Thursday, December 19th, 2013
10:12 am - Blog Challenge #5 - 10 songs that you love right now
These are 10 of the songs I am presently loving!
10:10 am - Blog Challenge #4 - What are you afraid of?
Running late on this again.. just not used to daily blogging anymore.
So what am I afraid of? So many things.
I'm afraid of my present job becoming so unrecognizable that I won't know what to do with myself.
I'm afraid of losing my job and not being able to pay my mortgage.
I'm afraid of losing my friends.
I'm afraid of the frightening things that are changing the world and I worry for what my niece and nephew have in their future.
Wow, what a disheartening subject! I hope Blog Challenge #5 is nicer.
Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
10:41 am - Blog Challenge #3 - Your favorite quote
I can't pick one, so here's a few:
“No wise fish would go anywhere without a porpoise.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”
― Marilyn Monroe
“Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.”
― H.G. Wells, The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman
“I think I've discovered the secret of life -- you just hang around until you get used to it.”
― Charles M. Schulz
“If you drink much from a bottle marked 'poison' it is certain to disagree with you sooner or later.”
― Lewis Carroll
“Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.”
― Albert Einstein
“I give myself very good advice, but I very seldom follow it.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass
“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
“But haven't all ambitious people something of the monstrous about them? You, sir, for instance, if you will forgive me, are a little bit monstrous.”
― Mervyn Peake
“Feminism is the radical notion that women are human beings.”
― Cheris Kramarae
Saturday, November 2nd, 2013
09:10 am - Blog Challenge #2 - 20 Facts about Myself
Fallen behind already! Let's pretend I have a twin and sent one of us into space and this is all a special relativity experiment where time moved more slowly.
- I collect things! Monster High dolls, Jem dolls, comic books, artwork.
- I still have the stuffed animal that I had when I was 6 years old.
- I prefer renting dvds from a physical rental store than downloading or watching on Netflix.
- While I speak English as my main language, Italian was my first language which I spoke exclusively until I started school.
- I never shaved my legs until my mid-30s. I know that probably sounds gross, but I had really thin, light hair on my legs so it was hardly noticeable. (Plus it is cold here much of the year and I avoided the sun like a vampire anyway)
- I was president of the computer club and chess club in high school. I kind of sucked at chess though.
- I can't swim. I took lessons when I was a kid and even got as far as diving but something broke along the way and all I can do now is float on my back and some sort of lame doggy paddle.
- I did the reverse of most people and moved from the big city to a small town to go to attend university!
- I have dinner with my parents/family at least once a week.
- I am completely out of shape now but I used to be on the volleyball team, soccer team and field hockey team in high school.
- I am ridiculously shy but I used to act in high school/elementary school. At least 3 times I played lead characters in our school plays.
- I love to read, voraciously. There was a summer where I spent every single day off at the public library.
- I eat corn in the cob row by row.
- I started collecting comic books when I was about 10 or 12. Can you imagine how many I have now?
- I've been to China, Cuba, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, ad United States, British Virgin Islands and American Virgin Islands.
- I want to go to Antarctica, one of those south pacific islands that is going to disappear when ocean levels rise, Poland and Russia. I've love to go see some of Africa and the Middle
- I was once tied to a tree by a goat, and kicked in the stomach by a donkey. Separate incidents, same trip!
- I have a cupcake on my desk at work that is nearly 10 years old.
- I rub my nose a lot. No, I don't have a coke habit, I have a really itchy nose!
- I have a lot of trouble finding 20 facts about myself.
Friday, November 1st, 2013
03:22 pm - hello blogland...
I haven't written in here for a while, so I'm thinking of kickstarting it by doing this 31 days of blogging thinger:
So hey, Nancy here... been on Livejournal since 2001. I've let things lapse over time. Presently I am a web developer. Lead developer as of last week, actually! I love my job though the politics at my workplace have been a bit of a rollercoaster the last few years. I'd write more but maybe I'll save that for day #2. Here's a recent photo courtesy of a lovely boy in my life.
Monday, February 11th, 2013
08:06 am -
Sitting at my computer in my underthings, sipping quangzhou milk oolong and reading the internets.
I don't want to go to work today. Can I just stay home and read books and learn about power tools and maybe cook something awesome? Please?
