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Nov. 7th, 2007 08:36 pm Back from the abyss?

Hmmm, I seem to have fallen off the edge of the world - poor journal must seem very lonely. I have been busy just keeping up with things I guess and haven't given much thought to documenting them. Not that exciting things aren't happening (congratulations to Peta and Jesse on their engagement!)

The dust never seems to quite settle at work, although I think we're as settled as we're likely to get now - at least we've finally got all the staff in place - that took long enough! The dust at home, however, settles all over everything - I really need to get out the vacuum this weekend.

I'm looking forward to visiting Victoria and getting caught up on everyone there next weekend (after I get some stuff caught up here this weekend.)

I'm off to make some cookies and perhaps another pot of tea.

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Sep. 16th, 2007 04:31 pm Hmmm - perhaps I went into the wrong line of work

Stolen shamelessly from Peta

1. Go to http://www.careercruising.com.
2. Put in Username: nycareers, Password: landmark.
3. Take their "Career Matchmaker" questions.
4. Post the top ten results

1. Career Counselor - ok

2. Archivist - sure that sounds like fun

3. Humanitarian Aid Worker - don't know about this one - perhaps, but I hate 'roughing it' so probably not

4. Sport Psychology Consultant - I don't know what they were thinking

5. Psychologist - another hmmm here

6. Historian - could do - although it might be dustier that I really wanted

7. Librarian - yup this works for me

8. Dental Assistant - Doug would never have married a Dental Assistant

9. Industrial-Organizational Psychologist - I can almost see this one

10. Anthropologist - again - a possibility, but perhaps too much roughing it
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Administrative Assistant fell well down the list - it was number 28. I don't know that I can imagine myself as a Sport Psychology Consultant - not thinking much of professional sports might hamper me in that career. I did get Peta's Librarian slot though.

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Aug. 26th, 2007 01:30 pm Procrastinators Anonymous

I think that Mum and I are going to have to form a local chapter of Procrastinator's Anonymous. Well, except then we would have to have proper meetings (which we wouldn't) and take minutes (ditto) which no-body would get around to reading. There would be forms to complete and file, which would never get finished (or, for that matter, started). Perhaps we should just leave well enough alone and have another cup of tea. Pass the cookies please Mum.

Once we get our tail-parts in gear, we do a damned good job. Motivation appears to be the problem (what was that, I couldn't hear you over the kettle). I'm sure there are wonderful books on being more timely, but I'm busy doing other things right now and I don't have time to go to the library to find out. My sock drawer has never been so tidy. I'm pooped now - perhaps a cup of tea?

Guilt - the great motivator, coupled with blind panic, is often the only thing that will get us to knuckle down and start the task at hand. Once started, it is never half as hard to finish as we thought it would be and it's done and we feel much better (except that because one procrastinated for so long, the next deadline is fast approaching and there is something else to avoid/ignore/put off until you can't bear it any more.) I'm sure I'd feel better if I just had a quick cup of tea - then I could get going.

I learned this at the feet of an expert. I have tried to reform, but sometimes it just gets the better of me and I can't resist the lure of the boiling kettle and the next chapter, or the sun in the garden.

In short - the August CALOC newsletter is done (finally) and I'm awash in tea.

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Aug. 18th, 2007 02:25 pm

The time seems to just slip by until suddenly you realize that weeks have passed since the last posting. Things have been busy:

Doug and I went to Gibsons to celebrate our anniversary - very happy weekend
Dad's birthday
Our actual anniversary
Visits from Lance and Bonnie and Denny and Pat
A short visit to Victoria - to see Penny, Sue and Emily; dine with Brig, Rod and Pele; hang out with Megan and Travis to celebrate their engagement; and finally to gather up Jesse and Peta (and all their worldly belongings) and bring them back to Squamish.

So now we are back to our house, along with a one bedroom apartment's worth of stuff which is now awaiting a storage locker assignment. It is cool and wet, so I really have no excuse (except not wanting to) for not building the newsletter for the Nordic crowd. I think it must be time for a cup of tea.

