jenett: Big and Little Dipper constellations on a blue watercolor background (Default)
[personal profile] jenett
Good morning!

Topic of the week
It is currently ferociously cold across a lot of the United States. What do you like to do when the weather's awful outside? What makes a place feel cozy to you? Do you have particular food you make, or hobbies you make extra time for?

What I've been up to
Very busy week at work, mostly, and the last round of moving tasks. (Yay! Finally!)

Useful notes
Consider tracking this post to get notifications of new comments. Select the bell icon (or the words 'track this'). More help over here, and more about notifications in general here.

Comments are welcome whenever you get a chance - even if that's hours or days later. Feel free to jump into whatever sub-threads intrigue you. More discussion is the point of the salon posts!

Got a question you're trying to sort out, or a thing you'd like to discuss? Lots of thoughtful interesting people with a wide range of interests show up here! Feel free to ask about things you're thinking about or trying to solve, as well as other kinds of chat.

House rules:
This is a public post, feel free to encourage other people to drop by, just note the 'if posting anonymously, include a name people can call you in responses' rule.

1) Consider this a conversation in my living room, only with a lot more seating. I reserve the right to redirect, screen, and otherwise moderate stuff, but would vastly prefer not to have to. Keeping conversations SFW is appreciated.

2) If you don't have a DW account or want to post anonymously, please include a name we can call you in this particular post. (You can say AnonymousOne or your favourite colour or whatever. Just something to help keep conversations clear.)

3) If you've got a question or concern, feel free to PM me.

(no subject)

Date: Friday, February 1st, 2019 03:30 pm (UTC)
redbird: closeup of me drinking tea, in a friend's kitchen (Default)
From: [personal profile] redbird
I was going to bake chocolate cake yesterday, but got distracted by more phone calls to my neurologist and the specialty pharmacy (the insurance company is delaying things). Maybe today, it's warm enough to go out but not warm enough to go for a long walk for the fun of it.

(no subject)

Date: Friday, February 1st, 2019 04:06 pm (UTC)
cjsmith: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cjsmith
Baking sounds lovely. I hope you get a chance to make that cake soon!

(no subject)

Date: Friday, February 1st, 2019 04:13 pm (UTC)
hobbitbabe: (Default)
From: [personal profile] hobbitbabe
Ruth Sawyer's 1940 novel The Year of Jubilo tells of a New York City family who copes after the father/breadwinner dies by wintering at a cabin in Maine. I think it's from that book that I got the idea of closing off rooms and huddling by the fire/woodstove/fireplace. A few times in my life I've had the chance to emulate that, although never in such dire situations, and it's always felt cozy and like an against-the-rules treat.

Nowadays, when it's cold out I close both bedrooms of my apartment with draft-stoppers, and put all the duvets on the futon in the living room, running the gas fireplace until I'm ready to go to sleep and then popping between the duvets to sleep. It might be more responsible for me to troubleshoot my flawed heating system and why the back bedroom is so cold in the first place, but this is fun.

In the daytime, if I can stay home I knit, cook things, and read books in the bath.

Checking in from work in Edmonton, it's minus 20 C here and windy. I've suggested to my co-worker that we could close the office and work at home if it keeps snowing, so we may do that (and I can get groceries on the way home). I can't really claim that I need to be home for safety, because I live closer to the office than anyone else.

(no subject)

Date: Friday, February 1st, 2019 04:23 pm (UTC)
corvidology: ([EMO] CUPPA)
From: [personal profile] corvidology
Sheep blankie, books and endless cups of tea.

(no subject)

Date: Friday, February 1st, 2019 05:38 pm (UTC)
wohali: photograph of Joan (Default)
From: [personal profile] wohali
What do I like to do when the weather's awful outside? My couch, blankets, knitting, tea, cat. Some sort of prattle on the television/laptop, typically a UK panel show of some sort (QI, Taskmaster, 8 out of 10 cats does countdown, etc.)

Do you have particular food you make? In the kitchen it tends to be beef stews: oxtail, goulash, paprikash, etc. Plus "cocoa" late at night, which for me these days is coconut milk beverage with cocoa powder stirred into it (no sugar). The cocoa habit goes back to when I was very young, my grandmother and I would make it together on the stove, in pre-microwave times.

(no subject)

Date: Friday, February 1st, 2019 08:29 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] jazzyjj
I've been staying indoors all week due to frigid temps here, although I did do my laundry on Monday downstairs. Just this morning I got a gmail account, to help out with a neighbor's startup. Account registration was pretty straightforward. No more inaccessible CAPTCHAS to deal with during the registration process for gmail, for which I am eternally grateful. Not that my tutors or someone else wouldn't have helped me, but ya know I just like to keep things accessible. As a matter of fact one of them did help me just in case we ran into difficulty, which we did but that's why I now have my own gmail account. Also been playing around with my Amazon device, and continuing to be super impressed.
Edited Date: Friday, February 1st, 2019 08:43 pm (UTC)

(no subject)

Date: Sunday, February 3rd, 2019 02:40 pm (UTC)
caprices: Star-shaped flower (Default)
From: [personal profile] caprices
I always seem to be working long shifts that bracket the worst of the weather, so I bring extra tea and hope fervently that we'll have a quiet night of it (it doesn't usually work out that way). The result is that I tend to sleep away the remainder of the bad weather. But if I have the great pleasure of a day to myself at home, I make more tea, bake cookies, and find a book to read.
Page generated Monday, April 22nd, 2019 09:02 pm
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios