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Jan. 20th, 2015

Annual Thyroid Fun, 2015

Slightly awkward as I got to have the following conversations:

Dr: Your TSH is a bit high.
Me: Yes. I realized that I wasn't reliably taking my meds, so I've made some changes in the way I set up my vanity in order to better remember.
Dr: Ok, well then let's retest in 2 months, but you really need to take your meds.
Me: :sigh:


Dr: So how are you feeling?
Me: Eh
Dr: And your energy levels?
Me: Meh flappy arm movements and tone of voice to indicate that I generally feel like a bucket of crap, but I'm resigned to it But let's be realistic. I sleep 6 hours a night. We can talk about my thyroid, but it's likely the sleep thing is a bigger deal.

Apparently today was "brutal truth with my doctor" day.

With that said, numbers are all fine and there's nothing concerning in the thyroid bed on the ultrasound, so on we go.

Sep. 8th, 2014

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Hey friends

Specifically much_ado and pundigrion, but anyone else with thoughts is also welcome to chime in.

A friend of mine in the UK is teaching himself to use a drop spindle. He has asked:

Friends that spin with the drop spindle method, I am trying to follow the videos but if I twist it tightly enough to form wool rather than a cloud of fibres then it knots up as soon as I take the weight off it. What am I doing wrong please?

Does anyone have any ideas?

Dec. 12th, 2013

ten years

Today brings a certain ambiguity; it marks a highly significant personal milestone that I feel compelled to acknowledge, but a milestone that I feel mildly uncomfortable doing so. The hesitance is born, primarily, out of a sense that I shouldn't make too much of it. Ultumately, it seems a bit showy to post a marker of the day on Facebook. And so I return here, to the remnants ::taps mic to test:: of the support network that bore me through that year.

For those of you still around to read this, thank you for your support then, and for still being part of my life.

And maybe I'll have a piece of cake at lunch.

Nov. 2nd, 2013

four years ago today

I had my H1N1 shot in the waning days of my pregnancy. This followed a week or so of stress and "no cope for you, Placenta Girl" moments.

Four years ago today was also our due date. hahahahahahahahaha*sob*

Four years goes by really quickly.

Jan. 18th, 2013

Help me, Internet, you're my only hope!

Well, that may be a touch dramatic.

So I turn 40 in less than 2 months. So, Intarwebs, tell me what you think I should do to celebrate!

Dec. 21st, 2012

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Well, I'm glad we finally got the NRA's incredibly helpful contribution to the discussion. A gun in every school, you say. I wish I could say I was surprised.

No word, of course, on when they'll be starting the fundraising drive for that, since school budgets are already so stretched that many of them can't afford textbooks.

Dec. 30th, 2011

That's right, kids.. it's letter to the editor time again....

In response to the latest "but I'm just asking *questions* and raising reasonable points" letter in the Record, I have once again put pixels to screen. We'll see how the Record feels about this one.

Regarding Big, big questions, Friday Dec 30, 2011

In his letter, Mr. Matan suggests we google Europe's abortion rates, a suggestion designed to refer to a BBC report on European abortion restrictions. The BBC report lists 27 European countries and their abortion restrictions. He seems to imply that reasonable countries regulate abortion. However, it must be noted that more than a third of the countries listed actually have higher abortion rates than does Canada, according to the work of Wm. Robert Johnston, who has compiled a list of Percentage of Pregnancies Aborted by Country (http://www.johnstonsarchive.net/policy/abortion/wrjp334pd.html). And the number of abortions in Canada is steadily decreasing.

It's almost as if the restrictions placed on abortion (or lack thereof) have almost no impact on the actual rate of abortions or whether they trend up or down.

Currently, Canada does something revolutionary: it trusts women to make decisions. It allows women, in consultation with their partners and doctors, to do the crucial work of balancing and re-balancing conflicting rights and responsibilities when it comes to abortion. And the women of Canada, along with their doctors, are doing that at least as well as the governments and medical panels of European countries. The vast majority of abortions in Canada (over 90%) occur before the 12 week mark used by most of the European countries in the BBC report.

It is unclear to me why we should pass a law restricting abortion when we are having comparable results to Europe without one. The effect of a European-style restriction would presumably be to enforce what is already happening; it is, or should be, generally considered unnecessary to legislate the status quo.

Sep. 24th, 2011

I think you misunderstand the definition of "family" and "family friendly"

This article discusses the recent request by the management of Trails End Farmers Market in London to one of their vendors to either get rid of the transgender employees working at the booth, or find another farmers market to vend at. According to the booth owner, the manager of the farmers market offered as his explanation "This is a family place, a family market and this just isn't right."

When called, the owner of the market said that it "wasn't discrimination", it was just about "which washroom these people would go to". Excuse me while I shake my head to get my eyes back into position; unfortunately, they got a bit stuck when I gave that the eyeroll it deserves.

There's a petition linked to from the story and also a piece about it on Jezebel. The booth owner is filing a case with the Ontario Human Rights Commission and I wish her success with it. I've never been to the market, and I'm now really glad about that.

As an aside, kudos to AM 980 News for consistently getting Dani's gender designation correct. Yay for respectful news outlets!

Jun. 20th, 2011

Today's Letter to the Editor

Let's see if they print it..

After reading the article comments on the Record's Car-Free Sunday articles and the opinions of those angry about "hippies", the "waste" of money, and "bums" downtown, I look forward to November. I'm sure that there will again be a raft of letters and article comments decrying the "waste" of closing off King Street for the benefit of a bunch of freeloaders, who've never worked a day in their lives but who expect something for nothing.

I speak, of course, of the kids who'll be gleefully watching the Santa Claus parade.

All satire aside, kudos and thanks to the planners and volunteers of the June Car-Free Sunday.


Jun. 15th, 2011

Letter to my MP (yes, Adrienne's angry again)

Good morning, Mr. Braid

I'm writing as one of your constituents to express my concern about the announcement on the Canada Revenue Agency website about mail delivery in the event of a strike or lockout (http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/gncy/pstlstrk/menu-eng.html).

I am deeply unhappy that the decision was made to deliver CCTB benefits over EI benefits, and I say that as a fully employed Canadian who receives the CCTB. I question the thought processes behind this; did no-one making the decision think that perhaps a program that delivers 100% of a person's income when they can't find work might be slightly more important than the nice supplementary income that at least some people just stick into their kid's RESP? Who made this decision, and was any concern paid to the plight of unemployed Canadians? What will happen to the economy when people cannot pay their rent, pay for food, pay for a bus ticket to the library to look for jobs or to an interview? Is it really the best decision for Canada to push vulnerable people into an even more untenable situation? It's hard enough to escape EI for many people, given the high unemployment rate; if people are made homeless, it will be even harder for them to climb out of the hole.

How is that reasonable or fair?

This is a terrible, terrible prioritization that makes no sense on either economic or moral grounds.Shame on the people who made this decision. This is something that needs to be fixed quickly, before vulnerable people have their situation degraded past the point where they can reasonably be expected to escape it.



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