Greetings from the icier hellhole
“You seem a decent fellow," Inigo said. "I hate to kill you."
You seem a decent fellow," answered the man in black. "I hate to die.”

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Greetings from the icier hellhole
“You seem a decent fellow," Inigo said. "I hate to kill you."
You seem a decent fellow," answered the man in black. "I hate to die.”

February 2015

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Jun. 6th, 2020

[info]dreadpirate : The Coles Notes

Feb. 24th, 2015

Things I Worry About

That I never worried about before (in this case before is when I lived with my parents.):

- Pipes freezing.
- My deck collapsing under the weight of snow and or ice. *
- Changing light bulbs that are attached to super high ceilings that I can not reach when I stand on a chair because I am that short and the ceiling is that high. And I lack a stepladder.

Things I worried about before but worry about even more now:

- "strange" noises at 4:30 in the morning. (I'm pretty sure it was a salt truck. But I am not 100% sure.)

I also can not wait for February to be over, and plan to have a celebration when it is. And by celebration I mean I'm going to go "Whoo-hoo!" and maybe have a doughnut becasue that is all I will have energy for. This month has sucked.

* It won't. I cleared it off on Saturday, but I still worry. I worry. A lot. If I was a super hero it would be my super power.

Feb. 20th, 2015

Friday Reads

I am in a reading slump.

Read more... )

Smile and Wave

Started watching this show on the CBC called X Company about spies / resistance fighters in WWII. Should be my thing, but eeehhhh, not quite working for me yet (possibly because I was watching it while trying to knit / not fall asleep / being generally cranky). But twas but the pilot and I shall hang on!

And I feel shamed that I didn't know of the real life Camp X which was totally a thing. This is where I'd be all what did I learn in school!?! but to be fair, I did learn a lot, my teachers were hyper focused in Junior High on Canadian history (we spent what felt like years learning about the building of the railroad and at the time I was all "can we please talk about anything else" but now I'm glad we spent that time there.) and when I got into high school I was personally hyper focused on European history, and the French Revolution.

Anyways - back to this. So I'm watching and going that dude, looks familiar. Who is that dude and then I went to IMDB and I was all, oh okay he was on Flashpoint and I use to see commercials for that show all the time. Cool.
And then my mind was blown.

As I discovered actor Hugh Dillion is also the lead singer for the Headstones. AKA - a dude who I had a pretty big crush on when I was in high school thanks to the videos Blonde and Blue and Cubically Contained and others. Yeah those videos are very 90's/early 2000's.

In Short: I am learning so much about Canadian history and Canadian rock stars turned actors this week.
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Feb. 17th, 2015

When in the world, i'm gonna get it together, i'm telling you girl, i'm gonna make it all better

Tonight I say so long, farewell to potato chips until after Lent. And actually I am probably going to lay off them until after the Victoria Day long weekend (aka: after I run the Bluenose) And I shall also in the coming days break out my copy of Lamb, as I do.

If pancakes are what you eat tonight I hope you enjoy them :D. I'm having my pancakes tomorrow (because - work is having a pancake breakfast tomorrow and I don't want to double down on pancakes tonight and tomorrow morning.)

My week has been insane, there has been so much snow, and ice and freezing rain and drama with my condo board, and work drama, and life drama, and the dog hurt her back again, so it was another round of acupuncture for her, and - oi.

At least the Habs won against the Leafs? And then again against the Red Wings. Oh my Montreal Canadians you have been my beacon of good things for the last little bit. Please keep winning.

Feb. 9th, 2015

Life Lessons

I learned a valuable lesson this weekend.

That lesson was: do not let the snow on your deck just drift and drift and drift until it is all drifted up against your door and you can't get out. This is probably common sense but I lack that a lot of the time. (Also - I don't use my deck in the winter. Also the second: the snow fell fast and furious last week and I just - was lazy.)

So anyways my father started freaking out becasue what if there was a fire and I had to escape onto my deck (on the third level of a three level building) and wait for the firepeople to come rescue me? (Me? I was more worried that the snow on my deck would cause it to collapse * and then I would be in serious shit ... )

So.

My dad came over. We removed the screen from my living room window. I climbed out the window (he wanted to, but I was like -no, I'm smaller and it's my deck and you have a bad back) and he passed me the shovel and I shoveled my deck. And I also broke my shovel.

It was really awkward climbing out that window and onto the deck, I have like -- zero chance of starting a career as a cat burglar.

