Saturday, December 19, 2009

oh there's no place like home for the holidays

I'm not sure how much I'll be online for the next week or so. Lots to do, lots of people to see, and general merriment to partake in. I will, however, be back in the new year I'm sure (and I might even have a few hours to spare here and there over the next week, we'll have to see) I hope you're all spending time with friends and family. For those who aren't, I hope you find ways to make things fun anyway :)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

if i was a doctor

Dear Doctors,
It isn't that we don't WANT like you, you just make it so difficult sometimes. First of all there's the paper. You bring us into your office and make us dress in paper. In my case, you don't even give me a "set" of paper to wear, you just give me an oversized paper towel and ask me to wrap myself in it and hope for the best. So there I sit, in a sheet of paper, trying to have an intelligent conversation about my health but can't quite concentrate because I'm worried that my makeshift paper toga will either rip, slip, or just plain old disintegrate under the stress of trying to cover my body. Seriously- you want to put us at ease? Give us a hospital gown. Sure they're open in the back, but they're better than a sheet of paper. Or at the very least, the paper shirt so that I can fashion the sheet of paper into a skirt instead of trying to make it cover my entire body.

Ignoring the interactions between patient and doctor (which in my case I'm again, not so impressed with), the least you could do to help us out at the end of the appointment is to make sure there is a mirror in the exam room. Now obviously, we don't want the mirror to be hanging out on the "business side" of the table- we don't need to be seeing that- but maybe a mirror on the door? So that after the humiliation of the paper we can at least pull ourselves together before we leave the room.

Just a few suggestions. I'm sure you go to the doctor too- wouldn't you appreciate these things?
A patient

Friday, December 11, 2009


Sure, I couldn't bring myself to get out and run this morning in the first day of the -18 windchill, but come February 21st, I'll be sucking it up and running a leg of the Winterman Marathon relay. So far, we have our 4 person team, but we have no team name. I've put calls out on Facebook and on twitter and I've been given a few suggestions, but I thought I'd throw it out here too. Relevant details about the team: there are four of us- two males and two females, I'll probably run the slowest leg (unless someone other than Jordan runs the final leg which is 2.2km longer than the others), the other guy running has a history of fantastic moustaches, the other girl running is my favourite running friend Suz who just moved back to Montreal. Also, I'm hoping that by the end of it, Jordan looks a lot like this:

And I know for a fact that at some point (potentially before it even starts), Suz and I will be wishing the weather was more like this:

Maybe we should just put our thermal tights under our skirts so that we can look down and pretend it is much warmer.

So- any suggestions for a team name?

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

i know no one cares

But I really find this fascinating: the ante has been upped EVEN FURTHER in the Fat Cyclist drama.
Not only has he raised the $20,000 to get to training camp, but he's raised the $50,000 to get the bike. How'd he do it? Well, if you want to win the bike (signed by team radio shack), go donate. (he offered the bike as a prize to get donations)

Want to win a trip to the Tour de France? Go donate! They've upped the ante and if he can raise $100,000 by Friday, someone's winning the trip.

I just think it is cool what the internet can do. (and i do love the Tour de France...)

Saturday, December 05, 2009

kind of fun

While I've never actually read the "Fat Cyclist" blog (until today), I have seen it mentioned and seen it on blogrolls. Then this morning, I saw a "retweet" from a tour de france rider that I follow (yeah, I'm a dork in more ways than tacocat) that caught my attention. Johan Bruyneel (of Team US Postal, Team Discovery Channel, Team Astana, and now Team RadioShack fame ok- mostly of team Lance Armstrong fame) threw down the gauntlet.

Fat Cyclist wrote an "open cover letter" applying for a job on Team RadioShack, Bruyneel offered him a spot at training camp if he could raise $20,000 before Dec 11 and will throw in a bike if he can raise $50,000.  (the open cover letter is definitely worth a read- it's pretty funny)

I'm actually kind of curious to see how the fundraising goes, to see if he mades it to training camp, and to hear how brutal a training camp like that would be. I also love that the guy asked for what he wanted, albeit somewhat as a joke, and through the magic of the internet, the right people saw his letter and said "ok dude- bring it!"

Good luck Fat Cyclist!

Friday, December 04, 2009

i'm a dork- what can i say

The word/language loving dork in me loves this.

I do love a good palindrome.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

christmas spirit

Now that it is December, I feel like I should be getting into the Christmas spirit. The red cups have been out for awhile, buildings are decorated, carols are being played everywhere, and Christmas eve is just 22 days away. I've tried not to get too caught up in Christmas activities too early as not to suffer from "Christmas burnout", but now I think it is time to ramp up the Christmas spirit by participating in a few of my favourite things:

red cup drinking

love actually watching

baking (yeah...that's from 4 years ago, but whatever)
and tree trimming.

I'm sure once I participate in more of all of those things, I will be filled with the Christmas spirit in no time.

So- what puts you in the Christmas spirit?

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

wearing the ribbon

Support World AIDS Day

December 1st marks World Aids Day. Although recent news calls the AIDS "crisis" over, there are an estimated 33.4 million people worldwide who are HIV positive. That's pretty much the population of Canada. That's a lot of people living with the disease. The good news for a lot of those people is that they are living with the disease instead of dying from it. Yes, they are still dying earlier in life and there are still a lot of people who don't have access to the best care available (in fact, apparently about 5 million of them don't have access to treatment at all), but it isn't as much of "death sentence" it once was.

Supporting World AIDS day may just be a blog post, or wearing a ribbon, or a donation to a local AIDS charity...but isn't it nice that the world is talking about it more than it used to?  A lot of progress has been made and hopefully will continue to make even bigger strides in the parts of the world that needs it the most. There is still a lot of social stigma in many parts of the world and in many circles even in parts of the world where the stigma has mostly been lifted. As I said before, there are still about 5 million people that don't have access to treatment. And there are countries (and institutions) who would rather stick their heads in the sand preach abstinence only instead of accepting reality and making something as simple as a condom an accepted means of keeping people healthy.

If you are a Starbucks drinker, apparently 5 cents (I know, not all that much, but perhaps something is better than nothing) of all "fancy" coffees sold tomorrow will go toward the (RED) charity that supports AIDS related work in Africa. Alternatively, there are many other ways to help out. Check out the world AIDS day website or the site for your local AIDS foundation.

Hope you all have a wonderful day.  It is hard to believe that it is already December!