Every once in a while I take a break from the blogging world, which is why sometimes you won’t see me for a week, but my latest absence was neither planned nor expected. Last week my computer died on me after years of faithful service. Of course, being an engineer, I thought fixing it would be no problem. I was wrong.
I had been getting error messages relating to hardware recently so when my computer finally belly-upped, checking all of the parts and connections was the first thing I did. I found a couple of problems with the help of my brother, but when those were fixed, my computer still wouldn’t run. After several days of testing, I concluded that the hardware was fine and there was something wrong with the software. Well, I don’t know anything about software so I decided to take the easy way out and just wiped my hard drive and reinstalled everything. Unfortunately, I forgot to save some files, some of them being my list of RSS feeds and favorited websites. Don’t worry though, if you’re a regular commenter here, I’m not going to forget you.
My computer problems have also delayed the completion of my grad school applications, so until I get those done, I probably won’t be around for a while more.
In other news, we finally got a fresh layer of snow over the weekend. The old snow was getting brown and gross, you couldn’t tell if you were stepping in dog poo, rabbit poo, squirrel poo, or just plain dirt mixed with snow. I took a few pics on my way to and from home/school/work.
The parks around here always look good in the snow.
Sometimes these plants get buried in the snow and when you jump into what you think is a pile of snow, you get greeted by sharp pointy leaves and branches :(
This abandoned building has no one to clear the snow so the front steps have been completely covered and it doesn’t look like anyone will be able to open the door any time soon. Personally, I think with a little work this place could be a nice cafe, but it’s in a horrible location (there was an attempted murder here a few months back).
The snow in most of the city is now up to or above my knees. Seeing this picture reminds me that I should see if I can return those shoes. I got them on boxing day, but they’re nothing compared to the hiking boots I usually wear. In the past two weeks I’ve fallen down 4 times because of lack of grip, that’s twice as much as I fell in all of last winter.
These piles of snow gradually get bigger as winter drags on, eventually reaching their peak in February/March. I remember digging a tunnel through one of these once as a kid, that probably wasn’t a good idea. I could’ve been crushed if it collapsed and no one would’ve found me until May when the snow melts away.
So while I wasted a lot of time fixing my computer, I’m pushing the deadlines on my applications, and I’m a little sore from those falls, at least now there’s lots of pretty snow. It wasn’t too cold today either, mostly around -15 celsius, perfect for a walk around the city.