kadenza: (nophoto)
My Galaxy S4, after months of odd behaviour, finally stopped charging altogether on Sunday and became a useless phone-shaped object. This was actually something of a relief to me, since I figured it would probably happen only after the warranty expired. So fortunately, it crapped out with a whole month to spare. They took it back at the Wind store with no problems, even though I couldn't find  my original receipt, and gave me this sweet flip phone as a loaner. If I want to text, I have to use multi-tap. In other words, I don't want to text.

In the background is my new cashmere warp. I guess I really like grey stripes.


Nov. 5th, 2015 12:22 pm
kadenza: (yeah)
I just love how the shawls turned out. With a total turnaround time of four days, it was a super-satisfying project. I'm going to wear the heck out of it this winter (the other will be given as a gift). Warm and cozy, very soft, and dense without being too stiff. Each weighs about 450g (a pound) and is 1.7m (70") long. Also I think the accent stripes turned out really well--they show just enough.

10/10, would weave again.


I dun it

Oct. 25th, 2015 02:02 pm
kadenza: (trumpets)
I did my 5k today, in some ewhere around 30 minutes, but the official results haven't yet been posted*. It took me a while to get across the start line, but due to some technology I don't fully understand, my bib contained a device that sorts all those details out. This also enabled a dude at the finish line with a microphone to congratulate me by name as I went past. Kind of amazing!

Overall it went well, though I started to pull out the stops way too early. When I thought I was almost at the end, I really wasn't. So when the actual end came, I had pretty much nothing left. Also, I had some technical difficulties with my ipod. When I turned it on as the race started, it was playing some song that was definitely not part of my painstakingly crafted 32-minute playlist. After some hasty weighing of pros and cons, I decided I really really needed those particular songs, so pulled it out and fiddled with it while trying to keep running. During this fiddling, I also lost the elastic band that I use to hold it onto my bra strap, so ended up just stuffing it down my bra. I probably lost some time with all that, but I still think it was the right decision. I needs my musics.

*ETA: The results are in–I came 117th out of 214 overall (and of the women, 48th out of 124). Pretty ok for a noob, I'd say. My time was 30:28.

So here are pics of me starting and finishing (both pretty lousy).
But you can see that I was at least still smiling by the end. And beating that lady on the right.
some pics )


Sep. 3rd, 2015 10:30 am
kadenza: (disapproval)
It's been nearly a week, but the wasp stings are somehow getting worse. The ones on my leg and forehead now only resemble small mosquito bites, however the one area that was stung the most (the back of my arm, above the elbow) has morphed into one large, pulsating red lump. I'm still not sure how many stings are in there; the swelling has never ebbed enough for me to distinguish one from another (maybe 5 or 6?). I guess the next step is Benadryl, and after that the walk-in clinic.
Last night it actually woke me up with its furious itching. Oh man, I hope it's not getting infected. The red border is scaring me a bit.

kadenza: (intermission)
For what it's worth, I appear for two seconds (2:43-2:45) in CAKE's latest video, The Winter, which was released yesterday. By some fluke, you can also observe me with my mouth hanging open in the YouTube preview (that's me in the corner). I filmed it last May on the Leslie St. spit, and honestly had forgotten all about it. It must have been a nightmare to edit, as evidenced by the fact that it took almost a year to finish.

Brief USA Today article here.

Also, I sincerely apologize for failing to post for nigh on two months. I'll shape up, I promise. Now that MIL has invaded Facebook, LJ and Twitter are pretty much my only remaining refuges.
kadenza: (stunta)
I was tagged for this a few days ago and wrote up this list. There's something really interesting that I haven't been able to remember (well then, it can't have been that interesting) so I guess I'll just leave it as-is.

  1. I was originally supposed to be called either Laura or Stephanie.
    Fascinating, isn't it? Read on )

Trip pics

Sep. 12th, 2005 09:15 am
kadenza: (Default)
How I spent my summer vacation! Featuring birds, whales, kyaks and accordions.


[livejournal.com profile] zero_gravity has asked for further explanation, which is probably a good idea.

Pottery shards: I've been collecting the pottery pieces for I'd say about 4 years, and I keep it all in a dish at my parents' place. I used to collect beach glass, until I found my first piece of pottery. St. A is an old Loyalist town and there's some pretty interesting stuff down there. I'd say finding the doll leg last year was my greatest moment (so far). I found a glass stopper this year, which I understand is pretty rare, but there's just something about a leg. The only thing that could top it would be an arm, or perhaps a head (though I suspect a broken head is the reason a doll would get chucked in the first place).

Bird banding: My mother does volunteer work at a marine biology station in the summer, and a friend of hers from the station also runs a bird-banding operation in conjunction with the Canadian Wildlife Service and the US Dept. of the Interior. The fall migration is kicking into gear there, and she and her assistants have their hands full running back and forth between the nets. Species, wing length, hatch year and weight are recorded before the bird is set free with its flashy new bracelet. It's for tracking migration patterns and whatnot.


Sep. 6th, 2005 01:02 pm
kadenza: (Default)
I've been out east again for the past week and a half, which is why I haven't commented and haven't posted and haven't read etc. The library is very empty today so I've finally got a chance to get semi caught up. Though I don't have time to comment, I know all about your missing teeth, charity photo sales, bat invasions, 10k runs, missed weddings, flower deliveries, condo cleanups and big decisions. Whew!

I'm here by the sea with Marshie and two of my best friends, house sitting for my parents who are out of town (in fact back in Toronto, driving our car). The weather has been perfect and we're just about run ragged from the non-stop fun:

- Whale watching: Three fin whales (two adults and a baby) discovered before any of the other tour operators arrived. Our tour guy tipped the others off, eventually, but for a while it was just us in our little inflatable boat and the whales, who spouted rainbows due to the angle of the sun.

- A geocache hunt yesterday led us to an old abandoned water-powered sawmill in the middle of the woods. We ate our picnic inside the decaying building, overlooking the headpond surrounded by frogs and dragonflies.

- A bonfire last night on the beach of the St. Croix river, with loons calling and stars shooting. So many stars, it looked like the fuzz on the tv when the cable goes out. Smores were eaten and bioluminescent creatures were observed.

- Accordion. I bought an accordion. I'm available for weddings and bar mitzvahs.


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