Sunday, November 30, 2008

back from the dead

That was a wicked cold or flu I had but it is over and I'm mostly back. It coincided with my first week and a half of not being able to run, so at least I didn't miss it, plus I got to watch some daytime tv, go through 3 boxes of Kleenex, watch Planet Earth (I highly recommend it), and reacquaint myself with the inner workings of my sinuses. I'm sure Dr. Oz would have recommended a Neti-Pot, but I do not have one (and quite frankly they scare me a bit).

And now it is practically December! I am a little shocked that tomorrow is December 1st. That means a mere 24 days to finish up the Christmas shopping (which I've barely started), do some Christmas baking (which I haven't started), and I have a lot of stuff to do at work before I go on vacation. I think December will be busy- though isn't it always. It will also be the first time Jordan and I aren't in Calgary for Christmas, which will be very strange.

Now that it is December, all of the hiring committees are meeting, so think happy hiring thoughts.

(And think stable footing and safe travel thoughts tomorrow and the next few days this week. We're supposed to get a bunch of snow and freezing rain starting can clear snow. Freezing rain? Not so much.)

Sunday, November 23, 2008

fun link

I had been to this site before, but completely forgot about it and have just found it again. It is kind of cool...and who knows, maybe you'll recognize someone:
I found your camera

Friday, November 21, 2008


Correction: I have a broken fibula, not tibia.
I thought it might be so, because it was my fibula that was hurting, but figured it wasn't worth it until I saw the doctor. I'm off for 6 weeks or so and will be getting a bone mineral density test. Once the BMD results are in, I'll go back to the doctor and we'll figure out how to prevent this from happening AGAIN.

Sigh. But once again, it is "only" fractured leg bone and not anything worse. So, I'm going to take the time to heal (which should also heal any other nagging pains I've had) and make the best of it. So if you see me performing any sort of action that would be considered "impact" on my legs, scold me.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

annie get your geiger counter

Careful...I'm radioactive. But probably only until tomorrow morning.

The good news: I finally had my bone scan
The bad news: Not too happy with the results

The good news: The results were very conclusive (as in the second part of the scan was supposed to take an hour so that they could take multiple pictures from multiple angles. it took 5 minutes)
The bad news: The results were very conclusive :(

The good news: They know exactly what is wrong
The bad news: There is something wrong

The good news: I will heal
The bad news: Healing involves not running

The good news: (according to the tech) she came in and said "good news, you have a stress fracture"
The bad news: I have a stress fracture.

The good news: Hey, at least it is in my tibia, I can still walk, and all in all, I'm still in good health.

For the most part, the scanning process was a pretty good. I went in (and after finding out I had to go to admitting first) and didn't have to wait at all. The first person walked me through everything that she was going to do. Then, she injected me with the radioactive material and did the initial few scans. Apparently the radioactive isotopes first get into the soft tissues, so they take pictures of that. So I was there about a half hour, they scanned me from about 4 different angles, and then went back to work for a few hours.

During those few hours, apparently the radioactivity would get right into my bones. When I came back, I only had to wait a couple of minutes, then it was back onto the table for what was supposed to be a full hour of scans from multiple angles. After the first scan (which took 5 minutes) the tech came in and said "I'm just going to go talk to the doctor to see if I need to take any more pictures". At that point, my stomach dropped a bit, but I tried to think positively and think "well, maybe it is clear that there is nothing even remotely wrong". But that wasn't the case and she came in a few minutes later with the "Good news, it is a stress fracture". I responded with "I'm not sure that is really all that good news".

She then put it in perspective by telling me that the guy who she scanned right before me was in visible agony and she had to tell him that the scan was inconclusive and that she couldn't see anything wrong with him. So, I will try to keep that in mind as I go out of my mind. I probably won't see the sports med guy until next week or the week after. I know better than to run between now and then (so don't let me do it) but that doesn't mean my legs won't be itching to go. I don't know what he will say at that point, but I'm going to try to go in with all my questions written down. I tend to get all flustered when I'm actually at the appointments and I forget to ask my questions. And since this is the SECOND stress fracture, I need to know how to prevent a third. I have the orthotics, I thought I was following the 10% rule, I have good shoes...I just don't know.

How long until I'm allowed to run again? I don't know. But maybe for now I should take up swimming. Or water running. Regardless, I guess I should bone up for a membership to the gym/pool down the street :(

Do you think Santa can bring me stronger bones for Christmas?

