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2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,600 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 27 trips to carry that many people.

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Note – blog switch

I’ve converted over to blogger… trying it out

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Heavy wind [95/121]

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Holy smokes ,that’s some crazy wind. Should have that re-thought biking today.

Not sure of you can see the wind sock there, but it is blowing straight east, and I’m at the part where I start biking west.

After a crappy weekend where I didn’t feel well, biking probably wasn’t the best idea; now throw in the cold and heavy wind…

Dean back at soccer

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he was really excited to be back yesterday

Okay, that depressed me – I’ve dipped below 80% officially.

Ouch.  Next week I know I can’t do 3 days [so that’ll make it 96/125]

Anyways… needing to regroup.  Holy smokes.

Chris left us for Iglusiak.  Steve dropped a bomb on us and is moving to Barrie.

2 solid people that will be missed from band.  That in itself should be enough to give pause.

But I’m starting to be overwhelmed.  And not just because I’m still suffering from the Thanksgiving Day celebrations where I ‘gobbled ’till I wobbled’ [as a good friend put it].

The week for work has been steadily increasing in work to get done.  Just as I was getting content that several of them were finishing up, more are around the corner.

Back to the band, we have 14 new students.  Some more active than others, but in all I had 12 last night.  Thankfully Pete and Al are in and helping, and so is Eric.  Just don’t want to juggle too many things.  And several of the students show real promise, so hopefully in another year I won’t be too upset about the leavings of a member.

On that note, good to see a new face at the Bayfield trip – Wyeth has started to come out.

What else?

Teaching – well, didn’t get that job.  Got some good feedback – will have to go and rethink on some of it.

The next online piping competition has been announced.  I’m kinda stoked as I’m starting to learn a couple piobaireachds, and I’m really excited to get playing more.  Plus I was just asked to play with somebody as another stretch of my playing ability.  Thanks for the recommendation Pierre.

It’s that time of year where we start planning what will our winter be like [in the old days you had to store everything up properly – don’t do it right and you starved by January].  So, I’ve been given some thoughts to where to go from here.  Not that this is a ‘junction’ by any means, but I really have to think about long term implications and the actions done today and how they have ramifications on that.

Nothing is as straightforward as it used to be.  I guess that’s what being ‘grown up’ is all about.  I’m not lamenting, if anything I’m excited by a lot of what’s out there and possibilities and potentials.

[neat point of interest – this is the first post I’ve done via the Blogger… I may just switch from WP]

 

Just went for a quick pop into the mall for a mid-afternoon break and I ran into a past student of mine.

Immediately she recognized me, and said hello.  We caught up a bit and I asked her what she was doing etc…

But what really caught me was that she did say that she enjoyed my class and how I made the subject matter relevant and easy to understand.

*sigh*

This is just after I had learned that I wasn’t a successful candidate for a teaching position.  It’s really sad, to have these anecdotal evidences of how proficient I am in a job, yet cannot fully realize that option.

How to deal with that?  I dunno… it was a real kick when she said before I walked away “at least you’re still teaching”, and it was hard not to walk back and have that long discussion about teaching and the “profession”.

Didn’t I just post about this?  Yeah… I also meant to post mid-week, but that never happened, so it seems like it just happened.

Anyways, yeah – went all week and was pretty ok.  No problems.  Then Friday night I started to have ‘sniffles’ and then it was a real runny nose.

Mandy, you’re awesome, for not killing me – she was quite the trooper and took care of Dean the entire weekend while I just convalesced in bed.  Seriously – I was in bed all weekend, until around Sunday 3pm when she went to work.

Jarron had another photoshoot Sunday night – when these calendars come out I think y’all will be quite impressed.  And you better buy one!!

Sick Weekend [86/107]

So, last week and the one prior have been pretty hectic.  Like an ungodly amount.  Hopefully as the major events are out of the way it can slow down to a normal pace now.

The day after the Prosperity Northwest event I had gone to a meeting and I could feel my body losing a battle.  I had been staving off this cold for some time and now was its time for revenge.  Oi.

I went home Thursday afternoon around 1… slept until almost 6.  Went to pipes for about an hour [was a real shame turning back in those Lawries] and then came home and slept until the next day.

Friday I woke up around 11am.  Puttered for an hour or so, then went back to sleep.  Woke up at 3, up for a few hours and then back into bed.

I followed this pattern for some time.  I was really out of it.  Not flu like, just cold.  I get these wicked sinus blockages and then that makes me grind my teeth and stuff so my temples get sore and then I get major headaches.  So it was just hard to concentrate on anything.

My turn of luck was on Saturday when I got to play with the new Gingerbread features on my phone.  Something cool.

Oh, and playing with Dean.  It’s always fun to play with him – despite how he says I’m the ‘bad dad’ and I’m “bossy” and “throw [him] on the bed”.  But we had a great time.  Especially Sunday.  Just some precious lines as always.

Back at work today… biked and man it’s getting cold.  Not sure if that really helps or not.  Gotta start getting some mitts for the morning [and it gets depressing watching my percentage slowly slip downwards].  I’m still a little ‘overwhelmed’ at the office here, but I’m doing ok, taking things in bite size portions.  Mainly trying to go through the backlog of emails etc… I have so MANY different things to do at the office that it’s easy to get lost in it all.  With a head cold lingering it’s not exactly making things easier.  One bit at a time.

Freaky ride yesterday [85/104]

So, I know I’ve had one accident this past year on my bike.  But yesterday I experienced another.  No, I didn’t have an accident, but it felt like it.

I was biking a different route as I had to stop by the in-laws.  And on the way back along James [going South, on the East side] I passed another biker.  I moved onto the grass, and he moved closer to the house’s side of the pavement.

After we had passed I heard some noise (see, my headphones don’t block out sound) and I looked back and he had gone into the bushes just a bit and had fallen over.

Now I knew I didn’t do anything to cause that, he clearly did it after we had passed, and I did give him ample room.  But somebody falling is nasty, so I stopped and ran over to him.  Hey, I am first-aid certified you know.

He assured me he was fine; but it was still spooky as he was just laying there for the less than minute it took me to stop and run over.

I couldn’t tell if he was shaken or really hurt, but his demeanour was just odd.  He could have been just embarassed, or pissed off at me… and that part of me wanted to say “hey, this wasn’t my fault you know”.  But I wanted to ensure he was alright.  I offered like 5x to call an ambulance and asked if he was okay.

Just weird.


On other fronts… not much new.  Been uber stressful at work lately with newsletters and deadlines and events and shows…

Band did really well at the Miles with the Giant.  I was extremely proud of Mandy going in the 10K walk… more than I did.  The band also sounded awesome at the Scottish Rite.

The Band calendar is coming along, Jarron’s working hard to put it together and get some funky shots.  Will look amazing I bet.

Can’t think of much else… knew I had to write today, as I hadn’t all last week.  That bugs me… but it’s a sign of how busy I’ve been [tell my jaw to relax somebody, it’s giving me headaches].

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