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The Day Light

December has whupped my butt good and proper. I have never felt so immobile. There were days I just could not get out of bed. FINALLY, yesterday, I cracked out my Day-Light -- that big bright 10,000 lux light box to beat winter blahs. In just two sessions, I'm noticing a MASSIVE increase in my ... awakeness. Why the hell didn't I crack this thing out months ago?

It was in a box in the sewing room. I couldn't summon up the steam to unpack it. I know that sounds horribly lazy, but it's true. December has whupped my butt.

So far so good. Yesterday, I was rather energized. This morning, even though I only got 5 hours of sleep, I feel rested and this light is jazzing me up.


Christine is coming to visit tomorrow! I'm so excited! I haven't seen her in a couple of years.

Might be moving my blog...

Holy crap what happened to my LJ???

November is historically a low-energy month for me and December is sometimes worse. But this is ridiculous.

I am not writing like I used to. Part of the problem is LJ is blocked form work, and I have so much friggin' downtime at work.

Anyhow, I think I *might* be moving over to my blogspot blog or perhaps get a wordpress... I don't know because all my personal domains have been blocked from work too. Grrr.

Not sure what I'm going to do. I'll let you know.

More bad news...

Well, I'm still on the road, headed home today. I'm in Altoona, PA at the moment, holed up at a *very* cheap Motel 6, but Am called me last night with some awful news. Rick, her BF, had an angiogram to see the state of his heart, and it's bad. Very bad. They said the heart disease is so far gone, they cannot even do a bypass as he wouldn't survive it. They are going to try some stents, possibly, but basically he's making arrangements. Wowzers.

Rick had a triple bypass 14 years ago when he was about 58, and they don't last forever. Especially as he's a heavy smoker and drinker. But they just went to Florida a few weeks ago and he seemed relatively fine. Am said he's been having a lot of chest pains lately, though, and going clammy, so she knew something was wrong, but he was being stubborn and wouldn't go to the doctor.

DC was an absolute blast, btw. Loved it all, including seeing my friends.

Grateful for:
-- the day off today to mosey home
-- finding the parkstamps website
-- this cozy and EXTREMELY cheap hotel
-- a great night's sleep
-- Altoona! LOL
-- having the US cell phone so Am can call me



I arrived in DC this evening and was having supper with my friends when my sister called. Her boyfriend was hospitalized a few days ago with chest pains. They did an angiogram or whatever it's called, and he needs another triple bypass. Immediately. He's on standby. He had one 14 years ago and has been smoking and drinking steadily since then. It's a wonder it lasted as long as it did.

My sister is a bit of a mess. And I'm in Washington DC until at least Monday. Yikes indeed.

DC or bust...

I'm headed out the door for my annual Washington DC pilgrimage. In this case, it's not for Misha's Hallowe'en party, but rather for the Rally to Restore Sanity! YEAH!!!

Ufo8mycat, if you are up for Sunday lunch or brunch, let me know! I'm headed out Sunday afternoon to come home. Even that is not set in stone... contact me! montyollie at gmail.

I'm excited to go away! I haven't been to far this year. Teri next door is going to be cat sitting. YAY!

Grateful for
-- getting to see Misha and Tim again
-- warm kitty on my food right now
-- getting packed and ready to go
-- good times with mom last night
-- DC or bust!

WTF is going on???

Why are random people responding to my LJ postings including people WITHOUT LJ accounts, but rather facebook accounts?????
In an effort to eat better and have more mid-morning energy, I have decided to take up smoothie-ing. LOL I bought a big batch of peaches a few weeks ago when they were in season, and blanched, peeled, chopped and froze them in single serve size baggies. I also stocked up on rasperries and strawberries, but I should have done it a couple of months ago when they were fresh, local and in season, instead of the US stuff I was forced to buy. Anyhow, my deep freezer is full of chopped up frozen fruit, waiting to be smoothied.

I also got protien powder. That stuff is so hit and miss. I'm not a huge fan, but protein DOES give me scads of energy. Too bad about the taste. I just use a third of a scoop. 8g of protein instead of 24g. Who needs 24g in one sitting anyhow? LOL

Yesterday I tried a bunch of fruits with milk and yogurt and powder, and it was okay. I did manage to drink the whole thing. I have to-go cups for taking them to work and sip on them all morning. It really does keep me going.

Three-bags of chocolate milk was on sale for $3.99 so I bought it spur of the moment. I just threw frozen strawberries in with chocolate milk and protein powder, and it's REALLY good. Like a bon bon. A chocolate strawberry bon bon. Mmmm.


Work was kind of exhausting today. It was a fat full moon, and you could totally tell because everyone seemed to be ultra sensitive. I work with one guy who has been there 20+ years. He's constantly reminding people of it, and one of his... uh... quirks, is that he needs his ego stroked all the time and to be reminded what a good technician he is. In the past, I have remarked on how smart someone else might be or even just complimented another technician in passing, and this guy FLIPS out and takes it as a personal affront. It's tiring. I accidentally complimented someone else today, and he flipped before I realized what I'd done. I zipped my lip as quick as I could but it was too late. He was ranting on and I just sat their quietly, changing my facebook status line to "Holy fat full moon and hot tempers. Get me out of here". Ugh.


