Repeat Performance

Remember those pictures of snow I posted a few weeks back? I might as well just re-post them – it looks exactly the same out there again today. Which means another day off work! We we closed yesterday too, though the snow wasn’t as heavy as it is this morning (well, at least in Christchurch – the rest of the country had a lot more, even in the North Island – Sherlockfan rang me to tell me she was watching a kererū (wood pigeon) sheltering from the snow in a tree outside her window in Upper Hutt, and according to the news there were even a few flakes sighted as far north as Auckland, something that last happened about 40 years ago). There was a reasonable amount of snow on the ground here yesterday morning, but a lot of it thawed during the course of the day, despite intermittent showers of snow and hail (and something the weather presenter on last night’s news (which was about 90% devoted to the snow, which at least is a change from being 90% devoted to the rugby) informed us was graupel, somewhere in between the two). But once the sun set it started to snow in earnest, with the result that everything is pretty and white and work-preventing again this morning.

And it’s especially nice to get some bonus days off this week, as I’ve got an essay due on Friday, plus a test, so I spent the weekend writing the essay, and had planned on spending my evenings all this week studying for the test. But instead I was able to devote all of yesterday to studying, which means I just need to do a wee bit of revision over the rest of the week, so I can actually enjoy today (and potentially tomorrow – the forecast is for this weather to continue a bit longer) as a relaxing day off. Yay for snow!

Right, I’ve just checked my work email and the official “we’re closed, stay at home” notice has come through, so I’m going back to bed where it’s warm.

Kitty Prozac

Poor George has stress cystitis again 🙁 The vet said he’s been seeing a lot of it lately, what with the earthquakes, and with all the people who have had to move house, so their cats are busy staking out new territories and upsetting the balance of power among all the other cats in the neighbourhood.

So he’s back on the kitty prozac (ok, actually it’s just an anti-inflammatory/pain killer, but we’re calling it kitty prozac anyway, it sounds cooler), and hopefully will be feeling better in a day or two and I can stop following him around to mop up the drips when he doesn’t quite make it to the litter tray.

Oh, and the diet he’s supposed to be on hasn’t worked – he’s only lost 100g instead of the kilo the vet had hoped for. Could be something to do with the fact that MrPloppy is a total softy and gives George more food every time he cries for more after he’s eaten his carefully measured portion…

Ballycumber here I come!

Too late to back out now, I’ve booked my flights. Next March I’ll be off to Ireland, for a couple of weeks road-tripping with Lytteltonwitch, followed by the 2012 Bookcrossing Convention in Dublin and a visit to Ballycumber, spiritual home of the bookcrossing mascot.

And hopefully, to catch up with a few Australian friends along the way too. To get the cheapest possible flights I’m having to take a slightly convoluted route via Australia and the UAE, with a longish stopover in Australia – about 6 hours in Sydney on the way over, and about 8 hours in Brisbane on the way back, both of which give me more than enough time to get into the city for a bit.

So if anyone is free for lunch in Sydney on Saturday 24 March, or in Brisbane on Thursday 19 April, write “meetup with FutureCat”* in your diary now 🙂

So now all I have to do is save frantically for the next 6 months so I can actually afford the road trip bit…

*Actually, if you’re in Brisbane, better write “meetup with probably very woozy FutureCat who will have been awake for about 30 hours by that point.”

Had lunch with Alkaline-Kiwi and Erock today. It was great to see them, and catch up on their adventures. AK gave me a copy of a zine she’d written (which features bookcrossing and cats, so it’s got to be good :-)), and I passed on a few books. Pity we didn’t have longer to chat, but I had a meeting to race off to 🙁

And a bit late, because I kept forgetting to upload it, but here’s another photo of the snow last week, taken a few hours after the first picture, when the sun came out for a few minutes and made everything look all pretty and sparkling:

I stuck a ruler into the middle of the lawn not long after I took that photo, and the snow was 13cm (about 5 inches) deep! (ok, so that probably doesn’t sound so impressive to the northern hemisphere types who last winter were measuring their snow in feet, but it’s the most snow I’ve ever seen in NZ)