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Jul. 17th, 2007 08:51 am Summer time and the lifting ain't easy . . .

Seems that heavy lifting is the theme this last week (and poor Doug's arms/back/ribs are taunting him for it). We have moved 9 dozen litres of festival tea to the festival and (blessedly empty) back; Doug has moved several pallet loads of concrete blocks from the front edge of the driveway to the back edge of the carport in preparation for the patio building; and now I'm just about to pack up some of Meg's stuff from her old room to take with me to Victoria tomorrow. If nothing else we'll have developed great muscles over the summer.

I'm presently putting off assembling the Nordic Committee newsletter - procrastination is my favourite Olympic sport. Technically, I'm still waiting for a couple of submissions, but that isn't a really good excuse - not feeling like it is more the truth. I'll get to it today, but I guess I'm not under quite enough pressure yet - perhaps after lunch . . .

The festival was it's usual self - the weather was just about perfect for me - not too hot, not rainy. There were the usual interesting new performers to get excited about (the Sojourners, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Old Man Leudecke) and lots of old friends to visit/hug/catch up with. I indulged in a little dancing on Saturday evening with a friend's baby (Gabriel is very cute and cuddly) so I got my baby fix at the same time - ever efficient.

Meg and I are planning some paper lantern-making for the Luminara in Victoria on Saturday - I hope I can remember the details as it's been a while since we built new lanterns. I'm sure it will come back to me as I need it (just have to remember to leave a hole for lighting the candle.) Jesse and Peta want to show me (or us if others are coming along) their new favourite place to eat. I'm looking forward to my visit.

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Jul. 11th, 2007 08:27 am Busy we have been

Yes, I am aware that the last posting I made was in May. June was not a quiet month. It never is really, what with trying to fit all the end of school activities in and trying to actually do the work part of work while making sure all the fun stuff happens. Now that work is mostly done (just the mail and some straggly ends to tidy up over the summer) I am able to devote myself to garden, house, family and the crazy little passions that seem to catch me just when I thought I would be sitting around doing nothing. This year's passion is genealogy (don't ask why that one popped up - these things are unknowable.) Between my long-standing flirtation with Family Tree Maker, a recent fling with www.ancestry.ca and Megan and Travis hooking me on www.geni.com I am quite enjoying the process of figuring out who belongs where and putting things in tidy little boxes. Have you ever noticed that families don't fit into tidy little boxes? It's more like urban sprawl or bindweed or something. Fun though.

Since Mum (Gran, Lynn)'s surgery in May, I've upped the family time a little. It's always fun spending time with Mum and Dad and I can generally add their few small errands into my usual routine without much impact - so handy that they live so close and I can pop in as needed. Mum is doing hydra-therapy at the pool and now that school is out I can join her for a swim a couple of times a week (to be honest we started this week, and who knows how loyal I'll manage to be on this one) but it felt good on Monday and we're planning to go again on Thursday as well.

With the front garden shaping up nicely and the promise of an obscene number of concrete building blocks arriving soon for the back patio, things around the house are moving forward. Travis was a big help in getting some blocks moved last weekend so that Doug could get the shed project moving along. It will make a big difference to have the shed to put things in - the garden will look much tidier without things leaned up against walls or tucked under the stairs.

I'm planning a short getaway to Victoria soon - time to catch up with Penny and visit/torment the kids on their own turf for a little. The court proceedings that had mucked up our August holiday plans have fizzled away (the drunken woman sensibly pled guilty at her first appearance) so we don't have to worry about that taking up too much of Doug's time off next month. Looks like we'll potter around the lower mainland for the first week then head over to Victoria to visit and then gather up Jesse and Peta's belongings for their return to Squamish.

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May. 28th, 2007 08:43 pm

No good advice this time. Just a 'catching-up'.

