus this watercooler has a mini fridge in the bottom to store whatever you like. I of course store drinks for any guests that might stop by. I love this feature coz it frees up more space in my main fridge. Yeeha!
But this is the most exciting part of all.... the blue light!!!!! Go ahead and laugh, but this has to be my favourite feature. When you shut the lights off in the room an automatic night light kicks in (for all those time you need to get water in the dark, I suppose). I just love the blue, coz me likes blue. Beam me up some water, Scotty!!

blue snow??

It's moments like this that make me fear for the future of our planet. I came across this sight at a head office for another company, where they had obviously used some kind of chemical/salt to melt ice and snow on the sidewalks. But why blue? Does it have to be blue? could you not just use natural salts? (which in itself can be pretty harmful) Why colour it blue and add that extra bit of harmfulness to it?? I mean, I love the colour blue and all... but that's clearly a bad thing in this case

Monday, December 20, 2004

deep freeze

This is the scene that greeted me this morning when I stepped into my bathroom to have a shower. Thanks to a cold-snap here in Toronto over the last 24 hours there was a thick layer of frost covering my bathroom window. I tried scraping a bit of it with my finger nail, but that stuff ain't movin'! Ahh.... don'tcha just love -35C (-31F) temperatures? :-D
Go ahead... take a nice close look. See how thick that frost is??? BRRRRRRRR!!!
That's me freezing my duff off in my car. I am wearing my long ankle-length coat, two scarves, a warm sweater with a t-shirt underneath, gloves and my hood pulled up. If you dress for the weather, it's not so bad...
So here's what happens when you put a scarf over your mouth to make breathing easier in the cold.... your glasses fog up. AND THEN, because it's so cold, the fog freezes so you then have a layer of frost covering your glasses! good fun!

Friday, December 17, 2004

sunset day

This is the view from my apartment window. This is the same day as the the start of the sunset you see in the picture below. By this time it was almost 6pm, and farther east in the city.
Just over that fence is the Toronto Airport. I work right beside the airport, so I see big planes of all sorts passing overhead everyday. In this picture is was about 4pm and the sun was just starting to go down. I liked the trail in the sky left by the plane, like a signature in the sky...

and you were worried about a cold toilet seat??

Why a toilet full of ice? Because we fancy ourselves a bunch of jokers in this office, that's why.

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Sunset in Nova Scotia

I have posted this picture before, but I decided to do so again because I love it so much. This may be one of my most favourite pictures I've ever taken. I took this in Halifax last June.

Noo Shoos!

Look at my sexy new running shoes! (and I use the term "running" loosely. I plan on doing nothing of the sort in them, except maybe jogging on the spot) I got them last night and went to the gym right away to break them in. I love 'em! (here's more info if you happen to be the sort who likes to know these things)

a man who gives flowers??

Oooooo... Look what *I* got from a boy last night! He gave me flowers!!! Maybe dating isn't so bad afterall... there might still be a gentleman or two out there!

Happy Chanukah!

That's my chanukiyah.... and that there is the first candle lit for the eight day "Festival of Lights", Chanukah.
Pretty, hunh?? :-)

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

The day after the snow storm...

What? You can't see anything? Funny, neither could I as I drove along. This is what happens when it rains instead of SNOWS in December. GIVE ME SNOW!!
Hmmmm... blinding snow or thick fog... which would I rather drive to work in...?

Monday, December 06, 2004

Snow Storm on a Monday Morning

Finally! We got some REAL snow this morning, much to my utter glee. This is what greeted me this morning as I walked out the door to head to work. The car on the left is mine.... if you can make it out. yay!!! SNOW!!!
See how excited I am? I love me a good snow storm, oh yes I do! I was thrilled when I looked out my window this morning and saw the white stuff everywhere. Sadly, the weather predictions for the rest of the week say it's going to warm up and rain for the next few days. That means my snow will melt. *pout*
I had just left my driveway and driven for all of 2 minutes when I came across the first of many accidents I would encounter on my way to work. Note how crazy white the sky is with all the snow blowing around!
Things didn't really get any better for me once I got on the highway..... More cars. More snow.
I *really* like this picture. This is of course my sideview mirror as I slowly make my way down the highway. As you can see, there's an army of cars behind me doing the very same thing.
I decided to take a picture of my speedometer so that you could see just how slow I was moving. No kidding, that was the speed I was going on the highway... it barely even registers!! The storm had traffic *crawling*
One of the problems with this particular storm was that ice was forming on the windshield wipers, making it so that they didn't always have full contact with the windshield. The result, as you can see, is that part of the windshield becomes difficult to see out of. I saw some people pulled off on the side of the highway to get the ice off their windshield wipers, a dangerous endevour considering how many people were sliding off the road.
Finally.... I got to work. As you can see from the time on my clock radio in my car, I was a little late (ok, a lot late). My commute usually takes 20 - 30 mins, but today took over an hour. Hey, it's not like I'm the only one in the city who was late getting to work... most people were. Too bad all this will be melted by tomorrow when it rains.... :-(