Sunday, December 28, 2014
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Sunday, November 16, 2014
It occurs to me that I never shared my Halloween costume here.
I went as Ursula the sea witch.
I made the costume myself. The tentacles were easy - long purple troubles sewn to bigger black triangles. The suckers on the tentacles were straightforward but time consuming.
The necklace was clay painted hold.
And the eels were essentially a stuffed pillow.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Almost two years ago, my mom gave me an iPad for Christmas. I loved it. If you add up all the time I've spent using every other gift I've ever gotten and compared it to the time I've spent using the iPad, the iPad would win.
So naturally, I flung it across the room and cracked the corner.
It still worked fine, so I kept using it.
But...mom got a protection plan, and that plan expires in December.
Ten days ago, I took it in to get fixed.
I've been busy, so I haven't missed it as much as I thought I would, but I have noticed I have more free time, and I have a list of things I need to do when I get it back.
And the library books are piling up - I can read them on my phone, but its harder.
I hope it is back soon.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Monday, June 16, 2014
This weekend was canoe camp. We travelled on the Rideau canal: http://www.rideau-info.com/canal/map-waterway.html
We left on Friday from Edmunds lock station and paddled to Kilmarnock.
Saturday morning, we got up and went through the lock on our way to Merrickville. It was a little cold and it rained on the way, but we persevered. By the time we got through all three locks in Merrickville, it was 4:30. The girls went off on a scavenger hunt in town.
Sunday morning, we were back on our way. We went through three more locks on our way to Burritts Rapids and arrived before one. By 2:30 we had everything packed up and the girls started to leave.
It was a good trip.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Sunday, June 1, 2014
Sunday, May 25, 2014
It starts on Friday. We're getting on a bus and heading to Toronto for a province-wide rally all day Saturday. ("All day" means we leave the camp at 7 am and get back at 11 pm - it will be exhausting).
The next weekend is canoe training - 9-5 both Saturday and Sunday.
The weekend after that is canoe camp.
All of these are going to be good events, and I definitely want to go to all of them, but man I wish there was a free weekend in there.
At one point, my manager was talking about us going to India on June 16 - i.e. the day after canoe camp - and I almost lost my mind. Luckily, that was moved to August.
I spent my last relaxing weekend finishing up the various house projects that I started before Easter. I hung blinds in the second bedroom, made another Roman blind, and put an empty bin downstairs. I even started getting organized for next weekend (although I'm not done by any means).
I also took apart a desk I made in high school.
I like it, but it takes up a lot of space. Wanda wanted the desk part, and it (finally) occurred to me that if I removed the sides, they could be used as separate book shelves.
Of course, it wasn't that easy. Each of the two sides had 2 casters, not four, so they wouldn't stand up without the middle section. Thirty seconds after I realized that, I was on my way to Rona to buy 4 more casters.
Except, of course, I made the desk 25 years ago, and I suspect the casters were scavenged from somewhere by my dad, so they were even older. Rona had nothing the same size, so I removed 2 casters from one side and put 4 new casters on that side, then moved the 2 from that side onto the other side. Simple to do, and now most of the desk is downstairs (and one side remains upstairs).
It wasn't a super busy day, but I got a lot done.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Monday, May 19, 2014
Sunday, May 4, 2014
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Sunday, April 6, 2014
|Squares and blocks|
|Quilt before binding|
|Seam side up|
Friday, April 4, 2014
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
I solved it by wearing shoes.
Well, maybe "solved" isn't really the word.
In December, I finally called a plumber, but things didn't fall into place until January. He came, and realized he needed a bigger cable to snake the pipe, so he had to come back again.
He arrived again near the end of January and snaked the pipe, but it didn't work. He said that it felt like the pipe narrowed outside of the house and I should call the city.
You see, the city would need access to the main clean-out pipe, and the people who'd owned the house before me put a handy wall in front of the clean-out pipe. The wall needed to be modified, and I had camp, and then I was away, and then a friend was in town, and I just didn't have time to deal with it.
I continued wearing shoes, as that was a much easier solution.
As I mentioned, I cut a hole in the wall on the weekend, so Monday I called the city.
They asked if I was going to be home for the next three hours. I said no, and they said I needed to call when I was going to be home for 3 hours - and I could call after hours, because they work then.
