Friday, 12 September 2014

Friday Funny

Recently, in a large city, a poster featuring a young, thin and tanned woman appeared in the window of a gym.        
 
It said:     "THIS SUMMER DO YOU WANT TO BE A MERMAID OR A WHALE?"          
 
A middle aged woman, whose physical characteristics did not match those of the woman on the poster, responded publicly to the question posed by the gym.     
 
To Whom It May  Concern:          
 
Whales are always  surrounded by friends (dolphins, sea lions, curious humans).   They have an active sex life, they get pregnant and have adorable baby whales. They have a wonderful time with dolphins, stuffing themselves with shrimp.   They play and swim in the seas, seeing wonderful places like Patagonia, the Barren Sea and the coral reefs of Polynesia. Whales are wonderful singers and have even recorded CDs.   They are incredible creatures and virtually have no predators other than humans.   They are loved, protected and admired by almost everyone in the world.     
 
Mermaids don't exist. If they did exist, they would be lining up outside the offices of Argentinean psychoanalysts due to identity crisis.   Fish or human?   They don't have a sex life because they kill men who get close to them, not to mention how could they have sex?   Therefore they don't have kids either.   Not to mention who wants to get close to a girl who smells like a fish store?     
 
The choice is perfectly clear to me; I want to be a whale.          
 
P.S. We are in an age when media puts into our heads the idea that only skinny people are beautiful, but I prefer to enjoy an ice cream with my kids, a good dinner with a man who makes me shiver and a coffee with my friends. With time we gain weight because we accumulate so much information and wisdom in our heads that when there is no more room it distributes out to the rest of our bodies.   So we aren't heavy, we are enormously cultured, educated and happy.   Beginning today, when I look at my butt in the mirror I will think, "Good gosh, look how smart I am!" 

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Baby, it's cold out there!

I'm in Saskatoon working this week, and I brought my camera hoping to take a walk along the river. What I forgot to bring with me is a heavy coat and gloves.

Just last Sunday the temps were around 28/29C (82/84F) but yesterday and today the temperature was close the freezing as I walked the 4 1/2 blocks from the hotel to the office.  By the time I came back in the evening it had only warmed up to 7C (44F) Tonight it's supposed to drop to below freezing!

Apparently our late summer has been interrupted by winter.  Thankfully it's not as bad as the weather they are getting in Alberta.  You can check out some of the photos from the snow storm here. (Because CBC won't let me share...even though I would give them credit!)

Anyway, it's meant I'm sticking close the hotel, though I'm hoping to get together with a old school friend tomorrow evening.

To add to the misery, today at work, we got more news of upcoming changes. There will be more consolidations of workload (not my area, but I have friends who are affected) to larger centres outside of our province.  In our area, we've been informed that our ratio of employees to managers will be increasing, which means of course, we'll be reducing the number of managers.  Other changes are coming in the way the work is done, requiring a radical shift from what is now the norm.  These last changes hit the employees the hardest since there are no specific details to give them.  Everyone wants to know where I will, what will I be doing, who will I report to?  At this time, there are no answers, just more questions.

I'm safe at this point, because I'm indeterminate and my current group is working on a pilot project. Two or three years from now...who knows?  A good friend is a much harder place.  She's currently in an temporary position in our area, with three weeks remaining before it ends. Her substantive position is in the area where the work is being transferred to another office.  She could return to that position until the end of March.  Although our manager assured us today that everyone will be taken care of, it's still a scary and unnerving time for her and others, and hard for those of us who want to support them as much as we can.

Of course, as managers we'll be expected to put aside our worries and concerns to "manage the change".  We're expected to be cheerleaders of the change, encourage our staff to express their concerns and then embrace the change, yadada, yadada.  I`ll bet any money someone sends this stages of change poster


When those who make these decisions in their offices far away in their towers of power, they don't think or wonder about those who will be affected.  It's just cold, hard numbers that they look at.

It really is a cold, cold world out there.


Saturday, 6 September 2014

Another Random Saturday

After a long weekend, I shouldn't have had Friday off, but I did.  I'm going to be working in our Saskatoon office next week so I switched my Friday off next week to this.  It made for a very short work week.  I could really like a three day work week...as long as my pay didn't decrease. :)


I even took a few hours off as vacation on Wednesday, because the sun room window was finally repaired.

This is how it looked back in July when we came home to found it shattered.

I (and the cats) have been living with the cardboard for nearly two months.



This is how it looks now.  Hooray!

Though I must admit I was a little worried when the repair man said "Oh I've never fixed one of these before".  The two guys estimated it would take 45 minutes to fix.  

I had to leave for work for a meeting when they'd been there for well over an hour.  They were gone before my son left for work an hour later so it took double what they expected.


