Thursday, January 8, 2009 3:52:17 AM
Here is a sensible person who simply abandoned his car during our 3 weeks of being snowed in. For those who were able to dig themselves out, their parking space is a precious commodity protected by a single lawn chair (behind this car) which says, "I worked hard for this spot - keep out!"
We've had 2 days of hard rain and this snow can't melt fast enough. I killed my back the other day shovelling wet snow. The sidewalks are mostly clear, but stepping over the curbs are a different story. Getting on and off the buses is a hazard. Our back lane is still a mess. We've had no garbage collection for over 2 weeks because the garbage trucks can't get down the side streets.
I'm now a housewife. But not 100% as I have scheduled some shifts for later this month as my dept is facing a rather severe staffing shortage. I'll take the extra cash at this time.
Thursday, December 25, 2008 1:50:12 AM
It's all I can think about now. Not what I have to do today. Just sit and watch the snow come down. The rooftop of Risa's play house is a good guage of how much snow has fallen. By this evening, there's about 2 ft of snow on the roof top. I discovered a nearby neighbor has a roof top deck that I never knew he had until I saw him shovelling snow off of it today. I wanted a roof top deck.
Our garbage has not been picked up - it's 3 days late. The back lanes are very messy. We missed mail delivery a couple days ago, too, but the mailman has made it to our door now. I hope our family can make it to our house for dinner tomorrow night. If dinner is cancelled, at least we've got the turkey!
Our family has decided not to exchange gifts this year. Risa has a few packages under the tree, but it will otherwise be a very simple Christmas. Merry Christmas everyone!!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008 4:48:18 AM
Spent the day in the mall. Risa dispenses ice cream from one of her favorite rides in the kids play area, an ice cream truck. Yes, ventured out on the road today, not a easy decision, but had to do take my dad to his medical appointment as well as pick up the turkey I ordered from the grocery store.
It was scary out there. Six inches of snow I can handle, but 16 inches is out of my comfort zone, especially since our town doesn't have the capacity to plow and salt all the roads. I tried to stick to the bus routes, assuming that they would be first priority for clearing. A bit disconcerting to see two city buses sidelined along our travels, with passengers having to abandon them and being stranded at the stop. Little cars and big delivery trucks getting stuck. Traffic crawled along all the way. I'm staying home tomorrow.
Monday, December 22, 2008 11:32:50 PM
Here are some scenes from today's snow action. It started as a shovelling chore but turned into a trip to a local school yard to toboggan down the hill. We got about a foot of snow overnight. There is about 18" of it on our garage roof. I don't remember there being this much snow for this long in Vancouver. It feels like walking through quick sand. I don't really like this stuff.
Risa's too young to see the negative of being wet and cold and is all set for take off on her slider. We ventured to the hardware store to buy some rope where they had lengths already pre-cut and ready for sale for $2. I towed Risa to the park (of course she had all the fun!) and she enjoyed a few runs down the little hill.
Our outing was topped off with a stop for lunch at the local sushi bar. That was a full glass of warm milk polished off along with a whole california roll. Risa is on another growth spurt and can sure eat a lot during these times.
Monday, December 22, 2008 5:17:55 AM
This would've been a good day to stay home. It's below freezing and another storm is blowing through town, adding to the 10 cm of snow already on the ground. But at 7:30 am I hopped on one of these buses to go to my last scheduled shift as a regular employee. Yes, it's in the middle of my vacation, but when there's only 4 pharmacists in a dept these fill-in shifts are unavoidable. The road is as bad as it looks.
Here's a shot of where I've put 7.5 years of blood, sweat, and tears. I just noticed this naturally growing Christmas tree at the entrance. The emergency dept was empty today. The snow is keeping people inside. A truck was plowing the front driveway when I arrived at 7:40 am but the rest of the world seems to have been neglected.
And here's the snowy sidewalk where I ventured out at lunchtime. Businesses were open but not all of the sidewalks were equally cleared. And back to the busses, I waited for 40 minutes for one to take me home again. I thought of the warnings on the radio for people to dress properly for long waits outside, something we're not used to in this town. Being out in the cold, I mean.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 5:05:39 PM
Daddy, is it Christmas?
No, not yet.
But it snowed!
Woo hoo! We're in for a week of sub-zero temps and snow fall, a very rare thing in Vancouver.
