Monday, August 29, 2005

The seasons changed, the wind is warm

I broke down today.

It's difficult to see the friendly Snap-On driver out in the parking lot every Monday, with out stopping in to say hi. He is a lot nicer than the old grump that used to be our dealer. So, I was nice back. I bought a tool box.

But not just any tool box. A high end tool box. One that will last me the rest of my mechanic days. A tool box with lot's and lot's of space, with a stainless steel top! With casters that won't be worn out with everyday use. Drawer sliders with ball bearings!!!

Okay okay, I sound pathetic, but this is a dream come true! I can't tell you for how long I have wanted a Snap-On tool box. Ever since my Dad brought home his. And really, I am sure that there are things out there that YOU would get all excited over. (camera's, computers, cars...)

So, I am very happy. It should be here in a few days. In the mean time, I will have to start cleaning out my old box, get it ready to take it home. It has been good to me, surviving 6 long years of being dragged around a hanger and an airport. I have some cool stickers on it, some of which hold some fond memories. It will be placed in my storage room, where it will hold my small collection of home tools. I am sure it will be lonely, but I will visit it occasionally.

Yup, I can finally gloat...I have a tool box worth more than my car!!

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Our weary eyes still stray to the horizon

Poking around NASA and found this little gem. (you can click on the title to get a better picture) Hopefully the weather will be good. I actually saw Venus and Jupiter fairly close last night, maybe a fist width at arms length apart.

I have been fairly bad about getting my telescope out this year, usually too tired to lug the thing down to the car, then out to a dark spot to set it up. Actually went out for a drive last night and found a really dark spot, where the Milky Way was very visible, and I could even make out Andromdeda as a fuzzy little spot in the sky. Maybe I will take the scope out tonight or tomorrow night if the sky stays clear.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Sure Shot


I have settled my ICBC claim, and boy am I happy about this. Now, I can go on living my life with out fear of having spy watching me, trying to find something that isn't there.

Other interesting news, we are now unionized at work. The CAW has won the bid to represent us. In the past, I wasn't to sure of this, but now I am happy. Hopefully things will start to get better at work now with the union in.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Happy Birthday!

I just realized, in my sleepy stupor, it's my Dad's birthday.

Happy Birthday Dad!

Basket Case

Here I sit, it's 6:51AM on a Sunday morning, and I haven't been to sleep yet. This is two days in a row. Yesterday morning I finally nodded off around 8:30AM. Insomnia SUCKS!

I can't seem to get my brain to turn off, and when I have been working afternoon shifts, it seems that it is later and later in the night/morning that I get to enjoy sleep.

I actually have a lot on my mind right now. I am wanting to take six months off of work and go and see the world. I want to see Megan and Hans in Denmark, Leanne in France, Janine and Kim and Colin and Angus in Austrlia, Janna, Grant and Kelly in Ottawa, Andy and Liz in New York. I want to see London, Paris, Scotland, Berlin, Prague, and Zurich. All of this is spinning through my poor little head, trying to build an itinerary as soon as I want to sleep.

There is also when in those six months I will be be able to get to see everyone. I will probably not make it to see everyone and everything that I want in that short of a time. But at least I am going to try.

I also have to work out how I am going to convice my employer that they can live without me for the six months. Not always an easy task, when few if any ever get the time off that they request.

So, now I am awake. I guess I won't be sleeping for a while yet. I need to run off into town and cheer Nicola on with her 60km Walk to End Breast Cancer.

At least after that, I know I will be tired and able to sleep.