I have multiple blog posts in my head - a little update on the Toronto meet up, the 2 Sorbettos and the A line skirt I've made, a Summerfolk review, our house concert schedule is set... but I need to get pictures off of Mr. Lina's camera (he was kind enough to take a few pictures for me) and much as I love writing, I seem to like sewing more than writing, Sorbetto variation #5 just needs a hem. That's a good thing. :)
So while I get pictures organized... I got a little recognition for my mentoring at work. A project we worked on to build up my coworkers skills was recognised by her client with a reward that has never gone to a research partner. Shiny gold star for her and I am so very proud of her. On the plus side, people are recognising me as her trainer and I really appreciate that. I got a certificate to put up at my desk and I get to pick a prize from over 200 options. That sounds like a lot until you start ruling things out, I don't want a watch/jewellery, I don't have kids, don't golf, I don't need many kitchen appliances. There are quite a few cool, nice to have things, but nothing that is the clear winner. I have narrowed it to a few things.
- Hammock for two with stand - the stand means I don't need trees to use it, but if I'm moving and it's the end of the summer, this is just another thing to pack.
- Lagostina 7L pressure cooker that I really don't have space for in my kitchen and I've never cooked with a pressure cooker, but it seems kind of cool.
- Coleman All in One Cooking system - we have a traditional 2 burner Coleman stove, this has multiple cooking surfaces so you can fry and grill as well as use the traditional burner. But I worry it's a bit small, like you can't be boiling water while cooking eggs which I can do with a two burner stove. So cool, but not fantastic.
- DeLonghi Professional Ironing System - this is where I'd appreciate your feedback. I have a basic iron that I am generally happy with, it does what I need it to do and throws enough steam to hurt my fingers when I'm not careful. Still... this looks like a neat iron and given the general price point, it should be better than my little iron. I generally work on the principle of making do with what I have and that makes it hard to pick an iron that doesn't need replacing.
And can I reiterate I hate being told people are pregnant in person? I feel stunned every time. It is like I'm a wooden replica of myself that doesn't know what to say. I say congratulations, but I'm not sure it actually sounds convincing and I don't have any follow up questions. I immediately start thinking of myself and how this times with either my last loss or how many weeks farther they are than I've made it. I need time to see this through their eyes. It just sucks and I hate that I'm probably making them feel awful by not looking happy.
You can imagine that rant didn't come out of the blue. My youngest brothers wife is pregnant again and they told us last night over Skype. I will be happy for them, I do love my niece, but I'm not sure I am today. She is at 7 weeks and my first thought was that I didn't make it that far. I don't think I realised how much that was bugging me until I started to post. I really didn't mean to go there, but now I'm leaky for the 3rd time today. Not the most work appropriate behaviour.
So let's leave this with Vance Gilbert. I didn't get to see nearly enough of him this weekend at Summerfolk. This song, Goodbye Pluto, it is about Pluto losing their planetary status, but it's a song that makes Mr. Lina and I a little leaky. It's a song worth a second listen for the words.