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I stopped by Livejournal just to check up on a couple of people. Saw a couple of notices from the administrators. You can now embed LJ posts elsewhere, and you can now import your Facebook public posts automatically into LJ. But they haven't admitted defeat. Not yet I sense it's close. there's a distinct waft of desperation.

Baby shower for wee Bree next Saturday. I've given her a start on her library, chipped in on something Mom bought her, one of those cross body slings, and I've ordered 3 dozen decorated cookies from the woman at work that also was the one, with her niece, that did our wedding cake. Her cookies are really REALLY good, too.
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 Bloody Air Canada! I suppose they are no worse than most airlines but they do piss me off sometimes. I got a call from the travel agent last night to say that Air Canada had changed the flights for our Hawaii trip, they weren't offering the return flight on the date we'd booked anymore. Or at least not that date. So the options were to shift the flight and hotel by a day later or cancel. But a day later has us on an overnight flight, arriving back in Vancouver first thing in the morning and then on another overnight flight to Toronto that same night. Nooooooo. I might have been able to do that 30 years ago but it would wreck me for a week now I think. But I asked if it couldn't be shifted back a day instead so she checked and said yes it could. I also asked if we cancelled and changed over to a Westjet package (they had a similar one with the same hotel) would we get charged anything by AC. Considering it was AC that moved the goal post, I expected the answer to be No and it was. She got back to me this morning and said it could be rescheduled for one day earlier so that's what we're doing. We'll head to Hawaii out of Vancouver on Nov. 14th instead of the 15th. We get back to Vancouver early early on the 20th instead of the 21st and head home the night of the 22nd. 

So now, I had to shift some other stuff around. I was planning that we would go to stay with my cousin for the two nights before Hawaii but this would only leave us with the one night. Not a lot of time for a good visit. I'd also have to do something about the airport hotel we'd booked for the night of the 21st. I thought maybe, if it wasn't too inconvenient for my cousin, we could go to hers when we get back from Hawaii. That would be a couple of days even if we might be a bit jet lagged from the overnighter. We might even get a day trip in somewhere, perhaps up to Whistler in the mountains. 

I messaged her and she said that would be great, she'd even pick us up and deliver us from/to the airport. I wasn't assuming, though I'd hoped she would. But we could have taken the skytrain from a station out in the burbs where they live. Anyway, with that done, I cancelled the airport hotel and rebooked it for the night before we go to Hawaii. We can take our stuff out there in the evening, have breakfast in the morning and either go into the city on the skytrain or do some shopping and get some lunch in the large mall that's close to the hotel. There's an airport shuttle from the hotel I think. THey'll hold on to our bags until we need to leave. 

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 Yesterday was our "First Face Day" anniversary. G. and I met in a chat room through a mutual friend and we got to know each other through long chats on MSN back in the day when that's how you communicated online. Chatrooms and MSN or ICQ. His dial up connection was not good for any video chat. We did try once or twice but it was frustrating to say the least. I really had a time getting my head around the feeling that I was developing feelings for someone I had never met face to face as was he. It was not in our plan, either of us but it happened. I was planning a trip to the UK, first to London and then to Manchester where I had friends anyway and he offered me a place to stay. Hmmm... I was fairly confident he was safe. I had a friend of mind meet him and have a chat, to see what he thought. G. was perfectly happy to do that which was scored points. He always said and did all the right things. I never caught him in a lie or mixing up his stories, which is something you have to watch for when meeting someone new, sight unseen. I had feelings for this man so I decided to take the chance, since I did have friends not far away I could go to if it didn't work out.

I was going to do my few days in London as planned along with a couple of nights with a friend there. I'd hop on a train to Manchester after that and spend three days at G.'s, seeing my mates and hanging out, seeing if this really was what it felt like. Then I was on my way to Ireland for a wedding and I persuaded G. to come with me so that we could spend a few more days together. I had to get a hotel anyway so I bought him a cheap flight. Again, could always cancel if things weren't working. 

I missed the train. Really. Not being used to these things, the sign I was watching was for arrivals not departures so I was at the wrong platform when the train to Manchester left. Doh. I had to go back down to the ticket wicket and buy a new one way ticket! Luckily I had bought a mobile phone in London so I could contact him to meet me a bit later. The trains between the two cities are frequent so it wasn't a long wait, just an hour or so. I finally arrived in Manchester Picadilly station. 

