Nose Prints and Wine

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One week of school done, thirty-eight to go!

As relieved as I am to be back at work, I’m exhausted after working five days in a row.

Here are some first week of school stats:

1 glass of wine this week. I was (gasp!) too tired to even drink most days after work.

2 episodes of Vikings. My sailor and I watched Ragnar’s exploits last night because it was Friday night and staying awake long enough to watch two hours of TV was all I could manage.

3 days of leftovers. It’s amazing how far you can stretch one crock pot meal when you’re too limp to cook at the end of a working day.

4 cups of Tim’s new Dark Roast. Determined not to fall back into my daily coffee habit, going through the drive-through only four times this week was an accomplishment!

5 Chihuahua-height nose prints on the living room window. She watched us leave each morning, convinced she’d never see us again. Imagine her delight when we turned up again every evening.

Not A Lot Goin’ On

007Technology is great. Mostly

For instance, recent advances allow us to be tied to our jobs in ways unimagined by previous generations.

Your boss will try to convince you this is a good thing.

Like when our school district switched to an extraordinarily complicated online IEP programme, our administrator told us with a straight face, “It’s worth all the aggravation of learning this new system because you’ll be able to access your work from home now!”

Right–because being able to take work home is the dream of every employee.

Believe it or not, there are other negative aspects to the mushrooming technology we enjoy.

TV on DVD springs to mind.

Sure, it’s great to be able to watch your favourite shows whenever you want with no pesky commercials. The downside: your favourite shows playing constantly in the background without even one commercial break for respite.

My boy is on a Corner Gas kick.

Don’t get me wrong–I love Corner Gas. It’s the best Canadian show I’ve ever seen. (If you’re familiar with the work of the CBC, you’ll realize this is faint praise, indeed.)

Corner Gas is a great family friendly comedy that’s actually funny. It has quirky characters, a unique setting and cleverly written scripts. The bluest language you’ll hear is Oscar calling someone a jackass. He’s usually right.

I proudly recommend this great Canadian sitcom.

When our boy discovered it, we bought the first four seasons on DVD because, well, there’s not much on TV these days that I consider kid-appropriate. Corner Gas is, and it’s a good enough show that my sailor and I like it, too.

But not constantly. It’s been running nonstop every evening since school started three weeks ago.

It’s enough to make me curse the jackass who invented DVD players.