...........The crazy (or not) world I live in... please enjoy :)

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Just Plodding Along

It is quiet on the blog front because I have mainly been working and Job hunting.
When I have not been doing that, I have been watching the rain/snow fall and waiting for the weather to improve.

We did find a very nice Mongolian restaurant last night where you select the food you want from a buffet, they then weight it to work out what you pay (if you guess the correct price you get a discount!) then they cook it for you.

They also have very nice desserts!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Why I became a Chemist

One day I hope to be able to say this...

"Just for a laugh, we sealed a bottle of vodka with our membranes and found that the distilled solution became stronger and stronger with time. Neither of us drinks vodka but it was great fun to do the experiment." Dr Nair on his graphene membranes


Question, Why not use an alcohol that they did drink?

Monday, January 16, 2012

Ice Lorry

(Nobody was hurt in the making on this image, thankfully.)

Snow days

On Friday we went to the pub with a few UK folk, who work at TMW. While there Wayne was talking to Jayne saying that we hadn't seen any snow yet! I looked out of the window and thought it was snowing, but Wayne wasn't convinced and thought I was making it up! When we went outside it turned out I was right and it was snowing. By the time we had driven home it was starting to settle on the road, and by the Morning we has over seven inches.

After digging the car out with bits of wood, we decided that it would be a very good idea to invest in snow shovels so we braved the roads as the snow was melting a little and invested in some. We where amused by some Canadian snow parking ans very impressed with how quickly the roads where cleared and everything was moving.

Sunday was uneventful but we did notice a weather warning for further a 5cm of snow on Monday and being not to worried we went to bed. By the time we got up 5 cm had fallen and snow was getting worse, we thought about and realized that if this continued all day that we may make it into work but we wouldn't make it out again in the evening.

Wayne and Neil took the 4 by 4 and went to pick up their laptops so they could work from home, they came back at lunchtime. Helen and I re-cleared the drive as the snow had continued to fall all morning and is still falling. Last time I was out there it was deeper than my snow boots. Wayne's work have just been sent home too, so It looks like we did the right thing.

Hopefully we won't be snowed in for too long and normal work patterns will resume shortly, in the mean time I will sit back and enjoy the weather.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Monday, December 12, 2011

Operation Christmas tree

Hi from Beautiful British Columbia!

Sorry I haven't written anything sooner it has been hectic, what with the jet lag, finding a Christmas job, My birthday (thanks for all the well wishes) and generally setting in to a new place.

I could tell you a lot more about it ... but I thought I would tell you about our expedition to find a Christmas tree instead.

We decided to have a real Christmas tree this year as it seemed a Canadian thing to do and there where signs everywhere advertising them ... most of them said 'U Cut'.

So off we drove to find Christmas tree place ... not really knowing what to expect. We arrived to a very busy looking place, with lots of people carrying or wheeling trees to there car. We spent a few minutes looking around the ready cut and the the 'Charlie Brown' (not quite straight trees) and thinking that this would be the easier options, but to be sure we thought we would take a saw and have a look around.

There where hundreds of Fir trees, 4 different species and all varying heights, widths etc, we didn't know where to begin.Eventually we found a tree, and we cut it down and put it back to the car. The Tree shop people then provided with hot chocolate to warm our hands up with.

A quick trip to the shop, to get lights (not quite enough) and decorations and we had a good afternoon decorating our tree.

Helen and Neil, brought us an early Christmas present - a fire set so we lit the fire to achieve the Christmas Card picture. Now all we need is the snow!