Merry Monday: Father’s Day Weekend

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For Father’s Day, I took a trip to visit the family. The drive was frustrating as people wanted to go about 10 below the speed limit. Also, there were some motorcycle enthusiasts who couldn’t pass cars in an appropriate amount of time.

I arrived Friday around 4:45pm, chucked a gluten free pizza in their oven, ate half the pizza, and got gussied up for a wake. My next door neighbor of almost thirty years passed away earlier in the week. He was very ill due to diabetes and kidney disease and is no longer suffering. But he will be missed. He made a mean Rusty Nail and loved getting into mischief.

On Saturday, I shopped. I had forgotten my phone charger and was trying to make plans with friends as I watched the battery dwindle. It shut off mid conversation with my brother. I bought some other things as well such as several new to me LPs between $2 and $5 each including:
– Fine Young Cannibals “Fine Young Cannibals”
– Bryan Adams “You Want It, You Got It”
– The Buddy Holly Story
– The Sound of Music
– Tales of Mystery and Imagination – Edgar Allan Poe
– Amadeus
– Antonio Vivaldi – The Four Seasons
– Warsaw Concerto
– Beethoven “Moonlight Sonata” and Chopin
– Classical Music for People Who Hate Classical Music (Boston Pops Orchestra)
– Morton Gould and His Orchestra “Greensleeves”
– 101 Strings Play The World’s Great Standards

Yes. My music taste is all over the map, though it’s predominately Alternative Rock if I had to pick a favourite genre.

I also got the two other Uncharted games for the PS3 and one dungeon crawler because those are fun and bring me back to the Dark Age of Camelot and Diablo days. They were used games, so inexpensive too 🙂

Oh, yeah it was Father’s Day Weekend, but also it’s close to my birthday, so I got presents too. My mom got me the parts to make pasta and grind meat for my mixer. Also two gluten free cookbooks. And all that stuff I bought was with my birthday money.

Saturday afternoon had me relaxing in the air conditioning while watching Thor 2. Somehow I didn’t know it existed but 2013 was a rough year for me. Next was dinner with the family. Then I hung out with friends and played the commander format of Magic the Gathering, which was a lot of fun! Now I want to find a green deck…

Sunday morning, a brother and I took dad to hit some golf balls. I didn’t do too bad! I should definitely check out the places in Ottawa this year.

I arrived back home on Sunday to sweltering heat. It wasn’t fun cleaning up for the maintenance guy to install a door this morning. I took it slow and drank plenty of fluids. Once the sun began to set, I opened my windows more. Also, not wearing pants helped with the high heat 😉

I didn’t get a chance to fit in some geocaching with the family commitments and the outrageous heat warnings. I’ll hit some up soon, though.

My allergies are killing me today!

Still waiting on the install guy. If he doesn’t contact me by 10, I’ll be calling him because he said 9 or 9:30.  I’m supposed to be getting my balcony screen door today…

Ciao,
R~

Funky Friday: Week of June 3rd

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What’s been up this week? More than enough.

Personal

  1. Happy: There’s a new member of my extended family. A healthy 7lb boy.
  2. Worried: The mom of the baby had a tough time delivering and is in ICU. Many moons ago she was my flower girl. Hopefully, mom and baby will get to go home soon.
  3. Stressed: My writing deadline is fast-approaching and I keep finding major issues in my manuscript! They’re all near the end of the story. My word count isn’t high enough either for the genre.
  4. Well: I’ve done some trials with yeast and dairy. So far I haven’t been reacting to them. One major change I made recently was to go completely gluten free.
  5. Tired: Been working so hard on my book it’s probably wearing me out, but it must get done!
  6. Excited: My new boss likes meetings way less than the previous one.
  7. Nervous: I haven’t met my new boss yet. That happens next week. I’ve worked with him a tiny bit but have little idea what he is like as a boss.
  8. Anxious: I put one of my tomato plants outside overnight. I had bad dreams of it being torn to shreds by the wind. There are a few battered leaves, but it mostly made out OK. The other isn’t big enough yet. I guess I’ve spent so much time nursing them over the past couple of months that I care what happens to them. Silly, right?

