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Thursday, February 24th, 2005

hear that flushing sound?

Today I decided to give my old boss a call. He's a good guy, and despite the fact that he had to lay me off, I like to keep in touch with him once in a while. I thought it would be good to phone him up and let him know that I got my professional designation, just in case he could pass my name along in the future. Turns out that I never got around to telling him about it.

He told me that the company I was laid off from is now in receivership.
MrSka @ 04:07 PM EST [Keep reading...]

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2005

oh the possibilities

Something happened the other day that has never happened to me before. I was offered a free car. Pretty fab, no? Well, don't be too jealous... it's a 20-year-old Volkswagen. My wife's friend has no use for it anymore, and just wants to be rid of it.

Needless to say, I'm excited.
MrSka @ 09:40 PM EST [Keep reading...]

Thursday, February 17th, 2005

404, not found

Today being Thursday, I'm using the afternoon to do jobsearch stuff, in the hopes that I'll actually find a job that doesn't bore the heck out of me. Today's agenda was simple: deliver a letter to a target company, and come back and write more letters. Sounds pretty simple, right?
MrSka @ 03:47 PM EST [Keep reading...]

an open question to Mac users

We've had our PowerBook for just over a month now, and I'm enjoying it. I still miss having a 103 key keyboard and miss an actual mouse, but those are fairly minor quibbles. It's an outstanding computer, and I'm glad to have it.

Unforunately, it's also causing me some aggravation when it comes to my resume. Specifically, I don't have MS Office on this computer... so what am I supposed to do to update my resume, or submit it electronically?
MrSka @ 01:35 PM EST [Keep reading...]

Sunday, February 13th, 2005

to the grind

Today I decided to finally use my new toy, the grain mill I bought last week. I'd purchased a pound of hard wheat with it for something to test it with, and today my wife and I finally got around to deciding that we'd make flour, and then make muffins. I'd originally wanted to do a side-by-side comparison of homemade flour and store-bought flour by baking two batches of the same recipe, but I got lazy. Maybe some other time.

Making your own flour is definitely an interesting experience.
MrSka @ 03:32 PM EST [Keep reading...]

slip of the tongue

My wife is getting frustrated with her brain. Ever since she had our daughter, she's had a case of pregnancy brain. Slightly unfocused, sometimes it just doesn't work the way she wants it to. (During pregnancy, we call it "placenta brain".) Sometime this procudes funny results.

Today we were making strawberry shortcake (in celebration of Valentine's day tomorrow). She had just finished whipping the whipping cream with her hand mixer when she asked, "Who wants to whip the lickers?" I immediately answered, "I DO! I DO!" and started laughing uncontrollably. I knew she meant "lick the whippers", but hey, I wasn't going to let that one pass.
MrSka @ 03:30 PM EST [Keep reading...]

Thursday, February 10th, 2005

professional, baby!

As one of the many different flavours of engineer, one thing I'm able to do is apply for Professional status from the governing body here in Ontario. All I have to do is pass a law test, an ethics test, and get 3 years of experience under my belt. Well, I graduated in 1997, and it's 2005 - do the math, I'm quite eligible.

I started the whole process as soon as I graduated, and it's been a long road...
MrSka @ 02:36 PM EST [Keep reading...]

Wednesday, February 9th, 2005

work shift

So I've been at my new job for a whopping two weeks now. I've been logging a fair amount of overtime, just because I can, and it's money that certainly isn't unuseful. The only downside is that when you're working really hard for someone else, you don't leave a lot of time or energy for yourself. I realized, however, that although I have some sort of employment, I really can't let up in my search for full-time employment or my networking. Thus, I'm taking some time for me. Sort of.
MrSka @ 10:13 PM EST [Keep reading...]

Tuesday, February 8th, 2005

Leasing: The Follow-Up

NFT Feature  A very good friend of mine has followed Not From Toronto since its inception. He's provided lots of feedback, and has been a great sounding board for my ideas. My recent article Leasing vs. Buying: What You Need To Know seems to have really caught his attention, and he brought up some questions about leasing that still remained for him. I would like to answer those questions now hopefully to the enlightenment of all.
MrSka @ 07:51 PM EST [Keep reading...]

it's miller time

A couple of years ago, my aunt - a very liberal, sock-and-sandle wearing, environmentally ethical, common sense kind of woman - gave me a copy of a magazine called Mother Earth News, with the tagline of "the original guide to living wisely". The magazines I normally read at the time were Scientific American, Road & Track, and Sport Compact Car, so this was a rather radical departure. For example, one of the lead articles was a writeup on tipis and yurts, with one author's multi-year experiment in simple living, including hobbit holes. Yes, it was pretty far out there.

However, it grew on me, and now I have a subscription. Recently there have been some excellent articles on the phenominal benefits of whole grains, which of course is followed closely by information about grain mills. My wife and I already try to eat whole wheat to the nearly total exclusion of white flour, but reading these articles made me want to do something more. Thus, just this weekend I purchased my first manual grain mill. It's milling time!
MrSka @ 07:48 PM EST [Keep reading...]




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