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|Friday, July 2nd, 2010|
Overheard on the bus; two guys (from the look of their clothes, I'd say drywallers or painters) one young, the other middle aged discussing what their plans were for the Canada Day holiday:
Young guy- I figured I'd hang out downtown, see if I can see the Queen
Older guy- She left this morning, going up to Ottawa.
YG- oh. Well I'm sure there's some good stuff happening-
OG- She's a fake, ya know
(at this point I expected a discussion on the role of the modern monarchy in Canada)
OG-the real Queen is back in England, this is just a lookalike. The real Queen can't do the walking around anymore so they hire old ladies to dress up and look right.
|Monday, June 21st, 2010|
SO G came home with a slow cooker a while ago and it was a hit- we've used it at least once a week since it came to live with us. (slow cooker roasted chicken, it just falls apart, so incredible...) I love you Crock-pot. Seeing how well that went over, G came home with a bread maker Saturday. Which is awesome, I love fresh baked bread. We still have no spot for the slow cooker, where the hell are we going to put this thing? I need a bigger kitchen. I have 4 feet of counter beside the fridge, 3 feet, a sink and 2 inches beside the stove (galley style kitchen) and that would be it if I didn't also have a kitchen cart on the other side of the stove. We have a plan for the kitchen, but no budget for it yet.
But warm fresh bread... He knows my weak spots.
|Saturday, June 5th, 2010|
So you're going to see lots of boring posts from me about steps, we're doing a pedometer challenge at work. I am one of the cheerleaders for our team, which means I think I have to set a good example. So bear with me for the next little bit.
In keeping with that paragraph, I don't think my pedometer was registering properly today, I find it hard to believe that I only logged 4600 steps at the Farmers Market. Maybe the waistband of my capris is too high. So I might need to go dancing tonight to get my quota up.
Strawberries! I bought 6 pints today at $3.50 each. Local, pesticide free, awesome goodness. I actually had some wild strawberries yesterday, they grow on the hill by my work. So much time for a tiny handful, but so good.
|Sunday, May 30th, 2010|
In the interconnectedness of all things Nova Scotia, I went to a BBQ hosted by one of my market people and hung out with the guy who waits at my bus stop.
I got to play a few rounds of washer toss (think horseshoes, but instead of tossing at a post, you're trying to get the washers in a pipe inside a wooden box) and won one of the games, whoo-hoo.
I was on a corporate retreat all day Friday and Saturday morning at Oak Island Resort, which was very nice. Every time I get a chance to put a face to someone from one of the other offices, it helps me feel better when I get someone on the phone. I can't give you too many details, as they asked us to keep what happened at Oak Island on Oak Island, but as far as I can tell no one did anything too wild. I danced up a storm, which I hadn't expected (I was guessing that the music would be all crap, but there was a good balance) The only thing that sucked about the weekend was that I couldn't go to the market, I didn't get home until well after the market closed.
Speaking of the market, Getaway farms introduced a new product a few weeks ago, beef bacon. They take the brisket and smoke it the same way you would do regular bacon. Delicious. I made BLTs with it, and they were great.
|Tuesday, May 18th, 2010|
I normally like Martha Wainwright, but she shouldn't try to cover Annie Lennox.
|Saturday, May 1st, 2010|
So you log into your Facebook, in the news thread is "Blank was tagged in a photo", you click and bazinga!
There is something truly unsettling about seeing a photo of a person you have dated in Klingon make-up. First you look at this group of people and go, I don't see Blank, then there they are, glowering from under a foam latex brow ridge.
Good make-up and costume though. Just unexpected of this person.
|Friday, March 26th, 2010|
So my plan for the blackout tomorrow (earth hour) is to light up a bunch of candles and study my CAIB 2 books until they start to go out. No computer, no CD, no TV. How long will I last? I figure that I will be able to keep the no power part for a good chunk, but I will switch over to a book before the hour is up.
|Wednesday, March 17th, 2010|
I had such a blast last night. It was That 1 Guy at the Paragon, the bar where G works. So naturally, I got in for free and one of the owners bought me a beverage. Whoo-hoo! The DJ who opened was ok in that he got people on the floor and moving, but he didn't wow me. But the main act was amazing! So worth being tired at work for.
He's a one man band with foot pedals, some electronic back up and The Magic Pipe, a 7 foot tall multi use instrument (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/That_1_Guy
) and, though I didn't get to see him play it, The Magic Boot as well. He came out on stage and my first thought is, man this guy is skinny. Then when he started to play, I saw why. So much energy, it was electric. Most of the audience were so entranced by what he was doing, they didn't dance much for the first couple songs. I was right up at the front for awhile so I was able to watch the flying feet and fingers, barely. I just wish it started earlier, I had to leave at 12:30 (I did want to be somewhat useful at work, though I am posting from here) so missed the aforementioned Magic Boot and the Moustache song.
|Friday, March 12th, 2010|
Busy week ahead- work, eat, sleep, go to Tribeca for Salty and Sassy tonight, I think I have something booked for Saturday, Tuesday is That 1 Guy at the Paragon, Wednesday is a playwright's fundraiser at The Living Room (used to be the TNS Space, before that just The Space) next Saturday is more dancing... Whoot!
|Thursday, March 11th, 2010|
Seeing as a lot of cancer fundraisers are kicking off, I would like to share something a friend of mine is going through. This was borrowed from a note she posted on facebook.
