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    Easter Bunnies

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    February 26, 2020. It’s way too early for easter bunnies, but there they were in the Metro (I resisted; I was only there for milk). I was supposed to travel to Toronto today, but my train was cancelled, then a winter storm hit, so I stayed home and worked on…
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    Feather

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    February 25, 2020. I spotted this feather in the snow on my way to my car in the parking lot. It was interesting the way it actually melted into the snow. Meeting in the morning, newsletter and ethics paper in the afternoon. Also did part of a proposal for a…
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    Holstein Cat

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    February 24, 2020. This is one of the neighbours’ cats. We call it ‘Holstein Cat’, for obvious reasons. It has a regular route through our back yard, right under the bird feeder (tbh the route was there before we installed the feeder). Had a productive Monday morning, getting paperwork off…
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    Chickadee

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    February 23, 2020. This is another one of our bird friends, a tiny chickadee making the most of the feeder. Watched the ball game today, worked on sorting photos, and write a quick 1-page opinion piece. https://flic.kr/p/2iwVhHV
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    Baseball’s Back

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    February 22, 2020. It’s the first game of spring training. Yay! It’s a bit weird this year, because the televised games are on SportsNet, not MLB.tv. Still haven’t figured out what to do for audio, which is how I follow most of the games (can’t watch TV while out biking).…
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    Colour!

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    February 21, 2020. Came into the office this morning and saw that the paiters had been at work overnight adding colour! to our hallway. I’m so happy they didn’t choose grey. Anyhow, I now live behind a yellow door frame. Did zero productive work today, but got two large paperwork…
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    Garlic

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    February 20, 2020. Today was shopping day, first at Costco, then at Metro, where I photographed these giant cloves of garlic. No, I did not buy any. Good progress on ethics today as I dug into some historical documents on biomedical ethics. Good stuff. https://flic.kr/p/2iw454G
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    Fish

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    February 20, 2020. It was snowy and sleety outside, not a good day to drive on the highway, so I worked out of the home office and made quite a bit of progress reviewing and summarizing codes of ethics. This fish is a pad I put under my computer to…
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    Kitties in a Bucket

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    February 19, 2020. OK, not really a bucket. But they’re all doing better after a (scheduled) visit to the vet for a check-up and (as it turns out) more antibiotic, anti-worm (precautionary), eye medicine (for Charlemagne, who had an eye ulcer), and an ear cleaning (for yeast). Ah, rescues. https://flic.kr/p/2ivKsB4
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    Winter Woods

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    February 17, 2020. I took a day off work today (and ended up working on my newsletter and ethics book). I took a quick run to the store, stopping to take a photo of some local woods (and to take a break from cat photos). https://flic.kr/p/2iuwHzi
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    Emma

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    February 16, 2020. This is Emma, who like to climb the sides of the kennel. She’s the smallest of the three, but far from being the runt, she is the most energetic of the bunch. Julia is doing better today and all three kittens had strong appetites. https://flic.kr/p/2iuc23P
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    Andrea Holding Julia At the Vet

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    Febrary 16, 2020. Our quiet Saturday was interrupted when Julia began showing signs of distress. We drove into the emergency vet in the city, and while there, got her eating and drinking some. She also got five hours of hugging. She tested negative for dread diseases, but it looks like…
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    Julia and Charlemagne

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    February 14, 2020. No surprise: it’s kittens. This is Julia in the forefront (the quietest and calmest of them) and Charlemagne in back. Today was a bad-internet day at the office, which slowed me down, but I got a couple of sections done on the ethics book. And not much…
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    Blue Jay

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    February 11, 2020. It’s just coincidence that I was able to capture this beautiful photo just as the Blue Jays spring training camp is starting, but there it is. I spent the entire day today writing a post on educational research. https://flic.kr/p/2isuA5H
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    Waiting for the Train

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    January 10, 2020. These are the tracks and crossing just in front of my house. It has been quiet recently as the blockades have shut down train traffic. I am more or less in sympathy with the blockade, not so much out of solidarity with indigenous people (though I am)…
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    The Kitty Kennel

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    February 9, 2020. It’s pretty quiet in the house with only one cat, but we’re planning ahead as we contemplate finding some rescue kittens that need a forever home. Quiet day inside again; I wrote an article, I explored Svelte, and I wrote some posts that were in the hopper…
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    My Friend the Sparrow

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    February 8, 2020. We decided to stay in today because the weather was pretty ugly. The sparrow in our back yard didn’t have a choice. But I had a nice day just puttering with computer projects, mostly cleaning up my old photo files. https://flic.kr/p/2irNrtv
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    Birdhouse Magic

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    February 6, 2020. With more snowfall, the bird feeder has become increasingly popular in the neighbourhood. For me, it was back to the ethics paper today, including migrating completed bits to Pressbooks (yes, I’ve conceded that it’s a book). https://flic.kr/p/2iryuvK
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    Marmalade

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    February 5, 2020. I got to taste Andrea’s marmalade today, which she put in jars yesterday. The first note you taste is maple, but then the Seville orange flavour comes to the fore. Finished revisions to my OER paper, did a survey, and caught up on some paperwork. https://flic.kr/p/2ipAKxd
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    Before

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    February 4, 2020. They’ve taken down all the posters and other wall art (such as it was) at our office in preparation for painting. This is what it looks like before that painting. Meeting in the morning, and completed a bunch of ‘Big Data Day’ reviews in the afternoon. https://flic.kr/p/2ipBeWg
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    4807

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    February 3, 2020. Either I was a bit early or the 4807 was a bit late, but either way, I had to stop for it on the way in. Today I worked on my OER paper, and with an extra push. I got it sent off by the end of…
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    Return of the Shelves

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    January 2, 2020. These are the shelves I built in Moncton; they’ve been in storage (and the books in boxes) but I reassembled them today. We need to get the place a bit more ship-shape if we want kittens; the house needs to be safe for them. This was the…
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    Winterlude

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    February 1, 2020. We went into the city and walked around downtown to enjoy Winterlude, Ottawa’s mid-winter festival mostly known for its ice carvings. It was good to get outside, take some photos, and put everything else to the side for a day. https://flic.kr/p/2inXL5P
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    Queen of the Castle

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    January 31, 2020. We now have only one cat in the house. This is Lexi, who is slowly realizing that she is Queen of the Castle (here she enjoys relaxing in Alex’s traditional roosting spot). Productive day, all things considered – almost emptied my work in-bix, got a proposal sent…
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    Water Bottle

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    January 22, 2020. This is the inside of a bottle I use to fill my CPAP with distilled water. Today I reviewed a bunch of conference proposals and attended to other admin tasks, and then made progress on the ethics paper. https://flic.kr/p/2ijmouJ
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    Thank You

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    January 23, 2020. At the Starbucks drive-through. Lots of progress on the ethics paper – maybe I should start calling it a book, it’s more than 20 pages and I’m still on part one. Anyhow, I am being left alone to work on this, which I appreciate, and I hope…

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