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So the jackass didn't take the hint in my last message and replied.

Sent down from the throne on top of his high horse )

Personally, I think I've been too nice. Facebook is one place on the internet where I'm not supposed to have to deal with this kind of bullshit.


Sep. 17th, 2009 10:15 am
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So, yeah, I was very disappointed over Obama's statement about abortion and the health care plan. I realize that he wants to try to shut up the wingnuts in order to get this thing through, but it also feels like this particular issue is being thrown under the bus. His having said that now will make it harder to push through change in the future (if he even wants to), because then people will be able to cling to his statement and scream YOU SAID YOU WOULDN'T CHANGE THINGS. So I posted about my disappointment on Facebook.

The ensuing exchange that made me very angry )

As always, anti-choice comments are not welcome here. It's something that everyone here should already know, but I just wanted to make sure that that's clear.
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Welcome to the world, Baby Alexa. ^_^
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Posting this here so I can always find it again when I want it.

While spending time with my family tonight I recalled how when we were little and Granny would babysit us on Thursday nights when Ma was working, she would read to us before we went to bed. My oldest bro was too old for such things, but my other bro Ter and I would request the same thing pretty well every time.

The Little Black Hen by A. A. Milne )

I can hear her voice in my head as I read this. She's not able to talk much anymore, so it's important to remember what she's supposed to sound like.

Anyway, just a little memory.


Sep. 4th, 2009 09:28 am
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From the Trans-Siberian Orchestra website:

The long-awaited double album 'Night Castle' is being released on Tuesday, October 27th. Pre-order TSO's new double album 'Night Castle' in MP3 format for $7.99 and upon confirmation of your album purchase you will be directed to a page to download your 5 new songs.

On Tuesday, October 27th you will receive an email with a link to allow you to download the complete double album with an illustrated 56 page pdf booklet. Also available is TSO's entire catalog in digital format!

Unfortunately the pre-order + advance song download, like the free song a while back, is only available to people in the US (thanks a lot -_-), but I thought I'd make the announcement about when this album is AT LAST going to be released anyway. We've been waiting what, five years?

I guess I'll be buying the CD because the mp3 downloads never seem to be available in Canada. Sigh...CDs are such a useless product to me now. Once I rip the songs onto my computer and put them into my iPod, the CD is never touched again and becomes a waste of materials and space. I guess that at least with a TSO CD you get the nice booklet, so it's not quite as bad to have to buy a TSO CD as it is for other albums, but still.

Also, sadface: TSO will not be returning to Montreal this year. I've seen them three times already, but it was getting to be a yearly tradition so now I'm sad that I won't be going again. Instead, they appear to be doing two shows in Hamilton. WTF? How is Hamilton an important Canadian city (and important enough to have both a matinee and evening show), especially when they're already doing Toronto and Ottawa? Give me a break, Ontario doesn't deserve that much love :P.

ETA: In other album release news, Susan Boyle's album is now available for pre-order on and will be released November 24. Apparently it's already at the top of the bestseller list despite being only in pre-order!
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So around this time of year, I'm used to certain things: students trying to get into our (full) courses, new students who are lost and confused, tour groups blocking hallways, froshies being weird and nutty all over the place, etc.

What we don't expect to find is a crab wandering around on the first floor of our building.

WTF crab )
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Just wanting to draw attention to this story about US vs Canadian health care.

And idiot Americans can bleat all they want about the Canadian system being "socialist" and therefore no good, but what I know is this:

My brother has had juvenile diabetes since he was thirteen. He had some hospital stays when they first found out, plus he's had a few emergency room visits due to diabetic seizures over the years.

In 1994, when Da had a really bad bowel obstruction, he got the surgery he needed ASAP.

In 2003, when I first started having stomach problems, I had to see a specialist and then had loads of tests to try to figure out what was wrong. Unfortunately none of the tests could figure it out, but the point is that I could get these tests, they didn't cost me anything, and I didn't have to wait months and months for them either.

In 2004, Da took a bad fall on an icy sidewalk and ended up in intensive care for a day and in the hospital for three weeks.

In 2005, when my sister got bacterial meningitis, she was seen to quickly and basically had her life saved. She also had the experience of being a teaching case (since the Montreal General is a teaching hospital), which she found to be kind of fun ("just like on ER!"), and suffered no ill effects from the disease.

In January 2009, Da had a bad allergic reaction to something and had to be in intensive care for a few days with a breathing tube.

