Monthly Archives: February 2007

Countdown has started!

Looking forward to this day very much. I am in Strand One with Ruth Booth and Susan Williamson (Yay!).

Morning session A: Ruth Booth – The Gestural Stroke
I am nervous about this session. I’ll actually have to do something new and people might see!
Morning Session B: Susan Williamson – Collage and the ATC
I have to admit the middle session is the reason I signed up for this strand.
Afternoon Session: Ruth Booth – The Origami Pocket Book
I can handle this, I recall doing this as a child. I liked making cranes but I don’t think I could do one now! If I recall this was very relaxing activity for me.

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What kind of card to make? Part 2

I caved.

I purchased an animal stamp. Three actually. I let my son pick them out. I’m mystified as to why he was adamant about not getting the giraffe.

Here is my card.

And here is my little hidden ‘zoo’


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Not a good day to be a TTC employee

What a day! I wish I was saying it in a good way.

I took what should have been a quick trip. It took 3 1/2 hours.

I have to admit that I could have shaved off almost an hour if I hadn’t taken pity on a poor man who was hopelessly lost. Proving that no good deed goes unpunished.

If I understood him – his name was Choosaun. (Apologies for the spelling). I think he had been going in circles because he was confused by the all the trains at Museum station. Three directions on one track and southbound Y/U trains on the other track. I imagine if you didn’t speak English it was confusing.

I’m here to tell you the TCC instructions stunk. The staff were very patient and polite even though you could tell they were extremely stressed. They were grouchy to each other though!

Museum station was a zoo. I tell you it was a little disconcerting to hear a different answer from everyone. The train driver (his trains sign), the conductor, the TTC guy on the platform and the PA system all providing contradictory information. Add confused, frustrated and angry riders. Quite a volatile combination.

There were a least three problems that I could identify.

1. Train switch problem (result of the construction detour) that slowed down and eventually caused a service disruption between Ossington and Broadview.

2. To few shuttle buses to accommodate the exodus of subway patrons (Six buses passed us before we were able to get on). Someone actually reached out and pushed my bum onto the bus – I kid you not. Thanks I think. Don’t forget I still had the ‘lost’ guy with me (he was in front of me and not the ‘pusher’). And finally our bus driver relied on her passengers for directions to Broadview station.

3. A near riot at Broadview station. There must have been seven fire trucks, who knows how many police cars, paramedics and of course the media. The queue of riders waiting to get back onto the subway platform was backed up to the collectors level. Congestion indeed.

I like to thank a sweet girl named Amanda for translating (Cantonese – made even more challenging because they did speak the same dialect) and making sure that ‘Choosaun’ reached his destination. I was really touched because I probably would have taken him myself if she hadn’t offered. I hope you ace your accounting exam tomorrow Amanda. p.s. Take the street car…


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Late for day care pick up

I was a bad mommy today. I was late picking up my son. A dollar a minute. Ouch.

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What kind of card to make?

I had misgivings about this month’s theme. I signed up anyhow. I considered it a challenge.

I don’t have any animal stamps. I don’t need any animal stamps.


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Still here

I have just been doing off line stuff and my better half is semi-addicted to an online game. If I don’t snag the computer quick – its gone!

I miss posting.

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Just what I like

My class tonight was just what I needed. I had a great time. A nice casual, relaxed atmosphere. I got permanent red ink on my light blue blouse. I swear I need an apron for any class. I even gave myself homework. Which I will post by the end of the week. You can hold me to it.

A little package was waiting at the store for me. Thanks Martha!

I test drove (OK showed off) my arty! My RED arty. More importantly, I remembered to remove it before I threw the cup away. I would be digging in the garbage can to retrieve it – you can be certain of that!

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