Sunday, June 30, 2013

Long-A** Day

So far my Canada Day long weekend has been going great!  Well, great in the sense that work is actually getting done in the house:

-Max will finish the rest of the stair railings tomorrow.  It's looking good and more and more I'm realizing that if I did it it would have looked horrible:

-put up a closet door.  Went back to Lowe's thinking a piece was missing.  Went back home to find that it wasn't missing.  They gave me the parts off the shelf for free, but I'll return them as I have no use for them.  Oops...time and gas wasted
-cleaned all the gutters, which involved me going on the roof.  I hate going on roofs (tingly biyag; that fear I'll fall off), but at least it got done:

Notice there are plants growing in the gutter?  Jeez.  I need to get new gutters
-started putting up baseboards and trim in one room

Only problem with all of this work is:
-the feeling that I should be getting more done
-missing out on relaxing
-not knowing when I'll actually be done.  I really hope soon.  I feel terrible every day I'm not moved in, as I'm probably causing inconvenience to her.  Also Eamon is growing older and he really needs to get used to a new routine
-I'm exhausted

But anyway, I have to stay positive

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Tried something last night that was quite...interesting

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Well That Was Fun, But You Still Have A Ton Of Stuffs To Do

So this guy Max, a Russian Contractor I hired to do the stairs came today. Interesting guy, very nice, very genuine.  It was good working with someone and learning things here and there.  We actually also had a good conversation about spirituality.

I think we worked something like 11 hrs. straight.  I'm not sure what I was thinking when I thought I could do the work he did by myself.  It would've taken me forever and I would've messed up for sure!

He'll be coming over tomorrow and most likely Monday again.  Dear Gawd I hope we finish by this weekend.

It'll be a busy weekend, which is a good thing so that I don't miss my son too much

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Joined a team today...hope it keeps up

Tremendous Upset

So we watched WWZ last night (okay movie save for the end) and did the Mississauga thing of eating at Tremendous afterwards.

As predicted, my body I think is getting too old for this sh*  I feel like crap.  But at the same time, I'm feeling good, in the sense that I have a whole day ahead of me of trying to finish up in the house.

Let's gooooooooooo

Friday, June 28, 2013

Movie? Movie!

Been a long time since I've watched a movie.  Gonna go with BeeJ tonight to watch World War Z.

Then the craziness starts tomorrow when Max the Contractor comes over

Deadline Fail

Oh of many timeline fails for this renovation.  I can't help it, sort of.  I feel bad working in the middle of the night with the loud tools (apparently my neighbour told me she hears my compressor).

On top of that, I am kind of tired.  But I did get pretty far for one day, so I'm going to be happy about that:

There was nothing but subfloor there before.

I mean, my carpentry skills have a lot left to be desired for, but I think I'm doing okay as an amateur.  Just gotta finish that last bit of hardwood before Max comes tomorrow to do the handrails...

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Canadian picked #1 overall in the NBA draft?  Crazy!

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My boy will going to the nation's capital for the weekend.  This is the first time I'll be away from him for this long period of time.  I'm sure I'll survive

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Okay, Time To Get It

So Eamon and his Mom will be going to Ottawa this weekend.  This leaves me a bit of time for myself to lay the hammer down (literally) and really get popping this weekend with the house.  Hopefully the guy I'm hiring gets everything done as well.

Think positively!

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Face-melting, shirt-drenching day today.

My students this year are pretty good and they make me laugh...hopefully it doesn't change

Now's Not The Time To Get Discouraged

Worst timing.  Gotta keep pushing on and not think about the insane amount of work left to do in the house before I get a chance to actually sit down and relax for a bit.  I just need time and some positivity

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Mood Swing In Effect

Argh.  Hate it when I go through this.  I think it's a combination of the hot water and the frustrations I have with my parents (thanks for listening to me, the Father of their Grandchild, whenever I say something, please, go ahead, do the opposite), and maybe everything else that has me on a low right now.

Time to pick it up...

Look Past The Hurt

Look towards the future.  Don't lose sight.

Keep talking cryptically where the only person(s) who would understand, understand.

Sleep and dream

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Face Melting Time 2013

So I've been writing on this site for many years, and I think every year I always complain about the same thing when it gets hot and humid here:  face-melting time!

The sheen of sweat and grime on my body never gets old.  It even gets more highlighted when I'm doing renovations.