We've spent a lot of time visiting with dear friends and family this last little while. Doug and I went to OK Falls on the long weekend with Marshall and Marianne to visit our friends Bob and Sheila Daly - a great road trip complete with vegetable stands (somewhat early in the season); snake hunting on the Kettle Valley Railway trail and a visit with Pat and Wayne Holland in Naramata. We returned tired, but satisfied on the Monday afternoon.

Tuesday night dinner was at Mum and Dad's because Mum just isn't up to stairs yet - Marianne cooked (it was her turn - there is an order to all this) and I wonder if Marsh has got the chicken sauce out of the back seat yet? On Wednesday, a dear friend from the far distant past, Jim Rose, was visiting Mum and Dad so I joined them (partly to cook the dinner and partly to have a visit - I've know Jim as long as I can remember). Thursday was for regrouping and recovery.

On Friday, I left Doug to an evening at the driving range with Marshall and trotted off to Vancouver for Pele's Great Wedding Dress Hunt. I don't think the room service man from the Four Seasons will ever recover from the sight of Pen, Brig, Me, Pele, Emily and Megan with facial masks of various colours and consistencies and a wild variety of nightwear. He was very gracious and even consented to take our picture for posterity. Saturday was a whirlwind of shopping (think seven women traveling in a pack down Robson Street stalking the elusive perfect shoe.) The expedition was largely successful - the necessary garments purchased and just a shoe or two yet to find. Thanks for including me guys - it was great, but I lost the game.

With relatively pleasant weather yesterday, I was able to get a little yard work done (Doug had mowed the back lawn on Saturday) - some weeding and tidying and a little housework - vacuuming up the seriously crunchy things that had taken over the dining room floor and chasing some kitty fur dragons back into their lairs.

We're into the final push at work - all the gathering of loose ends to tie up the school year in a nice neat bow (like it ever actually works that way) at the end of June. Angela and I are supposed to sit down tomorrow and go through the things that need to be finished up so that we are both working on the same list. I have a couple of grant proposals to get finished up and the school plan needs a couple of minor tweaks yet, but it should all be done in time as usual.

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May. 6th, 2007 12:40 pm Too good not to share

I found these worthy pieces of advice in weekly email subscription. I felt they were too good not to pass along:

* A mouse trap, placed on top of your alarm clock, will actually prevent you from rolling over and going back to sleep after you hit the snooze button.
* If you have a bad cough, take a large dose of laxatives, then you will be afraid to cough.
* Clumsy? Avoid cutting yourself while slicing vegetables by getting someone else to hold them while you chop away.
* Have a bad toothache? Smash your thumb with a hammer and you will forget about the toothache.
* You only need two tools: WD-40 and Duct Tape. If it doesn't move and should, use the WD-40. If it shouldn't move and does, use the duct tape.

Solving the world's problems one simple idea at a time.

It's been a while since the last post. I'm not quite sure what I was doing through April - it was busy though. We spent a while this morning with a nice fellow named George who came to see if he could help us with the front garden (which suffered horribly through the renovation process - what they didn't drive over, leave lumber on for weeks or dig up, they trod on and otherwise battered.) George seems to feel that he can sort things - he is coming next Friday to make a start on it. The front of the house is so beautiful now and the garden looks so sad that I was overwhelmed by it. I'm hoping that George will solve that problem. Doug and I are working (slowly) at the back yard - we've decided on where the shed will go and have begun digging that spot out so that we can level it, put in some gravel and some concrete blocks. Once that is done, we'll be able to put the shed together and it will be another part of the puzzle finished. By then the design for the patio area will be more fully formed in Doug's mind and we will begin reconstruction of it as well. It probably just needs some WD-40 and duct tape.

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Mar. 27th, 2007 07:58 am Not particularly surprising

What Be Your Nerd Type?
Your Result: Literature Nerd
 

Does sitting by a nice cozy fire, with a cup of hot tea/chocolate, and a book you can read for hours even when your eyes grow red and dry and you look sort of scary sitting there with your insomniac appearance? Then you fit this category perfectly! You love the power of the written word and it's eloquence; and you may like to read/write poetry or novels. You contribute to the smart people of today's society, however you can probably be overly-critical of works.

