Headlines for Sunday:

Priorities - A: high, B: medium, C: low; Status - _: unfinished, X: finished, C: cancelled, P: pending, o: in progress, >: delegated. Covey quadrants - Q1 & Q3: urgent, Q1 & Q2: important
AX@0830 Confirm flight - 1-800-943-5436
AX@0915 Leave for North York Centre; nap on the subway
AX@0930-1530 Toastmasters Learning Institute, 5100 Yonge St - North York Civic Centre
BX@0930 Registration and networking
BX@1000 Opening remarks
BX@1045 Distinguished Club Plan and TI New Manual and Awards
AX@1115-1215 Room 3 Seriously Funny: Understanding the Roots, Techniques and Uses of Humor
AX@1215-1315 Lunch
AX@1315-1415 Room 5 Treasurer
AX@1415-1515 Room 2 Secretary
AX@1515-1530 Closing remarks
AX@1830-0000 Attend tango milonga at College and Ossington from 2006.02.19
AXMake sure I have everything I need for my assignment

1. Long but fun day: 01:02

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I was annoyed to find Scotiabank is closed on Saturdays, as I hadn't thought to withdraw USD during the week and (fool that I was) I had deposited all of my US dollars for safekeeping. That should teach me to keep a stash. Oh well. I plan to convert a small amount using the airport foreign exchange counters, then find a Citibank branch on Tuesday for the rest. Hooray for Citibank!

I was also annoyed to find out that Payless Shoesource and the Shoe Company didn't stock tango shoes, so I'll just have to stick with my black ones. I still haven't found nice gel inserts for things like that. That's okay. I survived one evening of dancing; I should be able to do it again.

My hands still sting. I may have actually burnt them slightly, as a section is slightly reddish and sensitive. I put lotion on, but it hurts. Waah.

That said, today was absolutely wonderful. I bought a digital camera (heads up, Mom and Dad! =) ). It's 4.1 megapixels, which is a step down from my old camera, but it has all the usual frills _and_ a special mode for winter. I looked at the thinner cameras too, but they didn't have manual mode. After all the trouble Papa went to in order to teach me how to do panning shots, I felt almost obliged to get a proper camera. Well, at least as proper as point-and-shoots can be. Of course, I asked Calum's help in picking a camera, so we went to the largest camera store in Toronto (possibly Canada). The guy behind the counter was very helpful. =)

We hung out a bit after that, checking out Walmarts for happy socks and LEGO clearance prices. I'm thinking of giving Tita Gay happy socks. She probably can't wear them to work, so I didn't give her happy tights, but at least she can wear them on her days off and when she's relaxing but her feet are cold.

Oh, and I've decided to grow parsley in the pot of soil that Michael's going to give me. =) I'll set that up after I get back.

I ended up helping Calum with his LEGO robot, too. He's not too fond of programming (understatement), but then again, I'm completely clueless when it comes to hardware (not understatement). NQC (Not Quite C) is a _really_ braindead language. Many arithmetic operations are restricted to _constants_, imagine that! Nonetheless, I managed to get some kind of thing running. It was both concrete (look! I can make things move!) and very abstract (I can't believe I'm back to debugging by _beeping!_), and it was tons of fun.

So that's all good.

I've finished packing, and I announce with some relief that a week's worth of clothes fits into my standard book bag. I won't need to check anything in, and I can take the bus/subway to get to the airport for my noontime flight.

Tomorrow: Toastmasters training and tango! Whee!

I need to make sure things are as smooth as possible, because I won't have that much time on Monday morning. I may need to nap in the afternoon. Too bad, really, that Toastmasters is this weekend...

Ah, well. life! =)