glowing_dragon: (French Toast)
After COFFEE TIME and being on the phone to Canada Post's customer service this morning for a while - where they couldn't even guarantee that my post office address pickup location could be changed - I went to Blundell Centre at 12:30 on a 407 and a 402, which of course I had to wait 15 minutes for. I finally got to the Shoppers Drug Mart post office after 1 PM and FINALLY got my 30th Anniversary OLD FAITHFUL Bathroom Reader! While I was at the store, I saw Lindt Advent calendars for sale already! UGH! I also saw on-sale Korean BBQ chips, so got a couple of bags for Jon / Harmony and Chrystal. I also got on-sale Always pads, since it's always good to stock up on those if I can - less than $15 for everything! I got to the 402 bus stop for Brighouse just in time, but somehow lost my BOLEYN INHERITANCE book at Brighouse in the excitement of seeing the 407. At least I finally got home at 2:15, but that takes way too fucking long just to pick something up at the post office!


KNIT YOUR OWN KAMA SUTRA?!




LIVING WITH CRAZY BUTTOCKS?!




MAKING PIGEONS PAY?!

glowing_dragon: (No Netspeak!)
Today is Dictionary Day! :D

Canada Post didn't even make an effort to deliver my newest Bathroom Reader in my mailbox, instead sticking a "failure to deliver" notice inside without a phone call. Guess I'll have to make the trek over to Blundell Centre tomorrow before the hockey game... sigh. Of course I had to shower today, though.


From Not Always Right: Dawn Seaman?!




From Not Always Right: River Little?!




From Youtube: Sharin Morningstar Keenan?! That's supposed to be SHARON so it won't be confused with SHARING. Also, a morning star is either an actual star or a weapon!




From Not Always Working: Abby JADELYN Davidson?!

glowing_dragon: (Consumer Whore)
I left at 1:55 on a 407 to make it to Jon and Harmony's and the store prior to playing with Ayler and Hiero before Thanksgiving Dinner. Since I left so early, I went to Shoppers Drug Mart to see if they had sriracha sauce. They did, as well as on-sale Scaeros / Coffin Crisp / Ghostly Kit-Kats / Scaries, plus NEW Korean BBQ Kettle chips! After that, I walked over to IndigoSpirit to see if they had the newest Bathroom Reader: Uncle John's OLD FAITHFUL 30th Anniversary Bathroom Reader (Bathroom Readers' Institute). They didn't since they were only limited distribution in BC, but I did manage to have someone help me at a kiosk so I could just have the book shipped to me at home this week. It saves me another trip out to the mall even if it is nearby! That took a while, but I still managed to be at Jon's place by maybe about 3:15 or so! Ayler asked me what I'd do if they moved downtown - well, I would probably take the train and the bus out to wherever they would be living!

The boys fought with each other as usual (and Hiero fell off the couch's armrest!), but I might have distracted them with the promise of reading to them. Ayler asked if he could sit on my lap, which was fine until my legs started falling asleep. There was a kiddy book with Legos to describe Bible stories, Chinese characters books, a Taan Moon book, a body book, and other things. Randal came over for a piano lesson and stayed for dinner afterwards. Dinner was beef stew with tendons, carrots, and typical Pho garnishes like bean sprouts (and Vietnamese subs!), plus an apricot / grain salad with feta and ricotta cheeses... so non-traditional, but still good! Probably a good thing that I have a turkey backup here at home! Jeremy came over later, which livened the evening up and made it more silly. We talked about Jeremy's cold, baby Henry's banquet (Jon can't attend because of Stanley's wedding on November 19 - but he doesn't even know what he's doing for it?!), Fred becoming a cop in Toronto (and seeing "shades of grey" in morality), the Whip, 12 Kings, Jen being way more conservative / less liberal than she was when we met her, documentaries, Tom Petty, Youtube jams, C+C Music Factory, LL Cool J, Ace of Base, pissing off Auntie Wylene with Salt-N-Pepa and Green Day back in 1994, Bob Dylan / Keith Richards, Silverchair, Bush, and seeing how much the kids knew about fall. We told them that Canadian Thanksgiving was in October and the United States had theirs in November, wanted to know if the leaves would turn blue, and generally had fun with them.

Ayler wanted to tie knots with his Vietnamese noodles, while Hiero wanted to bite the very hard pomelo rind to see if he could eat it that way. That's not how those things work! I saw a kindergarten worksheet with a colorful turkey on it - Ayler had managed to write his own name on it in a reasonably legible fashion! Jeremy brought up the possibility of becoming pregnant when you're already pregnant, so I said that of course there was a name for that: SUPERFETATION! Then he said that it sounded like I got that from a Bathroom Reader: he's SO RIGHT! Of course I had to tell them that I ordered the newest one to ship to my place! At about 7, I left after watching Hiero play train tracks by himself, bidding Jeremy a good night and thanking Jon and Harmony for the dinner. Jon actually thanked me for hanging out early with the kids, surprisingly. Harmony said that it was still pretty stressful since they haven't found a new location to move to yet, and they only have three weeks left in this place!

Ayler and Hiero also surprised me by wanting hugs before I left, so of course I obliged. I would NOT do "falling hugs" as Ayler wanted, though. Why? BECAUSE THEY WOULD HURT! On my way home, I decided to stop by the Oakridge Safeway to see if they had a "fabled" chicken-bacon-ranch sandwich as Milan Penner (Jen now has the same last name as she does!) had told me about YEARS ago in CANUCKS NATION or whatever the group chat was called then. I'd forgotten about that till Jimmy said something about it in Facebook messenger recently since she wants to meet him at some point. The Safeway did have made-to-order sandwiches at the deli, which was good enough for me. The sandwich even had guacamole, and I was also able to pay for a second bottle of sriracha sauce right there at the deli counter instead of having to go to the cash register just for that. I got home at 8:20 on a 407, and talked to the Canucks fan chat and Discord for a bit. Now, bedtime!


