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Christmas was lovely as always and just that more special this year because G. is finally here to share it with me and my family. I think we showed him a really good family Christmas and he says he felt part of it all. We have been Skyping with his family for a couple of weekends now, though it means getting up early to be online by 8 a.m.! We talked to them later on Friday afternoon but again early on Christmas day. I think the Skype chats will be pretty regular from now on, now that his nephew has a laptop and has figured out how to work it all!

Christmas Day gift opening was fun as always. We always take turns opening a gift so everyone else can see what it is. G. was very surprised at his new suitcase and totally shocked when I gave him the acoustic guitar! He'd been joking that it must be a new bike or train set since I had left it at my mom's and he guessed that he could figure out what it was by the shape. True. So I just kept referring to it as his bike from then on. He had no clue it would be a guitar and was really pleased.

He did a major art project for my family, depicting them all as Game of Thrones characters, merging it all into a poster and calling it Game of Schmoes. I think it's the best thing he's ever done.  See? We had everyone open their posters at the same time and they all loved it!

We had dinner at my sister's, and all pitched in so my brother-in-law and sister wouldn't have to work so hard, he still hobbling after knee surgery and she being a lot more tired from looking after him. A visit to my aunt in the evening rounded off the day. Oh and at my sister's, my brother-in-law's daughter, partner and their newborn twins were there!! We all got to have a hold of the lovely little 2 week old babies, those that wanted to at least.

We came back home on Boxing day, borrowing Mom's car and yesterday went to my cousin's open house gathering. Tonight we're going to visit friends and have a board game night and will take the car back tomorrow. We'll fit in a grocery run and a Costco run either today or tomorrow.

All in all, for me, 2016 has been a stand out year with Graham moving here and us living in the same place on the same patch of land after all these years. He seems quite content and says though he does miss some people, the other other thing he misses is a good chippie! That and a few foods we don't get here easily. I did figure out how to make mince  pies for him!

and so on to the traditional LJ meme. I will post my month by month run down over the weekend and finish up my book list, it's mainly for my own records really.
traditional meme )
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Similar to the old MR. and MRS game or the Newlywed game, this meme was going around Facebook:

WITHOUT prompting, ask your partner these questions and write EXACTLY what they say.

•What is something I say a lot?
"All Right!" you're very enthusiastic.
•What makes me happy?
I thought I did? (you do) Coronation Street. (yes)
•What makes me sad?
An emotional storyline in a soap. (he didn't want to get into things like grief etc)
•How tall am I?
A bit taller than me, 5'11. (Nope. I'm about 5'8" and so are you)
•What's my favourite thing to do?
You like watching Corrie.
•What do I do when you're not around?
Catch up on your soaps. Do we see a pattern here?
•What makes you proud of me?
I think you're very talented and very clever and good at organizing things.
•What is my favorite food?
•What is my favorite restaurant?
Smitty's. (Not especially, I'd choose Fan's Chinese but he's not as familiar with most of the restaurants here yet. We do go to Smitty's a lot, that's a "pancake house" where they do breakfasts and other stuff.)
•Where is my favorite place to visit?
England (London, specifically)
•If I could go anywhere, where would it be?
New Zealand (Yep)
•Do you think you could live without me?
No. I would if i had to but I don't want to.
•How do I annoy you?
we don't always see eye to eye on movies
•What is my favorite movie?
Gone with the Wind (Yep)
•Who is my celebrity crush?
Jamie out of Outlander. (Sam Heughn, but i probably wouldn't choose him. Clive Owen was the last one but that was ages ago.)
•You get a phone call that I am in trouble, who am I with?
Tracey . (There, Josephine, you're off the hook. He thinks you're sensible. It would have to be one of these two, though!)