Thursday, December 11, 2008 4:37:52 AM
I've started my vacation, of which I have a month to use up before I actually quit my job. A nice transition to be off and still get a paycheque for a few more weeks. So I start my stint as stay-at-home mom.
A bit of a rough start with a crying/screaming temper tantrum on the afternoon of day 1, but it's been a lot better since. We've been out and about shopping, doing chores, lunching out together, and having a picture taken with "a real Santa!" She talked Santa's ear off and I had to pull her away to let the next kid have a turn. She's been very coy and refuses to tell me what she and Santa talked about, although I did catch a small part during the visit when she asked if he received her letter that she sent at preschool last week.
I've been managing to get up at 7:30 am, which is after Ray and Risa get up at 6:50 precisely. Risa comes into our room and wakes up her dad (I've trained her not to bug me when I'm sleeping); she's like a clock. I'm so happy not to have to set my own alarm clock anymore.
Spent money I probably didn't absolutely need to today, but this was the first time I cringed slightly at the cash register when I realized what I was doing. It was 60% off! I got a new piece of luggage in preparation for an upcoming vacation with extended family. As Risa grows, it's becoming more difficult for us to share a suitcase as we have been doing before, especially since weight restrictions seem to be tightening again at the airport. But back to the point. It never bothered me before to spend up to a day's wage on a single item, but today I thought about it.
And so starts my new life.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 12:36:23 AM
Good thing she doesn't run as fast as an adult or else I'd be in more pain today. And good thing she's easily distracted by a playground so I can get a rest. Feeling a bit more energetic this time, I tried hanging from a bar and realized how little upper body strength I have.
The weather is cooling down quite a bit and maybe it will snow in a couple of weeks.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008 5:36:44 AM
If there will ever be such a category. Risa seems obsessed with the idea of running for exercise and now asks to go on the treadmill. I start her quite slow, in spite of her repeated requests to go faster. I ran her up to 3 miles/hr for 15 minutes yesterday, with both hands on the controls, ready to stop at any sign of her faltering. She stopped only twice for a few seconds to take a sip of water. Today I felt comfortable enough to step back for a moment to take a picture! Sometimes, just to mock us, I'm sure, she will hop on one foot at 3 miles/hr while laughing. I put a stop to that as a treadmill is no place to fool around, but I feel like an old elephant. Ray and I are not runners. Already Risa is reaching beyond our boundaries.
Sunday, November 30, 2008 5:56:59 PM
This is Risa's sign of victory: she's able to eat a big breakfast this morning, sausage and scrambled egg, with minimal to no pain. We passed the worst of Risa's viral throat infection on Friday. While I was being wined and dined that evening my veteran parent aunt had the pleasure of trying to comfort Risa through another restless night. We caught up with them Saturday for lunch and were relieved to see the biggest tears came as a result of being told she couldn't attend a birthday party that afternoon. When we brought her back home she slept for 3 solid hours, and also had a good sleep at her usual bedtime. Thank goodness it's over.
On a side note, as my life has been, I had the most warm and generous evening at the home of one of my supervisors. Being the department manager in a small site I often felt like I was on the fringe (the "outhouse"), administering the decisions coming down from "the Big House". For the most part that was ok as I don't really like being the center of attention. But having a fabulous and relaxed dinner (party of 13), and being given a very generous thank you gift was totally unexpected, and truly remarkable.
Saturday, November 29, 2008 2:23:42 AM
ooooo... coxsackie virus... Very painful. Expect another 5-7 days of this.
My good doctor was telling us we basically have to wait out this infection. Another 5-7 days?! It's day 3 and we're getting frazzled with her constant whining, fitful sleeping, and demands for us to "Do something about it!!" Risa is on round the clock pain killers and is unable to eat much because of the sores in her mouth. There isn't much else to do about it but she isn't taking no for an answer. Not surprisingly, she didn't like the doctor's assessment! Risa is off to spend the night with my aunt which gives us a little break, but we have a long evening ahead as my former boss is throwing a dinner party for me at her home.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008 1:28:55 AM
Risa has been bugging me to complete this hat that I've been knitting on and off for over a year. Finally I finished it off. Risa was so excited by her new hat and gloves (store bought) that she did a dance which incorporated several poses. She's so funny.