Friday, May 30, 2008
Guess what happened at work today???? Another fire alarm!
The alarm went off and we all looked at each other and said "not again!" Out the door we headed as our department is supposed to do. Luckily we got called back in very quickly....another false alarm! Only this time they finally were able to detect what was causing the alarm to go off. Apparently when the building had upgrades done to it's power structure, it has caused a glitch, which makes for power surges. The power surges caused our fire panel to become fried, so now everytime there is a power surge our panel assumes there is a fire and the alarms go off. Finally an answer to the past few weeks of chaos. A new panel has been ordered and hopefully the power surge problem will also be fixed.
Just another reason we are all looking so forward to our own new building. It is presently under construction but won't be available for us to move into until November 2010. Our square footage will be doubling in size to 60,000 sq feet. We are so excited about our new facility.
A good day today, it's Friday, what more needs to be said!
Lots of great positive blogs on the site today. Lots of great posts filled with encouragement, support, and inspiration.
Well it's been a long day, I've been up since 5 am and I still need to complete my exercising before crawling into my bed.
I bid you all a good night, pleasant dreams and renewed spirits.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Oh boy, did I ever have my adrenalin rush today. Smack dab in the middle of a co-worker's retirement luncheon the fire alarms went off as well as all the lights. The room was filled with guests as well as was the library being filled with patrons. Unfortunately the emergency lights failed to come on in the Meeting room and it was pitch black.
Made my way to the door and headed out to the information desk where all our evacuation vests and info is held. Good thing I went there instead of directly outside as our department usually does. Most of the staff was in the meeting room feeling around in the dark, so we had limited staff on the floor to grab vests and begin evacuation procedures. Kudos to all our new staff and summer students who didn't shy away from grabbing a vest and carrying out the instructions. Some of them have only been there a couple of weeks. They did a fantastic job. We had the entire library cleared in about 3 minutes. Two fire trucks responded and we were outside for about half and hour, before getting the all clear to return to the building. Apparently there was a major power failure through out most of city and as a result the bump in the power caused our fire detectors to go off. So luckily no actual fire, but sure was good training. Anytime we have a drill or in this case an actual evacuation, you are able to evaluate what occured and make adjustments accordinly.
My excitement for the day, one that I'm greatful was not a real fire. Being as I am the safety coordinator at work, tomorrow's work day will include meetings and discussions. My life is never boring that is for sure.
Positives in my day.
A confirmation that our staff including the newest members are prepared for a full scale evacuation.
No real fire.
A beautifl warm day outside, no having to stand in the freezing cold or rain.
A send-off that our co-worker Carol will always remember!
Got lots of walking in my day, burned extra calories.
Just plain and simple ....a great day!
Have a wonderful evening, count your blessins and be prepared!
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Okay, I'll try this all over again, only this time I will remember to copy what I've written before hitting the post button!
I have today off work, so am heading out the door into the wonderful sunshine to do some walking. It's Walking Wednesday today...how about joining me in doing some walking. Walk out side if you can, walk in front of the TV, walk where ever you can, every step counts!
Marla and Kathy, hope you are ready, I'm taking you with me on a walk this morning. The day is too nice to be indoors. Marla, bring your swimsuit as I'm sure Kathy will let us have some fun time in her pool after our walk....won't you Kathy??? Then after our playing in the pool, Kathy, you and I will join Marla on her swing for some relax time! LOL. Maybe everyone else (Donna, Polly and who ever else wants) will join us too.
Garry and I went to IKEA last evening for the kitchen planning session (right day this time!). Gleaned some valuable information, so was well worth driving to the city and spending 3 hours there! Found out that they have a program that you can download from their website so you can plan your kitchen/bathroom layouts from home. WOO HOO, I'm going to have fun now!
Spent some time yesterday after work at the fitness centre learning how to use the equipment. Depending on how expensive the membership is (right now it's paid for the next couple of weeks through the Corporate Wellness program), I'm going to try and do at least one session a week there just to shake things up a bit from what I do now at home.
Must get out the door for some walking now, I'll check back later to see what ever one else has been up to.
Have a wonderful day, make someone day by doing a random act of kindness. Put a smile on someone's face by putting a smile on yours.
Monday, May 26, 2008
A cool, breezy day outside today. Just perfect for walking!
Despite a long day at work, I managed to get in two rather nice long walks today. One right after work and one after supper.
Needed to counteract the meal I ate at supper time! Every once in awhile you just have to eat because you want to not just because you need to. Today was one of those days. I'm happy to say that they come around seldom.
Nothing much to report today, a busy day at work, but Mondays usually are. We have a retirement luncheon for a co-worker this Friday and another one coming up in July for another. Both are long time employees whom we will be sad to see go.
Weather report for this evening say "frost". I'm debating about bring my plant back inside or just covering it up for the night. I will probably cover it as it is big and heavy.
My eldest as I've most likely mentioned, has one semester left at University before graduating. She has just found out that she is eligible to apply for field school in Greece! It will not only give her the work experience she wants, but it will give her all the credits she will need to graduate. She has just couriered her paperwork off this evening and hopes to know in the next few days/weeks whether she is in or not. What a wonderful place to be during the winter! Keep her in your prayers please that all works out in her favor.
Must run for the evening, my eyes are tired from looking at a computer screen all day and I need to do some stretching exercises.
Have a wonderful evening all.
Quote for the day:
Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
I'm taking a breather and doing some sparking instead. We have been measuring and trying to do a floor plan of our kitchen so that we can at least go and price things out at IKEA. Note to self...don't do this with your husband! EVER! His idea of what he wants in the kitchen is totally different from mine. He wants to be able to watch TV from the kitchen, I want a kitchen that is functional and has counter space!
Bonus time!, my eldest just phoned and she is at Tim Horton's and wanted to know if we wanted Timmy's coffees....YES!
What a day already...you really have to laugh about how crazy life is. We will all take deep breathes and we will start again later....much later, when it's just the girls and I! LOL.
Yesterday was a great day, I planted some seeds for some trees that I want to grow. Eventually they will be able to with stand our northern winters (-40 degrees). The best part is they will flower and produce eatable fruit. One is a Dwarf Mountain Goji and the other is a Roselow. They will provide some nutrition for us as well as the birds and other little critters in the winter. I'm very excited about them and hope that they sprout. I should have planted them a couple of months ago in order to transplant them outside this year, but hey, maybe I'll have some nice trees growing indoors this winter!
I moved my sad Finger walking Philodendron(?sp) outside yesterday also. Funny how when I walked out a few minutes later onto the deck, that wonderful plant had perked up and was loving being outside. I have had that tree now for 30 years and it has traveled all over Western Canada with us. I do need to find a new pot for it though, the base on the one it's in is leaking. It has such wonderful energy and I am so glad that weather has warmed up enough to put it outside. It takes up so much room when it's in the house as it is quite big. Garry keeps wanting me to find it a new home, and I keep resisting. I've told him what we really need is a year round sun room and then all my plants can reside there! LOL.
Hope you are all having a wonderful day, now that I have connected for a bit on SP and taken some deep breathes, my day is already much brighter! Thanks for listening.
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