Monday, November 17, 2008

because inquiring minds want to know

I'm sure you've all been having a hard time sleeping- all that worry about my poor toe.

Good news, I ran on the weekend, and although there was some pain, it wasn't prohibitive. There are some shoes that make it hurt more than others, and running isn't pain-free, but it is on the mend. I've been taping it and gave it almost the whole week off last week.

There, you will all sleep soundly tonight. ;-)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

saturday morning links

This is mostly to help Heather not be frustrated when the video starts on that bottom post. I'm pretty sure this one should push it off the front page.

Anyway, here are some links for a Saturday morning:

-Apparently the privy council has managed to stumble across "the things i know". I wonder if they read my comment about the gonad kick.

-Scientists now claim the know which came first: the egg

-I've been scouring the internet for restaurants in San Francisco. Here are a few I'm already dreaming about:
Plus, I hear there is some really good sushi. I can't wait.

There, so hopefully that pushes the video post off the page so that Heather will no longer be annoyed, and it will no longer startle me.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.

And now for something completely different.

I didn't say anything about this sooner, because firstly, I think I was still processing and secondly, it didn't quite "hit home" until I was listening to the latest episode of Dan Savage's podcast. I'm talking about propositions 8 and 2 in California.

I don't know a lot about proposition 2, but from what I understand, it was about increasing the cage space of farm animals (specifically chickens and veal cattle) so that they are no longer in the teeny tiny cages that they can't even turn around in. Now, I'm all for that. I think it is kind of sad when poor little cows can't even stand up in their cages...(and well, maybe sort of sad when chickens can't, but I have made it known that I pretty much can't stand birds, so I don't feel quite as bad for them) BUT, I have a hard time with the fact that Californians voted to increase the rights of farm animals, but eliminate the rights of people. Californians voted yes to proposition 2 (increase cages for farm animals) and yes to proposition 8 (eliminate the right for homosexuals to marry). So more rights for animals, fewer rights for people. That's right, they voted to ELIMINATE rights It doesn't make sense to me, and it scares me as to what other rights could be eliminated on the next round of propositions.

I would maybe argue that marriage is not really a right. It isn't essential to life, it isn't something that everyone NEEDS. But, in my opinion, if you are going to give heterosexual people the "right" to marry, homosexual people need those same rights.

Some argue that "marriage" is for the church to decide. Well, if that is true that no church marriage (gay or straight) should be a legal union in the eyes of the State. In this case, if you marry in the church, fine, but that is purely a religious ceremony that is valid "in the eyes of god" but that when it comes to the State, you need to go through the hoops to make it legal.

I am doing a really poor job of organizing my thoughts here, but I think the problem is that this issue seems so illogical to me. I don't understand why Britney can marry her random friend in Vegas only to have it annulled 47 hours later because they just didn't think it through, but a man who has been with his male partner for 25 years can't go on over to city hall (or that same Vegas chapel), get married, and spend the rest of their lives together (and collect each other's benefits).

So, while Obama did and people rejoiced about black people finally being equal, gay rights just took a bit of a step backward. I just don't get it. And I'm not sure I ever will.

To be fair to California, Arizona, Arkansas, and I think Florida (I may be missing a state or two) also voted for propositions that prevented homosexual unions. I'm not impressed with them either.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Hopefully my local barista was NOT mistaken and tomorrow is indeed the Day of the Red Cup and Christmas drink release at Starbucks. I know it is a little silly, but that red cup and those seasonal drinks just warm my heart so. Usually the release of the red cup marks the day (or week) I'll put the Christmas music back onto my ipod, but I think I'll wait at least another week...maybe even until December 1st.

Regardless, I'm quite excited at the prospect of an Espresso Truffle in a red cup tomorrow. It is a new drink and I'm feeling a little strange about my first red cup of the season NOT holding a gingerbread latte, but they've changed that to a gingersnap latte this year (though it still looks delicious and will be my second red cup drink) so I figure I should try something new.

Happy "Red Cup Season" to you all!

Monday, November 10, 2008

monday monday....

