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Feb. 11th, 2013

Winterlude picspam (again)

Quick and dirty picspam as I wait in the airport TO GO SOUTH YES! I went last weekend with [info]paraka and it was beautiful!

Feb. 1st, 2013

Winterlude picspam (one of many)

Winterlude (a.k.a. the best part of living in Ottawa) kicked off today!

Feb. 9th, 2011

More Winterlude Magic

I wandered back over to Winterlude yesterday, when the -15C temperatures were keeping the tourists away. Just me and a dozen stalwart Canadians who weren't even wearing hats or gloves. It was fabulous!

Feb. 5th, 2011

Today's procrastination brought to you by Winterlude!

It's only Day 2 of Winterlude, but it was a lovely sunny day with near-zero temps, so I wandered down to Confusion Square to see what was happening. Quite a lot, as it turns out. I couldn't even elbow my way through the big tent to get any pics, but I'll return for those once the crowd wimps out.

Feb. 10th, 2010

Winterlude Picspam II

It's time for more Winterlude pictures. I went out tonight just as night fell, and the park looked magical.

Feb. 6th, 2010

Winterlude 2010

It's that time again, kittens! My favourite thing about winter in Ottawa: Winterlude! If you've been around a while, you know I picspam every year. I expect this will be the first post of many, especially since the theme for this year's event is DRAGONS!!!

Feb. 18th, 2009

Randomy stuff and Winterlude picspam

I'm giddy! Not only is [info]muppet (who says she doesn't read fanfic) now reading Merlin fanfic, but [info]kabal42 is watching and analysing the symbols and totally feeding my obsession. And [info]astolat wrote kinky softcore porn about magical people, aka The Court of the Summer King. So YAYs all around!

Now if I could just figure out how to redeem my Big Bang story idea from horrifying MarySueness, I'd be completely happy.

Then there's this: They've announced the Doctor's next companion. I like her -- she was awesome in Lost in Austen and Mansfield Park -- but I resent this line in the article: Duncan, who is starring as Baroness Thatcher in the BBC2 drama Margaret, will play Adelaide - the Doctor's cleverest and most strong-minded companion yet. Way to diss Donna and Martha, guys. (And Rose, too, I guess, tho I always found her more lucky than clever.) Not the actress' fault for that phrasing, of course -- hyperbole sells. It'll be interesting to see the dynamic between her and Matt Smith.

Also, some of you might be interested in this: How to watch Hulu & BBC iPlayer outside the US or UK. I saw it as a comment on LJ -- haven't tried it yet, but it looks promising.

I really must do productive things today. My boss is making these low grumbling noises that sound kind of like I imagine a volcano sounds before it explodes.

But first, some pics from Winterlude.

Feb. 16th, 2008

Brrrrr it's cold out there

So tonight Jackie and I needed to warm up after going to the nighttime Winterlude, an altogether different (and much colder) experience. We wandered into Hooley's, ostensibly an Irish bar, but once inside (and decloaked, which meant we weren't about to leave), we noticed the servers' "uniforms" -- the shortest mini-skirt kilts you'd ever see, bare legs down to their snow boots, zip-up jackets, and toques. Yes, we were in the Canadian Hooters. It was -12 outside, and not that much warmer inside -- would it have killed them to wear some tights? Does goose pimpled flesh really elicit that much more in tips?

Still, there was Guinness and great conversation, and what else could you ask for on a frigid winter night?

I snapped just a few more pictures of the ice sculptures. Sorry to innundate you with these; rest assured this will be the last batch, since from here on out there's little appealing about our winter. There aren't nearly as many as last time, because my batteries were dying, but it'll give you an idea of how gorgeous they are at night with the coloured lights shining through.

Look! Shiny! )

Oh, and if you just joined me via the [info]phoenix_flies friending frenzy, welcome!!

Feb. 14th, 2008

Winterlude 2008

It's February in Ottawa, which means it's time for another of my Winterlude picspams!

Not dial-up friendly in the least )