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I’m not quite dead yet… I think I’ll go for a walk

June 19, 2006 Leave a comment

(that’s a Monty Python reference in case you missed it).

Yesterday was the final hurrah to clear out the old house.  Only a few things remained, including some pictures, lots of garbage, computer equipment, and the big fish tank.  I went into the day knowing that the fish would be the biggest job, and tried to be well prepared for the task at hand.  Jodie had gotten a new bucket with a lid, which is pretty much a requirement for moving the fish to ensure that they don’t hop out during transport.  I washed the bucket out with hot water only (soap might harm the fish) and brought it along.  The emptying and packing of the tank went much better than I had expected – it took a few trips to get everything in the van and moved over but for the most part it was finished in the morning. 

When everything was at the new house, I noticed that the fish were acting strangely in the bucket.  A few of them were laying on their sides near the bottom of the pail.  I rushed to get the tank set up and filtered because it looked like the bucket was quickly becoming toxic.  I wrestled with the filter for far to long, with the grating but innocent questions of my 3-year old daughter ringing in the background as the pump refused to start.  “Why is the water still dirty daddy, why’s the pump not working, are you going to put the fishies in daddy?” lather, rinse repeat about thirty times as my blood pressure raised to a boil.

Finally, the pump started and I got a chance to sit down for some lunch and let the blood pressure drop to more human levels than it had been at for the last hour.  We enjoyed our lunch, and then noticed that the water was clear enough now for the fish.  But uh-oh, that looks like a couple of fish upside-down in the bucket and the rest incredibly lethagic.  I scooped them out (which was much easier than scooping them in what with the whole almost-dead thing), put them in the new tank, and crossed my fingers.  Slowly but surely they all got back into shape – and were hungry for a meal by night-time.  A few of them saw the light at the end of the tunnel, but apparently decided that it wasn’t their time.  They will all live to fight another day.

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We’re all moved in

June 12, 2006 Leave a comment

Well, the boxes have been moved anyways.  We spent the last 4 days packing, moving, and have gotten a start on the unpacking.  Myself, I spent the entire weekend prepping my office and most of that time was dedicated to assembling deskzilla – the massive office desk and furniture suite from Costco.  The kitchen is mostly unpacked and we have usable bedrooms right now but that’s about it.  The rest of the house is littered with boxes which I’m sure we’ll get to over the next couple of weeks.

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Someone patched over Jodie’s new paint

June 7, 2006 Leave a comment

I feel sorry for whatever contractor did that!  The first thing Jodie did in the new house was paint and decorate the girls’ bathroom in a rubber-duck theme.  Today we noticed that a large section of the wall had been covered in drywall mud, and have no idea who did it or why that might have been.  I urge all of the contractors in our house tomorrow to wear a cup to work!
My guess is that someone nicked the wall with a ladder or something else that they might have put in the bathroom and promptly fixed their hole.  But still, protect the family jewels tomorrow boys!

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Memorable Marcellus Avenue Photos

June 7, 2006 Leave a comment

I browsed through the photo album this morning and picked out a few photos that are particularly nice memories here at the Marcellus Ave house in Milton (which we will be moving away from on Friday).  A few common themes arose – family time on the deck and in the back yard, halloween and visiting the neighbours, kids and cats hanging out in the bay window.
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Reality of the move is kicking in

June 7, 2006 Leave a comment

While it has been clear for some time now that we’re moving, only now is it starting to sink in on an emotional level for me.  Last night I had a moment that I knew I was going to miss from this old house.
Katlyn has a fixation on the moon – during the day she can find it in the clear blue sky and at night when she sees it glowing through the clouds she gets incredibly excited.  Over the last few days she has been asking if she can go outside with me at night to see the moon, which is something we used to do when she was really sick and needed some air.  Katlyn has always gotten really bad colds, with a high fever and croupe cough that we need to pay extra attention to due to a previous incident where a high fever led to seizures.  So, when she gets really bad and can’t sleep due to a cold I wrap her up in a blanket and we sit on the back deck together watching the stars and the moon until she feels better.  We don’t do it as often any more, because as she’s gotten older these chest colds don’t affect her so severely any more.
Being the last week in the house and a beautiful clear night, I woke her up last night so that we could go outside and see the moon.  It was a touching time – cuddling with my now big baby on the deck that I built myself in the chairs where we’d spent so much time in the past.  The stars were bright, the moon was high, and Katlyn and I were in heaven.
I’ll miss that deck – it’s a stupid thing to miss but we created alot of memories out there, many more than just the one that choked me up a bit last night.  I know, I know… there will be many more memories at the new place but like I said, the reality of moving away from the home where I raised my babies is just settling in.

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Welcome to your garbage pile!

May 15, 2006 Leave a comment

We took posession of the new house on Friday, and were welcomed to the neighbourhood by a huge pile of trash on the lawn.  Literally the entire boulevard was piled with junk, furniture, etc and spilling on to the road.  We’re hoping that the gargbage truck will take it all away on Wednesday, and have already apologized to the neighbours (at the same time officially disavowing responsibility for the mess).

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How to download photos for printing (full size)

May 8, 2006 Leave a comment

If you want to download pictures to print, it is best to get the biggest size possible.  With the new photo gallery based on Flickr, there are multiple sizes that you can download depending on what you need.  I’ll tell you here how to get the largest available file so that you can then print it at home or get it printed at your favourite photo processing company. 

  1. Find the photo you’re interested in, for example this one
  2. Look below the photo description to a section titled “Available Sizes”
  3. Click on the “O” button which will take you to the largest size available, the original file from the camera.
  4. Right-click on the big picture that loads on the next page and select “Save Image As…”
  5. Give it a name that makes sense to you and save it to your computer.

Here is what the available sizes buttons should look like:

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