Friday, 29 September 2017


It got warm again these last few days.

I'd already half-Autum-ized my place, but have had to throw off the blankets the last couple of nights and it's been back to sandals and cool outfits.

I hear the rain's coming, but the blazing sun has been glorious, even if the stuffy heat has been a bit unexpectedly odd.

Thursday, 28 September 2017


We have a problem...

Wednesday, 27 September 2017


Got a little bit confused about the day cuz.... either stomach bug or ate something not so great or something but as I said most of yesterday "getting repeatedly stabbed in the stomach" feeling is no fun at all.

But hey, the weather is gorgeous today so yay for that!

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Dark at 7:30pm

That happened fast...

Monday, 25 September 2017

Stomp, Stomp, Stomp

No, that's not my downstairs neighbours (although really, how loud to you have to be to disturb someone ABOVE you?) that's me stomping around because I'm super grumpy.

It's Sunday night as I write this and I spent hours today (yeserday, I know) doing paperwork that was necessary but so so frustrating.  ARGH!

I'm an organized person but it was still really time consuming and annoying and sure, I'm glad it's done (or will be when the confirming email comes through.)  Sigh.

But yeah, that was grumpy making.

I did, however, watch the new (ish) Beauty and the Beast and cried like a ... crying person at the end.

(But that was pre-grump-making-paperwork)

Anyway.  That's done.  For a while... I guess? 

Friday, 22 September 2017


You know when someone says "is it just me?" on the internet, it's never just them but... am I the only one who feels a huge sigh of internal relief when something gets tidied?

Like... I shred any identifying paperwork, like bills or bank statements and that sort of thing, for security.  And I let that stuff pile up... for months... and in this case, months and months.  And every time I go into the closet where the shredder (and waiting to be shredded papers) is (which, it's the closet where my clothes are... I have very little closet/storage space in my place, so it's every day, often more than once) I see it and I notice it and once it gets to a certain level of full I think "I need to deal with that."

And when I'm extra stressed or busy (or both) I see the overflowing thing and maybe I write it down on a to do list.

So it's not like a MASSIVE stress but it's there and I'm peripherally aware of it.

Last night I sat for a while and shredded the current load.  And when I was done, it was like my brain sighed a very happy and relieved sigh of ahhhhhh.... done.  Tidy.  Ahhh.

Tiding and cleaning and sorting always makes me feel at least a little bit calmer. 

Just me?

Thursday, 21 September 2017


All I could think yesterday was "how is it not Friday?"  because, really.... long week is long.  Apparently.

In other, completely unrelated news, I have a potentially icky thing to mention.

I have ear piercings.  Two on each ear.  Got the first when I was young-ish (11? 12?  I honestly forget) and the second when I was less young-ish (19?  20?) but that's not really the point.

Every once in a while I take my earrings out to clean them.... and... to clean the.. uh... holes?

I'm not sure I want to know exactly what it is so I'm just going to say it's a buildup of soap and shampoo and dirt and uh, skin cells that I then have to (look away if you're squeamish) kinda push out of the holes.

I figure it's a good thing to keep them clean, but as I say, I try not to think too much about what it is (and no, they're not cheap earrings, I do think it's just shampoo type buildup)

So... there's some pretty flowers to look at instead of thinking about the other thing I mentioned, ok?  Ok!

Wednesday, 20 September 2017


I see faces in things.

Not... like in a creepy way, and I don't mean, you know, beyond actual faces on actual... people and things, I mean I see faces in patterned things?

Like.... my towel, or the ceiling at the dentist, or the pattern on the kitchen floor, or the stucco wall.  I see faces!

Sometimes front on, sometimes in profile.  I often wish I could draw them, but they sometimes disappear if/when I take my eye off of them.

I'm sure some of them have to do with light/shadow at certain angles, but yeah, I see faces in random .... patterns.

(And the ones you see in, say, a couple of screws or the garbage can mouth kind of thing)

Tuesday, 19 September 2017


Totally forgot what I was going to say... so... here's some pretty flowers for you!

Started reading a book that a friend recommended (and then Jason saw I was reading and was like OOH I love that book!) but I am quite confused.

Anyone read "The Illuminatus! Trilogy"?  And if so, am I ever going to understand it?  Is it just a groove I have to get into?

I mean, I'm not lost, exactly, I'm just not really following... if that makes sense?

Edit:  I just googled and found this on wikipedia... "The narrative often switches between third- and first-person perspectives in a nonlinear narrative"  Which.. yeah, I kinda figured that but still.... brain no... workie?