Korean BBQ Kettle chips!




From Julie: Ron Swanson! Swan Ronson!

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THIS ENTRY IS ALLOWED TO HAVE NON-ALIGNED TAGS.


Sushi boat for two from MEGA SUSHI in Steveston: Appetizer tempura, big boss roll, California roll, two pieces of tuna sashimi, two pieces of salmon sashimi, two pieces of ebi, ebi sunomono, and miso soup!




Birthday stuff from Vanessa: Dutch chips (Bali Kroepoek), Dutch chocolate sprinkles (Quino boterhamkorrels) to be used on toast, and five Mentos flavors: Strawberry Shake / Banana Shake / Peach Shake, Tutti-Frutti, Fresh Cola, Strawberry-Lime, and Cinnamon!




From white Eric: Lindt Excellence Chili dark chocolate! Dark chocolate with natural chili flavor!




From white Eric: Lindt Excellence Roasted Almond dark chocolate! Dark chocolate with roasted almond slivers!




Steak and salmon bites from Original Joe's! Sterling® Silver sirloin and Pacific salmon in a sweet soy glaze over brown rice; with shredded carrot, red pepper, and green onion. Creamy sesame steak sauce on the side.




Email: Eric M., Eric H., Dylan L., Deb L., Auntie Catherine I., Chrystal C. {6}

Evite / Event RSVP: Eric M., Vanessa H., Billie E., Jennifer S., Lincoln L., Eric H., Christon S., Shannon N., Andrea T., Chuck W., Eric H., Dylan L., Deb L., Vicky L., Laurie E., Andrew M., Daniel T. x2, Sabrina K., Lisa D. {20}

Facebook Wall Posts: Cecilia M. x2, Melissa T., Kitty B., Heather M., Itamar R., Jamie W., Ellen W., Jim S. x2, Amanda B., Chrissy S. x2, George B., Mikki M., Sara H., Ryan B. x2, Vivian S., Barb D., Ruthy M. x2, Ellen C., Jimmy C., Andrew M., Michelle S., Rosenda M. x2, Flora G., Noel E., Jason T., Erin Curry, Ed W., Sheryll T., Andrew L., Andrea T. x2, Alan P. x2, Lesley C., Michelle C., Lisa B., Leanne C., Harmony H., Jason H., Milli P., Auntie Susan L., Vicky S., Lucas N., Amy L., Leona K., Wesley V., Dawn W., Witwur R., Helen S., Christon S., Shane T., Jesse C., Nita F., Daniel T., Troy A., Kelli E. x2, Eric M., Chun Wai C., Geoff E., Lisa D. {72}

Facebook Chat / Messages: Mike B., Julie S. x2, Vanessa H., Jimmy C., Scott C., Jana F. {7}

Discord: crmi / Stick / Eichel x2 / Nas St. Louis / Yuriegh [r/hockey], Jerry [Kramerica], Sh.varuka | しわるか/シワルカ / creature_of_tea (Med Reminders), JLateralus / clusa [Dragon Quest], Falexxx1 (Earthbound HYDRATE), Highspirits / Volklin / Pesmerga / Kuja_20 / LuckyToken (Highspirits), ClassyBeard x2 / TinyTalkingNinja [ClassyBeard], Erik Charette x2 / Aimsworth x2 [DaveTheUsher], CuyaDK [CuyaDK] {25}

Facebook Discussion Boards / Groups: Mikki M. (COME AS YOU ARE!), Jon McCully (Laid-Back Corner), The Onett Times New Age Retro Hippie {4}

Facebook Status / Photo Comments and Reactions: Josh A., Eve M. x3, Ryan B. x3, Mikki M., Kitty B. x2, Julie S. x3, Flora G., Leona K., Cathy W., Barb D., Witwur R., Steph N., Cecilia M., Alice P., Nita F., Helen S., Ellen W., Andrea T. {24}

Youtube: Alana Ronald, Mint Plays!, Charles Darling, Damn Grade, Edward Cox, Lady D Bug, ghanimaSLC, Devon Hotchkiss, Jikookslover37Saga, gato712, notsodocile, Angela Chisler, Darla P, Arthur Dent, Life Wuzonceezr, David Mitnick, Lauren, Justin B, Scary Mysteries, Henry Robles, Lorraine Smith, KM, Casey Trettin {23}



Reddit: PopPunkKid [r/vancouver], Creepin_Reaper [r/childfree], emotionaldisorders [r/askwomen] {3}

Other Message Boards and Such: Baby's Named A Bad Bad Thing, OK Cupid, Unaboard, Match, Plenty of Fish {5}

Other Rewards Stuff: London Drugs Extras {1}

In Person: Vanessa H., Mom, Dad, Eric M., Christon S., Chrystal C., Laurie E., Auntie Catherine I. {8}

Cards / Presents: Pathways, Steph N. / Lisa N. / Fraser N. / Henry N. / Havarti the dog, MEGA SUSHI from Christon S. / Eric M. / Laurie E. / Vanessa H., birthday card from Christon, birthday card / Lindt Chili dark chocolate / Lindt Roasted Almond dark chocolate from Eric M., Dutch chips (Bali Kroepoek) / Dutch chocolate sprinkles (Quino boterhamkorrels) to be used on toast / five Mentos flavors: Strawberry Shake / Banana Shake / Peach Shake, Tutti-Frutti, Fresh Cola, Strawberry-Lime, and Cinnamon from Vanessa H., a steak and salmon bites meal at Original Joe's from Chrystal C. {17}


* Mom and Dad's presents: Random stuff from Mom and Dad: one funeral home mint from Dignity Funeral Home, a birthday card, $10 in cash, a 15-pack of Royale double roll toilet paper, Strawberry Shine NIVEA lip balm, 20 GUM flossers, 7 Simple Cleansing facial wipes for mascara removal, a Life jasmine and cactus flower extract purifying face mask, Dove cucumber and green tea body wash, a mini-pack of President's Choice Kleenex, Burt's Bees nourishing lip balm with mango butter, and Schwarzkopf Professional GLISS Hair Repair shampoo.