So hopefully I am NOT on the IR. (that is injured reserve for you non sports folks out there) I had an unfortunate incident with my arms being full of towels, my vision being obscured, and a full can of mousse falling from the middle shelf onto my "third little piggy" (I think that's the one that wanted roast beef?). I didn't know it was coming, so I didn't know it had fallen until it hit my toe. I immediately threw myself onto the bed and into convulsions. Jordan came in and tried to make me feel better at first (though unfortunately I think the only thing I could say was "please don't touch me" because it was that kind of pain), then made fun of me a bit, then went and got me frozen peas, then made fun of me a bit more when he saw that I was crying, then realized that maybe it wasn't very nice to make fun of someone so obviously in pain.*

I tried the frozen pea bag sandwich on it, but found it almost too painful to have the weight of the bag of peas on my poor toe. So I gave up, popped some ibuprofen and headed to bed. All night, I dreamed of things being wrong with my foot. In fact, in one of the dreams, the toe in question was clearly broken and every time I took a step, it wedged itself under the two toes beside it. It was weird.

I got up to a very swollen and very bruised toe. It is red and swollen where the can hit it, but the nasty black and purple bruise is on the side and bottom of the toe...not really a good sign. I even took a few pictures with the thought of posting them, but decided to think of my sister, who might just die if she came to this page and saw a macro shot of my bruised toe. (She yelled at me something fierce when I sent her a picture of my bloody sock that I took with my cell phone after a run).

It hurts...but hopefully not for too long. I hear the best thing to do is tape it to it's neighbour and let the neighbour do the work.

*Re-reading this, it kind of seems like Jordan wasn't sympathetic. But don't you worry, he was...and he got me frozen peas

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

the end is near

And by the end, I mean the end of the Bush era. I guess it has been near for awhile, but until last night it still felt like Bush's reign (of terror?) would never actually end.

As an outsider looking in, I really felt the excitement of the Americans who had been hoping for a change for so long. I emailed and facebooked back and forth with my American relatives (first apologizing for not getting my butt in gear and figuring out how to vote as a dual citizen) and I could feel the hope. It felt like there was a buzz. No one was sure it would actually happen and now a sigh of relief that it did. (though, as my aunt said, regardless, the Bush era is all but over. and whether it was McCain or Obama, that is what mattered the most to her)

It is strange, as someone who hasn't really ever thought that race was a big deal (probably because I am white and don't have to personally deal with racial discrimination in my daily life), I kind of thought "Um, I don't get what the big deal about a black president is" (mostly that I don't understand why someone would use race to determine their vote). But as I was listening to Obama's speech this morning (you know me, i like my bed times i was in bed when his speech was made), I think I finally got it. As he was describing the voter who has, in her lifetime, not been able to vote because she is a woman and because she is black, I think I finally got it.

And what a great thing for black Americans everywhere to be able to look their children in the eyes, tell them they can be anything, and believe it.

What's next? Hopefully for mothers everywhere to be able look their daughters in the eyes, tell them they can be anything, and believe it.

Monday, November 03, 2008

almost makes me want to give it a go

I've always loved to watch high level sports. I have always been amazed by what elite athletes can do- both physically and psychologically. They work hard, they train hard, they push themselves harder than I can even imagine.

Lately, because I've been running, I've really enjoyed watching the elite female distance runners. It is even more unbelievable to me that they can bang out a marathon at a pace that I'm not sure I could run for a single mile, much less 26.2 of them back to back. So, it shouldn't surprise you that I was stuck to my computer screen for parts of Sunday morning watching Paula Radcliffe and Kara Goucher at the New York marathon. (I managed sandwich my run between seeing the start and the finish)

For different reasons, both of them almost make me want to give the marathon a try.

Paula because she has had some pretty huge disappointments, and seems to pick herself up and shine brighter than ever afterward. She's had injuries, intestinal incidents on the side of the road, and she seems to handle each almost as gracefully as she wins a race. (ok, so her running isn't all that graceful, but her manner is) Oh, and I think she's won 80% of the marathons she's started or something stupid like that.

Kara inspires me because I think it is pretty wicked to place 3rd in a race where you get to 23 miles and think "hey, this is the farthest I've ever run". Seriously?? I wish I had even a smidgen of that talent. I've seen a few interviews where she unapologetically states: "I want to be the best." I really respect that. She knows what she wants and she'll do everything in her power to achieve it. That, and I was really impressed with her composure at the press conference after the race.