It's okay. I understand.

Social Nerd
 
Artistic Nerd
 
Drama Nerd
 
Gamer/Computer Nerd
 
Science/Math Nerd
 
Anime Nerd
 
Musician
 
What Be Your Nerd Type?
Quizzes for MySpace


Not much room in this quiz for outside pursuits such as gardening - perhaps they just aren't nerdish enough.

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Mar. 18th, 2007 07:02 pm

I have had a lovely lazy weekend - we had a shopping sort of day yesterday (groceries and all) and then bummed around doing cleaning/tidying sorts of things all afternoon. We had a lovely dinner with Mike and Lori and Mum and Dad at the Greek place here - very tasty - and then Lori very bravely agreed (over much protesting from Mike) that it would be worth a shot coming to our house for coffee/tea. No adverse reaction to cats was had thank goodness ('cause I don't think Mike would have forgiven me if Lori had so much as wheezed once.)

Today was a much nicer day outside so Doug and I went for our walk this morning (on the basis that it wasn't raining right then and it might later on) and then more puttering around. I've been trying to decide what crafty thing to bring with me to Victoria. I have begun my wall quilt for the living room, but it's not really a travelling sort of thing so I'm stealing a sweater that Meg was working on a while back and bringing that. If she wants it back I can leave it with her when I come home. I've also been scouting out some books to bring along for the ride.

Tomorrow I'm going to the city with Mum - we indulge ourselves when I am available and it is always fun to spend the day doing errands together. Tuesday, Peta is coming over to do the visa thing so I'll be off to the city early to pick her up and get the paperwork over with. She'll come back to Victoria with Mum and I on Wednesday. All terribly organized and planned out - but with room for adjustment as we choose.

A week without work is a good thing right now as there have been some unpleasant goings on there (nothing to do with the kids or the regular staff, just one or two whacky-doodles (my boss's description) fly in the ointment making life difficult for us) and some time away is good for us all. My boss is in the Bahamas. I too am going to the beach, but I don't think I'll be visiting any swim-up bars this round.

I'm off to dinner (which Doug is cooking) and maybe a movie or something this evening.

Current Mood: contentcontent

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Mar. 3rd, 2007 01:00 pm

1 word survey: Can. Only. Type. One. Word. Not as easy as you might think.

1. Where is your cell phone?
purse

2. Your boyfriend/girlfriend?
husband

3. Your hair?
scary

4. Your mother?
stately

5. Your father?
talented

6. Your favorite thing?
family

7. Your dream last night?
wierd

8. Your favorite drink?
tea

9. Your dream car?
Miata

10. The room you're in?
Office

11. Favorite Food?
bread

12. Your fears?
Failure

13. What do you want to be in 10 years?
comfortable

14. Who did you hang out with last night?
Doug

15. Muffins?
sure

16. Favorite Place?
Home

17. One of your wish list items?
cherry

18. Where you grew up?
Vancouver

19. The last thing you did?
vacuumed

20. What are you wearing?
clothes

21. Your TV?
fine

22. Your pet?
cats

23. Your computer?
mine

24. Your life?
happy

25. Your mood?
Content

26. Missing?
kids

27. What are you thinking about right now?
lunch

28. Your car?
Aveo

29. Your work?
hmmmm

30. Your summers?
ocean

31. Your relationship status?
lucky

32. Your favorite color?
Blue

33. When is the last time you laughed?
morning

34. Last time you cried?
Thursday

35. School?
work

nobody left to tag except http://pjbarner.livejournal.com/ and http://thetworivers.livejournal.com/

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Feb. 25th, 2007 01:07 pm Procrastinate? Me? Never!