We had arranged to meet by the Burger King in the station. I went that way and saw him, but he didn't see me because someone had stopped to ask directions. The next thing I know, we're face to face and it felt like the world faded away. I know that sounds corny but that's really how it felt. It felt right. It still does 13 years later. 

We finally got married 2 years ago. Yep. 11 years long distance, bi-continent. We moved over to Skype so communication was a lot easier now that we could video-chat rather than type. It took that long because he had an elderly dad to keep an eye on and he really didn't feel comfortable leaving the country. His dad passed away at Easter, 2014 and we started to plan our wedding that summer. He's living in Canada now officially and with all the paperwork. 

A happy ending :) 
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 We gathered to celebrate my niece's birthday on Saturday and I finally got to hold the wee baby!! She's soooo tiny, just nudging over 6 pounds now, which is more than a pound since she came home two weeks ago. She's doing very well though does have to feed a lot. She's keeping them hopping. Luckily, her husband is very good with the baby and even took over and let her sleep 4 or 5 hours while he looked after Bree. I think my niece pumps out milk for a bottle feed, too, so he was able to feed her. 

Anyway, I held her for awhile and then of course, there were others in line to have a cuddle including her uncles. It's surprising to see how besotted R. is over the baby, someone that never held one before and wasn't bothered but this baby, as he told his sister, is important. Awww! I still have a photo I took of him when he was five, holding her when she was about 6 months old. He's staring at her little face and they're both smiling hard. He kind of looks at little Bree the same way now! Warms the heart, it does. 

Staci's dad is driving down from Ontario next week to see the baby. He hasn't been here yet and planned a trip later in the summer but he's starting a new job in July so he's making a quick drive down now instead. I say "quick" but it'll take a couple of days to get here.  You can do the drive in one day but it's literally ONE DAY, a solid 18 to 20 hours, highway all the way. THat's without too much stopping other than gas, bathroom and a quick food stop. I used to live north of Ottawa and we would do the drive in about 16 - 18 hours in summer, driving all night. We'd break it up to an overnight stop in winter if we did it at all. Where Staci's dad lives is in Hamilton, which is about half way between Toronto and Niagara (which is west of Toronto). Google maps has it as a 17 and a half hour drive but it ends up being closer to 20 with traffic, break stops, tolls and other delays.

I just had a look at the maps and it would take 60 hours to drive across Canada, from Halifax to Vancouver. That's Google Maps not taking into account breaks, time to sleep etc. It's a big country. Actually Google gives the fastest route through the US, about 57 hours. You would have to take into account the exchange rate which isn't great these days though the price of gas is better than Canada's, it being taxed far lighter. I'd still prefer to stick to Canada though. I don't know if I ever would want to drive across the country but it would be a nice drive over the Rocky Mountains from Calgary or Edmonton to Vancouver. 

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You know how frustrating it can be to navigate through all those menus when you're trying to get through to a real person on the phone? It's "press 1 or say ONE" "enter your birth month and year or say the two digit month and two digit year", that sort of thing. I tried to get my automatic reload set up on Starbucks for my Starbucks card/app and it kept kicking out my credit card. Just got one with a new expiry date, you see. It would accept it but then send an email when it tried to reload and say it couldn't authorize it. I noticed a "start" date on the card as well as the expiry so i wondered if that was the problem. So I decided to call up. I had activated the card yesterday so i knew that was ok. The number I called yesterday put me straight through to a warm body. Not so, tonight.

All I wanted was a real person to ask a question. Was there a start date that meant I couldn't actually use it until then? (next weekend). I obediently tapped my way through all the things it wanted to know. But I still couldn't get an option that would give me a real person.  I muttered "oh fuck off", the recorded response came back with  something like "this is not a valid response" ... I navigated a bit more and finally shouted the same thing. Got the same huffy come back but then the recording said to make sure I had my paperwork and they'd connect me to an operator. So there you have it folks, swearing at the recording menu options really does work!

And the problem? I had entered my billing address the same way I always do on every website. I didn't change it from before on the Starbucks site, it was still "apt#-civic# street name Dr." but the woman at the call centre said the card account was set up as "civic# street name Dr. Apt xxx" . The apartment number was separated out. Mind you, that first format is one that Canada Post always recognizes and it's the one I use all the time. Even Starbucks never minded it before. But as soon as I changed it to the one that matched the card account, it went through. Well then. I suppose either the bank or Starbucks has changed their authorization method. I know it's for my own good but I'll have to remember that for other sites, and not be surprised if it kicks back at me. At least I'll know why.

