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( Aug. 24th, 2016 10:09 pm)
Out of the blue, some guy took me to task for my negative review of a book on GR that I posted years back.

It was the book that the Surveyfail guys wrote. I defended my review (he was all, but you didn't REEEEAD it!!! and I was all, didn't bloody need to, thank you) then browsed some of the Surveyfail links. Sadly, many links dead now, but ooh, that was a quality wank! :;munches reminiscent popcorn::
I found my copy of Jane Eyre for Lauren to look at. It's very old; inscribed "To the best sister a chap could have."

It was a gift to my grandmother from her brother. It must be about eighty years old.

There's a preface from the author and I usually skip those, but this bit caught my eye.

"I turn to another class [...] in whose eyes whatever is unusual is wrong: whose ears detect in each protest against bigotry--that parent of crime--an insult to piety, that regent of God on earth. I would suggest to such doubters certain obvious distinctions; I would remind them of certain simple truths.

Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last."
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( Jul. 26th, 2016 09:04 am)
Got back yesterday after two trouble-free flights and a wonderful five days relaxing. Very hot here and double jetlag means my body isn't sure what the hell is going on, but I'll soon adjust.
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( Jul. 18th, 2016 04:16 pm)
David leaves for Edinburgh on business tomorrow, coming back next Monday...and I'm going too! The girls are plenty old enough to be left (20, 15) and I can get the flight free on air miles and the hotel and breakfast free too so it's really well worth it. David has to work Thur/Fri but we'll have the weekend to do stuff.

We're staying somewhere David's been before, a lovely hotel about ten mins from the city; very posh, spa attached, acres of land. We've been upgraded to an executive room.

https://www.handpickedhotels.co.uk/NortonHouse

Looking forward to chilling out until they can use me to ice the gin and tonics ;-) Weather considerably cooler than here with rain forecast, but I'm used to that; holidayed in Scotland throughout my childhood. Sad a bookshop I planned to visit has gone but there are many more to browse through.
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( Jun. 30th, 2016 02:54 pm)
Eleanor has a Redbubble account where she uploads art and it gets put onto stuff. I asked her to upload a photo of mine and I bought it as a chiffon top, very light and cool.

So happy with how it turned out! Though it needs ironing :-) It's a maple leaf on the pavement outside the Ottawa Parliament buildings.

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( Jun. 27th, 2016 10:02 am)
We got a new kitten from the shelter; tiny scrap of ginger fur and purr, a stray found with her brothers and sisters. We've called her Peach, partly because of her color and partly as a nod to Tally and Mac since we buried them under the peach tree. She's incredibly affectionate and brave.

Willow is aghast, horrified, hissing, growling, running away, but we will let them get used to each other slowly.

See David's fitbit? It has gone all bulgy on the strap. They're sending him another which is nice since we can't find the receipt.

Peach )
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so I guess I can voice my opinion and it's one of sheer disgust at the gamble of buying your way into power by promising a referendum that you assumed would go your way.

Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.

And coming out of the EU was deeply stupid.

Devastated. The implications are huge and scary. Scotland is now unhappy; I'm guessing if they could vote today the result would be different than last time; they'd pull out of the UK and join the EU as a separate nation.

Oh, this year. I can't even.

Comments off. I'm venting from 4000 miles away.
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Lat night was Eleanor's grad ceremony at Sheridan College. She got a diploma, with honors, in Visual Creative Arts and in Sept she starts animation at Seneca Uni.

So we all drove to Oakville. Eleanor needed to be in the robing room at 6.30, we needed to be in our seats at 7.15, and we arrived at 5.45 so we split up, E to meet with a friend who lives two mins from the college, us to shop in the vicinity.

At 6.40 get a frantic call from E; WRONG CAMPUS. She'd met another student in similar pickle and turns out we should've been 37km away by Square One Mall at the Living Arts Center.

It said LAC on printout but no address and E assumed it was part of the campus she didn't know.

NO. IT WASN'T.