My hair smelled like burnt food... I visited with my parents yesterday and did not experience the usual fragrant smell of my mom's cooking when I walked in the door. Instead there was this really weird, not very pleasant smell of things burnt. My mom had been cooking something for dinner and thought she'd turned off the stove as they were leaving to go to church. Ends up she'd left it on the lowest heat setting and the lamb ended up burning. Poor Oreo was freaking out the whole time from the fire alarm noise... thankfully when they got back a few hours later (they'd also did some grocery shopping on the way back), the pot had not caught fire. The smell seems to have gotten into everything though. Including my coat and hair. Ick!
ok, time to shake off this lethargy and get ready for work!
Sunday, February 3rd, 2013
02:27 pm -
D's step-father who had leukemia and the bone marrow transplant last fall passed away on Wednesday. He caught pneumonia and was unable to kick it. It sucks. He'd been doing so well with the recovery. His body seemed to be accepting the new bone marrow.
I'm getting ready to head to the funeral home to give my condolences. I've decided not to wear eyeliner since I cry when I go to these things, even if I don't know the deceased or most of their family. It's just so sad to see people in pain. I'm tearing up as I write this now. Shit, I'm screwed.
Wednesday, January 9th, 2013
10:42 am - Houses
I love my house but sometimes it feels like so much work.
The bathroom has been a bit of a naggy worry because there were tiles, especially around the window in the bathtub/shower that were loose and moved in and out when you applied pressure to them. I was imagining how frightening and rotten the wall behind it must be. So I thought surely I was going to have to gut the entire bathroom including walls. So my dad came in and had a look and mostly laid my fears to rest. He removed all those loose tiles and the wall behind them was just fine. What a relief! He reglued/grouted them all and left doing the caulking around tub to me. So for the last few days, I have been scraping out the grout and caulking along the edges of the tub and tiles. Removing things is just frightful in an old house because you are under constant threat of finding something terrible lurking behind things. Last night I finished getting all the crap off and on one tile, pieces of it crumbled off due to a screw having been passed through it at some point. I was all "oh maaan" because my dad already brought home the grout. I just want to finish this stupid thing so I can use the shower all normal again.
So I said fuck it! for the night and just cleaned all the debris out of the tub and decided to run myself a bubble bath. First one that I've had since I moved into the place. It was kinda glorious! Black raspberry ice bubble bath foam, and a book called Paper Valentine. Even managed to wash my hair. Though that was kind of funny because as soon as I slid down further into the tub to wet my hair, all the water around me turned valentine fuchsia.
So tonight I need to get the courage together to caulk to tub. It looks like it's simple, just squeeze the bottle and move it along the edge of the tub/tile interface. Then put your finger in dishsoapy water and run it along the caulking to smooth it down. I'm just worried that it's going to come out all shakey and stuff and look like shit and that I'll have to redo it, especially around the lip of the tub and to the floor. If I can just get this all done, I can take showers without having to worry about getting water in bad places! That would be nice!!!
Then there's the washer/dryer. Earlier in the year, the dryer stopped emitting hot air to dry the clothes. It looks like an old combo machine, and I found a invoice taped to the side of the thing that indicates that it is a refurbished machine so I decided to just ditch it and get a new one. It's in a poorly thought out closet. Used to be stairs to the basement but those got ripped out so they could make them separate units to rent out. They threw down some sub flooring and run plumbing up behind there and tada! instance laundry closet. Since they didn't bother to put anything more than the sub flooring, there's about an 1 inch drop into the closet, which makes moving the friggin machine a real challenge. New one has been installed and a friend graciously helped make sure it level. Now I need to run a wash to make sure that I tightened the hoses enough! Been putting that off a few days, mostly out of laziness and focusing on the bathroom. I'm going to have to do it tonight.
Once I've got that and the washer/dryer in order, things will be grand! Then it will be onto getting a repair man to fix the oven of stove or buying a new one if the costs to repair end up being too much.
Aaand I'm just gonna put on blinders and pretend the basement does not exist. la la la!
Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
08:26 am -
Oh shit, that hard to get up in the morning thing is starting again! Boo on darkness!! I wishI could call in sick and just stay home and do stuff :)
Saturday, September 15th, 2012
08:39 am - I hate you cancer and your jerk friend old age
This year has been kind of brutal for my family as far as health goes. Probably part of the reason I spent much of the year depressed.
