Aug. 21st, 2017 07:51 am
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We got a kitten yesterday. Drizzle has been gone three weeks and Sheldon was stress-losing fluff because he is Not Good at being an only cat. It was time.

Here he is. We did change his name to Sunny, partially because I wanted to name a black cat Sunny (I am easily amused) and Declan wanted that name, so Sunny it is. He even has a white marking on his chest a little like a sun bear. And his butt has been shaved (he was fixed last week on Wednesday), which is the funniest and most adorable thing I have seen. I need to get a picture for posterity. *heh*

Declan. Is. Smitten.

Sunny doesn't back away or freak out when Declan lays on the floor and puts his face right in his. They have bonded. And as this is the only cat that Declan really connected with yesterday. Paul suggested a family outing yesterday, since I wasn't gaming and I think it was a successful one.

Sheldon is still unsure, but Sunny is, too. There's only been two hissing incidents (both Sunny, adorably puffed up, Hallowe'en-style), however they've been short. Last night, Sunny slept between our pillows and wasn't set upon by Sheldon. Sunny also chirps (purr-WHEE!), which Sheldon really responds to. They do gravitate towards each other. Sheldon does make the move to swat him, but I've been stopping it when I see it.

Did I mention that Sunny is smol? It says May 28 (ignore the year - so wrong), but he's teeny tiny for 12 weeks. If I had to guess, based solely on his size, I would say that Sunny is only 6 weeks old.

We have a kitten. :D

Fuck Yeah!

Jul. 3rd, 2017 10:45 pm
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With the exception of some hand sewing and maybe going over some of the seams to make sure that they will survive the rigueurs of travel/every day use, [personal profile] shanmonster's waist bag is done. My hands do not like me at the moment, but they can suck it.

Some of it might be a bit wonky, because I am one person doing this for the first time and not someone behind an industrial machine doing this day in and day out. All of it is, however, functional. And better made than the original I was given for patterning.

After dinner tonight, I gave our waitress my business card, since she had remarked on the bag that I had made [personal profile] clawfoot some time ago. If nothing else, it gets my name out there.

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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
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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Oct. 11th, 2005 11:32 am
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Thanksgiving weekend involved way too much food. But at no point did I eat so much that I felt nauseous. See? Even I can learn.

I'm tired this morning. I'm all socialled out and need a few days of not going anywhere or seeing anybody to recentre myself. I am, though, back to looking for work. Holy jumping does it ever suck. I've applied to a few jobs this morning, including a couple that I had applied to previously, but I can't take months to look for something this time. Our finances will not hold (and for some reason, I can't win the lottery).

I did get a very nice surprise yesterday. Whilst at my mom's, she asked if I wanted my birthday/Christmas present. With my birthday being six weeks away from Christmas, I have never gotten a combined gift, but this year it happened. Not that I'm complaining. It's not everyday you get a brand new sewing machine with a 25 year parts warranty. When I find some time today, I'm going to sit and figure out how it goes. Then maybe I can start working on my costume and get that sorted before next week. It also means I should get my mom's old machine back to her as soon as I can. I just don't have the room to store it here.

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Oct. 9th, 2005 08:48 am
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It's at times like this I wish I had a digital camera. I'll explain that in a minute, but first a little about my morning so far...

I'm not up at this time because I want to be. My !@#$ing neighbours went away for the weekend and were kind enough to not turn off the alarm. It beeped at me for at least 15 minutes. Then, after a brief interval, the high pitched beeping of a big rig backing up started. I gave up after a few minutes of wishing it would stop. I'm tired, but apparently, I'm not supposed to sleep anymore. :P

Last night at [livejournal.com profile] the_daily_rant and [livejournal.com profile] joncanuck's housewarming was much fun. I ate a bit too much junk and felt icky when I got home, but the conversation was good and a good deal of silliness was had, like [livejournal.com profile] angeliquewisdom's whipped cream. More on that, I shan't say. ;)

As for the digital camera, I went to Francine and asked her to do something with my hair. It matted underneath after a few hours and I was sick of pulling long curly hair out of everything. So she cut it. Short. I love the style because it makes me feel like a different person. And after quitting, change, even if it's just hair, feels like a step in the right direction for me.

