It is Thursday, well, two hours into Thursday so barely a new day. I had Sunday, Monday and Tuesday off this week, and I was all ready to go back to work on Wednesday, but Mother Nature has other plans. A significant winter event has hit our region bringing flurries, squalls, winds up to 75 km/h and wind chills down to minus thirty. It is just downright nasty out there or as the Weather Network states “Dangerous snow squall conditions likely through Thursday.” I just checked the temperature and it is minus twelve but the windchill is minus twenty-six. BRR!
Highway 21 closed on Tuesday afternoon and has been closed ever since. I checked 511 a few minutes ago and there is no change. This means no work for me and anyone else who must drive to get to work in Port Elgin. I know of a few people who live out of town and no doubt called off yesterday.
It did not stop some people from travelling though, reports have been coming in all day of vehicles in ditches, people stranded and calls out for rescue by anyone, and even a multi-vehicle collision on the back way to Port on 33. It is just nasty out there and people need to stay home if possible.
Okay, enough preaching, I have spent the last two days on Facebook and Twitter sharing updates and comments on the weather and politics. Too many people out there are getting cabin fever, heck they should try spending a winter in western Alberta.
Alright, so what else have I been up to? Well, I spent a lot of the time watching documentaries on YouTube, everything from Persian History to the distant Universe and aliens to the Russian space program (sorry Democrats, there was no mention of conspiring with Trump in the last one).
It looks like the highway will be closed again today so I will spend my day catching up on some reading and writing. I am a bit disappointed I have not done more of both those things already this week. The internet can really get a hold of you and hold your head under water for hours.
I am out of pop and snacks. I managed to run up to Tiverton on Tuesday, the weather was lousy then too, and grab two bags of cheese sticks and a bag of ketchup chips. Naturally it is all gone by Wednesday afternoon and I am left feeling like I have failed myself somehow. It is a bit of a curse of staying up late at night. You do the things you would normally do during the day, including eating, and when you wake up next day and the food is gone part of you feels this sense of regret. It is silly really, you must eat some time, but eating at night just feels wrong somehow?
I am sort of happy my pop has run out, I think I have one can of Monster left for emergencies in the fridge – would this be such an emergency? It will give me the opportunity to cut back on my soft drink consumption which I noticed has been getting out of hand recently. I think it has to do with the weather and being stuck indoors so much. Anyone else find they raid the snack cupboards in their house when they are stuck there with the weather?
I have been listening to a lot more of the relaxing, or even upbeat, music they play on videos on YouTube, created for ‘relaxation’ or ‘meditation’ or what have you. There is a really great selection out there that does not cost a dime to listen to (except internet costs of course). Right now, I am listening to piano and watching a butterfly in a blossoming tree. It is quite relaxing and helps me to write.
I have some paperwork to get done for the PPC, but thanks to the weather I can not get in to buy ink for my printer, so it will just have to wait. There seems to be a lot of hurry up and wait lately, I have been getting a bit frustrated. I did find the opportunity to update my “Maxime Bernier videos” listing on my website and I was thrilled when I posted the link on Twitter and have received over ninety likes in just half a day. Wow. I just checked it now, I have 16 comments (all positive), 44 re-tweets and 101 likes. Amazing.
Today, Thursday, figuring that I will not be going into work (though I will not know for sure until around noon) I think I will spend a good portion of the day in bed catching up on my rest and avoiding Facebook and Twitter as much as possible after one. That is my new cut-off time on days off.
I plan on being off the computer, at least social media, from one in the afternoon until nine in the evening. I mean, why spend my entire day on social media like I did on Tuesday, that was just such a horrible waste of my time it isn’t even funny anymore. I was looking forward to 2019 and some of the changes it would bring in my life but so far, I have been far too focused on the “political” goal I set myself (one of four main goals) and now it is time to branch out. Writing, reading, meditation, reconnecting with my spiritual self that has been lost during the last five years.
I think that is all I must write about for now. I will write something later today, if and when I am stuck home, we will see but there is something like ten centimetres of snow coming tonight and winds continuing into the afternoon. I am not going to get stranded in Port Elgin, sorry.
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