karen went to work this morning, but left something behind for me: the thick stench of cooking oil. she must've been frying an egg for breakfast, and that combined with my forced air heating which circulated the air throughout the house, stirred me awake at 7:30am. i went back to sleep, too tired to get up and see what it was. as far as i was concerned, the damage was already done.
today was the day after the blizzard of yesterday. a few cars had vacated, but for the most part people left their vehicles behind, since there's no guarantee a spot would be waiting for them when they returned. i turned the heat up to 65° because it was a little bit cold in the house. outside, the temperature never got above freezing, but it was sunny at least. i had a yogurt and a fruit smoothie for lunch. i did a load of laundry and vacuumed the floors before going outside in the afternoon to shovel a path from the sidewalk out onto the street. i also worked to clean up a parking spot that was only partially cleaned out; once the snow hardens, it'll be impossible for a car to park in that spot without getting impaled on a snow mound. afterwards i removed the snow from my backyard deck and parts of the staircase.
for dinner i heated up a can of gumbo soup spiked with frozen kale and a dash of my habanero hot sauce. karen changed her pattern today, didn't come home until 9:40pm, had dinner with paula at her place. i chromecasted a few episodes of bizarre foods delicious destinations before tuning to emerald city at 9pm.