Without a digital camera, I can't show those of you who didn't see it last night what a fabulous job Francine did with my nest of unruly locks. But I can tell you that my head feels lighter and freer and I'm a wee bit happier now that I have the new 'do.

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Sep. 20th, 2005 10:31 pm
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This just in! Late breaking news! I found black ankle boots that fit at ValuVillage. w00t! You now may return to your regularly scheduled lives...

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Sep. 11th, 2005 03:46 pm
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I'm so sleepy right now. There's still housework left to do yet today and neither of us wants to do anything ([livejournal.com profile] fuzzpsych is napping on the couch while I type this) about it.

The weekend, though, has been good. Very social, though, and it looks like this is a trend that will probably carry on through to Christmas. Not that I mind seeing my friends, but after a while, I like spending entire days with my significant other without having to go anywhere.

Friday night was [livejournal.com profile] lovecraftienne's Muffing Day party. Much fun, conversation and lechery were had by all who attended. I drank some Black Bush scotch neat...[livejournal.com profile] fuzzpsych's jaw hit the floor on that one. :) It was good alkeyhall and I likes it, but it might have been a bit smoother with some ice.

Yesterday was not one, but two separate gatherings in Woodstock of all places. My brother-in-law invited us and a gaggle of cousins over for burgers and such. I should have brought something, but I didn't think of it until too late. Oops. It was okay, but I don't really know the cousins because I've only met them all of three times. Some of them are only 5 years younger than me, but we have nothing in common, especially since I'm not much of a drinker and I don't like beer as a rule. For part of it, I felt very alone and out of my element. Add to that some body issues (two of them have had kids and you'd never know...all of the women there were unbelievably skinny) and I was very tempted to haul off somewhere else and read. I wasn't excluded, by any stretch, but I felt like a fat lump with nothing to offer.

We left just before 8 and went across town for tea and mildly inappropriate conversation with Jocasta, a friend [livejournal.com profile] robigus and I met in senior greek. I needed the contrast, I think. And it was nice to have someone who got my references without having to explain them. I must go back again soon, next time with [livejournal.com profile] robigus, so we can cackle like a trio of witches over something only considered moderately amusing by someone else.

Today has been very relaxing. Breakfast at Ethel's, followed by a long and winding route home. It's a gorgeous day and it was a good walk back. We stopped at a brand new dollar store (Dollar Fusion, corner of King N and Young) along the way. It's pretty darned good. We picked up a few things we needed as we poked around. I noticed that they had canvas bracelets in a punk style (metal studs and snaps). They didn't fit, sadly, but if you're looking for that sort of thing and don't want (p)leather, you can go there. We even walked past a house and had quick look around the property. It only made us want it more. Now if only we had money.

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Sep. 9th, 2005 01:16 pm
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I'm just waiting for my mom to stop by and then I'm getting out of the house for while so I can go to the bank (ooo, exciting...:P). I have money (okay, it's an insurance cheque and some cash, but hey, it's money) to deposit. That's good. It means I can afford my Hallowe'en costume (ie. it comes out of my pocket instead of [livejournal.com profile] fuzzpsych's). And to put off going back to the Hell that Goes Up for another week.

It's not much, but it's something. I'll take it.

The cash, incidentally, is coming from a couple that my mom sews scope covers for. They own a local crossbow company and I think I've met them all of about half a dozen times. Still, it means another week without having to go back. I feel a lot better today.
Whilst garging (that's garage sale-ing, folks), I found a chandelier with glass crystals on it for a measly $3. [livejournal.com profile] fuzzpsych couldn't believe that I had purchased such a thing, mostly on account that we really really have no use for it. I told him I wanted it for the crystals. He grumbled about it, but that's about it.

I finally got around to stripping the glass from it this morning. Now I had previously thought that it only had crystals around the top and that the bits I could see at the bottom of the box were extras. Now, even for $3, 30 medium octagons, 5 small and 5 teardrops is a bargain, but I searched through the box anyway, just to make sure that I had everything.

