Monday, January 30, 2006


Is it just me or is the font smaller on this site? I checked IE (I use Firefox, of course) and it's smaller, too.

PS: Never mind. It helps when one closes the "small" tag used in a previous post.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Saturday, January 28, 2006

When Will It Be Over?

You know, if I'm not at my regular doctor it seems I'm at the dentist. The fun part is that they're both in the same town - over an hour's drive away.

My root canal is now two-thirds complete. I go back Wednesday for the final filling. I guess we ran out of time because the dentist didn't get to the tooth that needs filling (although he numbed it) and wisdom tooth extractions. At least, I thought he was going to do it all yesterday. Whatever. I think I heard him say that the filling may actually turn into another root canal. Blergh.

Isn't my ongoing dentistry a wonderful topic? Ah well, there ain't much else to write about.

Except, of course, the weather! We had several power outages last night due to high winds. The outage this morning lasted several hours.

Wheeee, my life is so very intriguing.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Love Bites

The main problem with loving someone is how much it hurts when s/he hurts you. Whether it's deliberate or not is irrelevant. You've opened up yourself to this person and his/her opinion matters to you. It would be convenient if you could close yourself off to the hurt, but then you'd close yourself off from love. And that, my dears, would bite.

And now you'll have that song stuck in your head as I do.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Conservatives Win

Well, fuck me with a chain saw. This is not good news if my previous sentence didn't clue you in. It's as if the Republicans just got voted in. Shitpissdamnhellfuck. Well, as I said before, at least it's a minority government.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Canada Votes

Canada is having a major election today - the Prime Minister's job is up for grabs. It's so very Canadian that the first link at is about how today's weather might affect the polls. Man, these people talk about the weather every chance they get.

A joke sent to me from Eli today (I added their respective parties in parenthesis):

Martin (Liberal Party incumbent), Harper (National Democratic Party) and Layton (Conservative Party) are flying on the Executive Airbus to a gathering in British Columbia when Martin turns to Harper and says, chuckling, "You know, I could throw a $1,000 bill out the window right now and make someone very happy."

Harper shrugs and replies, "Well, I could throw ten $100 bills out the window and make ten people happy."

Not to be outdone, Layton says, "Well I could throw a hundred $10 bills out the window and make a hundred people happy."

The pilot rolls his eyes and says to his co-pilot, "Such arrogant asses back there. Hell, I could throw all three of them out the window and make 32 million people happy.

Funny, eh? (Ha! I kill myself!)

PS: Eli is back to work today.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Ta Da!

The background tile is from Squidfingers. It's a wee bit busy but I like it. And let me tell you, finding a tile to match coordinate with this template was an ordeal.

Yea or nay?

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Arsenic and Old Lace

Apparently our water source here at the RV park has arsenic in it. Whee! We've been told it's okay to wash (dishes, clothes, bodies) but not to drink the water. Management will be providing free bottled water until they can replace the water system. It just makes me wonder if we don't have the flu and actually have been poisoned. Apparently a lot of arsenic poisoning symptoms are similar to flu symptoms. Actually, I'm not that worried about it (we've had an additional water filter here at the trailer for six months or so). I just wonder how long it's been a problem without us knowing about it. And yes, the wee beasties will be getting bottled water as well, spoiled brats that they are (kidding!).

My tooth canal thingie is doing okay. It seems to be a bit swollen but not especially painful. I've taken three or four Tylenol 3s (not all at once!) and that seems to be keeping everything hunky-dory. It's nice not having a numb cheek anymore. I was beginning to wonder if the dentist had damaged a nerve or somesuch.

I'm going to be playing around with the template a bit, so don't panic if you see something weird. Just grab your towel and hang on.

Friday, January 20, 2006


Actually, the root canal wasn't bad at all. The dentist was so generous with the novocaine that my cheek is still slightly numb. The tooth is a wee bit sore and sensitive but not enough to take any of the Tylenol 3 that I have (well, maybe one). I still have to go back (next Friday) for the final packing, etc. but I'm not worried about that at all. I'm also getting two wisdom teeth extracted (the last two, yay!) and a cavity filled. Yet another fun-filled day, eh?

Thanks to Shelley for her well wishes and for linking to a good article describing root canals. It's always great when I know what's going to happen. And my dentist was impressed that I took the time to look it up and knew what was going on.

