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    • CommentTimeJun 2nd 2011 edited
    My turn to start this. Apologies to Fearless Leader for bringing it back, but damn it, I had a good day.

    Today I finally went back to boxing classes.

    Late December was my first time there and I vowed to go back. But due to money problems and several other reasons, I haven't been able to go until now. And CHRIST, do I feel energised now. This week has been a pretty big week with getting fit. I've been running, walking and now I can add boxing to my schedule.

    The club is Toronto Newsgirls, an all-female boxing club that's been making quite a name for itself lately. The owner/head coach Savoy is SUCH an awesome person and everyone there is so welcoming and willing to stop what they're doing to give you a few pointers.

    A moment that made me smile inside and out: I'm on the punching bags and on the bag next to me is another woman about six feet tall. She looks at me, comes over, extends her gloved hand and says "Tall girl fist bump!". We bump fists and talk.

    It was just...yeah. Fucking awesome.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd 2011
    I just finished writing my final paper. Just now. It's 10pm over here. I had totally planned on pulling an all-nighter, and I, am, done. I just have to go over it once more to make sure it's all good, then one final time tomorrow to check for editing, and after I turn it in, I'll have turned in my last assignment of my undergraduate career. SO HAPPY.
  1.  (9916.3)
    An independent film that I auditioned for over two years ago and thought I'd been cast in seemed to have vanished from the face of the earth, and I'd almost forgotten about it when the director emailed me just yesterday telling me it's finally getting made. I'm playing a small role and may be assisting with fight choreography.

    Also an agent of significant clout came to see my last play and contacted me asking for my headshot and resume and to request a meeting. Good things could come of this.
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd 2011
    Today, for the first time, I got to go to 99 Ranch Market. I personally dig places that are essentially multicultural, places around the world where culture, ethnicity, heritage from all different kinds of people crash into each other and the locals just live it up in the mix. And I found that at 99 Ranch, like whoa. Dim sum, hundreds of different kinds of noodles, rices from all over the world by the kilo, and almost as many different kinds of beans, dragon fruit, kale, mixed up with pineapples, avocados, bananas, piloncillo and other Latin American spices, salsas, masa for tamales, kimchee, Korean ginseng teas - actually a full cornucopia of Asian teas, sake, whiskey and tequila.

    United fucking Nations of food. Love it.
  2.  (9916.5)
    Good day at work. I'm looking forward to a drunken spelling bee tomorrow. I plan on tweeting my way through it if they let me. I took photos of forget-me-nots and trilliums. And a photo of the boathouse. Said hi to the new neighbors (that now own the boathouse).
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd 2011 edited
    It's not happened yet, but tomorrow I'm meeting my sister for the first time since Christmas, and she's taking me to see one of her friends take part in an all-girl roller-derby match.

    This is a Good Thing. Yes.
    • CommentAuthorDarkest
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd 2011
    I am so close to Niche Comics being ready I can taste it. Now all I have to do is not screw up majorly.
    • CommentAuthorOda
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd 2011
    I met a wonderful wonderful man, on Wednesday, who made me laugh so hard. I managed to bring him home with the line "So, are we going to your place or mine, afterwards?". I got awesome sex and epic cuddles in abundance and it was totally worth the time. He lives in Oslo, just working here for a few weeks, but so what? I'm still all happy happy joy joy! Now I just need to dare to send him a text and ask if we should do something... But what?

    Today I woke up ridiculously early, had coffee with a friend at six in the morning, hung out 'til 11, went to Hulen (the small rock club where I work) at 3, meeting, then photoshoot with real champagne, then more people and beers, then BBQ in the park, ice cream, then an opening and some free cava, and all in the glorious sunshine in the beautiful city that is named Bergen. I love this day. Now I'm listening to The Cure. Getting mr. long hair video tech back here to cuddle me is all I need in the world now, but I'll do without too. Don't think I'll dare send that text today! ^^
    • CommentAuthorOda
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd 2011
    Oh goodness I totally sent that sms.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd 2011
    I just got my leave paperwork. In two weeks I get six weeks off form work to spend some time with my son.
  3.  (9916.11)
    I got my fancy TRANSMET art book in the mail today, and when Yao gets home, I'm gonna make her sign it! YAY!

    (Sizer, Sobriero, your pieces are awesome, btw!)
    • CommentAuthorFan
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd 2011
    I tried boxing once: for 5 minutes, at school, several years ago. I put on gloves, I stood in front of a friend: and then he punched me in the face! I couldn't get over it! I tried something else after that (woodworking).

    Sorry I won't be coming to meet all y'all (Robin and, uh, Greasemonkey, and, Mr Hex) tomorrow. I wish, though. Maybe I can ... drop in? I'll write to you.

    I'm getting better at biking. My regular commute, from Mimico to Yonge and Eglinton, used to be an hour and a quarter. Now it's just under an hour (and even less than that, on the way home). It's a 36 km round trip each day: so I'm hoping to bike nearly 10,000 km this year.

    I got an email from a famous company today, asking if I'd license my source code: makes me feel all important, and grown-up. Since writing that code, I've take a job (based on my experience writing it) with an employer, and so become an employee; furthering that code would then put me in conflict of interest with my new employer (to whose office I'm now been commuting by bike, since this February), so this is the perfect opportunity to hand off my code to self-employed programmer friends, who I haven't had time to see much of in the last few months because I've been getting into a new job and commuting for 2 1/2 hours each day, to see whether *they* will make anything of it. It took me about two years of self/un-unemployment to write.