Yesterday, I got home from work by 5 and called, and they suggested I call back today because it wasn't an emergency. (It wasn't an emergency on Monday, either.) She gave me the extension of the right department so I didn't have to call the general line. I don't blame the woman I talked to yesterday - I was totally fine with calling back, but it would have been nice to get better information the first time.
This morning, I called the extension she gave me at 7:30, because that's when she had told me they opened. They called back at 9:45. On the bright side, they had someone here by noon.
He experimented and determined that the issue wasn't outside of the house - it was inside.
Despite the going in circles, this was good news - digging up a pipe sounds expensive. Before he left, he explained what kind of equipment was needed to fix this - basically, it's a snake with a blade on the end.
(Um, plumbing snake, not a live snake. That would be both scary and ineffective.)
I emailed plumber #1 and he said he didn't have the right equipment. He suggested plumber #2. I called plumber #2. He arrived at 5:45 and left at 6:45.
I'm totally doing laundry in my socks this weekend.
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Or any other time, really.
I got back and gave it a couple of weeks. It didn't improve.
I googled it, and found out that dairy can make it worse, so I cut out my morning yogurt. That was about 2.5 weeks ago.
Yesterday I started feeling better. I can breathe normally, and I cough a lot less.
As a result, I got a lot done this weekend. Nothing too exciting - cut a hole in a wall to get at the plumbing clean out (more on that later), put up some hooks that fell down in ... September, I think? Made buns. Flipped the mattress on my bed (and, coincidentally, found a sock in the pillow case I was taking off the bed and a dishcloth in the sheet I was putting on the bed).
Little things, mostly, that I haven't gotten around to doing in a while.
It was a good weekend.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
It's 5 days later, and no one knows where it is or what happened.
Here's what they know:
- There was, at one point, a plane
- It is not in the air right now
- There were no calls of distress between those two situations
Here's what they don't know:
- Where it was last detected
- Whether it crashed over water or land or not at all
- Whether it was intact when it stopped flying
- What country it was nearest when whatever happened happened
- What happened to the people on the plane
Crackpot theories (and a few that might be true):
- the plane randomly turned around and flew in the other direction for a while
- or not
- the plane was on fire
- the plane was hit by a meteorite
- or vaporized into nothing
- or is being held hostage somewhere unspecified
- the Malaysian government is covering up what happened
- the US government captured everything via its satellites, but doesn't want to share it because they'd have to admit what their satellites are capable of
- it might be terrorism
- but probably not
It seems like the world is too big to hide a plane that size, but, of course, it's not. There is a lot of water out there, and a lot of parts of the world aren't heavily populated. (Of course, if you were going to deliberately hide a plane, I'd suggest a major airport. It would blend right in.)
The odds are that the plane crashed into the ocean, killing everyone on board - which is terrible, of course, but would be easier to accept if there was any sort of physical evidence to back it up.
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Saturday, March 1, 2014
But even though it's not her real birthday, I thought it was worth taking a look back at the last ten years.
The first time I ever flew with Miss B was when she was coming to visit me in Ottawa. I'd been in Brandon for my aunt and uncle's 50th anniversary, and B and her mom came back with me.
Here's a picture from that trip:
|The first time she came to Ottawa.|
She was 5 months old, and opinionated, and if she didn't approve of what was going on, she'd cry. Interestingly, she'd stop crying if you pointed a camera at her. (Yes, she's the first grandchild.)
|"Come on! I can't go swimming by myself!"|
She kept coming to visit me (and Auntie Wanda, who she claims is her favourite), and it's amazing how much she's grown.
And then a couple of weeks ago, I took the second flight I've ever taken with her, and we went to Florida. Well, you've already heard that story.
Happy birthday, B. Welcome to double digits.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Last week, I went on a Disney cruise.
My entire family went, actually. We all met in Toronto on Saturday and flew to Miami. We got in the night before the cruise, and spent the night at an airport hotel. Amazingly, we were across the street from the back of the airport, but I didn't hear any planes the entire time we were there.
On Sunday morning, we boarded the ship. We got on board around 12:30, and our rooms weren't ready until 1:30, so we went for lunch with all of our carry-on luggage. It was a relief when our rooms were ready.
