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Kitchen Reno: And so it begins

We’ve done a lot of the prep work for our kitchen renovation, like engaging the design people and the contractor, picking the cabinets, floor, sinks, taps and countertop. We’ve done more than half of the demolition (our favourite part) and we’ve bought the appliances. Now it’s starting to feel like a real event. The contractor […]

Fish in a Barrel

I’m gradually getting to know the garden here as it reveals itself with the seasons. One of the important things to know about is the need for water. The former owner used several rain barrels to collect water for those times between storms when the flowers get thirsty. Even though it’s still early summer, I […]

An Old World Father

I dedicate this Father’s Day to my children’s grandfather Francesco Chiotti. He was a lovely man, kind, generous and very much a family man. I don’t know nearly enough about him and I have not attempted to fill in any details through my genealogy research, mostly because it means delving into French and Italian records. […]

Many many many BATS

One of Austin’s claims to fame is its bats. Went to some great sessions yesterday, but the highlight of the day was my evening excursion, with about 50 other people from the conference and hundreds of locals and tourists, to see more than a million Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from under a downtown bridge a […]

First Full Day in Austin

Tuesday started off with delightful serendipity. At the breakfast buffet I met Ginny Redish, an original guru of usability practice. It was one of her books I encountered about ten years ago that turned me on to the subject when I was preparing to teach at George Brown. The day’s session was a pre-conference tutorial […]

Made it to Austin

Getting here seemed to take all day, but only because of the pre-flight nonsense at the airport and the waiting in between actual flying. Dallas was 34 degrees but I never left the terminal to verify that and Austin is apparently 33, but I was whisked by air-conditioned hotel shuttle to this excessively air-conditioned hotel, […]

I’m on vacation

I’m taking time off from work this week to go to Texas for a usability conference. I know that doesn’t sound too riveting for some, but I am pretty pumped about it. User experience design is a major part of what I do for clients and I am looking forward to an infusion of info […]

Back home, but briefly

I’m back in beautiful Owen Sound this week, but off to Texas next Monday for a usability conference. Each time I return, I find new delights in the garden. This week’s discoveries included asparagus and wisteria. As soon as I got home last weekend, I had to harvest the rhubarb that was crowding the shed […]