Friday, July 18, 2008

Summer slides away

Summer feels like it is slipping away this week. I’m so busy at work that I haven’t really had an opportunity to take any vacation. I had two days off when John arrived, but that was a whirlwind of arriving and unpacking the trailer. I had one day off the following week, but then worked Canada Day so I didn’t get the full 4-day weekend I had intended. I can’t really see the light at the end of the tunnel due to some large work projects.

I’m cranky in particular this week because it seems like everyone but me is off and having fun. My husband is unemployed, and while I don’t want that for myself, he’s getting to be home watching TV or doing tourist things with his mother and nephew, who are also here on vacation. My teacher friends are off work, so they’re enjoying half to whole days off. Some other friends are on vacation as well. It’s an exaggeration, but it feels like everyone is getting some time off except me.

I had intended to take a couple of days off this week to show my MIL and nephew around the city/province, but then I had to send one person on the road and another was off for 3 days of bereavement leave. You gotta do what you gotta do, so I had no choice but to cancel my plans. I arranged to attend a meeting remotely today so I wouldn’t have to abandon my visitors even more and drive to Halifax. I do need to thank them for being the excuse for me not having to go to the Evil City, although I am disappointed not to be able to see Cyn.

Even though I want to, I can’t get a mani or pedi due to having a smashed up finger and still trying to rid myself of the issues with my toes. I curse whichever aesthetician gave me the toe issues because pretty much the only time I have bare feet is while getting a pedi. Clean your tools properly.

What I want to do with my vacation, when/if I ever get any, is read. Some of my happiest summer vacations were spent absorbing myself into a book, maybe even reading all day, not worrying about what needed to be done in the house, etc. I also would like to put up the badminton net and bat around for a while. Our nephew said he was interested at first, but it quickly drifted off his radar any time I mentioned it. John has been having some bad arthritis days lately, but I hope it will calm down soon so he feels well enough to play with me.

I realize this blog has a down tone and is predominately negative. I’m not happy right now and I haven’t been happy for a while. I know what the cause is (no, not John) but I’m not sure how to fix it. I’ve been thinking about it for a long time (years, in fact) and haven’t come up with any solutions. Until I do, I’m stuck.

Maybe I’m totally off-base. Maybe making that change won’t help. I’m just not sure. I continue to have a lot of questions with no answers.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Wafer abuse

A student in Orlando removed a communion wafer from church without consuming it to show his friend who wanted to learn about the Catholic faith.

Manhandling the guy over this incident isn't right, I will agree to that.

However, dude, what were you thinking? If you wanted to do show & tell, why didn't you arrange something with the priest? It's no big secret, and I am sure the priest would have been more than willing to show a wafer and explain about it to the other student without you making yourself stand out like a giant neon sign. You know the rules: you're supposed to consume it, not put it in your mouth and take it out again to show it off. That's disrespectful.

Observations about Canada

John's 10 year old nephew is visiting us this week. He had two observations about Canada that I found amusing:

"Canada is cold. Where's summer?" July is Fog Month in SJ, and he's hit it at its usual state. To me, this IS summer, as sucky as that is. *sigh

"Canada is nature conscious." I like to recycle and have lots of rules for what "trash" goes where. Luckily a 10 year old seems amenable to recycling. It makes me wonder if his school or municipality are not big proponents of recycling?

I have no idea where a human being gets that much energy. This is a common complaint amongst adults regarding children, but it still amazes me.

I am at work, but John, MIL and nephew are heading to visit Martello Tower this afternoon. I hope they get some enjoyment out of it, but they won't be able to get a great view of the harbour with the fog being out as it is.

If the weather gets better, I'd like to get the badminton net up in the back yard since I find myself with someone who would like to play. I've also been requested to try out Guitar Hero on the DS. I get the feeling that will be harder than using the actual guitar on a PS3.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Busy busy

Life has been busy. John's arrival, unpacking, adjusting to all the change. I'm now a wife with a live-in husband who brought stuff with him and likes things in different places than I do. It's a big change for both of us, and since change makes me uneasy, I haven't been feeling all that stable lately. It manifests itself physically as I make more frequent trips to the bathroom. Time will make things more comfortable and we'll get things sorted out.

I've been enjoying having John home all day, looking after things. That can't last forever, as much as he'd enjoy being a kept man. The move has created a debt load that we expected, but I still don't like it. It will soon be time for him to go job hunting, but we have some projects that would be better served by him being off work for at least a little bit longer.

John brought quite a large DVD collection with him, and we haven't been able to find anything we like for storage. We decided to build our own shelf, which John has drawn out in a plan. He's quite excited about building it, and I am looking forward to maximizing our space and getting exactly what we want. That project will have to be put off for this week, though, as we have company coming to stay with us.

The other issue on our plates right now is wood for winter. Since John is still unpacking and I haven't had much time to provide input and opinions on where things should go, a lot of boxes are still in the way of where the wood needs to go. I need to find more time to help get that cleared away so the wood can go in.

In addition to all of the change at home, I am also dealing with change at work. I am managing 2 people this summer and I have been finding that very stressful. We are moving our offices around the end of August, so I've also been involved in that process. That is affecting my ability to take vacation time during the best weather of the year. I can't even have a couple of days off this week. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I am the only person in the office for 3/5 days. I won't get to show my visitors around the city unless it's after work or on my lunch hour.

Now that my nephew has arrived, I am trying to put a push on to finish the baby blanket I've been knitting. I am staying at work today for lunch and brought the blanket to work on. I hope they like it. I really wanted to make rather than buy something, even though my skills are basic. Looking at the pics, I really wish I could see him in person. With so much going on, I probably won't get to see him until the fall. I wish they lived closer. I like baby stage the best, as long as I can give them back to their parents. :)

This past weekend was spent on another project that we needed done to adjust to having two people and more devices needing the internet in our house. With two PCs and two TiVos now, we didn't have the home network needed to support it all. I'm not a huge fan of wireless on everything, so I requested some help from friends to install a series of network drops in the house. It was a one-day project that turned into 2 days, but is now complete. I also planned for a couple of circumstances, such as having an extra wired connection in the living room (better for data transfer than wireless) and an extra jack in the bedroom in case we decide to move the TiVo to that room. We're also working on setting up the basement as a secondary entertainment area. John brought his TV and electronics, and I put my TiVo down there. So far all we have for seating is the bean bag chair, but I'm not as concerned about that right now.

Daniel pics

Friday, July 11, 2008

Nephew details

My nephew was born this morning at 7:48am EDT. A healthy 7lb 5oz and "really long" but they haven't measured him yet. The delivery was done by emergency c-section because the baby's heart rate was dropping fast during pushing. They later discovered that the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck 3 times!!! Thankfully everyone is healthy and happy, though exhausted.

Pictures to come soon!