Turns out, there was more than just what was on the top.

On the bottom tier, there were another 50 (!) medium octagons, 30 small ones and 30 teardrops. There was a point, too, when everytime I looked, I was finding more. So that makes 150 crystals for only $3...or, if you prefer, 2¢ for each one. Bargain.

Needless to say the chandelier is well and truly pillaged and ready to go to Generations for someone else to enjoy as it still works. Minus the crystals, of course. :)

EDIT: They took the chandelier at Generations. This pleases me. And when I went in to have a quick look around, I noticed a similar chandelier mysteriously missing all of its crystal, too. Gee, I wonder how that happened. :)

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Aug. 12th, 2005 02:14 pm
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Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] lovecraftienne. May you have many more years of being only 39 ahead. :)

And a very very Happy Anniversary to [livejournal.com profile] fuzzpsych! Ten years together (six married) but far from over. I love you.

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Aug. 10th, 2005 11:26 am
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My morning glories have suffered a lot of neglect this year. And since I forgot to mention that they would need regular watering to those who were housesitting, the blame falls upon my shoulders. That said, I noticed last night that one of the vines had a bud on it. This morning, I saw not one, but *two* opened blooms. Why am I making a big deal about this? This is the first time it has bloomed this year. So here's hoping that it continues for the rest of the summer and into autumn.

I didn't apply to anything yesterday. Whoops. I will have to make up for it today and apply to the three that I never got around to yesterday along with any I find of interest today. If I don't have any nibbles by the end of next week, I'm going to ship my resumé off to someone I know at Rogers. I really don't want to go back to being a phone monkey, but right now, getting back to earning a living is far more important than living on nothing. It's not a great plan, but it still beats going back to the Hell that Goes Up.

And another thing about yesterday...I managed to indulge my need for retail therapy and spend less than $10! At Valu Village (where I never find any clothes in my size), I found two t-shirts in near new condition in colours that I will actually wear. w00t!

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Aug. 8th, 2005 05:53 pm
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It's official...the food has started to arrive.

([livejournal.com profile] robertom's mom just dropped off dinner...no, I'm not kidding)

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Aug. 8th, 2005 04:46 pm
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I actually got some stuff done today. I updated my resumé and applied for no less than seven jobs (!). I hate hate hate cover letters, though. They're little more than contrived pieces of tripe. But I wrote one. Only because it was required. Here's hoping, at least. Working at KWAG would be better than back to the Hell that Goes Up.

I also am doing something a little different this time around. I'm actually keeping track (in a separate notebook) of all the jobs I apply to and any relevant information like hours mentioned or name of contact or position applied to. You'd have thought I would have done this sooner, but no. In this case, I am a very slow learner. :P

Oh, and on top of feeling accomplished, I can wear sandals again! That bruise (or whatever it was causing me pain) is finally dimished enough that it no longer bothers me to have pressure put on that one spot just above and to the left of the ankle bone on my right foot. w00t! No more socks for me until it gets cold again. :)

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Jul. 15th, 2005 11:47 pm
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I found not only a belt, but also a pair of bike shorts at Addition-Elle and neither were very expensive. It's not much, but it makes things a little easier around here. Now if only the bloody heat/humidity would go somewhere else...:P

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Jul. 8th, 2005 09:48 pm
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I'm feeling better today. I think I just had to hit rock bottom before bouncing back. I was even giddy and bouncing off the walls in the hospital. The manic depressive like mood swings are stress related. Yippee. :P

No news, really. Shannon's bleeding less today, but they're not sure what they're going to do about her lungs. Her right one is okay, but her left has collapsed. As long as she's on the ECMO, this isn't an issue. But she can't be on this indefinitely, so something needs to be done. And, to make things more interesting, they found a bug in her blood and there might be an infection in her lungs. The cultures haven't finished growing yet, so they're not sure. Since she's on a boatload of antibiotics (her chest is still open), the infection is either viral or resistant. I hope it's viral. A resistant strain of bacterium won't be pretty (and it scares me nearly to death).