None of these hospital stays bankrupted us. In fact, none of them cost us a cent. My brother will never be denied anything medical because he has a pre-existing condition. Da will never have to worry about paying higher premiums because he seems to be unlucky enough to have his life threatened every few years. My family members are still alive because the Canadian system does take care of them, and does it just fine.

If we need to go to the doctor or the hospital at any time, we can damn well do so without fear of being denied, of exorbitant bills, or of insurance companies getting in the way. There is nothing between us and our doctors. We can go to any clinic and any hospital. I'm not saying that there aren't problems (one of the biggest is the long waits for elective surgeries like hip replacements), because no system is perfect, but your system ain't better, America.

I'm happy to pay for our system out of my taxes because I know that it will be there for me and my family. I feel bad and a bit scared for American friends who can't get good insurance and thus fear ever needing a hospital stay for any reason. FIX THIS, America. Your people shouldn't have to live in that kind of fear.

Oh, and STFU, Republicans, and stop spreading misinformation and outright lies about our system. You people disgust me, seriously.

ZOMG look!

Jul. 25th, 2009 08:07 pm
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So! I know I haven't posted in here in like forever (I've been here the whole time, though, keeping up with everyone else's entries), but that's because I wanted this to be the next thing I posted, and I had to wait a little longer than I thought for it. ^_~


♥♥♥♥♥♥ I'm so happy!! At last at last at last!! I feel like I've been waiting so long just for confirmation on something I've known forever.

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Alberta: Truly Canada's Texas.

This is just bloody embarrassing. The fact that it's buried in a bill that extends rights to homosexuals is sickening. These assholes can't allow progress in one part of life without taking something away from another. And if they achieve this first step backwards, what next?

Note in the video that the kids are open-minded, but the old fogies are gonna put a stop to that, gosh darn it! We can't have kids believing different things from their parents, now, can we? Learning is bad.

I think we need to transplant that province down into the American south where it apparently belongs. Aren't there a couple of blue states down there who could benefit greatly from being up here in Alberta's place?

FFS part 3

Apr. 30th, 2009 09:55 am
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I knew it. I knew ignoring that little asshole's messages wouldn't get him to stop. I ignored his last one, and then yesterday I got this:

hello [my name]
sorry to distueb u again, i have found auniversity which realy suit for me that is
(memorial university) and there is a well established department of earth science and lot people are there related to me.
i have a request to u that do u know any person there who can persue my case.

This time I responded. I hope it's undeniably clear enough, and hopefully rude enough:

You will have to contact them yourself. I will not be doing anything else for you, and I would appreciate it if you did not ask again.

If I get anything, anything more beyond this that says anything other than "thanks, bye", my response is going to be a very clear FU, and then tell him that continuing to contact me will be viewed as harassment.



I have vacation days that I have to take before the end of the year on May 31, so I used three of them to stay home and encourage my back to recover. I'm doing much better, although my back still feels sort of like a tired, sore muscle. The train seat definitely didn't help this morning, and I'm not sure what I'm going to do about that. I never had this problem with the seats before, and I'm wondering if it's because I'm sitting differently in them because I'm packing less back than I used to?

Which brings me to the fact that I've lost 20 pounds since the end of February. I've been stuck at that amount for a couple of weeks now, but I think I'm getting past whatever roadblock was there and I should hit 21 today or tomorrow. Because of the slowdown I won't have lost enough weight to be able to wear my new dress to a party next Friday, but any progress is progress. So, go me!

Also, my RP addiction has been reawakened and has been half-consuming me for the past couple of weeks. And my god, does it ever feel good! The missing piece of my happiness has been restored. ^_^

FFS part 2

Apr. 22nd, 2009 01:33 pm
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I knew that my previous message to the Pakistani kid wouldn't stop him. This morning I received this:

i can understand ur position but [my name] i expect from u that in near future when ever u got some suitable opportunity for me plz do contact with me , and plz keep on trying to find out some suitable place for me there.

You "expect"? You "EXPECT"?? Screw you, kid. I want so badly to tell him how utterly rude and presumptuous he's being. I want him to know that he's being offensive. I want to tell him that I will not be contacting him if anything comes up; that I will not be doing anything for him. Ever again.

Of course, responding in such a way would probably be unprofessional. Heh, I've just shown it to the Chair and he's disgusted and said it doesn't merit a reply. And I know it doesn't, but ARGH I just want him to KNOW what an asshole he is! Grrrr >_<.


