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knitnut.net: Hello, goodbye

It snowed yesterday: 20 cm. I think we broke the record for the most snow ever on April 6th, which was previously held by 1958.

Here are some of the Spring snowmen which sprung briefly to life yesterday:

Help me! I’m melting!

Zombie Spring Snowman will never die!

By the way, I miss you guys. I never […] . . . → Read More: knitnut.net: Hello, goodbye

knitnut.net: Where have I been?

Where have I been the last few months? I’ve been depressed. I still am, but I’m doing better now than I was. It was bad. It started in December and peaked in February I think. Between crazy workload issues and packing and moving and selling the house and renovations and migraines and awful migraine . . . → Read More: knitnut.net: Where have I been?

knitnut.net: Such sad news

First picture of Duncan (OHS 2008)

I have such sad news to share with you.

Duncan Donut, the Glorious Dogcat, the big old Puddin’head, the best cat ever…Duncan died on Thursday afternoon. I know some of you were very fond of Duncan, and I’m so sorry.

He was diagnosed with chronic kidney . . . → Read More: knitnut.net: Such sad news

knitnut.net: Almost there

You know what? I don’t care how scattered or stressed I am, how many hours of sleep I have lost to insomnia, how many IQ points I have lost to meds, or how bloody awful I look and feel. The moving truck is pulling up to my front door in an hour and 19 . . . → Read More: knitnut.net: Almost there

knitnut.net: Also, I look like shit

My neurologist switched me to daily Topamax for migraine prevention a couple of months ago. Topamax is an anti-seizure medication. At first it didn’t work. I had a non-stop headache for weeks. But then the headache went away. I haven’t had a migraine for a few weeks now, which is nice. But I still . . . → Read More: knitnut.net: Also, I look like shit

knitnut.net: Nothing that a whack on the head can’t fix

I’ve been crazy busy lately, at work and at home. The move is scheduled for February 1st, so I’ve been packing and decluttering and running stuff over to Value Village and throwing stuff out. (Remember that hair dye sample folder that I grabbed out of a hair stylist’s garbage five years ago and thought . . . → Read More: knitnut.net: Nothing that a whack on the head can’t fix

knitnut.net: Alessandra

Death is such a sudden and jarring thing. It doesn’t matter if the person was living on borrowed time, or if death came swooping in out of the blue, years ahead of schedule, it seems we are always caught off guard. Never more so, I think, than when somebody’s child dies. Even if that . . . → Read More: knitnut.net: Alessandra

knitnut.net: Mayor Rob Ford: Way worse than Larry O’Brien

I’ve been riveted by the Rob Ford debacle, but I am conflicted about it. On the one hand, Rob Ford is – and always has been – a repugnant, pugnacious, pig-headed, hypocritical, right-wing bully, so there’s something kind of appealing about watching him self-destruct in such a spectacular way. I just want to grab . . . → Read More: knitnut.net: Mayor Rob Ford: Way worse than Larry O’Brien

knitnut.net: What is she saying?

Kazoo is a 16-year-old Double Yellow Headed Amazon parrot. She talks. We don’t always know what she’s saying exactly, but we always know what she means because she’s remarkably expressive.

Take a look at this video and see if you can tell what she’s yelling at the 7-second, 27-second and 37-second marks. This is . . . → Read More: knitnut.net: What is she saying?

knitnut.net: Sad chalk message on the sidewalk

Friday morning I was walking to work along Somerset Street. It was a drizzly morning, so this sidewalk chalk message was probably still fresh yet destined to disappear almost immediately.

As I stopped to take a picture of it, my old friend Mike, who lives on Somerset Street, stepped out of his apartment . . . → Read More: knitnut.net: Sad chalk message on the sidewalk

knitnut.net: Quite the Week

It has been Quite the Week. There was a more-or-less last-minute switch-about at work, which meant that I got to go to a conference in Montreal about HIV and housing, from Tuesday to Friday. Since I wasn’t going to be here for my son’s birthday, I switched his birthday dinner to Monday night.

. . . → Read More: knitnut.net: Quite the Week

knitnut.net: Warning: Graphic Images

So here’s a crazy thing. GC had to have a medical test a couple of weeks ago as a follow-up to an earlier test a few months ago. The doctor was 99.9% sure everything was okay, but he just wanted to guide a camera through GC’s urinary tract to make sure. (Don’t worry, the . . . → Read More: knitnut.net: Warning: Graphic Images

knitnut.net: A Guest Post by Ernie: The Honeymoon, Part I

Today’s post is brought to you by the letter H and the number 3. That’s because the 3 of us – Zoom, GC and me – went to Newfoundland for our Honeymoon!

