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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.

Bun!
About a month ago, Declan got a free admission for the circus from his school for donating to the Food Bank. I...did not want to go. I knew I would not really enjoy myself and that it would be very draining for me. And hey, look, I went, found most of it to be 'meh' and and now feeling like I've been kicked repeatedly by a mule.

Some of it, of course, was really good, but there was so much that was...there. And the prices of things? Yeesh. $5 for popcorn/cotton candy is a bit steep, and $10 for a pony ride is an obnoxious cash grab. They were also selling these light sabers swords that were essentially LED lights in plastic housing that flashed. There were so many in my peripheral vision that I could feel a headache coming on. And no, I didn't shell out $15 for Declan to bring one home. Two hours of other people's kids with them was plenty.

I was most impressed by the feats of strength and balance, but I would have to say that the contortionist was my favourite. A lot of the audience was unimpressed, but I have a better idea what it takes to be in a full bridge position and balancing on one foot than some. *shrugs*

And the seats? Too fucking narrow. It feels like my hips are bruised from the arm rests. Okay, yeah, I'm fat, but that was a fucking awful experience.

Declan did enjoy himself, so I guess that's the only thing that matters.

EDIT: I have a bruise, about the size of the armrest, on my right upper thigh/hip. My left side feels bruised, but nothing has come up. Note to self: avoid that place in future. The seats do not agree with you.
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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.
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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.
Mr Santos was not at the club tonight. He was missed.

Other than that, for entertainment value, there was a train wreck in a sleeveless peach flowing thing, blue jeans that were two sizes too small and a mauve thong that was visible for far more of the evening than it should have been.

Chicky poo was even getting up [livejournal.com profile] wildelf's nose about requesting songs that he didn't have and wouldn't play if he did. He told her as much more than once, too. And she just refused to get it.

A group of us had the misfortune of watching her play pool very badly (so badly, in fact, I wanted to go over and just drop the 8-ball into a pocket so they would have to stop playing), but the coup de grace was when she and her boytoy decided to dance on the stage. It was beyond train wreck and into Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.

It was laughably bad, and if she remembers it tomorrow (she was three sheets to a very strong wind), also extremely embarrassing. I think her dancing was meant to be titillating, but the stimulated sex/dry humping looked awkward and silly. Oh well, at least I got a laugh out of it.

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Aug. 21st, 2005 12:20 pm
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In an attempt to use the computer, I sat in the chair and started to swing around to face the desk. Imagine my surprise when it felt like I had just stepped on a splinter or a piece of glass. So I brought my foot up to see what it was that's jabbing (and causing quite a bit of pain) into the fleshy part of the toe that's next to the little one.

I had just stepped on a wasp.

Needless to say, I was horrified and I shook my foot violently to dislodge the offensive insect. I was freaked out, not having been stung in over twenty years. Then, responding to my cries of "I've been stung!", [livejournal.com profile] fuzzpsych had to come to my aid and kill the stupid thing. My hero.

So now I have ice in a tea towel wrapped around that toe to keep the swelling down. But until it stops stinging, I'm not going to be doing much walking.
This is the first time in four days that I've looked for another job. I figured with today being Monday (Job Bank) and missing the Saturday paper (workopolis.com) there would be lots to apply to.

Imagine my surprise when there is not one that I would consider. Qualifications/desire aside, I don't get it.

Ah, well. I have lots to do today. But still...nothing?
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Aug. 3rd, 2005 10:18 am
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Okay...so now what?

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Jul. 2nd, 2005 10:13 pm
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Just called the hospital. Shannon's taken a slight downturn. The CO2 levels in her blood are too high, so they're going to put her on a different ventilator (one called an oscillator) to see if that helps. They were fine before we left, so I'm hoping that it's just a minor setback and oscillator does the trick.