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Yesterday, I headed into the office to pack up my laptop and briefcase.  I should have done it on Thursday but it was a crazy busy day and I simply ran out of time before my day ended.

As well, I wanted to get away on time as I was heading to the hospital.  My friend K (travelling friend and co-worker) is back in the hospital.  She had a bronchoscopy a week ago Friday and was told if she had any neck, back, or chest pain she should return to the hospital.  As she told me, she hit the trifecta and J took her to emergency on Wednesday morning.  She was admitted to the ER and then moved a room later that day.

She'd had a ultrasound earlier on Thursday but the results of the bronchoscope weren't known yet. There was some thought she might have a blood clot but that was ruled out.  This is her third hospitalization this year so we're all hopeful the doctors will determine what is going on with her lungs this time.

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After my quick stop at the office, I did a little shopping.  I love browsing Winners/Home Sense.  I don't always find anything but it's still fun to look.  This trip I found bed pillows for $9.99/each and a new purse.  My old one was falling apart so it was time to find something new.

Of course, the ones I fell in love with were $150+... those stayed at the store and I brought home this one for about $50.  It's got lots of pockets, an absolute must for me, with a removable strap.  I transferred everything over today and the old bag is in the bin. It served me well.

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My arm is nearly back to normal. The ache has moved up the arm above the elbow but is far less a nuisance when it comes to typing. I've quit wearing the brace and only occasionally feel the need to take a pain killer.

Of course, now I feel like I'm catching a cold.  It started with a very sore throat on Friday morning, has moved into my chest, with a dry cough.  I took a trip to Walmart this morning to pick up cough syrup, lozenges, and cold and flu tablets.  

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I have no longer have an excuse either for not getting my housework done.  Darn!  Today I did laundry, cleaned cat litter, did dishes, and scrubbed the bathrooms.  I got caught on my blog reading (I wasn't as far behind as I thought), and had a quick visit with my daughter.

I'm pleased to say she's doing very well.  She isn't calling every day or so to tell me how lonesome she is, which is wonderful.  She's started selling some sort of catalog home and garden products.  It's similar approach as Avon, with home parties or book sales.  With this endeavour, her full time and other part-time job she's been keeping herself very busy.  It sounds too, like she's been spending more time with friends.  

She even told me a few weeks ago, she's glad I pushed her to leave.  To hear her say thank you tells me she's really starting to grow up.  Good thing (or maybe about time) since she'll be 33 in December.

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Tomorrow I'm taking a friend out to breakfast for her birthday.  Thank goodness for Facebook, otherwise I'd never remember.  

I also need to pack for my trip, get some more housework done (blech!) and watch Rider football (hooray!).  

Have a great weekend everyone!

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Not the same Sunday

It was the same old, same old kind of week.  No matter how hard I try, things at work continue to drive me crazy.  My friend C says I need to learn to laugh it off, but frankly, laughing seems like a lot of effort.

On the home front, I'm trying to get my craft room into shape.  I went looking for my sewing machine in the storage room, which is the last place I recall seeing it, but it isn't there. I've checked all the closets, the back area of the basement, and cannot find it anywhere.  I've only got one more possibility - ask my daughter.  She has a tendency to "lend" items to friends, even when they don't belong to her.

I'll get my chance to ask her when she comes over this afternoon to do laundry and watch the Rider game with me.  I hope she knows where it is.

Weather wise, it's been a mixed bag.  Cool and wet, warming up, then cooling down again.  On Saturday, just as my son was leaving for work a brief thunderstorm rolled in.

It was pouring so hard the gutters couldn't contain the water and it spilled over onto the patio.  The photo shows the line of water.

Within minutes the storm had passed and though it remained cloudy for most of the day, we didn't get any more rain.



Today, I've been putzing around the house, doing a little tidying, while watching Criminal Minds re-runs.  So far, at least two of the episodes are new to me.  Or maybe that's just my menopause memory kicking in.  The Rider game starts in about 90 minutes, so you all know what I'll be doing then. ;)  Go Riders!

It's been a pretty average weekend, but as the title suggests, today is a different kind of Sunday. Tomorrow I don't have to go to work because it's Labour Day weekend, with the Monday statutory holiday.  I can't tell you how happy I am to have an extra day off!

I'm hoping to finish the craft room, maybe even put a couple more pages in a scrapbook for the cats I started years ago.  But if the sun is shining I'll take my coffee and a book out to the deck and enjoy a few hours of the last few summer days.  Ahhh...what could be better than a day just to do as I like.

Have a great week everyone!


Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Not a wordless Wednesday

If you hear screaming coming from my direction...don't worry, I'm just trying to cheer up!