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Monday Morning

The weekend that was: We took a queen size bed and box spring up to the lake which replaced the three quarter bed which we had in our bedroom.

Where I am at the moment: As Dopplr says, I am at home in Saskatoon.

On my to-do list this week:  I am working on a project proposal at work.  Pages and pages and pages of forms to fill out.  I am also building a gazebo for the guys at the Centre.

Procrastinating about: Cleaning out the van.  It needs to be detailed but I am too cheap to have it done professionally so I am doing it myself.

Book I’m in the midst of: I am re-reading the Seven Story Mountain by Thomas Merton.

Favorite Photos of the Last Week:

Oliver takes his first steps in Last Mountain Lake at Arlington Beach, Saskatchewan

Music that seemed to catch my attention this past week:  According to Last.fm, I spent some serious time listening to Bon Jovi, Diana Krall and also to Bert and Ernie.

How I’m feeling about this week:  It’s my last week at work until holidays start. 

It’s Monday Morning

The weekend that was: Wendy and a friend of ours went up to the cabin while I chilled out around here, read Liar’s Poker by Michael Lewis and The Return of Depression Economics by Paul Krugman.  I had to work a bit & I did the math.  Two women, three kids, and a dog in a small cabin.  I decided to pass and not interfere with my wife’s plans for a weekend without me.

It was a good weekend for my introverted part of my personality.  Being around some books and a dog and not having to talk to anyone felt pretty good.  It would drive me crazy over an extended period but two or three weekends a year and I think it is good for me.

It is Mark’s 9th birthday today and we celebrated last night with Lee at Fuddruckers.  Sadly Mark didn’t take me up on my challenge to have a one pound burger.

Where I am at the moment: I have biked to work today and when this is published, I am probably choking down some bad coffee.

On my to-do list this week:  I need to hire some more staff.

Procrastinating about:  I need to get some yard work done here.  Reseeding some dead grass, some painting, and some repairs to the fence.

Book I’m in the midst of: I am reading ReJesus by Alan Hirsch and Michael Frost.

Favorite Photos of the Last Week: Wendy took a couple while up at the lake that I like.  This is from where Oliver’s bed is located and is looking towards where the living room and kitchen area is.  This one shows where we took out Mark’s 3/4 bed and put in a day bed.  It also shows the difference in the painted yellow walls and the white unpainted walls.

A quick rant about the 3/4 bed.  I know they were quite popular for many years and perhaps people were shorter and skinnier back in the day but how did the designers expect two people to sleep in it.  I know that in the day most dogs slept outside but when you get Wendy, Maggi, and myself sleeping in a bed that is significantly smaller than a double bed, it isn’t pleasant.  I find myself sleeping up beside the wall and my face goes between the 2×4 studs so we can all fit.  My point is that if they are that crowded now, they must have been crowded during the Depression.  They are only six inches smaller than a double bed but I think it is a worthwhile investment.

Music that seemed to catch my attention this past week:  I don’t think I listened to a single thing this week.

How I’m feeling about this week:  I am feeling okay.  It’s another week of working days and nights which I dislike but for now it is what it is.

It’s Monday again

The weekend that was: As is the family tradition around here, we went to the Draggins Rod and Custom Car Show and then went up to the cabin and tore out some interior walls and started painting the interior.

Where I am at the moment: I am dreading going to the dentist this morning to get some cavities filled.  Then I will take my pain filled mouth to the office for some paperwork.

On my to-do list this week:  A lot of paper work, policy manuals, and a massive survey for Stats Canada to fill out.  The best part is that they want some stats we don’t compile.

Procrastinating about: It’s nice enough to start biking this week.  I have the bike computer, the bike, and even some Tony Hawk biking gloves.  I am out of excuses.

Book I’m in the midst of: I was reading Steven Johnson’s  The Invention of Air but that got left at the cabin so it will have to wait.  Now i am reading ReJesus by Alan Hirsch and Michael Frost.

Favorite Photos of the Last WeekThe end of pond hockey season.

Music that seemed to catch my attention this past week:  Not sure why but I play a lot of classical music when I am at the lake.

