Lots of things are new around here. My server (on who’s hard drive this text resides) is kind of new – a hard drive replacement was a good excuse to do a clean OS install. She (gemini) is now running on Mint 11 – an upgrade from the Ubuntu on top of earlier Debian with multiple custom bits she was running. We have a new TV, courtesy in part to a Bell-fibe sign up bonus of $200. The big disappointment is that they did not come today to install as promised. I got some excuse about local capacity, but I think they overbook for efficiencies sake – just like doctors and airlines. The two worst service experiences I have had in my life are Bell and Rogers, the two telecommunications giants in our area. By now, I am simply resigned to putting up with long telephone conversations getting them to actually do the things they promised.
We are a little way into this new tack. We are officially a one child family, having given up on the effort to have a second child. We are also setting our selves to rights financially and emotionally. I have finished my debt consolidation, Stephanie is part way through her student loan, and she is beginning a serious weight loss campaign. I am working on my discipline – scheduling, calendaring, finishing things I start, that sort of thing.
Maddy is happy as ever, although it makes me both happy and sad to see her create her little role-playing games by herself. She sits in the car with her feet up on the back of my seat, and they talk to each other – her feet that is. Each one has a role, usually mummy and baby. Very cute. I am sad because of the brothers she might have had.
We are planning menus for a week at a time now. Time is precious, and without planning, we often end up eating out – or I end up spending all my free time after work cooking. We have a slow cooker, and Steph has both planned and shopped for the groceries. If this goes well, I shall be spending less time in the kitchen, we shall eat better, we shall both lose some weight, and we will save some money. I can’t imagine a more satisfactory combination.
I do feel that I am not getting some necessary chores done however. The taxes still loom, and the old van is still occupying the garage. I need to find a mechanic who is willing to take it on here at our home. I also need to spend a few hours each week on the taxes. I will schedule that into our calendar.
The Spellstorm thing seems to be coming along. We have a few volunteers willing to take on the necessary roles. We could certainly use more, but it is a start, albeit a late one.
I am in the final part of the Landmark Education Curriculum – the Self Expression and Leadership course. It has been a long and sometimes hard, but always interesting journey.
In this part of the course, I have been invited to take on a community project. My project “We are Responsible” is ambitious. I intend to cause the creation of a Treatment Centre for Alcoholism and Addiction in a First Nations Community in Northern Ontario.
Maureen Bryne, an addictions counsellor and TV Interventionist from the reality show “Intervention Canada” has just come on board as our newest committee member. This is tremendously exciting, and I am looking forward to really getting things moving with her help and contacts.