Also: a Savvy Home facial tissue box (90!), a 132-count Royale tissue box, Got2b Rockin' It dry shampoo, two Playtex Sport Combo ultra-thin pads and two unscented tampons, one small Purell hand sanitizer bottle, a small Dove Cool Essentials anti-perspirant, a GUM Ora-Clean toothbrush, Essence volumizing lash powder, a Schick Quattro for Women raspberry razor blade, and Yes To coconut cleansing wipes.

Plus: a Hotel Wing International Chinese toothbrush and toothpaste, a light blue bra with yellow dots (which is not even my size), a Rabbit and Bears Happy Day notebook, an 8-pack of April Cornell note cards, a blue-grey vest from The Tog Shop, light purple socks, a pink pajama set with hearts on them, a yellow pajama set with hearts on them, and one very light blue child-sized Jockey pair of underwear. {31}


Phone Calls / Skype: Steph N., Chrystal C. {2}


21.0% of my Facebook friends ... 87 of 414! (x fewer wishes, 9 fewer people) [97 of 422]


GRAND TOTAL: 248
glowing_dragon: (Bert and Ernie)
This is a list of birthday gifts and cards that I received in 2017:




Sushi boat for two from MEGA SUSHI in Steveston: Appetizer tempura, big boss roll, California roll, two pieces of tuna sashimi, two pieces of salmon sashimi, two pieces of ebi, ebi sunomono, and miso soup!




Birthday stuff from Vanessa: Dutch chips (Bali Kroepoek), Dutch chocolate sprinkles (Quino boterhamkorrels) to be used on toast, and five Mentos flavors: Strawberry Shake / Banana Shake / Peach Shake, Tutti-Frutti, Fresh Cola, Strawberry-Lime, and Cinnamon!




From white Eric: Lindt Excellence Chili dark chocolate! Dark chocolate with natural chili flavor!




From white Eric: Lindt Excellence Roasted Almond dark chocolate! Dark chocolate with roasted almond slivers!



* London Drugs Extras $5 voucher


* Random stuff from Mom and Dad: one funeral home mint from Dignity Funeral Home, a birthday card, $10 in cash, a 15-pack of Royale double roll toilet paper, Strawberry Shine NIVEA lip balm, 20 GUM flossers, 7 Simple Cleansing facial wipes for mascara removal, a Life jasmine and cactus flower extract purifying face mask, Dove cucumber and green tea body wash, a mini-pack of President's Choice Kleenex, Burt's Bees nourishing lip balm with mango butter, and Schwarzkopf Professional GLISS Hair Repair shampoo.

Also: a Savvy Home facial tissue box (90!), a 132-count Royale tissue box, Got2b Rockin' It dry shampoo, two Playtex Sport Combo ultra-thin pads and two unscented tampons, one small Purell hand sanitizer bottle, a small Dove Cool Essentials anti-perspirant, a GUM Ora-Clean toothbrush, Essence volumizing lash powder, a Schick Quattro for Women raspberry razor blade, and Yes To coconut cleansing wipes.

Plus: a Hotel Wing International Chinese toothbrush and toothpaste, a light blue bra with yellow dots (which is not even my size), a Rabbit and Bears Happy Day notebook, an 8-pack of April Cornell note cards, a blue-grey vest from The Tog Shop, light purple socks, a pink pajama set with hearts on them, a yellow pajama set with hearts on them, and one very light blue child-sized Jockey pair of underwear. {31}


* birthday card from Steph, Lisa, Fraser, baby Henry, and Havarti

* MEGA SUSHI meal from Christon, Eric M., Vanessa, and Laurie

* birthday card from Christon

* birthday card from Eric M.

* meal with Chrystal

* meal with Auntie Catherine
glowing_dragon: (Bubble Tea)
Eric Ho emailed me this morning to say that he wishes he could make it to the MEGA SUSHI dinner, but they've scheduled him to work a Monet art exhibit at the VAG (art gallery), so he proposed that we hang out here instead for the Canucks regular season opener on Saturday, October 7. Sounds fine to me! I also blocked a stupid idiot who thought that disrespecting my "DO NOT COMMENT" boundaries was FUNNY. Time for some Chicken Alfredo as revenge since that's his name!


The SUPER MARIO FANTASY ADVENTURE party (Mario / Luigi / Yoshi / Toad) finally makes it to Onrac. This woman tells them. "You have legs!"




In SUPER MARIO FANTASY ADVENTURE, Mario / Luigi / Yoshi / Toad go to the Flying Fortress. They obtain the Adamantite: "The legendary metal."




In SUPER MARIO FANTASY ADVENTURE, Mario / Luigi / Yoshi / Toad finally make it to the final dungeon, the Chaos Temple 2000 years in the past. They use the Whistle from Princess Toadette. "The tune plays, revealing a stairway."




From Julie: Thor! Hipsthor!

glowing_dragon: (Happy Birthday!)
Mom and Dad picked me up at 5:50 with a bunch of stuff, detailed below. We went to White Spot because I vetoed Dinesty. It's my birthday, so I get to choose, dammit! We talked about Steph, this upcoming winter, Jon needing to be a parent (I don't care!), Netflix, Auntie Grace, Dave He, Auntie May and Auntie Vivian and AWANA at church (like I'm going back?!), Phil / Uncle Peter / Auntie Ying, my curried red quinoa, Mom "ordering" coffee (she did NOT!), attempts to get me to ask Eric for a ride on Sundays (NO - I LIKE MY FREEDOM!), and pickles. I got home at 7:25, which was fine.


