Sunday, August 28, 2005

Home for a rest

Hey, just lettin all yalls know that my parents are on their way to pick me up and bring me to brighton to love me up until i get alllll better. so if you need to get a hold of me you'll have to do it there (i'll have my cell with me).

Oil Prices

Is it just me or will just about anything raise oil prices....this just in, a month with an R in it is following August, oil prices to rise....George Bush cut his toe nails, oil prices to sky rocket.....the rain in Spain falls mainly in the plains, oil prices to increase accordingly.....your mom, the price of oil expected to jum.....


Friday, August 26, 2005


the blood work came back fine.

i really need to get off these drugs...i almost typed: the blood work cabameke know, cabameke, that almost combination of came and back....eep.

The Up and Up

I think the new pills are slowly helping. I am feeling less and less dizzy all the time. The morning and early afternoon are still a little woozy. The pills make me really, really sleepy which could be a good thing for the healing. They do make me a bit of a social write-off :( ..or a lot more fun than i usually am due to being a space cadet, youi can decide.

I'll let yoi know if the blood work tells us anything.

Thanks for the prayers.

Only infidels drink Coke

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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

progression my personal champion/amublance Dan took me to the Locke Street Clinic today where the Dr (who reminded us uf the hypnotist from Office Space) thought i might be having a reaction to the Benadryl still and the remenants of the sting/bite. he's got me on some other medication in some potent dose...the side effects made me laugh though; dryness of the mouth, headaches, diarrhea (which thank you bowels, i am also now suffering from....fist shaking), drowsiness or diziness, and unusal tiredness.... ha ha ha. Oh good, i'll feel so much different if i'm having side effects from this drug... there was also some blood work taken and the results will be back soon...

my family is stopping by today as they drop John off to go back to will be nice to get some family hugging.

well, my adventures have tired me out and i have some soup waiting for me...

Tuesday, August 23, 2005


Yesterday after I posted I kept feeling worse. It was kind of scary. I called the nice people at telehealth and they didn't know what was going on and suggested that I see a dr much sooner rather than later. I agreed and the rock of a man, Dan Postma gave me a lift and 5 hours of company at McMaster ER. I spent just over 6 hours there and came away with this: they didn't really know why I was woozy, or running a 5 day fever. They thought maybe the benadryl that I was taking to combat the effects of the sting was the cause of all the fuzz in my head. so i am off of it, they say it will take 24 hours to exit my system. And the fever?... the dr wondered if it was possible that i contracted a virus at the same time that i got stung. I told her anything was possible. so yeah...

in conclusion i am still alive, last night i felt the most human that i have since last thursday morning, but i'm still pretty out of it and will be spending today (tuesday in bed too)

thanks for your prayers, your rides to the hospita and ER support (Dan), your rides to Shoppers and your standard driving skills (gayle), your snuggles and y our tortellini (Mira)

Monday, August 22, 2005

An update (before I have to go lay down)

Ok, so my little saga continues I guess. This sting thing is still affecting me. I have spent the past4 days in bed being quiet and still. Not usually and easy thing for me to do, but I can't say that I really feel like doing much else.

The tri coloured welt is now just looking like a wacky bruise. The fever has elavated and left me a little more loopy than I was before. I think I might be amusing/freaking out my roommates. I keep doing stuff that I have no recollection of doing and then when they ask me about it I get mad at them. Oh dear. Its kind of trippy.

So other than sore elbows and armpits and a wonky head I think i'm doing ok. Remind me not to get stung again. Five days in bed is not my idea of fun.

Ben and Mylana's Naked Wedding?

These two ladies were sitting two pews infront of me at Ben and Mylana's wedding.

I dunno, maybe they were excercising stewardship in their fashion budget...?

(photo taken by the lovely Mrs. Amy Hoogstad - who had a better view)

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Fun Times

Once upon a time (aka Thursday morning) I was working at the greenhouse steaking chrysanthemums, minding my own business when all of a sudden something (I still don't know what) bit or stung me on the lower bicept/upper tricept area of my left arm. I yelped in pain and fruitlessly looked around for the culprit.

When I looked at my arm I already had a raised bump and a growing red area around the wound. I didn't pay that much attention to it until about half an hour later when I started to feel really woozy, it became harder to swallow, my chest, neck and face turned red, my chest tightened up, my head started to hurt, I got really tired and I was itchy head to toe. So I layed down for a while at the onset of those things.

One of the ladies from the office came over to the house and saw me laying on a bench and took a look at me and expressed some concern. When she went back over to the office she told another lady. They, both being Mothers, decided I really needed to go to the hospital. I'm not one to argue with two Mothers and was feeling pretty shitty and out of it didn't put up a fight.

Sheila drove me to a local urgent care ward where I received a shot of Benadryl in the hip for the reaction and received the instructions to take it easy while my body fights over the next 24-48 hours.

Currently I still feel woozy, itchy from head to toe, if I don't keep taking the Benadryl my body temp goes up and the headache and tight chest return. The shot made the welt on my arm go away but as the shot wore off the welt came back. Right now it is a tri coloured 11cmx12cm oval on my bicept. Its really, really itchy. I've been a good girl and icing it.