I've changed over my other Visa card at another bank to a Mastercard that will get WestJet (airline) dollars. Air Canada is dropping Aeroplan and will have their own points plan. They actually separated themselves from it a few  years ago but were still associated with it as a partner. They're dum,ping that partnership altogether. They *say* they'll still accept aeroplan points for flights after they change to their own but I am not so confident. And if that's the case, I want to have something else in hand for travel points. Westjet dollars can also be used with Delta airlines and American Airlines, I think as they are partners with Westjet. Westjet is now flying to Gatwick and Glasgow, too, so they're a viable replacement for Air Canada. Possibly at least. Anyway, it's done now. I always had a second credit card as a backup. I've got Aeroplan points enough for a short haul flight already, I may end up with enough for a long haul North America flight by next year. You can use Aeroplan points for other things like hotels and cars and merchandise so I can always use it for that, too but I find the points they want for a night in a hotel is quite high when you can often get a pretty decent price on a hotel if you're patient. I think gradually I'll shift over to the new mastercard as my main one. The Aeroplan card, the bank that deals with it also has a lower version, not a premium type card and I could always switch it to that one. The yearly fee is far lower.

High finances.
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 Father's Day is over with. Since Dad died, I try to keep my head down and shut out a lot of the advertising and I try, but usually fail, to stay off Facebook for a few days. But the Father's Day posts linger for a few days after so I can't avoid it. I'm not one to post photos and sentiment on the day in memory of him. I'd rather remember him privately. I don't think it's a bad thing that people pay tribute to various dads, grandads, and other father figures in their lives, I do the same thing on Mother's day but I find Father's day difficult. It stems back to when Graham and I first got engaged, at the end of May, a few months after he died. Grief was still pretty raw and it devastated me that he wasn't there to celebrate. I think it intensified how hard Father's Day was that year. Everywhere I looked there was advertising, commercials, posters. I couldn't buy my future father-in-law a father's day card because I couldn't bear to look at all the cards. I still can't. Luckily, his birthday was around the same day, sometimes falling on Father's Day itself so I would send a card and add a "Happy Father's Day" on to it. 

It's odd, I don't have the same heavy feelings when his birthday comes around, just a few weeks after Father's Day and not even on the anniversary of his death in January. I remember him, I think of him daily and I really miss him. It doesn't hurt as much as it used to though I can still be caught off guard now and then by a memory even if that same memory might not bother me if I'd had it the day before or the week after. I call them "Dad moments".  The most recent one was seeing a trailer for that movie about Dunkirk. He would have loved it, he always loved WWII books and movies. 

Anyway. Didn't plan to write all that but I'll leave it. 

We were out on the weekend to get a new tube for G.'s hearing aid and ended up getting groceries at two different stores, spending about the same amount in each. Sheesh. Well, we were out of a lot of meat and I tend to stock up if I can get to the shops that have really good meat prices. The one we went to had Tbone steaks on sale for around $5 - $6 or 7 which is about half what you usually see them priced. Mind you, they aren't that thick so I suppose half the size of stead means have the cost! Never mind. We don't need huge hunks of beef anyway.  I have to try to increase my iron intake so a bit of beef now and then will be good. I had some multigrain cheerios this morning, that was iron-enriched. I love those organic pumpkin seeds I got at Costco and I'm out of trail mix for my work stash so I will have to hit the dollar store later. 

The social committee at work is hosting a lunch time barbeque today, I think. We pre-order a hamburger or a hot dog and they give you a package of chips, a drink. They have it set up on the roof of the parking garage next to our building. It's looking a bit overcast but I think the skies are trying to clear so it shouldn't be too damp!
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 Baby BreeVery good news, my niece brought her little one home from the hospital on Monday. Bree is 5 lb. 4 ounces and thriving. Here's a photo. She looks a bi
t overwhelmed doesn't she! There's a link to a few more photos if you click on the photo including one with her daddy. I think she's got his looks around the eyes and his dark hair, too, if it stays dark. My niece is blonde and babies often loose their hair and when it grows in, it can be a different colour. I still haven't had the opportunity to hold her but I'm sure I will now she's home. 

That's the big news of the week. 

