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Friday, February 23, 2007

Gonz and I came up with a new slogan for Pacific Mall.

Pacific Mall
"Is it illegal? I don't know."

Important Blogging

I've been reading this blog by Aaryn (she's white), an american journalist-type book-addict adoptive mother of a little black girl who is strongly opinionated, passionate and emotional, making for interesting reading. Her life is supremely different from my own, and her interests sharply contrast mine. I don't agree with all her opinions, but I figure what use is it to always expose yourself to something you fully agree with? She's expanded my own understanding in some issues, and made me consider to think through some more things more fully.

the last article i commented on was a quote that she posted from a woman who was responding to an article she wrote that was published in a magazine. it was about an incident in black history that is one of the most horrific thing that i've ever read/known about. a sentence in the woman's hate letter: "what did he expect?" i couldn't believe it.

you can read the blog here.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Monday, February 19, 2007

Happy Chinese New Year!, originally uploaded by kathy photo.

Last night, while I was preparing a video for Sunday morning church, Ling Fu's (our Chinese satellite church) preparations for their Chinese New Year Party was well underway. Well, even coming to an end...

Since 12noon Saturday, they were gathering up groceries and materials to make a super-lunch for the people of Ling Fu and any random person they invited. They were expecting nearly 200 people. That means, you have make five times as much as you need - because you are Chinese. They made 3,000 dumplings. THREE THOUSAND. People from the church were in Room 228, and the main kitchen, between 5pm and 10pm making these dumplings as well as other Chinese food that is usually enjoyed for the new year party. Dumplings were cooked and consumed during the production of these dumplings, dumplings were consumed at the party, and many were left over that we consumed some more this evening. I've probably had something like 40 dumplings between yesterday and today (sounds nasty - but easily done).

The party was so crazy today. I love and hate going to Ling Fu stuff because everyone is seriously having so much fun, but I haven't a clue as to what is going on. I can pick out pieces of what they are saying provided their sentences aren't more than 6 words long. After that, I'm completely lost. Today was like that again. A full program in Mandarin? I'm completely lost. But what can't be missed are a whole bunch of people who haven't been in the country for long, finding a second family. That is seriously indescribable.

Website Updated

Friday, February 16, 2007

Last year I designed a website for my husband's brother-in-law, Matthew Miller. He designs tailor-made kitchens, as well as bathrooms, and other places in your house. I just updated his site with 6 more kitchens that he has completed in the last year. There are more to come.

Why do you care, you might ask? Dave and Matt - go see your kitchen online (gallery #10). :-)

where prosperity gospel has it backwards

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

we tithe and give our offerings out of our blessing from God. not FOR his blessing.
the first is out of gratitude. the second is out of greed.

snowed in?

Monday, February 12, 2007

i hope.

quicker than quick

saturday - made an impromptu leg of lamb roast with my dad
sunday - made an impromptu lasagna with christine, assembled our glass cabinet with margaret, laughed until wee hours of the morning
monday - went impromptu shopping with my parents and christine by bumping into them at longo's

1) it's official: i will be playing piano in the easter presentation.
2) i made a friend of an enemy. (unrelated to #1)
3) didn't realize that i could have left 15 minutes earlier from work when i looked up from my task and realized it was late
4) told tony about the morons from the previous week
5) i am involved and it's too late to turn back. feel a little tentative, but i'm going all out.

people. life is about to get a little stressful again. but i'm rested up for it. let's go!

Finally Complete...almost

So.... we ordered this cabinet as a piece of our entertainment unit back in August. We finally received it today. That's a drama in itself.

Margaret put it together for us (no, we cannot even put Ikea together - that is how UNhandy we are). And well... let's say, it is almost complete.*

Oh - and thanks Resonate for helping us buy that last piece! We received a gift card from the young adult group that we interim led while they were looking for Pastor Jeff Hackett. We put it towards putting this crazy livingroom piece together. Looks really nice.

*The only problem is the wall-briding unit. I'm unsure if the wall will hold it up. I'm waiting for Matty to come over and inspect. (Matt, I haven't told you yet).

All back with you

Friday, February 09, 2007

Okay, so I've just gone through all the blogs of all my friends (and some strangers) and feel a bit caught up with everyone's crazy whirlwind lives. I've got musicians, artists, students, international students, stay-at-home mum, and family all to read about. Glad to know what's happening in your life - even if it is from afar.

Now, I'm usually the one that is pretty on top with reporting what's happened in the day, but I've dropped off the face of the planet this week. It's been a good week though. Here's all the other things I was doing while I wasn't blogging.

