Saturday, January 23
Christmas came early! I managed to trade a five hour layover at Los Angeles International Airport for a $500 flight credit voucher. I didn't have to spend much of that time actually at the airport thanks to a friend who spirited me away for lunch, but in the time I did spend at LAX, I tried to take photos representative of holiday travel. I think this one captures the time of year ... minus the hordes of waiting people.
Tuesday, January 5
The battle against the cold unveiled a new enemy when I finally broke down and turned on my central heating. It hadn't been used in a while, which meant dust escaped with the heat. I don't mind dust, but my smoke alarm apparently hates it. The beeping was LOUD. Opening the doors and windows wasn't an option, so I took out the battery. The next morning, figuring the dust had settled, I tried to put it back in. More loud beeping. I went to work. I tried again when I came back. Half-hearted beeping. Some beeps were long. Some were short. There was no rhythm or pattern. The reason was clear -- the smoke alarm was possessed. Then I received an email from my mother. The smoke alarm in my room in Maui had also been going off. Conspiracy! Both situations were eventually handled, but the coincidence was pretty amazing. And amusing.
I've realized that cold weather throws me into hibernation mode. I can't do anything active, including taking photos. Instinct tells me to bundle up and read a book. Or watch something. It's been so bad recently that blankets aren't enough. Time to bring in the secret weapon -- the portable space heater!