Thursday, October 23, 2014

The most inaccurate of the least important measurement

So I painted the wood deck folding chairs of our patio set last weekend with Tung Oil. As the chairs are the shape of chairs, there were moments when I had to be very close to the chair to be painting a part of it. Tung Oil emits an odour that resembles other toxic odours such as those emitted from oil-based paint.

I am rather susceptible to reacting to toxic odours. In the past I have even been hospitalized due to being severely dehydrated in addition to having had a high fever that had lasted a few days. I had had hallucinations during that spell.

This time I came down with an overall malaise that included a low grade fever, sore throat, headache, congestion and coughing. Fortunately, this time, I did not in addition to those, also get diarrhea and vomiting. It has taken quite some time for me to get over it, and in fact, still, to this day, I still have lingering symptoms.

I was hoping to be better by Friday this week and it is looking like it will be a close call. If I can get to sleep early tonight, there may be a chance.

It seems that feeling this way, ill due to toxicity, makes me sick but not terribly contagious. I have not seemed to have affected (or infected) any of my family or workmates.

How are you feeling these days?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Thinking traps

So the thing I went to yesterday wasn't as interesting to me as last year's version. We learned about thinking traps and how to get out of them. Things like prejudice, personalization, snap judgements, predisposition and a few others. In most of the cases the issue is that we come to a conclusion with insufficient information and then behave in a certain way based on the incomplete information. The way to get out of the thinking trap is to remove one's certainty about what they are thinking/feeling, attempt to gain a new understanding that encompasses more of the facts and then come either back to your point which you can now support knowing it's been thought through, or, find a reconciliation point.

There weren't as many exercises during the workshop to get the ideas across as there were last year and the lunch was rather pathetic.

But still, the experience of learning something in this way is very appealing, so more than likely next year we'll sign up to do it again. Hopefully the topic will be more interesting.

Oh and on Saturday I accumulated nine more bags of leaves.

This past weekend's leaf bag count: 9 bags
Total Leaf Bag Count for Fall 2014: 18 bags.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

when the rainbows go on strike

I did once write a limerick. It didn't contain any petunias. Also, the placemats used in every third dining room had one or more corners that curled just very slightly. Mentioning that the anthropocene is a period that could lead to the extinction of many species, even possibly homo sapiens, is not the kind of thing that people like to hear in house parties.

In other news today is the very first October 16, 2014 of this year.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

right arm worked much better

Did another apheresis donation yesteray and used my right arm for the donation where the last many times I've used my left. It worked much better in terms of maintaining adequate venous pressure.

123/81 with a pulse of 82 and temperature of 36.7C. My systolic and diastolic are fairly normal, my pulse is a bit higher and my temperature is also a bit higher. Normally my pulse is in the low 70s and my temperature is 36.5C.

Monday, October 13, 2014

the onion looked clean to me

So yes, I was berated yesterday for having prepared a salad and was caught cutting the onion which to me had already been peeled to get the dirty layer off the top but it was indicated to me that one more layer needed to be removed.

I tell you, I am not meant to be in the kitchen except for those times when cleaning is to be done.

Got my 12yo son to get involved with leaf raking this past weekend, so he added some bags to the seasonal tally.

Today is Thanksgiving Monday here in Canada. I am working, however, as I had to take a few days off last week.

This past weekend's leaf bag count: 5 bags
Total Leaf Bag Count for Fall 2014: 9 bags.

Friday, October 10, 2014

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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

blanket left the wrong

Who could have believed that so many days have passed since last I posted a post.

I didn't believe it, but then, who am I to disbelieve such things?

The leaf bag count has begun; last weekend I used my lawn mower to both cut the grass and pick up leaves creating four bags of leaves, the first four of the season.

Leaf Bag Count: 4.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

the sun will come up, tomorrow

It is in celebrating the little things that we become less impressed when there are big things to celebrate. In a life filled with feeling moribund and misery, when a big thing to celebrate comes up, one can jump with joy.

The wrist adornments that are most commonly worn by people whose average height is between 143 and 147 centimeters usually bend counter-clockwise by about eleven degrees.

Is it a coincidence that scapula and spatula sound the same?

Do not forget to remember what month of the year it is.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

garage cleanup

We moved into the current house within which we live back in 2009 and we found that in the garage there were large shelves suspended from the ceiling that held a large amount of raw construction materials. All of this was left by the previous owners. Things like 2x3's of wood, 2x4's of wood, 1x2's of wood and a variety of other dimensions. Also, rain gutter pipes and spouts, fake wood paneling, gyproc sheets, 4x8 sheets of styrofoam and a few other miscellaneous items.

We decided this past weekend to empty out those suspended shelves to make use of them with our own stuff so I was up in the higher part of the garage taking all of this stuff down.

My town has five or six times a year something that is called an Eco-center day, which is a day that citizens can bring stuff like what I've named above so that they can then distribute it all to new purposes. So this coming Saturday morning I will load up my van with as much of this material as I can carry and bring it. If I have to make a second trip, I will make a second trip. The idea is get stuff off of the floor of the garage to make room for the wife's car; she wants to park it in there during the winter.

Monday, September 29, 2014

when fish turn to frogs

I had an idea four or five separate times over the weekend about a phrase, sentence or concept that would do well on my blog. Here I am, Monday morning, and I haven't anything.

Oh well.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

block parent parties

If you wanted more information about how someone busts their ankle while sleeping, ask the rhododendron caretaker.