December 28th, 2012

Lovely Friday Morning

The weather outside is cold and clear, with sun all over the place, reflecting off the white, white snow.

Don't have to go to work today, as I'm still on Christmas holidays until next week.

So I exercised my right to holidays, and am relaxing at home with Tylenol and a warm heating pad on my upper back. Been doing a bit of reading over breakfast, and plan now to check e-mail, see what's happening in the world of the internet, and that sort of thing.

I'm planning to go to the retirement home to have lunch with my mother this afternoon, preferably while they're ploughing the parking lot out, and then have the Friday night gaming group with the Primeval RPG this evening, but otherwise plan to relax, read some more, maybe do some game stats, and generally just take it kind of easy.

Need time for my body to heal a bit. Well, that and do some housecleaning (if I can get my back to cooperate).

The Field Museum and Dinosaur Fossil Smuggling

Couple of stories in the palaeontology news at the moment.

First off, the Field Museum. Stripped of research, the Field Museum will cease to be a museum at all. Speak out against the unwise science cuts. Collections and research are at the core of any great museum. Cut them, and the institution degrades into a purveyor of awful edutainment.

Chicago's Field Museum Endangered by Unwise Budget Cuts

Secondly, remember the story about the Tarbosaurus fossils being sold illegally in the U.S.?
Commercial fossil dealer Eric Prokopi admits that he illegally smuggled the million dollar Tarbosaurus into the U.S.

Man Pleads Guilty to Smuggling Dinosaur Skeletons into U.S.

Heading Out for the Evening

I spent the early afternoon at the retirement home where my mother is recovering from surgery, and we had lunch together as well as talked about a variety of things, and I brought her some reading material. I didn't have too much trouble getting the car out of the parking spot, and the condo snow removal service was just getting started in my general area as I was leaving.

Lunch at the retirement home was pretty good. I had a bowl of split pea and ham soup, a salad from the snack bar, battered fish 'n chips, and a bit of hot decaf tea to round out the meal. Very nice.

I got back to the house just around 3:00 pm or so, and the snow removal and cleaning of the parking spaces was done. My space was clean, but still have a found mounds of snow a bit tight on the right hand side of the car. It's good, though. Such is life.

I've spent the last part of the afternoon relaxing and getting ready for the game tonight. I'll be heading out to the west end of Ottawa in about 25 minutes for tonight's game session of the Primeval RPG. Quite looking forward to tonight's game, but need to remember to take some Robaxacet before I head out for the night, as my back is very bad.

Will blog more some time tomorrow.