ravnsdaughter: (harp)
I'm putting this here for future reference, because I've already forgotten once and had to email someone to find out again.

This is the harp I'm going to start saving up for: Dusty Strings Ravenna (with a full set of levers).

priorities

Nov. 28th, 2011 02:20 pm
ravnsdaughter: (raven in tree)
Last weekend totally felt like the weekend that wasn't. I slept in both days, which left me
feeling off all weekend, and we were so busy running all over the place that I don't really feel like I got any downtime at all.

Though I did get in enough playtime on the Star Wars: The Old Republic beta to decide that I'm definitely going to be picking up a copy; in fact, I'm going to pre-order it.

Work hasn't been anywhere near as busy today as it was on Friday, though I've had enough to keep me busy for most of the day. While I was getting my work done this morning, in the back of my mind I've been churning ideas through my head. Over the past couple of weeks, I have been coming up with tons of ideas of things I might like to do once my month of being skint is over and then realized that if I just do everything all at once, I'm just going to get myself back into the same situation I was in before. So I'm writing it all down and setting some priorities, and some of the things will be done right away, and some will be done later as rewards for accomplishing things.

The tattoo? That's coming right away though. :)

It's absolutely GORGEOUS out here, so I got out of the office at lunch and went for a walk and got myself some sunshine to help my SAD. I managed a kilometre in about 15 minutes, which is a good start. I'm also thinking about going swimming this evening.

Also, I've decided I want to learn to draw and paint. That's going to be my big goal for 2012.
ravnsdaughter: (pumpkins with scrolls)
Happy belated Thanksgiving to all of my American friends! And for the rest of you, Happy Friday! :) As usual, I started writing this yesterday, didn't finish, and now have to edit it. Since I didn't do this back on Canadian Thanksgiving, I'll do it now. There are so many things I'm thankful for right now.

- my sweetie, who has tried so hard this year to be a good partner to me (and succeeded!) and who I love very, very much
- my soon-to-be family, who accepted me right back into their lives when Ian and I reconciled, and who treat me like I'm the best thing that's ever happened to Ian
- my friends, who I don't get to see anywhere near as often as I'd like, but who I love just the same
- my job. Even when it's irritating, I'm so thankful to have a job that is enough to pay all the bills and have a little bit leftover to have some fun. And other than the crappy commute, it's really not all that bad.
- my pets, especially my Cody dog. Having that adorable face and wagging tail waiting for me when I get home every day is awesome. And my kitties are comical and adorable.
- my country. I am thankful every day that I live in Canada, land of almost-free health care and a decent amount of freedom.
- my doctor, who is awesome, and without whom I would be a drooling basket case.

And I'm thankful for all of you. You all help keep me sane too! So thank you!

snippets

Nov. 22nd, 2011 11:49 am
ravnsdaughter: (red umbrella)
I just realized that I've taken to posting far more snippets of my daily life to Facebook instead of Livejournal, since it's a bit easier to do. I think I'm going to start trying to post to both places, since I have a whole lot of friends over here who aren't on my Facebook (though if you'd like to add me, go right ahead, or leave your real name in the comments and I'll add you!)

I'm really struggling with my resolve to not buy lunch at work today. I just couldn't come up with anything to pack this morning (though I made extremely yummy pumpkin oatmeal for breakfast) and said to heck with it, I'll have the noodle bowl that I have stashed in my desk at work, but now the thought of that is really unappealing. Plus, it's freezing in here and I want something hot to eat! We have no microwave so I'd be heating the noodles with the hot water that our cooler dispenses, which isn't all that hot, and cools down fast. Hmm, what to do.

listy post

Nov. 21st, 2011 10:17 am
ravnsdaughter: (pumpkins with scrolls)
I have spent the entire last two or three weeks thinking "OMG it's been SOOOOO long since I've posted, I really need to remedy that" and then getting totally sidetracked and not posting. So I think I'm going to do a list post to try and catch up the past few weeks here.

i. Snow! It snowed last Thursday, not very much, but enough to put a pretty white frosting on the roofs around the city. And then again last night it tried to snow, but it turned to rain, so there's none on the ground. But I'm so totally ready to curl up into a ball and hibernate for a few months.