Monday morning I got up, walked to the train, sat down and rode to work. When I got up to get off the train, my back suddenly started hurting, and got worse. I don't know what the hell just sitting on the train did to it, but I missed work yesterday. Today I had no choice but to come in because the once-per-year huge Grad Office info session was this morning, and I absolutely cannot miss that. So I sat through it, on an uncomfortable tiny folding chair, for 2 hours and 15 minutes. My back is very unhappy >_<.

Last night we had a random power failure from about 11:00-11:15pm, then another starting around midnight. After 45 minutes I gave up and went to bed, but was awoken after 1:30am by the noises of things turning back on and the desk lamp Paul had left on in the computer room, and I had to get up with my sore back and all to go turn it off. Bleh.


Saw Hairspray on Sunday, and it was fun, although I prefer the movie (in which they had removed the more ridiculous and/or creepy plot elements from the play). I really didn't like the woman playing Velma, but I preferred the play's Edna to John Travolta's one. This Edna at least sounded like a real person rather than an overdone Comic Book Guy. The woman playing Motormouth Maybelle had some set of pipes..."I Know Where I've Been" was the only song where the audience started cheering before the end of the song.

I did love how they got the audience to get up and dance at the very end. But what annoyed me was that I had two little boys sitting in front of me. Okay, parents? Don't you know anything about little boys? They are not interested in Broadway shows. Seriously. Don't giggle when you ask them what their favourite part was and they say "intermission". They're being serious!

And this isn't like a movie that I only paid $10 for and could go see again. I paid $85 for my ticket 6 months ago and have been waiting all this time to finally see the show. So leave your stupid little boys at home! A babysitter is a hell of a lot cheaper than paying for two seats! Argh. I mean, for two kids who were likely 5 and 7 years old, I suppose that they were mostly well-behaved, but I expect impeccable behaviour when I'm at a show like this. I had no problem tapping the kid's shoulder and telling him firmly to sit down. I wonder how come you couldn't?

General exposure to little boys has made me hate them. I swear, most boys between the ages of 5-15 should not be allowed out in public. Five is the age when their antics cease being cute and instead become bratty, and it's only around 15-16 that they seem to realize that there are people in the world other than them and their SO COOL friends. Honestly, I don't know what I'm going to do if I ever have a son of my own. I don't want to end up having this kind of hostility towards my own kid.

Anyway. My back hurts and I want to go home.


Apr. 20th, 2009 09:59 am
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So I've been getting emails from this Pakistani guy who wants to get into our grad program. Firstly, he's missed the deadline by 1.5 months. Secondly, because one of our profs is leaving and we're in the process of hiring another to replace him, we don't have anyone in his field of interest who can take students, and I told him so right from the start. Thirdly, his emails to me are half in netspeak and riddled with typos, which shows that he just doesn't care enough. Fourthly, it looks like nothing I say will dissuade him. Lastly, he is bloody fucking annoying and seems to think I'm his personal secretary.

Observe )

So, should I lay down the law if he emails me one more time saying anything other than "thanks for your help, goodbye"? Or continue to try to be firm but polite (which obviously isn't working)?


In other news, in 5 months I'm going to be an aunt. It's my brother and his wife. You may recall me mentioning at one point that they had split over a year ago. Apparently they did not stay split but none of us had any clue so this comes as a complete surprise. My bro seems happy--he's always wanted a family and is talking about buying baby things and clearing out the second bedroom--but I am having a very hard time giving proper congratulations because I have so many reservations about the situation. Anyway, that's all I'm going to say about that. (Mellie, if you're reading this, don't mention this to your mom until my ma tells her!!! I don't want the same thing to happen as did last time >_o.)
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If you haven't seen it already, let me introduce you to your feel-good moment of the day. This should make you smile, maybe even get a little teary. She's just so amazing. The idea that this voice has been hidden from the world for so long while undertalented teenagers get more exposure than they could ever deserve is sad, but maybe this mistake will at last be rectified and people will see that musical talent is its own beauty.

You go, Susan. IMO you sound better than most of the Fantines I've heard.


Mar. 14th, 2009 01:20 am
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C’est fort difficile des fois de garder un secret.

