Saturday, March 26, 2011

the angel closes her eyes

my "Simpsonize Me" pic from a few years ago

If you happen to be a JSer, then you know that we lost one of our own this past week, likeisaid, or Betty. I was completely gobsmacked when I read that Betty had passed on in her sleep - it seems as though she'd just lost her beloved husband, Paul. My heart goes out to her two sisters, Sally & Paula. Some of my favourite posts were from these southern sisters! Old black & whites from the 60's and 70's (loved those little shift dresses!) blurry coloured pics from the 80's, posing with their men and their cars.

Paula and Sal - if you're reading this, I am so, so sorry.

As always, work is really busy and we spend our time trying to get more things done than we did the day before. I'm used to this kind of pace and it doesn't stress me out very much. I do get stressed by my boss, though.

He's calming down a little (dare I say, he's even getting a little beat down by the amount of work?) and he's lightening up a little. Yesterday when he called me about another conference call I was late to he actually laughed when I said "holy crap, another one?"

At home, the big project involves a visit from Bill's parents and his younger brother, Craig, In April. They'll be spending the odd night at our house here in the city and that means painting the downstairs, converting the downstairs living room to a studio apartment for Em, getting Jamie's room ready (she's moving back after the last semester ends and staying until July or August) buying a new bed for Em's old room and getting the carpets cleaned. So far, we have the new throw rugs, lol.

I'll be waking Bill from his nap in a few moments. What is everyone else doing?

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


photographer unknown

Swiped from Silvertag!

A. Age: 46
B. Bed size: King
C. Chore you dislike: cleaning the bathroom
D. Dogs: One Bichon-mix named Lola
E. Essential start to your day: Coffee
F. Favorite color: Cobalt Blue
G. Gold or silver: Gold
H. Height: 5' 7"
I. Instruments you play(ed): Nothing.
J. Job title: Customer Service Technician
K. Kids: Jamie; 22 Emily; 13
L. Live: Love & Laugh
M. Mom’s name: Olive Mathilda
N. Nicknames: Kate
O. Overnight hospital stays: tonsils, Jamie & gallbladder
P. Pet peeves: Drivers who change lanes w/o checking mirrors, drivers who don't signal, people that don't flush, young teens that dress provocatively, TV's blaring, neighbours that park in front of your house but don't like neighbours parking in front of theirs.
Q. Quote from a movie: "Get busy living or get busy dying..."
S. Siblings: One older brother, one younger sister
T. Time you wake up: Weekdays 6:45 am Weekends 9:00 am
U. Underwear: low rise briefs
V. Vegetables you don’t like: radish
W. What makes you run late: Blowdrying and/or flatironing my hair
X. X-rays you’ve had: On my teeth!
Y. Yummy food you make: Curried chicken
Z. Zoo animal favorites: Love big cats!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Love the Weekend

Tokyo, in happier days. We still miss her a lot

My job keeps me so exhausted each day that I barely have time to make supper and collapse on the couch. It's just not good for blogging!

Here's my week in bullet points.

- We have one client whose daughter wants her to use a POC (portable oxygen concentrator) purely as a status symbol, yet her mom is most comfortable using the cylinders. We're not sure how to handle it because our boss has said he wants us to keep this contract no matter what, but they've been high maintenance since day 1.

It wouldn't be an issue if we didn't have clients who are aged with health problems. Some people need the POCs due to weakness in their wrists (it can be difficult opening the valves on the cylinders) or problems with their vision. We can't always provide them due to the ones that want them for convenience. Of course, those are the ones that threaten to vendor switch and they get priority. Frustrating.

- I spent several hours doing safety reports for my boss on Wednesday, who then bitched me out for getting a late start on my deliveries. *sigh*

- Lola got a haircut last week, but it may have been a bit premature. With the cold weather, we've been having to put a hoodie on her before she goes outside to do her business.

- I bought two winter coats on Wednesday; purple wool with an empire waist and black wool with zipper/toggles. Each one was $30 and I love a good sale!

- Jamie's loan is coming in soon so she won't be a broke college student for a few weeks.

- Em is participating in Science Olympics today and we expect her to kick butt against the two other schools competing.

- I have to do some cleaning before my SIL arrives. Mostly the floors, it's a good thing we have laminate.

Happy Saturday!