Cue frantic dash, googling address, begging Garmin to find the bloody satellites. Got there at 7.01, dropped E off outside building (wrong building but not too far away from the place) and parked.

All went well in the end but stressful as heck.

And she got a job for the summer washing dishes in the local bar. Which is something and she's still earning steadily from sales on Redbubble.

http://www.redbubble.com/people/eleanorose123
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( Jun. 6th, 2016 07:57 pm)
A friend of ours for many years, Rob, lost his battle against colon cancer today. He was one of those people who are the focal point in any room. He was tall, handsome, kind, always smiling, and he made you feel special and interesting.

He was a therapist who dealt with some high profile cases because he was so good at his job. He had a wife and young son and I can't imagine what they're feeling right now, or his dad and stepmother, lovely people who've already suffered losses themselves.

When he found out about the cancer, his first reaction was to fight it, to raise money to research it, to go on with his life. I never once heard him complain.

He said when he went, to raise a glass to him. We'll do that. And shed some tears.No, many tears.

http://rkattenhornteedoffatcancer.weebly.com/about-rob.html
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( Jun. 2nd, 2016 07:06 pm)
Lauren, who's 15 now, openly bi, fiercely political, and a total fashionista, volunteers at the library. They asked the young volunteers to send in 7 photos, the best to be used on a poster advertising an upcoming selfie/snapchat competition run by the city (or something. I'm vague on what snapchat even is, lol).

She was volunteering today tidying shelves and a lady came up to her and said, you're the girl from the poster! Brilliant photo; you should make it a career!

Lauren said '???' and the woman took her to the poster on the wall at the top of the stairs and they'd chosen three of L's photos on the poster, including a selfie of her. So proud!

Here it is, plus the original selfie. She did the books on a chair, the book with a ripped page, and herself.

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( Jun. 2nd, 2016 04:52 pm)
Thank you all for the outpouring of sympathy for Macallan's loss. I won't reply individually because I'm tearing up thinking of him, but the family read them all and were very touched and grateful.

::hugs you all::
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( Jun. 1st, 2016 05:48 pm)
Mac died here at home this afternoon. Eleanor, Lauren and I were with him. He had a seizure and was in distress for a few minutes then died with us there beside him. We think he was about twenty. He was from the humane society so we're not sure exactly.


We're devastated. It doesn't matter how old and frail he was, it seems too soon to lose him.


He's playing with Talisker now.

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( May. 31st, 2016 12:53 pm)
David and I got WAY behind on SPN and decided to watch an episode a night to catch up. We just watched the one where a kiss seals your fate.

Am I the only one who was hoping for a Sam/Dean smooch b/c Sam didn't want Dean to die? A desperate, grabby, hard kiss that left them reeling?

Say it isn't so!
I drabbled! A pure impulse one.

Ashes to Ashes

Peter is like mountain ash. Deadly, poisonous, and when it’s living green, beautiful.

Stiles knows it. Can’t bring himself to care. Not with Peter’s fingers grinding deep into a place Stiles had never realized had so many possibilities for making him howl, making space for his cock, not when Peter’s instructions, lewd, explicit, are everything he’s been waiting to hear his whole fucking life.

He tastes blood where he’s bitten his lip, arches his ass just so, and grins with delight at Peter’s hiss of pleasure.

He’s no werewolf. He’ll take the risk.

It’ll only kill him if Peter leaves.
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( May. 26th, 2016 11:47 am)
A year ago my friend and I signed up for a gym. It was 30 mins away but they assured us a new one would be opening five mins away from my house in September and we could transfer our membership then. It's taken until now, but the new place was finally open so we went to transfer.

It's a $25 fee. Well, okay. Then she tried to get us to go from the basic $10 a month fee to the $20 VIP package to avoid the transfer fee.

I said no, wasn't interested in guest passes, massage, tanning; I basically just want to do the Zumba.

Oh, she said, Zumba classes aren't covered and by the time you pay for them singly, you might as well pay the VIP fee and get all classes included.

