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May. 1st, 2017 09:05 am
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This weekend, both of my D&D games happened. My Saturday night game, run by Dulthgaiea, started late and ended really late. There was a lot of rain and only one encounter. One encounter in which Murphy was sitting at the table and proudly rolling dice. There was comedy, sure, but it's the type of comedy where if you have to laugh, lest you fall in a pit of ennui and never come out again. Now Dulth and I get to sort this mess out between games just to keep things moving.

Yesterday was my 4e game. We got through TWO encounters! Two! Ooooo, exciting! ;)

(Mostly it was just the three of us catching up and kvetching for the first half, running through one relatively easy encounter, then lunch out, followed by blowing through a second. We went to South St Burger for lunch. It was...okay? I didn't find the burger patty particularly flavourful, although it was juicy. And why does everything have to be Angus beef these days? Was I expecting too much? I doubt I will go back because it was a 'premium' fast food place, and I have no desire to pay that much for something that I find to be meh.)

I FINALLY GOT TO SEE ROGUE ONE! WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE?! I greatly enjoyed it, loved the diverse cast, and the Star Wars easter eggs. I also think that it's my (current) favourite Star Wars film. The story is solid and that ending? Magnifique! If anyone needs me, I'll be over here, geeking out about how amazing it is.

And it's that time of year again; Jump Rope for Heart has rolled around again. Here is Declan's online donate link if you are so inclined: http://support.heartandstroke.ca/goto/bigsister
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.
Game last night was fun. A conversation between myself and one of the players:

Sebastien: All of the Tremere in this city have been idiots.
Me: I resent that remark.
Sebastien: At least you don't resemble it.

Once upon a time, I was playing a Tremere named Isolde. She got out of the city after Nathaniel was killed because the other Tremere elder had done something stupid. Nathaniel was neither her sire (this she knew) nor a Tremere (this she did not), but he was her elder (kind of like a stepfather) and without him around to look after her, there was no point in staying. Isolde, though, is still alive and well (as alive and well that vampires get, at any rate), but has no reason (and no desire) to go back.

On account of this, I'm now playing another character and there seems to be a complete dearth of Tremere in the city. And right now, we could really use one or three who are, and I can't stress this enough, competent.

I do enjoy playing this new character, though. Michael's an interesting mix of capable and girly who still believes that even vampires can genuinely fall in love. She also interacts with the other characters willingly, unlike Isolde who would rather just do needlepoint and watch. And being the same clan as the Prince never hurt anyone. :) Well, not yet, at any rate.
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Oct. 15th, 2005 04:26 pm
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I just made over 3 dozen ginger snaps and 4 dozen butterscotch cookies. I had forgotten how much work went into the entire process behind cookie cutters and dough rolling. But they're good (and they're done).

And now I get to bribe the Storytellers with them using the old WATSFiC rules. :)
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Jul. 24th, 2005 11:04 am
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It was strange sleeping in my own bed last night. It wasn't very comfortable. Which means that I'm getting used to sleeping on an air mattress. Yippee.

But it was good to get out and LARP last night. Even though it was fast time, I needed to be someone else for a few hours. Very good for the psyche, especially after the beating it's taken over the past few weeks.

My kitties are happy that we're home. I wish we could stay, but we have a bigger obligation laying drugged out in a hospital crib at Sick Kids, so it's back to Toronto today.

Hopefully we'll be home soon to stay. I'm getting tired of having to make special arrangements to be in my apartment and it's becoming quite apparent that while my sister will never say anything, it's time for us to go.

Two weeks. Maybe three. It all depends, now, on how well Shannon can be weaned off the ventilator. After that, it's all gravy.

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Jul. 20th, 2005 09:05 pm
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It's time, I think, to introduce a new rating system. After the brilliance of the "Hoover Scale" for WATSFiC tourneys, it occurred to me yesterday sitting next to a woman who just would not shut the fuck up while I eating my lunch that something was needed. So here it is...

The Ball Gag Awards!

It's pretty simple. When you are in earshot of someone who would do well to be reminded that silence is a virtue (especially if it needs to be imposed) through a physical barrier, just nominate them in your LJ (small children, unless they are extremely bratty about it, aren't candiates, as they just don't know any better).

My first nominee is that woman at lunch. She was sitting at the next table over in the Sick Kids cafeteria and nattering away about nothing. Every time her eating companion tried to get a word in edgewise, she would cut him off and just prattle. I was getting very very angry at having to listen to her endless verbal diarrhea and I wanted to stuff my fist in her jaws just to stop the noise. She could have used a ball gag, and I would have provided one to her, if for no other reason than to let her friend actually speak an entire sentence without interruption.

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Jul. 18th, 2005 12:02 am
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I finished Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince today. Then I played games at the domicile of [livejournal.com profile] epi_lj and [livejournal.com profile] okoshun with lots of other LJers. It was much fun.

Not much to report on the hospital side of things. Shannon's no longer being paced and will be getting calcium orally instead of intravenously. Oh, and she's back to pooping like a trooper (and I don't have to clean it!).

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May. 9th, 2005 09:27 am
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Notes to Self:

-Natural peanut butter is perfect for nanaimo bars. It helps to cut the cloying sweetness of all that icing sugar.

-Must do yoga tonight. I've been lax about keeping up with my exercise routine (keeping up, that's funny...I can even get it *established*!) and I need to stick with it.

-Hmmm. Should get stuff together to finish the Super Secret LARP Project. I still have time before the next game, but I don't want to be rushing around 5 minutes before I have to leave trying to get it done.

-Open the rest of the windows. For some reason that I cannot fathom, someone has turned the furnace on (?) and it's bloody hot in here already. I'm contemplating sabotaging the switch so it can't be turned on again once it's off until the switch is fixed. Problem: I'm not comfortable enough fooling around with it. Damn. It seems like the only real way to get the furnace to stay off.

