Kids and Books

Posted on March 27, 2006 by

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Nadine found out that despite being only 3 months old, Natalie likes to read too! Natalie has been spending a lot of time smiling lately, which makes our job all the easier.

We also have the “official” pictures for her when she turned 3 months. I should have electronic copies available soon.

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Seal Hunt

Posted on March 27, 2006 by

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Despite the fact they were plentiful, the seals were a bit elusive and I didn't end up with much of a shot of them. But we had fun!

And here's proof I push the stroller too!

It was a bit chilly earlier in the day, so I had my ski jacket on. And despite the warm weather we have had, the grass is still brown and the trees haven't started to bud… Oh well, we can't complain about the warmest winter on record!

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Contracting Warts

Posted on March 25, 2006 by

I assume it has something to do with government either not wanting to pay a few weeks of severance if they have to lay people off (since term employees receive all the benefits of full-time staff, including pension, I can think of no other reason), or it has something to do with some obscure accounting methodology.

In any case, I received my much anticipated contract extension on Friday morning. May/June is tense at the College, since many students are away on work terms and the teaching load is lighter. The extension keeps me there until the end of June. The funny thing is, I get these little comments from people I have worked with at other places regarding working as a term contract employee. Questions about why I would stay without a full-time contract, how little money government pays compared to salaries in the industry, and just plain making fun of working for the behemoth known as government. I guess it all boils down to “pros” vs. “cons.” There are still more good reasons to stay than to leave.

Every job has warts. You need to weigh them out based on what your priorities are in life. And you know, these ones are much less severe than many I have experienced elsewhere. The uncertainty is a definite con, despite believing I am doing a good job (and receiving feedback to support that belief), I am never really sure there will be more work around the corner until it arrives. Everyone who works at the College sympathizes, they all know how the system works, but it is seen as an inevitability there within the rank and file. With a young child and a new baby, that is stressful on a family. But then again, I remember one job where I was sent to California for work and found out in a voice mail message on my hotel room phone that my wife went into the hospital with complications when she was 7 months pregant for our oldest and I and could do nothing about it. Warts.

Teaching is one of the best jobs around. The feeling you get when the light bulbs start coming on is difficult to explain to those who have never experienced it. The only job I can think of that would be better than teaching is maybe if I was a drink, SCUBA gear, and suntan lotion tester on a tropical resort somewhere that had built-in babysitting as a perk… but I haven't seen many of those jobs advertised lately!

Money isn't everything, happiness and quality of life is. As long as I enjoy waking up every morning and going to work, this job is worth holding onto!>

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Bookcrossing.com

Posted on March 24, 2006 by

Bookcrossing with all the extra books I clear out. I am thinking mainly of giving away paperbacks, keeping hardcovers and trade paperbacks.>

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Slightly updated look

Posted on March 24, 2006 by

Next plan tis to clean up some of the blocks on the blog pages, maybe drop the most recent comments section and move the menu up a bit… depends on how energetic I get! The problem with using someone else's software creation is the fun you have digging through their code to figure out how to make small tweaks without bringing everything to a screaming halt…

If anyone has any other ideas for a revamp of the look, feel free to post it here!>

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Taxes, taxes everywhere, and not a dime to pay!

Posted on March 1, 2006 by

Needless to say, this is disconcerting. I believe in taxation to support government programs, the social safety net, and all the other things that make our country much better than many others who leave their poor to fend for themselves.

Of course, this doesn't make it any easier when my $35 tax program tells me I owe a bunch of money to the government!

So, like any loyal, red-blooded small “L” liberal, I did my duty to the country and those bloodsuckers at Revenue Canada… I went to the bank and obtained a registered retirement savings plan loan to put more money into my plan and write it off against my income! -)

After a bit of travel, paperwork, and delivery of the cheque to my investment broker uptown, I am now a few thousand $$$ worth of investments richer and a couple of hundred $$$ per month poorer… -)

I may be a small “L” liberal, but I am a firm believer in the flat tax system, where everyone pays a set percentage of their income and none of these foolish calculations need to be done every year. The country would save a fortune in civil servant salaries at Revenue Canada, and we would all be spared the hassle of trying to figure out their overly complicated forms… But that is a rant for another day!>

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Men's Hockey Team coming home empty-handed

Posted on February 23, 2006 by

There will be lots of finger-pointing, and there never really will be a reasonable explanation, excep tthat the other teams played better than our 25 players did as one cohesive unit. The old adage that together we stand, divided we fall comes to mind.

And when it all comes down to the crunch, it is just a game. There is always next time, and then maybe the team will have fire in their eyes, some team spirit in their hearts, and they won't be defending champions!>

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Bowser and Blue Review

Posted on February 17, 2006 by

Starting with Colo-Rectal Surgeon and moving on threough their repertoire of gags and music, ending with a rock & roll medley of the national anthem, they kept the audience in stitches.

The encore was more music and a demonstration on how to play “Bum darts”.>

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