New house

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Sesame Street Colour Collection

Sesame Street Colour Collection

In December of 2012, Alain and I became home-owners for the first time ever. The building that we bought is a duplex. We now live with my little sister in the lower unit and rent out the upper unit to help out with the mortgage.

The house has everything we wanted, and even a few things we didn’t know that we would want. It has a garage, which is great for snowy Montréal winters. It also has a big beautiful back yard with gardens all around. The house is 4 minutes by foot from the métro, and it’s sort of near the Olympic Stadium.

There are two things that we really plan to change about the house: The tile floors in the front hallway and the kitchen need to go, and we’d like to renovate the bathroom. It’s fine, but it isn’t beautiful. Also, the bathtub is kinda shallow.

Cookie Monster paint colours

Cookie Monster paint colours

The previous owner of the house had made some questionable decorating choices, and so when we moved in, painting was in order. When we went to the hardware store to find books of paint samples, one in particular caught our eye: The Sesame Street Colour Collection (see the first image attached to this post). My little sister wanted her room to be coloured “Cookie Monster,” so we painted her room a nice calm light blue with a cream-coloured stripe along the middle. She has darker blue curtains for her window, and we plan to find some pots to paint dark blue and put googly eyes on.

Ernie and Bert paint colours

Ernie and Bert paint colours

As for me and Alain, we really didn’t have a choice when we saw that there was a “Bert and Ernie” theme. This turned out to be a lot of work, although the official story is that the whole paint-job took 20 minutes. When it was half-way done, I was a little worried about how it would look when it was finished, but then by the end, it  turned out much better than I had anticipated. The doors to the bedroom have orange translucent glass panels in them, which happened to work with the orange lines in the paint—not by design, but purely by accident. You can see in the video below the way that the paint looked when the green masking tape was still on the walls.

 

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2013-3213,
    title = {New house},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2013-01-13,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2013/01/13/new-house/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "New house" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 13 Jan 2013. Web. 23 Jun 2018. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2013/01/13/new-house/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2013, Jan 13). New house [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2013/01/13/new-house/

It snowed in Stratford Ontario this weekend

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While I was in Ontario, I thought I might drop by my parents’ for lunch. I remember saying on the way to Stratford that it was in a part of Ontario known as the “snow belt.” Boy was I right.

It snowed. In April.

Not just a little bit either. There were big fluffy white flakes. I have video evidence.

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2011-1659,
    title = {It snowed in Stratford Ontario this weekend},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2011-04-20,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2011/04/20/it-snowed-in-stratford-ontario-this-weekend/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "It snowed in Stratford Ontario this weekend" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 20 Apr 2011. Web. 23 Jun 2018. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2011/04/20/it-snowed-in-stratford-ontario-this-weekend/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2011, Apr 20). It snowed in Stratford Ontario this weekend [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2011/04/20/it-snowed-in-stratford-ontario-this-weekend/

I found a marble

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I found a marble

I found a marble

I can tell that spring is here: When the snow melts, all the stuff that was lost in it slowly appears on the sidewalk.

I would have preferred to find lots of money, but finding a marble is at least a step up from the dog poop that I mostly find thawing out of snow banks near my house!

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2011-1483,
    title = {I found a marble},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2011-03-31,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2011/03/31/i-found-a-marble/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "I found a marble" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 31 Mar 2011. Web. 23 Jun 2018. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2011/03/31/i-found-a-marble/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2011, Mar 31). I found a marble [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2011/03/31/i-found-a-marble/

Harvest time for the snow ploughman

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I don’t know if I’d go so far as to describe this as “snowmageddon,” but this evening around 19h10 at Jean-Talon and Décarie, I saw about a million snow ploughs go by. Just when you think that’s gonna be the last one, whoosh, there’s another.

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2011-1165,
    title = {Harvest time for the snow ploughman},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2011-02-2,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2011/02/02/harvest-time-for-the-snow-ploughman/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "Harvest time for the snow ploughman" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 02 Feb 2011. Web. 23 Jun 2018. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2011/02/02/harvest-time-for-the-snow-ploughman/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2011, Feb 02). Harvest time for the snow ploughman [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2011/02/02/harvest-time-for-the-snow-ploughman/

A nice thing about living in a big apartment building

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Someone else shovels the snow for me.