Random stuff from Mom and Dad: one funeral home mint from Dignity Funeral Home, a birthday card, $10 in cash, a 15-pack of Royale double roll toilet paper, Strawberry Shine NIVEA lip balm, 20 GUM flossers, 7 Simple Cleansing facial wipes for mascara removal, a Life jasmine and cactus flower extract purifying face mask, Dove cucumber and green tea body wash, a mini-pack of President's Choice Kleenex, Burt's Bees nourishing lip balm with mango butter, and Schwarzkopf Professional GLISS Hair Repair shampoo.

Also: a Savvy Home facial tissue box (90!), a 132-count Royale tissue box, Got2b Rockin' It dry shampoo, two Playtex Sport Combo ultra-thin pads and two unscented tampons, one small Purell hand sanitizer bottle, a small Dove Cool Essentials antiperspirant, a GUM Ora-Clean toothbrush, Essence volumizing lash powder, a Schick Quattro for Women raspberry razor blade, and Yes To coconut cleansing wipes.

Plus: a Hotel Wing International Chinese toothbrush and toothpaste, a light blue bra with yellow dots (which is not even my size), two thin Rabbit and Bears Happy Day "The Moment" notebooks, an 8-pack of April Cornell note cards, a blue-grey vest from The Tog Shop, light purple socks, a pink pajama set with hearts on them, a yellow pajama set with hearts on them, and one very light blue child-sized Jockey pair of underwear. {31}


Engrish on the Rabbit and Bears notebook: Cream-colored ponies and crisp apple strudels / Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes / Silver-white winters that melt into springs / Feel the warmth city, nothing to fear / To be true for you and me.


From Reddit: Happy birthday to you! Cats, guitars, balloons, and hearts!




From Pinterest: White Spot's curried red quinoa: Tandoori cauliflower, spinach, caramelized onions, grapes, and maple roasted carrots over red quinoa. Almonds, cilantro sour cream, and Naan bread!




Schwarzkopf Professional GLISS Hair Repair shampoo!

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After COFFEE TIME, I left at 4:40 to get to Jeremy's for white Eric's birthday dinner in the HOT weather! I managed to get a 99 bus that dropped me right in front of Kingsgate Mall, but the transit security officer said that I should wait two seconds for the bus to stop. Yeah, I know that, but you're directly in my way! I bought a Western Family Swiss 72% dark chocolate bar for Eric (because anything from home would probably have MELTED on the way to Jeremy's), some on-sale Vancouver Only lemon dish detergent, a Lever 2000 Pure Rain body wash (which seems more easily openable right now, so I'm using it immediately), and some Old Spice Denali body wash at Buy-Low for the Gwei Lo before cutting through Dude Chilling Park to get to Jeremy's. To my mild surprise, dinner was already in progress after Eric joked about whether I really wanted to come in. No, I want to sweat my ass off all evening instead! I gave Eric his birthday card and chocolate bar, and told him that Steph said hi and HAPPY BIRTHDAY, too!

Ayler and Hiero were there, and acknowledged my presence by saying that I was sitting diagonally from them. We had fish tacos, fish sauce, coleslaw, a simple tomato salad, and hibiscus juice. It was fine, and it was only $8 for me. Randal was there, but I barely acknowledged him. I saw white Eric #2, which was a surprise. I played for a bit with Hiero, who wanted to steer the blue car through "traffic" and went over the barrier of Christon's foot. We watched Japanese babymetal music videos by きゃりーぱみゅぱみゅ (thanks to Stanley - who's getting married on November 18), some Albert Ayler, and even a bit of a TedTalk thanks to Hiero pressing a bunch of computer keys. Ayler said that he can walk to kindergarten some of the days, which makes sense!

The kids went home early after excitedly watering the plants. Jeremy asked me if I knew what a literal douche (the stuff which is sold in stores) was when I got back from the bathroom - I said that Christon would have to look it up himself! Then we watched Kendrick Lamar (thanks to Stanley) and Tyler the Creator before Jon thought we could all go to Twelve Kings for a pint. Eric and I just opted to go home afterwards, which was great for me and my alone time! I got home at 8:15 after discussing Whitney Houston / Erykah Badu / my tentative sushi plans with Eric.


From Julie: I know you're upset. Why don't you post something passive-aggressive on Facebook and not explain the situation. That usually helps.




Western Family Swiss 72% dark chocolate bar!




Lever 2000 Pure Rain body wash! (more easily openable for now?)




Lever 2000 Citrus Fresh grapefruit and orange body wash!




Old Spice Denali body wash!




Vancouver Only lemon dish detergent!

glowing_dragon: (Bubble Tea)
Last night, Jon said that I was welcome to come over for lunch, and that physio was at 2:15. Sounded good to me, as I could get my Compass Card back that way, as well as spend more time with the kids! Time to put the thing in my wallet instead of my pocket while I'm out of the house! I got to the house early, but at least I could spend some quiet time to chill. When Jon and the boys got back from an appointment, we had chicken and tofu tacos for lunch before going to physio. The boys had fun making up bus stops (Steveston and Portland / Seattle / Surrey?!), and imitating the "BEEP BEEP BEEP" of the wheelchair ramps around here! Jon asked me how white Eric was; you see him more often than I do! Apparently, someone has set up a birthday dinner for him at Jeremy's on Sunday, but I haven't gotten any emails about it. I guess he's pretty busy! Later, Jon asked if Chinese Eric had any friends; I have no idea since even HE had to work on his own birthday!

We talked about Jeremy and his going down to Corvallis (Oregon) to see the solar eclipse with Christon and white Eric last week, my emailing Kevin some birthday wishes, whether they'd sent Fraser anything for his birthday ("oops"), my doing some dishes after a dinner of corn chowder and bread, Penny the speech therapist, Beck / Weird Al making me think of Jeremy, the Dead Kennedys, zone strategies, and September scheduling. When I got home at 7:45 on a 407, I finally registered the Compass Card online! Jimmy had messaged me this morning, but I'd ignored it in favor of doing my own thing, especially because of last night's lyrics debacle which HE could have easily prevented. Tommy's just messaged me as well, but I'll ignore that for certain.


