Weekly Recap

Work. Last week was about work.

I had four goals last week.

Catch up on my email.
Determine our short and medium term goals and assign/delegate the work.
Start the work on our new project.
Deal with immediate issues.

The week before we kicked off our biggest project for the year. I spent two full days in workshops and a day off sick. I fell behind on the day to day. My email ballooned. I always find that stressful.

Monday and Tuesday were problems. I moved the down markers on goals 1 and 4, but I did nothing on the big project and my email fell further behind.

By Wednesday I was grumpy. When it progressed like Tuesday, the only thing keeping me going was comics and visiting my brother as a reward at the end of the day.

Meeting were the biggest issue. Too many meetings to move work ahead.

Thursday I started off grumpy. I warned my staff to keep their distance. I got in one fight. But I finally made progress. Every goal except email was good. Even email made progress.

Friday I accomplished it all. Everything is back under control. At least until I get into work.

Weekly Recap

I spent the week nesting into my new place. I’m now out of new books, new comics, and new tv. The comics were an accomplishment – I’ve been trying to catch up since my brother started walkabout.

But more interesting things happened elsewhere.

My good friends had a new baby girl. Yay! My thoughts and prayers are with the family daily. But I still owe them a phone call.

Back home my plumbing exploded last week in my old unit. Last weekend the kitchen sink wasn’t draining. A plumber snaked the pipes and things improved. But by Friday the issue had resumed. The plumber came again, but while he was working everything backed up. Black sludge flooded the kitchen. 4 hours of plumbing followed. It seems the block was grease somewhere in the common area. There is still cleanup happening. Apparently the kitchen reeks.

I’m fortunate I moved.

That was my week. Oh! I had a birthday too. They sang happy birthday at mass (coincidence).

Take care. Stay good.

Weekly Blathering

Apparently I’ve been stressed. I knew I was worrying about my vacation and my move and my wheelchair. I got my wheelchair back on Wednesday. On Thursday suddenly I felt great!

My first week in the new place went well. It is a bit harder to manage independently, but the aides here are astounding. Once everything is setup I should be grand.

I had setup help on Monday from the Corrigans. At the end I had access to every room except the spare bedroom and washroom.

Mom puttered around all week. She brought over odds and ends from the old place and continues to empty out my new place.

On Friday the guys hooked up my tv, assembled my last shelves and unpacked a few boxes. I have access to all rooms now. Yay!

Then came a great weekend. I trundled down Whyte on Saturday. I picked up my comics. I ate at a restaurant. I watched the people.

A giant pony sized bull mastiff sat on the sidewalk at the restaurant and watched me eat. He was adorable. Passersby would pat him on the head. Children would get very excited. He was placid and friendly.

At least until a walker brought their husky by. Then he barked and lunged to the end of his tether. The earth shook. I’m not sure if he was attacking, playing or protecting. The husky was game, but I think the mastiff would have just eaten him.

As sat eating, watching the dog and reading my comics. The adorably cute waitress asked if I’d seen Day of Future Past. Then there were follow up question about the original comics, the movie’s fidelity to its source and where she could get a copy.

Being a geek is far different than it was in the 80s.

Sunday I went exploring down into Millcreek Ravine Park. I drove down the walking/cycling path until I reached Connor’s Road. Then I came back up until I found a nice place to sit in the sun and read. It is a great park to have in my backyard.

I even ran into friends I hadn’t seen in three years. We had a nice little chat. It was very cool.

That was my week. Now it is a new week.

Take care and have fun.

Thinking of friends

It has been such a busy month. I’m completely wrapped up in myself.

But I have friends with their own sicknesses and tragedies. I’m thinking of them. I’m praying for them.

I have friends with their own successes and achievements. New homes, exciting trips, challenging adventures and milestones reached. They remain in my thoughts and prayers too.

I end most posts with a “take care”. Please do so. So many people do so much for me and I provide so little in return. Take care. May God be with you.

Old Hospital

There’s a thread on Facebook where folks are talking of their experiences at the old hospital in Peace River. Since Dad lived there and we grew up a block away I have a ton of memories. It was one of my favourite places in town.

I roamed the corridors. I brushed passed reception with a wave or darted in through Emergency. I avoided the active wards or emerg. But the main floor had two waiting rooms – one was dark and formal and almost unused. Forgotten awards and plaques adorned the walls. Radiology and Records had adults I knew. And administration with Dad and other was just behind reception.

But the basement was better. The service department was filled with tools. The laundry was a bustle of constant activity and the air heavy with steam. The cafeteria, where jello or French fries, was at the end of the hall. The loading ramp provided a third way in and out. There was a big boardroom hidden down there. And the morgue – we lurked sometimes around there but no one ever displayed corpses for young kids. Not at all like the movies.

The best bit was the rainbow tunnel from the hospital basement to the nursing home. Long and echoey, the hall was painted with cheery murals and wood relief art along its length.

The thread on Facebook has people talking about how big and scary the hospital seemed as a child. It wasn’t for me. The hospital was a place of wonder and exploration. In fact as we wandered down there from home, passing through the wooded lot containing the nurses residence, we would sing,

“I like to go a’ wandering
Along the mountain path
And as I go, I love to sing
My backpack on my back”

And the the hospital was our wizard’s tower.

Move Recap

Well. That went very well.

I had a great turnout of movers. The Ritcey’s appeared in force and championed the packing. There was more than I anticipated. They filled about 40 boxes with my books, RPGs and comics.

I also moved more stuff – a love seat and all my shelves came over. In all well over two van loads. I thought there’d be one and 20 boxes. I was way off.

No great drama during the move. There was great mocking of my L’ll Sammy moving van. Had I rented a full sized cube van it would have been one trip. But there wasn’t one available in the time slot closer than Leduc. Still, in hindsight, that may have been the wiser choice. I can’t say that the cheapness of my rental played no part in making that decision easy.

Things that just worked:
– the cable switch (caveat)
– the phone switch
– starting care services at Creekside.
– life alert switch

Things that are annoying:
– being stuck in this manual chair. I’m basically trapped in the suite because it is so hard to move on carpet.
– I can’t reach the kitchen sink. I don’t think I’ll be cooking more here…

Things I need done soon:
– find my clothes. I can’t keep wearing the same stuff forever.
– get my pickup stick. I can’t get at things on the ground.
– get my cable tv hooked up. I’m going to miss shows tonight. I need a long Coax cable as a temp measure until I can get a wall jack in the right place.
– find some towels and face cloths.
– fix up the shower. My plan for getting in and out won’t work. I need a new one quick.
– get my toilet stuff. That and my phones were left behind. I think mom will get that to me today. But the toilet at my old place still need to be plumbed.
– get my phone buzzer to work. I’m not sure I can let anyone in.

If that can all happen, I think I’m in good shape. I’ll still need help to unpack, but that can be done slowly.

Great help from all yesterday. Thanks bunches! Thanks to Ritcey’s for all the packing. To Tim, Manchek and Treek for making sure I can get by. To Treek for doing the home care aide thing as a stop gap until the Creekside started. And to everyone who is sore today from lifting! Awesome!