ii. I am exceedingly proud of myself for what I've accomplished in the past 2 1/2 weeks. When I got my paycheque 2 1/2 weeks ago, I decided I was absolutely fed up with the state my finances were in (and the bills being behind), and I sucked it up, got all the bills caught up the same day I got paid, and told myself that I just had to quit acting like a baby and eat breakfast at home every day and pack lunch to work every day. And I have. I haven't purchased breakfast or lunch in over 2 weeks. As a reward, I got to go to Starbucks and buy a fancy drink on Friday, so I had a caramel brulee latte. I fully intend to keep going with this, and every time I manage a full two weeks without purchasing breakfast or lunch, I get to go to Starbucks on payday. I think that's a good tradeoff. Friday was payday, but the next two weeks are going to still be really tight, because this cheque covers rent, my car payment and car insurance, with very little left over.

iii. What is going to make the second point there even more awesome, is that I'm going to go into December with all my bills caught up, and then December is going to be a 3 paycheque month! Plus, I have a $250 refund coming from cancelling my car co-op membership, and a $50 refund coming from Shaw for a payment I'd accidentally made to them a few weeks ago.

iv. Christmas around here is going to be a handmade one, mostly handmade by yours truly. I don't need any more expensive generic foreign-made crap- our apartment is full of stuff already. And same goes for my family and friends. That's not what the holidays are about, and I'm putting an end to it. If you're someone who would be giving me a gift, seriously, all I want is time with you, and if you really feel like giving me something tangible, make me something. If you don't make things, buy me something inexpensive that was handmade by someone else, preferably a small crafter (and local is even better, though there's definitely plenty on my Etsy favorites list for ideas, though be warned, I often put things in there as ideas for things I want to try to duplicate).

v. I'm planning my first tattoo! It's going to be a raven holding a sprig of holly. Both the raven and the holly have personal significance to me. I'm really really excited. I'm probably going to get it sometime in the first week or 2 of December, so that hopefully it will be mostly healed by Christmas. And I've already started planning my next two tattoos.

vi. We're going to be going to visit my family for Christmas for the first time in a few years. We didn't go last year because we didn't have the money to travel, and the year before that, my parents told me not to come because we'd found bedbugs a few weeks before that (they were gone by Xmas, but my mom was being paranoid). I am really looking forward to it! We'll be driving over and taking Cody with us, of course.

vii. Wedding planning is proceeding quite well. I'm going to do another post with some of the details here in a bit, so I won't comment any further on that right now, other than to say I found my dress!

viii. I've been picking away at the mess in the house for the past week or so, and it's looking WAY better than it has in a long time. I have a lot left to go, but I'm definitely making awesome progress.

ix. Things have been AWESOME with Ian lately. :)
ravnsdaughter: (fountain pen)
Handwriting meme, stolen from [livejournal.com profile] supervillainess:

The guidelines - write the following in your own handwriting:

1. Name/Blog URL
2. Lefty/Righty/Ambidextrous
3. Letters you enjoy writing
4. Letters you dislike writing
5. Write "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog."
6. Write CRAB, HUMOR, KALEIDOSCOPE, PAJAMAS, and GAZILLION in caps.
7. Write one of your favorite song lyrics.
8. Write who should do this.

here's my answers... )
ravnsdaughter: (Default)
So! Tir Righ A&S/Bardic happened, and it was wonderful!

I ended up being the last to perform, instead of second as [livejournal.com profile] songstress1973 had said I would be, though I knew that it was possible for the schedule to be rearranged before the event so I wasn't counting on going second. My days of piano recitals has ingrained in me a desire to go as close to the start as possible, just because it gets the nervousness out of the way. Didn't happen, but oh well - as it turned out I was far too busy during the day to be much in the way of nervous anyways!