In other local news, the Bluenose II, the lovely sailing ship that represents Nova Scotia, has finally been completely renovated and overhauled and she'll be doing lots of sailing this summer, including leading the Parade of Sail when the Tall Ships come. The boat will be in harbour in Lunenburg for much of August and September so when Malc comes to visit, I would really like to drive down there for a day trip and book tickets to sail on her. In all these years, I've never been on board for a sail. Lunenburg is a gorgeous town, a UNESCO heritage place, too. I haven't been there for awhile. I think I took Graham there on his first visit to NS but we haven't been there since. 

I have been making lists of vegetarian friendly restaurants for Malc, too. Most places have one or two dishes but some are definitely better than others and if we want to eat out somewhere, I don't want to always have to depend on Chinese/Thai or Curry. There aren't really a lot of Indian restaurants here though there are many Chinese places all the way up the scale to some really, really good ones. I've also been earmarking a few recipes to make as well. Vegetarian chili is always a good standby as is Lasagna or spaghetti sauce. I have a couple of good vegetarian pasta recipes as well. I suppose i should make sure I have extra tomatoes and cheese and lettuce in for sandwiches and I may look to see what the grocery store has for veggie luncheon meats and get some tins of soup in or I could always make some and freeze it. 

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The doctor told me my hemoglobin and red blood cell count dipped below normal at my last blood work. I had a colon cancer kit from the hospital that they send out every couple of years to over 50s so she said to do that and send it in. Apparently one common way you can be losing blood is through the stool, especially if you're post-menopausal and not having periods anymore. I had more bloodwork and went back to her. Seh'd had the test results and it's just fine. The second bloodwork showed the offending red blood cell count a little higher, just into the normal range so she thinks i will have to start trying to get more iron in my diet. That's a fair suggestion. I think I've been low-iron in the past because i do have an iron supplement that I always forget to take. I'll have to get back in the habit of that.

Now on to figuring out what foods I can eat. She said things like leafy green veg are good but you have to eat quite a lot of it to make much difference. I had a look online. I hate liver which I mentioned to her but she asked if i liked pate. Oh yes i do like that. She suggested that maybe once a week for a start. Now i'll be looking up pate recipes! Aside from red meats, which we don't eat even on a weekly basis as a rule, I also found out that there are certain beans and nuts and seeds so I bought some trail mix from the dollar store and picked up dollar store stuff, dried apricots, almonds, sunflower seeds, more raisins and things like that. Bought a big plastic container to put it in and I can snack on that at my desk at work. Costco had a large bag of pumpkin seeds so i made some banana muffins also and threw a big handful of them in there. Yummy. All that should help. And try to remember to take the iron supplement pill! I shall be IronWoman!
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Welcome to June! Corrie's been pretty riveting this week. They always pull out all the stops for the week that they also air Britain's Got Talent and since they show it at 9 pm they also make some choices that are more "adult" viewing. Anyway, there were  a few really good storylines peaking and some performances that have to be award winning, if not this year (the awards are actually on tonight) then next year.

I have been struggling with my back most of the week though it was ok enough to go to work on Thursday and Friday. It's still a bit creaky but it will be for a few more days. Went to the chiropractor three days in a row and will likely go again next week though it might have to wait until payday. We'll see. Also have a regular doctor's appointment on Monday night so we shall see how that goes. She was talking about changing my BP meds.

Today, we were going to take a taxi to the grocery store and get some things but a friend called and we ended up going out to lunch with her first and then she took us to the grocery store which made things easier.

when we got back, we got in the elevator with the man that lives next to us. Not sure G. realized who it was because he asked what floor so he could press the button. I said Oh that's our neighbour. I don't know his name but we've exchanged hellos now and then when we've seen each other in the hallway or elevator. He's a chef, I know because usually he's wearing his whites when I see him going to or coming home from work. He was carrying two cakes or loaves and asked if we liked banana bread. Oh yes. He gave us one of them, which was still warm from the oven! Oh my god was it good! There was also chocolate in it and it was fluffy and dense and melty! That's the kind of neighbour you like to have! I bet even if i had the recipe, it wouldn't come out as good as that.