Quand je vois du monde qui croient des mensonges dont je connais la vérité...c’est vraiment difficile. J’ai toujours dit que les secrets des autres sont les leurs et ce n’est pas à moi de les révéler, mais par contre je déteste des mensonges. Ai-je la responsabilité à la vérité, à prévenir les gens qui sont complètement dupés par l’acte, ou dois-je rester tenue par ma promesse?

Je ne veux pas que des autres soient blessés comme je l’étais. Je veux offrir un avertissement, mais je ne le peux pas sans trop dire. *sigh*

C’est bien énervant. J’ai pensé que c’était fini, et je ne suis pas heureuse de me trouver dans cette situation pénible >_<.

(Mon français a sans doute des n’ai presque rien écrit en français depuis des années. Ne me demandez pas pourquoi j’ai fait ce note en français; mon cerveau me l’a demandé pour quelque raison :P.)

Screw 2009

Feb. 25th, 2009 10:05 am
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Seriously. Screw 2009. Not even two months in and already it's a giant mess for many reasons. This is just the latest one.

California isn't happening this year. I'm really upset. I needed/wanted that vacation, and I have nowhere else to go. Everything has been so sucky lately that having that to look forward to, even if it was only going to be in June, would have been a nice pick-me-up.

First the trip was on, and got my hopes up, and now it's off. And even if it were to go back on for some reason, I still wouldn't feel welcome, and it would be awkward and uncomfortable. At this point I wonder if I'll feel wholly welcome there again. I didn't realize my visits were such an inconvenience because I tried to stay as innocuous as possible. I paid for my own groceries, I didn't ask for anything, and I didn't want anyone else to have to spend money on or because of me. All I want is to spend time with my friends.

People tell me I should go somewhere else, but I can't afford to fly and pay for my place to stay, especially in the US when the exchange rate is so horrible. My only choice is to be able to stay with someone, and if I can't, then no trip.

This is a sacrifice on my part. I don't care that it saves me money. I sacrifice so that someone else won't be annoyed/mad, but in the end I'm going to suffer for it because I will be losing the joyous anticipation I get from this trip.

And a worse part: Kel is in Cuba this week. She wanted me to come along, and it was about $1000 all-inclusive. I told her no, because then I wouldn't be able to afford California. So she's having a blast right now, and I've got nothing to look forward to.

I am angry, upset, disappointed. This is probably because I'm selfish, because I know that getting my way would have put a strain on another relationship, but that's the way I feel. I'm also hurt, because I thought I was liked and instead I'm an inconvenience.

To add insult to injury, after not sleeping well last night this morning my train didn't come and we had to smoosh two trains worth of people into one train. Or at least we tried. It didn't really work.

I keep saying someday I'll make a real update so I can talk about everything that's been wrong with 2009 so far, but hell if I feel like it now or anytime soon. Screw 2009.


Jan. 22nd, 2009 12:04 am
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From this week's House (which I only watched tonight), regarding a patient who had chronic pain:

Thirteen: Sounds like fibromyalgia.
Cameron: [...] A diagnosis that provides neither an explanation nor a cure is by definition not a diagnosis.

So...this thing that I feel, that gave me a bad flare-up of pain Saturday evening that I'm still trying to get over, that caused me to have to stay home from work today after having played hockey tonight, that makes me need a "huggy pillow" (a throw pillow of just the right size to wrap my arms around) just to be able to barely tolerate never had an actual diagnosis?


Fine. So where's my diagnosis, then? Where is my treatment; where are the medications that will work?

House could only help that patient because he didn't have fibromyalgia.

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For those in need of some good lolz: Heywood returns to GAFF and he hasn't changed a bit. I have no idea if that post he's quoting was some kind of dig (if so, who did it? Fess up!), or if it was some innocent thing and he's just being his old uber-paranoid self.

In my last post here about GAFF I was recalling to someone how he had once told me that "your name means nothing here" when I dared, dared to not kiss his ass as most people were doing at the time. And now, after nearly 4 years, he's doing exactly the same thing to someone else.

Who do you guys figure he thinks it is? Me? Or a certain other person? (Neither of us were ever friends with Vanessa or on her side.) Either way, it's funny...and yet sad, because I had really hoped he had changed and grown up some. Ah, well.

(Unless it's not really Heywood and we're being played. But it's just so him that I have a hard time believing that it could be someone else.)