I am pleased with how my performance went. It wasn't perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but all of the comments I got from non-judges said that they really enjoyed my performance. To me, THAT is what counts, and that made me very happy.


me playing my harp


I handed my camera over to Ian, and he got shots of me from all sorts of angles. Here's the only one I have access to at the moment, as I'd cropped it for Facebook on Sunday. I'll post more once I get them edited sometime soon. My comments from the judges were excellent as well. I got lots of constructive feedback, which was exactly what I was looking for. My judges were Mistress Alisaundre ni Feidhlimidh dal gCais, who is [livejournal.com profile] songstress1973's laurel (and therefore sort of my grand-laurel, since I'm student to [livejournal.com profile] songstress1973, even though I'm apprenticed to someone else. (Sionann used to be apprenticed to the same laurel as I am, but as my laurel doesn't really play much anymore, they parted ways amiably and remain good friends, but Sionann moved on so she could learn from someone active. I may eventually do the same.)); Aleyn of Wickingham (who MAKES period instruments, including harps), and Master Stephen of Hunmanby, who is also a music laurel.

As far as score goes, I haven't even added it up. My comment sheets didn't come with the numbers added, and really, it doesn't matter. The comments mean FAR more to me than the numbers. I actually got bonus points for picking such a difficult song, and was told I did really well considering I've only been playing the harp for 6-8 months. :)

Because my performance and question period didn't use up all the time allotted, the judges asked me to play it again, but then Little Miss Peanut Gallery (aka the loud mouth, aka Sionann) piped up with "beer song?" so I ended up playing Beer is for Girls, which everybody LOVED.

I've now cemented my decision to compete for Baronial Bardic Champion in February. I'm going to use the same piece I used on Saturday (which I'm obviously going to keep practicing and improving). I've also started working on a couple songs from the early music book I have, which won't take that long to get practiced up as they're considerably easier than the Frog Galliard. I obviously have Beer is for Girls as a backup for that as well, and I'm seriously considering finding a story to learn or a song I can sing, just to expand my repertoire and be able to do more than one type of thing. :)

Also, here's a pic of most of the beads I made for site tokens:
loads of beads

I didn't get a chance to take a pic before some of them were handed out as the morning was a bit rushed, but this is most of them.
ravnsdaughter: (harp)
Aaaaaaaahhhhhh!!! Things have been so freaking busy lately that there just hasn't been any time to post.

Tomorrow is the day I've been practicing for the past 6 months or so for! Tir Righ Arts & Sciences/Bardic Championships out in the Shire of Lionsdale, and I'm doing a single entry in bardic. Single entry means I'm not entering the actual championship part of things, but doing a single performance for the experience, practice and feedback.

The piece I'm doing is called Frog Galliard, and was composed by John Dowland. If you like, you can read my documentation here. I got the music from Lady Isolde de Lengadoc's weblog. Big thanks go to [livejournal.com profile] melspeth for proofreading my documentation and making some great suggestions for changes.

I also have her "Beer is for Girls" piece practiced up for performance later in the day, if I get the chance. :)

The 100 blue and white beads are ready for site tokens (that reminds me... need to take a picture tonight!) and my new bright red apron dress is all ready for me to wear. Tonight I just need to string my own second strand of beads and pack the car, and I'm all ready for the weekend.

Wish me luck! It's been ages since I've performed in front of a big group of people, and the harp is a brand new instrument for me. But I'm sure I'll do fine - I grew up playing in front of people.

blah!

Oct. 11th, 2011 03:36 pm
ravnsdaughter: (sepia raven)
It may be Tuesday, but it sure feels like a Monday today. Argh.

I woke up late this morning (like I've been doing a lot lately, I really need to get my sleep schedule fixed once and for all, damnit). The light in between our closets in the bedroom was
out. And then one of the lights in the front hall was out too.

Then once I finally made it to the computer this morning, I discovered that someone I sold some BPAL to back in July had put in a complaint/dispute via the BPAL.org forums that I hadn't sent her stuff, and that she had PMed me "a few times" but that I made excuses. She had PMed me ONCE, within a reasonable amount of time for the package to still not be there, and then never said anything else, so I assumed it had arrived. If she'd said something earlier I would've happily refunded her payment without her having to resort to a complaint. So as it is, I went and refunded her $17 via Paypal immediately.

I didn't get out of the house early enough to take the train, so I drove in to work. Traffic
sucked. And I didn't get any sewing time in.