Still enjoying the series The Handmaid's Tale and apparently they're having another season of it. If you are at all familiar with the book, you will know it was left a bit up in the air with the main character so I would imagine they might fill in what happened to her afterwards. Hope so anyway and I hope Margaret Atwood is involved so the "vision" stays on board to what she'd want. It's quite good and you don't have to have read the book first. It keeps to it pretty well and the little changes are not that jarring, plus they've added in and filled in background more than is in the book to flesh it out.
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Literally, a pain in the back. For the first time in about 10 years, my back really spasmed out on me on Sunday. I've had twinges and aches and such but this is the first proper attack in quite some time though not the worst it's ever been I have to say. Stil been bloody uncomfortable. Sunday, doing nothing in particular, just walking to the kitchen it siezed up. Ice, heat, Robaxacet. It wasn't too bad on Monday but worse again on Tuesday so I went over to the chiropractor for an adjustment. My nephew was able to drive me over thankfully. Today, my cousin took me for another one but it's a lot more comfortable today. I think I'll head back to work tomorrow. If i need to go again, he's in the same complex but otherwise I'll go next week for a top off.

Thus, I probably won't get to see wee Bree this week unless we go over on the weekend. Might do that if it's nice. I know one thing, with the extra rest and painkillers, my sore heel has been a lot better, still a little sore but better. I suppose once I get back to normal routine, it will start hurting more again but maybe I can keep on top of it by foot massage and ice. I am pretty sure that's been the major contributing factor to my back problems because I've not been walking right for a couple of months now due to the sore heel.
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 Baby Bree is so tiny! Yet she's bigger than I expected. Not very big of course, still weighs a bit less than birth weight of 3 lb 14 but starting to gain back. The little fingers look incredibly fragile and her arms and legs are so skinny feeling through her jammies. They've taken her out of the main ICU part and taken her to a transitional NICU where it's quieter. It means she's doing very well so that's good. Staci can't wait to take her home but it will be a few weeks yet. 
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 I didn't really do anything on the weekend but rest my foot and my back which has been twinging lately. My back is improving as is, I think, my heel (plantar fascitis) but it's still tender. 

I did get a bunch of hotels/motels booked over the weekend for both our Vancouver leg in November and our Cape Breton road trip in September when Malcom visits. The Vancouver one is a suite hotel and by booking on the hotel website, I could use the government discount which saved us about $150 for the four nights. I just have to remember to bring my work ID card. They didn't say local government wasn't covered so I"m prepared to insist if they give me any grief. I've used it before when I've booked a hotel without any problems. The websites usually say Provincial/Federal which might seem to indicate they don't do the rate for municipal but most times you can talk them round. The hotel site for the one I booked said "Provincial / Government" which, to me, doesn't specify only Federal and that's the argument I'm taking. Anyway, it's called Rosedale on Robson and is in the area of Vancouver near the big stadium and next to the Princess Elizabeth Theatre for any of you that know the city.  Plenty of busses handy and not a far walk to the historic centre and Chinatown.  I have mentioned a milestone birthday and belated honeymoon when booking because you can often get free upgrades. 

For our road trip, it's a lower key, motel kind of trip for the first two stops and in the small city of Sydney, NS, a Comfort Inn, again with government rates. We'll drive to Cape Breton and head around the Cabot Trail. We are hoping to go Whale Watching, weather depending. It's late in the season as far as tourists go and the last time G. and I went, we couldn't get out because there weren't enough booked when we wanted to go in the morning. I think I'll try to book for an afternoon sailing and hope for the best. If I call a few days a head, we might have a good idea of whether they've already got some bookings. Two nights in Sydney after the Trail and we'll drive down to Fortress Louisbourg which is only about an hour away.  Since I'm not sure if I'm taking the whole week off when we get back, I arranged it so we're heading back home on Sunday instead of Monday, just in case I am working on Monday and Tuesday. We may do another overnight trip down the south shore and valley if we can get booked for the night sky observatory at Yarmouth. We tried last year but it was too foggy and got cancelled. 

It will be nice to see Malcom but it will also be a bit of a challenge since he's a vegetarian. We won't mind eating vegetarian with him, that's not the challenge, the challenge is to find some nice recipes. Oh it's not that difficult I know. I just want to make sure everything is nice. He won't mind if we eat meat but I think unless we're in a restaurant, I would prefer we all have the same thing, it's easier for planning meals that way.  Veggie lasagna. Curry. maple curry pasta. I know he likes that. 

