Wednesday, November 25, 2009

random-nata

Life is all over the place right now. So is this post!

I'm learning sign language (bits and pieces) while working a deaf student that I tutor. It's pretty intense because I can't move my fingers and hands quickly or smoothly enough. And as my student likes to point out, my facial expressions suck. Who knew that lil miss expressive would be told that in life? The problem... I'm concentrating so hard on getting the gestures that I can't even begin to pay attention to what my face does... and it ain't pretty my friends!

Paul and I are purging, re-organizing, and re-vamping the condo. So far the process has been good, if not a bit slow going. Both the office and living room are about just over halfway done... we just need to figure out what to put where and a system for using all this new space effectively. Who knew that I'd be so scrupulously attentive to organization one day? What can I say, lately life is just full of surprises.

So of course I'm in organization mode, which led to the same process occuring at work today. My office is now revamped and re-arranged. And my desk, well my desk feels like it just gained like a mile of space... no exaggeration!  :)

In other news, I'm starting to get ready for winter but oddly enough winter doesn't seem to be on its merry little way. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining. Oh no, not complaining at all. The mild weather has been fab-fricking-fantastic! Nary a drop of snow in sight and it's nearing the end of November. Side note: it never ceases to amaze me how weather out here is an actual topic of conversation. No really, a real topic of conversation. Not just superficial small talk kind of conversation. People will talk about it for ages, complain, rant, rage, long, wish, dream, fume, praise the weather, myself now included. I guess when the weather is predominantly rain, as it is out on the west coast of BC, there isn't all that much to be said. But when you actually have 4 seasons (with all the joy and misery that come with them), there's a whole hell of a lot to say!




In other news, I'm finishing up the last details of my gift package for blogging by mail , which needs to be sent out by Friday the latest... Finding "calgon take me away" goods for someone halfway across the world is fairly daunting to me. I mean... a book, well what if they've read it? It's not like they can exchange it... What about DVD of fav movie? Then I wonder if it will be able to be played, etc, etc, etc...

Crafts ideas are in the works... but also somewhat on hold because of aforementioned re-organization. Slowly folding my way through 1001 origami cranes in order to make a crane garland.

Garlands normally look like this (done vertically):


photo credit: Cat Dancing flickr

But I want a chain that looks more like these doves done horizontally:


photo credit: Ten Thousand Villages

I think I'd prefer the cranes closer together and I plan on putting a bead (something shiny) between the birds. After that, I have a plan that includes lacquer, cranes, and bookmarks...

Yeah... I think that's it for now... like I said, things are a bit random on my end!

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