Nitrile gloves for cleaning the apartment

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I used to have a couple pair of big yellow rubber gloves that I used for cleaning up—one pair for doing the dishes and another for when I would use harsh chemicals to wash the bathroom or kitchen counters. I get dry skin easily, you see. The problem with big yellow rubber gloves is that water gets in them and over time they start to mould on the inside. This is the reason that I started buying disposable nitrile gloves for these sorts of tasks.

Nitrile gloves fall into that weird category of things that doctors and nurses carry around, that you wouldn’t expect normal people to have, but that anyone can just buy without a licence or a prescription or anything.

Here are some other things that fall into that category:

  • Lab coats
  • Stethoscopes
  • Blood pressure cuffs
  • Clipboards
  • Alcohol swabs
  • Reflex hammers
  • Scrubs

This is creepy to me in the “impersonate a medical professional” sort of way.

Anyway, last week I was thinking about this while I was in the middle of cleaning up the kitchen. I received an email and went to check it without taking the gloves off. This is why Alain found me sitting in the living room typing at my computer, wearing blue nitrile gloves and humming the theme to Dexter all while smiling like an idiot.

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2012-3059,
    title = {Nitrile gloves for cleaning the apartment},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2012-10-8,
    url = {http://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2012/10/08/nitrile-gloves-for-cleaning-the-apartment/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "Nitrile gloves for cleaning the apartment" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 08 Oct 2012. Web. 20 Feb 2017. <http://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2012/10/08/nitrile-gloves-for-cleaning-the-apartment/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2012, Oct 08). Nitrile gloves for cleaning the apartment [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2012/10/08/nitrile-gloves-for-cleaning-the-apartment/


Back to school

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Today is the first day back to school after the break! Hooray! I’m feeling good about it. Things are actually going well for me for right now. Here’s all the good things happening to me that I can think of:

  • I got a notice saying that the paper I helped to write last year made it past 2 of 3 rounds of cuts for the journal Science, and so it stands a good chance of making it in and being published.
  • Also, there are now curtains in my bedroom, so I will be able to sleep better!
  • The weird red patches of skin on my face and hands have pretty much disappeared. I attribute their existence to dry skin and their disappearance to the turning on of the humidifier in my apartment.
  • The School of Nursing at McGill assures me that the OIIQ situation will be resolved, and that I don’t need to do anything about it. McGill is probably not a cash-for-degrees scam.
  • I’m starting two brand-new clinical rotations! Anything could happen!
  • OSAP has formally apologised for their treatment of me last semester.
  • Actually that last one was a joke. They still haven’t sent me my student loan yet, but I have been given every assurance that they will.

I have decided that this semester is going to be wonderful, and that none of the bad things from last semester will happen. I’m going to enjoy my new bunch of classes and I’m not going to stress out over money.

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2012-2634,
    title = {Back to school},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2012-01-9,
    url = {http://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2012/01/09/back-to-school/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "Back to school" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 09 Jan 2012. Web. 20 Feb 2017. <http://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2012/01/09/back-to-school/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2012, Jan 09). Back to school [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2012/01/09/back-to-school/


How to turn a car covered in a white tarp into a Super Mario Bros. ghost

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Boo car

Boo car

There is a car in the garage in my apartment building that has had a white tarp over it for the last few weeks.

Yielding to temptation, my little sister and I taped eyes, mouth and wings to it, to turn it into a ghost from Super Mario.

We’ll gauge how much the owner of the car appreciates it by how long it stays up.

You too can turn a car (or anything really) covered in a white tarp into a Super Mario Bros. ghost!

Step 1: download and print eyes, mouth, and wings.

Step 2: affix to tarp with tape.

Step 3: take photos.

You have now committed the perfect crime.