Speaking of zipping my lip and just sitting quietly after being bullied, Am, Joy and I went to the Toby Keith concert in Toronto last night. It had the potential to be SO MUCH freakin' fun... we all love him and his music so much. But after the second song, when I was standing up freaking out and singing and dancing at my seat, lost in the music, the people behind me freaked out in that fat-full moon way and started screaming at me to sit down. I tried to be friendly and said jovially, "It's a Toby Keith concert! C'mon stand up and dance with me!" and that fell on icy stares. It was a nightmare. Am *hates* confrontation and she told me later they seemed so hostile she thought they might get violent.

I'm not easily bullied, but I sat down and shut up and didn't move for the rest of the night. It was creepy. Joy, who is *always* all up in your face and in your business didn't say a word either.

What a miserable night. It was SO much traffic and so many delays getting there, all to be screamed at by some hostile full mooner loonies and have the whole evening wrecked. I didn't get home until one and couldn't sleep until after two, and I was dead tired this morning. Didn't even have the energy to make a smoothie to get me through the day. Ended up falling asleep in my car for a full hour on my lunch. Dead asleep. Creases on my cheeks asleep. For real.


Well, a good thing (sort of) that came out of today was we had to fill out a survey on workplace harassment and violence. I was talking about it to Kenny when our boss came in. It was kind of good to be able to say out loud to him what I think... the guys I work with REALLY and TRULY believe that men get their frustrations out physically, and that it's perfectly acceptable to kick or throw a cube wall at work, so long as you feel better afterwards. Seriously. That is what my boss said. I told him it was inappropriate in the workplace and fostered a climate of incivility. He told me that climate wasn't 'fostered' but rather management was 'indifferent' to it. I was about to tell him what I thought of that when he got called away. I wound up emailing him this:

Regarding the tail end of that conversation we were having this morning... I don't know if you ever scroll down far enough to read my signature line that has been at the end of every email I have sent for ten years. :) Here:

I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.

Fostering incivility and being indifferent to incivility are one and the same thing. To be more dramatic, putting Jews on cattle cars and watching Jews being put on cattle cars still results in a holocaust.

Okay. I'm done being dramatic for the time being. :)


During that conversation (before he left), I also told him "Fuck You" (for effect) and said, "Here I am telling my boss to fuck off, and what are you going to do about it? Write me up? No, because it's perfectly acceptable in our work environment and has been for years. This type of shit does not go on in my sister's workplace, which, incidentally, is half men. Men who don't feel the need to throw cube walls."

I know it accomplishes jack shit, but it feels good to say it out loud. Speaking truth to power, as they say. It really does.


I am soooooooooo freaking glad it's the weekend!!!

Grateful for:
-- harvest time! Harold is harvesting the soybeans as I type this!
-- fresh farm air
-- weekend
-- opportunity to tell my boss about the disrespectful work environment
-- naps


Catch up

HOLY crap, I forgot to blog! LOL It's been several weeks, and lots has been going on, I just haven't seemed to get around to LiveJournalling. Ahem. The fact that it's blocked at work is a real PITA. It's blocked at the top level, along with my personal domain, which I find rather hilarious. As technicians, we have a bypass to get past most of the net-nannied stuff, but some stuff is blocked by name at the top level, and for some oddball reason, LiveJournal is one of them.


Not to mention it was crazy busy at work the last couple of weeks. But more on that later.


I had a great couple of weeks. I threw a party last weekend and invited everyone I knew. And they all showed up! LOL Seriously, there must have been about 25 people here that night. Big bonfire including my new IRL friend (former cyberfriend LOL) eleryth, plus her hilarious husband, along with elizard100 as well as my whole family (Mom, Am, Dad and Rick) plus Joy and her kids, Pottsie Verne, Jim; Pam and Mike and their kids, Cherilyn and Bob, Doris and Paul... holy crap, I'm forgetting people, but you get the picture.

It was an absolute blast. I got to try real life 'Smores for the first time, and it was delicious. As usual, I overshopped, and we had TONS of food left over including several sleeves of graham crackers, several Hershey bars and bags of marshmallows. Stuff like that does NOT last long in my house, though. Ahem.

It suddenly started pouring rain around 10 pm, so the party ended kinda quickly, but the overnighters came in and we watched Planet Earth and just enjoyed the country fresh air. It was so nice to have company!!


Work last week was kind of funny... I am now responsible for 14 schools and they are located as close to me as is possible, based on my new home. It's nice. Half an hour to most of them, so I don't have to go to Ancaster first... just straight to the schools. I have a new secondary school, and I'd been warned about what a douchebag the teacher that I'd be dealing with was. Everyone told me he was an arrogant prick. I finally met him and ... I SWOONED. Of course I did. Arrogant pricks are my specialty! LOL Anyhow, we've been getting along great, and I don't know what all the complaints were about. Ha! It's only been two weeks, I'm sure I will find out soon enough!