Yay! My Facebook friends have LOVED my posts 400 times! :D

glowing_dragon: (LJ Drama)
It's WORLD MUSHROOM DAY today! :D

I paid my Shaw and hydro bills online after I showered and made some mushroom soup. No time for my pasta specialty if I had to make it to Jon and Harmony's at 12:30 or so on two cups of coffee! I got there at about 12:45 or so, declined lunch, and ate a piece of interesting mango chocolate for dessert instead. I played with the boys and their toy trains and arches, while answering "no" to the question of whether I lived on the Golden Gate Bridge! Eventually, we got going to the Family Centre drop-in with Harmony soon after she got home. I'm sure she would love some quiet time to herself, but that wasn't really an option. We talked about the summer and fall, my eventual birthday dinner, the hot weather, my shorts, chalk drawings, whether I'd stay for dinner, putting stickers on kites, chalk drawings at home being better than a hot playground, physio, and ratatouille / tabouli / spaghetti / THE ANTS GO MARCHING. Youtube videos, Ayler being able to serve himself after I finally got him some dinner because Hiero was having a meltdown, cantaloupe, bathroom time, beans, and emotions being okay.

Once I left at 6, I went to Oakridge Station before figuring out that I didn't have my bus pass, so went straight back to the house. It wasn't there, but it could be at the Physio Centre bathroom. Jon gave me some change for a one-time Compass Card, and Harmony called around for me. I finally got home at 7:40 on a 401, slow jabronies on the train notwithstanding. Get your kids and crap together BEFORE the train pulls into the station, people!


From Krista: Holy healing dragon!




From I Love Dragons: A plasma-cut Chinese dragon!




From Discord: A five-headed dragon named Tiamat from DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS!

glowing_dragon: (Crazy-Eyed Bear)
After MORE COFFEE TIME, I left for Jon and Harmony's at 2. I stopped by the Kam Do Bakery to get a BBQ pork bun to eat on the train, then got to the house at 2:45 or so, right on time. I was delayed a couple of minutes by some neighbor lady with a dog who recognized me from Mom's Facebook photos. I didn't really mind talking to her, though. At least the door was open, probably because it was pretty hot outside! When Jon asked, I requested some water. The kids were eating some snacks when I got there: Hiero offered me his peach pit (no thanks!) and Ayler told me that they didn't have any more BBQ pork buns. That's fine, as I'd just eaten one! Then came the usual questions about how long ago and what time I'd eaten it, along with Ayler reciting all the Canada Line stations up to Olympic Village. He's getting smart!

While Jon's music student Justin was over, the kids were pretty loud, but made "gas stations" out of bristle blocks ("Gas gas gas!"), offered me grapes from their plate (sure!), made long trains, and put some tiny playing cards in numerical order. Apparently, they got them from the hospital ("not blood draws - a vaccine!") a couple weeks ago. At least they're not being taught how to gamble yet! Ayler also wanted me to stay for dinner, so I said I'd think about it. Hiero pointed out some holes in my socks - I swear I just bought them, but who knows? I'll just have to get some more later! Ayler asked me whether Jon would have two more music students; I had no idea! Hiero wanted me to read a book about 100 vehicles to him - sure, why not? It's better than fighting with your brother over toy trains and train tracks!

When Justin left, they "gave" him some train tracks, which he of course put back when they weren't looking. Easy to do! When the kids weren't there, I put back the noisy xylophone and the hammer to go with it, but Ayler was okay with catching the balls with his hand. Jon noticed and thanked me, then a woman came over for a piano lesson. Harmony got home and also invited me to stay for dinner, which was ratatouille / zucchini / corn on the cob. Harmony got home and also invited me to stay for dinner, which was ratatouille / zucchini / corn on the cob. She said that she was thinking about taking the kids to the Family Centre, the park, and then to physio on Wednesday, so my coming over around 12:30 would be good. No time for anything but mushroom soup, then!

Ayler said that we could eat the zucchini seeds, and I offered an apologetic "sorry" to Jon and that other student when Hiero squealed at seeing the corn on the cob. "Corn excitement over here!" Then Ayler said that I could stay for "the ice cream" - cute! Ayler thought that Randal would come over - who knows? He did, though. Hiero told me that Uncle Randal was there, so I asked how he knew. Apparently, he heard Randal's voice. Randal was indeed over for music lessons, and he said hi to me. To be polite, I offered him a frosty Hello back. Whatever, I don't care what the kids think. Then Ayler wondered if he'd eaten yet and whether he'd eat later. I said he might eat later if he hadn't already. Ayler asked why he was reading, so I said that he was probably doing it because he liked reading just like me. That's fine for me, but that's all I'm willing to concede.

Harmony brought out one Easter egg each for the kids (which she'd apparently forgotten about for some time), and Ayler asked why I wasn't having any. I had some chocolate at home already, I told him. Harmony said that I could go after dinner, which was fine by me. I actually had to put down my dinner bowl because Ayler requested a hug before I left, which is totally fine. Ayler also wanted me to stay overnight, so I asked him where I'd sleep. "Share Daddy's pillow!" was the answer I got. I told Harmony that she might want to explain why I could NOT sleep in the same bed as Jon, then left after saying bye to everyone except Randal. If the kids notice and say something, whatever. At 7:15, I was home on a 407, and fielded an email from ERIC HO saying that he'd even had to work on his birthday last week! Poor guy! He wants to catch a Lions game, but I looked at the schedule and the only near ones are in September! Not doable if he wants to hang out as August winds down!


From Julie S. and BFUK: I have 20 unread books at home, but I really, really need to buy this one. That's the story of a book lover!