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2011-2619,
    title = {How to turn a car covered in a white tarp into a Super Mario Bros. ghost},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2011-12-31,
    url = {http://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2011/12/31/how-to-turn-a-car-covered-in-a-white-tarp-into-a-super-mario-bros-ghost/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "How to turn a car covered in a white tarp into a Super Mario Bros. ghost" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 31 Dec 2011. Web. 20 Feb 2017. <http://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2011/12/31/how-to-turn-a-car-covered-in-a-white-tarp-into-a-super-mario-bros-ghost/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2011, Dec 31). How to turn a car covered in a white tarp into a Super Mario Bros. ghost [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2011/12/31/how-to-turn-a-car-covered-in-a-white-tarp-into-a-super-mario-bros-ghost/


My houseplant is messed up

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Messed up

Messed up

The previous tenants of my apartment left this houseplant behind for me. It didn’t always look like this. In fact, when I first inherited it, I wasn’t sure whether it was a real plant or a false one.

Fortunately, it is a very hardy plant, whatever it is, and it started putting out new leaves and bending toward the light. I kept it on the opposite side of the room from the window at first.

After a few months of that, I noticed that it was growing so I started rotating it, but by this point it was definitely leaning to one side. Alas, it never recovered and just kept bending and bending. Eventually I leaned it against the wall, next to the window. This did not help things, as it just kept sending out leaves toward the sun. Then one day I decided to go for a strategy of “tough love.” I rotated the plant 180 degrees away from the window. It more or less bent over so the top of the plant was touching the ground, to support the weight of the stalk.

Now the top of the stalk has sort of done a U-turn, and it’s sending leaves up toward the sun, as well as a brand-new little shoot out from the soil.

My houseplant is messed up.

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2011-2205,
    title = {My houseplant is messed up},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2011-09-27,
    url = {http://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2011/09/27/my-houseplant-is-messed-up/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "My houseplant is messed up" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 27 Sep 2011. Web. 20 Feb 2017. <http://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2011/09/27/my-houseplant-is-messed-up/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2011, Sep 27). My houseplant is messed up [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2011/09/27/my-houseplant-is-messed-up/


Little herbs in my apartment

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Probably lemon basil

Probably lemon basil

Here is a photo of some little herbs that are growing on the windowsills of my apartment. This is either tarragon or lemon basil.

There’s also cilantro and chives.

 

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2011-1852,
    title = {Little herbs in my apartment},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2011-05-31,
    url = {http://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2011/05/31/little-herbs-in-my-apartment/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "Little herbs in my apartment" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 31 May 2011. Web. 20 Feb 2017. <http://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2011/05/31/little-herbs-in-my-apartment/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2011, May 31). Little herbs in my apartment [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2011/05/31/little-herbs-in-my-apartment/


There’s a lot of snow now.

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Look how much snow there is!

Look how much snow there is!

So it’s been snowing for the past few days, and it’s been fun to watch, but now there’s a lot of it. I took a photograph of the entrance to my apartment building, and I would like you to compare it with the photo that I took at the end of July.

Crazy.

The courtyard for our apartment

The courtyard for our apartment

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2009-512,
    title = {There’s a lot of snow now.},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2009-12-12,
    url = {http://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/12/12/theres-a-lot-of-snow-now/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "There’s a lot of snow now." Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 12 Dec 2009. Web. 20 Feb 2017. <http://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/12/12/theres-a-lot-of-snow-now/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2009, Dec 12). There’s a lot of snow now. [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/12/12/theres-a-lot-of-snow-now/


Driveway

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Graffiti on the buildings along the driveway to our indoor parking garage

Graffiti on the buildings along the driveway to our indoor parking garage

One of the great things about our place is that we have indoor parking, so our car isn’t broken-into (as much). Here is a look at the graffiti on the way in.

Pickles took these photos, and I rather like them. :)

There’s a white truck at the end of the driveway in the second photo, and periodically, when Pickles takes the van out for a drive, he has pulled up in front of the doorway. So she has to go out and find the driver and yell at him to move. And in the time this has happened, the garage door closes, locking her out of the building, with the van running inside.

It’s not a perfect system, but it’s better than getting broken-into. Something that we haven’t totally avoided either.