I got lunch at the new pizza joint ("The 'Za House") across the street and it was hipster
central and the pizza was nothing special. Won't be going there again. The afternoon has been
full of people not paying attention to what they were doing and general dumbassery.

One hour to go, and then I'm going to lampwork like a madwoman to finish the last 10 beads for
Tir Righ A&S/Bardic, then I have counseling at 7 and then home to hopefully get to bed at a
reasonable hour.

REALLY glad it's a short week. Whew!
ravnsdaughter: (sepia raven)
I forgot to post this on DW and cross-post to LJ when I posted this yesterday, so I'm posting it on its own now.

Apparently it was National Invisible Illness week a few weeks ago. I missed it, but I'm doing this anyways, because I think it's important.

30 Things About My Invisible Illness You May Not Know

1. The illness I live with is: chronic major depression, anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), asthma, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea.

2. I was diagnosed with it in the year:
Depression - about 2001 or 2002
Anxiety - a few years after the depression
PTSD - officially, last month. But I knew I had it before that
PCOS - about 2000 or 2001, but I don't have an official diagnosis
Asthma - I don't remember
Sleep Apnea - 5 or 6 years ago

3. But I had symptoms since:
Depression - since about 1988 or so (about when puberty hit)
Anxiety - a few years ago
PTSD - since I lost my job last December
PCOS - since I was 16 or so
Asthma - all my life, though I've only had a couple of attacks ever.
Sleep apnea - since my late teens.

4. The biggest adjustment I’ve had to make is: learning to sleep with a CPAP is really the biggest thing.

5. Most people assume: That because I'm overweight, it's all because of that. That because I'm overweight, I'm dumb, lazy and can't do anything. And that if I lost weight all my problems would go away. And that I can just decide not to be depressed anymore and turn it off like a tap or something.

6. The hardest part about mornings are: just getting myself out of bed. Despite using the CPAP, I still rarely feel like I've gotten enough sleep.

7. My favorite medical TV show is: House and Grey's Anatomy.

8. A gadget I couldn’t live without is: my iPhone. That thing is seriously my second brain. I program things into it and then it beeps at me and tells me to do stuff. I would lose my headif it wasn't attached, but this thing keeps me together. Somehow, I rarely forget my iPhone. LOL.

9. The hardest part about nights are: Nights aren't difficult for me, generally.

10. Each day I take __ pills & vitamins. 2 meds, in the form of 4 pills. My fluoxetine (generic prozac) doesn't come in a 50mg pill, so I have to take 2 20s and a 10. I also take triazide for my high blood pressure.

11. Regarding alternative treatments I: I respect most of them, but I don't think they would work for the issues I take meds for. I use alternative stuff for things I choose not to use meds for, like the anxiety (I deal with it with deep breathing, etc. instead).

12. If I had to choose between an invisible illness or visible I would choose: Sometimes I thinkit would probably be easier to have something that was visible, so that people wouldn't automatically expect me to be totally "normal".

13. Regarding working and career: I work full time, mostly because I have no choice. If I could, I would probably do much better not working full time.

14. People would be surprised to know: How hard it really is dealing with the depression on a daily basis.

15. The hardest thing to accept about my new reality has been: That I can't do everything I want, all the time, no matter how hard I try, I do have limits.

16. Something I never thought I could do with my illness that I did was: be happy most of the time. But I am. :)

17. The commercials about my illness: I don't watch much TV, and haven't seen any commercials related to any of my issues.

18. Something I really miss doing since I was diagnosed is: Curling up anywhere and taking a nap, without having to worry about my CPAP.

19. It was really hard to have to give up: See 18.

20. A new hobby I have taken up since my diagnosis is: I don't think there are any major new hobbies. I've probably picked up new crafts and such, but I'm not all that different since my diagnosis.

21. If I could have one day of feeling normal again I would: not applicable. This IS my new normal.

22. My illness has taught me: I am very resilient. I can get through just about anything.

23. Want to know a secret? One thing people say that gets under my skin is: "Buck up". "Get over it". "It's all in your head." "If you just lost weight, all your problems would go away".

