Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Due to a system crash, any information in database XYZ that was entered since day A has been lost and needs to be re-entered manually. Please resend the information to this email address: HYPOTHETICAL (AT) SITUATION.COM. We apologize for any inconvenience, etc.
How would you send the information? Would you: a) call me and leave a 15 minute message on my voicemail, b) send me an email with the info, or c) send the info via email to the underlined, bolded, all caps email address clearly stated as the correct address? Well, in the office where I work, which is supposedly populated by the cream of the crop, you do either a or b! So the people I work with must either be incapable of sending emails, too stupid to read or else too lazy to type an email address, opting to just hit 'reply' instead! I was in a meeting all day after sending out this email, and had to stay an extra 45 minutes after work to forward all the email and voicemail messages that I had received to the correct person. Argh!
Okay, I'm feeling a little better now. Sometimes a girl just needs to vent.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
It's gotten bad enough that we're considering hiring someone to clean our apartment for us, because we never seem to have the time to do it properly ourselves. I never thought I would see that happen - I used to be the person who cleaned other people's houses! Part of me sees it as a defeat of some sort. After all, it's not an overly large apartment - shouldn't TC and I be able to keep it clean between the two of us? But the larger part of me recognizes that I'm in a place where I need to give something up or I'm going to go slightly batty, and cleaning my own home just doesn't seem to be as important as spending time with the people I care about, doing my part to try and make the world a better place, and still having time to do some of the things that I want to do.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
The other major event was that Cousin P has finally arrived and is settling in. We borrowed a friend's car to pick her up at the airport, and got home essentially in time to go to bed, but she's here and in one piece, so we're happy. Now we just need to get used to having a roommate :)
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Monday, January 7, 2008
I was thinking that I was going to have to vacuum all the way down the stairs to the door, but then TC had this great idea:
He sawed our tree into several pieces, and viola! Tree in a bag (or bags)!
Friday, January 4, 2008
- Finances: We have been so blessed with resources in this area, and I don't think it's because we're supposed to have lots of things. To that end, we are going to be actively budgeting and trying to live wisely and simply so that we can share a greater proportion of those resources with people who need them more than we do.
- Food:This is an area that we have been working on since we started fending for ourselves, and while there has been some improvement, there is always room for more! For me this is going to take the form of having no more than one serving of sweets and/or baked goods each day. For his part TC has sworn off pop, except for an occasional diet version.
- Fun: I want to cross one of the things off of my 'to-do-before-I-die' list this year, whether it's going on a ride in a hot-air balloon, having a glass of wine at an outdoor cafe in Paris, or one of the many other things on the list (which I shall have to post by-and-by).
- Fellowship: I have finally come to the realization that friendships do not just happen here in TO. I know that sounds like a bit of a no-brainer, but the reality is that in every other community where we have lived, we were able to form significant friendships without really trying too hard. That has not been our experience here, for whatever reason (and I have several theories). So, I shall be going out of my way to get to know people this year. I'm not talking about strangers, but the people that I already 'know' but don't really 'know', you know? Stepping up my efforts to crack through the Toronto-shell that everyone has developed.
I had better stop there, before I start sounding too ambitious - if I haven't crossed that line already. It will be interesting to look back next year and see how I've done :)