The family went on a road trip this weekend… without me. I painted Karin’s office, changed all the tires, cleaned up the yard (just in time for the snow!) and did a few other need-to-do jobs. #productive
Easter, late as it was this year, is finally upon on us. And as Easter so often reminds, the symbolism of spring — as well as the feeling, aura, air, sense or whatever you want to call it — is finally wafting through the post-winter air.
But, y’know, I’m starting to feel verbose once again… and thirsty for some writing in a way that can only be quenched by a big list project to drink down and share around.
Thus here we go again: the Week of Lists Number 6, The Spring Cleaning Edition.
Starting on Saturday (April 19th) and through the following Friday (April 25th) I’ll be posting, one-per-day, a list relating to (as per usual) one of the standard topics of this blog –y’know, like running or fatherhood– linked to the theme of the list: Spring. And not just spring, but cleaning, planning, and savouring the spring as it twists slowly into summer.
Those Seven Posts are (in no particular order)…
- Five Awesome Dad Goals for Springtime
- Five Art Adventures for Kids and their Dads
- Five Ways to Involve Your Six Year Old in Your Running Training
- Five Must-Capture Photos for Dads as Summer Approaches
- Five Strategies to Keep Gaming, Even When the Weather Turns Nice
- Five Spring Blogging Plans to Record Your Amazing Summer
- Five Ways to Break the Barbecue Boredom Before it Begins
(Links were posted as content was released…)
Once more it is June. Again. And again I embark upon that epic effort of daily blogging, take three, wherein I call upon myself for a kind of rambling focus, picking from a list of daily topics, and with neither planning nor advance writing, strive to pepper this blog with the free-thought, free-writing wonder that is another one of Those 30 Posts in June. Today, that post just happens to be:
June 11th // Something You Are Doing
There is something about the spring and summertime that leaves me in the mood for fine-tuning design.
Perhaps it is the stereotypical feeling of post-winter renewal, or maybe it’s just because I’m in the groove with cleaning, yard work, and kicking up the training regimen, but whatever the cause, the result has –over the last number of years– turned into a parallel effort online.
A bit of padding here, a new feature space there, a bit of an adjustment on the font down this line, and perhaps getting rid of this gradient to make room for something a little cleaner on the edge… uh, there… no… right there.
That’s what I’m doing. And I write it here not only because it fulfils today’s topic of “Something I am Doing” but because over the next couple weeks you’ll probably notice little nudging adjustments if you’re a regular visitor to this site or one of my other ones.
On this site? A change to some of the feature spaces, adding more imagery in the sidebar and footer, and killing a bunch of the long, long list of links. (If you were linked there… sorry. You should update your blog more often and I’ll consider adding you back in.) I’ve also nudged some of the padding on the fonts and cleaned up the post-cards, as well as giving a bunch of the images a bit more breathing room.
On my gallery? If you haven’t stopped by there lately, I’m happy to invite you back. I’m still working on that one, but in the last couple weeks I’ve really moved away from the built-in Gallery3 templates and given it a simpler, cleaner, and (I think) more unified look. I’d like to do something about the buttons and other UI, but that’s a bigger project and… yeah, still working on it.
In the meantime: enjoy and watch. If you’re interested in that sort of thing let me know and maybe I’ll be inspired to write a longer post on my design inspirations. But for now… it just is something I’m doing.
For the entire month of June I’m planning on writing a series of blog-a-day posts based on a set series of open-ended questions to myself. This is one of those posts.
June 11th // Something You Are Doing
While it is still — technically — spring, I thought I’d better get started on the spring cleaning.
I spent the better part of the day tackling the winter mess that had taken residence in our garage. The result of living in a winter city, where a significant part of any given year is occupied by sub-zero temperatures and snow, there is a subtle but ongoing accumulation of dirt and debris from the road melt falling from our vehicles each night. By spring one needs mountaineering equipment to traverse the garage floor. I swept and scooped for nearly two hours and filled a ten liter pail with fine salty sand and rocks.
Not to mention we get sloppy with the garage as a storage space. It’s cold out there in the winter so things get tossed hastily into piles on the floor and in corners, and next thing you know there are heaps of unsorted junk that need to be organized.
Total time today was roughly five hours cleaning in the dusty garage, and I’m still not done. I’ll probably spend a couple more hours tomorrow reorganizing the shelve holding our camping gear and holiday decorations. Motivation to finish today was fairly high, but five hours was pushing even that enthusiasm.
Ah… the joys of home ownership and adulthood all rolled into one. And that’s what I’m doing.
Saturday, oh, lazy Saturday — but some of you may have noticed that I have been spending some time making a few minor additions to this webpage. What? you ask. Where? you ponder. If you have managed to somehow miss them, (or for some strange reason this is your first visit) then redirect your attention to the front door and the list of photos that I have uploaded. Many thanks to Future Shop who, thanks to a limited time promo, scanned all my photos and put them on CDs so that I could share them with so many people who may or may not care.
Jeff, if you are reading this, you will be proud. I spent a couple hours today cleaning my apartment — vacuuming, washing, dusting, and other miscellaneous stuff — and the place wasn’t even that dirty. It’s not that I’m looking for recognition or anything — I just know a few people who might be mildly impressed at these facts that I am sharing.
Two cents for a thought
I was out for a wander today. The weather has been a little overcast, but muggy and I couldn’t really get in the mood to do anything more strenuous than a brisk walk around the neighborhood.
I did, however, find myself at the nearby Dairy Queen, where after casually walking by and admiring the colorful signs, tempting me with their oil-based, frozen treats, I broke down an was about to splurge on a vanilla cone. The till rang up two dollars and two cents, and without a coin in my pocket, I dropped a five dollar bill on the counter. The pubescent runt behind the counter, asked me if I had two cents — maybe he didn’t know how to count change, because usually these guys aren’t too deeply concerned with how I’ll feel after receiving 98 cents in small change. I faked the pocket check, knowing I wasn’t going to find a single penny, let alone two. But, before I could even shrug to give him the no-go, this shrill voice echos across the tiny restaurant: I have two cents! I have two cents!
Again, in my effort, to get to the point while retaining the dramatic suspense, I shall shorten to this: a very loud girl, who had apparently been watching this transaction, stumbled and tripped over to the counter to inform us both — the clerk and I — that she did indeed have two cents, and that she was also very “stoned out” and so on and so forth. But, abruptly as she had appeared and mumbled something incomprehensible, she suddenly forgot why she was there and walked out the door a few paces behind her.
In the meantime the clerk had fished two pennies from the penny dish, and was in the process of giving me the remainder of my change.
Keep in mind that this story really has no point other than to remind those reading it that I live in a strange city…
The job continues…
With five days under my belt, I’m starting to figure out the ropes around the office. Hey, they even gave me keys!
But do I still have to go back on Monday??