And we've now finally seen Episode III. It was much much better than I was expecting (and since I wasn't expecting anything except some Ewan-y goodness, it was a pleasant surprise). I noticed, too, that the Padme/Anakin scenes were painful (as warned), but whenever one of them acted against someone else, their own abilities were magnified. Now maybe that's just some wishful thinking or it's a result of others talent masking their own woodenness, but it was still very obvious.

Ooooo! I can't forget the trailers. One was for the Fantastic Four (I'm so worried it's going to suck and suck hard), another was for the Island (more Ewan-y goodness), and the last made me clap my hands like a little girl. I have now seen a trailer for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. It looked really good. And come December, I'm going to see it on opening night if I can.

And one more thing...

In honour of [livejournal.com profile] clawfoot's Study Carrel Graffiti, I bring you Theatre Bathroom Graffiti...

I am not a nugget.

But you are an idiot for writing that.

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Jun. 24th, 2005 12:32 am
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Things were better today. After the rocky start and the crash, there was some improvement. Before Shannon went into the Cath Lab, the doctors and nurses were tense and falsely hopeful. After, the hope was genuine and the relief was obvious.

It's really odd when you're waving to doctors in the hallway because you know who they are. It's not unpleasant, but it is a reminder that we've spent too much freaking time in that hospital. One of the nurses that looked after Shannon when she was in a step-down room on 4D noticed that we were waiting in the Surgical Lounge and came in to talk to us. Today, while Shannon was in the Cath Lab, she came in again to see how things were. It was comforting, in a way, if a bit strange...mostly on account of her being from Elmira and having worked with Shannon's paediatrician. Small world, indeed.

Dried cantaloupe is really tasty.

Walking down Yonge, there was a mounted policeman. There is definitely a dichotomy between the horse (which was a lovely chocolate brown) and the flak jacket and firearm. On the way back from seeing "Madagascar", we passed a group of fairies. I'm not being derogatory, either. It was a group of gay men dressed in pink leotards with tutus and carrying fairy wands. :)

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Jun. 12th, 2005 05:26 pm
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For the second time, a vehicle has struck the building. Weird.

EDIT: No really, this did happen. A pick-up truck, after being cut off by some boob in a red car, swerved and ended up crashing into both the concrete porch steps and yew out front. The railing was knocked off and the truck was totalled. The driver, however, was not seriously injured, which is damned lucky.

About five years ago, another car (I can only remember it being blue), drove between a lamp post and the hedge on the front lawn and was stopped by the chimney breast (that the landlord had just paid to be repaired not a few weeks previous). The gas main was less than a metre away, but was untouched. Which is really really good because it could have been a lot worse than some scuff marks on concrete and some paint embedded into them.
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May. 28th, 2005 12:12 pm
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Stupid neighbours. I wonder if they'll ever clue into the fact that you can't put up a washing line that will interfere with the fire escape. I'm wondering if I should call the landlord or a by-law officer...
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Apr. 24th, 2005 08:34 am
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I woke up this morning a little stiff and sore (I need adjusting. Tuesday. Tuesday I see my chiropractor. She'll make everything all better). It's a little hard, with the position of the bed, to not look out the windows when I get up in the morning. I wasn't expecting what I did see. Snow?!? At the end of April?!?

So my first words the morning were a very suitable "What the Fuck?"
As predicted, yesterday was truly craptastic.
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Apr. 15th, 2005 05:06 pm
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I swear my taps are possessed.

For the last couple of days, no matter which temperature you want, it's been completely random as to what you get (cold is hot, hot is cold, and sometimes, amazingly, cold is cold and hot is hot). It's very odd. I don't know whether to call in a plumber or an exorcist.
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Feb. 1st, 2005 06:10 pm
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Okay, that was very strange...LJ just logged me out without me actively logging out.

I realize I've not posted in a couple of days. And it struck me that I really have had nothing of any interest to say. Now I have to go and try to start a novel ([livejournal.com profile] the_daily_rant and I are doing the delayed NaNo together).

It's going to be a long unproductive night.

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