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

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Jul. 4th, 2017 09:05 am
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I got up and was in the process of pulling up the blinds when I noticed a bunny munching on some weeds in the shadow near the corner of the building. I tried to get Declan to look, but he's far too engrossed in watching videos online. So it was just me watching this little bun eat the leaves from weeds as fast as it could.

Moments later, I spied a chipmunk coming closer from the direction of the fence. This chippy, who was about a quarter of the bunny's size, startled the rabbit and then chased it away. Chipmunks are territorial little fuckers with lots of fear and none.

A little piece of the natural world in the heart of a city and my son missed all of it, choosing YouTube over wonder. *sigh*

UPDATE: After a brief power outage, I noticed that the bunny had come back. And yes, this time Declan got to see it. Apologies for the blur, the photo was taken through a window screen.


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May. 22nd, 2017 09:55 am
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I am up and showered and dressed. The cats, kid, and myself are all fed. I have taken my meds and started my laundry and made tea. Laundry, I might add, I have been putting off for a few days. I still need to do physiNo, but that should be done in the next thirty minutes or so.

I am awake and productive and who the hell am I? This level of Getting Shit Done Early is doppelganger, pod person stuff.
I am trying to overcome my own inertia. I don't know if it's depression-related apathy or the dreary weather or what. I have managed to get two loads of laundry mostly done. Now I need to fold it and put it away. AND I have done the majority of my physiNO. I keep adding to the work I have to do because I want my knee sorted, not because I've been tasked with doing it. I don't have another appointment for three weeks (it's how things shook out) and that's fine with me.

Declan has been insisting that he give me plants instead of cut flowers. A couple of weeks ago, it was daffodils. For Mother's Day, it's hydrangeas, which are lovely and blue. I must remember to call my own mom tomorrow before I leave for game and wish her a Happy Mother's Day. I don't bother asking what she wants anymore, because the answer is always nothing. Which is great for my wallet, but kind of hell on the guilt. :P

Now that the daffodils have finished, I need to figure out what to do with the bulbs. Maybe I will give my mom the daffodil bulbs so that she can plant them in her garden to come up next year. I don't want to throw them out, and I don't have a place to put them, so it seems like a logical solution.

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Feb. 18th, 2017 12:56 pm
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I went out for a walk today because the weather is glorious. I made a point of walking past a house for sale in the area that's really kind of cute and I could see myself living there (35 Fairview Ave, Kitchener for the curious). However, I do not have $350k + to throw at such a worthy abode, so it remains merely a passing fancy and nothing more.

I had the hamsters running the wrong way on the wheel and chewing on the wires on Wednesday, which is all sorts of Not Fun. I am not a fan of making a decision, following through on said choice, and then overthinking it after. It's a recipe for a full blown panic attack, I swear. I was only anxious (only anxious, like that's any better) and it dissipated fairly quickly, but it left me exhausted and wrung out.

I'm in a pretty good mood today. The sun and walk have certainly helped, but some of it might also be the increase in dosage for my brain meds. It's too early to tell if it's actually helping, but the placebo effect is a powerful thing.

Right. Time to find lunch and then clean the apartment and make brownies for my game tonight. Whee!
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. 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. 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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[livejournal.com profile] quingawaga and [livejournal.com 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. ;)

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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
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Without thinking, I poured milk into my tea. Yuck.

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

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Oct. 27th, 2005 05:38 pm
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I'm feeling better. I had a cry, some food and some exercise. I even got my laundry done. It's not much, I know, but I'll take a feeling of accomplishment over worthlessness any day.

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Oct. 20th, 2005 03:50 pm
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Sleep helped some, but not looking for work this morning helped even more. I know I should be looking everyday, but I couldn't face it today. I would like to keep what little self-esteem I have left, if it's all the same to you and not looking for work, while counterproductive in some ways, is the best thing in others.

And yes, those others do include cleaning. The bathroom no longer has that odd aroma to it that no airfreshener could touch (ew!). I even made the effort to throw the shower curtains and window covering (which is just another piece of shower curtain to keep the wooden frame and sill dry and mostly mold free) into the wash machine. Some laundry detergent, vinegar and the throw rugs (hey, they were dirty, too) meant my clear vinyl liner is back to being clear again. Now all I have to do is a quick sweep and I'm done. Yippee.

Oh, and since all the other cool kids are doing it...

Official NaNoWriMo 2005 Participant

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Oct. 18th, 2005 06:35 pm
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I'm having a hard time getting anything started lately. It seems my ambition to get things done is losing out to apathy. I have some cleaning that needs doing and plants that are going to start dying of thirst, but I can't be bothered, even though it will only take about 2 hours to do it.

This is part of the struggle to get my life back. I know those on my flist are incredibly supportive, but, for the most part, I have to want to do this for myself and my husband. Apathy is hard to deal with. You know what you want to do, but you just don't care.

It's a little like the voting public in this country, in some ways: you already know that the Liberals are going to win, so why bother going to the polls to try to change it. But it's self-defeatist. The Liberals only win because so little of the voting public does go out to cast their ballot.

Maybe that's the problem. Maybe I'm letting myself get defeated before I've tried to do anything. Maybe, instead of saying, "but a thousand steps is too much", I should say, "it's only one step. I can do that."

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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. 25th, 2005 10:59 pm
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Bedtime, soon, methinks. I spent the evening with [livejournal.com profile] clawfoot, eating burgers and junk food and watching Black Hawk Down (plus American Dad on Global, as it just happened to be on television once the DVD player was turned off..it was amusing, however). It's odd. After two weeks of not eating crap, I feel slow and sluggish now. I guess I did before, but never noticed. If eating too many potato chips and having an ice cream bar and drinking one can of gingerale makes me feel like this, then it's time to stop. I haven't really missed it up until this point (well, except for ice cream...I can eat that stuff for breakfast and have done on occasion), so it will be good to just keep it up as a rare treat and not buy stuff like that every time we do groceries.

Bed time now. Work tomorrow. I need to get quarters and bus tickets and I have to get the bedding washed sometime this week and still finish my costume. Busy week ahead. Busy busy week. I should get some sleep if I'm going to tackle it.

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Sep. 17th, 2005 09:38 am
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Aside from some housework that needs doing, I'm not doing much else today. Last weekend and the ones coming up are going to be a whirlwind of activity, and with going back to work on Tuesday, it'll be good to have a day to just putter around the house and not go anywhere or see anybody.

Speaking of doing not much today, I should go and watch me some Saturday morning cartoons. :)

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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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Aug. 29th, 2005 04:24 pm
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Laundry's just about done. Well, that's at least something done today. The air is getting thick and oppressive and it looks like rain. Hopefully it happens soon. Thick oppressive air makes my lungs hurt.

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Aug. 29th, 2005 10:22 am
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Meh. With an actual interview and a potential one tomorrow, I've decided that I'm not going to bother to look for work today. That said, I feel impending workhood closing in on me and the last thing I want to do right now is go back to work.

I should, though, try to do something constructive with my time (like start exercising regularly again) now that it seems to me that I'm coming to the end of it. Maybe I should write. Part of me wants to, but another just can't be bothered. I have ideas for new stuff (and too much unfinished), but that would take effort.

Must fight apathy. Oh, and laundry. It needs doing, too.

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