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I've only been working here a week. Love the place, but I still worry about getting things right; remembering the right things.

Yesterday at lunchtime I treated myself to another picnic by the river, enjoying the sunshine, watching the squirrels and gulls, and eating cheesecake decorated with cream and a strawberry just because I had a good excuse. Making the lunch break festive.

I wasn't back in the office long before I was called upstairs, where the Director has his office. "Come up for a meeting," said his assistant. So I grabbed my pen and notebook, running up, wondering how or why there could be a meeting I didn't know about - and I admit, somewhat paranoically, wondering if I'd done something wrong. More likely they just needed me to take notes.

They were all sitting around a table with a beautiful birthday cake on it. One candle, lit. It was gorgeous! "Make a wish!" they said, so I did, and blew it out. My wish was to keep this job.

Now I'm having a leftover piece for breakfast before work. The cake is from the Swiss Pastry Shop; they make wonderful cakes. A white cake with strawberry cream, and strawberries on top. And no calories on birthdays, either. (This includes the leftovers on the day after, as a buffer zone.)

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  • Read the first half of Still Life by Louise Penney. I have to finish it soon: it's due at the library tomorrow.

  • Met [personal profile] fairestcat at the Silver Snail while we picked up our comics, then went for lunch at Pho Bo Ga II, where [personal profile] commodorified met us. Lovely lunch, and I was able to stay on my new diet by eating my usual soup #13 Medium while just leaving the noodles uneaten.

  • It was Pim's birthday, so we went to see Skyfall again as a birthday treat. What, excessive? Us? We were all glad we did, and it was a beautifully clear copy of the movie: we still see details we hadn't noticed before.

  • We had dinner at ZaZaZa's, which was wonderful. Their salad (even without dressing) was yummy, and I ate the pizza by scraping the cheese and toppings off the crust, avoiding the wheat.

  • It was cold, cold, cold, but not difficult walking. For some reason, though most of the city seems to be ploughed and the snowbanks removed, the Glebe in general has huge snowbanks everywhere, and Third Avenue in particular is a mess: unploughed, bumpy, icy, down to barely one lane. What does the City have against us?

  • I made a pre-order for the DVD version of Skyfall as Pim's birthday gift, putting the promissory note in a box and wrapping it in paper made of pictures of Daniel Craig. That was fun. I'm very happy with my new printer, which works miracles. (The HP DeskJet 3520, if you're curious.)

  • I'd read my comics now, but want to finish that mystery novel first. The only one I have read was New Avengers #1, which I didn't expect to like because (a) it was by Jonathan Hickman, whose writing in the past has seemed unspectacular; (b) it was about Black Panther, not a character who interests me much; and (c) it had an ugly cover. Well, don't judge a book by its cover: the story pulled me in and caught me up in its action and suspense. Hot damn. I guess I'll be buying this series.


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Woke early enough, and with energy enough, to entirely clean the apartment. Well, almost entirely. After I thought I'd finished I found spilled birdseed under one of my tables. How does that happen?

Thomas phoned me with birthday greetings; he was puzzled that he hadn't been able to reach me on my actual birthday. I explained that I'd been in Turkey, and since he'd been there a couple of decades ago, we had a nice chat about it.

Went to Dim Sum with the Saundersons, who gave me a wonderful book for my birthday: Don't Know Much About Literature, which is essentially trivia quizzes about famous books and authors. fun. And, true to form, they managed a wonderful birthday card. The outside says:

    The Birthday Rule of Three

      1. Food
      2. Entertainment
      3. Wrapped gift


There's a picture of s buffet with the words "Food: Check"; of Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller from Frankenstein with the words "Entertainment: Check", and then: "Only one thing left under the rules. Happy Birthday, Elizabeth. Hugs, Marion and Vicky.

I loved it. And the Dim Sum was delicious, as Mandarin Ogilvie tends to be; this time I had (among many other superb dishes), pig's ears, which was new to me. [livejournal.com profile] maaseru teased me about eating cartilage. Guess I like eating cartilage.

After the Dim Sum, [livejournal.com profile] maaseru and I went to Costco for groceries, though I also bought a sim card for my tablet. and socks.

