I arrived safe and sound in Helsinki, and checked into my hotel, and it is nice. Rather small, but that's good. It doesn't have a window, but that's fine. Unfortunately, I discovered that I 1) have to pay eight euros to go to the aviation museum, 2) would have to walk 20 minutes to get there, or 3) would have to take the bus. Obviously, the walking bit would be fun, except for the part where it's dark out.

I did go walk around the airport a bit before it got completely dark, though. THERE IS SNOW. SO MUCH SNOW. Actually, not much snow, but it was snowing when we landed and it hasn't stopped. \o/ I GOT SNOW ON MY BIRTHDAY YAY!!!!! SNOW SNOW SNOW SNOW SNOW!!!!!!!

I also got myself a piece of chocolate cake instead of dinner. It was delicious. It was a great birthday present, but I am looking forward to some real birthday food on Sunday.

Also, I only noticed that it was Friday the 13th some time this morning. How could I possibly not have been extremely prepared for the fact that my birthday was on Friday the 13th this year??? HOW DID I NOT KNOW???

So anyway ... I read more than 100 pages of my biogeography textbook on the plane, and spent a while working on my 2012 project. I am getting very excited about it. I like the characters I have so far, and the world has much promise. I just have to decide how much like Shinto I want it to be, versus how much I am willing to modify it and/or make it a sort of dark Shinto. I rather like Shinto, so I don't really want to make it dark; but on the other hand, I really like the idea that I have at the moment ...

I must have taken the slowest possible train to get to the airport this morning, but I made it in time. Plus, getting through the airport (the Nagoya airport) was extremely breeze-like.

Also, I finished editing the Vampire's thing for her, as well as the other thing from the con lang listserv. But both of those were a few days ago.

First snow

Oct. 30th, 2011 09:18 am
Also, last night it snowed, and it is now almost 9:30 in the morning AND IT HASN'T MELTED YET!!!!!!!!!!!

I have not given up entirely that Rhode Island would have real weather!!!
Today we are supposed to get a LOT of rain. The eye of Hurricane Irene is basically supposed to pass over my town, which is kind of entertaining; I wonder if we'll be able to notice it? I have never been in a hurricane like this before, so it should be cool. (Hopefully, we WILL notice it, so that we can go for a walk at that exact moment—because I expect that being cooped up inside all day is going to drive me mad, very quickly, and I might start to throw things and yell.)


Natterings on River. Spoilers. )

It was definitely a wonky episode, and they really accelerated the River storyline; not sure whether that was good, but it was funny.

Natterings on Rory. Spoilers. ) 

The Hermit, the Moon, the Tower, and I all went to walk around the brook yesterday. Because of the hurricane, they must have opened some dams downstream or something, because the water level was so low that there practically wasn't any more water. It was a bit of a let-down in terms of the scenery, but gave us plenty of opportunities to discuss the impending hurricane. I confess I am not terribly worried. Sure, rain, wind, probably some power outages; but I am not expecting a three-day catastrophe, which seems to be what the Hermit and the Moon predict. They do live kind of far out, so if they lose power it's bound to be a much bigger deal than if I do, stuck in town as I am; but I would be surprised if they couldn't go to work tomorrow, for instance. At any rate, I don't have much of an appreciation for weather.

In which I complain. )

Done for stupid touchy-feely stuff.
Yesterday, the Hermit and the Moon and I all attempted to go blueberry picking, but we were thwarted by thunder (and, eventually, rain). The rain only lasted for a few minutes, but it was pretty impressive when it happened—and the wind made a tree crack outside, it was blown to the side so much.

Luckily, though, the rain managed to actually reduce the humidity, for once; so this morning, it was much more pleasant outside.

Last Friday, I watched Suits and Burn Notice. I'm not sure why I like Suits, except that Mike Ross is hilarious, and how he's being a lawyer because he's good at it, but isn't going to let Harvey make him a douchebag in the process. (Or at least, so far ... I would not be in the least surprised if Mike has to make some serious, douchy decisions in the season finale.) I don't really like how every other girl seems to fall head over heels for him (except Zoe—er, Jessica!). I'm not so sure I really understand Harvey, though—for some reason I find it jarring whenever he starts quoting movies, like that's supposed to make him seem younger and all buddy-buddy with Mike. Maybe it's because I don't actually know most of the movies they quote, and also don't know the age demographic that typically watches them—maybe Mike having memorized The Godfather says more about Mike than it does about Harvey? I dunno.

Anyway ... Burn Notice isn't really grabbing me any more. It's still funny, but the plot just isn't there. Agent Pearce is kind of cool, and I'm glad that Jesse got to stick around, but the show just moves too slowly for me. NOTHING EVER CHANGES IN MICHAEL'S LIFE. That's not technically true, but aside from doing odd jobs for the same person over and over again, Michael's life seems pretty much just like it was in seasons 1, 2, and 3. I'll probably keep watching it for a while (especially now that they have upped the episode count for the current season!), but I doubt I'll be devoted.




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