24. But I love it when people: Ask how I'm doing, pay attention to how I answer, and truly care about me.

25. My favorite motto, scripture, quote that gets me through tough times is: It's my own words, but "it's only temporary" is my motto these days.

26. When someone is diagnosed I’d like to tell them: It gets better. You don't have to put up with this. Ask for help, because there is help available.

27. Something that has surprised me about living with an illness is: How ignorant and dumb some people can be.

28. The nicest thing someone did for me when I wasn’t feeling well was: This goes beyond just "wasn't feeling well", but probably when [profile] melspeth and [profile] wulfstan invited me to stay with them for the weekend after I lost my job last December. If it wasn't for them, I probably wouldn't be around now. Yes, it was that bad.

29. I’m involved with Invisible Illness Week because: to quote <"lj user="nonnycat">Uh, well, I missed it but I'm filling this out just for the hell of it. Because I think that this sorta thing shouldn't be limited to one week. And cause I'm bored.". And because I think this sort of thing should be known.

30. The fact that you read this list makes me feel: If you read all of this, you're awesome and I love you. :)
ravnsdaughter: (happiness result of editing)
My last post got completely borked, so I'm reposting this without a LJ cut.

Apparently it was National Invisible Illness week a few weeks ago. I missed it, but I'm doing this anyways, because I think it's important.

30 Things About My Invisible Illness You May Not Know

1. The illness I live with is: chronic major depression, anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), asthma, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea.

2. I was diagnosed with it in the year:
Depression - about 2001 or 2002
Anxiety - a few years after the depression
PTSD - officially, last month. But I knew I had it before that
PCOS - about 2000 or 2001, but I don't have an official diagnosis
Asthma - I don't remember
Sleep Apnea - 5 or 6 years ago

3. But I had symptoms since:
Depression - since about 1988 or so (about when puberty hit)
Anxiety - a few years ago
PTSD - since I lost my job last December
PCOS - since I was 16 or so
Asthma - all my life, though I've only had a couple of attacks ever.
Sleep apnea - since my late teens.

4. The biggest adjustment I’ve had to make is: learning to sleep with a CPAP is really the biggest thing.

5. Most people assume: That because I'm overweight, it's all because of that. That because I'm overweight, I'm dumb, lazy and can't do anything. And that if I lost weight all my problems would go away. And that I can just decide not to be depressed anymore and turn it off like a tap or something.

6. The hardest part about mornings are: just getting myself out of bed. Despite using the CPAP, I still rarely feel like I've gotten enough sleep.

7. My favorite medical TV show is: House and Grey's Anatomy.

8. A gadget I couldn’t live without is: my iPhone. That thing is seriously my second brain. I program things into it and then it beeps at me and tells me to do stuff. I would lose my headif it wasn't attached, but this thing keeps me together. Somehow, I rarely forget my iPhone. LOL.

9. The hardest part about nights are: Nights aren't difficult for me, generally.

10. Each day I take __ pills & vitamins. 2 meds, in the form of 4 pills. My fluoxetine (generic prozac) doesn't come in a 50mg pill, so I have to take 2 20s and a 10. I also take triazide for my high blood pressure.

11. Regarding alternative treatments I: I respect most of them, but I don't think they would work for the issues I take meds for. I use alternative stuff for things I choose not to use meds for, like the anxiety (I deal with it with deep breathing, etc. instead).

12. If I had to choose between an invisible illness or visible I would choose: Sometimes I thinkit would probably be easier to have something that was visible, so that people wouldn't automatically expect me to be totally "normal".

13. Regarding working and career: I work full time, mostly because I have no choice. If I could, I would probably do much better not working full time.

14. People would be surprised to know: How hard it really is dealing with the depression on a daily basis.

15. The hardest thing to accept about my new reality has been: That I can't do everything I want, all the time, no matter how hard I try, I do have limits.

16. Something I never thought I could do with my illness that I did was: be happy most of the time. But I am. :)

17. The commercials about my illness: I don't watch much TV, and haven't seen any commercials related to any of my issues.

18. Something I really miss doing since I was diagnosed is: Curling up anywhere and taking a nap, without having to worry about my CPAP.

