Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Today was a day of highs and lows. Thinking things are under to control to not being under control at all. And that was just the morning. I think things are relatively speaking under control and we made some good strides today.

We had a team lunch at the grad club today. They make very dramatic BLT's so it fit the day.

This week is high intensity high stress so looking forward to vacation next week!

Monday, July 21, 2014


We had our last day of summer orientation today. It is a lot of work, but a lot of fun. At the lunch I thought I recognized a woman there but I didn't think too much of it as I know a lot of people at Queen's and I thought that must be the connection. But after our presentation I saw her again and I knew that I knew her from somewhere. So familiar. I strained my eyes to read her nametag and I saw her name was Wendy. And then it all fit together- she was one of James' teachers at Rideau and now her son is at Queen's. There's a swap for you!

It was an interesting day outside of the orientation, a well mannered fight, lots of course registration fall out. I got caught up on a lot, with a lot yet to be seen.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

horsing around

Today was a pretty busy day getting James ready for camp. At 10am I tuned into World Harvest Church in Ohio where the pastor from 3rd day was speaking. Though I didn't get to see him before I left for Rustle. James went to Cafe with A.J. and stayed with him after to go to his birthday party at a laser tag place. They apparently have a "Bank Vault" challenge with lasers all over the place that you have to avoid. James did the challenge and out of the 2000 tries that have gone through since it opened, he placed 5th on his first try. Hoping this does not mean he has a criminal future breaking into bank vaults!

Anyway, after Rustle Kim came to pick me up so we could work on her homework. She's taking equine courses through Guelph. She didn't do well on her last homework and we figured out it was because she didn't read the instructions very well. I can't believe I can tutor equine courses. Anyway, I convinced her to use the above as her profile picture. She's not boring anymore!

After that I worked more on packing James for camp. Then dinner (tacos) and he had soccer practice then off to camp. It feels weird that he is sleeping in a bed at St. Laurence instead of here, but it will be good for him. Good hockey and good programme. I am hoping he grows a lot!

Friday, July 18, 2014


My friend Kathy is working on trying to save this petting farm full of rescue animals

This weekend is a busy one as there is summer orientation tomorrow and on Sunday afternoon James is going to AJ's birthday party and Kim is coming over to work on her homework. In the evening James has soccer practice and starts his week long hockey camp at St. Laurence College. Fun for him!

Thursday, July 17, 2014


Today it sounds like a Malaysian airline was shot down over Ukrainian airspace. Airspace that other major airlines already were avoiding. Apparently with very good reason. My students were telling me that a rebel group had put on social media that they had stolen some surface to air missiles and downed a plane. When it was noted that it was a passenger jet they took down all their postings. Not good news for Malaysian airlines or the people flying, obviously. It is hard to imagine why anyone would want to do this sort of thing. I guess when you live with chaos and resentment, destruction is an outcome.

Today was pretty fun as we are running summer orientation. We are also working hard on the timetabling and it is very different to have these 2 activities mixed together.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


I love watching the lightning bugs at night in the yard. It is very cold here for july I need to wear pants and sweaters in the evenings.

I woke up at 6am because it is easier to put the garbage out early in the morning than late at night so that not many things get into it. I had my alarm set to wake up around 7am but the bottle picker guy woke me up at 6am. This week was a big one for people searching through recycling for treasures.

At work I had some meetings and managed to get most of my email cleared away.

Watched BB and it looks like Devin is heading out for acting kind of wacky and being a physical threat. My favorite right now is Nicole. I'm not sure the girls will be able to take on the strong male personalities but maybe they'll self destruct- you never know!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Into the storm

When I woke up this morning I saw a storm approaching on the weather station radar so I hurried as much as I could to get out the door and arrived at work only minimally wet. It was interesting to see how the storm seemed to be on all sides of me so I was walking into it, yet it was behind me.
People arriving at work after me were pretty soaked.

From https://twitter.com/yuenbt/status/489032978962452480/photo/1 this is what Place D'Armes looked like:

Today they moved the solar house that was in the parking lot to make more parking spaces. Yesterday, apparently there was a fox under the solar house though that is unrelated to the story. It was quite interesting to see them move it.

This guy called me on the phone today to tell me he was from the tech department of MY Windows computer.
Me: Ok (I must have snickered)
Him: Why are you laughing?
Me: Well, people call and tell me that a lot and say there is something wrong with my computer but they can't tell me the IP address of the computer.
Him: So you think if I can't tell you the IP address it is a scam?
Me: Yes, pretty much.
Him: Well. (waits for me to say something)
Me: (I don't say anything because he called me)
Him: So you know what is wrong with your computer?
Me: My computer is fine.
Him: I guess I'll go now.
Me: OK then, have a nice evening!
If he wasn't a scam I would have expected him to say something like I had it all wrong and this is why it wasn't a scam but he didn't do that. I did find it rather amusing, I guess at his expense.