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NaBloPoMo – Day 17 – Cat Photos!

Went to the gym after work today for the first time in more than two weeks – I’d put my membership on hold for two weeks as I was away for a week in Squamish doing data collection and then away for a week in Washington for a conference – and then I’ve spent most of my evening uploading photos to Flickr because I hadn’t uploaded photos for ages and I have ever so many. Anyway, now it’s nearly 11 pm and I’m still not done uploading photos and my brain is too tired from a hectic week of work to think of anything good to blog about, so instead I give you these pictures of my adorable cats!

Watson

Crick and I Snapchatting to Scott

This is what I see when I open the bathroom door

Watson on the fridge

Crick in a laundry basket

Me & Crick

Watson

Watson & Crick on a pizza box

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NaBloPoMo – Day 16 – Painting

I think I want to paint my condo. Back when I bought it, I didn’t have much turnaround time between when I got possession of the place and when I had to be out the place I was renting due to some travel that I’d booked before I knew I was going to buy the place, so I didn’t have time to paint when I bought it. And I was mostly OK with the colours of the place anyway. I mean, I didn’t love the brown wall in the bedroom, but I didn’t hate it. But it’s been more than three years and I feel like it could do with some freshening up. I’ve never painted before, so I guess I’m going to have to watch some YouTube videos – which, from everyone I know who does any sort of home improvement project, is how one learns how to do such things. So if anyone has any recommended YouTube videos and/or other resources about painting rooms that they think are particularly useful, please pass them along! Or colour recommendations – I have zero knowledge of interior design or what’s trendy vs. outdated. My decorating strategy up to this point in my life can best be described as haphazard – I like
this painting; I need a new dresser because this one is falling apart; oooh, I love this purple chair! So any and all advice is appreciated!

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NaBloPoMo – Day 15 –

Wrote this earlier today, but just getting around to posting it now!

Taking the Skytrain to work today for the first time in a while and totally forgot to bring my kobo! So writing a blog posting on my phone is how I’ll keep myself entertained, I guess. I’m feeling much better today than I did yesterday – when I got home from class I had a bite to eat, since I’d barely eaten all day as I hadn’t felt up to it – Scott kindly made me some food while I rested – and then I pretty much went straight to bed. Got a solid night’s sleep (and when I think about it, it’s probably the first time in at least two weeks that I’ve slept more than about 5.5 hrs in a row, which may have contributed to my getting sick!) and woke out without the headache and fever1. I think I really should get better organized so that I can get a proper night’s sleep more days than I don’t!

  1. Though in fairness, I took my temperature before bed and I wasn’t fevered then, so I was probably already on them road to recovery []

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NaBloPoMo – Day 14 – Sick

So I’m totes sick today. It started with a sore throat and a headache yesterday, and today I’m feverish/chilled/headachey/fuzzy headed. I worked from home today – I couldn’t take a sick day because there was stuff that happened while I was away that I had to deal with – but I was able to do it via teleconference so that I didn’t go into work to contaminate other people. Unfortunately, I had to teach tonight and I have no idea even how one calls in sick when they are a course instructor and nor could I just teleconference into the class, so I just warned my students that I was sick and they should probably keep their distance. Hopefully I’ll get a good night’s sleep and feel better tomorrow.

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NaBloPoMo – Day 13 – 43 days until Christmas

I can’t believe it’s only 43 days until Christmas! When I was leaving my sister’s place this morning to head to the airport, we were all like “See you in a month!” I know I (and everyone else) says this pretty much every year, but this year has *really* flown by! I feel like I just got back from last year’s Christmas holidays! And when I think back on the last ten and half months, I don’t feel like I’ve done that much. I mean, I worked a tonne and taught a course in all three semesters, but I didn’t go on any epic trips1 and I didn’t do any epic fun projects. I also reached the end of the 1001 day for my 101 things to do in 1001 days list, but didn’t create a new list! Perhaps creating my next list will help inspire me to do something epic next year! That’s going on my ‘to do’ list… for after the end of the semester!

  1. Granted, Washington, DC was pretty fun, but it was mostly conferencing and not nearly as much exploring of the city as I would have liked. []

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NaBloPoMo – Day 11 – Surprise!

