Category Archives: whining

Whining and opining

We (well, mostly Mr E Man) have spent the last couple of weeks booking flights and accommodation for a much-needed vacation in Puerto Rico. We’ve now got everything sorted except the car rental and the last night’s hotel and are … Continue reading

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Be careful what you wish for…

…because you might just get it. I wished for Mr E Man to get a job, after a couple of months in which the local movie industry was as quiet as Stephen Harper’s conscience and two non-movie job offers both … Continue reading

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New job update

Well, that was a crazy few weeks! If anyone out there is thinking of starting a new job while their parents are visiting them, my primary advice would be DON’T DO IT. They will treat your first day at work … Continue reading

Posted in career, communication, drunkenness, family, food glorious food, personal, sport, whining | 24 Comments

Where in the world was Cath today?

View from my hotel room last night / this morning: Answers on a postcard in the comments, please! By the way, if a colleague tells you that a PI is cursed when it comes to travel, do NOT book yourself … Continue reading

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Blog Post

Still Alive! Not Kidnapped. Quick Update; Boring Title. Prediction Accurate. New Job! Job Awesome. Constantly Challenged; Brain Full (Good Thing). Hosting Parents. Hubby Unemployed (Prospects Excellent). Routines Obliterated. Resolutions Abandoned. Sleep Deprived. Negligible Exercise. Zero Me-time. Craving Solitude. Hockey Pool! (Late – … Continue reading

Posted in career, family, fun with language, hockey pool, personal, whining | 8 Comments


Our home internet’s down. It went down on Saturday, and came back on for a few hours on Sunday before the blessed “online” light on the modem went off again. It’s done this a few times before, and always switched … Continue reading

Posted in cycling, first world problems, personal, photos, rants, technology, whining | 14 Comments

Never gonna let you down?

I have somehow managed to retain some semblance of a utopian view of science. I don’t mean to say that I’m blind to its flaws or that I’m not at all cynical about it. But I think I’m less cynical … Continue reading

Posted in career, cycling, freakishness, idiocy, personal, science, whining | 48 Comments

Zen and the art of locomotive maintenance

I got home yesterday lunchtime after an epic West Coast rail journey from San Diego to Vancouver. I’ve been to La Jolla once every six months or so since July 2009 to meet with collaborators, and every time I’ve gone … Continue reading

Posted in bad people, current affairs, drunkenness, first world problems, food glorious food, idiocy, personal, photos, rants, snow, technology, travel, whining | 38 Comments

Stand and deliver

(Warning: possibly unreasonable rant follows. But I’m too annoyed to care if it’s unreasonable! So there!) ‘Tis the season for the arrival of exciting parcels from distant lands! There are three such deliveries sitting on my kitchen table, waiting to … Continue reading

Posted in Canada, personal, rants, shopping, whining | 17 Comments

Plight of the living deadlines

Today was a momentous day. I submitted two progress reports to our private sector collaborator, looked at my calendar, and realised that I don’t have to lurch immediately into a panic about another deadline! Yep, for the first time since … Continue reading

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