    I took the bus to work today: upping the bike speed is, well, it can be a bit hard on the knees. Who'd have thought it, eh: not the muscles or the lungs, but the *knees* are the weak link. And after 4 days of pushing it I was beginning to feel it, and think it prudent to take it easier again for a day or three, an early weekend: because if I let it become chronic, that would *really* spoil my fun. Anyway, on the TTC today, I happened to read a review for _La Quattre Volte_ which opened today and which looks like fun, so maybe I get to see *that* sometime, even this weekend.

    Tomorrow starts with Tai Chi practice in High Park (well, that's the first *public* appearance, anyway: 9:30 AM), same as every Saturday, in summer.

    Ciao, caro/cara.
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd 2011
    Oh goodness I totally sent that sms.

    Nothing big here, just another weekend of doing yard work and puttering about with the granddaughter. Supposed to be perfect weather, too.
  4.  (9916.14)
    Well, I turned 31 today and I don't feel any different so that's good! Spending it volunteer archiving and later art or maybe L.A. Noire...
    Shame my boss took his sweet time to get this week's pay sorted...
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd 2011 edited
    Fan: Just e-mail Greasemonkey and we'll hope to see you there!
    mojokingbee: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!! *throws confetti and small intestines in the air*

    As for me...uh...I ended up snogging with the most attractive person I have ever met. Well, one of them. Definitely the most attractive stranger I've ever met.

    It would have led to something else, but I live an hour away from where we were and...uh...with my parents...which I neglected to mention to him. Still! We talked, he wasn't that interesting, we snogged, and when we parted I proceeded to punch my aching lady bits and scream "FFFFUUUUCCCCK!".

    And you know what? I feel great about it even though nothing ended up happening because...

    1. I seemed to have made a big step in me being comfortable in sexual situations, especially casual sexual situations (which normally freezes me up and leaves me running). Those who know me know this is a BIG DEAL for me.
    2. It has made me feel that someone has noticed that I've been focusing on my appearance lately, nice.
    3. Holy fuck, the last boy I dated was a -30 compared to this guy, who was a solid 10. FFFFFUUUUUCKKK.....

    ...but yeah. It was a nice confidence boost.
  5.  (9916.16)
    @oldhat..thanks and good on ya for the progression. Level up, dare I say?
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2011
    @oldhat, @odaelisabeth - Nice work!
    @mojokingbee - Happy birthday! You're in oz, right? If you ever make it down to Melbourne, we'll have to organise a Whitechapel meetup with some of the others.

    Don't think I've ever contributed to this thread before, so here goes.
    I'm currently studying animation in an amazing course. It feels like where I'm supposed to be, as opposed to a year ago when I was floating around, working a decent job but not really into what I was doing and with no idea where it was heading.
    While I should be working madly on my last project for the semester, I was at a wedding yesterday, catching up with people I haven't seen in years and generally having a wonderful time.
    Tonight, I'm catching up with more friends and seeing my girlfriend's play for the second time. It's a really strong piece of theatre and I'm so proud of her. Also, she's awesome and we moved in together a couple of months ago. It's been easy and great.
    Retching yet? Don't worry, I'll scuttle off to stress about my animation now.
  6.  (9916.18) long is your course? I studied animation as well a while back but kinda sucked at it and now out of date on my skill-set. Glad your enjoying it. I'm up in the gold coast but a Melb Whitechapel meetup sounds aces and I haven't had a vacation in years...Are there other Aussie Whitechapelers around here?
  7.  (9916.19)
    Oh it's so quiet at work today.

    The unit is under lock-down after the massive fight last week. Which means, although I still have to be at work, it's very quiet, sleepy and easy right now.

    Currently, I'm in the first week of using my CPAP machine, for my sleep apnea. A little frustrating to configure just right to make sleep happen. I'm just glad that I'm starting to get energy back after months of sleeping all night, and waking up feeling like an insomniac.

    My girlfriend and I are currently sleeping in separate beds though :( but not due to relationship woes; its bedbugs! Goddamn it! Apparently the drug dealers that got evicted left behind nasty little pests. They've been eating me alive for a couple months now, but we just figured out what the cause was. So I'm sleeping on my futon and the lady is on the guest bed (that isn't quite big enough for her AND govspy... we'll not big enough for sleeping anyway).

    Pest guys come by on Monday to inspect, and then they'll exterminate later. Anyone else have experience getting rid of bedbugs?
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2011

    I sleep with my bed pulled away from the walls and surrounded by a thick ring of the stuff and thus far, nothing bites me while I sleep - and they always went after me, I've found one once in my office across the apartment in broad daylight nomming on my leg.
    I keep what I plan to use easily in a container with holes in the top (I bought a 5lb bag off amazon) and just powder it around the baseboards, then go back with a broom to really shove it down into the little crevices and kill them and it helps to blend it into the walls (if you have white walls, I suppose). Just make sure that while you're laying it down you wear a dust mask as it's bad for soft lung tissues. Once it's down though, it doesn't kick up so just make sure your bedding doesn't fall into the powder or you'll have to clean it off.

    Steam everything as it kills the eggs. Wrap your bedding in plastic - I found those vinyl covers in a local fabric store of all places for $5 but they also tear incredibly easy. Use duct tape for patching jobs/to reinforce the corners if you use a metal bed frame that's likely to tear it open.

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