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I Can Poop In My Own Home!

It took about six months to get here, but yesterday I got my toilet set back up after the mold debacle was finally resolved.  What did I do in the interim? I had to use a bathroom on another floor. What about emergencies, you ask? You didn't, but I'm going to tell you anyway. Zorbi makes special bags for this and you can get them on Amazon. The bathroom reno isn't done, but I can shower and poop, so it's a hell of a lot better. With all I've had to endure with this project, I get fucking annoyed when I see someone in my building not wearing a mask. Particularly when they have one hanging from their car mirror for work. I had to pack, unpack, repack, and unpack my shower stuff regularly. I had to remember a towel. I didn't one time, but luckily had a tiny towel for my hair with me that time.  I didn't have the option to just stay inside my unit and avoid fucking maskholes who refuse to wear masks during a fucking pandemic. Anyway, I feel less stressed now and

A Web Appearance

Last Saturday, I participated in a talk about martial arts, music, and other arts in general including writing. It is part of the Practice Time with Ms. Rhona web series that Rhona-Mae of Musespeak Studio in Calgary, Alberta does regularly on YouTube. The episode will premiere one week from today, on March 26th at 7:00 PM Mountain Time or 9:00 PM Eastern Time . I was really nervous before the chat as it has been awhile since I got out there and did anything like this, but I ended up having an enjoyable time and I think we all had excellent ideas to bring to the table that added depth to the discussion. I hope you tune in on the 26th. Follow Musespeak Studio to find out more! If you want to know how I'm doing on my goals, please click here .

Getting Lucky

  No, not like that. Last Friday, I scalded my hand with pho broth. I did something I've never done with a burn before. I went to the Internet and learned about cool compresses. I quickly slapped one of those on. A friend said not to do it longer than 20 minutes per advice from a nurse he knows. This was the best thing I've ever done for a burn. The stinging was far less than usual. The next day, there was barely redness or stinging and I could work around the house as long as I was a bit gentle and didn't get too warm. I was able to start my office paint job. But I've been tired, so it's not done yet. I did clean my desk up when my monitor stand came though. Having a clean desk has helped my mood. Fast forward a week and... My bathroom wall has been fixed! Well, the side I don't own. There's work ahead, but I can at least wash myself in my own home now! And an area that we thought would surely have mold, didn't. Finally a lucky turn on this

A Minimalist Decision

I've been struggling for months with my dishwasher. It just doesn't want to clean glasses. It cleans other things OK most of the time, but not glasses. As a result, I've had to hand-wash glasses and I decided to severely reduce my dishes. My current set is faded and was bought more than 7 years ago at this point. I stopped enjoying them quite awhile ago, so it's time to move on. I'm going down to one dinner bowl plate that any kind of meal can be eaten in. I went with a beautiful turquoise one. I also ordered an ornate teal goblet that can be for any liquid, so I only have one glass to clean. I ordered a teapot and teacup with saucer as well. The teapot is white and teal. The teacup looks rather like the turquoise blue mountain pottery. I've always preferred tea to coffee, so I felt it was a worthwhile investment. I've received my set of stacking measuring cups & new measuring spoons that also come with a spoon rest and one serving bowl all in the same c

How I've Spent My Time Recently

Outside of work, I've been drooling over all the smaller guitars that are available now. Years ago, there weren't a lot of options. There was mostly the guitar I have, which is a Squier Mini in red. Now there are Ibanez, Epiphone, Gretsch, Martin, Yamaha, Jackson, Pyle, and so many more guitars. I'm finding it hard to convince myself not to buy them all. Especially since the price point on smaller guitars is much lower than most. I'm just starting power chords now. I'm now learning new stuff and feeling challenged in this course, which is good because I'm only on Level 2. The one thing that has been bothering me about my guitar is that the pick-guard is a different white than the rest, so I took on a fun little project to change it:  When I'm not playing it or drooling over guitars and gear like pedals, I'm working on my renos, playing games (Minecraft and Cyberpunk 2077), or watching a stream of something. Occasionally, I'm getting some writing in.