From the r/hockey Discord server: Nick Bonino has an Italian background, so he's enjoying some homecooked spaghetti right out of the Stanley Cup!

glowing_dragon: (No Netspeak!)
After (MORE) COFFEE TIME, I left at 11:40 AM on a 407 to make it to Jon and Harmony's at 12:15 or so. Apparently, nobody was home, but I heard Ayler's voice a couple of minutes later from the car. Jon made a comment about my San Francisco shirt - yeah, it's pretty noticeable, but I don't care. I entertained the kids while Jon went to Anna's Cake House to get various bakery items for lunch before his violin student Justin came over. They wanted me to read a Chinese vocabulary book and a RUN SALMON RUN book. I helped the kids eat lunch, and made Hiero eat some pork bun to get some protein. No, you're not eating a "meal" that is 98% cantaloupe and cherries! Ayler kept asking me what time Harmony would be home if she was in Kerrisdale or UBC since she got off work early; no idea! Harmony did get home later, when Jon was teaching and telling the boys to listen to me. At least I told them that fact about the 35.4-mile tunnel in Sweden, to which Ayler's only question was "how many hours does it take to get there?" Probably a long time! Harmony mentioned that Ayler had physio, so I could keep Hiero occupied with the toys there. Sure, why not? I sat on a chair there and it BROKE! The owner (Laura) came out to see whether I'd fallen, and the receptionist and other people there seemed concerned too. Apparently, it was a hardware fault which should never have been there. Maybe, maybe not!

We talked about roller coasters and "BUS!" (lots of 8 Fraser buses!) on the short walk to Robson Park from the physio clinic. While there, Ayler wanted to take some other little girls' grapes AND toy buckets! We got a bunch of Vietnamese sandwiches for dinner so we could have something besides blackberries. If Hiero had his way, he'd eat 90% blackberries for dinner - NO! Ayler asked how many hours it would be until I left, then wanted me to stay seven more hours at 7 PM. No, because you'd go to bed soon, and I want to definitely be home way before 1:30-2 AM when the trains and buses stop regular service! When Jon was teaching a piano student named Curtis, I helped to keep Hiero occupied with the "tunnels and arches." I actually got home at 8:05 on a 407, which is relatively efficient at least!


From Krista: A dragon breathing lightning!

glowing_dragon: (Bubble Tea)
Today is also Nephew #3 Fraser's SECOND BIRTHDAY! Jon sent me a Facebook message about coming over tomorrow at about 12:15 since they could use my help in feeding and entertaining the kids before / during Jon's teaching at 12:30. Ha! Good luck with feeding them lunch (or any meal, really) in 15 minutes! But I totally understand the need for someone else to keep them generally out of trouble when Daddy is teaching! I also left a message on Chinese Eric's voicemail for his own 37th birthday, too! Then I called Barry about that silverfish issue: somehow, I don't think OFF would solve that problem, but whatever.


HOW TO LOVE YANKEES WITH A CLEAR CONSCIENCE?!

glowing_dragon: (OMFG Yay!)
From Apina.biz: Why do I have the feeling that this is what really happened in a Facebook board meeting when Google+ was brought up?! "Mark [Zuckerberg], Google+ is getting to us and is taking our users. What should we do?" "Fuck up the chat system." "Amazing!" "How does he do it?" "Brilliant!" "Bravo!"




From SEVEN KNIGHTS, but it applies to DRAGON WARRIOR III to DRAGON QUEST VI: The barkeeper asked why we carried weapons on us in the bar. I said, "Mimics." The barkeeper laughed, the party laughed, the table laughed, we killed the table. It was a good time.




From The Onett Times: Share this Mr. Saturn (boing!) for no apparent reason. (Zoom!)




Krakenberry Pie!

glowing_dragon: (Crazy-Eyed Bear)



"You Are Cherry"




You are a tough cookie, and you don't let anyone cross you. You are very determined and talented.
Sometimes it takes a while for your hard work to pay off, and that can be frustrating. Eventually, you get the success you deserve.

You are an obvious leader. People tend to immediately put you in charge, and sometimes you are too obliging when it comes to helping out.
You are a stickler for the rules and doing things the right way. You run a tight ship, and people respect you for it.







From Not Always Right: Here's an ad for Crown Royal whiskey... have you ever seen a grown man cry?




From Pete: "Your retardation is disadvantageous. I propound you all vamoose with great importunity." "Oh, crap! It's a Thesaurus!"

glowing_dragon: (Devilish Smile)



"You Are the Judicial Branch"




You have a well-developed sense of right and wrong, but you are always open to changing your mind about the details.
You have a very rational mind. You never judge until you learn all of the facts and context for something.

You are good at seeing issues in full. You can hold a lot of details in your head at once, and you're able to organize chaos.
You aren't an overly emotional person, and you can see when people are arguing from emotion. You can step back and assess without passion.







From Ben and Tumblr: Mail and email ten years ago in 2001 vs. mail and email now in 2011, when this was created.




From Reddit: Grim Vermeiren is from Flanders or Belgium?!

glowing_dragon: (Bubble Tea)



"You Are Balanced"




You're the type who likes everything in moderation, and you're especially good at balancing out life's extremes.
You are a bit of a novelty seeker, and you like to have a really good mix of things in your life. There is always room for something or someone new.

You meld well with many different types of people, and you can bridge the gap in groups where members have little in common.
You don't take anything in life too personally and seriously. If you have a bad day or week, you know things will eventually even out.







From Reddit on July 27, 2017: Stop whining, StripedPinkBoxers. "The phrase "girl crush" upholds heteronormativity in such an unnecessary way!" I personally don't think so. I'm cool if you're LGBT, but you have to realize that heterosexuality (and monogamy) is the assumed default for society! In the past, she's even tried challenging me on what I'd think if Nephew #4 was in fact a girl. Nice try, but I'd treat a nephew and a niece the same basic way! I'm also definitely not a fan of people abbreviating "THOUGH" as "tho." Also, LegsForAboutAnHour is a prostitute who got raped.

glowing_dragon: (Bert and Ernie)



"You Should Sit in a Blue Chair"




You are the most reliable and trustworthy person in the room. You bring stability to every situation.
You are genuine, sincere, and honest. You tactfully tell it like it is, and people trust you to bring on the truth.

