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Bit of a belated update on the 3 new ceiling fans: they're installed! Took the 2 electricians just over an hour to do, probably would have taken me a full day, so I guess it was worth waiting and not stressing too much about it. I need to extend the light pull switches though, they're too short for me to reach comfortably. They put 1 fan blade in with the wrong colour down (out of the 15), that's going to bug me until I can switch it (if it's even possible, they click down onto a sloped post - the colour is close though). They look nice and I'm happy with my choices, yay!
Even better, I found a burner who wanted all of the old fans for an art project, so I just have to deal with recycling one box and half the styrofoam from the shipped new fans.

My new fridge got delivered this morning, also yay! Boo on that they took a chunk out of the plaster in the front stairwell. I can fix it, but will wait until the old fridge gets picked up for recycling - on Sept 23. *sigh* So much hurry up and wait with this. Luckily I have room (just) to keep the old fridge around for a bit, but the odd thing is that it has to be plugged in for them to pick it up (working).

I met a translator at wedding festivities this summer and was able to make a reading in which they were participating this week. They'd come in via commuter rail and were crashing with the organiser, so I was invited to the post event gathering so we could chat some more - that didn't quite end up happening, as it was just 5 people eating dinner - bit awkward for me to be the hanger on, but fascinating being with so many people who are passionate about literature, poetry, words in general. *happy sigh* I have a Korean poet to look up, and a morbid curiosity to read some of the war crime tribunal trial transcripts from the Hague (the organiser worked there for years). I learned a lot about Croatian/Bosnian/Serbian as 4 were working in those languages, only one in Spanish.

Also: successfully travelled to and from Ontario to do the Spartan Sprint up there with my high school friend L. Still bitter they moved it from Borden, but the course was pretty much flat. It was a lot of deep mud, some shivering and bonking on the course (one of my bar wrappers split and got ruined), and another 120 burpees (rings, monkey bars (though I did get halfway), frisbee golf (wft, I guess cause the venue had a course?) and spear toss) and a strained hamstring as I forced myself over the inverted wall. Got a boost on the wall traverse near the end, but did do the rope climb for my first Spartan bell ring - yay silks training! Registration was a complete mess, the computer system was down and it took me 2 hours to get signed in when they *finally* did it by hand. :-/ 2h 3m for 6.4km, not my best time but I jogged most of it. Visited the McMichael on my way back to the airport, and found that the rental car had a crack on the bumper when I returned it - either construction debris (oh man the construction!) or a hit and run at the McMichael. :-/ Thankfully I got the insurance, but the rental counter was a bit shady with how they explained and resolved things. I'm waiting on a call from a manager. :-(

I said I'd never do it...

Sep. 7th, 2017 05:35 pm
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 I've signed up for an Arabic language course!

I am quite realistic, and know that one term isn't going to have me translating Oum Kalsoum songs. In all likelihood, I'll learn about as much as I already know from my visits to Cairo. But I'm looking forward to it! 

August books and movies

Sep. 7th, 2017 07:50 am
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Oof, I am so late on this, including one book finished in Sept:

Books:

41. Memories of Ice, Steven Erikson. Read more... )

42. Early Review: Ride: Kit Meets Covington, Bobbi J. G. Weiss. Read more... )

43. Book Club: Black Monday Murders vol. 1, Jonathan Hickman, Tomm Coker. .Read more... )

44. Bedlam Stacks, Natasha Pulley. Read more... )

45. Book Club: Kill or Be Killed, Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, Elizabeth Breitweiser. Read more... )

46. Silent, David Mellon. Read more... )

47. Early Review: Upstream: Searching for Wild Salmon, from River to Table, Langdon Cook. Read more... )

Movies:

Into the Woods. Read more... )

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