Will they inspire me to run the marathon? Maybe one day. But for now, I'll use that inspiration to beat that 2hour mark in the half. As I'm pretty sure it should happen next time I run a half, I might have to revisit this post after that.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Omnivore's 100

I came across this awhile ago and thought it was kind of fun. You see, I quite enjoy food, so it just seems like a perfect match.

Plus, I know a couple of people that could use some distraction.

So, here's what I did:
1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment here at linking to your results.

(Ok, so with the font format I use on my blog, all links are bolded, so for the purpose of the hyperlinked text if the word is in italics I have NOT eaten it and if it is just bolded and hyperlinked, i have)

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison
(in fact, I've had venison tartare. delicious)
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos Rancheros
4. Steak tartare
(though I'd like to try it again, i'm not sure i had the best one out there)
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
(I guess I'd try it)
7. Cheese fondue
(mmmm....melted cheese)
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
(how can you go wrong with something that tastes mostly like garlic?)
11. Calamari
(and i especially love the tentacley bits)
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
(on of the only times I think white bread is best)
14. Aloo gobi
(I just had this for the first time at a Diwali celebration. delicious!)
15. Hot dog from a street cart
(i do love the street meat)
16. Epoisses
(as it is unpasteurized, i probably haven't had it, but it is possible i have)
17. Black truffle
(I don't think I have, but I have had something with truffle oil...does that count?)
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
(not a fan quite yet)
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
(something I could easily try...but I've never really felt the urge)
21. Heirloom tomatoes
(i wish all tomatoes were that good)
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
(I have no desire whatsoever to try this. that being said, i don't want to say i'd never eat it)
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
(not a huge fan)
28. Oysters
(love, love, love raw oysters. they taste like the sea)
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
(this looks delicious)
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
(I don't think i have...mostly because I find most clam chowders to be gross looking even though I like the idea of clam chowder)
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
(i haven't had an entire one- mostly because i don't like root beer)
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
(I'm guessing they mean a Jell-O shot)
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
(this might be where I draw the line, but i guess if it was a small insect? I hate to say i would absolutely not try it, but I won't seek it out.)
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
(I've had goat's milk cheese...)
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu
(fugu seems overrated to me)
47. Chicken tikka masala
(i do love indian food)
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
(you know...i don't think i have had a krispy kreme. if i have, it wasn't hot and fresh, so i don't count it)
50. Sea urchin
(yuck. not a fan)
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
(one of the first times i had this, i thought it was either chicken or tofu when i was taking i took a little too much)
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
(I've never had a Big Mac...)
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
(I'm not sure why I haven't had one. It really does appeal to me. Maybe I should make one tonight. I have gin, I have olives...although I think it would be a waste to buy vermouth)
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
(Does it make me a bad Canadian that I've never had poutine? Maybe I'll start with the poutine at Au Pied de Cochon)
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
(this doesn't appeal to me, but i'd try it)
63. Kaolin
(this link doesn't help at all, i still can't figure out what this is. is it suggesting I eat clay to help me get pregnant? if so, consider this a strikethrough)
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
(as cliche as it sounds, they did taste a lot like chicken wings)
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
(i would think that Beaver Tails would also fit into this category)
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
(this sounds nasty)
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
(the only way i would eat roadkill is if i was starving. in some sort of emergency and it was the only thing that i could eat or i would die...i might consider road kill)
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
(in garlic, in mushroom caps, in puff pastry...i don't care...delicious!)
79. Lapsang souchong
(i have no idea if i've had this)
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
(looks delicious)
82. Eggs Benedict
(not a big fan of hollandaise, so this is definitely not my preferred way to eat eggs)
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant
(one day my day)
85. Kobe beef
(at least i'm pretty sure i've had real kobe beef in japan. regardless, i've had U of C kobe beef...and that COULD be beef)
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
(this kind of gives me the creeps. but at the same time, there is a possibility i've tried it without knowing)
90. Criollo chocolate
(apparently this is some sort of special chocolate...I'd eat it, maybe I'll find it some day)
91. Spam
(and i'm ok if i never have it again)
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
(i really like it almost seems sacrilegious to mix it with cream and cheese and risk losing that delicious lobster flavour)
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
(i don't think i've had it anyway)
100. Snake

So, there you have it, my omnivore's 100. I guess I still have some eating to do but there really aren't many things on this list I wouldn't try. I can tell you for sure one thing I will never try: Balut. I don't think I could even put a bit if it in my mouth to be polite.