I’ve Taken Myself To Task

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This one’s just for the Aussies, especially those around the Sydney area.

If you haven’t tried Airtasker yet, now might be the time to change that.

If you have been living under a rock and aren’t aware of one of the greatest ideas to come out of Sydney in the past five years, let me introduce you to Airtasker.

They describe it as…

Airtasker is a Sydney-based Australian company which provides an online and mobile marketplace enabling users to outsource everyday tasks. Users describe the task and indicate a budget, community members then bid to complete the task.

To be a little more succinct, it’s an online place where people who need stuff done go to find people who will do stuff for money.

It really is a handy service. Say you love gardens, but hate gardening, you can find someone to plant it for you. Or if you’re moving and need a few extra hands, you can find that too. And maybe you’re changing jobs and looking for help with your CV or cover letter, or need a photographer for a birthday party, or need someone with an eye for organising to help you clean out the garage, then pop by Airtasker and have a look.

For today’s DID, I actually added a profile on the site – promoting my writing and marketing skills. I’m often helping friends with their CVs, the various communications, application letters, and various other marketing and communications needs, so I figured, maybe there are other people out there who might also be able to use my help.

Plus, it’s always great to be able to help people and earn a little extra cash at the same time!

Is there anything you could do or get done via Airtasker?

I”ll bet there is!

 

See Linda Run

 

IMG_7080See Linda.

See Linda run.

See Linda run for the first time in ages.

See Linda be motivated by Chris.

See Linda run continuously for 1.4 km (yes, notice the . that’s 1.4 not 14 km like my husband).

See Linda run a 7.0-minute km.

See Linda walk 7.8 km later that same day.

See Linda try her feet at running regularly again.

See this space for updates.

 

 

Holy Cannoli, What A Car

The Italians do two things incredibly well – food and cars.

I’ve had a taste of the former but no experience with the latter until today.

Today I got my hands on a hot little Maserati that was nothing short of “fantastico”! This little gutsy Gran Turismo was just as they say, “Distinctive. Dramatic. And, demanding to be driven.”

The hum of her engine, the fine soft leather seats that wrapped themselves around you in a welcoming embrace, and the steering that seemed anticipate every turn.

Ah, this masterful machine was “attivo”!

After driving her I was left with only two thoughts – one, I must experience more of the Italian way of life, and, two, I needed gelato to cool myself down after being so close to this hot little number.

Okay, maybe a third thought came to mind too – if you don’t have a DID for the day you could always take a photo or two and make one up – just like I did today!

(I promise I won’t do this often, but on days when I had a really tough time doing something different, I may allow myself to dream a little – just like I did today – hey, it’s my blog, my rules)

 

 

Connecting After 40+ Years!

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Our teachers can have such an incredible influence on us. And for many, this influence isn’t realised until much later in our lives, so the opportunity to say, ‘thank you’ to them is a rare experience. This is especially true if you’ve moved countries, or continents, in my case.

But today, thanks to the power of Facebook, I was grateful for the opportunity to thank one of the best and most influential teachers of my school life, Mr Joe Croteau, my grade six teacher at St Benedict’s school in Etobicoke.

For today’s DID, I enjoyed a lovely lunch with Joe, and Chris, right here in Sydney of all places. Today I had the chance to thank him for the influence he had on my life and to catch up on what had been happening in his. I had written a blog post about the impact he had on me a while back and made reference to the lessons he taught me in another post. However, I had not had the pleasure of seeing him in person in over 40 years.

We IMG_6954had a look at my treasured, “Grammar is Important” book and took a nostalgic look at a couple of old St Benedicts’ yearbooks while I passed on a number of messages from other students of his with whom I’m still in contact with today.

So, yep, today’s DID was pretty special.

I am heartened to see proof of life serving up good things for good people and to see that Joe is continuing to travel the world, enjoy the wonderful people in his life (especially the children), and that he remains the big personality that made an equally large impression on that little girl in his year six class back in Rexdale so many years ago.

It was great to see you, Joe, especially sweet that it happened here in Sydney, in my new home, so far away in years and distance from when and where we first met.

I Went To Greece Today

Still not well so I didn’t venture out today.  I’m getting there but was too slowly for my liking.

After some light housework, some accounting, and some socialising, I was again stumped by what to do for today’s DID.

Instead of parking my butt in front of the TV, I looked to another screen instead.

I opened up my laptop, opened up YouTube then decided I’d take a wee cyber-trip.

I wasn’t really up to “travelling” but I figured why not explore somewhere I’d like to go eventually, so I did.

I ended up watching two videos about Greece.

I learned a few new facts about the country of my grandfather’s birth and was also able to take a glimpse into some of the top spots where many travellers (more people than actually live in the country) flock to see every year. I wonder if items 5 and 6 on this list are related! Just sayin’.

I was surprised by how contemporary and modern it seemed in so many places. From what I saw, the Greek Islands, Santorini, Zagori, Sithonia, Delphi, Crete and Mykonos.

I’m sold. Yep, this is yet another spot to add to the travel bucket list.

 

 

Trading In Harvey For Dory

This better be my last housebound day or I’m gonna #loseit!

I’ve had a persistent cold/flu now for a few days. Quite frankly it’s knocked me on my keester. So I haven’t been very good at doing my DID’s – or getting out of the house for that matter.

And, while this is an attempt at doing something different, it’s still rather lame, but I’m not capable of much more than that today so it will have to do. (For you Judgy McJudgers out there – you try doing something different every single day for over four months! I dare ya. In fact, I double dog dare ya!)

So, I’ve told you about my new love affair with both Netflix and Suits, right? Well, let’s just say we’ve been getting pretty intimate, spending A LOT of time together over these past few days – in between sleeping, hacking up a lung, and spitting up my weight in mucous. TMI?

It’s astounding that even in a few short days you can establish the beginnings of a habit. And I was.

Squeezed between what we’ll call Phase I of my sick day – getting up, scanning the social stream, looking for new work, having coffee and doing a bit of housework and Phase III falling asleep mid sentence ’cause all this hacking and sniffling and blowing takes a lot of energy, there came Phase II. That was to plunk my butt on the red lounge, cover myself with a blankie, and watch a few episodes of Specter and Co. where I would also enjoy playing “I spy with my little eye somewhere I know in Toronto”.

So, for my DID for today, I said no to this addictive dramedy and instead opted to watch something about as different a diversion as you can get – an animated movie. I cannot remember the last time I watched an animated movie. Maybe a year or more ago.

Today I watched Finding Dory.

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It was a colourful and amusing sweet and triumphant story of friendship and overcoming adversity. While it had its little twists and turns,  I didn’t find it quite as emotionally moving as Finding Nemo.

And, in other news, I am also pleased to say that I actually got out of the house today…TWICE! Once to do a bit of grocery shopping and the other to take Buzz (the name of another great animated character) on a short walk.

Here’s hoping that tomorrow I’ll be back to my old self again ’cause honestly if I’m going to spend any more time with the suits at Pearson, Specter, Litt, I may just have to start billing them!