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1. What was the last thing you put in your mouth? Lay's chips
2. Where was your profile picture taken? This was for Facebook, that profile pic was taken in Saint Andrew's, New Brunswick
3. Do you play Pokemon Go? No
4. Name someone who made you laugh today? Graham
5. How late did you stay up last night? 10:30
6. If you could move somewhere else, where would it be? Maybe Denmark. It's nice there even if it's frigging cold in the winter
7. Ever been kissed under fireworks? I don't think so
8. Which of your friends lives closest to you? Duncan and Sonia
9. Do you believe ex's can be friends? Difficult. Not impossible I suppose.
10. How do you feel about Dr Pepper? It's ok
11. When was the last time you cried? I think probably watching Corrie a few weeks back
12. Who took your profile picture? Selfie
13. Who was the last person you took a picture of? Graham
14. Was yesterday better than today? No but it wasn't worse either.
15. Can you live a day without TV? yes
16. Are you upset about anything? Nope
17. Do you think relationships are ever really worth it? Absolutely
18. Are you a bad influence? I've had my moments.
19. Night out or night in? Night in.
20. What items could you NOT go without during the day? tea, computer
21. Who was the last person you visited in the hospital? Probably my late father-in-law
22. What does the last text message in your inbox say? "tut tut lol"
23. How do you feel about your life right now? It rocks :)
24. Do you hate anyone? There are one or two twats I could cheerfully wish I'd never met.
25. If we were to look in your inbox what would we find? Upwords game turns, Travel related confirmations (hotels, rental car), Hal-Con tickets
26. Has anyone ever called you perfect? Yes. so I married him ;)
27. Someone knocks on your window at 2:00 a.m.,  I'd wonder how they managed to levitate up 30 or 40 feet
28. Name something you have to do tomorrow: go to the bank
29. Do you think too much or to little? Too much, but not always in a bad way. I just overthink things.
30. Do you laugh a lot? Oh yes.
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Meme from [ profile] girfan. Just because I like doing them
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I've probably done this before but what the heck

Four names I go by:
1. Diane
2. Di
3. Sweetie ;)
4. Tvor (The Voice Of Reason)
Four places I've lived:
1. Dartmouth, NS
2. Petawawa, ON
3. And that's the only two places I've ever lived! several different addresses in Dartmouth, though.
Four places I have worked:
1. Simpson's department store
2. Nova Scotia Power Corporation
3. Convenience store in Pembroke, ON (forget the name of it)
4. City of Halifax/Halifax regional municipality
Four things I love to watch on TV:
1. Coronation Street
2. Doctor Who
3. Grimm
4. Big Bang Theory
Four places I have been:
1. Rome
2. Copenhagen
3. Vancouver
4. London
Four things I love to eat:
1. Cheese
2. Bagels
3. Pizza
4. Pineapple
Favourite drinks:
1. Tea
2. Red wine
3. Beer
4. Pear cider
Now (if you want to play too) ... copy and paste this in your status and update it with your responses. To copy this, just hold your finger down on this text, and it will highlight this entire post. Select copy, then go to your status, tap in the message. Have some fun! Thanks
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1. What did you do in 2015 that you'd never done before?
Visited Hadrian's Wall, Lindisfarne and the Blackpool Illuminations, saw Billy Connolly on stage.
Met lots of G.'s relatives and friends.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I always make sure to do some new things each year, which might just include visiting somewhere new or seeing a museum or gallery that's new to me so yes, I achieved my goal and will be making the same goal again.
And the rest )
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[ profile] inbetween_girl has posted a meme so I shall get in on the fun. I always loved a good meme. LJ is pretty quiet these days but since I post here for myself as well as anyone that might want to read, I never left!

Three names I go by
Mrs. :)

Three places I lived
Halifax, NS
Dartmouth NS
Petawawa, On.

Three places I have worked
NS Power Corp.
Halifax Reg. Municipality
Simpson's department store

Three things I love to watch
The ocean
Coronation Street (obv!)

Three places I have been
(among others)

Three things I love to eat
Roast beef dinner with all the extras

Three people I think will respond
Only if you want to

Three favourite drinks
Red wine

Three things I am looking forward to
Having my husband living in the same country as me
Seeing my long time school friends on Saturday
Retirement (still a few years off, though)
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In the old glory days of LJ, memes were common. They rarely pop up these days but there's one that I've seen via two lovely people on my Flist. I loved doing them and I'm going to do this one even though it really doesn't apply to me. With commentary.

How British Are you?
So am I British? )

And then to catch up on books:
2015 books )
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Day 10 - One person you can trust
Graham. But then there are a number of others as well.

Book catchup:
2015 books )

Going to see Bryan Adams sing tonight. Looking forward to that. Good straight up rock music. Loved his 80s Reckless album.