My father goes in for checkups quite regularly since he is in his late 60s now. Earlier this year, a tumour was discovered on his bladder, and he was also diagnosed with prostate cancer. Thankfully they detected all this early. He had a quick surgery to remove the tumour from his bladder. After surgery, he was uncomfortable for a week or two but he was in good shape after that. For the prostate cancer, his doctor recommended that they remove his prostate as radiation treatment might be less effective for complete removal. He had a fantastic surgeon who pretty much focuses on this procedure in his career. It's taken him a bit longer to get over that. We were all so afraid and worried for him. So far, it has stayed gone.
My brother-in-law's step-dad D was also diagnosed with leukemia about the same time. Thankfully his own brother was a perfect match as a bone marrow donor. They did the surgery and D has made it through the really bad part with no immune system and is now stuck in his home for a year or two in recovery.
The same brother-in-law's real dad A also had surgery on both his knees about a month ago and he bounced back really quickly.
So everything seemed mostly okay; everyone back in reasonably good health. Then I talked to my sister the other day and found out that my brother-in-law's real dad was acting really weird on Sunday. First, a mysterious incident with him getting 2 flat tires on his car, and the mechanic telling my sister that it had to have been something serious because the axle had some damage; and A said nothing had happened. Then at dinner he's forgetting things they said to him 10 minutes ago. It just gets worse. Next day he's having motor skill problems. His hands are shaking and the food falling off his fork as he tries to eat. He almost falls down the stairs. They took him to the hospital and they discovered that he has a tumour in his head. It's probably been there undetected a long time and now it's starting to grow or something. They took him home and he seems to have gotten worse. Forgetting to drop his drawers when going to the bathroom, things like that. So on Thursday they brought him to the hospital again and checked him in. They're trying to get him to take an MRI so that they can go onto a biopsy. He flipped out and would not cooperate. We went back there last night and they had to strap him to his bed and sedate him :( They're going to be doing some biopsy related surgery today. I hope to god it goes okay. I'm just in utter shock. A is a charming man, an amazing cook and artist, knows so many things and he's reduced to a diaper-wearing, fractured man in a span of 5 days. We're not even sure how to go about taking care of his day-to-day situation. No idea who he banks with, nor what bills need to be paid besides rent on his apartment. We don't think he has a will so my bro-in-law doesn't have power of attorney. No clue about what to do if we have to put him in a home to watch him if he manages to survive this and doesn't get his mental faculties back. Time to start researching all this, I guess.
It is so not a cliche that you should live every day as if it is your last and love everyone you love as if you will never see them again tomorrow coz it could really be true.
Wednesday, August 29th, 2012
10:03 am - An aviary for today
Some things work so weirdly. When I was reading on the way to work this morning, the book was talking about the equator and the tropics of Capricorn and Cancer and gave examples of places that are on the tropic lines. One was Alice Springs and I thought "hrm, I wonder where that is.. can't be USA can it?" I just glanced at Facebook and a friend posted pictures from a trip to Australia/Fiji and one of the pictures is of the Alice Springs Airport sign. Well thank you universe for that geography lesson!(Though I really should find out if it is in Australia *or* Fiji myself)
Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012
11:06 pm -
I had this dream this morning that I had a wound on my belly, just below my bellybutton. It just kept getting bigger and deeper. It didn't hurt, it was just distressing to look down and see this gaping hole full of blood and pus. When I woke up, I actually moved the sheets down and lifted my shirt to confirm that it wasn't actually there. I wonder if it means anything.
My dad told me this fantastic story the other day about 2 of my uncles. My grandmother used to always warn my dad to watch out for zio Giacinto steal stuff from his garden if left unattended. The reason for the warning is this:
Zio Mario had a beautiful garden full of tomato plants, among other things. There was one very lovely luscious red tomato on the vine that he was saving there. It was perfect for later making seeds from for next year. After Giacinto left, Mario noticed that this tomato was missing! He called Giacinto and accused him of stealing the tomato! Giacinto admitted, that yes, he had taken it, there was nothing wrong with that! Mario told him he was saving it for seeds and demanded that he give it back. Giacinto said sure, come and get it, but bring me another one to replace it. Mario was absolutely livid and stayed angry with him about this stolen tomato for a very long time. There really is no punchline to this story but imagining the one flipping out on the other is quite funny in my head!
