I have a bunch of odds and ends to post this morning.
Our Ontario Health cards arrived yesterday. I have to start looking for a doctor. I know, good luck. I've heard all about the huge shortage of doctors in the GTA, and in all of Ontario. But what can I do, I've got to give it a shot.
We had excellent Indian food in Mississauga last night, thanks to a Chowhound recommendation. Other people's tips are essential to finding good food in the suburbs. The non-chain restaurants are tucked away in strip malls and shopping centres, and outside of our little village of Port Credit, we don't pass anything on foot. Driving by, it all looks the same. But thanks to you guys and Chowhound, I'm learning there's more life out here than first meets the eye.
If you've been around wmtc for a while, you know we don't celebrate this upcoming winter holiday. However, one of the four major holidays of Allan-and-Laura-land is approaching: January 3, anniversary of domestic partnership. In the past, we've usually done a spectacular dinner at one of Manhattan's top restaurants, as much an experience as a meal. Some years we went away for a few days (which, believe it or not, can cost as much as one ultra-high-end dinner). One recent year I recall a martini-lounge crawl. And now we celebrate our continuing partnership in our new land. What to do? The goal is to come up with something truly special, and preferably romantic. Suggestions now being fielded.
Tomorrow I'm meeting a friend in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. We met online many years ago, and then met in person when Allan and I visited Toronto for the first time. We're meeting for dinner, but I'm going to drive up earlier to take a look around. Anything I should know?
I finished the outline for Ancient Civs II (actually World History 500-1450), and now I have to wait for approval before I can start writing. This leaves me with a two or three week window, where - theoretically - I can knock off a big Kids On Wheels assignment. If I can do it, it will save me major deadline stress in the spring - but these things have a way of not working out the way I plan. We'll see.
Speaking of Ancient Civs, here's a little freelance story for you.
A few weeks ago, an editor asked me to do a rush assignment, immediate turnaround, very good money. I did it. I sent an invoice. Two weeks later, editor says, I notice you didn't bill for that rush assignment, make sure you send an invoice soon in order to get in under the next pay period. I say, I sent an invoice to so-and-so. Editor says, Oh, did I forget to tell you? So-and-so doesn't handle that anymore, you need to send it to such-and-such. (Gee, thanks for telling me.)
I re-send invoice. Such-and-such says, good timing, I was about to close out the last batch of cheques.
Three weeks pass.
Yesterday, I receive a cheque! Fairly prompt.
I open envelope. Allan says, Shouldn't that cheque be signed?
Yes, they sent an unsigned cheque.
I email such-and-such. Oh, I'm so sorry. Yes, we need the cheque back. No, we can't issue a new cheque until we receive the unsigned one back.
They're in Paris.
Although the cheque is drawn on US funds, which my Canadian bank will hold for 15 business days. Fifteen. During holiday season.
That's the downside of freelancing. You can't make it work without a financial cushion in the bank, or another steady income on the side.
Plastic on windows is great. Our house was so cold - I mean, inside. Now it's warm and cozy. Hooray for Canadian Tire.
Weather watch: -18 C this morning (about 7 F). Once we're in the single digits Fahrenheit, it's officially cold, as far as I'm concerned. I'm enjoying it.