Slumps

Image by Ulrike Mai For quite awhile, I was stuck in nearly every area of my life. I couldn't even think up ways to get unstuck. And I was sleeping terribly, so perhaps there is a connection there. Recently, I became unstuck. I don't know how or why, but lately I see a problem and can think up a work around in seconds. I may not have the energy to execute it, but at least I am getting the ideas for when I do have the energy. Maybe it's because I started a gratitude journal or because I'm beginning to see the light at the end of my renovation tunnel. It could be the hope I've felt since the inauguration happened. Who knows, maybe it's coffee. Speaking of renovations, there has been some slight progress on the bathroom front. They took measurements and will hopefully have materials soon. I don't know when, but hopefully soon. I had a look at the floor I was originally going to get and it wasn't available anymore. The one that was just like it had a pattern

My Coffee Problem

I finally discovered the delights of coffee. It took me almost 40 years on this planet before I realized what I wasn't liking about it. My mouth is a little drier than some and because of that my taste buds can be extra sensitive to some flavours like bitter. This includes hoppy gluten free beers, grapefruit, and most coffee I tried before. That bitter taste was akin to ear wax. As such, I couldn't understand why anyone liked it. I really wanted to like coffee. Some of my reasons were social and there's the obvious mental benefits, but it's also supposed to be good for liver health. Besides, I've been told writers are supposed to like coffee. So I got into researching my coffee problem one day and I discovered that the more roasted a bean is, the harsher the flavour. Enter blonde or light roasts and my coffee problem has been solved! I guess blonde coffees are more fun for me ;) If you want to check out my goals progress, please go here .

Dreams as Writing Inspiration

I've been having a lot of dreams lately where I'm wearing whatever I went to bed wearing. This isn't so bad depending on what the dream is about and what I was wearing. Well, it was quite mild in Ottawa last week and I was feeling over-heated and too constrained, so I stripped down to just a t-shirt. That night, I dreamed I was on a beach trying to find sea glass and trying not to bend over and show off my assets. It felt quite awkward and embarrassing! The strangest thing is that I usually don't see myself in my dreams. I'm usually seeing things from a first-person perspective. This one was in a third-person point of view and that made it extra odd for me. Anyway, as someone who is occasionally an experiential writer, a similar situation may find its way into a story at some point... Has a dream you had ever helped you create something in reality? Note: There will be some changes around here like a return to content that isn't just goal updates. What is making

MY PLANS FOR 2021

BLOGGING I noticed I used to blog a lot more in previous years. I'm going to try to get back to it. Goal: Blog once weekly. Progress: 1/1 DRAWING I plan to work through as many of the Training for Comics worksheets as possible during the time I have allotted to drawing on the weekends. Goal: 2 hrs/weekend Progress: Not started. FRENCH So I was really enjoying French, but the system booted me out after the free trial week and isn't recognizing me as a premium user. I have contacted support about this and am waiting to have the issue fixed. They have reset my password, but it didn't fix my issue. It can't see my subscription. Goal: 30 minutes/day Progress: 4/30 days GUITAR With French temporarily on hold, I signed up for Fender Play to work on my guitar skills. It was 50% off, so I figured it is worth a try. Music has always been important to me and I'm enjoying doing a couple lessons each day. Goal: 2 lessons/day Progress: 5/36 I didn't start this until Thursday

Checking In - Mid-January 2021

For this first check-in, I can say I'm making some progress on many of my goals. The first thing I had to do was put together a schedule. Then I had to tweak it because I was having dinner too late to fuel French and exercise. Then I figured out that French was too late in the day. I'm still tweaking things. C'est la vie! DRAWING This is something I'm going to do on the weekends. I bought access to a drawing course last year and I'm going to continue with that for awhile. It is lower priority than my other goals, but it's something I enjoy. I haven't started it yet as there is too much home reno work in progress, but hopefully I'll be able to soon. FRENCH It took me a bit to figure out where to go with this goal because so much hasn't really worked for me. After reading some reviews, I subscribed to Pimsleur Premium. I feel like I've spoken more than in two days than in some whole courses I've taken. The first level is supposed to get me to a

Sad

I had a post planned for today, but my heart hurts. I knew that the transition in the South wouldn't be smooth, but I didn't expect the events that transpired today. A couple of years ago, I worked an election as a vote tabulator. It felt completely safe. It felt like I was doing something good. Never in my wildest dreams did I think someone, let alone a group of people would burst in and shoot up the place. I'm so very sorry to the good hearted people in the US who have to live with these wayward souls and find a way to heal the country.

Recap and 2021 Goals - ROW80 2021 Round One

I'm doing things a little different this year. With ROW80, we usually plan goals in 80 day increments. Perhaps it is because last year was so incredibly hectic and unpredictable, I have decided to focus on one month at a time. My January goals are to develop the following: - A DRAWING plan - A FRENCH plan - A HOME plan - A MARTIAL ARTS plan - A MUSIC plan - A SKATING plan (complete) - A WRITING plan Now, I don't think I really did a summary of last year yet, but I'm not sure I have a lot that I completed. I did get a lot of momentum going that I will carry into this year. As I don't do resolutions, but rather choose a word for the year's focus, last year I had chosen THRIVE. I believe I managed to do fairly well despite many things not working out. I enjoyed parts of my drawing course and will be continuing to learn and improve those skills this year. French had to be abandoned while I fulfilled two job roles and had so much going on at home. I'm looking forward