19. It was really hard to have to give up: See 18.

20. A new hobby I have taken up since my diagnosis is: I don't think there are any major new hobbies. I've probably picked up new crafts and such, but I'm not all that different since my diagnosis.

21. If I could have one day of feeling normal again I would: not applicable. This IS my new normal.

22. My illness has taught me: I am very resilient. I can get through just about anything.

23. Want to know a secret? One thing people say that gets under my skin is: "Buck up". "Get over it". "It's all in your head." "If you just lost weight, all your problems would go away".

24. But I love it when people: Ask how I'm doing, pay attention to how I answer, and truly care about me.

25. My favorite motto, scripture, quote that gets me through tough times is: It's my own words, but "it's only temporary" is my motto these days.

26. When someone is diagnosed I’d like to tell them: It gets better. You don't have to put up with this. Ask for help, because there is help available.

27. Something that has surprised me about living with an illness is: How ignorant and dumb some people can be.

28. The nicest thing someone did for me when I wasn’t feeling well was: This goes beyond just "wasn't feeling well", but probably when [livejournal.com profile] melspeth and [livejournal.com profile] wulfstan invited me to stay with them for the weekend after I lost my job last December. If it wasn't for them, I probably wouldn't be around now. Yes, it was that bad.

29. I’m involved with Invisible Illness Week because: to quote <"lj user="nonnycat"> Uh, well, I missed it but I'm filling this out just for the hell of it. Because I think that this sorta thing shouldn't be limited to one week. And cause I'm bored.". And because I think this sort of thing should be known.

30. The fact that you read this list makes me feel: If you read all of this, you're awesome and I love you. :)

vacation!

Oct. 5th, 2011 06:41 pm
ravnsdaughter: (autumn: small leaves)
So, I had a vacation! First time in aaaaages. It was wonderful.

On Thursday we got up early and picked Ian's mom up, and then headed up to Penticton. We stopped in Abbotsford for breakfast and gas (because Abby is just beyond the border where gas goes from OMGExpensive to SlightlyLessExpensive), and then headed up Highway 3 to Penticton. We made a brief stop in Keremeos for produce to eat while we were up there, but made it into Penticton by late afternoon. We stopped at the visitor's centre to pick up maps and a winery guide, and then made a quick stop at Tinwhistle Brewery where we picked up some interesting tasting beers.

After a quick stop for some groceries and other supplies, we headed up the mountain to the cabin, where we just got settled in and got to bed relatively early. On Friday, we were upearly, Ian's mom made french toast for breakfast, Ian and I collaborated and started a pot ofchili in the crockpot, and then we headed out towards Oliver for a tour of some wineries. We stopped at Tinhorn Creek, which we felt was a little overblown and fancypants for us, though they did have a self-guided tour of parts of the winery, and a mini vineyard just outside the shop/tasting room that you could walk through and taste the actual grapes, which was really quite neat. I took pictures with Ian's iPhone, because the battery in my Nikon was dead (despite my having charged it recently), and I'll post some once I get them off his phone.

We also visited Road 13, Gehringer, and we stopped by one other that I can't remember the name of, but there was a lineup for the tasting room and the place smelled like bleach and that turned Ian and his mom right off of the idea of tasting. It was also far too fancy and yuppie-ish for our liking, so we left. On our search for a gas station, we stopped at a Cidery and Ian picked up some cider, but when I tasted it later, it was far too dry for my tastes. We also stopped at a place called Tickleberry's in Okanagan Falls, which was a gift shop/candy/ice cream store. Ian and I shared an ice cream cone and I bought the most AMAZING pumpkin pie fudgethere. It's totally made me want to duplicate the fudge at home! Friday evening was spentrelaxing in the cabin, having nommy homemade chili for dinner and cross-stitching in front of the fire.

Saturday it was raining, and we got going later in the day than on Friday. We took a drive up to Naramata and visited Elephant Island Winery, which makes fruit wines. We splurged a bit there, and signed up for their Trunk, which will get us 6 bottles of wine in November for $150. We also visited Maple Leaf Spirits, which is a distillery that makes some absolutely awesome liqueurs. One of the only things I bought this weekend was a bottle of their Maple Liqueur. Saturday night we had dinner at the Barley Mill Pub, which was excellent.

