Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Xtreme Springy Cleaning - 2010 Edition

Here in Winnipeg we've had unseasonably warm daily temperatures. For three days in a row, the daily highs have been in the plus-teens, instead of below freezing. In fact, yesterday afternoon we hit a balmy 18℃. Around here, that's not only shirtsleeve weather -- That's barbecue weather, and borderline bikini weather.

That can't be right.

Especially not the bikinis.

But do I approve of these unseasonably warm daily temperatures? Já, indeed I do. Here it is, the 30th of March, and I've already done *two* days' worth of yard cleanup, spent an hour or two tearing out some old plaster, and went on a run to the Brady Road landfill. This is something that normally doesn't happen until at least the second half of April or even early May, when the snow usually finishes melting.

Between now and the other side of the weekend, the prospects are good for even more tidying and organizing. The crawlspace hatch is scheduled to be raised and widened. There's topsoil to move, compost to turn, walls to insulate, and if it rains I'll work on the study floor.

But right now there's a six-pack of glow-in-the-dark lizards that need to be glued to My study wall. Just because.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

The Essentials

As the 2010 vernal equinox approaches, I'm getting down to Serious Business. In Springy G terms, this can only mean one thing.

Chocolate! *happy dance*

I'm currently sitting here at My desk with a ramekin full of goodies: Cadbury Mini-Eggs; Macadamia Roca; Cookies 'n' Cream eggs...

...and one lone dark chocolate brandy bean. *chomp*

Red and I have been busy, driving around Winnipeg and picking up mass quantities of sweet stuff... Today alone, we've spent at least $30 CDN on chocolate-related items. Add another seven bucks or so for the butterscotch and caramels we bought on Thursday, and at least $20 for chocolate purchases last week and the week before.

Já, chocolate is Serious Business at Astrejurhof.

In other news, it got up to +10℃ this afternoon.

+10℃? In Winnipeg? On March 13?

(cracks knuckles) Remind Me to have a friendly little chat with the Global Warming Denial crowd...

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Remember, order before midnight tonight!

I'm currently taking orders for spring -- Estimated date of delivery, March 20, 2010. (Northern Hemisphere only, folks -- Regrettably, the south-of-the-Equator distributor is back-ordered into the middle of September.)

The basic vernal equinox package includes:
  • Longer days, shorter nights
  • High probability of parties and festivals
  • Occasional sightings of people trying to balance eggs on one end
  • Disruptions of communications satellites *
  • And World Storytelling Day! Woot! **
And the best part? It's absolutely free.

The expansion pack with the bunnies and the chocolate eggs is gonna cost ya, though.

* A nice fit for My role as the Goddess of Random Equipment Malfunctions, n'est-ce pas?
** Also uncannily appropriate for Someone Who writes an entire novel every year.