Friday, May 21, 2004

You know it is the long weekend when... as you are packing to go the sky turns darker and darker and the forcast predicts a healthy amount of rain. Healthy for my garden that is, i am not sure how healthy it will be for us sitting in a cabin by the sea! Yes we are going up the coast to a lovely little cabin offered to us by a friend's mom.

There are alot of difference between BC and Ontario, but one of the main difference has to do with the long weekend. In Ontario everyone calls it May 2-4 weekend. Two four, as in a two four of beer. Even my near tea totalling mother calls it May 2-4. Of course, in BC there is no such thing as a two four of beer. It is a flat. Calling it Flat May weekend just doesn't work.

Also in Ontario it is always very important to have something planned for May24. It is, afterall, the beginning of the summer, cottage seaason etc. And it is finally warm enough to plant a garden. We've been basking in the sun for a month at least already. Also, in BC people don't seem to mind having to stay in the city for the long weekend. It helps that the city has beaches and mountains. But there isn't really a 'cottage country'. Besides, BCers call them cabins not cottages.

Anyways, happy May2-4!! Oh yeah, and by the way, its our 5th year anniversary. So celebrate that as well.

Thursday, May 20, 2004

The garden is coming along nicely. I spent a fair bit of time weeding today. Weeding is hard, not physically but mentally. How can you tell the difference between a weed and something that is supposed to be there? I am only having this problem in areas where i have planted from seed. The beets and radishes i can tell, but i think i pulled up most of my spinach. On the other hand, i think i have correctly identified two broccoli seedlings popping up over near the peas. Very exciting.

I also transplanted some of my peas. I am not so sure how they will do in the new location, but i think i had them too densely planted before. I also put in some beans today. And my leaf lettuce is wonderful. If you wanted a very small salad i could supply you with lettuce. Exciting.

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

I have been gone for a while and i have no excuse. But by way of consolation, i heard on the CBC the other day that Paul Martin hasn't updated his blog since November. Doesn't he know that he is about to call an election? Is that really the type of guy we want running the country? A blog truant?

So gas prices keep souring and i have been giving it some thought, how much are people really doing to curtail their consumption? Or are they just happy to pay more at the pump? As a non driver in a carless household i haven't really been affected by the crunch. When i travel by car it tends to be in a large group, so i feel that at least our car is filled to capacity. But what about commuters? Are we at the point yet where it is more cost effective for them to take the bus than put out the cost for gas? These are the things i think about while i am working on my diss (ha ha).

Saturday, May 08, 2004

Just call me the urban agriculturalist! I think now my garden is finally at a good stage. I have divided it inot five smaller beds for convenience and to see which plants do best where. So here is the run down of what i have: spinach (two kinds), radishes, beets, broccoli, peas, beans, herbs garlic, leaf lettuce, peppers (2 kinds), tomatoes (three kinds so far) and squash. I can't wait to start eating!! As soon as it is warmer i will put in more tomatos, peppers, eggplants and cucumbers, but for now this still seems like quite a bit.

Thursday, May 06, 2004

Well it's the end of an era. FRIENDS is over, passed onto syndication heaven. Sigh. I haven't experienced anything so emotional on TV since, well, the end of SIENFELD.

But seriously, i did tune into the final episode tonight in spite of the fact that i have not been a consistent watch of the show for a couple of seasons now. I must admit i was a little bit bored by the final episode. Blah, blah, blah, saying good bye over and over again, blah, blah. And the whole Ross and Rachel thing - who cares? I guess i do because i have more to say, like if Ross loved Rachel so much why didn't he entertain the idea of moving to Paris with her? Is it completely unheard of for a guy to sacrifice his career for the sake of the woman he loves? Not in my world!

The whole twins thing i sort of enjoyed. And don't even get me started on the chick and the duck - i love it! My one question is whether or not they will go to LA with Joey in his new spin off series. And with that, i bid adieu to yet another tele-era that filled our Thursday nights with love, laughter and tears. And, oh yeah, friends.

Wednesday, May 05, 2004

Well. the damn diss is really haunting me now, and let me tell you it does not feel so good. Sunday night i went out for dinner with one of my advisors and some of her other students. Nice pleasant evening and good food until - WHAMMO- 'How's the dissertation coming along?'. Now i know alot of you out there innocently ask me this all the time, but coming from someone in the academic world it is a much more painful question. So many of you don't even really understand what it is i do, so you asking is just common courtesy. But when another academic asks it is painful. Yeah, please can you just pour a little bit more acid in my open wound?

And as if that wasn't bad enough, then on Monday morning i was innocently having a coffee with some friends on a patio, when who walks by, but another one of my advisors! (note to self - never go to that coffee place again!) This one i hadn't seen in over a year. i swear to god that i am being haunted!

Finally finished massive tome by Neal Stephenson. Passed it onto the Brain. He should finish it sometime next year. Last night i finished reading LOST SOULS by Michael Collins. It was niminated for the Booker a couple of years ago. Usually that is a good recommendation for me, but i wasn't so foind of this book. It was ok, but it was nothing too spectacular. Just a fairly good read that really slows down about 2/3 through and then whallops you at then end with a good conclusion.