How I’m feeling about this week:  I feel great.  I have a bunch of stuff to get through this week and my work load lessens for a while.

Monday Morning

The weekend that was: I escaped away from the city to open up the cabin and take in some denominational meetings.  The lake still is frozen and the cabin has a half foot of snow around it but it was nice to get away.  The best part was a walk where the only noise was the snow crunching under my feet.  Even better was the part where I drove the Accord through a puddle that was so deep and soft Wendy thought we were going to die.

Where I am at the moment: Sitting down and dealing with all of the voice mail that get left over the weekend.  I hate Monday morning voice mail.  No matter how late I work on Fridays, I always have voice mail on Monday morning.

On my to-do list this week:  Finalizing a proposal for a new form of assisted living for women and children in Saskatoon.  After that there is policy manuals to update, staff manuals to update, and evidence binders to complete.  If you know what I am talking about, I pity you.

Procrastinating about:  We are starting to paint the interior of the cabin which means that Wendy and I have to agree on paint colors.  Apparently we need an accent wall.  When I find out what that means, I’ll let you know.  The plan is also to take down a couple of walls which will eliminate two bedrooms.  After reading Cabinology, we both liked a photo of a cabin that had a cabin with beds, eating areas, and living areas in the same space.

Book I’m in the midst of: Music that seemed to catch my attention this past week: A lot of Metallica if the truth was to be known.

How I’m feeling about this week: Well I am working nights and days this week which means that Thursday will come along and I’ll think it is Wednesday or Friday.

It’s Monday Morning

The weekend that was: Wendy, Mark, Oliver and I drove to Spiritwood for Madge Bowes 90th birthday.  It was a great way to spend a Saturday.  Sunday was spent working although I did manage to go out for lunch with Dennis Camplin.

Where I am at the moment: I had to come in to work at 4:00 a.m. so as you are reading this, I am drinking Amp Energy drinks and coffee hoping I can keep awake.

On my to-do list this week: Another dentist appointment.

Procrastinating about: Another dentist appointment.

Book I’m in the midst of: Nothing right now although I plan to pick up Paul Krugman’s Depression Economics later today.

Music that seemed to catch my attention this past week: My Last.fm recently listened to tracks probably says it all.

How I’m feeling about this week: It doesn’t really matter how I am feeling about the upcoming week as it is going to happen how it happens.

It’s Monday Morning

The weekend that was: It was okay.  I was called into work a couple of times which isn’t a lot of fun but we got to see Tamara’s new baby, Chela on the weekend and we celebrated Lee’s 27th birthday yesterday.  Mark spent all weekend challenging anyone and everyone to a snow ball fight so much of my waking hours have been tossing snow at him.

Where I am at the moment: I worked from midnight to eight a.m. today so I am spending most of the morning sleeping.

On my to-do list this week: Not too much other than get outside and enjoy the warmer weather.  It has been absolutely freezing since early December and all of us have cabin fever.

Procrastinating about: I have a bunch of CD’s that I need to rip into iTunes.

Book I’m in the midst of: Outliers by Gladwell

Interesting photos that I took this week: I liked this one of our street.

Music that seemed to catch my attention this past week: Death Cab for Cutie’s new CD.

How I’m feeling about this week: Other than feeling groggy right now, this week is looking good.

Monday

The weekend that was: Really, really busy.  The Centre fed 1000 people in one sitting on Friday night, Saturday morning was the Santa Shuffle and I helped move a family to their first ever apartment in many, many years.  On Saturday afternoon we had our Christmas at the Reimers.  During that time Mark got the flu again and was throwing up for most of the night on Saturday.  Sunday was spent running some errands and spending some quiet time together as a family.

Where I am at the moment:  About to go to bed.

On my to-do list this week:  Mark is getting bullied quite badly at school.  Despite having a couple months of trying to deal with it.  It is at the point where we are thinking of taking him out of the school and putting him in a Catholic school near by.

Procrastinating about: I need to pick up a couple of things for Wendy’s Christmas stocking but other than that, my Christmas shopping is done.

Book I’m in the midst of:  I think I have stopped those things we call books.

Interesting photos that I took this week:  Too busy to upload anything to Flickr.