Tomorrow is my mother’s birthday, so I thought it would be fun to show up unannounced for a surprise birthday visit! The conference I was at in Washington, DC ended today and, unbeknownst to my mom, I had to fly through Toronto to go back to Vancouver. So I decided that instead of having a 2 hour stopover in T.O., I would pay a few extra bucks to have a 1 day stopover so that I could spend my mom’s birthday with her! I recruited my sister to this subterfuge and had her invite my mother over tonight so that I could just take show up at my sister’s place – and she was so surprised!

The funny thing is, my sister and I came up with this awhile ago, back when I booked my flight to Washington. And wouldn’t you know it, but last month my mom tells me that she decided to go to Montreal to surprise her sister, my Aunt Maureen, for her birthday! Apparently the apple does not fall too far from the tree!

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NaBloPoMo Day 10 – Hallelujah

Still at the conference, still awesome but totally exhausting, and now dealing with eleventy billion work emails that I wasn’t able to deal with while conferencing. So instead of a blog posting, I’m giving you this video to watch, because we did a sing-a-long of this with modified lyrics and it’s been stuck in my head all day:

Hallelujah!

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NaBloPoMo Day 8 – WTF

I’m working on my slides for my conference presentation tomorrow1 and I am searching some sites that provide high quality images with Creative Commons or other licenses that allow their use in presentation2. I just searched “woman thinking”  and a shocking number of them have topless or fully naked women. I tried searching “man thinking” for comparison and the search did not return any naked men (and only one topless man). WTF, Pixabay.com stock image people? Do you think women only think with their breasts exposed?

  1. I’m not procrastinating. You’re procrastinating! []
  2. Yay respecting copyright! []

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NaBloPoMo Day 7 – Washington

I’ll do a more complete recapping of my trip once I’m done with the trip, but here are a few, random, initial thoughts about Washington.

  • This city is pretty cool. It’s got a cool vibe and there are so many freaking things to see here! As much as I’m super excited about the conference I’m going to, I’m kinda sad that I can’t see more of the things in the city!
  • I spent a bunch of time at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. And every time I thought, “I’m going to head out. I’m musuemed out and I want to get to the Lincoln Memorial before it gets dark,” I’d see another thing I want to see and then I’d stay longer. There were dinosaurs! And mummies! And skeletons of everything you could imagine! And the Hope diamond1! And an evolution exhibit! And a lion that was shot by Teddy Roosevelt!
  • While standing in the Smithsonian I had this thought: “No doubt Trump has never set foot in this place. I bet he doesn’t even know it exists. Or the other 16 Smithsonians in this town.”
  • I wandered through the garden of sculptures outside the Smithsonian museum of art.
  • I walked to the Lincoln Memorial and on the way saw the Washington monument, the WWII monument, and the reflecting pool (with many, many ducks in it) that leads up to Lincoln.
  • When I google mapped the Lincoln, I saw there is an Albert Einstein monument nearby (just outside the National Academy of Science). So of course I went there because science.
  • All of this was in the pouring rain, so I was pretty drenched by this point (despite having an umbrella) and it was cold and dark and I discovered that I was nowhere near a metro station and the best way back to my hotel was on the bus. Something I learned today is that the buses aren’t very good at staying on schedule, at least according to all the people at the bus stop who were more than happy to tell me about how bad the buses are!
  • My hotel is pretty nice, but there aren’t nearly enough electrical outlets (you can tell it’s an old building) and there is no luxurious robe! This is my third hotel in less than a month (so much work travel!) and only one has had a robe. These other hotels need to step up their robe game, is what I’m saying.
  1. While I was standing in line to get into the museum – the security line up there was worse than at the airport! – I heard someone say, “The Smithsonian owns the Hope diamond, but everything that the Smithsonian owns belongs to all Americans. Whoever owns the Hope diamond is cursed. I think that explains a lot.” []

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NaBloPoMo Day 6 – Washington bound

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m heading to Washington, DC. Currently sitting at the gate waiting for my red-eye flight. I like red-eye flights going east because I can sleep on the plane, then go about my day when I get there. By the time evening rolls around in Eastern time, because I only got a short sleep on the plane, I’m ready for sleep (as opposed to still feeling like I’m on Pacific time and not being able to fall asleep until 2 am).

Anyhoo, it’s my first trip to Washington, DC and though I’m going for a conference, I’ll have a wee bit of time for sight-seeing. I want to see the Lincoln monument and the Smithsonian. Anything else anyone recommends that I check out?