Monday, February 15, 2010
If anyone watched The Amazing Race tonight, leg 1 was in Valpariaso, Chile en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valparaiso where I was as well just before Christmas and only a couple of weeks after the Amazing Race filming. It was one of the cities I visited in my month long trip to the southern half of South America. It's funny because when I was in Buenos Aires, as I got lost, turned around, walked back and forth looking for a bus stop and ran into translation problems, I was thinking of and feeling like an Amazing Race participant.
The racers took a funicular and painted walls similar to my photo here. I walked and climbed those hills and along Templeman many times. I love travelling and seeing the places I was at far from home on TV! No, LA and Vegas don't count. It has to be difficult to get to. And if you look at those hills, that is why I lost weight (not evident in my photo above)! I haven't watched the full episode yet but I'm looking forward to figuring out where each task was. I checked online and found that leg 2 (next week) is in Puerta Varas (Puerto Montt) where I also was on my trip to southern Chile.
And I was watching the Olympic Moguls tonight - all the worry about the courses and the rain, well you would never know it from looking at the course on TV. They managed to create snow. They were on Cypress Mtn which is about half an hour from Vancouver and you can see it from the city. I really like the Olympic flame cauldron. I'm too far away to have gone and I didn't want to deal with all the hassle. I'm not a winter sports person but I like watching it on TV (sometimes on my exercise bike). www.vancouver2010.com/olympic-photos
Today I've been busy backing up my computer, cleaning up hard drives and shredding many years worth of my Mom's documents, much from 10 to 15 years ago. What a chore. No wonder my place feels so disorganized and cluttered. It's really time consuming to cut out every name and SIN, credit card nbr or health care number from each bill, receipt, junk mail etc and put it through the mini shredder. I can't beleive how many times they print the name and the relevant number on a statement, invoice or bill. These are from when they printed the whole cc number. And my Mom saved every cc receipt, statement and bill. Cutting out all personal information and using a mini shredder is necessary though given what people will go through to get their hands on that information. A strip shredder isn't good enough for that bit .
Cheers to all my spark friends!
Sunday, September 20, 2009
I guess we all have those days that we do something really stupid and wonder how did that happen. I know how it happened. I was still tired this morning from my week of intense activity. My new floors were ordered and I had 2 days notice (one of which I was out of town) to clear and dismantle everything from laundry room, bathroom and kitchen. To save money, I told them I would move the stove and fridge, remove all the baseboards, transition strips and the moldings and handle for the crawl space access.
If you have ever had this sort of job done, when they are there, you have to be on top of everything, running around finding things to prevent the destruction of other stuff. An example is the plumber arrived early. I had only 6 hrs sleep and no breakfast yet. He looked at the two toilets to be removed and asked where was he going to put them. Yikes! I didn't want them sitting on my front lawn so I quickly found some cardboard and cleared a carpet out of the way in my bedroom him to put them on. The other bedroom was full of everything from the 3 rooms and it's entrance was going to be storing the one piece washer and dryer while they did the floors. That behemeth thing has not moved since 1991 and had all the dust behind it to prove it. I couldn't access it to clean behind it or to remove the baseboards beforehand so I had to rush in and do that before they started ripping the floor out. It took 3 of them to move it. So it went. It was worse when they tried moving the washer/dryer back and I didn't get a chance to reinstall the moldings. There's no way I can move that thing. That's the back story. Sorry it's such a long one.
This morning, I'd had some coffee and breakfast. My stove and fridge are still sitting where my table would be normally. I have to wait 2 days for the glue to set before moving them back or I'll have permanet roll marks across the new kitchen. I lifted up the crawl space cover with a screw driver, thinking about reattaching the handle and moldings all of which needed cleaning up before that task. I noticed some liftting of a section of vinyl so I got my clamps to help set it. I didn't want to leave the crawl space open so I put a peice of cardboard over it. Bad move. You know what's coming. An hour later I went in to check, turned to look at the cover standing against the wall and as I turned I put my foot on the edge of the cardboard which gave way. It seemed to all happen in slow motion as I went into the crawl space one foot at a time. There was nothing to stop me or grab onto although I tried. I crashed against the edge of the framing as I hit the milk crate at the bottom, normally a 2 foot step down. But my leg gave way and crumpled as the other leg down and arms hit the framing, then my neck hitting the back edge. What a scary experience. I know I could have broken my neck. I have major bruises on one arm and my legs. There's a lump on the left side of my neck where I hit it. Of course I iced everything, put arnica cream on all the bruises and spent the next 4 hours resting. I'll phone the chiropractor in the morning. And I've put a chair in front of the cardboard and the cover that is sitting there but not in place yet.
The R.I.C.E. and arnica must have helped a lot because about 4 or 5 hrs later, I was in the garden digging up my potatoes. They looked beautiful!
I don't care if I don't have a stove for a few days. The fridge is plugged in. One toilet was leaking before the floors went in and I was hoping that the removal, replacement of supply tube and new seal would fix it but it hasn't. So I have to call him tomorrow and have him come back. It must be the washers where the bolts attach the tank to the bottom part that are gone. It is about 16 years old.
The moral of the story is that when you are tired, accidents happen. Your judgement and alertness are off. Just wait! You don't think anything will happen but it does. Thanks for listening and be careful. You can never take too many precautions. Barb
Sunday, July 26, 2009
I woke up this morning convinced it was Monday morning. It never occurred to me that it could be Sunday. When I turned on my bedside radio, I wondered why was there classical music playing as that program is only on between 6 and 7am on Saturday and Sunday morning, not Monday at 6:20am. And as I arose to open the curtains and the patio door, I was kicking myself that I had not called my sister in Calgary last night as she was leaving on holiday this morning (Mon). I needed to ask her a question about sleeping arrangements when she circles around to visit here with her granddaughter after the gd's Suzuki violin camp in the Kootenays. Also, I had planned on going to Kelowna on Monday to order my new eyeglasses. Now that it was Monday, I didn't feel like going. I would have to go on Tuesday.
I opened the LR vertical blinds, let down the roll up blinds on the patio to block the morning sun that heats the patio up so much, picked up things that had been blown around or otherwise out of sorts after the cloudburst and flooded patio yesterday afternoon. And I gave myself another kick in the pants because I hadn't done the things I was supposed to have done on Sat (disrupted by the big storm that blew by), asking why I didn't I do them on Sunday? It took me until after walking into the kitchen, turning on the radio there, opening the kitchen blinds, and opening the front door that I realized it was Sunday morning.
I have been given a gift of 24 hours to do those cleanup projects that I really need to do to feel better. But there is a bit of worry, why and how did I lose 24 hours in a matter of 5 (an exceptional length of time for me to sleep without waking)? Or is this my guilty conscious for having been lazy this past week or was it renewing and now I am getting a good ol' kick in the butt. We all need those once in awhile. It's time to Wake up! Get going! Re-energize!
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