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Please consider helping by sharing or donating if you can. Josie's grandma needs to be here, with us. She has been through hell in the last two years, in living situations where she is just dumped and dropped off and ignored. You can help make it better.


https://www.gofundme.com/reunite-grandma-granddaughter
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Graduated. With distinction. Working lots. Gotta move house. Going to Mexico first.

Going back to clinic!!
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This was a triumph
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They have it worse in high river, but this is unreal. Absolutely unreal.

http://storify.com/BizBOXTV/calgary-flooding-2013-flood
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Hi everyone!

I was wondering if I could have a favor - if you're new to my friends list, could you please comment to this if I haven't added you back? If I got the email while at work, I cannot access LJ through my very old dinosaur blackberry.

This way, I can return the favor and add you to my flist.

Thanks!!

A Decade

Mar. 24th, 2011 10:26 am
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I have officially had this LJ for a decade. I signed up in grade 11 when I was in high school. [livejournal.com profile] keoki convinced me to, and while we don't talk anymore, I'm glad she did, because if I hadn't signed up, I would not have met my wife through here. Or the many other friends that I've had the pleasure of meeting. I wouldn't have had the nickname blog borg, either ;)

It's crazy to look back and read the things I've thought, felt, and done. Things that were so important, so scary and so real at the time are now just distant memories. Things that I've all but forgotten about until I go back and read them. I'm glad I've kept this thing up for as long as I have.

Here's to another 10 years of intermittent blogging about nothing spectacular!
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In my journey with my newest tattoo, I've found very few photos of an allergic response to red ink. The ink used by my artist was Eternal, I'm not sure of the exact shade.

First, this was the tattoo right after she finished it.

Minutes after inking!

Typical redness around it. For those who don't know, that's a model of a serotonin molecule.

A few days later it started to scab, and then about a week later, everything but the red scabs fell off. I noticed more itching at the site of the red ink, but I'd read that red can be the hardest to heal. So, I tried to relax and let it do it's thing. 

13 days later, here's a progress picture. Inflammation has clearly developed, and there's no denying that there's a problem.

13 days later

Being stubborn, I thought I'd let it be for a while. I think the night I took this is when the scab on the right came off, and the ink looked quite bright under it. On Wednesday this past week, I finally went to talk to the artist who told me I'm clearly having an allergy, and to apply vitamin E oil to it four times daily. As well, sitz baths could help but if it gets worse, or doesn't start to improve in 2 weeks to see a doctor.

I have no signs of infection other than redness. Usually when a tattoo is infected, it will pus, and be painful. It's a bit tender to touch on the red parts, but I'm confident that it's probably clean inside. That said, I'm not going to wait two more weeks - if it's not improving by Monday, I'll be going into see my doctor.

This morning, in the shower, the last scab came off. Now, the tattoo looks like this:

:(

It looks better now that the scab is gone, but I'm sad that I lost so much colour on the last red dot.

Worst case scenario - the reaction doesn't stop, and I have the red parts cut out by a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon. Best case scenario, the inflammation goes away, and I touch up the black parts, and eventually either try a new red, or have the dots be a different colour.

But yeah. That's what it looks like now. Kinda disappointing.
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I've been a member of sparkpeople.com for a looooong time. Since 2008 or even sooner. They are usually very good, but I stumbled across something that's frustrating.

sparkpeople.com is a site where a person can log their activities, calories, get information about their lifestyle, etc. It's a good site and has helped me lose weight in the past.

However, perhaps they should start thinking about who they accept advertising money from. I know they run ads so they can offer the product free of charge. But is this appropriate for a website that wants us to change our lifestyle?