I've been hopping around a bit in an effort to find the next "magic bullet" that will drill my cancer right between the eyes. Surprise, surprise...there is none.
Some of you have expressed frustration as to why my medical team cannot seem to make a recommendation as to which treatment will give me the best option, know how I will react, and/or come up with a "lock" on how to treat this thing.
Truth is, they really don't know. If they did, well...Ta-Da! Cure for cancer.
When I say "Every cancer is unique" I'm not kidding. Since we are all unique in a myriad ways, so too, is our cancer. Sure, it is possible to track the major symptoms, but when it comes right down to it, if you put two people of the same age, the same general health and diagnose them with the same cancer...odds are, they're going to react differently to the drugs, the chemotherapy etc.
It is important for everyone to understand that for all of the decades of research, the breakthroughs and increased understanding about men's and women's cancers, in the majority of them, a "promising" response rate hovers somewhere around 20 - 30 percent.
Think about that for a second.
People in the oncology biz get all hot and bothered because there is a 20 - 30 percent chance that a patient may respond positively to a treatment. When the numbers break down, the stats are even more mind-boggling. Of that 20 - 30 percent, roughly half will achieve what is called "stabilization", which means that the disease doesn't get any better, but it's not getting any worse. The remainders tend to be broken into thirds, with one third showing an average of 50% tumour reduction within a specific timeframe, a third displaying 10 - 15 percent reduction and the remainder showing statistically small improvements.
So this is the choice that I, and the vast majority of those battling cancer, have to make. We each have to roll the proverbial dice and hope that we're going to respond positively and do so before the chemo or drugs cause permanent damage.
And the bitch of it is, our doctors are rolling the dice with us.
As for me, I'm opting for a "second line" treatment here in Vancouver in the hopes that it stabilizes me until something more promising comes along. I'm going to continue to work my one ace in the hole, which is my continued good health, in the hopes that maybe I'll fall into that 20 - 30 percent group for this next protocol.
Some of you have asked what you can do. I am well fed, have no trouble getting around and if anyone else sends me another book on battling cancer I'll have enough to build myself a fort. :-)
(Actually, if you could send something really thick, that would help...I need good bases for the foundation )
If you really want to do something for me, donate money to fund the science behind cancer research.
The only reason I have any chance at all is because of the millions of dollars and thousands of hours that hundreds of scientists have put in to understanding the fundamentals of these diseases.
20 - 30 percent may not seem like much, but it's a hell of a lot better than ZERO.http://www.cancer.ca/http://ovcare.ca/index.php
|Thursday, March 4th, 2010|
Seat sale! I have my ticket to Vancouver for a mere $680! This means no backing out now, I am going to Rosalie's wedding. Who hoo! My liver will never be the same.
In other news- the bus I take in the morning goes past the FLECs school, for the older students who have had trouble in the regular school setting. This has made for some interesting overheard conversations, like the young woman who tried to convince her doctor to tie her tubes when she was 19, he refused because of her young age, and the next year she had her 4th baby. Eeep. But today was great. Apparently the teachers there have not quite given up, and tried to assign Romeo and Juliet. One of her students said on the bus "I wasn't taking that home. I don't read that academic stuff." I weep for the future.
|Wednesday, January 20th, 2010|
My computer at home has been fussy lately and even after a trip to the doctor it doesn't want to connect to the wireless at my house. So I haven't spent as much time online, which is probably a good thing.
I've had a few exciting nights out, including the final show of Skank Williams (all girl old country cover band) but the most entertaining night lately was Monday night. G got roped into being one of the nerds for Geeks Vs Nerds, a new debate series where the truly vital issues of the day are hashed out. For the first night, they started off easy. Who is the bigger badass, Batman or Boba Fett? and also Who is the better paranormal investigative team, Mystery Inc (Scooby gang) or the Real Ghostbusters? G did very well, though as the evening went on and wobbly pops were consumed, the debate was a little less focused than the organizer would have liked. (they might put a limit on drinking by the "talent" in future episodes) The turnout wasn't huge, but the weather was kind of crappy and it was the first time. Hopefully they get the word out once the podcasts hit the net and people get a little more interested. The organizers of Halcon have already booked them in to debate What sucks more, being a stormtroper or a red shirt?
|Sunday, January 3rd, 2010|
So my computer is scared of the internet, my sister is staying and everyone wants to access through Gavin's computer. It makes for not catching up on the comics and the journals. Ah well, here I am now.