I'm planning to go to the hospital after work to see la bebe!!!!! I'll text my niece later to make sure it's still ok to come. Weather's not great with windy showers but I don't care. I really want to meet the wee one. Naturally, I forgot my camera but I have my phone. 
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My tiny great niece is doing well. My niece is busy helping at the neonatal unit, working on pumping milk and helping to look after baby. She's so tiny, like a baby doll! I haven't met her yet but my niece is a bit overwhelmed and quite busy so I'm going to wait and go over after work this week instead. My mother got to go yesterday and was emotional with it. They've called her Bree Alisson. Alisson is daddy Alex's sister and she's thrilled at being name checked. Bree has dark hair, too which her daddy has. If it stays dark. They put little knitted hats on her that look far too big and her diaper, even though it's for preemies, looks enormous!

My sister is over the moon with joy and it's so wonderful to see her so happy. Not that she isnt normally a cheerful person but life has its ups and downs, it's worries and stresses but having a grandchild is such a special gift.

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 Mom liked her tablet. I know there's going to be a learning curve but I think she'll like using it. We'll have to get her to call her ISP to get her password reset because none of the ones she thought it might be worked and they insist you call technical support to reset it. i can't do it for her because they'll want to talk to her, for security reasons. 

We saw Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on Saturday and enjoyed it quite a bit. We had to stay for all the credits, right to the end because there are little extra scenes thrown in and this one had extras right to the very last. Easter Eggs they're called. Anything related to Marvel has them apparently. Kurt Russel is in the movie and they had a "flashback" to when StarLord's parents were first in love. I thought that looked like Kurt as it looked back in the old days, big hair, dimples, the lot and I wondered how they did it, cgi obviously but it looked quite good. That's what he looked like back in the later Disney movie days! We saw it in 3D, something we don't usually do but depending on the movie, it works well. 

After the movie, we had a nice Thai meal, the dinner and movie being our anniversary outing. We had borrowed Mom's car and got a load of shopping in earlier as well. All that time on Saturday inside stores and the cinema on a day when the sun finally came out and it was warm and lovely. Back to damp and drizzly on Sunday and will be similar for the next few days. 

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 I don't really mind the rain, at least not in the summer. This time of year, it's dreary and chilly along with the grey skies and dampness so I'm not over fond of it in spring. In winter, it rains sideways and it's icy. Don't like that either. We've had rain for a solid week, rain, drizzle, sprinkles, showers and dull, grey skies. The Inuit have dozens of words for Snow. I think it's telling that we have a lot of words for rain. I think the sun showed for a couple of hours one day this week but mostly it's been hidden. I believe it's going to be nice tomorrow but the skies are going grey again for another few days after that according to Environment Canada's weather site. I wish it was a little warmer. I mind the cold. We're still in single digits much of the time and while 5 degrees in May doesn't feel as cold as 5 in January, it's still not very bleeding warm. 

Mother's day this weekend. We all went together and bought my mother a mini tablet, a Samsung. Not the lowest model but the one up from that. She's not going to be a heavy user so it didn't need to be bells and whistles. Didn't get the micro card for it because it was still more than I thought we'd be paying. She can get one of those herself and I think she should because if she does use it to take photos, it will chew up space quickly. I can also use the card to load her up on ebooks. She's got an ereader but it's not really working all that well, won't stay connected to the computer so it's difficult to put on new books. She can't remember what her email password is so I got a gmail set up for her so I could set up the tablet. She won't use the gmail for email but once we get her password reset, I can set up the tablet email. She'll use it for Facebook and probably email and I want to show her how to borrow ebooks from the library on it. I put her banking app on it, Scrabble, Skype and an epub ereader app. I think I put Kindle on it too in case I find a Kindle book that she can read with it. She didn't do well with a smart phone but since this one isn't a phone, I think she will probably be ok with it. She saw the one her cousin had and thought it was pretty neat so that's why I suggested this to the family. 

My niece is on strict bedrest after a leaking incident last week. She's only 31 weeks along and while the baby might survive, it's better if she can keep it in for awhile longer. They're aiming for 36 weeks, around June 9. So far so good. I don't know if she'll go the full month from now but every week the baby will get bigger and stronger and have much better odds. She feels fine, it's just the amniotic fluid that has been leaking out. Lots of people are in and out to help her and her husband is home every night and weekends. I imagine being bored is going to be her worst enemy at the moment even with her laptop and phone handy. 

