Summer? Maybe….

Well, it’s official, summer started at 5:00pm local time today, and the sun did come out and warm up the place a bit, so I really can’t complain too terribly much. But like all typical BC weather you only need to wait a short time and it will change–at least for 2008 anyway.

The really great thing about this time of year are the long days. I hardly ever get tired, and I seem to have a lot more energy. So tonight I’m going to stay up watch the sunset over in Abbotsford, up on the hill by Bradner Road. This should be taking place around 11:21PM tonight. [Ooops, that should have been 10:21pm ] :O [I’ll get it right sooner or later….. 9:21PM!!!]

Yes-Summer!

Tomorrow it looks like we will have some good old rain comming with lots of clouds, and a slight dip in temperature. What else is new this year? It seems that the weather petterns are totally backwards. We should be having lots of sunny days by now….

You Know it is Spring When….

My Top Ten list regarding spring. Even though it is still cold out, like there was frost this morning, the days are getting warmer. Like magic, people are getting into the spring mode as if someone had thrown a switch. Neighbours are out side, people whom I have not seen in several months are enjoying the sudden change in weather. So here is my top ten list of “signs that you know spring has finally arrived.”

Signs that you know spring has finally arrived

  1. You can spot all the little piles of Dog-Doo-Doo along the side walks.
  2. The Birds, particularly the Robbins, start attacking the Cats.
  3. The lawn is a sea of yellow instead of green due to the sudden explosion of Dandy-Lions.
  4. Women in shirts.
  5. An increase in Beer Cans along the sides of roads.
  6. Ants are everywhere. They are crawling up trees and on the ground, everywhere. I’m seeing a huge ant hill developing along hedgerow between the front lawn and the road. It has being under construction for the last week that I am aware of.
  7. Bunnies are becoming less fearful as they feed on the grass among the dandy-lions in the front lawn. I think we are in for a Bunny population explosion this year?
  8. Everyone owns a convertible.
  9. White bright legs hurts one’s eyes when wearing shorts for the first time after a long winter break.
  10. Taking out the smoothie making equipment from storage for another year!

Yes, I think it is safe to say that the gloomy wintry season is passing. The sad realization of the soon approaching summer is servicing the air-conditioner and getting it ready for action.

If I Could Just Put a Band-Aid On It

Unbelievable last week and a half. The exams, papers and projects have hit their apex and the stress metre is well in the red. It is hard to balance between work home and class. Work, the demands of being constantly asked to work more, longer and harder is starting to sound like the Broken-Record effect, and perhaps something I may need to deal with in my own special way very soon–like leave it. It is a consideration, or option, that I need some time to think about before I do anything out of frustration. My home is falling apart. I have so many maintenance projects on my list of things to do that I was overwhelmed with a estimated cost analysis when I was doing some on-line pricing at the local hardware stores. The price of building lumber is unbelievable! And then there are the classes. I was so happy to discover in my syllabus that one of my Monday classes is closed for the next two Mondays.

It seems like money and time are two biggest topics of conversation these days. The USA recession is now creating lots of anxiety for people up here in Canada and because of this it is causing some of my friends to rethink their financial long term planning. I have certainly seen them, quite noticeably I may add, cut back on purchasing and buying as they want to keep a larger portion of cash in the home safe. Also, I have a couple of people I know who are now working a sixty-five hour week because they need the cash. One of them, and I will not name names, is experiencing a huge dilemma because his partner had quit her job because the company is relocating to Alberta. They have what I call a killer mortgage, and it is eating into their very existence as he now is the only income earner.

My research project it now under way. There are so many factors in it that I wish I had a direct line to the instructor because the textbook is not comprehensive enough. So I plug on words with it, fumbling slowly through it, hoping that I at least hit the target area let alone the mark. With all the stress, the sheer volume of writing involved, I am finding myself staying up later and later and later. Last night ended around 1:30am this morning because of typing transcripts. I’m now at the point where I really don’t care what grade I get, I just want to finish it and move on.

I signed for some classes for the summer semester. Yup, doing the summer classes deal–again. Why you ask? Because I want to finish this as fast as I can without killing myself over it. I was dismayed that most of the classes I need are not available during the summer. I wanted to focus on completing some of my electives. Instead I’m doing a fourth year class titled CRIM 4900, Sexual Deviance and Violence, another Monday class. I’m a sucker for punishment. I don’t know if I want to do a full coarse load, or just stick with the one class for now, but my energy is not what it used to be? Choices, choices, choices….

I am happy that Road-Rage is getting the attention is deserves in the media! It is tragic that a young man lost his life because of it, but as the old saying goes,”the mayor’s daughter has to get killed at a red light before a committee is created to fixed it….” Road-Rage has always being with us, and it is now more prevalent because of the population explosion in the last ten years. Our roads are clogged and our out-dated transportation systems have deteriorated. You don’t need a degree in criminology to figure that out. So, how to fix the problem? Re-train people’s driving habits, or build more roads?