Thursday, January 19, 2006


I've finally quit putting it off and my root canal is schedule for tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. The irony? I still feel like shit. Worse than ever, really - sore throat, earache, headache, achy in general.

More fun news: I have had a chance to get a year-old pug for free. Yes, free. I want to be healthy and a dog will give me a reason (doing good for myself isn't a good enough reason - yes, I'm fucked up) to get up off my ass and walk. Eli still refuses to have a dog. I know I am ultimately responsible for my health. However, I'm fairly powerless to do anything about it on my own. Eli knows this and yet, I still get told no. I don't understand.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

I'm Slow

I should have used "Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink" as the title to yesterday's post. Today, that isn't true. The powers-that-be fixed the water problem last night at about 8:00 p.m. Although it's a simple thing, being able to take a shower on demand is a blessing. Trust me on this.

A scum-sucking bottom-dweller has decided that spamming my journal is fun. I'm turning on comment moderation for now. All comments except spam will be approved so please, don't let it deter you from making a comment.

Dear Blogger,

Just a quick note: being able to turn off commenting in old posts would be sweet. I would love you forever and ever, amen.


PS: Eli is still home.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Guess What?

Eli's still home. He was feeling better this weekend but didn't get much sleep Saturday or Sunday night. And, of course, he's still feeling crappy. However, the mister came up with a brilliant plan - NyQuil! He doesn't really have the symptoms it covers but it will help him get some decent sleep. I just wish one of us had thought of it sooner.

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Here's a cool Livejournal (yes, really!) with photos of a Bag End dollhouse. Here are the photos of the completed project.

And darn it. We were a day short of the rain record. You'd never know it here in the ol' RV park. The river that runs through it (ha!) is quite full and the duck pond has overfloweth.

And, ironically, the water in the park is kaput. But the Trailer Trash Goddess came up with a wicked smart (pronounced: wicked smaht) plan. The largest Tupperware container has been placed outside under the dripping awning to catch rainwater. We can, therefore, flush the toilet. Yay me! The powers-that-be have been mucking about with stuff (I've seen them wandering about outside) but I have no idea when our water rations might be reinstated.

Saturday, January 14, 2006


Yay, sunshine! We have sunshine for the first time in 26 days (well, the first sunshine that's lasted more than five minutes). It's supposed to rain later on today which will be the 27th consecutive day of rain. The record is 28 days set in 1953. We're supposed to surpass that. It's so damn fun living in the Pacific Northwest! Actually, I love it here. I can't think of any other place on the planet that I'd rather be.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Still Home III

Yep, Eli's still home. We went to the doc today and yep, it's the flu. Doc said there's not much he can do about it. He suggested buying Gravol for the nausea and lack of sleep. I don't know how much good it will do, but we'll give it a try. The only other directions are to rest and keep liquified (ha!). Oh, and don't forget - Eli had his flu shot this year and still he's this ill. Poor sucker baby.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Still Home II

Eli is still home. He's going to call the doc for an appointment. I think his biggest problem is not sleeping. (I'm feeling about the same as I was when I last posted - achy, nauseated, etc.) I'm fairly worried as this really isn't like him. We'll just have to see what the doc says.

We've watched most of the Firefly DVDs. There's only the last episode and the special stuff to go through. I still can't believe someone in his/her right mind canceled this show. It had to be revenge or something of that sort. Or, possibly, Whedon didn't grant sexual favours to the right person (maybe that's the same thing?). Fox has been known to bring back a series or two (The Family Guy for one, rumour has it Futurama may be returning). I guess I'll have to hope for that or that they keep making movies.

There's a good article on diabetes in today's online NYT. You can read it here (I've linked to the printable version, I don't think you have to register for that). It's fairly NYC-centric (statistics and such) but informative nonetheless. I've said it before and I'm saying it again: a lot of people who have diabetes don't know it. Next time you're at your doctor's office - tell him/her you want to be tested. If you have a friend with diabetes, ask if you can try his/her tester (I'd be glad to do it). If your sugar levels are above normal - get a real test done. It doesn't matter if no one in your family has it - you can still get diabetes (I'm the only diabetic in my family). It's an awful chronic illness that leads to blindness, amputation, kidney failure and other complications. No matter how you go about it - get tested.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Still Home

Eli's home again today. And I'm feeling crappier. On the plus side I've postponed my dentist appointment once again. I don't want to deal with the flu (?) as well as an aching mouth. Uh uh, no way, ain't happening.