You are at peace with who you are, and because of this, you are quite confident. You love yourself - pure and simple.
You are even-tempered, cool, and collected. It takes a lot for something or someone to get under your skin.







From the r/hockey Discord server: Reminder to always take shortcuts, like brushing your teeth and having breakfast. (Colgate MaxFresh tube!)

glowing_dragon: (No Netspeak!)



"You Are the Crust"




You are a solid person, and you tend to be the foundation for any relationship or project.
While you are the rock for others, it doesn't mean that you are basic or boring. You have a lot of complexity to you.

You have a strong personality and can be a bit overwhelming one on one. You really shine in a group setting.
You know how to make things complete without even trying. You have both a bold and comforting presence.







From Julie: I stopped and waited at this sign for 20 minutes, and zero people did motocross tricks over a rainbow...

BAD SPELLING! It's not "an zero people"!

glowing_dragon: (Default)



"You Are a Go-Getter"




You are a very ambitious person, and you're constantly adding to your list of goals and dreams.
While you dream big, you never let that satisfy you. You like to get out there and make sure your dreams come true.

You don't lose sight of your larger purpose in life, and you keep working even when things get tough.
Your attitude is almost like magic. When every door closes, you keep knocking until a new one opens.







From Reddit on June 18, 2017: I automatically lose respect for people who use the word "normative" when "normal" would do, but this special snowflake seems to think that "monogonormative" is a real word AND thinks that everyone should be cool with a non-monogamous lifestyle. You can DEFINITELY be cheated on if you're poly!

glowing_dragon: (French Toast)
Now that the HTML posting option on Blogthings finally works again (for now?), I can post all the drafts I've saved!





"You Are Shakshuka"




You love comfort and feeling cozy, but you are also open to new experiences. You crave warmth of all sorts.
You are a bit of an oddball, and you wouldn't have it any other way. You are a person of substance - not just of quirks.

You are a skilled nurturer, both of others and of yourself. You believe that taking care of people is the ultimate goal.
You are a passionate person, and you try to shy away from anything that's a little too average. You make the bold choice when you can.










"You Are Pretty Adaptable"




You know when it's time to be flexible, but you also know when to stand your ground. You assess every situation as it comes.
You've got a lot that's working for you in your life. You're willing to improve, but you're not going to throw it away for the latest thing.

People may say that you should be more adaptable, but it's likely that they just want you to adapt to their ways!
Above all, you tend to be a realist who is living in the present. You know a good opportunity when you see one, but you also can sense when something is a waste of time.







From Julie: I don't really have a plan, most days. Just caffeine and weirdness, my friend. Caffeine and weirdness. THIS IS TOTALLY ME!

glowing_dragon: (Poop)
FINAL FANTASY V SPOOF screenshot collage #1: Lenna to her father King Tycoon: "Off to the crack-house again?" Captain Faris: "I just dropped a load... in my pants..." Boco the Chocobo: "Yeah, you best be getting your fat ass off me, biatch!" Lenna to Bartz: "I supoose you'll want me to repay you with sexual favors..."

Lenna: "It's been fun, but I've really gotta go. There's probably a long line of hooligans at my corner..." Boco: "Damn it, Bartz... I hate you." Boco: "Man, honestly... Bartz is gay or something." Bartz: "Ahhh... Piss water!"




Version 0.21 is more offensive than Version 1.01! )
glowing_dragon: (Consumer Whore)
From Candy: The (Hard Knock) Life of a Facebook Photo! Brought to you by Pixable!


How did you take the picture? With a film camera: What a hipster. Ha! Now you have to get it developed! Don't get it digital: You can't tag people on prints! Get it digital: It's a 21st century thing. Ask somebody about it! LAPTOP!

How did you take the photo: With a digital camera: Do you even know where your cable is? Didn't find it yet. #FAIL

Do you even know where your cable is? FOUND IT! LAPTOP! Does the picture need to be edited? YES! Use (and abuse) the iPhoto enhance feature. Vignette Effect it too, if you're fancy like that.

Does the picture need to be edited? NO. Sure?

Does the picture need to be edited? Don't know how. (?) :/ Haha, guess you're stuck with red-eye!

How did you take the picture? With a phone! Did you hipstamatic / Instagram it? YES! Revel in how original and artistic you are. NO.

How did you take the picture: With an iPad. Do you realize how RIDICULOUS you look? YES! NO. Either way, you don't care, because you know everyone is jealous you have an iPad 2.

Upload Photos to Facebook! Insert a funny / witty caption and tag everybody: yourself and friends! The self-tagging analysis process: You look AWESOME. PROFILE PIC! You look okay. Tag yourself. You look TERRIBLE. DELETE!

Upload Photos to Facebook! The friend-tagging analysis process: They look better than you! Don't tag anyone. You all look okay, or they look TERRIBLE: Tag everyone!

Get likes!

Get a notification saying someone profiled your picture, Realize he or she cropped you out. Tag your hand as evidence of your presence. Consider defriending him or her... leave a snarky comment instead.

Get a notification saying someone profiled your picture. You're in it! LIKE it!

Immediately, half the people untag themselves. (seriously, are they ever not on Facebook?)

Get comments: "Ew! Gross! Take this down. NOW!" Take it down. :( End up with an album half the size you started with. Leave it anyway. Lose a friend, but enjoy everyone else's appreciation!

Get comments: "Awesome pic!" Pat yourself on the back...

And have the picture never be seen again... until one day, someone finds it on a Facebook stalking spree.

Designed by TheLuLab.com




Cody and Corey Manyshots?!

glowing_dragon: (Vancouver Canucks hockey!)
Julie S. reminded me via Facebook chat to check my mail for the thing she sent me. So I did, and discovered a small box. I got a card with cherries on it, a Canucks-themed bracelet, and various lion / giraffe / elephant / seal / fox / bear / cat / Leonardo / Michaelangelo / Donatello / Raphael / Snow White / Cinderella / Disney stickers from Julie in the mail today in a Paul Newman's Organic Popcorn box - THANKS! :D

I also found a photo of the bracelet online by Googling "Canucks metal bracelet," too! WHEE!