Music that seemed to catch my attention this past week: Despite having an iPod Touch with me almost all of the time, I rarely listen to it.

How I’m feeling about this week: I am not looking forward to heading to the malls at all but other than that, things are okay.

Monday

The weekend that was: I worked nights all weekend, moved a friend on Sunday, and did coffee house at the Centre on Sunday night with Wendy and Mark.  Continuing my streak of never knowing when coffee house was busy, I was sure it was going to be quiet and we had a packed house.  Wendy and I are going to serve and host at it a couple of times a month.  Mark is saving for a Sony PSP or Nintendo DS so I am paying him to help me out with cleaning and setup.  Last night he informed me that he likes the money but he likes helping out for free as well.

Where I am at the moment:  At work.  It is raining outside and awfully cool in the building inside.

On my to-do list this week:  A lot.  Most involve stuff that I can’t talk about but I need to buy a large garbage can on wheels for work.

Procrastinating about: Building a door on the shed.  I need to do it tomorrow.

Book I’m in the midst of:  The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki.  It’s a re-read but it helped clarify some things for me.

Interesting photos that I took this week:  Too busy to upload anything to Flickr.

Music that seemed to catch my attention this past week: I was listening to some CBC Radio 3 this week so a lot of independent music.

How I’m feeling about this week: Quite depressed about humanity in general.  I had a shocking incident over the weekend which I haven’t decided if I am going to write about.  I am trying to figure out what I need to do next.

Monday Morning

The weekend that was: It was both good and bad.  On one hand, it was great to celebrate being married to Wendy for 11 years on the other hand it was a weekend where the cities women shelters were full, no hotels were to be found and during our dinner I was getting phone calls from the Centre’s staff and Social Services wondering what can be done.  We did come up with some solutions and everyone was safe.

Where I am at the moment:  Walking the fifteen blocks to work, listening to some classical music.

On my to-do list this week:  I need to find a house in good condition, 10-12 bedrooms, good zoning, and easily modifiable and I need to do that before I head to the lake on Wednesday because I am suppose to be on holidays this week.   If you know of anything, let me know. 

Procrastinating about: Not a lot right now.

Book I’m in the midst of: The War Room by Warren Kinsella.  The book is about politics but it is also about getting important stuff done.  I have a couple of copies and I find I read it when I get frustrated.  I am also reading Guy Kawasaki’s Rules for Revolutionaries for most of the same reasons.

Interesting photos that I took this week: I like this night shot of 19th Street and this was a quick snapshot of a sign outside of the Centre that made me laugh.

Music that seemed to catch my attention this past week: David Grey

How I’m feeling about this week: I am looking forward to a couple days at the cabin but other than that it is frustrating heading into a week feeling like you are starting over.

Monday Morning

The weekend that was: ThanksgivingA quick trip to the cabin to make sure it was locked up and since it is a long weekend, it is still ongoing.

Where I am at the moment:  Writing from my favorite chair while holding Oliver. 

On my to-do list this week:  I’d prefer not to think about it.

Procrastinating about:  Not too much.  I have a killer to-do list this week

Book I’m in the midst of: The Great Emergence by Phyllis Tickle which I find a little over hyped.  While the book is a good one it isn’t really ground breaking.  You can check out the YouTube trailer for the book here.

Interesting photos that I took this week: I like this night shot of Avenue C South.

Music that seemed to catch my attention this past week: Not a lot of anything but Mark has developed a love of AC/DC from looking at my usage charts on Last.fm

How I’m feeling about this week: It depends on if it snows or not.

It’s Monday Morning

The weekend that was: I worked nights all weekend so it wasn’t much of a social weekend.

Where I am at the moment: In Saskatoon on a wet and soggy morning

On my to-do list this week: Not a lot out of the ordinary.  It is Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend and we are heading up to the lake.  I am buying a turkey from the Centre as a fundraiser so I need to remember to do that today or Wendy may have me roughed up by hired goons.

Procrastinating about: Auditors are in at work all week.  I am just trying to stay out of their way.

Book I’m in the midst of: I am actually reading a book by Miss Manners.  It is letting me know what a bad parent I am.