It would be ideal if they could get her lung reinflated with compressed air, but with the amount of compression in her lungs, that doesn't seem to be a viable solution. A stent, while last resort on account of the stents in her pulmonary arteries, is more ideal. But having metal rubbing against metal with only delicate tissue between them is a real possibility, so that is a last resort. The problem is we're now down to last resorts to get Shannon off of the ECMO.

And as soon as her lungs are up and running, they can finally wean her off the machines and finally figure out if the last heart surgery they did on June 30 actually worked.

I got to put up some pictures of Shannon before she went into the hospital, partially so the nurses and the techs and the fellows and the doctors could know what she looks like not covered in wires and hooked up to machines and partially to remind both of us what a vibrant happy little girl we have and that she'll be like that again so we can take more pictures full of smiles.
We're back in Toronto now. It was good being home, even if only for a day. My poor kitties...they must think we hate them or something...show up after weeks of being gone only to leave again for an indeterminate amount of time. And I know they miss us. Drizzle slept beside [livejournal.com profile] fuzzpsych the entire night! And Franklin was my bud from about 5 am on. They'll be okay, though (provided, of course, that Franklin stops sleeping in the crib...he probably misses the baby and all, but if he intends to keep that up after we get back, he'll be sadly mistaken).

Taking the train this morning was a good idea. Some of the trip is along wooded ravines and over rivers...it makes it feel very secret and very safe and is a hell of a lot less stressful than being on a bus.

They didn't really find out anything useful from the brochioscopy, but another chest x-ray still showed the lungs whited out (not good). The current thought is some compressed air and a greater inflation of her lungs while she's on the ECMO will help, but we still don't know if it's an infection or an inflamation. If the compressed air is the ticket, then they'll start weaning her off the ECMO. If not...well, I don't know what will happen then.

When we got there, Shannon's heart wasn't being paced (yay!), but they want her to keep her heart rate above 100 bpm and when she started to straddle that line, they paced her again. But for 2.5 hrs, she was on her own. And she doesn't have any bleeding going on in her brain. With the amount of heparin they have her on, she gets to have her head ultrasounded every two days to look for any aberrant bleeding. Today, they found none. Which is good. Brain bleeds are a scary thing.

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Jun. 28th, 2005 06:37 pm
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Surgery happened. It was another eight hours waiting in a lounge that I have grown to hate.

On the good news front, Dr Calderone was able to unkink and reposition her pulmonary arteries to increase blood flow and oxygenation and decrease the pressures in her head. Shannon may have to go in in a few months time to have another stent put into her left pulmonary artery (the aorta is compressing it with each heartbeat), but that will happen in the Cath Lab which is not as intrusive or as traumatic as open heart surgery. Shannon's chest is still open, and, if all goes to plan, that should be closed at bedside in a couple of days.

On the bad news front, we have no idea when she'll be out of the hospital and we'll be out of Toronto.

Yesterday, because we both needed some retail therapy, [livejournal.com profile] fuzzpsych bought booze and music and I picked up a couple of t-shirts and two pairs of skorts (full skirts with cotton undershorts sewn right in...ingenious!), since I only have long pants and it's really really fucking hot again. One of them is a size 22! Which makes me feel good, since I'm usually a 24 in bottoms at Addition-Elle. It's a cheap ego boost, but right now I need as much as I can get.

Baby Steps

Jun. 26th, 2005 07:06 pm
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The weekend at Sick Kids has been uneventful. Aside from taking Shannon off the epinephrine, they've also cut off the dopamine and are starting to slowly stop the muscle relaxants to see how she tolerates it. If she does, great. If not, she has to go back on them. Her blood oxygen saturation is lower than they would like, but she's maintaining a number that's at least respectable, so they're not worried about that at all.

Tomorrow is the big conference with the cardiologists (both at HSC and the pediatric cardiologists from other nearby hospitals like McMaster) and the ICU doctors that happens every Monday morning. They'll be discussing Shannon (again!) and decide what they're going to do about her right pulmonary artery (which is still crimped more than they would like). We should also be told, either Monday or Tuesday, just how much longer we'll be in Toronto. It will be an estimate, but it will give us an approximate time when we should be back to sleeping in our own beds.

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