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Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007 - 10:56 p.m.

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Uff da!

Hiya. How have you been?

Me? OK. Up and down.

Some bad times with mom on the visit at her place for two weeks. Other good times, but that lingering fear that bad times will pop up at any moment. Chronic Fatigue is um, chronic, and as thus, it is really really wearing. You can't stand sound, noise, bustling etc. When you invite two people for dinner, and then within ten minutes complain that they are chatting to you and showing you what they bought that day downtown, well, um, it is a problem. Guests are supposed to chat with you, not go read a book in another room. oh dear.

Now I am settled back home. Finished up and sent off one contract since I got back. Finished another tonight for delivery tomorrow at 8:30 am (egads). I still have to erase the pencil guidelines and scan them all into the computer at 1200 dpi and burn a cd, then pack them up. At least the client is bringing the paycheck with them to the coffeeshop tomorrow morning! yay! I am actually hoping to be able to pay into my RRSP this year without taking out a loan. Thank god. This month I'll finally pay off my LAST year's RRSP loan. sheesh.

Then I have another contract to finish for month's end, and all the tons of work I got right before Christmas will be completed. I wish I had more work coming up, or even in progress. Cuz now if I get a contract, it will be another 2-3 mos before I do sketches, finals, billing and get paid. Egads. Out of debt and right back into it. Please, give me work!!

If I have nothing workwise, I do have a project though. I got the basement foundations solidified over Christmas, so now hopefully things will crack less. And I thought I might remove some plaster instead of patching cracks, and replace it with gyproc. Yay. I think I'll do the tearing down myself (fun, but dirty, and oooh all that plaster. agh) and hire someone else to put up the gyproc. Then I can paint, and NO CRACKS!! yay!

Wish I could do that in the whole house, but it costs time and money. Eventually.

On other news, the tenant who caused multiple messes, including leaving her kitchen tap dripping, with the drain blocked, so it flooded through three floors, is leaving in two weeks. Handing her apartment over to a (hopefully more responsible) friend. YAY!! I am so glad to see her go. Never liked her. And she never gave me reason to change my mind. Her place always filthy and icky. Cat piss. Dirty laundry. Dried up food on the counters. Unwashed dishes. etc etc. agh.

The wonders of being a landlady.

Oh, and news... I am going to get a new doggy in the springtime. I am QUITE excited. Glad I don't have one now though... windchill of minus 30 today, after the winter's first big snowfall yesterday. Now the snow goes scwreeeek scwreeek when you walk on it. Glad to be able to stay in. Though hope to get some snowshoeing and crosscountry skiing in this winter before it melts again. This has NOT been the season for winter sports.

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