In the afternoon, Beulah came over with plants for [livejournal.com profile] maaseru and a cup of tea and conversation.

Then I worked on the next issue of Apaplexy, and on scrapbooking my trip.

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Had dinner tonight with Beulah and Lyn at the Sala Thai Authentic Thai Cuisine Restaurant on Alta Vista. It was great: and I didn't have to compromise on my diet. I'm really, really trying to avoid eating wheat and grains, and this place made it easy. I had a dish of seafood and vegetables.

As birthday presents, Beulah gave me books. Lyn gave me graphic novels and a giant card. We talked about Turkey, which Lyn has visited, too.

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Today was the longest birthday I have ever had - a 31 hour day.

It started in Istanbul at the Taksim Gonen Hotel, and continued through the long drive to the Atatürk Havalimanı Airport, and the long flight on Air Transat to the Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport in Montreal, and then the drive from Montreal to Ottawa - hampered by a large traffic jam in Montreal where a light standard had fallen across the freeway to stop traffic entirely for a while.

But. Home now. Safe and sound. And tired.

Today..

Feb. 29th, 2012 08:32 am
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I always like February 29. It feels like a lucky day.

It's also the birthday of a friend I value, but am out of touch with. I wish you well, Arden.

Let's hope good things happen today!

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To [livejournal.com profile] msilverstar:



Wishing you a wonderful year!



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Francis Crawford of Lymond was born today in 1526: a drunken amateur who makes music and love comme une ange.

Long may he live in literary immortality!




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To [livejournal.com profile] filkferengi:



Wishing you beautiful music, interesting books, stimulating friends and lots of cake!



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October 9 is a very special day for me. Not just it being Thanksgiving weekend, usually. It was my mother's birthday; and the birthday of the first woman I fell in love with; and the birthday of John Lennon.



It's my favourite time of year, too; we could call it my favourite weekend, no less so because it's usually the long weekend.

Happy October 9 to all.

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Morning: I was at work. As so often happens, the unexpected kept happening. I think, I hope, I stayed on top of it all.

When I left work, I went to the Silver Snail and picked up my comics. It was one of those weeks where a bunch of comics I read came out all at once, including a hardcover graphic novel I'd pre-ordered, so it cost a bundle. There were comics by my three favourite writers in comics: Brian Michael Bendis, Matt Fraction, and Warren Ellis. I got... )

And the hardcover graphic novel: Castle: Deadly Storm, a Derrick Storm Mystery by Brian Michael Bendis and Kelly Sue Deconnick. I hope this is as good as I'm anticipating.

Then I met [livejournal.com profile] duncanman for lunch, and we had a nice time chatting.

I had to meet [livejournal.com profile] maaseru on Eddy Street in Gatineau so we could go together to our chiropractor in Kanata. It's been years since I've been to Gatineau by bus (if ever) and I had to switch to the Outouais bus system. I asked the driver, in French, if we were at the right stop for where I wanted to be, and he said, not. He explained how I had to get off the bus and take a pedestrian overpass into one of the buildings on the big government complex there, then catch another bus behind the building, which would take me to Eddy. On the one hand, I was proud at my ability to handle this full complicated discussion in French. On the other hand, I was completely confused by his directions, and I'm sure hearing them in English wouldn't have made it any easier.

So I set off on foot through the government buildings there, and it's a maze of seemingly endless food courts, all closed up after 5 p.m. I couldn't even find an exit to get me back to ground level or out of doors. I tried phoning [livejournal.com profile] maaseru but got only her voicemail on both work and mobile numbers. So I wandered further. I found an exit and a stairway at last, that let me back onto the street at the junction of Laval and Portage, face to face with a statue of Samuel de Champlain.

My Blackberry rang. "Where are you?" asked [livejournal.com profile] maaseru.

"Lost!" I wailed. "At the corner of Portage and Laval."

"Where's that?" asked [livejournal.com profile] maaseru, as mystified as I was.

"I don't know!" I wailed. "I just hope it's close to Eddy! I'm standing beside Samuel de Champlain."

