Welcome to my Parlour ...

On August 26th, 2010, my mother passed beyond the veil.
This event has become a catalyst for change in many and often profound ways in my life.
This is my way of chronicling those changes so that I may, at a later date, have the ability to review and reflect upon them.

~ Go dtugtar breith orainn dá réir ár ngníomhartha. ~
(Let us, by our actions, be judged)

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Application & Interview

Well, I went for my first job interview yesterday at Aru Spa Salon in South Surrey/White Rock.

Wow, I suspected the place was posh and I wasn't far wrong. The building, tho plain on the outside and with no parking available, is quite impressive on the inside. They get around the patron parking issue by having a valet service. Drop your car and keys with the chap at the front door and he'll not only worry about parking it, but bring it back to you when you are done.

I have a practical interview on Tuesday at 3pm. I got the feeling that, if I do well, I'll be offered the job.

The question is ... will the wage be worth it? I know they pay a commission per service and per product sold. But cannot recall what the exact percentages are and I need to know them to be able to figure out what my potential income might be.

I'll be making a point of clarifying that with them.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Avoidance ...

Despite my resolution to try to make an entry at least every couple of days, I have to admit to avoiding this space this week. There are things that I want to say, but that I just don't feel I should (at this time) in a relatively public place. While the chances of this being read by someone I don't wish to have see it are remote, I have heard of stranger things happening and, because of circumstances being as they are, I'm not willing to tip my hand just yet.

I can honestly say that last night was one of the roughest I've had in a while, certainly my roughest since leaving Calgary. It wasn't a matter of physical pain this time, a couple of AC&C were all that was needed to bring that back to bearable ... no, it was my growing dismay and indignation at the situation that I have been placed in that was making me miserable. At a point in time where my family should be pulling together to cope with Mum's death, it is being pulled apart by one individual's greed. This person's absolute disregard for the last wishes of my parents and insistence that the tenets of the Will must be ignored, challenged and/or done away with ... simply because the individual does not wish to be given their share in due time as was set up by my father.

Gods! What I would give to just have my mother back ... not only because I miss her terribly, but because it would mean that I wouldn't be trapped in this untenable situation. And, worse still is knowing full well that any chance of an actual familial relationship with this person (which my Mother so desperately wanted us to have) is in the process of being irrevocably damaged ... not only by the actions of the individual in question, but by the response I am being forced to take as a result of these actions. Neither side will likely be able to see past what will be percieved by each as a betrayal by the other ... our ethics/morals and perspectives are just too far apart.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Remembering on Mother's Day

I am quiet and listen for the sound of your voice in the wind.
I am grateful for all that you taught, gave, and did.
Through the heartache and tears as I stand now by your bed,
I remember and resolve to follow where you led.
But I would give much just to see you once more.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Toshiba doorstop ...


Well, this morning my notebook computer decided that it wanted me to update it with the Service Pack 1. With some trepidation, I started the install and popped into the shower. When I came back, what I found prompted me to take today's 365 ... black screen with a single line of white characters which appeared to be blinking.

The flicker had me hoping that it was still doing it's thing. 4 hours later, however, when the # of files processed hadn't changed, I started to realize something had gone wrong. I sent a "help!" message to Andrew who was at work but had his messenger on anyhow.

Despite his assistance and a couple more hours of effort on my part I finally accepted that it was beyond my abilities to repair.

It's dead, Jim

Friday, May 6, 2011

Playing with a new App

I took a walk today down past where Diane used to have her tattoo shop in Whalley. While I was there, I decided this would make a great opportunity to make use of the new free app I picked up for my iPhone called Photosynth. It is partenered with a free online hosting service that allows the user to have people see their panoramic photo spreads properly.

I need more time to learn how to work the app properly (specifically what is too little info and to not be afraid of taking the 365 shots) but I quite like the outcome. AND I can embed it here, which I quite like too.

Former home of Golden Lion Tattoo:

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Mobile Blogging ...

I found a free app in the iTunes app store this morning that allows me to update from my phone. I've been looking for this for a while since I have my phone on me a great deal more than the iPad or my notebook.

I helped Justin to install and set up the wireless router last night. It's a good way to make for a more pleasant cohabitation while I am here. I can give them more space and privacy as well as satisfying my own introverted need for solitude. And, after I have moved into a place of my own, they will be able to save some cellular bandwidth by using their wireless.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Journey Home - Travel Journal

May 1, 2011: first leg - Calgary Ab to Merritt BC

May 2, 2011: second leg - Merritt to Vancouver BC

Location ... location ... location ...

This is my first chance to update here since I left for Vancouver two days ago. I made the longest leg of the trip from Calgary to Merritt on the 1st, where I stayed overnight with my younger son and his little family. I, then, left for Vancouver around 2pm on the 2nd and arrived in Surrey at 6pm.

It's nice to finally be here ... the warm spring weather, the big fluffy clouds, yesterday's rain ... all makes me want to smile in this gods-am-I-tired-but-happy kind of way.

Justin wants me to help him set up a wireless router tonight, so I can have access to the inet for my notebook, iPad and phone. It will make things a lot easier for me (as well as allow me to upload the trip journal files I kept for the two days I spent travelling) and ensure that I don't need to try to pry J away from his WoW addiction to check facebook or look for homes.

I'm very grateful to Stephanie and Justin for being so kind as to take me in right now, they are planning their wedding for August so one can imagine that things are kind of crazy-making for them. And I'm hoping to get a rapid resolution with the lawyer so that I will at least know whether I should be looking for a rental or if I should be dragging S with me to talk to a realtor. I'd prefer to not impose upon these wonderful young people too much.