And then Sunday morning, we packed up, cleaned the cabin back up, and then headed home! We madea few brief stops along the way, including stopping in Keremeos for produce to bring back withus. I now have 20 pounds of peaches to do something with, plus a bunch of fresh corn, a coupleof sugar pumpkins, and a few other small things.

Oh, and while we were picking up a few more groceries on Friday night, we ran into [livejournal.com profile] yrsa and her wife Nan at Safeway! They pulled up behind my car in the parking lot, and of course recognized the An Tir and Tir Righ bumper stickers, but didn't recognize the car nor the dog inside of it. So Yrsa texted me "are you in Safeway??". My phone was muted so I didn't see the text until after, but she also found me in the store... I was standing there staring at the chip aisle and then I hear this "I thought I recognized that dog!" or something like that. Turned out Nan was outside the store fawning over Cody. So we each got our groceries that we were after, and then went out to the parking lot so Nan could play with Cody and we chatted for a bit.

Pics soon, as soon as I get them off of Ian's phone.
ravnsdaughter: (pumpkins with scrolls)
I have been trying to do any update all week, and just haven't been able to get a few spare minutes together to wrap my head around full sentences. So here we have the past few weeks, in bullet-point format.

- T-minus 2 1/2 hours until I'm off for four whole days of vacation. Ian, his mom and I are going up to Penticton and staying in a cabin on Apex Mountain for 3 nights. This isn't a bad thing, he and his mom get along great, and I get along with her great too. The Okanagan Wine Festival is going on right now, and it will be nice to get away for a bit. Hopefully I'll get to meet up with [livejournal.com profile] yrsa for coffee while I'm up there.

- work has been work. nothing to write home about there.

- carpets did NOT get cleaned last weekend like they were supposed to. Stupid Coit refused to do the job once the technician arrived and saw our carpets. Nationwide will be coming on October 15th to clean them instead.

- 3 1/2 weeks until I have to perform Frog Galliard in front of an audience. It's coming along, but I seem to have plateaued a bit.

- SO glad it's fall finally. It's nice to have cooler weather again.

- that's about all I can think of at the moment. My brain SO needs this vacation.
ravnsdaughter: (autumn: small leaves)
I've just been getting SO much done this week, it's actually kind of frightening. :D

I just got my swap assignment for [livejournal.com profile] sihaya09's Autumn Care Package swap yesterday evening, and I've already picked up half the contents of her package, courtesy of the shops across from my work. And I'm dropping a postcard into the mail for her today!

I need to hit the bead store to finish things up though. I need yet more findings. AGAIN. Sheesh! And the price of silver is STILL sucking.
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So, I may not be dieting anymore, but my weight is going down!

At this point, my main focus is on improving 3 things in my life, with the intent of making them permanent changes:

1. Drastically cutting down on my eating away-from-home. My ideal is to eat breakfast at home, pack a lunch to work, and eat dinner at home, and not spend any money outside of grocery shopping on food. This is mostly for budgetary purposes rather than anything else. I'm doing pretty well - not perfect, but not bad either. I'm happy with it.

2. Increasing my veggie and fruit intake. I'm also doing well on this one - I'm consistently up to 3-4 servings of veggies and fruit per day, as compared to the 0-1 I usually had before.

3. No pop at home. Rather than cutting it out completely, I don't have it at home anymore. If I'm at a restaurant I can have it, but not at home.

This morning the scale said 355, and I was 366 on September 3rd. I'm not aiming specifically for weight loss, but I'll certainly take it! I may have given up dieting, but sure, I'd love to be a smaller size, simply because yes, it will make my life easier. But being healthy is a higher priority than weighing a certain weight, or wearing a certain size.

I finished the book [livejournal.com profile] belowthe49th loaned me after I posted my "no more dieting" post - Health at Every Size: The Suprising Truth about your Weight - and it was totally awesome. I honestly wish ALL of my friends would read this book, no matter what their weight. I'm planning to try and get my parents to read it too. I want to do another read through though, to catch anything I may have missed.

