Snow Day

Snow days aren't really a thing anymore, are they? Back in days of yore, which for the purposes of this discussion are the 1980s and 1990s, bad weather would shut down the office and you would be completely unable to do anything in the way of work. No cell phones, no internet, no email, and no way for work to find you other than your land line (and you'd best have caller ID to screen your calls). 

Today, my fair city shut down over a thin sheen of ice over the roadways and I wasn't able to get to the office, but that hardly made a dent in the amount of work I did. No less than four hours of meetings on Hangouts, plus plenty of email-driven tasks. I might genuinely have worked more today than I would have in the office. Kind of takes the romance out of that thin sheen of ice over the roadways, doesn't it?

So, no real snow, but the icy bits are pretty and the ducks out back seem to to be fine with the chill in the air, so it was kind of fun, even if I wasn't properly playing hooky. We cooked, we watched some QI, Leicester scraped past Fleetwood Town to get into the 4th round of the FA Cup...all in all, a pretty good day.

On an unrelated note, I picked up volume 6 of Kieron Gillen's and Jamie McKelvie's The Wicked + The Divine. Once I recovered, I picked up volume 1 and re-read it, then realized I'd meant to read volume 2, and then, when it started to click, re-read volume 6 again. All I'll say is that they played it more honestly with regards to the big reveal than I thought the first time through. It works. It's mean, it's ugly, and now I really can't wait to see how it ends. Can't recommend it highly enough.

On the off chance that anyone reading this has read Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities, ping me as I'm interested in hearing your take on it. I'm thinking it would have been a better book to take on vacation than to read from daily on the train to and from work. I just picked up Nick Harkaway's Angelmaker and I'm having the weirdest sense of deja vu reading the first couple of chapters. I would bet my life I've never read this book, but almost every word feels familiar. Unsettling. Anyway, he's a ridiculously gifted writer and I'm loving what I've read so far.

I guess I should probably hit the hay. In theory, public transit will be fully functional tomorrow even though there's been no real change in the conditions. We're not terribly good at winter weather down here. Anyway, I'll wager that the office will be semi-empty which is always nice. Sweet dreams.