Seriously, sparkpeople?
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The favorite town that I've visited is Powell River, BC. I love it because:
- It takes 2 ferry boats to get there
- My friend Anne lives there
- It's small, but it doesn't... feel small. there's no shopping malls, etc, but it has the stuff you need
- It's close to the prettiest place on earth (Texada Island)
- The land is just beautiful
- If you need to go to places like shopping malls, or big hospitals, you get to take ferry boats!
- It's quite isolated so it's not too busy with tourists
- There's mountains, there's beach, there's ocean, camping, swimming, etc. I'm from Saskatchewan. That stuff is awesome to me.
I honestly don't think I would mind living there too much. It might be tough for Josie, medical wise, but then again, that guarantees ferry rides every 3 months for Botox injections. As my degree comes closer to a wrap-up, I'm looking at programs at UBC and UVic. Here's hoping!


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I've seen this meme around, and I've decided that I need some things to keep me motivated. I started writing this list June 27, 2010. As of this posting, I'm on day 42

My 1001 days end on Sunday, March 24th, 2013, which happens to be the 12th anniversary of the creation of my Live Journal.

If anyone wants to join me in any of these pursuits, feel free :)


The key to this list is as follows:
Normal Text - Haven't started
Italic Text - In Progress
Bold Text - Task Completed

1. Read 15 fiction books that are not required by school (0/15)
2. Be within 12 credits of finishing my 120 credit degree (in other words, on schedule to graduate come June, 2013) (48/120)
3. Try to become less shy (any tips?)
4. Lose 150 lbs (13/150)
5. Go 10-pin bowling with dad
6. Write 200 LJ entries (5/200)
7. Participate in NaNoWriMo one November
8. Ride my bike from one end of Fish Creek park to the other
9. Go Winter Camping
10. Be able to bench-press 120 lbs
11. Pay off my Visa card
12. Read 15 non-fiction books that are not required reading for school (1/15)(Get me out of here: My recovery from BPD)
13. Learn more about my mother
14. Donate blood 15 times (1/15)
15. Learn 10 new vegetarian recipes that I enjoy eating (0/10)
16. Watch the 3 LoTR movies
17. Get a tattoo
18. Complete Level 1 of The Rosetta Stone program for Japanese
19. Complete Level 2 of The Rosetta Stone program for Japanese
20. Learn to love myself
21. Try 5 different kinds of seafood. (3/5) (Shrimp is ok, a prawn is alright, but I think I prefer shrimp. Crab is ok, but salty!) (motivated by the pleasant salmon experience)
22. Eat 6 servings of fruit and veggies every day for an entire month
23. Get to know Jacob as he grows up
24. Grow my hair long, only trim it as needed
25. Run a 5K and not finish last
26. Maintain a 3.86 GPA (currently 3.82)
27. Participate in the PostSecret project
28. Learn to ice skate
29. Write a song
30. Meet an online friend in person
31. Learn to knit Persian chainmaille
32. See the Atlantic Ocean
33. Hold a snake
34. Make jam at home
35. Open an Etsy shop
36. Go to a wine tasting
37. Put away $5$10 for each completed task - the total to be spent doing something incredible at the end of my 1001 days. (changed this so that I can save more to GET to the Atlantic ocean)
38. Get my wisdom teeth taken out
39. Complete the Try-it Triathlon (375m swim, 10 Km cycle and 2.5 Km run)
40. Learn to wall climb
41. Write a list of things that each person in my life has taught me
42. Stop chewing my fingernails
43. Complete distress centre training, and volunteer there
44. Learn to dance
45. Pierce my eyebrow
46. Go snowshoeing
47. Shoot a gun for the first time
