Some stuff that has happened:

- the last full week of January was full of appointments, including a trip to Sick Kids to meet with the Nephrology team and some testing for Declan to determine what's up with his kidneys and the cysts.

- when I went in to find out WTF was up with my knee (possible patellofemoral syndrome, which is only 'cured' by eight weeks of physio), got the results of my blood work. It came back normal. You should really see my surprise face on that one. *rolls eyes* The urine test did come back positive for protein (joy) but it's not enough to be worrying. At least it's an easy test to repeat.

- Declan had no protein in his urine and his blood work came back as normal. So there is that.

- having your knee x-rayed is weird. The positions you have to keep it in is very unnatural. The highlight of the entire process? Connecting with another mother who was there with her son. We both agreed that shame was something for other people, especially after you've had someone fondling your cervix with others watching. Yay, childbirth.

- tried to call my shiny new(ish) psychiatrist, since I'm running low on meds. Hahahahaha, no. Apparently, I had a consultancy appointment, and don't actually have a psychiatrist. Cue lots of swearing and gnashing of teeth. Fine, thinks I, it's back to the doc for my meds and make the appointment, which is for this Friday.

- my games continue to truck along. I am finding that Thorn's voice is nearly silent in my head, but Amy's has gotten very loud. You'll have your time to shine, darlin'. But it's not yet.

- I am currently bashing my head against getting a data recovery program to actually work. It's my fault that the information is lost, but it shouldn't be THIS hard to get it back. I am frustrated and about this close to pitching my computer off the roof.

- small victory: picked up Declan from school AND took out the recycling without falling on my ass. It's been raining since this afternoon and freezing, so not slipping and sliding is worth noting.

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Jan. 10th, 2017 11:43 am
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I had a physical this morning.

Oh joyous day!

I was poked and prodded and bled and even got to pee into a little cup. I am the luckiest person on the planet! I even get to go back on Friday to discuss my right knee which has been giving me problems on and off for about three decades. Yay.

My blood pressure is 120/80 (textbook normal, yo), my height is 175 cm and my weight is 160 kg. That last one hurts a little bit. The nurse practitioner brought up BMI, but that's about the least useful metric there is to measure someone's health.

I suspect my blood work and urine sample will come back normal (they always do), as will my pap smear. And if they don't, I will deal with it. Worrying that something might be wrong is only going to make me anxious and I really don't enjoy having an 800-lb hamster sitting on my chest, thankyouverymuch.

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Jan. 3rd, 2017 10:05 am
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The worst part, I think, of being in a terrible headspace is the weirdly detached feeling of KNOWING that I am in a terrible headspace and why. It's like I am a puppet or written character or watching television; I have total control and yet none.

(So yes, I AM in a terrible headspace, why do you ask?)

The detachment is my logical brain, my medicated brain, keeping an eye on things. When I am feeling positive about whatever it is I'm feeling positive about, that part of my mind is quiet, or at least unobtrusive. When I am deeply unhappy? I notice it a lot more, and not in a corner-of-the-eye-blink-and-you'll-miss-it kind of way.

It doesn't make the mood worse, at least. Nor does it make it better. It's just there.

I don't even know if it's comforting or annoying, good or bad. Maybe it's the rope I need to haul myself out of the dark places my brain goes to because depression is awful, yo. Maybe it's a way for the knowing part of me (so often over-ridden by emotion when I slide down the spiral) to remind the believing part that the way out is through, thanks to better living through chemistry.

Or maybe, despite the mental illness, I have never been NORMAL. *snerk* Now that's something I could believe.
I was intrigued by the idea, but every recipe I could find was either A) Full of Meat or B) Not Terribly Interesting. So I put some things together and came up with a ridiculously tasty meal that was A) Tasty and B) Tasty.

Tasty Chili Cheesy Pasta


  • 450g pasta (I used large shells and they were perfect. Scoobi Do would also be awesome.)
  • 1 796mL can diced tomatoes
  • 1 540mL can red kidney beans
  • 1 540mL can chickpeas (don't like chickpeas? Use black beans instead.)
  • 1 398mL can baked beans
  • 2 medium cooking onions, diced
  • 1 bell pepper (colour of your choice), chopped
  • 10 cremini mushrooms, sliced (Cremini mushrooms are baby portabellas.)
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • grated cheese

1) Make pasta according to package directions.
2) While waiting for the water to boil/pasta to cook, sauté onions and mushrooms together.
3) Add garlic, spices, and bell pepper.
4) Drain and rinse kidney beans and chickpeas. Add to vegetables.
5) Mix in tomatoes and baked beans. Salt and pepper how you like (I do find that tinned tomatoes need a LOT of salt to balance the flavours) and let simmer together until the pasta's done.
5) Drain pasta and mix everything together in one big pot. Cover and let stand for 5-10 minutes.
6) Dish up and add cheese to everyone's portion.
7) EAT.

