Friday, October 31, 2008

Another day writing my blog at a highschool

So, another day goes by -- the job searching goes through its paces.  Things are starting to look up, but I don't want to get too positive sounding, else I set myself up for a fall.

Do want to say thanks to the relative who has been really helpful... shouldn't say who as it might jinx it all (not that I'm a superstitious type) - but you know who you are.  Thanks a bunch I hope it plays out well.

The days at home with Dean are great I must say.  I will treasure this time being able to be spent with him.  Watching him slowly develop.  However, he has been most needy lately.  I hate to just prop him up with some Pocoyo or In the Night Garden, but at times it's the only thing that keeps him from that baby's whine.  I know he's a baby, and they do cry, but the really pathetic whine rubs against me in the way that fingernails do on a chalkboard.

That and I'm finding the days home doing almost nothing driving me insane.  I have to get out to go biking or something just to DO something.... not playing video games, writing cover letters, scouring job sites or watching infant television or worrying about my financial future.  So I've been taking to getting the bike out -- haven't biked much since the layoff.  I just absently cruise around.  Dropped by Robin's house, but he wasn't there the one time.

Anyhow, it's Hallowe'en and Dean's costume is ready for showing off to the family.  Seeing as it's themed it means that finally there'll be some family shots (it was pointed out that there really isn't a shot with Mandy, Dean and myself).  So we had sent the email out to go and trick-or-treat.  But as with all best laid plans they go awry -- I get called for supply.  Not that that's a bad thing - heck it's easy money.  Just I would have liked to go out the day with my kid for his first Hallowe'en day.

Oh, well - pay the mortgage - that's the first priority right?  I'll be home soon enough to do some trick-or-treating and then hand out some candy (which reminds me I should go and get some more... just in case right?)

Sunday, October 26, 2008

My latest news

So it has been a while since I have been on here.  I did however post some pics of Dean at Gammondale's.  Did you see them?  Dean's so cute.  It was a good day with Justin, Karen, Parker, Derek, Mia and Tia.  It coulda been an expensive day... however, Dean is under 2, therefore, he's free and doesn't really want to do anything that costs tickets.  There were several different types of mazes, a straw pyramid for climbing, horse rides ponies, barrel rides.  Lots for any kid.

That day was a great day for the family actually.  We went to the farmer's market in the morning, and bought some good food, and then went to the other farmer's market in the victoria ville down town area (in the old George's Furniture).

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It was a great time.  We found my steamed buns... mmm... After, we went to my parents' house to visit, but somehow after telling both my parents the day previously, mom went out and missed the whole thing, and dad was missed out on a shower.  Then we headed out to Gammondale's and then the Gold Rush Days at some church (I forget which one -- but we met a nice old lady and bought the best cookies ever:  ROOT BEER COOKIES).

What a day -- helped me take my mind of the turning of events of the week.  For those of you just turning in - I was laid off from PTC.  I had written previously about how the numbers were low, and we figured that somebody would get the axe - and well, it was me.  At least I can still supply teach.

Well I've done over like 25 resumes and set up profiles on a ton of sites - but so far nothing yet.  I've had a phone interview which seemed promising, but ... we'll see.  I'm still waiting my ROE... hopefully it comes soon.

Apparently by writing an email to Tony trying to get some answers was a bad idea.  I just think that he needed to know that there's been some wrong decisions made in the past while.  I really don't mind at all, or feel slighted in any way.  I've been meaning to say something about Ally's direction but while I was employed there was thge scare I would have been fired.  She tends to go through people quickly, making sure she only looks in the best of lights herself.

Anyhow, I'm not there anymore, so I don't have to worry about that anymore -- yeehaw.  Now just to find something better.... know anything?

Friday, October 10, 2008

Various - Bayfield / Old Moore Folks / Dean

Yeah, it's been a while I know... I've been meaning to write -- but I'm busy lately.  It's been so hectic.  Rob's been home for some time now - and I haven't even had a moment to give him a shout.  Well I did once but it was late and then I was putting Dean down and then when I had a second Rob was putting Ben down... oh the joys of fatherhood.

So what do I need to catch you up on?  Bayfield obviously... my folks... Dean (of course - there's always Dean stories).

So Dean stories... Mandy's parents snagged him an "Iggle Piggle" toy that makes noises when you squeeze him from Toronto.  He wore it out in a day!  He just loves that show "In the Night Garden".  This makes 2 characters he has, the other is "Makka Pakka".He's so constantly happy it seems these days.  His bath times are awesome!  Just loves to splash and play with the toys... I get drenched.  The only down side is that he just loves to stand nowadays... he can do it assisted easily, but I get concerned about standing in the tub... pretty slippery and lotsa hard things to land on.  He'll learn eventually.  Just so much fun watching him learn.

Mom & Dad are getting on well.  Dad's adjusting to his recovery process quite well.  He's driving mom a bit nuts, but I think that's just dad and not the recovery that's doing it.  Somebody needs to find him a part time job as soon as he's better.  Mom felt how was on the other side of the table as she just came home from her angiogram.  She was forced to stay in bed for 24 hours.  They asked that somebody stay with her, and not just her husband who came back from surgery himself - so that meant I was home overnight with them.  Weird going back to your old room.  I guess it's the joy of being the only kiddo in town with them still.  Maybe Charm will move back!  heh Just kidding mom & dad.

Bayfield is always my favourite parade.  I think it's the favourite of anybody in the pipeband as well as people come out of the woodwork for this one.  Too bad Andrew couldn't come.  I think near the end he was really hoping he could go (Stupid Eric for mentioning that there would be a possibility he might get a drink... our band NEVER tolerates that!).  I picked up a few things for Dean:  a book "the old woman who swallowed the spider"; and 2 onesies (an "I *heart* Bayfield" and a skull and crossbones with a bear skull - I wanted to get the "I moose have a hug"  but they were out of stock in his size).


I also picked up a wackload of apple butters (2 caramel, 1 rum, 1 plain, 1 blueberry jam, and 1 strawberry daiquiri).  Yumm -- maybe this will last longer than last years'.  It was nice weather the whole weekend, with the exception of that night on the pier... oh man that was chilly.

After years and years of playing there and seeing people with cameras etc... I've always scoured youtube for videos of us in these city parades and nothing.  Well we  finally got video from a guy who saw us in Bayfield.

What else to discuss?  Not much I guess really... work's slow.  Starting to do some supply days ... but I think it's time I marched on.  Know any good jobs?  I gotta keep applying.

Notice the new font I'm using (if you can tell...) it's the new DROID font from Google that's built into their Android phone... HINT HINT - i so want one for Christmas.