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Pain. Ting.

Spent a good part of the day (roughly 10 hrs or so) painting the spindles and posts.  Dear Gawd.

And tomorrow I do it all over again!

I don't mind too much...I'm coming up to the homestretch (I hope)

Friday, June 21, 2013

It's Crunch Time

So I have one week to get everything all set up before the guy I have hired comes in and does the handrails/posts/spindles.  I can do this

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Gave blood again today for the fourth time.  It's becoming a somewhat fulfilling feeling thing for me to do.

BeeJ passed by and somehow ended up donating as well (less that a week in Ontario and he's already spilling his liquids for the place).  Kats was, yet again, low in iron.

Saw some of the same people I've been seeing since I started.  I come for the cookies!

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Good convo with BeeJ today.  Definitely one of those relationships in my life where we can pick up and talk about serious stuffs even though it's months apart.  Good to have them back!

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Fine. I'll Ask For Help.

Never much one to ask for help when it comes to my home renovations, but I think I need to all things considering.  I'm gonna hire a guy to finish the railings for my stairs (kind of important, I would imagine, to prevent from falling down).  Not going to be that cheap, but what's money in situations like this, really?

Just means I'm going to have to step it up with the other projects.  I figured I saved money in other places that realistically I shouldn't be too upset.

Just hope he does a good job (as I've been known to be a perfectionist)

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Don't Lose Sight...

...gotta keep pushing forward.

I'm very frustrated with myself and my inabilities right now.  I am also extremely embarrassed of how I'm making things go and affecting people's lives.  I hate it.  Hate it.

I don't want to be a burden to anyone.  I never did.  I'm very thankful for the people in my life that is making it thousands of times easier for me.

I have to keep focussing and continue on doing the best I can...

Ketchup Time

Met with Donaldo of my Rye High days today on a short notice meet-up. Seems like we're at the same moment in life albeit different circumstances.  I always liked the dude who was always straight-up and a down-to-earth kind of guy.

After catching up with him, he gave me some pretty good advice that I think I'm actually going to follow.

Funny how things work out sometimes and how coincidences pop up in my life (as I've said millions of times)

Monday, June 17, 2013

Why Do I WSHH?

So damn funny.

I f*cking love you babe. 

Teddy Bear!

I can't stop watching

The question is:  why aren't you WSHHing?

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Good conversation with a random person today.  Got me to open my eyes a bit more

Step By Step...


I guess I'll call it somewhat of an accomplishment this weekend because I installed all the steps for the stairs.  The only thing left now is the railings, which I've contacted a pro to do (just waiting on his quote).

I also hung two doors (not the best, but I guess it looks okay for the first time doing it) with three left to go.  I realized after using it a lot this past weekend that the Dremel tool I have is very quite useful and I resent not using it earlier.  Don't know what I was thinking there.

All in all, it was a nice Father's Day even though I didn't spend a lot of time with my boy (alone time is good too!).  I got to watch a couple of episodes of Game of Thrones, got to go through a long stretch uninterrupted working at the house, and played some ball (in a BO-smelling sauna-feeling gym, but that's okay, I got some exercise in).

Special shout out to my baby's momma who makes my job as a Father a thousand times easier, even through everything we are going through.  Eamon is a very lucky boy to have her, as is Eamon's father

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The prestigious, prodigal son has returned!  Really crazy to think that Beevy moved away 5 years ago but now are back.  Nice to have friends close by (which will still be rare to hang out with, but still).  Only person left is the Doktor, but they aren't coming back (and I don't blame them).  So it'll be nice to visit them one of these days

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Faddah's Day

Celebrated early with the family because everyone has plans tomorrow.  Fun and really eventful day Eamon had today with his cousins

Crazy to me sometimes to think that I'm actually a Father.  I love being one :)

Friday, June 14, 2013


The word that hurts the most.

But...also leads to new beginnings

Down The Hole Again

Argh.  Seems like I feel like I'm tumbling back down to reality.  Or something like that.

Smile through it; it could be so, so much worse.

Change your perspective.

Shift the outlook.

Is this what an ulcer feels like?

It reads like a cry for help, but only I can help myself.

I will get through this

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

No Time For Sleep

Or something like that.  I guess I haven't been sleeping much lately.  Been trying to work at the house, but it's slow-going.  But it'll all be worth it when it's done, right?


