September 01, 2007

Is This Thing On?

Only one post in August! That's an all time low... I'd love to make some promises that I'll update more often, but the depth of the emptiness there would be very vast indeed. Still no computer at home, which makes things difficult. It's also hard to write anything in a noisy office with people coming and going, even in the wee hours of the morning.

Facebook, how I miss it! It's been "officially" banned from work. I'm not sure on the official part because I haven't actually heard that from any supervisor type, but I'm no longer holding any hope that it's some elaborate prank meant to tease us. Banning Facebook from a business I understand. I understand why teachers want it banned. But I really don't get why we can't use it here at 4 o'clock in the morning when nothing is doing and I'm having a hard time staying awake. What's the difference between stalking old acquaintances for three hours and watching TV for three hours?

On top of that I'm also not allowed to say I work for "Blankity Blank" on my profile, in case I post something that wouldn't represent the organization well. Does that also mean I'm not allowed to tell people I meet where I work, in case I'm doing something sketchy? I don't like keeping secrets from the pimps and dealers I hang out with...

Facebook has been vilified by those who don't understand it. Even though it is just a website, I don't think one can ignore it's signifcance for those of a certain age. Banning it without strong reason invalidates what many people find important.

Who cares! Why am I talking about Facebook!

So August is now over and I'm puzzled over where the time went. It's cliche but painfully true. The only saving grace is that I love the fall, and the holiday that proceeds it. I feel like I didn't take advantage of the summer (which I never do) since I didn't do many of the things I had hoped. I hope the Zoo is open for a few weeks yet...

The month went by without too much significance. I slept a lot and worked a little less than I normally do (instead of 96 hours every two weeks it's been a healthier 87). I desperately need to get on top of some things that keep slipping away. I need to use my brain more, read more, write more. Home decorating shows are great and all, but they don't deserve nearly the amount of brain cells I'm sacrificing. I don't even have a house!

I've visited a couple of churches around lately and have been pretty disappointed. I know it's the summer and all, but that's no reason for people to completely ignore you (minister included) when you're visiting their congregation. I've always gone to a Baptist church, and have been pretty involved in Baptisty things for a long time. The two churches I went to were both Baptist and I was so disappointed with what I saw that I'll probably be hopping denominations until I find something worth sticking around for.

It's not a matter of, "that's really not for me". It's more about the pastor not asking your name when you are shaking hands at the door, and no one coming up to you during the awkward everyone shake hands time. It's also the fact that there are no young people (where do they hide?) and the speaking is tepid at best. I need a little energy and vitality. These people would have sung the Oscar Meyer Weiner song with more oomph! So the search is on, a friend from school has moved to town, and we're going to check out Grace Chapel which is a Mennonite Brethren church in Halifax, and I'd also like to check out the Rock Church in Lower Sackville.

It's been a while since I've been involved in church, and I think I need to go somewhere a little more established to give things a kick start before I go somewhere that needs a lot of work. I'm not a fan of church hopping, nor dismissing a place based on superficial reasons. But I'm looking for a place that is able to feed those who attend it, instead of sucking the life out of the congregation with mundanity and dusty souls...

Speaking of crazy, it looks like I'll be moving in the next couple of months. The crazy part is I'll be moving in with my mother, brother, sister-in-law and baby(ies) to be. I've basically been on my own since I started university in 2001 and have lived by myself probably for the last 3 years. Giving all that up will be hard, but the main motivation is to spend less on rent and utilities so I can save up for things like a laptop and a debt free future.

The catch is you need money to save money, and I haven't been as frugal as I should be, so it'll likely by November 1st before we find a house to rent and move in.

My sister-in-law hasn't had an ultrasound or a heartbeat checker thing yet (because she and my brother are way more relaxed about these things than I would ever be), and the thought of there being more than one baby has casually slipped into my mind. Her mother is a twin, and there's twins on my side (not that that matters much) so there's a possibility!

To be honest, my main motivation in getting a house together is so I can live in the same place as my future niece or nephew (and sharing scrapbooking supplies). We'll see how I'm feeling about that in a year's time...

I don't have much experience with newborns (re: none), and have never changed a diaper or anything of the sort (I was only about 3 years old when my youngest sibling was born... probably not much help around the house, although I was a pro at hitting them with pillows during their naps), so all of this is pretty exciting!!!

I'm not sure how I'll like being called Aunt Evelyn, it sounds pretty old-fashioned. Maybe Aunt Evie? Auntie FC? *sigh* I don't think next spring will get here soon enough...

There's really not much else to report. It seems that major life things are happening to those around me, and I'm just hanging out in the middle, trying to remember my camera. I'm pretty satisfied with that though, I think I deserve some time where the biggest decisions I make are what kind of cat food I should buy. I've been working on some things at work and started doing presentations at team meetings. So far the feedback has been positive, and that's always nice.

This is the longest I've ever been anywhere doing anything since leaving grade school. Being settled is nice and all, but so is jet setting around the world. We'll see which one wins out in the end.

This is the part where you should leave a comment.

6 comments:

Carol said...

Nice to see you update. Sounds like a good plan (moving). Hope you can get a computer by Christmas. I can understand about not wanting to know if there are twins. Less worry for the time being. Too bad about Facebook and the churches. Wish we could go to the zoo with you.

Ruth said...

Hi Evelyn. I miss your posts. Don't quit posting. You don't have to be called "Aunt" unless you want to. I thought "Aunt Ruth" just sounds too old, and all I could think of was that Veggietales song.
So, are you considering taking off in a plane somewhere again? Is that why you were asking me about teaching here? (sorry I haven't gotten to that yet)

Evelyn said...

I suppose your right, the "aunt" part could be implied...

There's no real plan of flying anywhere, just the desire to. I think I'll be here for a bit yet, but teaching where you are is a tantalizing option!

Carol said...

Thanks for updating my url in your blogroll. Hardly anybody did. Can you believe it is September! Where did the summer go?

Shannon said...

Hey Evy!
It's kinda cool moving in with the fam, cause Babies are great - even when they cry at all hours of the night... not that you'll be home - working and all -
I think about flying to far off places -and then i remember that is what my friend Ev'y does... so it's cool that your planted for a while - there is plenty of time to fly - how about when we're 40 - i'll be 42 really - we'll go somewhere neat... a jungle or africa - you know old lady stuff...

Holly said...

Am I the only one who thinks Ev is nuts for moving in with all those family members after living for so long on her own?? Oh dear, I guess I am.

Oh well. I'm sure you'll survive Ev. And when the time comes I won't say I told you so... Maybe. ;D

Just kidding! (Sort of.) Anywho, I miss you and I definitely agree that you should save money for a lappy so that we can actually have a conversation since we never call each other. :)

Miss you Ev!