Christmas crazies

This year, people can actually talk to me about Christmas, at this point in the year, without me wanting to scream. That does not mean that the Christmas decorations that I saw today at West Edmonton Mall are OK (it’s not even Halloween yet!) but being able to talk to me about Christmas without me screaming is a definite improvement. Continue reading

Some call it fall

OK, so it gets colder in autumn. If I were a bear and hibernated for the next seven months or so, I would probably be OK with this. Unfortunately, I’m a person who apparently has a body temperature 10 C lower than everyone else. This is these season where it begins — I go to introduce myself, shake someone’s hand, and their reply is “Ooh, your hands are a little cold.” Continue reading

Big City lights

It’s been nearly a month and a half since I’ve gone into Edmonton or Calgary. To put things in a little bit of perspective, I’ve been living in Lloyd for 10 months. So a month and a half just hanging out here shouldn’t be that bad, right?

More perspective: the last time I didn’t do some major highway travel for roughly a  month was May. I went home at the end of April for Easter, and then was back in Calgary in June for convocation. Up until now, actually, I think May is the only month that I haven’t gone into either Edmonton or Calgary at least once. Continue reading

Do Not Disturb

Some people hide their phones on themselves when they start drinking. I’m beginning to think I should hide my phone on myself when I’m sleeping.

When I first got a cellphone, about five years ago, I turned it off every night. Somewhere along the way, I stopped doing that. I guess I figured that if people really needed to text or call me in the middle of the night, there must be a good reason. (So not true.) Continue reading