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Looks like the thoughts/feelings are cycling again.  This has to subside somehow

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Nose Bleed City

Sigh.  Hope my boy isn't one of those kids that always has nosebleeds, as displayed this morning.  Was supposed to go to the gym but I had to call that off (one of the drawbacks of having this position for the summer).  Can't wait to get into a routine

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Dreams are far and few between.  Even the day-type.  Can't wait until it comes back, if it ever comes back

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Might have to just bite the bullet and ask for help with the house.  I'm exhausted and weary, and my motivation is waning.  I know it's not a sign of weakness to ask for help, but I really wanted to do it by myself.  Ah well.  Hope it's not too expensive

Monday, June 10, 2013

Day Care Woes

So my unlicenced day care seems to be going through a bit of a problem thanks to a mother-in-law of a mother of a child that is not even going to be registered at the day care anymore.  Spent a good chunk of the morning investigating the possibilities for the day care owner and the conclusion was to be "tricky".

Unfortunately that also means my boy has to have alternate plans for day care.  Thank goodness he has grandparents on both sides willing to help out.

Hate it when bad luck strikes good people

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CBC Radio 2, I am a big fan:

That Antique Roadshow High

So that cheap dining room set pick up I had earlier today?  Turns out it is teak and it re-sales for a much, much higher price.  Boom.  Pretty good considering I wasn't even going to get the chairs, just the table.  Now I have something to sell that should make-up the price of what I bought it for.  Double boom.

Now it would appear I got the "high" of antique-ing and finding a rare gem at an unbeatable price.  And of course, all because of dumb luck

Sunday, June 09, 2013

High School Reunion

That's what it felt like at Ryna's nups last night.  Always nice seeing people from your past (and present).  Left me with a feeling of...angst (?)...nervousness (?)....excitement (?) for the future.

Nice party with some nice moments.  The emcee really annoyed me (drunk? Wouldn't shut up?  Horrible speaking voice?  Grumpy old man (me)?  All checked).  Also, I will forever be the "sober one" while the friends all get drunk.  Amusing and annoying all the same, but some things I guess will never change

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Got my delivery from the Brick today.  Dear gawd, it's been so long since I ordered it I don't even remember what it looks like anymore.

Also picked up a cheap (!) but good dining set with chairs from kijiji.  This car of mine, the awesome Fit...never ceases to amaze me.  I actually fit all of it in there!  This on top of when I fit a living room chair in there as well.  Each time I worried I needed to get my Dad's van.  I've got to stop underestimating how mighty this little car is.

Anyway, I'm gonna sell these chairs and most likely end up getting this table for free plus some profit.  Score!

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All things considered with what's happening in my life, I'm damn lucky.  I hope things stay the same/get even better going forward

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It seems like at times I have full conversations with sentences with my baby boy.  He's growing so fast and getting so smart (and also becoming a smart ass).  Love that kid

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Gonna play some basketball in a bit.  Hope I don't have a heart attack.  I've been hitting the junk food/been eating unhealthy for quite a bit now.  I'm looking for that motivation again and stop using convenient excuses not to do what I have to do

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From the wedding last night:

Thursday, June 06, 2013


I've always had a thing for solid wood furniture.  I've also always had a thing for teak, and clean mid-century Danish lines on furniture (I couldn't actually describe it until recently, but I always knew I like it).

So now my latest hobby is sourcing affordable, mid-century teak pieces (antique-ing?  Really?!?).  I was successful in finding these awesome 1960's dining chairs and an old, glass-topped, teak-bottomed coffee table (thank you kijiji).  This in addition to the modern-retro chair I got for cheap yesterday, and I have a challenge ahead of me in trying to make it all work.  I also have to find a dining table and perhaps a credenza.

Of course I still have more than a ton of stuff to do in the house to get it all ready.  Just gotta take it one day at a time, cause gawd knows my anxiety levels have been blasting through the roof lately

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Nina's wedding this weekend means it's reunion time again...let's hope it's not awkward or anything with everything considered

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Tomorrow is the annual all-you-can-eat Jays' game extravaganza with the workmates.  Sodium, fat, calories and nitrates, here we come

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Maybe I need to start writing again.  It's definitely not going to be everyday, that's for sure, but let's see if this will help