Reports still coming in from the "Lost" City of Moncton in New Brunswick, which really got a pounding in the storm over the weekend as did P.E.I. On top of the over 200 cm of snow they already had, the weekend dumped another 70 cm on them. And winter isn't over yet. But still, snow is a heck of a lot easier to move than the freezing rain over all the snow we got turning the banks into near-concrete consistency.  Also saw a funny photo showing Han Solo and Luke Skywalker on some sort of beastie in the snow, with the caption "We're going to Tim's. Want anything?" Tim's being the venerable Tim Horton chain of coffee shops here in Canada. Always open.

Our bus stop got plowed out overnight. Now if the building people could make a concerted effort to shovel out the walkway. Ok it'll be difficult, it's all frozen but it can be done.
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Storm day today, Been at it for over 3 hours so far, though sounds a bit like it's starting to mix with rain at the moment. Still some pretty big snowflakes zipping down, though. Luckily of course, it's Sunday and most of us don't have to worry about getting to work. My favourite kind of storm day. Yeah, it's nice having the day off work for a storm but it's also nice knowing you don't have to worry about it at all. Let it snow.

And because of the forecast, yesterday there was even more traffic on the roads than a normal Saturday and the grocery stores were insane and so were the liquor/beer stores. God forbid you didn't stock up on booze, bread and milk for that one day you can't get out to the shop when they've been forecasting this all frigging week with the grocery stores and booze stores open late every night anyway. Because I was out and had to go to the post office in the drug store, I did get a few things in that store which didn't have long lines at the cash at all. Most of what I bought I didn't *need* but they had my favourite teabags on sale, I picked up a box of cereal which i did need, some pop, and come chocolate covered digestives which I also didn't need but ... you know...

Let it snow. Doesn't seem at this point we'll get as much of it here as they were doom and gloom forecasting. On the coast we often get less or it turns to rain. Inland and up in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Cape Breton always gets mountains of it. I'm very glad I don't live there!

Enough of that.

Day 7 - Four memories you won’t forget
1. The day my dad died
2. The day I met G. face to face for the first time
3. Being with my best friend at the birth of both of her sons.
4. The day I got tangled up in the Christmas Tree.

Further thoughts on that florist yesterday. The more I think of it, the more it kind of irritates me that she was reluctant to do the wedding as it's the day before Mother's Day. Ok, yes, small shop, busy day. She'll "make an exception" since we're a small wedding. And I do understand, especially if it was a large wedding,  but it just feels like, wait, you're thinking of turning down business?  Maybe I'm overthinking it. Wouldn't be the first time for that! I'll call her on Tuesday and see what she has to say. She's not the only flower shop in town. I went there because first, it was convenient to where we were at the time when we realized the big grocery store flower shop didn't do weddings anymore, and second, because they'd done the funeral flowers and we'd liked the job they did. I can't remember what they cost but they must have been reasonable. Supporting local business is good but I think most of the flower shops around here are local and independent anyway. I found another flower shop in the downtown area that might be a good alternative, too. I may call them first just to sound them out before calling the other people back.
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Day 6 - Five things you can’t live without
1. Family (including G. of course since he's family in all but legal name!)
2. Computer
3. Nice cup of tea.
4. Books (or an ereader these days)
5. Camera

My cousin and I had a lovely brunch and then went to pick out wedding flowers. Only we didn't. I did call the Superstore but was told they don't do wedding flowers anymore. I'm not entirely confince since it took 80,000 rings for someone to answer the phone and it sounded like a spotty 16 year old who may or may not have actually worked in that department. Never mind. I knew of a nearby small flower shop that had done the flowers for Dad's funeral and had done a lovely job. We went there and were told they couldn't help us as it was Valentine's Day and they were far too busy. Doh. I knew it was V.D. but it didn't occur to me that a flower shop would be rushed off their feet. Of course they would be. Then when she heard the date of the wedding, the day before Mother's Day (second busiest day of the year for florists!) she nearly blew us off altogether!
I did tell her that the wedding was small and not a lot was needed so I will call her through the week and she's going to set something up with us on a weekend, which is also something they don't always do. Good grief! AT one point I thought I might have to buy coloured Kleenex and make my own flowers, (we did this as a craft when I was a kid)

Meme day 4

Feb. 12th, 2015 10:56 am
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Day 4 - Seven fears/phobias
This isn't going to work. I don't really have any phobias or major fears.