Bracelet in Canucks colors!




From GHOSTS AND GOBLINS: Being the wise and COURAGDOUR knight that you are, you feel STRONGTH welling in your body. Return to starting point. Challenge again!




From ZELDA: OCARINA OF TIME: Typo alert! "The immersive storyline and ENIVIRONMENTS draw players into an amazing 3D world."

glowing_dragon: (OMFG Yay!)
From Reddit: Marcus and Markieff Morris are twins?!




In FINAL FANTASY VI: THE ETERNAL CRYSTALS, Tina is alone at the Sealed Gate in the Imperial Base. "I can do it... but why do I feel so wretched?"

glowing_dragon: (Bert and Ernie)
I did some laundry today, and unsubscribed from r/earthbound because of the shitposts and children there. The latest example: Some 28-year-old thinks that I'm immature and didn't know that there was an age before screenshots. I'm 40, so of course I know that is true! Idiot. He then tried to call me his friend - nope, I don't play that game.

Then Shelley said that she talked to one of the admins of CRIME INC. (where I got banned from the other day) and they said that they had no problem letting me back into the group. Apparently, the creator of the CRIMINALLY LISTED videos caused trouble in their group a few years back, so all his videos are banned. Like I'm supposed to know about that?! Also, my comment about "why is this dog post in a crime group?" was the last straw, and I wasn't the only person to be banned. I'm still not going to go back, though!


Cow on a Japanese sign in Yokosuka: Please, I do not vomit in a washroom. If I vomit, it's by a toilet.




From Janina: This horse says, "Not sure if I have free time... or just forgot everything I was supposed to do."




In FINAL FANTASY VI: THE ETERNAL CRYSTALS, Sabin sees Shadow and his dog Interceptor outside of Tarza's father's cabin. He tries talking to Interceptor. Shadow says, "Whoa... the dog just can't stand strangers!"

glowing_dragon: (Crazy-Eyed Bear)
From Reddit: LaVar, Lonzo, LiAngelo, LaMelo, LaFrance, LaValle, LaRenzo, and LaShon Ball?! Never mind that LaVar BALL is a FOOTBALL player... irony!

glowing_dragon: (Cherry Cheesecake or Pie)
From Mental Floss: GOBLIN-PROOFING ONE'S CHICKEN COOP?!




Thatcher Demko?!




In FINAL FANTASY VI: THE ETERNAL CRYSTALS, the party finally finds Mog the Moogle after going through the Narshe mines. Mog: "Kupoppo! You're alive! I thought you were all feeding the worms, kupo! Kupohoho! Let's go!"

glowing_dragon: (Crazy-Eyed Bear)
THIS ENTRY IS ALLOWED TO HAVE NON-ALIGNED TAGS.


Kobe Buffalomeat?! Now, that's a manly name!




Marvin Gay plays basketball?!




Lots of weird and wonderful names! )
glowing_dragon: (French Toast)
In COLINBOUND 1, Colin and Madam Hex have to defeat four RCMP officers at the Selkirk police station so the path to Lockport can be unblocked. When they turn back to normal, they drop Doughnuts, hahaha!




On their way to Red River from Lockport in COLINBOUND 1, Colin and Madam Hex see this smiley face blocking the path to a working bridge. "What the hell?! There's a giant smiley face in your way." Joe will invent a Smiley Smasher to take care of that problem, thank goodness!




From ALL-PURPOSE BATHROOM READER #13: Harry Hollywood was a police officer in the Los Angeles Police Department?!

glowing_dragon: (No Netspeak!)
Humans over the age of 35 lose about 7000 brain cells each day. (that explains my ditziness!)

Dammit, I should have used a billion Strength Seeds before fighting Dogma and Zozogel in DRAGON QUEST VI - too late now unless I restart (so close to the end!) OR somehow figure out how to use ZST files! (I swear I knew this before when I was playing CHRONO TRIGGER last year...) Never mind, then. Doesn't really matter!

Mom and Dad were LATE picking me up this morning, and I was surprised that Mom was driving. Apparently, Dad was sick and under the influence of Neo-Citran which he didn't want to take. HA HA! We discussed Havarti's growth, dropping Jon off at Tom Lee, clothing, Nerds, chocolate, and other things which I didn't really pay attention to. Went to see Grandma briefly, and I gave her half a mini-banana... the other half looked brown, so I threw that out. I ate another mini-banana, and in the time it took for me to throw the peel in the trash, she'd finished her apple juice! Grandma also recognized me, and had a rounder face than usual... apparently, this is a medical side effect. She said that Alan had visited her earlier, which is good. Maybe she has a lot of repetition! At least she fed herself some soup.

We were off to Trinity church on 49th a bit early, but at least it was close by! Congratulated Myles in person, saw Peter and Holly, noticed Harmony with a crying Ayler (she had to bounce him all the time - maybe she missed the ceremony!), and saw Steph talking to her! Also said hi to Dorcas, who keeps forgetting our family connection to Myles, hahaha. We wondered which wedding photo category we'd fit into: probably #8, which was the groom's extended family. The ceremony was pretty traditional, right down to the vows. Brittney and her sister look REALLY alike!

Saw a bunch of people whom I haven't seen since Harmony's bridal shower and wedding back in 2009, like Peter's parents! Dropped the ugfart off at Tom Lee while discussing Thanksgiving, teaching, making money, FAT DRAGON, Portland, Pho Thai Son and the supermarket next to it BURNING DOWN (Jeremy probably saw the remains this morning!), and more. At least I got to go home after Mom unsuccessfully looked for parking at the insanely busy Yaohan Centre! I didn't want to go for smoked chicken at their house, since I'm having noodles and downtime here!

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