Ottawa

  1. Ready: Prose in the Park is tomorrow! Come to Parkdale Park between 11am and 6pm to meet Ottawa-area authors, listen to interesting discussions about a variety of topics (some writing specific), and buy some good reads. It’s free admission and the panels are free too. I’ll be around. It’s a small park, so I shouldn’t be too hard to locate. There’s a poetry night tonight for those who can make it as well at Origin Studio from 6:30-9:30pm.

World

  1. Sad: The gorilla thing made me upset. My first reaction, like many, was to ask why the parents didn’t keep a closer eye on their child particularly when he said he was going to go in and tried several times. But I’m not a parent. I do know how hard it can be to keep a toddler from running off with several adults watching. It only takes one very brief moment for them to get by. And they run fast despite their short legs. My next reaction was that they should have just knocked the gorilla out. Since then, I’ve read a lot about the issue. People who have extensive experience working with gorillas have stated a tranq wouldn’t have taken in time. The boy would have died because despite what it looked like to the untrained eye, the gorilla was not protecting the boy and it was not happy that the boy was in its cage. The public is to blame for this. Why? Because the only reason the boy could get into the cage in the first place is because any more stringent measures to keep people out will diminish the “natural” view of the animal by onlookers. In other words, we’d see more of the cage. People have stated they don’t want to see the cage. A lot of people say zoos shouldn’t exist at all. I’m not weighing in on that one. The few I’ve been to operate as rescues for animals people tried to have as pets, but couldn’t handle once they got bigger.
  2. Relieved: Precious art is being moved from the Louvre to get out of the flood zone. Hopefully, people are too?

Well, I’m off to get ready for work. Roller derby bout tonight. And Prose in the Park is tomorrow. Somehow I’ll manage to get this book done before Wednesday.

Ciao,
R~

Wonder Wednesday: Burning Out

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I’ve decided to take some time off of writing in June. I’ve not had much of a break in the past few months. I could use a breather before I burn myself out long-term.

What will I do in that time?

1. Geocaching
2. Playing guitar
3. Videogames
4. Clean
5. Garden
6. Visit the folks
7. Practice martial arts
8. Whatever else I feel like. Perhaps date.

My boss announced his retirement a couple of weeks ago. I hear a lot of people say they wouldn’t retire because they’d be bored. I doubt I’ll have trouble keeping busy when I get there. Besides, retiring from office work just means more time to write stories 😉

One thing I’m thinking about is getting another pet. Right now, I’m thinking two female mice. I briefly considered a snake, but I just couldn’t feed it cute little mice. Also, I want something cuddly. I’ve been reading about them. They’re fairly low maintenance and easy to leave for a weekend if you have a busy life. I just need to find the best place to buy them in Ottawa. They’re also friendly, squirmy, and silly. I love Winchester, but cuddling with him is bad for his health.

I’m really looking forward to this break. I’m hoping to beat at least one videogame. It’s been a long time since I last beat one. I’m looking forward to getting outside and enjoying the weather too. It’s a great time of year for geocaching and gardening.

I haven’t decided if I’ll take a break from blogging during this breather or not. Perhaps I’ll just write brief updates to say I’m still alive 🙂

It may extend further into the summer, too.

I have tons of things booked for June already:

June 3rd – Roller derby double header
June 4th – Prose in the Park
June 6th – Writer’s Group
June 8th – Submission deadline
June 11th – Dojo BBQ
June 14th – Escape Manor
June 22nd – Paint Nite

I ordered Final Fantasy X for PS3 to kick off my break. It’s the HD version. I’ve never played a Final Fantasy game and felt I need to correct this. This one comes highly recommended. I’ll also continue with Skyrim, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, Borderlands 2, and Ni No Kuni. I’m level 5 in Skyrim and level 4 in Borderlands 2 now! I know, that’s not much at all.

July is fairly light and I’m aiming to keep it that way. I want to do summery things and relax.

August is likely when I’ll get mice if I’m going to, but I’ve been looking at the cuties available, so maybe sooner…

Well, I’m off to work.

Ciao,
R~

Merry Monday: Short Week!

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It’s pretty hard not to enjoy the week ahead being 4 days long. Last week was a short one too 🙂

I’m thankful I wasn’t part of the accident that happened just before I reached the 417 by Greenwood outside Pembroke on my return drive to Ottawa. Sadly, a man lost his life and two others are in critical condition.

It was a very rainy drive home and visibility wasn’t great.

