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Cell phones and the Beck and Call

In Life in General on September 27, 2010 at 10:04 am

Have you ever had it that you’re chatting with a friend and their cell phone rings or a text comes in, and it’s “just one second.” You’ve suddenly become second rate. Due to this, I’ve seriously considered getting rid of my cell phone, except for the fact that I don’t have a land line. Family and friends will often comment to me, “You never pick up your phone.” Well, if I don’t pick up my phone, dear ones, it’s because I’m busy with something else. I do have an answering machine and I will get back to you once whatever I’m doing is through. It seems to me that people think that cell phones mean you should be at their beck and call.  If you’re interested in the origin of this phrase, please see the end of my post. But the truth of the matter is, that before cell phones, no one expected you to pick up the phone every time. We survived millenia without any sort of phones at all and humanity did not come to an end. Then there was the hundred years that there were only stationary phones. What horror! Once again, people didn’t assume someone would be sitting by the phone waiting for it to ring. So why is it that we now have such a strong sense of entitlement as to expect people to pick up the phone whenever we call? In fact, yesterday I did something truly daring. I walked to the grocery store and back without my cellphone. It was glorious, although I did miss having the clock to tell what time it was. Watches seem to have gone out of vogue. The nice thing about cellphones is that they don’t tend to give you wonky tan lines.

Beck and Call

We all know the phrase, but most people aren’t sure whether it’s “beck and call” or “beckon call”.

Apparently this phrase dates back as early as the 14th century, and the first printed version of this phrase in the 19th century reads “beck and call.” “Beckon call” is simply a misspelling of “beck and call”, although if people continue to use it as such it may become standard usage, as many grammatically incorrect phrases are.


Window Washers

In Life in General on September 24, 2010 at 11:15 am

The other day I was downtown for some work seminars, and noticed that there were shadows of people outside coming through the curtains. Normally, you wouldn’t even notice something like this, but when you’re on the 9th floor, all of a sudden one has a new perspective. They were window washers, walking this long think plan squeegeeing the windows clean. I remembered that the air outside was crisp, although the day was beautiful. I noticed that the shadow’s hair was blowing around and that made me think that those men must be cold! So not only are they hundreds of feet above the ground, hanging on a platform attached to the building by cables, but they’re also cold. That is not a job I think I’d enjoy. Imagine having that job if you had vertigo. Ugh. It would probably make my mother dizzy just reading about it.
Short post, I know, but I gots me some work to do. Have a good one!

Boredom by Choice

In Life in General on September 21, 2010 at 10:52 am

Have you ever had one of those work days that just seems to last forever? It was only 10:30, but it felt like noon, or maybe 2. Everything today was a waiting game. My boss was sick, so I couldn’t get her to sign off on some papers I needed. My meeting with a co-worker on a project wasn’t until Wednesday, so I was stalled on that one. I’ve caught up on all my paperwork from the beginning of school frenzy, and had no appointments written into my calendar. What could I do? I stared at my computer screen for a few minutes before getting up to grab myself another cup of tea. I mused a little bit longer. Well, maybe I could update some PowerPoint presentations and some written strategies for the upcoming year. While not thrilling, at least it would keep me busy. And then there were some policies to be updated that I’d been procrastinating on…. Okay, apparently there was stuff to do, albeit not terribly fun. That’s one of the things about my job, and anyone who has followed my posts for any amount of time will know this, my job varies from crazy busy to dead, and rarely anything in between. Eventually I decided to work on ideas for the Employee United Way Campaign, that I’m on the committee for. And as for the rest of it, that would soon follow. I could always procrastinate later.

When did I…

In Uncategorized on September 20, 2010 at 12:47 pm

When did I grow up? I looked in the mirror this morning and no longer saw the awkward teen of yesteryear, no longer saw the young adult in university who lives her life in jeans and a hoodie. Instead, I saw a woman. Not a girl, a woman. Someone with her hair and makeup done, dressed in business casual attire. She looked like she had it all together. Where did she come from?
Now, I will be the first to admit that my dress and my actions do not always match. I can be silly and immature with the best of them. I remember being fifteen though, and thinking that 25 was old. I thought of where I’d be and what I’d look like. In typical ‘me’ fashion, I was wrong on both counts. At the same time, I must admit that I’m happy with where I found myself today. I’d just went for a swim, was heading to work, and felt pretty darn good about life. The person I saw in the mirror is taking continuing education courses, playing volleyball, going out with friends, volunteering at church, and has a life that, while not filled with glamour or fame, is pretty good.
Getting here has been a series of small steps, so incremental that I haven’t even noticed them leading anywhere. And these small steps will continue to shape me into the future. But for now, I’ll bask in the present and be thankful for this life I live.