I remembered what I wanted to post yesterday:

My hands hurt. I realized a couple weeks ago that they were aching and had been for some time. Some days are worse than others, but they always ache to some degree. Being online (typing) doesn't seem to aggravate it, besides, my left hand hurts more than my (dominant) right hand. Arthritis? Fibromyalgia, maybe? I have weird intermittant aches in both of my shoulders as well. I have a doctor's appointment for a full physical in March. I'll bring it up with him then if it doesn't get worse before.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Poor Baby

Eli was scheduled to go back to work on Tuesday (he'd been on holidays since December 24). He's still home. He's been feeling like crap the last few days - achy, sore throat, stuffed sinuses, headaches, not sleeping well (me, too, but not as bad as Eli). I think there's a bit of depression (about Dad) mixed in there as well. Not to mention just being tired and not enough time off this last year.

Eli's first ex-wife called last night. She's sending annulment papers for him to sign. The ex is Catholic and Eli is not, but he agreed to get married in the Church and for any children to be raised Catholic. Anyway, it was mentioned when we went back for Dad's funeral that she had a boyfriend and they were thinking about getting married. That's happening, apparently. My daughter-in-law mentioned that she thought the ex stayed single for a long time hoping for a reconciliation with Eli. Sorry, Charlie, that ain't happening. You snooze, you looze.

Did a bit of tweaking on the ol' blog last night. Signed up with Technorati but the button won't show up. Ah, well. I'm thinking of doing some stuff graphic-wise but I'm not sure I want to get that involved right now.

Shit, shit, shit. There was more I was going to blog about but now I can't remember what. Can one have Alzheimer's before she turns 40 years-old?

Tuesday, January 03, 2006


Four jobs you've had in your life:
babysitter, receptionist, loan underwriter, help-desk flunky

Four movies you could watch over and over:
Star Wars, Last of the Mohicans, The Breakfast Club, Sense and Sensibility

Four places you've lived:
California, Texas, Washington, British Columbia

Four TV shows you love to watch:
Cold Case Files, Lost, Cops (shut up), What Not to Wear

Four places you've been on vacation:
Vancouver Island, UK (England & Scotland), Northern Arizona, San Francisco

Four websites you visit daily:

my blog, MetaChat, AskMe, MetaTalk

Four of your favorite foods:
pizza (Round Table's Italian Garlic Supreme), Cinnabons, toast w/marmalade, Campbell's Tomato Soup

Four places you'd rather be:
Vancouver Island (yup, that's it)

Four albums you can't live without:
Patsy Cline - 12 Greatest Hits, Billboard Top Hits: 1979, Celtic Twilight - Volume 2, Sarah McLachlan - Surfacing

[ via everywhere, now it's your turn ]

Monday, January 02, 2006

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Yeah, yeah, I know I'm late, but I have an excuse - I was out of town. Neener neener.


I hope y'all have a wonderful 2006. May it be better than last year.

Eli and I went to Kamloops for a short visit with the in-laws. We drove up Friday. The Coquihalla was snowy to say the least. It wasn't as bad as I feared, but it was still rather teeth-clenching. Sad thing is that there wasn't enough snow in Kamloops to use the toboggan. Ah well. We four watched the Fantastic 4 Friday evening. It was okay. Not one that I'd buy but I'm sure Eli will. Saturday was a lazy day - SIL and I watched TV as she knitted and I read. BIL and Eli went to Futureshop to upgrade their hub to a router. We played Texas Hold 'em 'til 1:30 this morning. I hadn't ever played but I still came in third (Eli lost first, ha!). The drive back down the Coq was uneventful as well. All in all a good visit.

Eli's dad's will was in the mail. So, you'd think the five surviving sons would normally have split any inheritance five ways, right? That's not exactly what happened. It turns out that Dad included BIL-in-Kamloops ex-wife in the will - BIL and his ex get to split a share. Dad didn't do this to any of his other sons all of whom are married (as is BIL-in-Kamloops to a woman he was married to before the date on the will). No one is very pleased with this except, of course, the ex-wife. Actually, I don't know that she's pleased as I've never spoken with her. But with everything I've heard about her I'm thinking I'm probably correct.