Luckily, she remembered the statue, and picked me up. Then after a traffic jam on the Queensway, which we avoided, and traffic lights on Carling Ave., which [livejournal.com profile] maaseru hates and complains about mightily, we got to the chiropracter absolutely spot on time to discovered they were in the middle of a power failure, total blackout. Well, intermittant blackout.

Then when the belated chiropractic treatment was over, we went to Panda Gardens for Chinese food, and met up with Marion and Vicky, and then went back to their place for presents and birthday cake - a candle each for [livejournal.com profile] maaseru and I, since they hadn't seen her since her birthday in August.

It was all quite wonderful. They do good birthdays. They gave me a book I've been seriously wanting: Shadowplay by Clare Asquith, about Shakespeare's hidden beliefs and how they are expressed in his plays. Will I be convinced? We shall see.

They also gave me a letter opener of incredibly beauty, which, without in any way being a real knife, has the heft and aura of a serious work of blademanship.

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I got up early to go to my French class, and while I was having breakfast, the phone rang. It was [livejournal.com profile] maaseru singing:

    Bonne fête à toi
    Bonne fête à toi
    Bonne fête chère Lizzie
    Bonne fête à toi

This delighted me.

I then walked to French, and enjoyed the class as much as always. First, we went to look at an exhibition of art being shown on the lower lever of the Alliance Française, sponsored by GoodPlanet, and discussed it. We watched the film byYann Arthus-Bertrand,
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To [livejournal.com profile] laitosto: Have a happy, happy birthday - and a fabulous year.



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      I have seen a medicine
      That's able to breathe life into a stone,
      Quicken a rock, and make you dance canary
      With spritely fire and motion, whose simple touch
      Is powerful to araise King Pippen, nay,
      To give great Charlemain a pen in 's hand
      And write to her a love-line.


    - William Shakespeare, born April 23, 1564 died April 23, 1616, from All's Well That Ends Well Act 2, scene 1, 72–78


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To [livejournal.com profile] acampbell:



Happy birthday - I hope you have an excellent year.



Sunday...

Nov. 21st, 2010 09:20 pm
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After exercises, I went to the Farmer's Market at Lansdowne Park, and to the comic book sale sale they were having there. Had a nice talk with one of the men working one of the booths, who knew comics very well. He couldn't answer my question, though, and neither could the other people I asked: where would I find the story of Venom as Mac Gargan? The Marvel wiki tells me the story, but not where to find it.

Then I went to Da Bombe with Pim, [livejournal.com profile] maaseru, [livejournal.com profile] lunacy_gal and [livejournal.com profile] josanpq, to celebrate [livejournal.com profile] josanpq's birthday. And she gave me a belated birthday present, too - a bottle of Vitabath, my favourite shower gel. Very welcome and much appreciated.

Then I went to Canadian Tire with [livejournal.com profile] maaseru so she could get weights, and we got some groceries.

Because it was cold out - below freezing now - I dug into the back of my closet to find my winter boots and my winter slippers. Thankfully, they weren't too hard to find. Just pushed to the back because it's been a while.

Then I went back to Lansdowne Park to browse comics some more, where I met up with [personal profile] fairestcat. And I bought a few comics: the Wisdom: Rudiments of Wisdom miniseries in TPB, ditto Shang Chi, Master of King Fu, the original Astonishing X-Men, and Iron Man, Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Afterwards, [personal profile] fairestcat and I went for a drink - I had water, she had tea - at Francesco's.

Then I went home to sleep off a headache.

For supper, [livejournal.com profile] maaseru made a wonderful stir-fry with pork, and we watched last week's Fringe episode once again - for the third time. Love that show so much.

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To [livejournal.com profile] laitosto:



Happy birthday to a wonderful person - wishing you a year of good music, good studies, good travel, and lots of fun. Bonan naskightagon at vi!



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To [livejournal.com profile] maaseru:




Wishing you health, happiness, and good travels.




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To [livejournal.com profile] acampbell:



Wishing you a year full of good times and happiness.



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To [personal profile] mmegaera:



Have a wonderful birthday and a terrific year, with good books and good friends.



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