1. Afraid of losing my loved ones
2. Don't particularly like spiders with long legs
3. Afraid i might get stuck in an elevator
4. Afraid I won't win the lottery ;)
5. Afraid I will win the lottery! (well, it's an overwhelming amount isn't it?)
6. Nope
7. I got nothing else

In other news, I seem to have lost my authentication to one of our servers overnight. I don't know if karma is trying to tell me something or not! Anyway, the guy that would be looking into it is off today. It's a nuisance.

More snow tomorrow. Even more on Sunday. More again possibly on Wednesday and that is the day of the Bryan Adams concert. Closer to the day I'm going to check the weather and I'm considering booking a downtown hotel for the night if the weather isn't going to be great. It will make things stress free for after the gig, not worrying about getting home if the weather sucks.
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Yep, I know i missed a day

Day 2 - Nine things you do everyday

1. Drink tea
2. Social media
3. Play scrabble online
4. Watch television
5. Read
6. Shower
7. Skype with G. (almost every day)
8. er... eat
9. and sleep

Mostly not very interesting there, I guess.  Let's jump right into day 3

Day 3 - Eight things that annoy you

1. Long or even medium long lineups
2. Me being clumsy
3. Telemarketers/pre-recorded "robo" calls
4. Reality shows
5. Tv commercials
6. Pedantic people
7. Misplaced apostrophes ("misplaced apostrophe's" aggghhh)
8. Inanimate objects not doing what they're told. (and boy do I wish I could type more accurately. It's all gone to shit since electronic keyboards let you backspace and correct so easily. )
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Meme nicked from [ profile] ladymoonray though i may not get to it ever single day in a row. I'll try to work through the list, though.
Day 1 - Ten random facts about yourself
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Day 2 - Nine things you do everyday
Day 3 - Eight things that annoy you
Day 4 - Seven fears/phobias
Day 5 - Six songs that you’re addicted to
Day 6 - Five things you can’t live without
Day 7 - Four memories you won’t forget
Day 8 - Three words you can’t go a day without
Day 9 - Two things you wish you could do
Day 10 - One person you can trust
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That meme that goes around LJ every year....

1. What did you do in 2014 that you'd never done before?

Attended a modern dance thing. Is it a recital? a gig? Was given free tickets so my mom and I went. We liked it but probably not something either of us would really get into.
And... and... I saw Queen in concert!!!!

2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Same as always, try new things.  I always manage to try or do or go somewhere new.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Most of my friends, and family members are having grandchildren! At least one cousin had a new grandbaby this year.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Yes. Graham's dear dad passed in April.

5. What countries did you visit?
England in spring,  USA in the fall.

6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?
A husband ;)

7. What date from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Easter Monday April 21, the day Graham's dad Bill died. Also the day I got home from the UK.
July 14, the day of the Queen gig

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Deciding on where to have our wedding.

9. What was your biggest failure?
not being very good going to the gym lately.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

11. What was the best thing you bought?
GPS. It was good to have on our road trips

12. Where did most of your money go?
Travel, Wedding planning

13. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Finding the perfect wedding band, red shoes and blue wedding dress!
Seeing Queen (+Adam Lambert) in July

14. What song will always remind you of 2014?
Anything Alice Cooper. We always seem to play him on our road trips

15. Compared to this time last year, are you richer or poorer?
A little richer I think.

16. What do you wish you'd done more of?
going to the gym

17. What do you wish you'd done less of?
being lazy

18. How will you be spending Christmas?
With family

19. Did you fall in love in 2014?
No, still in love!

20. What was your favourite TV program?
Very difficult to pick just one. Coronation Street, Doctor Who, Grimm, Game of Thrones, Outlander

21. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
There's one person that annoys the hell out of me, but it's not hate.

22. What was the best book you read?
Written in my Own Heart's Blood - Diana Gabaldon

23. What was your greatest musical discovery?

24. What did you want and get?
A wedding date (May 9, 2015)

25. What did you want and not get?
Can't think of anything

26. What was your favourite film of this year?
hmmm Of the ones i saw in the theatre, Grand Budapest Hotel

27. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Would have been a shared family get together with my nephew whose birthday is the week before mine. Turned 55. Gah!

28. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

29. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014?
It's not really a concept. Does it fit? sorted.