After "But I digress" our family's motto probably has something to do with doing it later. I tackle this habit by doing things immediately or never - there seems to be little middle ground when it comes to procrastinating for me. So I'm often to be found doing things now that aren't due for months ('cause otherwise they won't get done) or busily doing things that don't need to be done in order to avoid something I don't feel like doing at all.

The Heathens Newsletter generally falls into the category of things I'll do later. It is problematical as submissions dribble in over months, and 'there's no point trying to put it together until it's all here, is there?' Now that we seem to have dwindled to one issue per year the challenge to get the damned thing done is even greater. However, this time I had the perfect excuse - I was still waiting for Chris's submission to get here. I even called him to find out if he had sent it (yup - went out just before Christmas - you haven't got it yet?). The envelope finally arrived last week. With a lovely long article that had yet to be typed before I could start the newsletter itself. (We won't mention the three or four other articles I have had sitting on the side of my desk for months while I waited for this one last item to arrive 'so I could start'.) If nothing else, my typing speed improves when this happens - a week of typing manuscript every evening will do that for you. But the blindness brought on by trying to follow the route names and levels of difficulty is a drawback. Good thing Chris has such tidy printing or I would probably down keyboard and give up. The short version of this is that the damned thing is done for another season/year/whatever the timeframe might be. I just have to drag my sorry self to the printers and get it copied and sent off.

We've had a lovely week with Jesse and Peta home (I have a very interesting assortment of leftovers in the fridge so Doug and I will have lots to choose from for dinner the next few nights.) It was great to spend some solid time with them both and we look forward to having them home in June (most likely) and through the fall while Jesse does his practicum.

Muff

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Feb. 18th, 2007 08:36 pm Happy New Year

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting I hope that you have a very happy and prosperous Year of the Pig. Special good fortune and wishes to my two favourite 'Piggies' Jesse and Travis.

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Feb. 4th, 2007 01:50 pm Just a test

So . . . never one to resist a challenge I too have set up a photobucket account and am having a go at posting a photo in the hopes that I can help Megan answer the deep question "how do you get them to be little?"

This is a picture of the Vancouver skyline taken from the Coast Inn on Stanley Park a couple of years ago.

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting (this is thumbnail)

And the answer is: on the upload page click on "uploading options" and choose the thumbnail size of picture as the maximum size (or the website,email one for slightly larger) and it seems to do the trick.

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting (this is website,email)

In other news - another weekend of finishing up little jobs - like putting shelves in cupboards, ensuring there are enough double beds for all for next weekend and hemming curtains that should have been hemmed months ago. Satisfying stuff in its own way and a good way to spend a snowy/rainy weekend.

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Jan. 21st, 2007 06:27 pm Cleaning

As you all know, cleaning is not my favourite thing. But the house looks so good these days that I am inspired to at least have a go at keeping it that way. So this weekend involved vacuuming and mopping and all that stuff - I even did a window or two. There is less and less stuff just lurking on the floor to move out of the way which helps a lot. Having someplace to put it all is wonderful.

Doug and I are back walking again - just on weekends so far, because it is dark early still and we don't generally get out until after dinner on weeknights. The trail we walk is a bit challenging right now (and not just 'cause we haven't done it regularly for a while) as it is hilly and has some snowy bits and some icy bits and some places where there is very little verge to walk on but it is wonderful to get out and get the fresh air again. I've missed it this last couple of months.

My recipe collection is done! And I think I'm pretty much completely switched over to the new computer and am now cleaning off the old one prior to finding it a new home. You don't realize how much stuff you have that you 'just can't live without' on your computer. Yipes! At least I was a good girl on the old one and kept things tidily in one data file so that it was easy to make sure all my important stuff came with me. I am a very spoiled brat getting my own new computer for Christmas! Thanks Doug - it is wonderful!

Off to find a nice movie to watch tonight - something familiar and happy to start the week out right.

