We here in the Tri-State area are preparing for a little thing called a “Nor’easter.” A Nor’easter is a bad ass, Samuel Jackson style storm that kicks your ass and steals your woman. I think it’s an NBC thing, though, to have those ridiculous storm watches. I love watching the news when I’m getting ready in the morning, the newscasters here freak out just like in LA. But, unlike in Los Angeles, when the weatherman says it’s going to snow or rain, it does. In LA, it’s about 50/50. I’ll get mad at Chris Cimino and Al Roker, though, if the snow hits before I get home. I was assured by Chris and Al that the storm would not hit until tonight, so I selected a pair of shoes and a coat accordingly. If it starts snowing before then, I’m going to have a hell of a time getting home. Not to mention the lack of a hood my coat has, which is somewhat necessary in the snow.

When I was looking up the correct spelling of “nor’easter,” which I now realize I have been distracted from, I discovered a fun new internet toy! Sort of like those desktop pets, but with a point. It’s a Weather Bug. It’s pretty cool. It keeps the temperature for my zip code in the lower right hand corner of my desktop, near the clock, and when there is a weather alert, it chirps! I like things that chirp. Currently, it is a sweaty 24 degrees outside.

For lunch today, some of the finance people and recording admins and I went to a Mexican food restaurant down the street. One of the recording admins is from So Cal as well, so we were skeptical about how good the food would be. Well, it was better than we expected, but it still wasn’t anything special. Oh, how I miss California-style Mexican food! I know there is a more specific term for it, but I can’t remember…my dad will have to remind me. However, just because it wasn’t the greatest food doesn’t mean I didn’t eat a good portion of it. And now, my stomach is not happy with me. I feel soooooo full, in a bad way. Remember when I said I was going to eat well for my trip to Miami? Well, no, you wouldn’t, because I only said it to myself and I don’t think I’ve mentioned that here yet. I’m going to Miami in March for a conference. There. And I said I was going to eat healthy because, HELLO, bathing suit! Well, I guess I’ve thrown that out the window.

Oh! My weather bug just chirped! It’s soothing, like a cricket. Let’s see what my alert is…ah, crashes involving snowplows have claimed the lives of three people within a few hours of each other. That is something I don’t believe I have ever read in my life. Ah, also, Mayor Bloomberg is considering canceling school tomorrow. No fair! If the kids get the day off, I want the day off! Stupid kids. Wow, I just read that the city assigned more than 2,000 sanitation personnel to report for the 7 p.m. shift. That’s a lot of people. You see children, the garbage men often drive the snow plows and help with the salt. It’s multi-tasking at its finest! Hmmm… “Bloomberg said a lot of salt remains on the streets from earlier storms. The city has used 250,000 tons of salt so far this season, but still has 120,000 tons available.” Holy shit! That is a lot of salt! I can’t believe they’ve already gone through that much. They’d better get more.