Needle scratch time. We've NEVER paid for Zumba/yoga at the other location. We told her and she got sniffy and said we should've done and it was breaking the rules. I checked when I got home and the website does say classes are extra but Jackie and I could've sworn they were all included and we never got asked for money; just beeped our card and walked on in.

I decided to cancel altogether. I haven't been going and it was just getting pricey. I was told since I'd been a member for six days over a year I needed to give them 60 days notice in writing.

Me: Please give me a piece of paper.

They handed over s sheet and I wrote on it: I want to cancel my membership, signed and dated it, and left.

Never again signing up for something so hard to cancel.
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( May. 23rd, 2016 04:31 pm)
Well, apart from a new lighting fixture and threshold, but the door is on, the loo flushes, and it no longer leaks under the sink!

We did it all ourselves, taking hours here and there over the last three weeks.

Word of advice; avoid Ralph Lauren metallic paint. It's hellishly expensive and goes on terribly.

Totally gutted the room, replaced bits of drywall, painted (ten bloody coats, thank you for nothing, RL) replastered, put down new subfloor and granite tiles, installed new loo and granite topped vanity.

Total cost, around $1500, which isn't bad. The vanity was 80% off b/c it's last year's color or something.

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( May. 11th, 2016 09:21 am)
It has been forever since I posted but I'm missing everyone lots. Somehow without a fandom to anchor me to LJ/DW, I drifted away :-((

So what's happening with me? Still writing; Alexa and I just sold a new book to Loose Id and I have a couple of solo projects I need to get on with. Eleanor has finished her Visual Creative Arts diploma at Sheridan, didn't get into their Animation course AGAIN, but by a whisker this time, and has been accepted to study animation at Seneca instead. It's a very small class of 40 and they're closely tied to Sheridan so it's a good alternative.

Lauren is doing very well at high school, getting great grades and getting involved in a FedProv club that's kind of like pretending to be politicians. Schools from all over the area met at a local uni for two days to hold a parliament; she was deputy minister of justice.

David's firm got taken over by Honeywell but his job is safe for the moment.

Renovating downstairs loo. Might be tiniest room in the house but it is taking WEEKS. Never use Ralph Lauren metallic paint; it is hugely expensive and does not cover well. Looking forward to finishing it though it's good for my Fitbit stepcount to have to do more stairs :-)

Mum is over visiting and we all went to see the Jungle Book. I was the sole dissenter. Adored the end credit sequence which was inspired, but found the movie meh. I wish someone would do a movie of the actual book; Disney screwed up the characters of Kaa and Baloo and this movie continued that. Kaa was Mowgli's friend, dammit.

Off to yoga at my friend's house; she's a yoga teacher now she's taken early retirement from IBM and we do a session a week for fun at her house. She's had a new puppy so we'll see how well she takes being shut out while we twist and bend :-)
describes me so often if you substitute 'housework' for 'homework'.

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( Nov. 20th, 2015 03:37 pm)
This was my granny's recipe and they are super easy and so yummy. Golden syrup isn't always easy to get over here but I found some at Bulk Barn.

Oat Crispies

6 oz margarine/butter
6 oz sugar
2 level tablespoons golden syrup
1 1/2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
6 oz plain flour (I used all purpose)
8 oz oats

Put margarine and sugar in saucepan, stir over low heat until margarine melts.
Add bicarbonate of soda, stir in flour and oats and syrup.
Take small amount by hand, put onto baking sheet covered with parchment paper, flatten with back of fork and bake at 350F for 10 minutes.
Make sure not to over cook, not too brown.


Extra notes:
Make sure the bicarbonate is sieved in, if not it can stay in lumps.
I halved the ingredients and it made about 12.
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( Nov. 5th, 2015 08:46 am)
Book giveaway & a kinky flashfic from me (men in heels) at Boy Meets Boy reviews!


http://boymeetsboyreviews.blogspot.ca/2015/11/anniversary-shenanigans-author-visit_5.html
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