48. Fly a kite
49. Request a new AHC card so I can fill out the organ donation form on the back before it is laminated
50. Get a stamp on my passport
51. Bake a cake for someone's birthday
52. Give up Diet Coke for an entire month
53. Try 10 new restaurants
54. Take a photo of a place through all four seasons
55. Learn how to take a compliment
56. Teach others that I care about what I know about nutrition
57. Help build a Habitat for Humanity house
58. Learn to identify 10 constellations in the night sky (5 in winter, 5 in summer)
59. Learn to meditate
60. Buy all new underwear and throw out the old ones that are no good
61. Visit Dr. Hotpants (my dentist) 3 times (0/3)
62. Visit the lady parts doctor annually (0/3)
63. Get a new Blackberry
64. Hand-write a letter to someone
65. See my friends more often
66. Ride on a motorcycle, even for a short distance
67. Go to the Calgary Zoo
68. Visit a glacier
69. Refrain from eating meat products for a whole week
70. Help someone do something they thought they couldn't
71. Go backpacking overnight
72. Go Tobogganing at that place by Nikki's house that I saw last week
73. Sign up for the bone marrow registry donor's list
74. Treat myself to an insurance-covered massage every month for the 1001 days, starting July 2010 (2/32)
75. Weigh myself no more frequently than every two weeks, no less frequently than monthly
76. Document a "day in my life" in photographs
77. String popcorn for a Christmas tree
78. Stay at a bed-and-breakfast COMPLETED AUGUST 6, 2010
79. Learn to play 5 new songs on my guitar (0/5)
80. Get the last 5 stars that I need to move forward in Super Mario Galaxy
81. Take a continuing education course purely out of interest
82. Get a pay raise
83. Go berry picking at Keyben Farms
84. Make a pie with the berries acquired
85. Make it on the Honour's list all four possible times at school (1/4) *Found out Aug 23/2010 for the first 30 credits*
86. Complete two consecutive semesters without requiring an extension (0/2)
87. Get a makeover with some girlfriends
88. Go above-and-beyond by helping out with extra shifts at work at least 10 times (3/10)
89. Send flowers to someone at work, just because
90. Get enough confidence to sing karaoke in public (confidence may be in the form of liquor)
91. Try an entire meal of sushi (who's up for this?)
92. Decorate my man cave with photos of those I love COMPLETED AUGUST 2010
93. Learn enough about computers to be able to pass A+ certifications
94. Drink 2L of water daily for a month (0/31)
95. Give 3 friends "just because" gifts (0/3)
96. Have a semester where my grades are 4.0
97. Go eat suicide wings
98. Write a letter to myself to open in 10 years
99. Complete the 5000 question survey (0/5000)
100. Take a class to improve my swimming skills
101. Inspire another person to complete a 101 in 1001 list COMPLETED JULY 19, 2010
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- Go to the Doctor to get short term disability form
- Mail this form to the Sun Life people
- Email school about not enrolling me in the Anthropology course
- Go to the gym
- Call to donate blood
- The random thing I need to do that I can't remember right now
- Write an LJ about my adventures this past week and a bit
- Get a more comfy seat for my bike so that my labia and ischial tuberosity forgive me
-
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I've seen this meme around, and I've decided that I need some things to keep me motivated. I started writing this list June 27, 2010, but this is the first time I've posted it for others to see. I waited until I finished it before I decided to post it for others to see. As of this posting, I'm on day 22