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 I'm confused. We had an application that was a little broken, discovered by someone that uses it, though she'd discovered it in the testing environment before she tried to do it in the production side of things. It was related to a different change we made a month ago and didn't realize another part that would need a change with it. Points to her for raising the flat. It partly worked but partly didn't. The problem is that the code is vague and somewhat obscure and I have had a hard time following it and figuring out what it's doing. We were refreshing the test database on the weekend and then doing more testing this week. I thought I had figured out what the problem was in the application, actually quite a minor thing and I thought I deployed it to the test environment server. 

Today, we were doing testing and it still wasn't working so I dug in. Deeper and deeper. For the life of me I couldn't see where it was missing out so I added a couple of comments to be printed out on the logs to try to track down the section where I thought it might be skipping through some of the data. Made the code change for the comments, sent it over to the test server. Tried another test and it frigging well worked. I didn't make any changes to the logic, just added comments. ANd in fact the comments were not printing things properly so that was a bit useless anyway. Never mind. The only thing I can think of is that I didn't actually deploy the initial change last week though I really did think I had. I can't check now because re-deploying it overwrites it so there isn't any way to check the file date. It will show today's date now. The woman in the department that brought it up in the first place did some more testing and left me a message to say it looked good from her side. Now we just need to coordinate how we're going to deploy it in production because we're going to have to reset some data as well. 

I just wish I knew what I had or hadn't done. 
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 Welcome to May. Facebook is littered with those stupid Star Wars Day  memes. Every year, the same damn thing. I'm not going to repeat it so if on the off chance you don't know what that is, go look there :) 

There was supposed to be a baby shower for my niece on Saturday but she's had a bit of a crisis and is in hospital. She started losing amniotic fluid yesterday and my sister took her over to the maternity hospital pronto. They're keeping her for 72 hours and giving her stuff that might prevent her from going into labour and giving her steroids to encourage strong lungs in the baby in case she does. She's 31 weeks along and they say the baby weighs about 3.5 pounds. Her sister-in-law had a preemie even younger than that last year and the little fella made it through. They're going to put her on strict bed rest and hope to keep the baby inside as long as they can. Seems likely she won't go full term to July though. Needless to say the shower has been postponed. The cookies I'd ordered were already made but the woman said she'll feed them to her grandkids and make more later when we do go ahead with it. I thought she could just pop them in the freezer but she prefers to remake fresh which is nice of her. 

Yes we did get the Hawaii package booked and now I'm looking at hotels for Vancouver. Booked the airport one already. My cousin invited us to stay with them so I think what we'll do is stay in a hotel for the first few days in the city and go to her on the last two and maybe she can take us to the airport when we go to Hawaii. Or at least to the skytrain where we can change to the airport line in the city centre. Another friend in Victoria wants us to stay there as well. I can coordinate that with my aunt and uncle's dates, a few with them and then a night or two with my friend. That way, we aren't imposing on any individual too long and we still have some hotel time for our own privacy as well. 

Our second anniversary is next week but as it's a weekday, maybe we will do something on the weekend though I hear we're in for torrential rains so it might be prudent to wait and see. It's gorgeous out today but the forecast shows rain for the next week. Ah, spring. 

The series for The Handmaid's Tale has started. I have seen the first episode but not the second. They broadcast two on the premiere night and it will be once a week after that. So far, so good. I recently reread it and it was all pretty new because it's been decades since I've read it and quite a long time since I saw the movie that was made from it, too. I like the series so far and even G. watched it with me and thought it was ok. Not usually his sort of thing but he was interested enough. But for our mealtime tv watching last night, he was far more interested in the latest Gotham which I do enjoy as well. I saw something yesterday, though, that there was approval for a second series of Handmaid's Tale. Wtf? How they would be doing another series from the one book, unless someone's going to write  a sequel, I don't know. Having said that, I did hear rumours that Margaret Atwood may be doing just that so we'd finally get to know what happened to Offred after the end of the book/movie. 
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We finally have our Hawaii package booked and our honeymoon will finally happen. The whole vacation to Vancouver and Victoria is all part of it of course, but the Hawaii bit is the special part. Took ages to decide on which hotel and package to book, weighing all the costs, the rooms, the reviews. Packages are much cheaper than booking the hotel and flight separately and doing it from Air Canada gives us some extra Aeroplan miles for the next holiday. We're going to stay at the Hilton Gardon Inn Waikiki Beach. It's not right on the beach, it's a couple of blocks back but we aren't going to be spending all that much time laying in the sun on the beach anyway. I do plan to get my feet wet in the Pacific Ocean but we will be busy doing lots of sightseeing. The flights to Vancouver have been booked for awhile, now this is done. I booked an airport hotel for the night after we return from Hawaii and we'll be flying home after that.

