Friday, April 18, 2014


Sam found this video of motivational quotes put together:

“Talent you have naturally. Skill is only developed by hours and hours and hours of beating on your craft.”
Will Smith.

Tomorrow is the last day of exams for my students. I have a make-up exam to run in the morning and lots to clean up to prepare for next week. I'll sleep now so I can get up early tomorrow.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Phone call

James trying to call his friend Nolan on the phone:
James: Hello
Nolan's mom: Hello, who is this?
James: James
Nolan's mom: James who?
James hangs up on her.
James to me: it was a wrong number
Me: that was Nolan's mom! She just didn't know who you were.
James tries again with a different approach:
James: Hello could I speak to Nolan please?
Nolan's mom: Is that why you called last time?
(I'm laughing so hard at this point)
James: Yes. Now my mom's laughing.
Nolan's mom: I'll get Nolan.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


I think the solstice is the longest day, so I would call today the solstice. I ran all day during the showcase and then had to settle down to tackle my email so it was a 13 hour day. My feet are pretty sore as well! I managed to skip both lunch and dinner and functioned on adrenaline!
Tomorrow my day is booked up but I have to get some important things done so hopefully I will be efficient enough not to have to stay too late.
Hoping to order Darbar tomorrow as a reward!

I was thinking spring might have come back during my long day that felt like a week but no, still cold. I did enjoy it while it was here though! I saw this on FB:

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

on the trailing edge of exhaustion

Today was long and frenzied getting ready for the showcase tomorrow as well as dealing with a bunch of other things to wrap up the year. Tomorrow will be even longer but then things will start to get better. I'll be out of the house at 7am!

Monday, April 14, 2014


My day today was a frenzy of activity with preparation for the showcase and lots of people stopping by to see me. I was supposed to order the pizza for the meeting we had around lunch time but just could not get the time to do it, so Corrine did it for me. I expect tomorrow will be worse as all the last minute things for the showcase plus a number of emergency things to deal with not related to the showcase. I am looking forward to the showcase and enjoying hearing about the projects the students have done this term.

In memory of the Boston bombings I leave you with this picture posted by a news site during the lockdown of a police officer who got milk for a family with a baby. Sweet.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The water came back and Day 2 of spring

Expecting fall next week. With a -8 in the forecast for the upcoming week I couldn't bring myself to put away my winter jacket. It was pretty hot to wear it today though.
I have a distrust of spring now!

I do love these little guys though

The water returned at 11:30pm. It was surprisingly louder than I thought it would be. Can't miss that.

I woke up bright and early this morning and cleaned both bathrooms now that I had water!

Step 2 in spring cleaning was James' hockey corner in the basement. It was a terrible mess. Was he raised by wolves? Sometimes I wonder.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Water shut off

When I woke up this morning there was a utilities truck at the corner of park and college. They are doing heaps of construction around here so I didn't think too much of it. Princess St. is shut down from Concession to Victoria so a lot of cars come down Park to avoid it. When I went out later in the day I saw that Park was down to one lane. And I thought that was odd to have construction on two parallel streets, but it is construction season so it is what it is.
Around dinner time, there was another utilities truck at park and college looking more urgent.
I didn't think too much of it then either. But when I didn't have water in the house anymore I took a look at the utilities twitter and they said they were replacing a broken valve at Princess/ Concession and that water may be out in the area. Hopefully they fix it soon as Step 2 is being held up due to no water!

I managed to do 4 loads of laundry before the water went off (and almost everything dried in the sun!) so I have plenty to fold. Then I guess I'll vacuum!

The poor utilities people are look like they have to deal with a number of agitated people. But there is no sense getting upset over things you can't control.

Edited to add- Utilities have said the water will be back on at 3am.

After the update on Utilities someone mentioned that this was unacceptable as there was no notice. I'm sure they didn't PLAN on it breaking. Not sure how you can give notice for that anyway. Guess I shouldn't be waiting around for it!

Step 1

For the first step in my spring cleaning I took on James' room. I thought this step would take a lot less time but it took all afternoon. I don't include a "before" picture but it was pretty much a disaster. He had a friend over for a sleepover last week and they played some sort of game that involved throwing things all over the room (and not cleaning it up, of course). I cleaned everything in the room. Walls, floors, everything! I'm pretty filthy now, so I'll have to change before step 2.

Kim called last night to say she had an accident with a horse. This time while trying to get the halter off him. He got spooked and ran when her arm was in front of his face and it dislocated her shoulder. Of course, it was a day when she was alone at the farm so she had to manage to get herself up (as she had fallen down) and into the house to make her call for help. This happened a couple of weeks ago and the shoulder is not so good still. She has difficulty with dextrous tasks like pulling her pants on. She can still do things like cleaning out horse stalls. I told her to wear dresses instead but she felt that was not practical.


About a month late, but better late than never!

Spring cleaning today in honour of the weather.

Preparation for the big course showcase goes on. (Students present their projects) It is like planning a wedding that I have invited 700 of my closest friends to. Lots to do before Wednesday!