My 1001 days end on Sunday, March 24th, 2013, which happens to be the 12th anniversary of the creation of my Live Journal.

If anyone wants to join me in any of these pursuits, feel free :)


The key to this list is as follows:
Normal Text - Haven't started
Italic Text - In Progress
Bold Text - Task Completed

1. Read 15 fiction books that are not required by school (0/15)
2. Be within 12 credits of finishing my 120 credit degree (in other words, on schedule to graduate come June, 2013) (48/120)
3. Try to become less shy (any tips?)
4. Lose 150 lbs (13/150)
5. Go 10-pin bowling with dad
6. Write 200 LJ entries (3/200)
7. Participate in NaNoWriMo one November
8. Ride my bike from one end of Fish Creek park to the other
9. Go Winter Camping
10. Be able to bench-press 120 lbs
11. Pay off my Visa card
12. Read 15 non-fiction books that are not required reading for school (0/15)
13. Learn more about my mother
14. Donate blood 15 times (1/15)
15. Learn 10 new vegetarian recipes that I enjoy eating (0/10)
16. Watch the 3 LoTR movies
17. Get a tattoo
18. Complete Level 1 of The Rosetta Stone program for Japanese
19. Complete Level 2 of The Rosetta Stone program for Japanese
20. Learn to love myself
21. Try 5 different kinds of seafood. (1/5) (Shrimp is ok) (motivated by the pleasant salmon experience)
22. Eat 6 servings of fruit and veggies every day for an entire month
23. Get to know Jacob as he grows up
24. Grow my hair long, only trim it as needed
25. Run a 5K and not finish last
26. Maintain a 3.86 GPA (currently 3.82)
27. Participate in the PostSecret project
28. Learn to ice skate
29. Write a song
30. Meet an online friend in person
31. Learn to knit Persian chainmaille
32. See the Atlantic Ocean
33. Hold a snake
34. Make jam at home
35. Open an Etsy shop
36. Go to a wine tasting
37. Put away $5 for each completed task - the total to be spent doing something incredible at the end of my 1001 days
38. Get my wisdom teeth taken out
39. Complete the Try-it Triathlon (375m swim, 10 Km cycle and 2.5 Km run)
40. Learn to wall climb
41. Write a list of things that each person in my life has taught me
42. Stop chewing my fingernails
43. Complete distress centre training, and volunteer there
44. Learn to dance
45. Pierce my eyebrow
46. Go snowshoeing
47. Shoot a gun for the first time
48. Fly a kite
49. Request a new AHC card so I can fill out the organ donation form on the back before it is laminated
50. Get a stamp on my passport
51. Bake a cake for someone's birthday
52. Give up Diet Coke for an entire month
53. Try 10 new restaurants
54. Take a photo of a place through all four seasons
55. Learn how to take a compliment
56. Teach others that I care about what I know about nutrition
57. Help build a Habitat for Humanity house
58. Learn to identify 10 constellations in the night sky (5 in winter, 5 in summer)
59. Learn to meditate
60. Buy all new underwear and throw out the old ones that are no good
61. Visit Dr. Hotpants (my dentist) 3 times (0/3)
62. Visit the lady parts doctor annually (0/3)
63. Get a new Blackberry
64. Hand-write a letter to someone
65. See my friends more often
66. Ride on a motorcycle, even for a short distance
67. Go to the Calgary Zoo
68. Visit a glacier
69. Refrain from eating meat products for a whole week
70. Help someone do something they thought they couldn't
71. Go backpacking overnight
72. Go Tobogganing at that place by Nikki's house that I saw last week
73. Sign up for the bone marrow registry donor's list
74. Treat myself to an insurance-covered massage every month for the 1001 days, starting July 2010 (1/32)
75. Weigh myself no more frequently than every two weeks, no less frequently than monthly
76. Document a "day in my life" in photographs
77. String popcorn for a Christmas tree
78. Stay at a bed-and-breakfast
79. Learn to play 5 new songs on my guitar (0/5)
80. Get the last 5 stars that I need to move forward in Super Mario Galaxy
81. Take a continuing education course purely out of interest
82. Get a pay raise
83. Go berry picking at Keyben Farms
84. Make a pie with the berries acquired
85. Make it on the Honour's list all four possible times at school (0/4)
86. Complete two consecutive semesters without requiring an extension (0/2)
87. Get a makeover with some girlfriends
88. Go above-and-beyond by helping out with extra shifts at work at least 10 times
89. Send flowers to someone at work, just because
90. Get enough confidence to sing karaoke in public (confidence may be in the form of liquor)
91. Try an entire meal of sushi (who's up for this?)
92. Decorate my man cave with photos of those I love
93. Learn enough about computers to be able to pass A+ certifications
94. Drink 2L of water daily for a month (0/31)
95. Give 3 friends "just because" gifts (0/3)
96. Have a semester where my grades are 4.0
97. Go eat suicide wings
98. Write a letter to myself to open in 10 years
99. Complete the 5000 question survey (0/5000)
100. Take a class to improve my swimming skills
101. Inspire another person to complete a 101 in 1001 list COMPLETED JULY 19, 2010
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Next semester's classes:

