A voice among the crickets

This blog has been quiet for some time. Somehow I convinced myself that NaNoWriMo was a good idea. It turns out that in most ways it is; I have nearly finished a project that is close to my heart, thanks to the 50,000 word goal.

That means I haven’t had time for weekly contests or much of anything else, really. Writing time is scarce in November/December to begin with, because it’s the time of year I start to go nuts with Christmas activities (no regrets).

I’ve made my own schedule and I might just finish. Until then, it might continue to be somewhat quiet, but I have a surprise for the blog on the first of December.

So, until next time…wish me luck!

C4 2016 – In Summary

I spent this weekend at Central Canada Comic Con with my brother. I sold my books, he sold his art, and the con was relatively kind to both of us.

We dressed as Spinelli & TJ from Recess. The costumes were well received.

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FRIDAY

We arrived at the venue about 12:00 to start setting up. We had dropped off our supplies the night before. Setup didn’t take long, so we went for a delicious lunch. At 2pm, the convention started.

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donations

I donated to public television once. The following is a slight (but only slight) exaggeration.

REPRESENTATIVE: I see here that you’ve donated to us in the past. Thank you so much for your support.

ME: Uh oh.

REPRESENTATIVE: So because you donated once in the past for a single amount of $25 we’re calling to see if you’d like to donate $5,000/month for the foreseeable future!

ME: I can’t really afford…

REPRESENTATIVE: $10/month?

ME: Look, if I want to donate to…

REPRESENTATIVE: Even a much smaller amount would still help us tremendously!

ME: Please stop.

REPRESENTATIVE: We can send you an invoice for another $25 if that would suit you better?

ME: Fine. You know what, send the invoice. I’m not going to pay it.

REPRESENTATIVE: We look forward to your money!

I don’t mind when organizations like the Heart & Stroke Foundation try to get more money out of me; there’s an obvious need for it there. Still, I could do without the phone calls, especially after I’ve politely said¬† “No, not right now.”

 

 

 

Robbie’s Trip to Ontario (with pictures!)

Once a year, I make the journey to see my grandmother, and now, after their move, my parents. Visiting family is always a blast, and they live in such a beautiful part of the world it would be impossible not to have a great time. My only regret is that I had no time to visit other Ontario friends.

Grammie gave Robbie the OK and we spent a terrific week of golden sunshiny weather in southern Ontario. Aside from some barking in the apartment, Robbie behaved like a champion – he didn’t utter a single peep on the plane, even though the poor little man was scared.

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Phone Etiquette

ACCEPTABLE

ME: Good afternoon, Holly speaking.

THEM: Hi, can I talk to Bill?

ME: Bill’s gone for lunch, can I take a message?

THEM: Sure, have him call me back.
UNACCEPTABLE

ME: Good afternoon, Holly speaking.

THEM: BILL

ME: Bill’s gone for lunch, can I take a message?

THEM: What do you mean, gone for lunch? How DARE he go for lunch! Doesn’t he know that the earth revolves around me and my schedule? I don’t give a shit if there’s a two hour time difference! Knock the sandwich out of Bill’s mouth and GET HIM ON THE PHONE!*

 

*I may be exaggerating slightly.

Fitness & Health – Month 1

My first gym day was July 5, when I had an assessment and my trainer assured me he could help with my aches and pains.

I went in complaining of neck and shoulder pain, and lower back pain to a lesser extent. I’m also borderline overweight and wanted to lose a few pounds. During that assessment, I learned that he hoped to help me with many other things; my indigestion, my sluggishness, and the fact that I’m always hungry (to name a few).

An increase in protein, particularly red meat, plus a decrease (and in some cases elimination) of carbohydrates has dramatically reduced and almost obliterated my indigestion. I went from having a constantly sore stomach for years to blissful internal peace. I would never recommend the gluten-free diet (unless you’ve been diagnosed with Celiac disease or a nutritionist suggested it on a case-by-base basis) but it’s certainly working for me.

I thought it would be hard, but my stomach feels so light. I’ve given myself a couple of “cheat” days and eaten some of my no-no foods, and the next day I can feel the pain; it justifies the pain in the ass I feel when I go out to eat and spend half an hour with the menu.

The neck and shoulder pain I went in for in the first place is almost gone. Sometimes I wake up with a stiff neck, but for the most part, I’ve started walking with my head held high and I’m physically capable of sitting up straight in chairs.

I never thought I’d be able to enjoy exercise. Inside I was still the fat kid who gave up in gym class because the other kids were mean when I wasn’t good at sports. I’ve finally made peace with that fat kid and now we’re working together.

In summary, month 1: big success.

 

 

Fitness Training Woes – Part II

ME: I don’t subscribe to this whole gluten-free fad, it doesn’t make sense unless you have Celiac disease. I don’t believe in any fad diets. Blah blah blah.

TRAINER: So based on your body type, food history/food diary/symptoms, etc. your enemies are wheat and dairy.

ME: …

TRAINER: Don’t eliminate, replace. You can have rice pasta and almond milk. Also, you should avoid potatoes and replace them with yams.

ME: …

TRAINER: And here are eleventy billion vitamins you should take.

ME:…did you say no wheat?

TRAINER: You’ll feel better, trust me.

ME: WHY IS THIS HAPPENING

He was right, though. My stomach no longer seems to hate me. The no dairy thing is fine because I’ve never liked milk anyway and milk is delicious, but my previous diet basically¬† consisted of pasta and bread and now I’m eating beef and more beef, jeesh.

Fitness Training Woes

TRAINER: You need to eat more red meat.

ME: Red meat? They make that?

TRAINER: Start having three eggs for breakfast, and eventually add 100g of roast beef to that.

ME: Uggh.

TRAINER: If you find it difficult to get protein at lunch, you can have a protein shake.

ME: Oh! I can do that. I have some hemp protein at home.

TRAINER: No, beef protein.

ME: …why is that a thing.