Desire and Achievement

In Life in General on September 17, 2010 at 7:55 pm

I think one of the things that I love about good TV is that the characters always have a burning deisre to achieve something, and they’ll do what they have to to make it happen. I have often imagined caring about something that much, but the truth of the matter is that I don’t. I don’t really care about anything so much that I’d twist my life around to achieve it. Maybe my life has been to easy. Maybe my struggles really aren’t all that. Maybe if I had something truly important to overcome, I’d be doing it right now, instead of writing a post on my blog.

What is it to care about something so much that your drive and desire just don’t fade? I’m really good at starting stuff, but sustaining change is a tough thing to do. I need a reason to do it, and right now, it’s just not there. Now, I’m not meaning to wish suckiness on my life, but I do wonder what my catalyst for change would have to be before I’d take up a mantel and carry it any distance. I would need something to work towards, something to keep me focused. And it would have to be bigger than myself. I have no issues with letting myself down. I suppose that for me, it should be God, my faith. I’ve become to comfortable with me and God, to the point of it being dangerous I suppose. I don’t live life drastically on the edge because my faith demands it of me. I’ve taken a dangerous faith and watered it down until it barely resembles the striking image it’s meant to portray. How did I get to this place? How do I get back to what I was created to be? How do I stop being okay with letting myself down, and start holding myself accountable? How?

Another Weekend Upon Us!

In Uncategorized on September 17, 2010 at 11:11 am

It’s September 17th, and this morning I woke up to frost. I know that many people say that global warming is a load of crap, but when I look around me, at the increases in natural disasters, including frost in September, it makes me wonder. I love fall, and it distresses me that it’s already toque weather, although I suppose that allows me to get away with not doing my hair. It’s Friday again and I’m looking forward to the weekend. I’m going to try to keep it at a sane pace, without too much wasted time. I worry that if I spend all my time catching up on TV shows, I’ll have little to show for the weekend except a few extra pounds a a crick in my neck. So, to avoid such a horror, I’ve decided that this weekend I’ll make applesauce, a couple of pies, head to the farmer’s market, play some volleyball, go to the city-wide youth service, and maybe make a bit of time for homework and a good novel. Okay, so I’m already failing at the relaxed weekend.

In Life in General on September 16, 2010 at 8:39 am

Procrastinate later.

TV Series and such

In Movies with a bit of TV on September 14, 2010 at 3:44 pm

I’ve lived for the past two weeks without TV or internet in my house, and up until now it hasn’t been a problem. This is largely in part to the friend/tenant living upstairs who has been feeding me entire seasons of TV shows to watch on my laptop. Let me just say, the first season of Buffy had brutal stunt work and was only partially redeemed by Angel, played by the fabulous David Boreanaz. Know the name? He also plays Booth in Bones and I think it’s one of my favourite series out there right now. He’s gone from playing a kick-ass vampire with a tortured soul, to a kick-ass FBI agent, ten years older but still awesome.  Also on my watching list was the entire first season of The Big Bang Theory. Can anyone say fabulous? This has got to be the funniest show I’ve seen in a long time. It’s better than Glee, The Office, and whatever other comedies are out there right now. I know this may put me up to ridicule, as both Glee and the Office fans tend to be violently in love with their respective shows, but this is just how I see it. And now, new seasons of shows are starting up! Too bad I won’t be able to watch them.

The Purge and Couches

In Uncategorized on September 3, 2010 at 3:20 pm

I have been forbidden from using the word “purge” to describe getting rid of stuff. Apparently it makes me sound bulimic. If you’ve ever met me, you’d know that’s about as far from the truth as can be, but I can still understand why my friend doesn’t like it.

On a different note, I’ve ordered my rockin’ couch. And in 7-10 business days it will be rockin’ my living room (such as it is). I bought myself the Swizzle Convertible Sofa from Nood.

I’m super excited about it, as it’s my first big furniture purchase ever. That, and it’s about the coolest thing since the Eames Molded Plywood Chair:

Sadly, these chairs are a little out of my budget, and may have to wait for another year (or two, or three). I think a bed frame might be a little higher on my priority list for now.

Another Purge

In Life in General on September 2, 2010 at 4:38 pm

I’ve recently moved from a two-bedroom townhouse into a 330 square foot bachelor suite. Needless to say that over the past few weeks I’ve been doing some serious purging. But no matter how much I get rid of, there always seems to be a little too much stuff for the space. Some of my stuff is already going into storage, but I don’t want to wind up storing a ton. So, after getting rid of four boxes of stuff last night, along with a couple of garbage bags, and then the boxes I got rid of a few weeks ago, I find myself needing to do another purge. It’s going to turn into one of those, “Have I used it in the past six months? No? Chuck,” type situations. On top of that, I’m looking forward to ordering my new couch but must confess having last minute cold-feet. Tonight I’m going to do the final step before ordering, going home a double checking that the couch will indeed fit into the space I want it for. Then, tomorrow, I’ll make the call. I must confess, I kind of hate ordering furniture, because I know that the next time I move, I’ll have to move it too. If  you’ve never moved a couch, let me tell you, it is a pain in the butt. Anyways, I’m running a bit late, so more on this later.