Monday, June 18th, 2012
08:01 am - late june update
I'm on the bus heading to work and I forgot my book on the coffee table on the way out. I hate when that happens. I'm reading Game of Thrones, presently on loan from a friend. I was also reading "London: A biography" which is neat, but I've been having trouble focussing when reading non-fiction lately.
Garden seems to be doing well. I had some fresh cherries yesterday! Only the 2 that I managed to reach on my tippy toes. They were delicious though! Squirrels and birds will probably have the rest before I manage to get a ladder!
I spent 2 hours trying to dismantle an old armchair that the previous owners left in the garage. I imagine I could just have dragged it to the curb on garbage day, but I was curious about how it is built and this felt like the perfect opportunity to have a look! Didn't end up being as exciting as I had hoped but now I have a garbage bag full of cloth and sponge and a bit stack of wood to leave on the curb! :p
I got my hair done for the first time in nearing a year! Got my reds and fuschias back! Just in time for summer!
Work is going to be hectic this week. We're sending our new math course into QA on Wednesday. I'm stressing out before I still am trying to design and code an assignment question type for tables where the student fills in the values. I need to make it flexible enough that a teacher can choose any configuration of columns and rows and prefill some of the cells. It's hurting my brains.
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Wednesday, June 13th, 2012
10:47 am - Lawn Ninjas and other things.
I got home from work last night, and found that some lawn ninjas has cut my grass for me. It has been almost knee height and had been stressing me out a bit. I don't have a lawn mower and can't justify getting one for what amounts to a few metres squared of grass. I suspect it was my neighbour Joe, or his son. Joe had some sort of stroke or heart thing happen a few months ago and was in the hospital in a coma for over a month. He's been back home for a while now and it's pleasant to chat with him in the morning as I'm waiting on my porch to go catch the bus.
I finished painting one of the upstairs room. It went from a very very Maple Leafs navy blue, to a pale soothing grey-blue called Bear Run. I have no idea what I'm going to put in there yet. I had contemplated making it my new bedroom but it gets dreadfully hot up there with no a/c and will likely be chilly in the winter time as well.
I had my private meeting with my supervisor today to finalize my Performance Agreement for the year. This is going to be an exciting one. We're changing the way our courses are delivered so that you'll be able to interact with the course materials from most devices in a seamless way instead of using clunky PDFs. This meeting left me jubilant. I love this new boss lady. She made me feel very good about myself and my skills. She told me that she thinks I have a great teaching ability and a calming effect that makes the person I'm teaching feel relaxed about learning and makes them feel like they can do it. So she wants me to be involved in training our staff to support the new interfaces we are putting forth. And she said it's nice to have someone in the tech side that is female. You do not know how much this affected me. For many years now I've felt uncertain about my abilities. Several of my earlier managers subtly made me question if I actually know what I'm doing and it's been awful. I already have self-esteem issues and having a new boss immediately think you're dumb enough to not have normalized some database tables you designed is just insulting and hearing that enough times makes you doubt yourself.
In 15 minutes she restored my faith in myself. It was amazing and I am so looking forward to this year's projects, even if they are gonna be difficult as all fuck!
Wednesday, June 6th, 2012
09:35 am - Things
Some beautiful and awesome things.
- One of the niftiest artists I've found in recent times is Cris Conn Askew picture. He's a tattoo artist with a very russian style to his work.
- Ryan Heshka's new book. I'm not sure that I am in love with direction he has been taking. I loved his planetary women and his chihuahua art.
- Troy Brook's book! I stumbled upon his work at Pentimento Gallery in Leslieville and fell in love with his strange ladies.
- Lovely Amazonia Wonder Woman doll. She is such a beautiful! Such an enchanting face.
- Princess of the Aliens Barbie. I have not bought a barbie in a while but she is stunning as heck. Look at the detail on her costume.
- Andrew Loomis's books are incredible and finally back in print!!
- I love Femke Hiemstra's artwork so much! As per usual, the ones I love best are not available as prints but this one is terribly cute.
Monday, April 9th, 2012
12:30 am - Aquaman
Aquaman began in 1962 and ran 63 issues.
Nick Cardy drew 1 - 39 and he continued to do the covers until 56.
Jim Aparo drew insides from 40 - 59 and began doing covers at 57 until the end.
