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End of the year post [Dec. 29th, 2009|12:15 pm]
[Current Location |Home]
[mood |chipperchipper]
[music |The kids watching Bugs Bunny]

It's been a year of change and strangeness, but also one of joys and triumphs. I'm so incredibly blessed to have my little family as my solid foundation- always there to support me and lift me during the tough times, and to celebrate and share the good times.
My work situation changed drastically, with me leaving General Motors, and beginning to work again for Bruce Power, OPG, and Hydro One. It was odd to be back in the field as an electrician, but once again my trade ticket enabled me to support myself and my family.
There was sad news of illness of my family members in BC, with unhopeful prognoses. My step-grandmother passed away this summer as well. Misty and I were pregnant in the late winter/early spring, but a medical condition resulted in a miscarriage. Happily, We are now pregnant again, and everything seems to be going just fine this time. It's going to be very different being a first-time dad at 43, but I've thankfully had 3 years of practice being a Dad with Tamara and Connor. I never thought that I would have children of my own, but now that conditions are finally right, it seems that I will be a father after all. I'm still a little gobsmacked, but being a Father seems to be a role I'm very good at, or so people tell me.
I've also been blessed with my friends, old and new... I'm grateful for each of them, even if I don't stay in contact as much as I should. It's nice to be allowed to have and foster close friendships with family and friends... there were too many years when I wasn't able to do so.
We have to move out of our house in March, since our landlord needs to sell it. It's too bad, since our landlords are a lovely couple, but they have need of the proceeds. We're likely going to be renting elsewhere in Oshawa so that Tamara can finish the school year at her current school, but after that we will be looking at buying our own house. I have a substantial inheritance coming from my Grandmother's estate in Germany, and when it is all sorted out we can buy a house pretty much anywhere we want to, go on some trips, and invest the rest. We're thinking of moving to the Woodstock area, since it's central to a lot of our friends, family, and potential work.
Once the holidays are over, I'll be heading back to the YMCA again. I was doing well at building my core strength and stamina, but had to put it aside to work out of town. However, since I'll be starting to work at Darlington in January, I'll be able to resume my program. My health is getting better as a result of going, and I do want to be around for my family for a long, long time. After doing the cable bending at Hydro One, my shoulders and arms have filled out quite a bit... chuckle.
I've been a little more active in the SCA again, cooking a few feasts last year (Coronation, Crown tournament, etc), and getting my new armour ready. My helmet still needs some adjustment, and I need to redo some strapping, but otherwise I should be ready to go. I seem to be dragging my feet actually getting out to fight again, and I don't know why. Perhaps I'm afraid that I will suck at it after being away from it, I don't really know. I need to get over the excuse of not having my armour ready, see if I can arrange some training time with my (thankfully patient) Knight, and get back into the swing of things. I have another feast to cook for, the Cloth of Gold event in the spring, which should be a lot of fun.
Here's hoping that all my friends and family have a wonderful new year, full of peace, fulfillment, and all of life's blessings!
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(no subject) [May. 29th, 2009|01:09 pm]
A very quick note here. I'm at Connor's school at an assembly because he was awarded a certificate for reading way above his grade level. I am such a sap, I'm sitting here trying to hold back tears.
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Feast of the Bear [Oct. 22nd, 2008|07:36 am]
I'm finally getting around to putting down some thoughts about FOTB. Apologies if I drone on a little, but it's after my work shift, my Concerta's wearing off, and I'm a little vacant.

Click here for long feasty goodnessCollapse )
Is it odd that I'm already wondering what the next feast I can cook is?
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Borrowed from eliskimo [Sep. 26th, 2008|04:55 am]
[Current Location |work]
[mood |amusedamused]

Your result for How good of a Calvinball player are you?...

Your Grade= A: Superb knowledge and above average strategy

91% Game_Knowledge and 84% Game_Skill!

Wow! You are part of the 5.9% of the population that got this score.* It seems that you know almost everything about the game of Calvinball and its history. When it came to strategy you did well too. You are already an amazing Calvinball player, and with some practice you could become a true expert!

You are clearly already talented enough to beat Calvin. A match versus the quick-witted tiger would be close. I'm going to give you the edge, but his superior strategy might be enough to propel him to victory.