* There wasn't that much snow. I just worry about things that are not likely to happen. Like that. And worrying that when I feel pain in my back that I have meningitis. And 'what if someone in the building has a snake and it gets loose and gets into my unit.' I worry about this every time I hear a weird nose in my place.

Feb. 6th, 2015

the simplest thing of all – how it is to be children, secure in belief and thus afraid of the dark.

Well this might be the most horrific Hal-Con cosplay that I've ever seen :/

Unrelated: I can't wait to go home tonight, I have a tickle in my throat, I'm coughing, and I feel congested. I think I'm getting sick so here's hoping some turkey soup and crashing on the couch tonight stops this cold in it's tracks.
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Feb. 5th, 2015

January 2015 Books



The Books! )

Overall:
- I read more then I thought I would! Which is exiting, that's 16 read. Granted some had been started in December, so that gave me a bit of a push.

- I sort of felt at the start of the year like omg, this is so much non fiction, lets get the fiction rolling out, and hope to balance my love of both throughout the year.

- I own three of these books - Between a Heart and a Rock Place, The Troop and Mr. Kiss and Tell I need to really not buy anymore books after I obtain the new Nick Honrby that is on sale and the new Gaiman until I've tackled the pile (really, it's a pile) of books that I own that are sitting on my nightstand. That doesn't count the shelf of TO READ's I have in my spare room :/.

- I feel sort of reading slumpish right here and right now, but I'm hoping to drag myself out of it. February is a short month, and I have knitting I want to focus on but I also want to get some reading time in.
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Feb. 4th, 2015

I fought the wool and well -

The wool has won. No fuzzy, yellow popcorn like baby blanket for this girl. Or rather none of that for my friend - I'm selling the wool to my mom who is making a baby blanket as well out of the devils yarn (hers is blue and white and looks amazing) and going to buy yarn I can work with. And make a less ambitious baby blanket. If I can that pattern I had was marked easy! Easy damnit!

(And the pattern called for that wool so - urgh.)

To Ravelry I go!

(My TARDIS scarf hit a brief road bump, but gramdma to the rescue! And then my knitting guru co-worker. And then my mom. This scarf is going to be a team effort :P. IDK I might stick to knitting cowls after this, my wham, bam, thank you lamb cowl turned out fine.

Jan. 30th, 2015

That Thing That Is Driving Me Insane



Lets be clear. This is not happy yarn. This is yarn from a fiery pit of hell. I have had to rip my baby blanket four times so far. I have placed three calls to my mother, saying “I hate this yarn” and twice I have cried during those phone calls (I cry when I get frustrated.) This blanket is not made with love, but with curses and tears. So I might keep it for me when I’m done (or give it to Ripley) and make my friend one that is made of sane wool, and not wool I have cried bitter, frustrated tears over.

I am not giving up however! Even if I drop stitches (again) or knot things and make my mother go; “All right hand over the scissors there is only one way to fix this.”

And today I am going to start an alternate project that is more straight kniting -I’m making a TARDIS scarf. And when that is done, I’m going to work on the blanket and also work on a fourth Doctor scarf for another pal. I have until June before the baby is born,and until June before it’s my pals birthday.

So.

I shall knit on.

Jan. 13th, 2015

Reading Bingo is Back!

And this time it's Can Lit focused.

The Card! )

And I am EXCITED! I’m even more excited because it’s Canadian Lit themed, and I am ready. I wanted to read more Canadian lit this year and well - this is going to encourage me even more! (Granted my goal was to read more Margaret Atwood but that then spiraled into read more CanLit and now - this!)

Card from Random House. I failed at both versions of their Bingo last year (YA and non YA) but not this year.

I've got some Atwood checked out from the library, I want to delve more into Miriam Toews backlist, and after jumping around a bit I'm going back to the beginning of Emily St. John Mandel's work. And from there - who knooowwws.

Jan. 6th, 2015

Slow Down 2015!

Please.

I mean you've been good so far (*knocks on wood*) but I haven't been able to catch my breath. Work is busy-like and I'm tired so I go home and crash but -- I need more time to enjoy you. I'm determined to make 2015 a good year. AN AWESOME YEAR. Or at the very least make this week an awesome week and I want to savor things.

I plan to try and get caught up on RP tonight / tomorrow. I am excited.

Anyways, that said, let me blather for a bit.



