Thursday, March 25, 2010

Turkey calls and fabric swatches

I haven't been around much lately. I know that you guys will understand, because you're good friends like that. It's not that I've been too busy to blog, in terms of minutes of available free time per day. It's just that my brain is so maxed out by all my work projects that I don't have any think-juice left by the end of the day. All I want to do is passively absorb a couple of hours' worth of entertainment, and then pass out.

I am making an effort to maintain some balance in my life. Last weekend Ken and I went to the Sportsman's Show at the Toronto Convention Centre. Two huge buildings were both filled with outdoor enthusiasts. One was all about hunting, and the other was for fishing. Ken is into target sports, both shooting and archery, so we spent most of our time in the hunting hall. He check out all the new rifles and cross-bows. I perused the bumper-sticker booth. Some of my favourites: "Keep honking. I'm reloading." And: "My other ride is your wife." Classy!

We both enjoyed the many booths demonstrating various types of calls. Turkey calls were the most popular. They were pretty low-tech, such as a 3"-diameter slate circle with a wooden stick to rub across it. But they all had really macho, flex-your-abs names like "THE ERADICATOR: A KILLING MACHINE!" and "THE TRIFECTA".

I was tempted to buy a squirrel barker, in order to summon an army of squirrels to me at will, but then I wondered of what use an army of squirrels would be, and abandonned the idea.

As for the work stuff, it's coming along. As we approach our move date, we have no choice but to make progress. It's Move Or Die.

Yesterday I went for my first walk-through of our new space. Most of the walls are up. It's very odd walking through a real, 3-D space that exists in my head only as a floor plan printed on 8.5" x 11" paper. I stepped inside the walls of my new office for the first time. It's only a drywall cube right now, but I greeted it and promised it that we'd have lots of good times together.

Yesterday I also took part in a 3 hour meeting to pick fabrics and finishes for our furniture order. Our colours have names like Portobello, Sandalwood, Bark, Cork, and Camel. It should all be very neutral and soothing to the eye. Then I went home and dreamed about furniture and fabric samples all night.


Anonymous said...

Any new mating turkey decoys? I think I need a new one.

Jameil said...

those bumper stickers are awesome!! lolol. SO classy. I am so ---->here<---- on "All I want to do is passively absorb a couple of hours' worth of entertainment, and then pass out." YES.

Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks said...

My husband works for a hospital that will be moving in a few years (they're currently building the new space). Just the other day, he brought home blueprints of the surgical floors. Even the blueprints are intense. I can't imagine the complexity of a move like that!

Warped Mind of Ron said...

Muhahahahahhaaa an army of Evil Squirrels to do your bidding!! Muahhahahahaha!!!! Oh.... sorry, I would use them for Evil, but I'm sure you would use them appropriately...

Dianne said...

I love the image of you leading an army of squirrels!!

keep on keeping balanced

DarcsFalcon said...

Summon all the tree rats you want! Take them all, please!

There are worse things to dream about than fabric swatches and colors - I envy you! In a way it must be tons of fun to get to decorate the new spaces, and how fun to see your new office coming together right before your eyes. It's like slow motion magic. :)

LL Cool Joe said...

Sounds more like nightmares than dreams to me! The only thing that could be worse than that is dreaming of my mother helping me choose furniture and fabrics etc.

We have a family of squirrels living in our loft, you can have them if you like?

Sparkling Red said...

WIGSF: You wore out the one you bought at last year's show already?

Jameil: I'm at that stage already today, and it's only 8:30 am. TGIF!

Nilsa: Indeed, moving a whole hospital has got to be unbelievably complex. There's so much more going on, what with all the specialized technical equipment. All we have to worry about is moving a few oxygen tanks and installing one x-ray machine, and even that is cause for headaches!

Ron: Of course I always use rodents appropriately. I abide totally by the rodent book.

Dianne: I would like to give them hats, jackets with epaulettes, batons, and snare drums, and we could have a squirrel parade.

DarcsFalcon: It is pretty darn cool to have the opportunity to decorate 18,000 square feet! I've barely decorated my own home, let alone anything close to this before. Fortunately, I am being advised by a furniture sales rep who is very experienced. I trust that she wouldn't let me make any stupid decisions.

LL Cool Joe: Sure, ship'em on over!
It's funny that you have a love for clothing fashion, but not for interior decoration. I always thought the two were related. On the other hand, if we decorated our office in the theme of LL Cool Joe's wardrobe Wednesdays... well, that might be a little too colourful for some peoples' taste!

Jenski, PhD said...

Do Canadians eat Turkey for their Thanksgiving dinner? That call could come in handy...

Hope picking out furniture is the fun part!