The return flight from Oahu is an overnight flight arriving first thing in the morning. I hope we can get into our room early, maybe have breakfast and a nap and then see a bit more of Vancouver. Overnight, check out, get the hotel to hold the bags because our flight home is also overnight to Toronto before changing for Halifax. I'm going to be a wreck by the time I get here! At least the flight to Toronto is business class so we can stretch out and maybe even get a little sleep on the plane.

Now that's done, I need to figure out where we're staying once we hit Vancouver. We'll be staying with my aunt and uncle in Victoria when we arrive in BC for a few days, with possibly an overnight trip up island to see friends. Back to Vancouver for an extra long weekend, again hoping to see family and friends and see the sights. I've been to "Vangroovy" before but G. hasn't. I think this will be a great trip.

After we booked that, we did some shopping around the mall for some things G. wanted. Success on two of the items. By then our feet and backs were killing us, tramping around on that concrete floor. Coffee break and then down to the terminal to go to the post office and to the grocery story which was utterly chaotic. It was crazy. I've never seen it that packed and lined up, not even on Christmas Eve or a storm eve. Someone said they had had a power outage for four hours in the morning so that's what happened. All those people that had to wait to do their shopping all descended on the store at the same time the normal afternoon shoppers were there. Had one more thing to pick up but I'll get G. to do that in the week.

Waiting for a friend to come over for a cuppa tonight. She's going to a metal gig with G. on Tuesday night. I'm not going, gotta work in the morning. So does she but she doesn't mind. She'd rather go out! 

My bruised heel is really sore tonight after being on it all afternoon. I have a doctor's appt. on Monday so I may mention it to her though I don't think she can do anything about it.
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 Catching up on some books. A few good ones this past few weeks. Heading into a month where the Goodreads Canadian lit group is reading classic Canadian books so I have a few lined up including at least one Margaret Atwood, possibly two, Margaret Laurence and a MIchael Ondaatje (he's the one that wrote English Patient though I'm not reading that one) I will be reading a few paper backs that I won in Goodreads giveaways, too, for reviews. 

I must email my former trainer. He offered to give me a free catch up lesson if I put in a number of workouts myself. I thought he said 12 but he thinks he said 20. Anyway, I'm now more than 12 but probably less than 20 and I think he's ok with that. Helps with the motivation. I am supposed to go to the gym today and I see it raining out. Very tempted to not go but I'll try to keep with the program and go. It's not snow, after all, just rain. 

We've been watching this French mini series called 'Beyond the Door' and if you can catch it, you might like it. It's kind of creepy and weird but compelling too. A woman inherits a house from a man that actually died 30 years before. His body was in the house all that time. He left instructions in his will to open the house on a specific date. When they did,they found his body/skeleton and she was designated the legacy of the house. She didn't know him at all. On her first night in the house, she hears something behind the wall, knocks a hole through and goes through and gets lost in a warren of rooms where she finds a man who's been in the house a very long time along with some scary "Others". We've got two episodes watched and need to see the last one to see how it all comes out and if she finds her way out or not. I would hope it addresses how the old man decided to will her the house! I have a bit of an idea but we'll see. Subtitles, btw. 

2017 books )
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 G.'s 7 string electric guitar has arrived and he's one happy chappie. He's going to pick it up today. By bus. My mother had offered to take him but he thinks he'd like to try it out in the store and would feel pressured that he was holding her up waiting for him. Totally his call, I say. Him and guitars. Me and cameras. I get it :) Keep thinking I'd like to upgrade the camera for the trip this fall but we'll see. It's not necessary. The one I have is a very nice one. I won't go SLR because they're larger and bulkier to carry around. A micro 2/3 is nearly the same price but then you have to start carrying extra lenses around and we're right back to the bulk again. That reminds me that I was talking to someone recently about cameras and they knew someone that might be interested in buying a film camera. I told them I had my SLR that I'd be willing to sell, but I can't for the life of me remember who I was talking to! *doh* menopause brain. 

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