Sunday, November 11, 2012

Learning to DIY

Owning a house means I no longer have a landlord to call to fix stuff.  EDP and I aren't the most useless people in the world when it comes to basic repairs but there's a lot we can't do.  So I signed up for a class on basic home repairs for women at Conestoga College.

What a freaking waste of money.  I couldn't even bring myself to finish the course up.  Let's go through a few of the items that made this a complete waste of time:
  • After one of the women cut herself on a handsaw (a minor, minor cut - barely more than a scratch), we were no longer allowed to use jigsaws
  • Not only were we not allowed to use the mitre saws but he wouldn't even explain how to use one
  • The "wall" we drywalled was about 2 square feet
  • Everything was in groups - which is so handy because when I do a basic home repair at home, of course I'll have three other women with me
  • The instructor either over-explained things or didn't explain things at all
There's more, I know there is but I'm getting annoyed just thinking about these few things.  I'm not sure I really learned anything at all.  Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go sign up for every workshop Home Depot offers.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Meet Vera...

This is Vera, the turkey I cooked for Thanksgiving.  I named her after Vera on Downtown Abbey.  

Vera turned out pretty well for a first attempt.  It defrosted in the fridge for a reasonable amount of time.  I remembered to take out the stuff that comes inside the turkey.  And, the bonus of cooking the turkey yourself is that you can lord it over people and threaten them with not getting any of it if they don't behave.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

New Thing 89: Magnet Display

Whenever I travel, I like to buy magnets.  Usually from popular tourist sites.  And since we travel a fair bit, I'm really starting to accumulate quite the collection.  Currently, all the magnets live on the fridge.  But the fridge is starting to get a bit cluttered.  So it's time to figure out some other place to accumulate the magnets.  I would like to have them on display somewhere and I've got a couple of ideas in my head so hopefully, they'll have a new home soon.

How will I know I'm done?
The magnets I've accumulated from various travels will no longer be living on the fridge.

How am I doing?
So far, no progress.  

Hip to be Square

Come on, you know you know the lyrics...

Those guys have some really good moves, eh?  I bet they are have just come from exploring the square mile around the stage.  Maybe you should explore your square mile, too.  Cause I am..

Now that we've moved, I've started exploring our new neighbourhood, mostly in the form of walking the dog.  One of the best parts about our house is all the trails that are in the neighbourhood.  Penny loves them and I've been enjoying figuring them all out, too.  It's all part of exploring our square mile.

What's a square mile?  It's the mile radius around your house.  Basically, you find your house on a map, and calculate a mile in each direction from it.  Then you connect the points to make a square.  Most of our square mile is residential.  It also ends just before the nearest LCBO and local library, which is too bad because it would be nice to have a reason to hang out at those places more often.  Anyway, there isn't too much in the way of business in our square mile so most of the exploring will be on the trails and neighbourhood streets.

PS - I highly recommend that you go watch all of Huey Lewis & the News' singles on YouTube.  And then go watch Back to the Future.  You don't have plans for the day, right?

Thing 1's Book 9: the Shadow of the Wind

This book was recommended by Jenn, one of the super awesome people that EDP works with.  If you aren't familiar with this book, you need to run out and get it ASAP.  It was so good, I could hardly put it down.  It just had this magical quality about it.  It was one of those books that you close it at the end and look around you and are totally surprised that you are in your own house and not in the place that the book is set in.  

I love that this was the last book in Thing 1.  It was the perfect note to end on and is exactly why I added Thing 1 to my list to begin with.  While Jenn is awesome, her major flaws in life are that she has an English degree and she is a writer/editor for a living.  So I was worried that her pick would be like one of the books EDP buys me for my birthday or Christmas - something that is meant to "expand my horizons." So I really postponed picking this up because I was worried it would bore me to tears.  But it didn't.  It was just flat out fantastic and I never would have picked it up if it hadn't been recommended to me.

Anyway, when I finished it on October 14, 2012, I finished Thing 1 so I'm striking it off the list.

Warning, warning...

After major neglect, expect a slew of posts starting soon.  Very, very soon.