Neal Adams did insides in 50,51,52.
A few other guys did the insides from 60-63, with some backup stories in a few earlier issues.
Sunday, April 8th, 2012
10:55 pm - All-Star Western Comics
I've recently become obsessed with All-Star Western, a comic book title produced by DC Comics in 1970 that ran 71 issues.
The first 11 issues ran with this title. They contain a mixture of new stories and reprints of very old ones by the likes of Carmen Infantino, Neal Adams, Gil Kane, Joe Kubert, Frank Frazetta and Nick Cardy. The first few had new covers by Neal Adams and then Tony DeZuniga (who I didn't realize had such lovely pencils!)
The series was renamed Weird Western Tales at issue 12. Some things of note:
#10 = Jonah Hex's first appearance (drawn by DeZuniga)
#12-13 = new Neal Adams work
#14 = Alex Thoth story
#17- 38 = mostly Jonah Hex stories
#39 = 1st Scalphunter and the title remained mostly about him til the end of the series.
#48 = 1st Cinnamon appearance.
#60 = Scalphunter story entitled "The Gangs of Old New York" (curious if it shares any materials with the movie Gangs of New York).
I'll probably stick with just finding issues 1-15
Friday, March 23rd, 2012
08:48 am -
Yesterday I had pers, tailchaser and Dave F over for the first Doctor Who night in forever. We had left the last 2 episodes of the season plus the Christmas special. pers pulled up in her bright yellow car and parked in the driveway in front of the stairs. I think all these girls hanging out on my porch attracted some attention from all the neighbours! I was absolutely delighted when Joe from next door came out onto the porch. He fell into a coma several months ago and only recently came out of it and is back home, although still working through some of the problems it created for him. It's weird that I've only known him and his family for a short time, but when I learned he'd gone in the hospital, it had affected me as if he was my own dad. I hope that he's able to switch back to normal food again soon and that I'll see him sitting on the porch more in the spring. pers and I walked up the block to a roti place and I was amazed at how vibrant my neighbourhood is. There were so many people sitting on their porches or kids running around playing. Some people even said hello as we walked by! I bet halloween is going to be awesome on my street! Though I'll probably have to fix that extra tall front step. heh.
Tuesday, December 6th, 2011
12:53 am - Ramble
As of right now, I am on vacation until the new year. HR forced it on me since I didn't use up enough of it over the year. Even with that I'm transferring 5 days + 6 banked hours to next year.
So what am I going to do with all this free time you ask? Assemble furniture. :) I found the right bed for me last week, but they want $125 to deliver it, and another $125 to assemble it. Utter madness. I caved on the delivery but I'm going to attempt to put it together myself. The sales guy said it is a very complicated bed to put together; said something about Einstein equations. I told him I have a physics degree and that perhaps it will finally be of use. ;)
I am also going to read some books. This year I have been participating in the 2011 Reading Challenge on Goodreads.com. I picked 50 books as my challenge. I got screwed over because I started reading the Mars books by Kim Stanley Robinson. They are enthralling but looong books and practically took a month each to get through. I am currently at 38 out of 50 books, 76%. I've got 25 days left. Eek! Presently I am reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. pers recommended it to me, and I stumbled upon it today while returning some books to the library. I'm 30 pages in and really enjoying it. There is magic, and I am letting visions of The Prestige mingle with it in my head even though I am not sure that that is the mood this book is heading towards.
Sooo the house is coming along pretty good now. The roofers are finally done all their work, and I hope to god that all this leaking business is done once and for all. I chose a solution wherein they reshaped the part of the roof where this leak has been happening so that there is no longer a depression for water to gather in. So, modern wiring, check! sound roof check. Maybe now it's safe to have paper things in there. Well, next test will be to take a bath and make sure the plumbing doesn't leak. Speaking of which, I am trying to understand the logistics of shower curtains. What's with the 2 sheet thing? Does everyone do that? Do you do one plastic and one cloth one? Or just one plastic? It is crazy to realize just how little I know about practical things. Like shower curtains. (A month ago it was dead bolts, and before that taking window panes out and putting them back in. Next week it'll be tackling the self-cleaning oven. Stay tuned)
Monday, December 5th, 2011
11:11 pm - Rosa
ROSA from Jesús Orellana on Vimeo.
I wish I could create something so stunning in a year. What a talented guy.