Puddle Jumpers

Enjoying life, off the hamster wheel

Moving right along – at a snail’s pace…

It’s been some time since we updated. According to the graph which shows the traffic to our blog (don’t worry, it doesn’t show who’s visited), we had a spike on May 24, and it’s tapered off since then to about 1 or 2 visits a day, if we’re lucky. Nothing really noteworthy has happened in the last couple of weeks, but I’m sure I’ll find something to write about anyway.

Neil returned home from the Bahamas on May 19. As you can see by his entries, he and Mel had some time free to explore and play in the resort. He came home with a bit of colour on his face, and Mel looked pretty in pink (skin) at the airport when I picked Neil up. Apparently she fell asleep in the sun, and it showed! Well, at least she’ll have a good base to work from over the summer once her burned has subsided.

This past week or so, Neil’s been prepping for a World Physiotherapy convention. He and Mel were the Master Electricians on the gig, and it was a pretty big one, with approximately 4000 attendees. They knew in advance that they’d be working long hours, but it exceded their expectations and over the past 3 days Neil’s gotten about 8 hours of sleep. The event was last night, and I was hired to ASM (Assistant Stage Manage). My call turned out to be short, from 12pm – 9pm. It was a typical corporate gig, with a lot of running around on cement floors and up and down stairs and a bit talent wrangling. My feet are sore today. Poor Neil had to walk on cement floors, climb scaffolding, run a large crew with limited experience and be alert and “on” over the past 3 days. I don’t know how he did it, but he got through. He’s in bed now and sleeping like a log (if logs could sleep), and I don’t expect to see him up for many hours! Thankfully, I had the foresight to pack an enormous lunch for him at the start of the gig, just in case there was a problem getting food. I’m glad I did, because he didn’t really take any descent breaks, and was able to nibble from time to time to keep his energies up. A word of the wise: Trail mix. Always bring trail mix with you if you have long days ahead. I survived UBC this past term because of trail mix. It doesn’t take much to make you feel full, and the full feeling lasts a long time. Your sugar levels don’t spike and fall like they do with carbohydrates (like bread), fruit or Heaven forbid, candy.

The gig went well though. And the client seemed happy. That’s the main thing.

As Neil will be sleeping for the day, I’m going to head to the beach later with Mom. We’ve been going to the same beach for years, and it’s so peaceful and calming. This morning when I left the house at 5:30am to pick Neil up at 6am, the sun was low on the horizon and the day was showing itself to be another glorious one. The weather’s been fabulous, with summer clearly marching full steam ahead. The beach is an oasis of serenity in this busy and rapidly growing city, and we’re happy to keep it our little secret hide-a-way.

Hope you’re all well, and we’ll try to add something interesting to this blog anon.

A Lying-Beside-The-Puddle Person


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This entry was posted on June 3, 2007 by in Main.

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