The license plate of the car we rented was HZG, which stands for Honeymoon Zoom GC. (They forgot the E for . . . → Read More: knitnut.net: A Guest Post by Ernie: The Honeymoon, Part I

knitnut.net: Stolen Bunny!

I saw this sign on Percy Street today:

“STOLEN!!!

WTF? Last seen on washing line in our BACKYARD! The person responsible, who, incidentally, ought to be ashamed (no matter their affliction), stole a bunny from a baby. A gift at birth and a child’s favoured comfort at bedtime – We want it back . . . → Read More: knitnut.net: Stolen Bunny!

knitnut.net: Goodbye, Robin

My dear friend, Watawa Life blogger Robin Kelsey, died on July 2, 2013 at the age of 64. Robin was a photographer, a writer, a biker, an introvert, a lover of cats and a kind and gentle spirit. He was also one of my favourite people in the whole world.

I met Robin . . . → Read More: knitnut.net: Goodbye, Robin

knitnut.net: Scandals within scandals!

This has been a crazy week for news in Canada! Scandals within scandals!

Between the scandal about the prime minister’s office covering up Conservative Senator Mike Duffy’s expense scandal, the sanitized Senate audit scandal, and the scandalous video of the Mayor of Toronto smoking crack, I’ve been riveted to my Twitter feed.

. . . → Read More: knitnut.net: Scandals within scandals!

knitnut.net: Junk TV in a Hotel Room

I was in Toronto last week for a conference on HIV, pregnancy and mothering. It was an excellent conference, very interesting, with a good mix of researchers, HIV+ mothers, and frontline workers. There were even a few babies, and a toddler who took his mom’s cell phone, placed it on the floor, made sure . . . → Read More: knitnut.net: Junk TV in a Hotel Room

knitnut.net: Seamy Underbelly, Part II

Visiting the Downtown Eastside (DTES) has churned up some contradictions for me, and resolving those contradictions requires re-thinking some questions I thought I already knew the answers to:

1) To what extent do people choose to live in the DTES, and to what extent are they stuck there?

2) Does the DTES community strengthen . . . → Read More: knitnut.net: Seamy Underbelly, Part II

knitnut.net: Larry O’Brien’s ‘Book Lunch’

This was a present from GC. He took advantage of the special offer on Larry’s publisher’s website:

SHIPPING FEE WAVED (sic) FOR THOSE WISHING TO PICK UP AT THE OTTAWA LUNCH (sic).

. . . → Read More: knitnut.net: Larry O’Brien’s ‘Book Lunch’

knitnut.net: My visit to the seamy underbelly

At the harbour, outside my hotel

So…I went to Vancouver for a whirlwind business trip. I arrived Wednesday afternoon and left Friday morning. I was working most of the time, but I did have two more-or-less free evenings, so I did what I could to cram Vancouver in.

I hadn’t been there in . . . → Read More: knitnut.net: My visit to the seamy underbelly

knitnut.net: I agree, somewhat, with Tom Flanagan

I have what I know will be a very unpopular opinion about a highly volatile subject. I should probably keep it to myself, but I feel compelled to share it.

It’s about Tom Flanagan’s remarks about child pornography. The remarks for which he was roundly lambasted, fired as a CBC commentator, denounced by the . . . → Read More: knitnut.net: I agree, somewhat, with Tom Flanagan

knitnut.net: We know how to have fun

GC got a sliver in his foot from the hardwood floor. He said it felt like a long, skinny sliver. There wasn’t much to see, but he was limping and wincing. Later, when we were getting ready for bed, we saw that his foot was swollen.

I insisted we go to the hospital . . . → Read More: knitnut.net: We know how to have fun

knitnut.net: Gender Failure

I’ve set up a google alert for ‘transgender’ so I can keep abreast of transgender news and activity on the internet, since my favourite part of my new job is about transgender stuff.

So, on my first day with the new Google alert, I was google-alerted that Ivan Coyote and Rae Spoon were playing a FREE […] . . . → Read More: knitnut.net: Gender Failure

knitnut.net: Diagnosis: Too much freedom

We took Simon to see the avian vet yesterday, to consult about his behaviour problems. She thinks he’s got too much freedom and he’s taking advantage of it. He has overthrown the rulers and seized power! I need to rein him back in, start some daily training and convince him – gently – that I’m […] . . . → Read More: knitnut.net: Diagnosis: Too much freedom

knitnut.net: First week of work, and a psychotic parrot episode

So far at my new job I’ve been immersing myself in reports and files and getting up to speed on the subject matter and my projects. The subject matter is fascinating but the projects are a little intimidating because there are so many, and some of them require skills I’m not sure I have, like […] . . . → Read More: knitnut.net: First week of work, and a psychotic parrot episode