2013 Kingston Cheezmeet!

Soooo… honeycakerabbit was in Toronto Canada for a conference, and had a couple of days afterwards for fun! She caught the bus to Kingston and we planned a day (summer solstice!) in Lemoine Point Conservation Area, which is a gorgeous place on Lake Ontario. 4point5kittehs came down from Ottawa area too. We packed up lunch in backpacks and away we went! As near as I can guess from the map, we walked 5 or 6 km total, and we saw some friendly human-type peeps, some with dogs, and we saw wildlifes! This is 3 of us, with Seanya taking the…

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Lolspeak in the 1800’s???

I just found this in a book I was reading (credits for the book are below). This is, in essence, lolspeak!! Following a long discussion of the ubiquity of “OK” in English and the many many attempts to trace its origins, this appears: Allen Walker Read traced the origin of OK to a fad of facetious abbreviations that swept Boston beginning in 1838. In the summer of that year, Boston newspaper editors took to creating abbreviations for various phrases. These included, but were not limited to: O.F.M. = Our First Men G.T.D.H.D. = Give The Devil His Due N.G. = No Go…

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If I Had a Million Dollars

Actually, it would take more than a million to not only build it but to maintain it, but hey. The general idea is of a cat hotel, especially for people who have sudden emergencies and need a safe place their furkids will be loved, combined with a no-kill cat sanctuary encouraging people to come in and spend time socializing with the cats before adopting one – or just come hang around, if you can’t adopt. Second floor would be an apartment for Seanya and I and our own furkids. If the money ever appeared, which seems highly improbable to say…

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Reflections on the Nature of Being Broken

Usually, these days, I fall asleep pretty much instantly, but for some reason last night my mind was running thinking about this. Promising myself I’d write it down and share it was  enough to let me sleep. Let’s see if I can put a lot of disjointed thoughts together into a coherent form that maybe people can make sense of. It occurred to me that ‘broken,’ which is mostly how I feel these day, is a relative and situational concept. And I think maybe it’s less that I’m broken than that much of the world is and I’m just not…

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Life and school

Where did that tidal wave of tests and assignments come from for the last couple of weeks? Well, okay, we’re getting farther into the program now, so of course there’s tests and things starting to turn up. So far, though, I’m doing good! Computer Literacy: I no longer have to take because I passed a competency test Lab Animal Handling: first test in theory (legal requirements for housing and handling animals in pounds and research facilities) is next week, and I think I’m improving in the practical rat and mouse handling… although those are REALLY unfriendly mice Livestock Care: first…

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December, finally over!

Okay, December has never exactly been my favourite month. (Well, nothing between Hallowe’en and the spring equinox ever is.) Even though I don’t do the Christmas thing, it still always manages to be a hectic and stressful time of year. This year, no exception. The financial situation, after a year and a half off work due to a depression that lasted about six months, is a nightmare, and is periodically triggering some rather unpleasant anxiety. ‘Nuff said, I’ll spare you the details. Getting enrolled in college and getting my student loan sorted out turned out to be a bureaucratic hassle,…

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