Interesting photos that I took this week:  I never even found my camera

Music that seemed to catch my attention this past week: I was listening to some CBC Radio 3 this week so a lot of independent music.

How I’m feeling about this week: Not that bad.  I have a couple of big things to take care of with the women’s shelter but nothing that is urgent this week.  My pressing concern is which day am I taking off this week.  The most enjoyable task on my to-do list is doing the Christmas shopping for the guys who will be residing at the shelter over Christmas.  (Update: Done that)

It’s Monday Morning

The weekend that was: I worked nights all weekend.  It wasn’t too bad but I was sick most of the weekend.  I feel better now but it was the weekend of the 24 hour flu.

Where I am at the moment: In Saskatoon on a chilly Saskatoon morning.  I had to let the car warm up a bit and get the rear defrost on before driving to work.

On my to-do list this week: Regrading the side of the house.

Procrastinating about: Regrading the side of the house.

Book I’m in the midst of: I am re-reading the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen.

Interesting photos that I took this week: I took some night photos this week but they are not online yet.

Music that seemed to catch my attention this past week: Some AC/DC

How I’m feeling about this week: Well I have my performance evaluation later this morning so who knows, I may be feeling unemployed later today :-)

It’s Monday Morning

The weekend that was: I worked nights all weekend.  Saturday we went out with the Pedersons.  Sunday I worked all night but had a meeting on Sunday afternoon that was too important to miss.  I honestly can’t remember Sunday night.  Sometime on the weekend I patched up my concrete front steps.

Where I am at the moment: When this goes live, I will be at work.

On my to-do list this week: Arranging CPR training for the staff, renovating Mark’s new bedroom, hiring some new staff.

Procrastinating about:  I need to redesign Resonate‘s website.

Book I’m in the midst of: I am still in the middle of The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes.  200 pages down, 800 or so to go.

Interesting photos that I took this week: Wendy and I walked through the zen garden at Innovation Place. 

Music that seemed to catch my attention this past week: The Best of Radiohead

How I’m feeling about this week: Right now I am a little sleep deprived but managing to function.  A quiet night tonight should make it all better.

It’s Monday Morning…

I saw this on Steve Taylor’s blog who borrowed the idea from Marko.  I kind of liked it and thought it may make an interesting weekly feature here.

Cover of Madden 07 for the PSP from EA Sports The weekend that was: We spent a four day weekend at the cabin.  It was what I expected for fall in Saskatchewan.  Overcast, cool, and rainy.  Not great if you are harvesting but not a bad weekend at the lake.  Ever since I was a kid, I loved being in a cabin when it was cool and rainy and that has been the weather here this week. 

Not much was accomplished at the lake but I did hang some bookshelves and brought up some history to read when I forget to bring other stuff along.  We are painting the inside of the cabin and the rule is that one wall has to be painted per trip and I did accomplish that.

I also played a lot of Madden 07 which I bought used for my PSP.  Jay Cutler may make the Pro Bowl this year but two years ago he had some problems in Madden.

Where I am at the moment: At the time of publication I am probably sleeping in Saskatoon.  We came home early as Oliver wasn’t feeling very well at all.

On my to-do list this week: I am on vacation so I would like to say there is nothing on my to-do list but I am jack hammering out a concrete sidewalk and cleaning some gutters.

Procrastinating about:  Hammering out a concrete sidewalk and cleaning some gutters.

Book I’m in the midst of: I just finished Wildfire in the Wilderness by Chris Czajkowski about her experience at Nuk Tessi (I posted about her earlier book, Diary of a Wilderness Dweller).  I am also reading The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes which I heard about from Kottke.org.  There is a reason why the book won a Pulitzer, it is amazing.

Interesting photos that I took this week: Because I am at the lake and have to walk for a web connection (and I forgot my card reader), nothing this week.  Wendy bought a new zoom lens for her SLR which she is pretty excited about so we did check out a bit of rural Saskatchewan.

Music that seemed to catch my attention this past week: The Best of Radiohead

How I’m feeling about this week: I am dreading the double election coverage of both a Canadian election and the American one.  There should be an election law about this happening.