There were seven of us between the two rooms, and luckily we had adjoining rooms, so we were able to visit freely. There were a few differences from other ships I've been on. First of all, there were two single beds (or one double bed) in each room. There was also a couch, which turned into a third bed, and a pull-down bunk for the fourth person in the room. A curtain divided the couch/upper bunk area from the other beds. That meant the room was larger than some others I've been in.
The second difference was the bathroom. There were two in each room. One had the toilet and a sink, and the second had a shower/bathtub and a sink. The other ships I've been in had one bathroom with a toilet, sink, and shower - no bathtub.
The third difference was the amount of storage in the room. There were lots of drawers and cupboards for clothes.
The rest of the ship had differences, too. there were four different kids clubs - 0-3, 3-11, 11-14, and 14-17, I think. That took up most of one deck. (My niece was in the 3-11 group - she went once, but didn't like it because there was no one her age.)
There were two theatres - one for live shows, and one for movies. (I saw Frozen and Saving Mr. Banks. Both were really well done.) There were three pools on deck 9 - a kids pool with waterslide, an adult-only pool, and a family pool (deeper than the kids pool) right beside the outdoor movie screen, which played older Disney movies. If they had designed the ship strictly to make my niece happy, they couldn't have done better than to create a place where she could watch movies and swim at the same time. (Sadly, Up was on at a time when I was unable to trick my niece into watching it.)
They also had a room specifically dedicated to board games, which allowed my niece to beat me at chess one morning.
And the final difference was that they had three sit-down restaurants, and we rotated between the three restaurants, keeping the same wait staff every night.
We had the 8:15 dining time, which was late, but while other ships had the early dining watch the show while the late seating was eating, and then the late seating watch the show after that, Disney does the show for the late seating while the early seating is eating, and then reverses it later.
The other difference was, of course, the number of children on board. It definitely made for a different experience, and it was hard to find place to sit quietly without going to an adult-only area.
I was surprised at how many activities started at 10 or 11 pm. I don't know how they were, because that is far too late for me. Even character appearances were happening after I was in bed.
(And on that note, the character appearances were a big part of the entertainment. Since I wasn't really interested in that, I missed the variety of activities found on other cruise lines.)
And back to the restaurant - the first night, I asked if there were peppers in the food I was ordering, and my waiter went into full allergy alert - which would be good if I were severely allergic, but trace amounts are fine, and it was a pain to have to pre-order my food for the next day every meal.
So anyway, we left Miami on Sunday. Monday was a day at sea, and Tuesday we went to Cozumel, Mexico.
|Mayan Ruins, Cozumel|
|The thatched roof is to protect the ruins|
Wednesday we were at sea again, and Thursday we went to Disney's private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay.
Four of us decided to do a kayaking expedition, which was fun (although it's a hard position to sit in for an extended period of time).
While we kayaked, the other three went to the beach, and we joined them after our expedition.
Friday was the end of our cruise, and we decided to do a hop-on, hop-off tour with the ship. The big advantage was that they would store our luggage for us, so we wouldn't have to drag it through the city.
We did the city tour, but unfortunately didn't have time to do the beach tour as well. We made our way to the airport and checked in, only to find our flight was delayed.
And then we got on the plane, and listened as the pilot came on and explained that when the plane was refueled, they'd put the fuel in the wrong tanks, and the engine couldn't read the fuel level or use that fuel, so they had to transfer it. (Question: why would you put fuel tanks on a plane if the plane couldn't use any fuel in those tanks? Something isn't right there.)
We got into Toronto late.
In fact, we landed after our Ottawa flight took off, about 45 minutes before the Regina flight left. We made our way through customs and went to the Connections desk, only to find out that we'd all missed our flights.
The Regina group was given hotel rooms and replacement tickets for Sunday night (2 days later), and Wanda and I were given tickets for Saturday morning and told we could try to fly standby at 10 on Friday night if we wanted to.
My niece was devastated, and everyone started scrambling trying to make other arrangements..
Wanda and I went and got food with the vouchers we were given, and miraculously got seats on the Friday flight. We made it home around midnight - only about 17 hours after we got off the ship.
The Regina group got up Saturday morning to get back to the airport to try for standby flights. One of them made it only the first flight of the day, and the rest made it home late last night.