It never fails to amaze me how tough the first week of work is after a short, 2-week break. Last week was the first week of our Winter 2019 term and we all we dragging by Wednesday. Admittedly I had agreed to sub for a daytime teacher, so I was doing double shifts (9.30-2.30, 6.30-9.00) Monday-Wednesday. Plus I’m now back to 4 eves a week, but I couldn’t believe the fatigue by 10pm. I also squeezed in either a bike ride or tread milling to keep up the battle of the bulge. I hope the week is better. I only have my evening classes. We’ll see come Thursday at 10pm.
Today is Miranda’s 15th birthday. Technically we could have started celebrating right after midnight, but the majority of us were tired and went to bed shortly after 12.
The big plan for today, at her request, was to watch all of the Lord of the Rings movies back-to-back. The plan was to start around 7 (I am not sure of the actual start time), so they were hunkered down in the bonus room when I got up at 8. There were a few short breaks for meals and birthday wishes, but most of the time they were in there. Simon even did two bouts of cycling while watching. There was a bigger break around 8.30-9 when Miranda opened her cards and gifts. The big combo gift from us was two additional piercings in each ear and pair of real earrings (garnet studs in silver). I spent most of the time preparing the cake, making chowder for lunch, going for a walk with Ian, and getting supper (which was our usual Love Boat Deluxe from Sakana Grill). Ian split his time between making videos from clips in which he acted both parts and practicing magic. Now that supper and cake are finished, they are back at it. I am not sure how much is left, but maybe by 9 they will have watched it all.
It was quite a sunny, balmy day of +4; my sweatpants and ski jacket were overkill on the walk.
Happy Birthday Miranda! Here’s to many, many more. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜
This eve I went and donated blood for the first since 2010. I was a regular donor in Prince George (I felt it was my civic responsibility to do so since I have a rare blood type), but became less of one when we moved back to the Island. The clinics weren’t as convenient there. I finally got the lead out a month ago and searched for a local clinic. It turned out there was one at the new YMCA up the hill in Rocky Ridge. We all piled in the car and drove up. I didn’t feel confident in driving home. Even though I’d made an appointment for 7.10 I still got a number and waited over an hour to get siphoned. I’m not sure what the point of making an appointment was because it didn’t mean you got in at the specified time. So after waiting for an hour Simon and Ian went home. (Simon’s not feeling up to snuff.) Miranda stayed to watch. She can start donating when she’s 17. It took just over 7 minutes to fill the bag and then we were off to the refreshments. Simon came and got us and now we’re back home. My next donation will be in March.
You made it to 20 years old. Yay! Such a moofins you are. It’s hard to believe that many years have gone by since I heard you crying late at night at our apartment door on 15th Avenue in Prince George. From then you’ve had such a happy, comfortable life with people who love you. Happy Birthday Squeak! ❤️ Here’s to more happy days to come.
Miranda had her retainers fitted today. If you remember last week she had a digital scan done of her teeth which would produce a pair of molds from a 3D printer. Well the wonders of technology keep coming. I was expecting her to get the old fashioned kind of retainer with the metal strip across the teeth, but no. Now they use these for the final stages of teeth shaping:
And here are her”teeth” 😁:
She goes back in February to make sure everything is continuing to develop according to plan.
Today was a big day for Miranda. She no longer has to wear braces. She will have to wear a retainer which she will get next week. They scraped the glue off her teeth, took more photos of her jaws (no more cross bite), and another radial X-ray.
Technology certainly makes things easier when it works. Her previous retainer was created from a mold of clay-like material that she had to stick in her mouth. Now they use 3D imaging. From that they can print out a model from their 3D printer and build the retainer on top of that! I’ll have Simon post the video. when he gets home.
Ian and I got our flu shots this evening. I decided that while we’re still healthy we’d better get it done. The other half of the family is sick. Miranda came down with a cold on Saturday and Simon started with symptoms last night. He has been going downhill all day. It’s only a matter of time before we come down with it.
Luckily Rexall had no-one waiting at 6.30-ish. We walked up to the counter with our pre-completed forms and almost went straight in. Hopefully it’ll be that empty when the other 2 go for theirs.
After many forecasts threatening us with a substantial snowfall, we finally got a skiff this evening. There were some scattered flakes on our deck this morning, but we’ve had hail-fall worse than that. This Snowtember is nowhere near as bad as our 2014 one. The temps have been between 3 and -3 the last two days and the next few days will be a mix of snow and rain with temps between 8 and -3. It should make for hellish driving if the snow actually sticks to the roads. Very few people, myself included, have swapped over to the winter tires. I usually wait until late October, but I may have to reconsider this year.
Yesterday was my last official day of work for the term. Actually it was supposed to be the end-of-term party. One person showed up. 🤣 We has fruit salad with Greek yogurt, a Colombian milk cake, and coffee. She left at about 10.30 and I held out another hour before leaving.
Today I had my usual bike ride with Ian. It was more dropping him off and picking up Miranda. It’s the Tour de Bowness this weekend. The BCC ended their Sunday ride at one of the competition routes. That’s where I left Ian with Simon.
The rest of the day was a mix of nothing much. The next term starts on the 20th, but we’ll be in Victoria as usual. I’ll start on the 29th. Next week I have to draw up 3 lesson plans for my sub. One year the terms and our vacation will line up.
As part of his summer enrichment Simon has volunteered me to work through Swift Playgrounds on the iPad with Ian. (I volunteered Miranda to join in as well. 😆) Swift Playgrounds is a visually friendly learn-to-program course put out by Apple in their anyone can code movement. It’s broken down into 3 introductory courses: Learn to Code 1, Learn to Code 2, and Learn to Code 3. Ian has really taken a shine to it. I have to admit it’s a lot better than the coding courses I took at UVic and CNC. In fact it brought to mind my first programming course I had through Radio Shack waaaay back in the ’80s. I managed to find some videos on Logo on Youtube. I showed him how programming classes used to be in the beginning and how they typically are at the post-secondary level (dry and boring). It really made him appreciate how Swift has been designed. Hopefully we can work our way through 2 of the courses by the end of summer.