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Jan. 19th, 2007 11:33 am Friday at last

I am stuck in a school without email access (at least through the school system) and feeling rather cut-off from the world. There are all these things that I should do but they involve sending people stuff by email, or asking questions by email or whatever and now I'm unable to do them. I have resorted to several 'getting up from my desk' tasks that have been waiting for just such a moment. The bulletin board is now covered in red paper, the two tables that we got in November now have legs on them and can be deployed and I'm about to file the mound of papers on the back of my desk. Doesn't get any of the stuff that I need to do finished, but at least I'll feel like I have accomplished something.

On the home front I am almost finished a task that I have been meaning to do for years - I am ten recipes from having all of my handwritten scraps of paper typed into my recipe software. I bought the software forever ago planning to do this and have sort of poked at it on and off over the years. Just before Christmas they released a new version of the software and the best new feature (in my tiny mind, anyhow) is that you can now export the recipes easily to MS Word and have it compile a cookbook complete with a table of contents and an index. Now, I am perfectly capable of doing this myself, but it is fiddly and picky and not really worth the pain, but the software just does it - little or no input or effort from me. Truly spectacular as far as I'm concerned and enough of a reason to bite the bullet and get the damned recipes typed in. I was talking to my cousin Christopher last night and had to admit that I was taking my little scraps of paper, typing them labouriously into the database, with the intention of printing out (admittedly less little, less scrap-like) pages of paper. My only excuse is that it has forced me to a) edit the collection to only those recipes that I use (or might actually use in the future) and b) now they will not only be in big enough type for me to read (some of those ones from the side of the box are pretty tiny) but legible which I have been assured my handwriting is not. I intend to make copies of the family cookbook for both of my children so that they can be horrified by how their mother spends her free time.

The kids used to bug me about not playing any games on the computer (after a brief addiction to the early version of Tetris, I have never really indulged in them) - I always say that I play on the computer, I just play different stuff than they would. I guess the above is evidence of that.

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Jan. 4th, 2007 09:15 am The New Year

I told you it would be infrequent . . .

We had a good Christmas - the kids all home, lots of family both here and on the island. It was wonderful and we are very lucky to get to enjoy our families so much.

The tree came down yesterday (I was surprised when Doug suggested it, he is normally the great supporter of keeping it lit through Twelfth Night, but I guess with just the two of us home and the tree chipping day on Saturday it made sense.) The living room looks a little bare, as it always does when the tree comes down. We have to get the 'art thing' sorted out soon so that it doesn't look like we're just renting the place.

I've been spending some time trying to determine what competitive sport I'm going to excell at this year (a fortune cookie and my 2007 horoscope both indicated this would happen - go figure.) I think that under the circumstances about the only option would be rally driving. Could be a challenge for my directionally handicapped self, but perhaps they have the equivalent of the paralympics for those who can't tell north from south and who have attempted to follow the river course on a road map. I certainly got some good poor-weather practice in on Tuesday driving down-island from Port Alberni!

I'm not actually looking forward to going back to work next Monday. It has been a good fall, but I'm beginning to think that I need to move on - all antsy and itchy. Maybe the freshly painted and re-floored office will inspire me and I'll feel more settled next week. If you hear of any openings for multi-talented, multi-tasking motherly types just pass my name along. (Good with children, minor plumbing and an excellent researcher - doesn't suffer fools particularly gladly.)

I should go and put the fiction section of the family library in some sort of order so I can figure out where it's going to end up being shelved. Having my books back on shelves will help me feel settled again, I'm sure.

Happy New Year all,
Muff

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Nov. 22nd, 2006 04:01 pm While the kettle boils I'll fill this in . . .