September:
PHIL231: Introduction to Philosophy
ANTH275: Faces of Culture
PSYC350: Adolescent Psychology
PSYC402: Biological Psychology

January:
PHIL371: Ethics of Science, Technology and the Environment
SOSC378: Human Sexuality
PSYC381: Adult Development
PSYC450: Drugs and Behaviour

Ouch!

May. 28th, 2010 06:12 pm
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Today I learned that I have suffered a stress, or hairline fracture to my 4th metatarsal bone in my left foot.

Huushi - that's why my foot hurt so much when we went for our walk. Because it was broken.

It started hurting on Sunday, but being the stubborn girl I am, I ignored it until Wed. Wed, I walked with Huushi and then I worked. It hurt like you-don't-even-know on Wed. night, and then Thurs (yesterday) the nurse at work looked at my foot, poked it, told me it was probably a stress fracture, and that I shouldn't go in to work today and instead to the doctor. I was limping so badly she sent me home early because it was quiet.

Today I went to urgent care because my doctor couldn't fit me in to his schedule. I sat there for a bit in a room I called X-ray purgatory because it was between the regular urgent care area, and the x-ray clinic. After a while in there, a doctor palpated my foot, and determined it wasn't a soft-tissue injury, and sent me for X-ray. Once it returned she said that it a stress fracture from how it presented and while the X-ray won't show it yet, if it hurts still in two weeks to come back. She prescribed an air-cast and gave me some T3s because it really hurts, and sent me on my way.

The aircast was $160 but my awesome insurance will cover it 100%. I'm very lucky to have good insurance.

Now, off to be social since I"m not at work. Must stay off foot. I'm quite the sight, gimping about with a walking boot, and a cane.
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I do better with motivation if I can check stuff off of a list. So this will remain at the top of my journal for the rest of this semester (7 days!!) and then it will be eaten by other entries :)

So glad I don't have to work until this is all done...

PSYC 375:

- Finish Unit 4 reading/questions
- Do Unit 4 quiz
- Finish Unit 5 reading/questions
- Do Unit 5 quiz
- Finish Unit 6 reading/questions
- Do Unit 6 quiz

- Finish Skinner Paper 1st Draft
- Have Brad Edit
- Submit Skinner Paper

- Study question review for Final Exam Apr 30.
- Go through timeline on the student website.

HLST 201:

- Finish all readings
- Read all readings again focusing on environment and alternative therapies
- Go through online quizzes on course homepage

- Hospice paper: finish draft
- Have Brad Edit
- Submit Hospice Paper

- Other paper: start/finish draft
- Have Brad Edit
- Submit Other Paper.
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The social worker put this poem in the book of prayers, etc. that we have at work for when people of different faith need a bit of encouragement, and our spiritual care director is not there. The poem make me think about the different goodbyes that I've had over my life.




After A While Veronica Shoffstall

After a while you learn the subtle difference
between holding a hand and chaining a soul
And you learn that love doesn't mean leaning
and company doesn't mean security.
And you begin to learn that kisses aren't contracts
and presents aren't promises
And you begin to accept your defeats
with your head up and your eyes ahead
with the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child
And you learn to build all your roads on today
because tomorrow's ground is too uncertain for plans
and futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight.

After a while you learn that even sunshine burns
if you get too much.

So you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul
instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.

And you learn that you really can endure
that you really are strong
and that you really do have worth
And you learn and you learn
with every goodbye you learn...


While it really fits many of the situations at the hospice, it makes me think of the smaller goodbyes that have affected me. Not just deaths, but little things, people who come in my life for a shorter time than I would have liked, and are gone. Goodbyes to things that aren't people. When I stopped being passive and took control of my own happiness.