I've also made another change this week that seems to be doing me a world of good in many ways. I've spent VERY little time on the computer since Sunday night. I'm sure my desire to play video games will come and go, but lately I've been far more interested in other things. Last night I think I made over 20 lampwork beads (a mix of the blue and white ones I need to have done for the third weekend of October, some in black/white/red for a gift swap, a a couple blue/white/black ones for my own swag, and five plain amber-coloured spacers for the necklace I'm making for Ian. I also spent quite a bit of time practicing my harp, because crazy me decided to go ahead with a full entry into Tir Righ's Bardic Championship. *facepalm* So now I have to find another piece to do. I'm crazy, I know.

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Sep. 12th, 2011 09:54 am
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I am never dieting again.

By saying this, I do not mean to say that I am giving up on myself, that I intend to remain this size for the rest of my life, that I don't care. Rather, I am doing this because I DO care. My health is one of my most important cares in the world.

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I just found my moonstone briolette drop earring that has been missing for months now! And the other day, I found my purple/green flower earrings from [personal profile] sihaya09 that had been missing since I moved back in with Ian last December! These two pairs are the earring staples of my jewelry collection at the moment, and I'm so glad to have found them again.

SO THRILLED!
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I had the absolute most bizarre dream last night. I often have dreams that aren't quite what you'd call a nightmare - like being chased by monsters or stuff like that - but I do often have ones that are bizarre and disturbing, so that I end up waking up totally creeped out. Once in a blue moon I'll even have one that sets off an anxiety attack, but that hasn't happened in quite a long time.

Last night I dreamed about the wedding. But it was really really weird. We were in some sort of auditorium, not the nice little hall we're planning on. I was wearing white (which I'm not planning to do), and Ian looked like more of a cross between himself and my first long-term boyfriend, Greg. And for a good chunk of the wedding, almost all of the lights were out in the auditorium.

The part of the dream that weirded me out the most was the actual ceremony. The person doing it looked like a native guy (and not that I'd have any problem with a native marriage commissioner, but there are no native marriage commissioners in New West, and I'm hoping to have a female marriage commissioner do our ceremony), and within a few words of starting the ceremony, it was filled with Christian theology and stuff. Considering I'm pagan and Ian is a staunch atheist, this horrified dream-me. But for some reason I didn't say anything because I didn't want to cause a fuss.

Then something else interrupted the ceremony (I don't remember what), and I took that opportunity to bring up the content of the ceremony with the officiant, who got all weirded out that I wouldn't let him just say whatever he wanted, even though we had supposedly discussed the ceremony beforehand. I told him fine then, we'll wing it with our vows, then you can say the absolute minimum necessary to make the marriage official, and that's it.

And at that point I woke up. I didn't even get to hear what dream-me came up with as vows! It was absolutely bizarre.

In reality, Ian and I will be writing our ceremony ourselves, and I can't see having any problem with any of it. I plan to screen our potential officiant heavily to make sure their beliefs line up with ours. If I can't find one who doesn't have a problem with our beliefs, then we'll get married beforehand in private to make it legal and then have someone else do the public ceremony.
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Have you ever seen a dog's reaction to a brass instrument? I did last night, and it was hilarious!

On my way up the elevator after work last night, I went into our storage locker and got out my french horn. I've been meaning to do this for a long time, since I want to get practiced up enough that I can join one of the New Westminster concert bands. Once I finished my piano and harp practice for the evening, I pulled out the horn.

Cody was lying on the living room floor at the time, and obviously wasn't expecting anything. He's totally used to me practicing the harp now, and it doesn't seem to bother him at all. The piano still perplexes him, and he will often come up and try to shove his nose under my hand as I'm practicing, similar to what he does when I'm on the computer.

But the horn... oh, that was funny. Keep in mind I haven't touched it in at LEAST 15 years. I picked it up and blew through the mouthpiece, making the horn let out a loud "BLAT" The dog sat up abruptly like someone had shot something at him. He sat there watching me as I practiced a few scales, acting like he was startled every time I took a break and then started again. I'm still giggling over it.

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