FOUR JOBS I HAVE HAD IN MY LIFE:
1. Medical Office Assistant
2. Magazine columnist (in the loosest sense)
3. Newsletter Editor - bwa ha ha - the power
4. School Secretary

B) FOUR MOVIES I WOULD WATCH OVER & OVER:
1. Love Actually
2. Wimbledon
3. Tortilla Soup
4. A Knight's Tale

C) FOUR PLACES WHERE I HAVE LIVED: (vacation spots don't count)
1. Squamish
2. Vancouver, BC
3. Toronto, Ontario (for 5 weeks, but it counts)
4. Scarborough, Ontario

D) FOUR TV SHOWS I LOVE TO WATCH:
1. secretly loves all those decorating/renovating shows
2. Sesame Street - vintage, not the current stuff
3. MASH
4. oddball documentaries about strange things

E) FOUR PLACES I HAVE BEEN ON VACATION:
1. Scotland
2. New Zealand
3. Montreal
4. Disneyland

F) FOUR WEBSITES I VISIT DAILY:
1. LiveJournal
2. craigslist
3.
4.

G) FOUR OF MY FAVOURITE FOODS:
1. tea - off to make myself a cup now
2. baked goods - pretty much anything
3. chocolate
4. nectarines

H) FOUR PLACES I WOULD RATHER BE RIGHT NOW:
1. on holiday with Doug (someplace warm for his sake)
2. in my sewing room (not yet, but soon)
3. Any tiny village in Portugal
4. exploring the Maritimes, but not in November

I) FOUR FRIENDS WHO I THINK WILL RESPOND:
1. Penny
2. Em
3. Peta
4. Jesse

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Nov. 8th, 2006 10:22 pm Busy weeks

It is November - that means report cards at the school - the teachers have been great this time round and I have already been able to print several classes worth for my boss to read through. (Also already reprinted several corrected ones.) She isn't too sure about the way I have been doing report cards as it is sort of non-standard (in that I, like the Little Red Hen) tend to 'do it myself' when it comes to the collating, copying and filing of the things. Experience has shown that it is the best method to allow myself to be comfortable that it was all done the way it should be. Hopefully it will go smoothly enough that she will be OK with it for next time.

We are also clearing out some of the astonishing collection of junk that accumulates in a building over 40+ years. Things that nobody has been willing to toss, just in case someone, sometime might use it again. I realize that the old methods are coming back again, but perhaps the readers I remember from Grade One are a little dated. They do have a certain giggle factor, but the stereotypes are strange to look at all these years later. That and things produced on Gestetner sheets - I haven't actually used that technology (I use the word loosely) for many years - not since high school and even then it was considered pretty old-fashioned. Photocopiers actually do a much nicer job and the print isn't all smeary and purple.

On the home front things are nearly done (I keep saying that in the hopes that soon it will be true). Just a few loose wires to tidy up, a sidewalk or two to pour and some little tiny bits of painting at the ends of the eaves very high up (I understand why they aren't done yet, but it looks funny.) I have been very grumpy with the tile guy this week - it has been a bit irritating, but it sounds like we have found a solution that will finish that job off.)

Off to read a bit before I go to sleep.
Muff

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Oct. 30th, 2006 08:55 pm Once a month (mostly) without fail

Things are mostly settling down around here - the house is fast approaching the finish point (and about bloody time all our friends will say) and work is mostly under control (just in time for report cards!)

We had Megan and Travis home this last weekend and Jesse will be home at the end of next week for Reading Break. It is always wonderful to get to visit with them. I miss them dreadfully, but really enjoy hearing about their adventures with school, housing and all.

We (Doug and I) are off to Victoria on the 17th to face paint at Penny's school fair and bring some more furniture over to the kids (at some point Vancouver Island will be too weighed down by all the stuff and the whole province will tip) - we'll get to have a visit with Penny, Sue and Emily and see Meg and Trav's new place.

I have asked Peta for art and so, am compelled to post the following:
The first five people to respond to this post will get some form of art, by me. I make no guarantees about quality, type, or timely delivery but I will assure that I will give it a good effort. The only catch, of course; as with most memes, if you sign up, you have to put this in your own journal as well.

If you don't have a journal (what's wrong with you - the rest of my family does?) then you are exempt from this catch - I'll still come up with some sort of art and I promise it won't be a stick bird or blob cat.

Current Location: the remote broadcast location still
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Current Music: something guitar and violin'ish on the TV

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