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2010-1036,
    title = {A nice thing about living in a big apartment building},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2010-12-7,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2010/12/07/a-nice-thing-about-living-in-a-big-apartment-building/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "A nice thing about living in a big apartment building" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 07 Dec 2010. Web. 23 Jun 2018. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2010/12/07/a-nice-thing-about-living-in-a-big-apartment-building/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2010, Dec 07). A nice thing about living in a big apartment building [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2010/12/07/a-nice-thing-about-living-in-a-big-apartment-building/

Rainy days

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Rainy days are perfect for studying. I don’t want to leave my apartment at all.

I’ve had a relatively productive day. I’ve cleaned up a bit, studied some genetics, moved one step closer to getting my OSAP loan, and I assembled all the documents I need to make sure that my OHIP health insurance doesn’t expire this September. Once it stops raining, I’ll go outside and put them all in the post.

You’ll notice that I’ve done a bit of a refresh on the blog. I’m still not 100% fussed on the colour scheme, but I wanted to go live anyway. The old theme was very dark, and hard-to-read, and I think this one is better by those criteria anyway. :)

Update: I just got an invoice for tuition for this year. :| School is expensive. I hope that OSAP is generous to me this year! I also changed the colour scheme on this theme a bit. I got rid of the blue highlights. It’s got a kind of “coffee” thing going on now. I think I’ll leave it like this for a while and see how I like it in a few days.

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2010-811,
    title = {Rainy days},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2010-08-4,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2010/08/04/rainy-days/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "Rainy days" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 04 Aug 2010. Web. 23 Jun 2018. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2010/08/04/rainy-days/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2010, Aug 04). Rainy days [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2010/08/04/rainy-days/

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 = {https://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. 23 Jun 2018. <https://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 https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/12/12/theres-a-lot-of-snow-now/

Snowy day

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Working on my essay on a snowy day in December

Working on my essay on a snowy day in December

It’s snowy today. Snow is one of the few pleasures reserved for non-drivers.

There’s something reassuring about looking out the window, and seeing mostly white from the falling snow.

I don’t have to go anywhere today, if i don’t want to. My Bioethics Theory essay isn’t due until tomorrow, and I have a very good start on it. (And yes, I will post the graph of my progress when I am finished.)

Today I can stay inside, wearing my big blue hooded house-coat, do my schoolwork and stay warm next to my fake fireplace. And yes, my apartment has a fake fireplace in it.

Update: it is nearly 17h, and it is dark outside and still snowing. I can see about a half-dozen people from my front window, and they are all shovelling snow off their driveways or cars. I am still inside. I still haven’t put real clothes on yet today, and I am watching them and laughing at their expense.

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2009-500,
    title = {Snowy day},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2009-12-9,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/12/09/snowy-day/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "Snowy day" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 09 Dec 2009. Web. 23 Jun 2018. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/12/09/snowy-day/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2009, Dec 09). Snowy day [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/12/09/snowy-day/

Il pleut

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So it rained today and it rained a lot.

I learned something though. The shoes that I wear are cracked along the bottom. (I knew that already, actually.) Otherwise, they’re fine, and so about a month ago, Pickles glued the sole of my shoe together. It’s barely noticeable.

What I learned through the rain is that even though my shoe was glued back together, it is not waterproof, and not suitable for use in the wintertime. I need to buy new boots. Cold feet are terrible.

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2009-486,
    title = {Il pleut},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2009-12-3,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/12/03/il-pleut/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "Il pleut" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 03 Dec 2009. Web. 23 Jun 2018. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/12/03/il-pleut/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2009, Dec 03). Il pleut [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/12/03/il-pleut/

Rainbows are fun

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A rainbow on campus

A rainbow on campus

Today, there was a rainbow on my way to class. Fun for the whole family.

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2009-427,
    title = {Rainbows are fun},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2009-09-17,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/09/17/rainbows-are-fun/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "Rainbows are fun" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 17 Sep 2009. Web. 23 Jun 2018. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/09/17/rainbows-are-fun/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2009, Sep 17). Rainbows are fun [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/09/17/rainbows-are-fun/

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