The entrance to our indoor parking garage

The entrance to our indoor parking garage

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2009-397,
    title = {Driveway},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2009-09-13,
    url = {http://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/09/13/driveway/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "Driveway" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 13 Sep 2009. Web. 20 Feb 2017. <http://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/09/13/driveway/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2009, Sep 13). Driveway [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/09/13/driveway/


Our first visitor

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Our first visitor to the apartment

Our first visitor to the apartment

When we first moved into our apartment, there was one piece of mail in our mailbox. It was from a student at Western who was in Pickles’ discipleship group, back when Pickles was still a student there. That same student who sent us our first mail became our first guest in our new apartment. She was driving with her friend from Halifax through Montréal and on to Toronto, and so she spent the night on an air-mattress in our library. What fun!

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2009-259,
    title = {Our first visitor},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2009-08-16,
    url = {http://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/08/16/our-first-visitor/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "Our first visitor" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 16 Aug 2009. Web. 20 Feb 2017. <http://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/08/16/our-first-visitor/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2009, Aug 16). Our first visitor [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/08/16/our-first-visitor/


IKEA

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Our brand-new EXPEDIT

Our brand-new EXPEDIT

When we moved to Montréal, Nicole and I sold our gigantic dining room table on Kijiji. That was a good idea. We got $50 for it, someone else had to carry the huge terrible thing away for us, and we didn’t have to move it all the way to Montréal. (It certainly wouldn’t have fit in our moving van!) Not only that, but someone else got a relatively cheap dining room table. Everyone wins!

The only downside is that once we arrived in Montréal, we didn’t have any tables. Fortunately, Montréal has an IKEA. One of only eleven IKEAs in Canada. So we went and got a JOKKMOKK a KROKEN, a black LACK and a 5×5 EXPEDIT.

For those of you who don’t speak IKEA, that’s a dining room table with four matching chairs, a coffee table, a rack for storing pots and pans and a big bookshelf that’s divided into cells – 5 across and 5 high.

Our place is starting to turn into a real-people house. Oh, and after assembling the EXPEDIT, I don’t ever want to see an IKEA again. It looks nice, but it was a pain to put together.

Can you guess what IKEA is trying to communicate here?

Can you guess what IKEA is trying to communicate here?

I do, however, like the diagrams on the instructions page. Can you guess what the difference between these two figures is? It took me a while, and at first I thought it was just trying to say, “Don’t screw it up!” But now I’m pretty sure that it’s a recommendation to assemble it on carpet.

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2009-242,
    title = {IKEA},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2009-08-15,
    url = {http://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/08/15/ikea/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "IKEA" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 15 Aug 2009. Web. 20 Feb 2017. <http://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/08/15/ikea/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2009, Aug 15). IKEA [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/08/15/ikea/


… after!

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The back half of the library in our new apartment

The "sitting area" of the library in our new apartment

On Wednesday morning, the maintenance man for our apartment building came by and finished the cutting for us in the living room and the bedroom. This means that the apartment is now entirely painted! And I must say, after two weeks of living in a place with all your belongings in cardboard boxes, piled in the centre of every room, I feel good about being able to move things against the walls.

I have a television against the wall. I have photographs in frames on the walls. I have books on shelves against the wall. I have my couch against the wall. Oh, how I love things that can go against the wall!

The front half of the library in our new apartment

The front half of the library in our new apartment

Especially the bookshelves. The shelves weren’t too big and bulky, and didn’t take up too much space, but the books that go on them were very numerous indeed. We recycled so many cardboard boxes after we put the books back on the shelf! And thanks to the Dewey Decimal System, it was nice and quick to get all my books on the shelf in order of subject matter.

Here you can see a couple photos of the library in our new apartment. The paint is still drying in the other rooms, so we haven’t been able to set things up or take photographs, but I’m very happy to have one “real people” room (besides the kitchen).

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2009-154,
    title = {… after!},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2009-08-7,
    url = {http://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/08/07/after/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "… after!" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 07 Aug 2009. Web. 20 Feb 2017. <http://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/08/07/after/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2009, Aug 07). … after! [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/08/07/after/


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