There is always a big hoopla around the Annual Report. It is a very, very big job - although with great satisfaction at the end. It's a six-person job involving many details, and also managing the copier in such a way that it doesn't break down when we need it most. We have 4 inserts going into our bulletin this week, and the bulletin itself also has to be copied - it's at least 8 hours of copying that has to be managed. This is how the annual report prep goes:

  • Carmel sends out a memo to all staff informing them of word-counts, content, formatting, deadlines and communication to lay leaders of ministries.
  • Carmel receives reports from Pastors and lay leaders, and compiles into two documents, keeping track of late entries, changes and other assorted drama.
  • Kathy designs layout, sets up the master pages, creates paragraph styles and enters all content once received from Carmel.
  • Once layout is completed, Kathy passes over first draft to Samantha and Juanita to do first read-through for typos, coherence and other glaring errors.
  • Kathy makes up other special pages: meeting minutes from 2006, special donation page, 'in loving memory', staff listing, and ministry leadership listing
  • Maria gets the second draft and goes through the thing with a fine-tooth comb; picking up double spaces, italicizing names of all individuals who are being thanked, italicizing scripture and references, further massaging difficult-to-read paragraphs, and other nit-picky items like that.
  • Carmel and Sandi double check the list of elders (some years we have accidentally included deceased elders.... eeek), and part-time staff lists
  • Kathy rearranges the reports of pastors according to department, then alpha-order
  • Kathy and Maria set up the Table of Contents
  • Kathy sends final document to the copier where coloured pages are set up to be inserted for the title pages, and other complicated settings are entered
  • Carmel watches over the printing of 500 copies of the Annual Report printed over yesterday and today. They will be distributed this weekend to members according to the constitution (2 weeks before the Annual Business Meeting - if you're a member, you'd better be there.).

  • This is about a month-long job. I've had a few late nights this week (nothing serious - like 6pm). This is probably the smoothest it has ever gone. This year we divvied up the jobs according to the strengths among the support staff (you'd think this would be an obvious route to take - but trust me, it isn't). And we have had significantly less trouble than usual.

    Maria purchased 24 and was so kind to lend it to us. So, we've been watching that most evenings. First night we only watched one. Second night we only watched one. Third night (last night), we watched 4, I think. This is a greeeeaaaat season (season 5). We're always a little bit behind on the 24 train, but that is the price you pay when you don't have cable and the only channels you can get are 'Vision' and 'CTS'.

    I'm doing so well at the gym. Probably better than I ever had all the other times I have had gym memberships (YMCA, GoodLife, Bally's, Extreme Fitness). I've got a schedule all mapped out on my calendar and when it's a night to go, I go. If it's not, I don't. That way, I don't feel like my life is consumed by going to the gym, but I am getting the exercise that I DESPERATELY NEED. I feel so much better now. I can't wait for another month when my strength is back up as well as my endurance.

    Other things this week have also included opening the vendor search back up for the web redesign project (that was potentially frustrating, but ok), going to training for InDesign with Maria on Wednesday night, dealing with a total moron for one of our vendor services (won't go into too much detail here - I will totally tell you in person. Beka, you'd love this story), and learning about 'velveting chicken' so that my red thai curry chicken dish has the texture of that in the restaurants (it's almost there). So, my week has been packed with various things, but it's been good.

    Growing Up, Moving Forward

    Sunday, February 04, 2007

    Been an interesting week. Kind of stressful. To the point where I could be very emotional. But it's nice, I can see myself mellowing out. All the things that would usually get me to tie my hair to a post and set my socks on fire, usually just get a deep breath from me now. Last couple of weeks, I've had so many random things thrown at me, but I just feel ... grounded. I think that my vacation was gooooood. I had so much time to think (especially in the 2 and half hours sitting on the 401 that fateful day...).

    On another note, I have had some nice times to hang out this week. Lindsay came over on Wednesday and it was good to catch up. We had good laughs, and Lindsay took a few shots at Gonz (sometimes on purpose, sometimes not), and we just had a nice night over all. Gonz and I hung out with Justin Comber who just recently finished his first draft of his thesis! CONGRATS. Sushi on Bloor to celebrate. And then afterwards headed on over to Margaret's graduating class' thesis preview show. Margaret's piece was stellar (image above). When I saw it, I nearly cried. The image is of my grandfather, who, out of the three of us, I would have been the only one to have ever met him. If you can get her to explain the piece to you, you'll see why it means so much.

    Today, we did some good household things. Yes. Yes, we took care of our finances. Trying to get more aggressive with saving. So much can slip through your fingers if you don't watch it. However, we're not going nuts. There is still a life to live - but we're just trying to reel it in a bit so that we can prepare for the future the best we can.

    It has been a good week. A good week taking steps forward. Not much of that detailed here - but definitely in my 'real' journal.