30. What kept you sane?
My family and my fella.

31. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Still think Clive Owen is rather gorgeous

32. What political issue stirred you the most?
Can't say there was one this year

33. Who did you miss?
All those that have passed.

34. Who was the best new person you met?
My new manager is going to work out just fine

35. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014
Sometimes the fates have other plans for you.
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I don't do this every year but i managed to think of enough to fill it in this time around.

1. What did you do in 2013 that you'd never done before?
Rode through NYC traffic in a bicycle/taxi. Stood on the deck of an aircraft carrier (museum in New York). Had major organs removed ;)

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Don't make them other than to try or do new things or go new places.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Mostly, my friends are becoming grandparents.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Yes, an uncle (91), my aunt's partner (70 something), another uncle by a former marriage also in his 70s.

5. Which countries did you visit?
America, England

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
A clean bill of health. So far so good. Will be having regular checkups to make sure.

7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Aug. 18, had major surgery (hysterectomy due to cancer scare)
May was our trip to NYC
January I took a quick trip to England because I was invited to a visit to the ITV/Granada Corrie set.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
reached 25 years in my job.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Not being more vigilant about the gym aside from trainer sessions

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
See above. The hysterectomy was due to cancer found in the uterus. They have said they believe they've got it all and caught it v. early.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Bought a beautiful bracelet with Alice in Wonderland a la steampunk on it with gorgeous intricate detail front and back.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Graham of course. Lots of friends and family who cheered me up after the surgery, esp. my bestie Jo who brought me a sock monkey that howled like Tarzan :)))
Also my mate Glenda who made it possible to get an invite to the Corrie studios in January this year. She's always sending me Corrie swag and is a good friend.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Toronto's mayor Rob Ford whose appalling behaviour provided the country with continual amusement. Google him.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Travel mostly.

15. What were you really, really, really excited about?
Trip to the Corrie Set and our trip to New York.

16. What song will always remind you of 2013?
Do What You want - Lady Gaga as the year I discovered I liked her!

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) Happier or sadder?

about the same, content

b) Bigger or smaller?
about the same

c) Richer or poorer?
about the same

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
A bit more exercise. Really.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Being lazy ;)

20. How did you spend Christmas?
With my family at my mom's and then niece's new house.

21. What was your favourite month of 2013?
May, visiting NYC

22. Did you fall in love in 2013?
No, still in love :)

23. What was your favourite TV programme?
Aside from the obvious (Corrie), loved Grimm, Doctor Who, Big Bang Theory, Dexter, True Blood, Game of Thrones

24. How did you see in the New Year?
On the webcam with Graham

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Not hate, but there's one or two i could cheerfully live without.

26. What was the best book you read?
11/22/63 by Stephen King, Most of Debora Geary's books esp. An Unlikely Witch, The Blackhouse by Peter May,

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Lady Gaga actually. I never really rated her much before but was very impressed by her appearance on Graham Norton.

28. What did you want and get?
Reached the point at work that i can take retirement if i choose. Nice option to have if i need it.

29. What did you want and not get?
Can't think of anything other than Graham here full time.

30. What was your favourite film of this year?
Quartet, Star Trek Into Darkness, Saving Mr. Banks

31. What did you do on your birthday?
Can't remember but i did spend time with my family and some friends.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
being able to have Graham here full time. It will happen sometime.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?
Low key. Comfort.

34. What kept you sane?
Graham, my family, my friends and the gym/personal fitness dragon

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
hmmmm The only one that comes to mind immediately is Aidan Turner. Not keen on The Hobbit but i loved him in Being Human.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
See 13.

37. Who did you miss?
My dad mostly though I know he's still with me. Wish my best friends lived closer.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
My cousin found a new lady and she's really nice. Fits right in with the family and she's a Corrie fan.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.
Don't take your health for granted.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Nah. Don't listen to a lot of music a lot of the time.
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gacked from [ profile] girfan and others
Bold the ones you have and use at least once a year, italicize the ones you have and don't use, strike through the ones you have had but got rid of.