Lets be very honest - was this real / should it become real - I would watch it over and over. Pretty much on an endless loop. I mean. Maybe. Possibly. It could have gone very very wrong. LA LA LA NO MOVIES AFTER ALIENS. Can't heeaarrr you, nope, nope, nope.

More blather )

Jan. 1st, 2015

B-I-N-G-O

Book Bingo! )

Dec. 9th, 2014

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I obviously have a lot of feelings about Kyle Reese's footwear. So yes this pleases me.

Nothing else about this movie might. But at least the shoes will be there.

Also! Also - William Gibson wrote a book that has time travel in it. Not a spoiler. It's right three on the book jacket. If ya'll excuse me I'll be back after almost 500 pages have been read.

Dec. 4th, 2014

[No Subject]



Actually it's not that bad, but my quest to get to inbox zero goes on and on and on and .... well you get the idea. Endless cycle, ect, ect.

I feel kind of congested yesterday and last night I felt feverish so, oh man I am hopping that I am not getting sick with any one of the various virus that are floating around my office. I have no time to be sick! I need my time to be lazy! *

* For reals. I put up my tree yesterday - took all of five mins, I was mentally prepared for hours (IDK why) and then I was all "well .... I should decorate. Later. Yes. Later." so I have the saddest looking artificial tree ever in my living room. Oh well.

I was going to put it up on Saturday but now I have to help my grandmother decorate / take down boxes of ornaments from her attic, so that's going to be my Saturday.

Nov. 20th, 2014

Cranky



That is what I'm going to be saying to everyone once I get a chance to eat today. Until then I am going to sit here and glower and have a bad attitude about things.

Nov. 12th, 2014

Book Blogging

Look I'll be honest - I am a huge, huge, huge Stephen King fan. His books scare me, move me, and in the case of The Stand was a book that I clung to during a really rough period in my life. I have a lot of feelings about his books.

But. Lately? Like .... the novels aren't working for me. Like lets look at the books that came out between The Dark Tower VII and now ...

Books! )

Which brings me to ....Revival.

Which I own. I bought it yesterday.

I feel like Charlie Brown:



I feel like - this is going to hurt but I'm excited and hopeful anyways. I feel like he was inspired by Frankenstein and that is one of my favorite novels/tropes of all time. I have - concerns. But I'm going to read it. Slowly possibly, with breaks for other books but I will read it. (Then I'll maybe go re-read The Stand.)

Also the dedication page for the book, I like it.

Nov. 11th, 2014

To you, from failing hands, we throw the torch: be yours to hold it high



Nov. 10th, 2014

And I was running and running and running ...

Ran yesterday for the first time in like - weeks. And today I hurt, my knees hurt and so do my legs. Lame. I also man - I could not breathe for some of the run, it was not cool. So naturally I am lacing up the sneakers and heading out again tomorrow. Because I need to get back on track. I signed up for a race on December 6th (after swearing I was done ...) and I have to best my co-worker. Who is like 6-foot something to my just about 5 feet. Which means he has long legs and can go faster but damnit. Damnit. I am going to be faster! Or you know at least give a good accounting of myself.

Then in more race news (are your eyes glazing over yet?) I freaking won registration for the 2015 Maritime Race Weekend! I won the Tartan Twosome entry fee! So I get to race in the sunset 5K and my choice of the Saturday races, I get three medals (omg) two shirts, and a race buff! *Squeals*.

This is my life now. All about the race bling and that race day adrenaline rush. (and the fact that I sleep better, and feel better when I run.)

This weekend got away from me a bit in terms of RP getting done, I busted my phone on Friday (wooooooeeee) had to get a new one on Saturday, and then spent some time hanging out with my cousin Carter. He thinks I should name the phone Skywallker (it's blue) while I am leaning towards Ted. Then hung out with the parents (and mooched their food) on Saturday night, Sunday was run day, then library times, then my parents showed up at my place (and brought me doughnuts! And an electric heater!).

And today I work. One of like five people in the office, because everyone else took today as a vacation day and gave themselves a super short work week. It's cool, I got the vacation I wanted in December approved, I'll be off when my sister is home.

Nov. 6th, 2014

#Canadianproblems

From the CBC:

"It's one of those problems Canadians face every year, like playoff hockey scheduling conflicts and whether to jump into the lake on Victoria Day weekend.

How do you keep from losing your poppy? "


Also: how do you keep from pricking your finger on the poppy pin every five seconds. But maybe that's just me.
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