Lots to do tomorrow as my colleague leaves Wednesday for a 3 week holiday in Florida. Lucky her. I’m going to try and get one of our shared responsibilities moving while she’s away.

I need to finish my short story this week. I think it’s pretty much done, but I’m trying to decide if I need to describe minor characters or not. These are medics, so I feel like their appearance and such isn’t critical to the story.

The Chiaroscuro Reading Series is happening this week and I’m looking forward to hearing a friend read from her book Human, which I quite enjoyed reading. It’s a lovely vampire tale with unexpected twists and turns and I recommend it.

The Easter weekend was decent. I enjoyed visiting with friends, the old dojo, and my one brother. It was also nice to see my honorary brother and meet his kids too. The rest of my family likes to spend their days watching TV, which is a little annoying to travel for. I wanted to play some Magic the Gathering, but that just didn’t work out. My dad seems bored, but also doesn’t seem to want to do anything. Maybe I should teach him to play Magic haha.

Anyway, I’m pretty tired and should get some dishes cleaned up before bed.

Ciao,
R~

Merry Monday: Spring has arrived

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There is snow in the forecast, but Spring has arrived! Take that Queen of Narnia!

Any snow that comes won’t last long and the flowers will break through the wet ground. Soon the land will be covered in green grass. The trees will bud and flower too.

Easter is early this year. I’m looking forward to a visit with my family and old school friends assuming the weather cooperates.

New projects are starting at work!

I’m almost done my short story!

My taxes are done!

I have chocolate!

Lots of good things are happening, so forget about the “crow storm” as my dad calls it. Besides, it’s usually winter’s last hurrah before the flowers spring up.

Ciao,
R~

Lost down the rabbit hole…

All right, I mentioned a while ago that I was looking into my family tree. I got a lot of information today.

I’m primarily focusing on my mother’s side as it is the least well documented and there is a mystery to solve. We don’t know who my mother’s father was, but we know my mom was born and lived on a reserve around Sudbury. So far we’ve found little about why my mom was on a reserve beyond that her grandmother remarried a man who’s family name of Hallock comes from Wahnapitae, which is a tiny town one blinks through on a trip from North Bay to Sudbury.

I wrongly assumed that our family name of White may have been bestowed upon them due to residential school or some act of forcing civilization upon them. Apparently, that piece of my family is from Scotland, but that isn’t the only piece. There were MacArthur’s in there too.

Now I knew we had Scottish roots on my dad’s side of the family, but not on my mother’s side. My great grandmother was Swedish. I knew that was in the family somewhere, just not who it was that was Swedish.

I have much more digging ahead. On the list:

– find out if mom is okay with me digging further
– get a signed document from her
– get information from mom on what school she attended
– head to Library and Archives Canada
– check the registered Status Indian list to see if my mom or anyone closely related is on there

I’m also going to dig further into dad’s side as I believe we’re part of Clan Robertson, but it’d be nice to have the trail that confirms it.

Except for the parking ticket I received, it was a good day.

Ciao,
R~

Family

Last night I attended an event with Steampunk Ottawa. We went for a visit to the Canadian War Museum. I learned some things and one in particular has me wondering about my family. My dad is from QuĂ©bec, but further back in his line we are Scottish. I’ve not gone back far enough to discover how our Scottish ancestors ended up in QuĂ©bec. Last night I learned about the Royal Highland Emigrants and now I’m wondering if one of the men from Scotland, who protected QuĂ©bec in the 1700s, ended up deciding to stick around and start his family. I’m sure stranger things have happened.

I’ve also been wondering about family on my mom’s side for a very different reason. My mom was born in 1943 on the aboriginal reserve around Pickerel, Ontario (so a cousin has told me). My mom still doesn’t know who her father was. She was raised by her grandparents because her mom had become pregnant out-of-wedlock and that was shameful in those days. When my mom got her birth certificate, it only listed her mother’s name. I feel like I have relatives I don’t know and that’s kind of sad. With my mom being in her 70s, it’s unlikely we’ll discover that part of our family, or that DNA testing will be needed. I also feel like there is this whole culture that is likely part of who I am that I know nothing about.

Discovering more about my family is on my list of things to do in the near future. I have a feeling the journey will inspire some writing though and I at least need to finish “The Page & The Magician” before I go starting more novels 😉

Happy Friday!

Ciao,
R~