BTW, for those of you who remember all that, you may also remember the jammie penguins. Sad to say that at the end of 2008 I retired them, for after years of hot penguin lovin' they were just plain worn out (not to mention full of cat-claw holes). But never fear! I have a brand-new pair of jammie penguin pants...and they're fleecy. Ooooooh yeah.

ETA: Just copying the quote for future reference since GAFF will be lost soon.

QUOTE(Guest @ Jan 20 2009, 12:42 AM)
I have a secret I can finally confess. I have a crush on Vanessa.

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That's the second time you've dropped the bait and the second time you've been completely ignored. Your obvious irrelevance to the people here must really burn. You always did hate being ignored. :D:D:D
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So, you guys can has new President! I watched bits of the inauguration...I just like listening to his voice. It's rich, strong, intelligent, and way easier on the ears than that last dimbulb's voice.

President Obama has a hard road ahead of him. He will never be what everyone wants him to be (no one could), but I really hope he makes an honest good go of it and that his integrity survives the challenge.

Good luck to you, sir. Canada smiles and waves. :)


That's probably the only good thing about 2009, which has sucked spectacularly so far (at least on a personal level) even though we're only 20 days into it. I miss 2008 a lot. I'll do a proper update with more explanation at some point, I promise.

Good news!

Jan. 7th, 2009 03:58 pm
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As of yesterday afternoon, Da is awake and they've taken the tube out. They had put a scope down his throat but couldn't find anything out of the ordinary. The swelling had gone down enough, though, so they removed the tube and let him wake up. Ma said he was actually starting to wake up before they removed it, and that watching him try to fight the tube (kind of a reflex) was really hard :(.

They kept him in intensive care last night, and plan to move him to a regular room tonight. He seems to be all right now, but nobody ever knew what was wrong with him, so I guess they're all still wary. It's generally assumed that it was some kind of bad allergic reaction, but the cause remains unknown.

Anyway, what matters is that he's all right and he even called me for a minute today. I don't know when he's going to be going home, but now I can't go visit him anyway because I seem to have started a cold >_o. Poop. Of course if I did go visit him I would just get wibbly all over him :P.

So thank you, everyone, for your hugs and good thoughts. ^_^ *hugs back*


Jan. 4th, 2009 02:01 pm
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This is not the way to start 2009.

Kel called me a couple of hours ago. It seems that Da woke up with his tongue so swollen he couldn't talk, and Ma was afraid it would impede his breathing, so she took him straight to the hospital. They must have been worried about his breathing too, because they intubated, then had to give him a sedative so he could sleep because the tube was bothering him.

They don't know what's wrong yet. Ma said that he didn't eat anything out of the ordinary so she can't see how it could be an allergic reaction, which was everyone's first thought. His neck is a bit swollen too so it might be glandular, but they couldn't say for sure if it was that either.

I can't imagine what it must be like...and I'm betting that his attempts to talk probably made him sound like he'd had a stroke or something, which must have been scary for Ma. I don't know how he managed to communicate to her what was wrong if he couldn't talk at all.

Why does this stuff always happen to him?? He'll be turning 70 in a little over a week, but something like this happening so suddenly (like the mostly-blindness in his left eye years ago--he just woke up with it that way one morning and it was irreversible)...I can't see it having to do with his age.

Ma told us not to bother coming (yet) since he's asleep anyway. Now we just wait for her to call with updates.

My poor Da. ;_; *sniffles*

ETA: Talked to Ma a couple of hours ago. She said that it was evident right away that Da's tongue was swollen when he woke her up in the morning to tell her something was wrong (so at least nobody was ever worried about a stroke). Inside his mouth was nothing but tongue. He got seen in the trauma center right away and is now in an intensive care room in what Ma describes as a "light coma" from the sedatives. I don't know how long they'll keep him under. They have him on Benadryl to try to bring down the swelling, but so far they still don't know what's wrong.

Apparently the previous night his left hand was swollen (and still is), and he was scratching at it, although he may have been scratching because of the swelling stretching the skin. Ma said they have been trying to cut off his wedding ring. Da has put on a lot of weight since he got married 38 years ago, and for years his wedding band has been so tight on his finger that it doesn't even turn. During previous surgeries they stopped trying to remove it and just covered it with plastic during the procedures. But now with his hand swelling like it is, they're fearing for his circulation and want to cut it off. Which to me is incredibly sad even if it is necessary :(. Thing is, it's on so tight now that Ma said they've tried and can't even cut it off. I don't know what will happen with that.


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