Ooh last night's dinner was good. Filet and artichokes with leftover chili relleno casserole. I suspect there will be excremental difficulties today, but it was worth it. That casserole is over half cheese and that tends to bind things up.
I was celebrating a bit with the filet mignon there. See at the beginning of the week I was getting panicky about not having enough work, depressed about pulling money out of savings and generally feeling all around cranky. By the end of the week I had scheduled more hours than I need between now and xmas. This session, it looks like I'm basically changing employers. I've been hired by two colleges to teach intensive courses. There will be some weeks that I'm in the classroom 36 hours but others with only 10 hours. And I'm teaching two night classes. This will put a chink in my routine since I'll finish up when I normally go to bed. I figure it'll be good for me getting out of my comfort zone. Anyway it's only 8 weeks. I will actually be making more money (about 5% more per hour) but receiving less since I'm now an employee and I have to participate in the teacher's pension fund. At least I won't have to pay taxes at the end of the year since they'll already have been paid.
Around home, we've noticed this summer that the vibrations from the big vehicles that pass in front of our house have been more vigorous than past years. It's like having a hundred small earthquakes a day. Irritating. Then last week I noticed that the puddle in front of our place never dries up. I went to check and sure enough there is water coming out of the sidewalk from what looks like a metal cap to some kind of pipe embedded there. Then I saw that a portion of our front yard and neighbor's is swampy. I don't know how long the leak has been going on but I suspect weeks or even months. It's hard to notice a permanent puddle when it rains every day like it has this year. So I called the city to tell them that there was water coming out of the sidewalk. Within 15 minutes a water emergency vehicle pulled up. The guy inside didn't get out of the truck and spent about a minute before taking off. Apparently not an emergency. That was last Sunday. On Wednesday, another city worker came, tried to turn off the leak but couldn't and then drew a big square in blue marker all around the spot. Then he left and it continues to leak. I think this is why the vibrations are so bad, the soil all around is saturated and conducive to passing on vibrations. I just hope all this vibrating doesn't harm our delicate foundation.
We're still looking for a tenant for downstairs. We hadn't been getting very many calls and I checked my ads and realized I had posted the ad in the San Francisco classified section instead of Montreal. Doh! That would explain it.
Rainy weekend here. Lots of puttering to do. Have a good one peeps!