I like how she wrote how a person has to plant their own garden and decorate their soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers. Cut flowers die, but improvements made as a person grows and 'plants their garden' implies, to me, that people should plant bulbs, so the flowers come back every year. I like to think I let Josie help me plant my garden, but ultimately, I'm responsible.


Take a moment to reflect; tell me what this poem means to you? Does it describe anything that you've learned with growing up, or goodbye?
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I dreamt of ferry boats and LJ friends last night.

I love ferry boats. I get to cross at least 6 times this June :D
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A very busy Chandi.

The end of February marked the end of two of my courses, Abnormal Psychology, and Sound and Sense, which was a music course. I did very well on my AP exam, 86%. I'm still waiting for the mark for my term paper. For the music class, I got 83 and 88% on the two papers, and I'm waiting for the exam mark.

After exams, quite literally the day after I submitted the last paper, I ended up super sick. My highest fever was 39.1, and I felt terrible. After a few days I recognized that my sore throat wasn't getting better, so I went to the doctor, and he diagnosed me with strep again. I had strep not long ago, and so I think the stress of the exams/papers being due helped the strep grow back again. I didn't finish my antibiotics last time (I know, bad!) so this time I'm going to be sure to.

I've noticed a pattern, at the end of classes, I'm stupidly stressed. In fact, I'm stressed all the time. I try my best to deal with it, but at this point, I talked with Jos, and decided that I'm in over my head right now. I spoke with my boss, and so we've reduced the number of hours I work in a two-week period on a trial basis. we'll see if it helps, who knows. I can see how it affects our budget, and see how it affects me. I can always pick up through the summer if I want to, others will go on holidays too. Besides, what's the point of working more than I have to while I'm getting my degree?

I did the math, btw, once school is done in April, I'll be 40% done this degree :D

Today Josie and I went to the new mall that's just north of our city. We were on a croc acquiring mission - Josie required a pair for her feet, and because it's spring, it was croc getting time. We walked around, checked out a few stores, and spent some time in guitarworks. I love that store. I got some new picks (I'm always losing them), and I got a hand exerciser. My left hand is still weak from the carpal tunnel surgery/recovery. I can't reliably finger bar chords on my acoustic.

After that, we came across crocs, bought a cute white pair for her, and then went to get lunch. Josie had sushi (ew), and I had this delicious Thai dish. I ordered it spicy, and it actually was spicy! I didn't need to add hot sauce. It was great. The portion was huge, so I packed about half of it to go. I also tried tofu for the first time in it, but I didn't like it. I tried a couple cubes just to make sure. After we had our lunches, we shared a dish of blueberry cheesecake ice cream, and then drove home. Josie read my Health Studies text to me on the way home.

Shortly after we got home, we went for a snooze. I slept for about an hour, and Jos was with me cuddling me. It was awesome. I woke up happy, rested, and warm. Brad and Chris had made a chicken salad with lots of onion in it for supper, and I really enjoyed that on some very fresh cheese-buns. When we finished supper, the 5 of us cleaned up, and now the house is clean because the Dungeons and Dragons group is coming by tomorrow. It'll be fun, we haven't played in a few weeks. My character is after the Cloak of Arachnidia (or something like it) which has the SpiderClimb spell on it, constantly. We have to kill or harm an evil cleric in order to acquire it. We have a plan, I hope it works. The drawback is that my character uses fire in her spells, and although it's a magical item, it can take damage like any other item. I'm relying heavily on the two rogues in the party.

Anyway, today was a wonderful day. Jos and I had fun out and about, and things got accomplished. After we cleaned, I learned the tricky part to "Give a Little Bit" by Supertramp on my guitar, and I found and emailed an article to my prof to ensure it meets requirements for the assignment I have due by the end of this week. I'm sipping at a black russian, and have a delicious buzz, and watching a show on Discovery Health.

Life is good right now. It really is.
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