I wonder how many pasta machines, breadmakers, juicers, blenders, deep fat fryers, egg boilers, melon ballers, sandwich makers, pastry brushes, cheese boards, cheese knives, electric woks, miniature salad spinners, griddle pans, jam funnels (need one of these), meat thermometers, filleting knives, egg poachers, cake stands, garlic crushers, martini glasses, tea strainers, bamboo steamers, pizza stones, coffee grinders, milk frothers, piping bags, banana stands, fluted pastry wheels, tagine dishes, conical strainers, rice cookers, steam cookers, pressure cookers, slow cookers, spaetzle makers, cookie presses, gravy strainers, double boilers (bains marie), sukiyaki stoves, ice cream makers, fondue sets, healthy-grills, home smokers, tempura sets, tortilla presses, electric whisks, cherry stoners, sugar thermometers, food processors, bacon presses, bacon slicers, mouli mills, cake testers, pestle-and-mortars, and sets of kebab skewers languish dustily at the back of the nation's cupboards.

I don't have a lot of things because i don't have a lot of space to store them. I notice a blender isn't on that list either. Maybe it's considered like other more common small appliances like hand mixer (have), electric knife (don't have), coffee maker (have), toaster (have) etc. I would probably have a toaster oven if i had room for it since it would save using the oven at times for some things. Probably something that should be on that list are the newly popular pod-coffee and drink makers like the Keurig or Tassimo machine.

Ok, now my ereader is annoying me because it's not opening books to the last known place i was reading, if it's not at a start of a chapter or other set mark that the book seems to have. One doesn't seem to have a opening spot that makes sense, i.e. chapter or section start, the other two do seem to want to return to the start of the chapter previous. If it goes into sleep mode, it's ok, but if i close the book first, then it's messed up and i have to remember where i was and scroll forward though to it . That's annoying.
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=Happy birthday to [ profile] lola_is_naughty!! mwah!!!

Am going out to Costco today and if things go well and the cyber-planets are all aligned, I may walk out with a new laptop, a small one but not a netbook. I've at least eliminated that option as i really think i would be happier with something with more zip. if the computer gods are really against me and my desktop dies, at least i'll have something suitable as a replacement, too. I won't set it up with everything the desktop has because at the moment i won't need it but i will put a few basic necessities on it. I won't bother with an email client as i can use gmail, which also picks up my home email account. I will be installing Firefox and Chrome because IE sucks. My preference is Firefox but G. likes Chrome and we will be sharing it when we're traveling. I've already got a spare small usb mouse that i will likely use for it when possible. Anyway, the one i saw on Costco online is an HP Pavillion and though i don't like the HP netbooks, the regular laptops are not bad. The specs on this one are good and it's got AMD under the hood which i always like better than Intel. Cross your bits....

A meme that's going around, nicked off [ profile] grammardog who gave me these questions.

Comment to this post, and I will list four things I want you to talk about. (Supposed to be seven but i know i couldn't think of that many questions) They might make sense or they might be totally random.

Then post that list, with your commentary, to your journal. Other people can get lists from you, and the meme merrily perpetuates itself.

1. What's a book that you think has changed you?
I read quite a lot, more since i got the ereader but i don't know if i could say a book has changed me. A really good one will take me into the story and into the location. I get absorbed in it and almost feel part of it. I can't imagine not reading. My whole family are readers, as different as we all are from each other, it's one of the things we most definitely have in common. Dad always had a book on the go and it would drive him nuts if he didn't have one. He and his brother were trading books all the time. Mom always took us to the library when we were kids and I can remember browsing the stacks. I don't go to the library much these days but now i have my ereader and an electronic library of my own, i'll always have something to read.

2. Dartmouth: discuss.
Though we lived in Halifax when i was born, i grew up mainly across the harbour in Dartmouth, a smaller "sister" city to Halifax though Halifax isn't exactly an urban jungle either. Dartmouth rents have historically been cheaper and if renting an apartment you could generally get a bigger one than you could in the peninsular Halifax area as well, for the same or less money. There as less traffic, too, even now. I'm talking the main older part of Dartmouth, not the surburban areas that have grown up since i was a kid. There are lots of lakes that we swam in summers and skated on in winters. We had MicMac Mall, which was bigger than the Halifax Shopping Centre. We now have Dartmouth Crossing, a big retail "park" which is less of a traffic bottle neck than the one in Halifax. We may not have a hot and trendy restaurant scene but there are some very nice places and a few good pubs that are generally never overcrowded. There's a nice mix of residential, apartments, older houses, newer neighbourhoods. We have several bus routes that will take you straight to downtown at back at rush hour. It's a little bit of peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle. We have parks, a green space Common, libraries, a hospital. I know people think of Dartmouth as "The dark side" or a cultural wasteland but you know, it's nice here. It's peaceful and easy to get around with far fewer one way streets or traffic tie ups.