I just blanched, peeled and froze in individual serving bags, a big basket of farm-fresh peaches I bought last week. I am going to try and eat better (my eating has gone to the dogs) and eat smoothies. I love smoothies. Fruit and I are hit-and-miss, and I've been having MAJOR stomach issues lately (I think I need to get off that drug I'm on), as I've been having my horrorshow stomachaches about once a month lately, but now they've been resulting in projectile vomiting. Lovely. So I'm scared to eat so many things. Ugh. This is no way to live.


Eli is sick again. On prednisone. It's been two weeks of two pills a day, and he's been taking it, but still gagging and sneezing. Poor thing. I think it might just be a change-of-season thing, because my breathing has gone to shit, too, and I've used my puffers and meds SO much the last few weeks, it's frightening. I think it must be seasonal for both of us.


I think I'm going to the Colbert/Stewart march on Washington DC at the end of October!! Misha invited me, and I usually go to her most awesome Hallowe'en party, but it might be cancelled this year due to her grad studies. But a march and a chance to see Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert ALWAYS appeals, never mind getting to see Misha again. I love her.

Okay. Time to wind down. Nighty night.

Grateful for:
-- peaches
-- electric blanket
-- nice walk down by the river
-- good couple of weeks
-- lazy day, laundry done, dried on the line!


Foot stool!

Here is my latest craft project. I bought this filthy, dirty, stained thing at a yard sale for $5 a couple of weeks ago:

foot stool

I just recovered it, using fabric I had laying around the house... I made the piping from $1.15 worth of cording and some regifted scrap brown fabric:

foot stool

I'm so pleased with how it turned out. It looks like I drilled the one foot on a little wonky, I will have to fix that. I also knew NOTHING about piping, so I just faked it, and it looks pretty good. I think kusanivy explained the concept to me at the Star Trek convention one year, and I've been dying to try it since. Anyhow, the other side of the stool shows where I connected the ends, and it's pretty bad, but I don't even care. I'm just so happy it doesn't look like it did when I bought it! LOL It's also a bit baggy... I should have stuffed it more.

I wanted to put it in the living room where it matches with most of the furniture, but right now it's in the bedroom so Eli can get onto the bed in two stages instead of one big leap. He's getting older and can't jump up like he used to. It breaks my heart.


Speaking of crafting and costuming... eleryth is coming to my bonfire! Double yay! So if you know her, come too! LOL I have such a wacky cross section of friends, I never know who knows who.

OH! And if you want to spend the day out here, that day is the Lincoln County Fair. How hokey, yet fun, does that sound??

Tonight my sister has a gig, so I'm going to Hamilton and spending the night at my mom's. I hate driving in the country at night. I think I ran over about four frogs the other night... they are EVERYWHERE. It's like that scene in Magnolia.


Grateful for:
-- being blissfully busy at work
-- COOL weather!!!
-- getting that piping to look halfway decent.

Almost Zepptember, soon to be Rocktober!

I am grinning from ear to ear. I cannot wipe the stupid grin off my face.

Doris and I went to see "Rock of Ages" today in Toronto -- a Broadway musical featuring ALL 80s metal tunes, and I nearly wet myself. That was, hands down, the best freakin' show I've ever seen in my life. I love that music so much it hurts. It was such a good show. The understudy did the female lead, and she was a bit less than spectacular, but Yvan Pedneault, the French Canadian male lead was FREAKIN' amazing. I'm just in awe.

Traffic was beyond bad. It took me an hour to get to Burlington where I was to meet up with Doris, then TWO FULL hours on the QEW to Toronto. We were almost late. We parked in the last spot in the lot next door to the Princess Alexandra theatre ($20 for the convenience) and walked in right as the lights dimmed.

The drive home was worse. An absolute crawl. I guess between the CNE and FanExpo being in town, never mind just run-of-the-mill summer Toronto tourist traffic, it was crazy. I got home at 7:30. I sang like a 80s-crazed lunatic the whole way home.

Still. It was 100% worth the price of gas and the exorbitant parking rates. I can't stop singing Journey. Big surprise.


I am having another bonfire on Sept. 11th! If you want to come and aren't on my facebook (*cough*Erica*cough*) feel free to email me for details!! I'm leaving it wide open and loosey goosey. Paloma, no excuses, you have plenty of time to get your butt down here. Ahem. I mean up here. Wait, down. You're a Northerner!)


Doris and I have decided to go to Manitoulin Island next weekend just overnight. I've always wanted to go, and it's the tail end of my vacation. I need to go *somewhere*. This going nowhere got me down. LOL I'm really looking forward to that!!!

Grateful for:
-- the best damned musical EVER
-- Doris' great company
-- Toronto street vendor veggie dog
-- great day
-- upcoming bonfire!


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