*This is a made up number.

Take How good of a Calvinball player are you? at HelloQuizzy

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Sestina [Aug. 8th, 2008|11:33 pm]
[mood |accomplishedaccomplished]

I've been asked to post the Sestina that I wrote for Mistress Alyce de Sheppy. She is the lovely wife of my Knight, Sir Konrad Matthias Jaeger, to whom I am squired.
Click here to read poetry.Collapse )
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GM to close the Oshawa Truck Plant [Jun. 3rd, 2008|06:49 am]
[mood |stressedstressed]

Not very happy news for those of us in Oshawa, especially GM workers.

They are stopping production and axeing 1000 jobs in the process. It's supposed to happen some time next year. There are 3 other GM Truck/SUV plants closing as well; 2 in the US, one in Mexico.
They are blaming high gas prices, the housing collapse, and the credit crunch.
The loss of a thousand jobs will hit the local economy very hard.

Luckily, I am working in the Car Plant here in Oshawa. Still, I am stressing since I don't know how the Truck Plant closure will affect us, and whether the Truck Plant employees can bump into the Car Plant. I have only been at GM for about 4 years, which is a very short time as far as seniority goes. I hope that they offer the guys a decent buyout package.
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The Ultimate WIndows XP Tweak Guide [Mar. 6th, 2008|11:03 pm]
[Current Location |work.]


Speed up your computer that runs XP!
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Best Friends [Mar. 6th, 2008|11:02 pm]
A dog is truly a man's best friend.

If you don't believe it, just try this experiment.

Put your dog and your wife in the trunk of the car for an hour.

When you open the trunk, see which one is happy to see you!
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Is it a coincidence... [Jul. 6th, 2007|12:42 am]
[mood |calmcalm]

Or does the fellow in this animation look vaguely like a certain ditch-diving fighter from Eorforwic?

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Incredible [Jun. 15th, 2007|01:30 am]
[mood |cheerfulamazed]

For anyone who hasn't seen the clip of the Mobile Phone salesman who sang on the show "Britain's Got Talent", you HAVE to check it out. This guy looks like Joe Average in a bad suit, but he is incredible. Even Simon Cowell had his jaw drop, and the female judge looks like she's having a "special moment".

Click here to be amazed!

He'd better win something on that show.
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(no subject) [Jan. 16th, 2007|05:12 am]
A simple and direct idea:

An elder Cherokee Native American was teaching his grandchildren about life. He said to them, "A fight is going on inside me ... it is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One wolf represents fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other stands for joy, peace, love, hope, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you, and inside every other person, too."
They thought about it for a minute and then one child asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"
The old Cherokee simply replied..." The one you feed."
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hoping its a mistake [Dec. 4th, 2006|07:02 pm]
I'm hearing that its been posted on several lists that Count Sir Sarnac passed away this afternoon. It would be a deep tragedy if its true, since he's a truly great man with a huge heart.
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Busy week [Sep. 13th, 2006|06:01 am]
[mood |amusedDrained but Amused]

It's been a busy week... well, a busy several weeks, really. Between the relationship issues, the move, our canton's SCA event, and now having to get everything moved again... I think I'm about ready to hibernate for several weeks.

My lj has taken a real leap in popularity. Seriously. I had almost 50 visitors to my lj in each of the last weeks, and that's just those who aren;t on my friends list.

Here's a list of where everyone came from:
Click here to see my last 100 visitorsCollapse )

Quite a few from Winnipeg (Hello, Carla) and a lot from the Toronto area, with a smattering from the States.

I'll post a proper entry soon for my friends list.
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Sigh... [Mar. 7th, 2006|02:26 pm]
[mood |angryUnhappy]

Well, it looks like there's no fighting for me for the next couple of weeks. Doctor's orders- no sparring until I've had a CAT scan... which will be a little while.

So, no polearm tournament this weekend.

Life sucks sometimes.
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This Journal is Friends Only [Jul. 7th, 2005|12:50 am]
[mood |calmcalm]

Sorry, this is now a Friends-Only journal.

Thank you for visiting.

If you'd like to be added, leave me a comment.

Thank you.

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