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Tuesday 20 February 2007
Tuesday 20 February 2007 09:38:08 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Daily#
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Monday 19 February 2007

It seems the weather forecast was correct: The 10 am (1600 UTC) temperature at O'Hare was 2°C, the first time it's been above freezing in Chicago since January 27th, and only the third time since January 15th.

I'm going to go outside and bask in the warmth right now...

Monday 19 February 2007 10:39:31 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Chicago | Weather#

I may have had my fill of snow, but Parker hasn't:

Monday 19 February 2007 08:57:13 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Daily | Weather#

It's possible that the temperature in Chicago could go above freezing this afternoon for the first time since January 27th. This is the longest stretch of below-freezing weather we've had since I returned home in 2000. Hey, I like records as well as the next athlete, but I'm pretty tired of this one.

Stay tuned.

Monday 19 February 2007 08:14:48 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Chicago | Weather#
Thursday 15 February 2007

I don't know what Parker was saying to Dexter, but it does look like Dexter is taking the kid under his wing, so to speak:

Thursday 15 February 2007 09:03:48 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Daily | Weather#
Wednesday 14 February 2007

The ParkerCam is back, and this time, it's personal.

Parker is at home today, but I've decided to give up a little of my own privacy so that he can continue to be famous:

Wednesday 14 February 2007 08:47:48 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Daily#

Did anyone else remember that a year ago today (Feb. 13 in the U.S.), Dick Cheney shot someone? How time flies...

Tuesday 13 February 2007 21:43:03 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | US#

So I'm walking home at 8:15 pm, and I hear Civil Defense sirens. I'm just old enough to find the sound chilling. When I was a kid, CD sirens meant "tornado" or "Soviet missile attack." They sounded for about two full minutes, which I thought was gratuitious.

See, Evanston, Ill., sounded their CD sirens tonight to tell everyone to move their cars, just in case people missed the 20 cm of snow on the ground (parking restrictions take effect after 5 cm of snow).

I also found out, this storm has dropped more snow on Chicago than any other since I returned here in March 2000. As I walked home in my long underwear, thich Irish sweater, ski gloves, fleece scarf, snow boots, and heavy jacket, I thought, "you know, it's not so bad..." Not to mention, Parker is having a grand old time, though it did pain me to see him try to do his business with snow all the way to his chin.

This weather builds character, after all.

Late update: The Chicago Tribune has picked up the story.

Tuesday 13 February 2007 21:31:06 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Chicago | Parker | Weather#
Tuesday 13 February 2007

So I'm in my office, working on stuff, when all of a sudden my speakers go haywire, then dead. Yup: Parker bit right through the speaker wire, destroying the best computer speakers I've ever had, which were about $150 back in 1998.

Tuesday 13 February 2007 11:49:42 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Parker#

You know, sometimes I forget things. Today, for example, in getting Parker to give my boots back to me and rushing to get to the play group, I forgot the ParkerCam at home.

So, Parker is in the office, but this is probably the only office-puppy shot we'll have today:

Tuesday 13 February 2007 08:28:43 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Daily#
Monday 12 February 2007

The temperature in Chicago hasn't gotten above freezing since the 27th, and we're getting more snow—50 mm so far today. At least it's warmer: for 7 of the past 9 nights the temperature has fallen below -18°C, but right now it's a balmy -3°C.

Oh, who am I kidding? Syracuse, N.Y., has over 30 cm of snow on the ground, which is nothing compared with the 3 m reported in parts of nearby Oswego County. And up in Crane Lake, Minn., it's -31°C, and not likely to get warmer any time this week.

I guess it's not so bad here.

Monday 12 February 2007 08:53:52 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Weather#
Wednesday 7 February 2007

It's amazing how long the hand puppet has survived, despite Parker's best efforts:

Wednesday 7 February 2007 09:11:40 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Daily#
Tuesday 6 February 2007

It seemed like the perfect toy: a hand-puppet with extra padding and a squeaky, so that Parker could play with our hands and (a) not really compute that hands are involved and (b) not bite our hands to shreds. When finished with the toy, we put it back in Parker's toy basket.

Well, last night, Parker decided to play with the toy, and as is his wont, he disemboweled it:

Tuesday 6 February 2007 09:24:19 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Daily#
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