Monday, 18 September 2017


Fall is sneaking in on us here.  If things hold, I'll be taking down some bug screens to close up some windows and possibly even putting another blanket on my bed... although that will probably wait a while yet.

The leaves haven't started changing yet, but they're falling... probably more due to lack of rain than anything.

Days are shorter.  Somehow that came quite quickly the last couple of weeks and there has been a chill in the air for a bit... certainly in the mornings and evenings, although it's still not yet jacket weather... hoodies and such are still manageable.

It's not Fall yet.. but I can feel and see it coming.  Which, in some ways, is kind of cool.  Even if this time of year can feel a little long sometimes.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Oh, My Heart

I watched the Tragically Hip movie last night.

The one that follows their last tour and talks about Gord Downie's brain cancer diagnoses and just... all of it.

It was as heart-wrenching as I expected it to be, but I appreciated getting to see/hear more from the other guys in the band and their behind the scenes crew as well.

The Hip mean a great deal to me, as does Mr Downie.  And I feel like I have a lot of thinking to do, yet again, after watching that.

Gord Downie inspires me in ways I can't quite put my finger on. 


Thursday, 14 September 2017


It became mid-September in a day.  A DAY I TELL YOU!!!

Doesn't mean I'm not frustrated with the stores being all Halloween (and some even the dreaded X.... Mas)-y.

Come on now.... stop rushing me, it's going fast enough without the social consumer pressure!

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Just Like That

Well, my van's back.

Yep.  The van that's been down in Northern California since almost exactly a year ago.... with all my camping and Burning Man and other gear in it.  It's all back home.  (And slowly getting washed and sorted.)

It wasn't "just like that" at all, but it was.  I still haven't talked you through the process of me not going to Burning Man this year but in the chaos that was that decision, there came an offer (that I really didn't quite believe) to drive it back for me at the end of their burn.

Which is what happened.  (Long story short.)

So, yeah, my van is back.  And so is all my stuff.  Here comes hiking with actual hiking boots again!!!!  (And so many other things I "lost" for the year while they were down there in the van)  Welcome home van.  Welcome home stuff.  Welcome home all the things I now have to clean... d'oh.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017


Learned this one the hard way.....

So... when your dishwasher has a "heat dry" or whatever it's called option... you maybe (if you're me) have never thought through how that works.

Until... two days ago, when I was trying to clean a Nalgene plastic water bottle and at the end of the cycle there came a not good smell from the dishwasher.

I stuck my nose by the vent thing and realized it was melting plastic.... so I opened the thing and sure enough, the lid from my Nalgene had fallen and was sitting on what I now know is the heating ring.  Which was melting it spectacularly.

I pulled the thing off (making melted cheese like strings of plastic as I did so) and then wanted to make sure I got the rest off, so I sprayed down the ring with some windex (hissss, hisssss) and reached in to pull out the rest of the plastic and BAM, burned the underside of my arm on the other side of the ring.  Damn.

I ran it under cold water for a while, but the burn thankfully didn't hurt all that much.

Until yesterday, when I forgot about the burn and leaned on that part of my arm and tore the "blister" skin off.

Ow.  Ow.  Ow.  Ow.  Ow. 

Now it hurts y'all.

So... just in case you were wondering... that heat ring thing gets very very hot.  Don't touch it.  And don't let your plastic lids touch it either.


Monday, 11 September 2017


I have a lot I've been thinking about and maybe even some half-started blog posts in progress (in my mind at least) but it's Sunday night and I've had a cider and I try not to blog tipsy.... just so I have nothing to regret in the morning!

August was a long, difficult month.  I'm surprised, quite honestly, that it's already this far into September.

I've got a bandaid on my left thumb right now (from using scissors in a dumb way that backfired on me) and I keep forgetting that my keyboard is not touch sensitive... because I'll go to use my phone and it won't work (touch sensitive) and then go back to my computer and hesitate but... not touch sensitive!

Still dealing with wildfires (and sometimes smoke) here (in this province and all down this coast) and watching the weather on the other side of this continent and just shaking my head and hoping we all come out of it all ok... even knowing that "we all" won't.  I guess I just mean well.  Wish the best for everyone forced to leave their homes, or who've lost their homes to nature gone astray.

I'm babbling.  We'll blame that on the cider.  Hopefully I'll make time for more talking this week.  Hope all is well on your end.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017


Damn... well, I was all set to get back on the posting train last week, but then a friend (of Jason's and through him, mine) died... and that, well, it's been hard.

And then I was going to write this weekend, but then an awful thing happened at Burning Man and even though I wasn't there I'm thrown by it.

So.  I'm ok.  Had a hard week.  After a hard month.  It's hot now.  Hope you had a good long weekend.

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