Sep. 30th, 2015 12:21 pm
kadenza: (macpc)
Finally met Hodgman last night... I've been waiting 9 years for him to come to Toronto. Not gonna lie, it was a thrill.

M. and I met downtown and took the streetcar out to the exhibition grounds for the 7 pm show (apparently part of the Just for Laughs festival). The auditorium has a seating capacity of 3,000 but it wasn't quite full at the back. I was really hoping to get my books signed, but he tweeted the day before that the venue needed a fast turnaround for another show at 9, so unfortunately there would be no meet & greet. WAT. He did apologize profusely, and said he would figure something out.

What he figured out was kind of the best part of the night, though the show itself was pretty good. At the very end, he urged us to be at The Canadian House of Pizza and Garbage* on Queen West near the Drake at 9 pm. Marshie said he just wanted to go home. WTF, Marshie! Eventually, I got him to see reason and accept that Queen was actually quite a quick walk (15-20 min) via the Dufferin gate. We were one of the last people out of the theatre and were expecting a mob scene. However, the crowd heading North on Dufferin thinned out with each passing block. By the time we got to the Drake and found what we hoped was the correct Pizza Pizza nearby, there were still a couple of tables available. I grabbed one while M. stood in line for a slice (this in itself is pretty funny, as we had discussed at length beforehand what restaurant we should go to on this rare date night, and PIzza Pizza was definitely not on the list). Marshall chowed down while I watched the door. It seemed to be the right place and there was a fair crowd, but people were eyeing each other and generally looking doubtful. But! True to his word, Hodgman strolled in almost exactly at 9 to a burst of applause, startling those few patrons who had no idea what was going on. I guess it did count as a flash mob of sorts.

In retrospect, the inconvenience of having to move to a second location was actually a huge advantage, because it filtered out the casuals. I'd say maybe only 30 people showed up. So instead of standing in a long line to talk to him for 20 seconds, we sat at tables eating while he came around visiting with everyone individually, shaking hands, asking our names, telling a few stories and just generally shooting the breeze. He was absolutely delightful to be around. It was all so chill, I really couldn't believe our good luck. The restaurant staff were pretty confused about the whole thing, but Hodge went up and gave them a tip (and a large one, judging by the reaction of the cashier). So yeah, a long time coming but a definite WIN. And he did sign my book.

* This is a reference to a Judge John Hodgman podcast from four years ago, "Pepperoni Pauper"


Nov. 15th, 2009 04:29 pm
kadenza: (newsflash)
We just got a call (finally!) from the specialist. Nat's blood test came back completely normal in every way. I'm still kind of in shock over it. I'm beyond thrilled on the one hand, because of course she can go back to eating normal food. In fact, she and her daddy just went out to pick up some TimBits and spanakopita to celebrate. On the other hand, I'm kind of disappointed because Celiac just seemed to fit in so many ways. We've been working hard with the diet and I was so full of hope that she was just going to miraculously start growing as we neared the 3-week mark. I know it's dumb to feel sad that your child does not have a disease, but mostly, I'm relieved. We had resigned ourselves to a lifetime of headaches with eating out, travelling, school, etc. It's going to take a few days to sink in.

The doctor did say that she wants one more test run-- for Cystic Fibrosis. But the odds of her having that seem pretty remote. She exhibits absolutely no symptoms at all, except for the slow growth thing.


Nov. 12th, 2009 08:58 pm
kadenza: (yay)
Happy to say that the hard drive errant has been returned... temporarily, at least. Marshall drove out to the depot and was prepared for another battle, but when he asked for the drive they said, "Sure!" and brought it out 5 minutes later. We do have to return it after the transferring is done, but we have 15 days to take care of that. O, sweet RELIEF.

As for the doctor thing, that will be resolved tomorrow one way or the other. As [livejournal.com profile] travellight suggested, if the wheels of justice set in motion by my own GP do not yield results, I will encamp myself in their office and refuse to leave until I get some.
kadenza: (solar)
The solar panels were finally installed yesterday. I was super excited. So here they are, 10 panels of awesome which unfortunately won't be much good to anyone until a hydro guy comes to give us a second meter and turn everything on in a week or two. I'm also looking forward to September, when we find out how many other people in the 'hood also signed up for the RISE program (and thus what kind of a group discount we'll be getting).

a couple of pics, click for bigger )


Jan. 20th, 2009 04:02 pm
kadenza: (carcassonne)

Agricola is here! Thank you, [livejournal.com profile] epi_lj!
Winning your contest was one of the most exciting events of 2008 for me.

kadenza: (kite)
We launched the kite camera rig yesterday for the first time and it was a resounding success! Of the 230 pictures, only about 3 were blurry. The wind conditions were perfect... strong enough to lift the rig (which weighs about 450 grams) but light enough to keep the camera steady. Exciting!
Read more... )

Happy mail

Jun. 24th, 2008 12:13 pm
kadenza: (yeah)
Step 1: Give birth
Step 2: ???
Step 3: Profit

Step 2 has eluded me for an entire year, but today I got the mysterious Universal Child Care Benefit from last year in one lump. $1,200! I knew there was a racket in there somewhere.
kadenza: (Default)
Everything has gone right today:

Got a bunch of errands done. Got all the guide books we need from the library.

Eddie Bauer cheerfully exchanged some linen capris when a seam pulled apart in the wash, even though I had lost the receipt.

In another store I tried on a size large skirt, but it was too big so I had to go with the medium.

Got all the ingredients I need for a huge batch of gazpacho, and got home moments before it started pouring rain.

Boss at Asperjay wrote and apologized today for the late payments, and said I'll get a cheque by the end of the week.

Another client called to say it's ok if I don't start her project until after I get back. WHEW.

Rain! It finally rained.


Feb. 17th, 2005 11:36 am
kadenza: (Default)
Yay for:

- slightly tight Everlast shirt bought a few weeks ago now not so tight
- breakfast table at gym laden with free food and granola bars
- this picture of a guanaco nibbling a tapir
- German lessons coming along well thanks to extremely silly training CD filled with stupid songs


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