-Bathe the baby at some point today. She's due.

-If possible, clip the cats' claws. I just had a gander at Franklin's and they're a bit on the long side.

Wow. That's quite a list. I should get right on that, then. :)

GARGE!

May. 7th, 2005 12:38 pm
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So last night I found the perfect way to go through nearly an entire kilo of icing sugar...three pans of nanaimo bars! I made the peanut butter ones with natural peanut butter (ie. just peanuts), so I'm hoping that they taste okay.

Today was the KW Symphony Sale. Got up after only four hours (!) of sleep and went to look at other people's crap. We took the baby. It would have been marginally easier for me to have the stroller instead of the snugli, but we made out okay, just the same. [livejournal.com profile] fuzzpsych struck out again, while [livejournal.com profile] meowster made out like a bandit! I found some neat stuff (Harry Potter 2 & 3 in hardcover), a nifty liquid measuring cup (looks like the ones that Alton Brown uses on Good Eats), the very first Dungeons and Dragons Basic Set in a box with dice (that one was more for the geek in me...it is, though, in fantastic shape) and a really interesting Development of Writing teacher's guide thing. It has a lovely picture of the rosetta stone and a few other odds and sods that make it an interesting piece. The whole lot cost $5.50, so I can't complain. :)

My uncle Paul, though, he found the prize. Two bowls, basic white dinner ware and obviously well used. Cost a whole quarter for both. The mark on the back was in German and had a swastika! It was Third Reich issue and graced someone's table at one point. The staff of volunteers never looked at the back. So what he bought for a pittance is going to be sold on eBay for whatever the last bidder is willing to pay.

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Apr. 18th, 2005 06:40 pm
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It was such a lovely day. It would have been a lot nicer if I could have sat outside in the back garden and read or something, but not having a garden or the time to read, really, killed that quite nicely.

I'm currently working on my character history for the Elder's LARP. It's going fairly well, but it's getting out of hand already. I'm eight pages in (twelve was the set maximum on account of a character history that I wrote for another game being a mere thirty-six pages!) and no where near done. At least [livejournal.com profile] clawfoot, one of the storytellers, is willing to read it in its entirety. But I still have to include a reference sheet for both her and the other storyteller, [livejournal.com profile] wildelf, for dates and times and such. The irony of this is my previous character for this game had a character history of a mere three pages, because I was keenly aware of [livejournal.com profile] wildelf looking at me when the page limit was announced. *sigh* Infamy...who needs it? :P

That aside, it was great to play again. It was even more fun to dress up a little and wear a pair of boots that I hadn't had on since before I was pregnant. My feet were unhappy by the end of the night but I just didn't care...I felt good.

Right now, the baby's trying to decide if she wants to sleep or cry. She fusses for a bit, then settles and looks ready to drop off into dreamland. But, can't have that! So she fusses again. Silly tired baby. Sleep now, sweetpea.

Fool Me Twice

Mar. 10th, 2005 06:56 pm
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I haven't been at work since 2004 Nov 01 and I'm still being asked to assume the position. My ability to do things on the weekend is completely dependent on my husband's work schedule. The latest shift bid, in which he would have Fridays and Saturdays off, has been replaced with another in which that shift does not exist.

There's going to be another bid in May when more staff is hired to the department. So the possibility exists that he could get weekends (or even Fridays and Saturdays) off. After two months of thinking I was going back to the LARP and having it taken away from me by circumstances outside of my control, I give up. I'm not going back. I can't expect to go back to the game when I *know* how shift bids work.

Fuck.

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Feb. 9th, 2005 09:23 pm
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I found out not too long ago that I might be able to return to the Elders LARP.

*does small happy dance*

I'm not counting any chickens yet, but I miss it and it would be nice to return.

In other good news, the landlord replaced the kitchen tap. It doesn't seem like a big deal, but now I can run the water for more than 5 seconds without causing a sizeable puddle under the microwave and all over the counter.

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Jan. 8th, 2005 07:36 pm
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I haven't updated for a few days because I've had nothing to say.

Although seeing [livejournal.com profile] joncanuck and [livejournal.com profile] the_daily_rant was very good and very calming after a my in-laws stopped by in the afternoon. To be honest, the in-laws were fine, but my mother-in-law was wearing a gag-worthy amount of perfume. [livejournal.com profile] fuzzpsych didn't notice it, even though he's more sensitive to perfume than I am, which is strange considering how everytime she got near me I did my best to hide my discomfort.

Tomorrow more friends come over for a paperwork roleplaying session. After 7.5 years in one campaign with Taellin and Dulthgaeia, I'm no stranger to stupid amounts of paperwork. I have a feeling, though, this will be much more interactive and more relaxing despite any demands Tabula might make on me.
I am so tired. After a good night (and the startling generosity of my friends...thank you ever so much), I got to listen to my downstair neighbour fuckwits yell, scream, sing at the top of their lungs, jump on the floor, bang around on their deck, etc etc etc, in order to disturb the basement tenants. They already drove out the two previous tenants with the same behaviour. To top it off, I'm certain I heard one of them saying something about the basement tenants getting a free month (from their loudmouthed idiocy, I presume) and with it October, that month is up.

It's like they want notches on a bed post to see how many they can drive out before they're evicted.

The landlord knows what's going on, but does nothing, so it's useless to complain.

And everytime we call the cops, they shut up before they get there.

So I've had maybe four hours of broken sleep *and* I get the priviledge of playing an old LARP character tonight at the Elders game.

It's a good thing she's a cranky and callous bitch. I don't think I could do anything else with any believability if I tried.

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