New year's was good, played some wii, watched Big Bang Theory and then went down to Parade Square with Sarah and Gordon, meeting up with others enroute. Lennie was great (though G's mom coomplained that he only knew one song, based on the fact he didn't move around much) and although the firewaorks were great, I think I prefer them when they set them off over the water. That is a lot of smoke in a small area. I can only imagine how the guys on stage felt, being much closer than we were.
And Friday was a steady snowfall which made for a tricky drive home, clear Saturday morning but then crappy which kept people from the market which was dead! Ug. By the time I got home it was ice pellets mixed with rain, and then not half an hour later it was huge snowflakes the size of the cat's head. Then more rain. Outside right now is a big slushy mess. And I have to go to the grocery store.
|Monday, December 28th, 2009|
And a happy festive season, today being the ceremony of relinquishing of the christmas cash.
I went nowhere near a big box store. I shopped at an awesome little boutique called Sweet pea on Queen St for me, at HMV for G and I (needed a second controller for the Wii and I picked up Clone Wars lightsaber duels and Big Bang season 1) and at Willows for l'il Bartleby. I did go into a mall, I went into Park Lane to have a spare set of keys cut for the rotating house guests this week. But that's all I did in the mall.
I have been craving a real burger for days. I might have to venture outside again to satisfy this. I might have to check if Darrell's in the South End is open. Peanut butter burger...
|Saturday, December 26th, 2009|
Wii!! I'm so happy. My arms are already sore from the pitching. I <3 G.
This was our first Christmas with just us on Christmas Eve, it was nice. Today we are heading off to his Mom's and staying overnight, but he does have to work, so back tomorrow night.
|Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009|
When you work in insurance you get a few peeks into parts of people's lives that can throw you for a bit of a loop. Checking the drivers in a household there was a guy born 1942, another guy 1972 and a woman 1976. The notes said that she was the common law wife of the older guy, and the other man was his son. Could you imagine, not only living with your dad at the age of 37, but on top of that, having a stepmom 4 years younger than you?
|Saturday, December 19th, 2009|
the massage went well, Tara gave me a breakdown of where she felt trauma/short term tension and where she felt the longer term chronic tension and gave me exercises to work out what I can. And when I saw her today at the market, she checked in on how I felt (which is awesome with awesome sauce) and double checked a few of my spots.
Market was cra-zy today, packed with people; we brought extra cheese, yogurt and gelato and still sold out of a lot of stuff (not the fenugreek, oddly) Then Rick had a meeting so I ended up being there til late, then came home, wrapped presents and attempted to make fudge. The fudge might not turn out as I was interrupted by multiple phone calls. I will keep you posted on that score.
|Wednesday, December 16th, 2009|
Comment and I'll:
a) Tell you why I friended you.
b) Associate you with something -- a fandom, song, colour, photo, etc.
c) Tell you something I like about you.
d) Tell you a memory I have of you.
e) Ask you something I've wanted to know about you.
f) Tell you my favourite userpic from your list.
g) In return, you need to post this on your own journal.
|Tuesday, December 15th, 2009|
|Experiences I would Rather have skipped:
I can now add a new one to that list- getting hit by a car. I'm fine, he didn't even knock me down, but I really would have preferred not being hit. As far as it goes, it was a good experience- I have a good clear witness, the guy stayed on the scene and called 911. The RCMP and the paramedics were great to me, I have no wounds, just stiff muscles. But really, I'm gonna say that all things being equal, I would have rather got across the street without incident and hopped on my bus and gone home without all the flashing lights, fuss and bother.
|Sunday, December 13th, 2009|
It's been forever since I got on lj. I keep running out of time/steam. I have to stop playing Zuma if I'm going to get anything written.
Bathroom is done and gorgeous! Photos are on my facebook. I hung pictures today and a little fiddly stuff, but it's been done for weeks. The only thing that sucks is that the new pipes are smaller than the old ones and our shower isn't nearly as hot as it used to be (we have hot water steam heat in our building, which means you could opt for a shower just shy of boiling). But tepid is fine. I guess. I'll get used to it.
Today and last night was baking time! Shortbread cookies, tart shells, hot & spicy and sweet & spicy nuts have been made. The tart shells will be filled with ginger marmalade and dark chocolate. I still need to make gingerbread/ ginger snaps, some form of molasses and ginger based confection. I am also thinking of fudge and coffee candies. I need more hours.
My sister is back from Japan on Saturday, I am so excited, I just can't wait to see her. I will have to wait, though. I just won't like it. She's coming back via Hawaii with her best friend, so she'll be lightly tanned and relaxed and giddy.