I have been too drowsy (the pills) and out of it (the reaction) to really do much. I can't really concentrate on reading so I have been colouring and watching episodes of Air Farce off of their website (see previous post). Feel free to give me a call or drop by for a few minutes (though you'll have to excuse the mess of our house and the drowsiness of me), I've spent the past two days humanless and am getting a little lonely.

Tah, tah.

Thursday, August 18, 2005


I was reading one of Dan's latest posts this morning and felt his pain about the lack of Air Farce Canadian education. So I thought that I would bring to the blog world's attention that you can watch seasons 7-12 of Air Farce online at their website. If you aren't Canadian and wonder about what makes us tick, then you might want to take this in. Or, if you are a Canuk and you want a good laugh, sit down and start clickin'!


Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Monday, August 15, 2005


I want one.

(i wanna little black boy kittie that i would name Moses)

Friday, August 12, 2005

Hamilton In Desperate Need of Lives

S.O.S! The City of Hamilton needs a large shipment of lives. These will be distributed to the citizens of Hamilton so that they have a life. This need became obvious to me today. Canadian Idol winner Kalan Porter is singing right now at the WestJet Festival of Friends in Gage Park. On my way into the greenhouse from the parking lot all three of us workers got stopped and asked if we were there to line up to see Kalan. It was 6am. I thought it was ridiculous. Then I looked into the park. There were people already sitting in front of the bandshell. Apparently some had slept overnight. As the day went on, despite rain and wind, more and more misguided souls showed up to get themselves a seat close to Canada's favourite boy singer who looks like a 12 year old girl.

I can only hope they have all gone home by the time I want to see the Wailin' Jennys and The Nylons on Sunday night.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Professor Idol

I would like to see the nominees for this:

TVO unveils 'Professor Idol'Last Updated Wed, 10 Aug 2005 16:59:58 EDTCBC Arts

First there was the singing contest Pop Idol. Then came spinoffs like Canadian Idol and American Idol. Now comes a series that could very well have been dubbed Professor Idol.

The aim of the show, which will air on TVOntario, is not to find the best singer; instead, the producers are scouring Ontario to find the best teacher in the province's post-secondary school system.

Titled the Best Lecturer Competition, it aims to find instructors "who explain their thesis clearly, are passionate about their topic, and share their views with conviction and flair."

"In other words, we are looking for the most engaging, entertaining, and enlightening lecturer in Ontario," said Wodek Szemberg, a producer with TVO.

The channel, a public broadcaster with a mandate to produce educational programming, announced the names of the 30 semifinalists on Wednesday.

They were chosen by a panel made up of Literary Review of Canada editor Bronwyn Drainie, National Post columnist Robert Fulford and playwright Andrew Moodie.

Among the finalists are Tim Blackmore (a Faculty of Information and Media Studies professor who teaches at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ont.), Claudio Colaguori (a sociology professor at the University of Toronto), Tony Dimnik (a business professor at Queen's University in Kingston, Ont.), and Susan Haslip (a business professor who teaches at Algonquin College in Ottawa).

The list will be winnowed down by the judges in September to 10 names. The finalists will then deliver lectures on TVO's Big Ideas series, and viewers will have the opportunity to vote for the winner by phone or e-mail.

The grand prize is a $10,000 grant, which will go to the winning professor's school.
In recent years TVO has begun forming partnerships between specific programs and educational institutions. Saturday Night at the Movies, for instance, provides interviews for film courses at York University. Studio 2, the nightly current-affairs broadcast, is likewise linked with journalism courses at a number of schools.

Journalist Irshad Manji hosts Big Ideas, which will air the Best Lecturer Competition this fall.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005


Highlights from this past weekend include:
  • Katrina's hospitality
  • the warm, warm water
  • the frisbee
  • the raft thingy
  • very cool people
  • very warm weather
  • burning flesh
  • amazing food!
  • church on the beach
  • skinny dipping
  • time to relax
  • "...LMoe...tickle me!"
  • "Scotch, scotch, scotch, scotch...I love scotch"

Friday, August 05, 2005


This is possibly one of the greatest things I have put in my mouth!

(except not blueberry, though it is good, i mean french vanilla, they didn't have a pic of that flavour)

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Today was so hot..

I wear the same 2 pair of jeans to work everyday (one pair at a time). So they have been washed quite a bit.

Today was so hot and I was sweating so much that my thighs were turning blue from my jeans and the sweat.

Things I liked about the weekend

  • not working
  • the (somewhat) open road
  • seeing long lost friends like Naomi, Matt, the Vant Erves, Kristel, Amy, Tep, Lorraine, Ruth, Sarah, Joyce-Ann, Alaina, Jaime, Lauren, Kim and Jason and their kids...
  • seeing 3 couples start their new lives together
  • eating well
  • seeing my friends look pretty
  • seeing my family
  • spending quality time with Mom, Dad, John and Grandma & Grandpa Stewart at Presque'ile
  • watching Hunt for Red October
  • making Abby squeal
  • getting board shorts
  • watching baseball with Dad and John
  • farting, a lot
  • a real sermon at my parents' church
  • and sooo many more