It's good and it's cheap AND it's meatless, which is awesome, since I didn't find the meal lacking in anyway. You can add cheese to the pot, put a lid on it, then serve it after the cheese is melty, but I did that last night and while it works for that night, it kind of sucks for leftovers.

Winner 2015

Nov. 29th, 2015 11:34 pm
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Fuck, yeah! I did it. 50347 words. 2823 words in a little over three hours tonight, which pushed me over the finish line. THREE HOURS.

Is the novel done? Hell, no. But it’s 50347 words closer than it was before.

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Jan. 9th, 2009 08:27 am
valkryor: (Joyful Noise)
Happy Birthday to [ profile] epi_lj!

I hope that today isn't as sick-miserable as the previous couple have been and that the antibiotics finally kick in, even just a little. :)
I slept really poorly last night. I woke up around 3 because I was overheating and tossed and turned until my alarm went off at 7, sleeping in fits and starts.

I'm tired, but at least I didn't suffer from insomnia so I can still function. Well, mostly function, at any rate.

Today needs coffee. *yawn*

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Dec. 31st, 2008 08:19 am
valkryor: (Joyful Noise)
I finished reading Hogfather last night. While checking my email this morning, I discovered that Terry Pratchett has been knighted.

It brought tears to my eyes. But good tears. :)

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Dec. 23rd, 2008 09:42 pm
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In deference to anyone who might be chemically sensitive and is coming over tomorrow evening, I've just finished cleaning the bathroom. This way, any scent (chemical, perfume, or otherwise) has a chance to dissipate.

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Dec. 22nd, 2008 08:17 am
valkryor: (Joyful Noise)
Happy Birthday to [ profile] okoshun! :D

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Dec. 21st, 2008 09:19 pm
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I made something for dinner tonight that was very much a cross between a pasty and a Russian cabbage pie, but vegetarian. When I put two on a plate with a chicken breast, it was all very bland looking, but the pasty was quite tasty. :)

Cabbage Pasty )

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Dec. 21st, 2008 02:26 pm
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[ profile] quingawaga and [ profile] zanate popped round to drop off some soap. Yay! Free soap. Now I just have to figure out which one I'll try first. Orange, I think, since it's the Christmas season and all, and I'll always associate oranges with Christmas. :)

I'm also going back and making the attempt to tag all of my previous posts. And yes, I know how batshit insane that makes me sound. It's going to take me some time because it's quite the undertaking, but I never intended to do something of this magnitude in one sitting. This is definitely going to be a long term project, and I fully expect it to take months, if not a year, to finish. Huh...that seems to be a New Year's resolution, ready-made just for me. ;)
Today is the first day of winter and at least it looks like it. In November, because of the early onslaught of snow that was staying on the ground, I had predicted that we wouldn't have a white Christmas. With the exception of Wednesday (which is forecasted to go to a balmy plus 5), it looks like I'll be wrong.

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Dec. 20th, 2008 06:52 pm
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So, earlier today, [ profile] fuzzpsych and I went to Bo-De Foods to stock up on a few things. If you've never been, you should go at least once, as it's quite the experience. :)

Bo-De is the land of cheap crap. Most of this cheap crap comes from Dare seconds of the "Thrift" label. Which means that instead of paying $3.29 for a package of Breton crackers, you're only paying 50¢ for what amounts to packaging that might be less than perfect or a few extra broken crackers.

And for less than $16 (including all relevant taxes), we walked out with 6 packages of Simple Pleasures cookies, 2 of Breton crackers, a pack of fig newtons, pfeffernuesse, 10 squares of roman nougat, 6 bags of assorted candy and 12 packs of toaster pastries (with 2 in each).

Walking out, it felt a little like this commercial. But if you ever need cookies or crackers for a crowd (they even have boxes of 12-24 packs for $6!), that's definitely the place to go. :D

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Dec. 18th, 2008 07:29 pm
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I am so cold right now. I think I caught a chill coming home from work and even after a hearty dinner and being in a very warm kitchen, I'm still shivering. Tonight, I think, is going to consist of some baking (coconut sugar cookies) and maybe a movie under a blanket with a hot cup of cocoa.

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Dec. 17th, 2008 10:11 am
valkryor: (Default)
Without thinking, I poured milk into my tea. Yuck.

Now I have to boil the kettle and make another cup.


Dec. 16th, 2008 09:08 am
valkryor: (Hip Deep in Evil)

And yeah, I know it's likely to be crap. But I'm really not expecting much. :D

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