3. Do you feel lonely with your beau across the pond, or do you like things as they are?
I don't know if i feel lonely because i'm used to living alone but i do miss him like crazy. It's hardest just after we've been together and it takes a few weeks or more to get used to not being together. I don't like the way things are but for now, it has to be this way. The advantages are that we can travel more when we do get together and it's like a little honeymoon each time.

4. What kind of people do you enjoy being around the most?
I like to be around people that make me laugh and that i can make laugh. I don't mean that we have to amuse each other all the time but a sense of humour is so important! Laughter filled our house when we were growing up. There was always a joke, a pun, a story that had a great punchline. We could usually always find a humour in things, or the irony, sarcasm, or a bad pun can always be made to raise a giggle (or a moan). My dad was not a man given to physical affection, at least not until the grandchildren came along, nor did he speak of his emotions easily. But we never doubted that he loved us and his way of showing affection was to make us laugh with a silly pun or a joke. Graham makes me laugh. All of my best friends can make me laugh. My nephews and niece were brought up with laughter in their lives. I can't imagine life without laughter.
tvordlj: (Iceman Cometh)
We have been getting so spoiled with the weather. Mostly it's not really been all that cold, with temps mainly in the single digits on the plus side or just into the negatives. Then when we do have a few colder days like this week, you really feel it worse. Everyone complains but then you remember, it *is* January after all!

Then there's that 100 foods to try before you die meme going around. list below, bolded the ones i've tried. Seems i've not been around much! There's a couple i'm not sure if i have so i left it off the list.
only 31 )
tvordlj: (Christmas Santa Reindeer)
Had a lovely Christmas as always. Stayed over at my mom's for a couple of nights. My two nephews and neice were there overnight for Christmas, the two boys were both sick, one with tonsilitis and one with a stomach flu but they both still enjoyed the holiday. My sister and her husband cooked Christmas dinner and it was lovely! I ate a plate full, not a heaping plate full but an average one i guess for this sort of meal and i was so full i couldn't fit anything in not even a cup of tea for the rest of the evening. Mom and i visited my aunt in the evening where there were other aunts and cousins to see as well. Today we did nothing, just chilled. Mom slept all morning and i chatting with my best friend up in Moncton for awhile. Now am home, downloading Doctor Who, Downton Abbey and Corrie though i did see DW on tv last night. Plans are loose for the rest of the week at the moment. Going to get together with a friend for dinner and a movie and with some other friends i think for same. Might hit the stores but not tomorrow when the first of the sales open. Things are too insane on that day. Might try to get to the gym as well at least once this week. A cousin is moving in to an apartment around the corner and is having an open house on New Year's Day. Will probably spend New Year's eve with G. online.

2011 was a pretty good year overall. The office was in a bit of turmoil what with the renovations and emergency relocation of staff when the office flooded but it worked out ok. My temporary location was great and now we're in our new digs and it's bright and cheerful and i have a nice spot. My new "roomie" is very good to share with too. Family had ups and downs. Lost one cousin suddenly which was a shock. There were successes in some areas, financial struggles in others but we all hold each other up and applaud the others. Graham's dad had a health crisis in September and though is recovering fairly well, there are still some issues. At 84, I guess these things are more likley to happen. Everyone else's health was pretty good all year for the most part. My sister got married and the wedding was really nice! Everything went off well and they are very happy.

I've been a bit less involved in the local Corrie group, have resigned from the committee but still help out where needed. The event this year was a success and we are waiting to find out who next year's guest will be. There was one "friend" who's behaviour suprised and shocked quite a few of us that knew him but I can't really go into that as it's not really my story. A few friends in that group were not as surprised as the rest of us, having seen signs of this behaviour in the past and we haven't heard his side of it all but he's not really making a big effort to tell it either yet. It's a classic case of "You think you know someone..."

With that in mind....

2011 year end meme, I'm crap at these things )
I'll have my usual end of the year roundup posted by New Year's.

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