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Today marks an important anniversary. Five years ago today, the Canadian House of Commons passed the Civil Marriage Act, which legalized gay marriage in Canada. The law was enacted on July 20th, so there'll be another opportunity to celebrate in a few short weeks. But for today, I give a hearty Huzzah to the House of Commons of 2005. Thank you for standing up for the equal treatment and affirming the full humanity of all of your citizens, Canada.

To celebrate, I point you to this epic post by uncut-diamond, which was an instant classic.
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So I've been costuming this play for a brand new, exciting theatre company, which has consumed large chunks of my time and mental head space (because when I costume a play, I spend a lot of time thinking about what I'm going to do and how I'm going to do it). I've also sat in on a number of rehearsals.

And it's coming together brilliantly. I'm really happy with how the costumes look, and I laugh out loud when I go to rehearsals. This cast is super and the pictures I've seen of the set pieces look wonderful, and I love the director's vision of the show.

Please come out to see the play, and my awesome costumes, sometime in July. The preview performance is next Tuesday, and the performances run July 8-10, 15-17, and 22-24.

You can buy tickets here. Tickets are $18 (preview night is half price). If you don't do PayPal, contact me directly with the date you'd like to see the show and cash and I'll get it to the box office guy.

So come out, because this much awesomeness deserves as many eyes as possible.

TBT Taming of the Shrew Press Release behind the cut )
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The Integrated Security Unit, comprised of security bodies including the Toronto police, RCMP and OPP, were concerned that lawyers were advising radical activist groups that police have limited right to question, identify and detain individuals near the fenced secure area downtown, Mukherjee said. source

So the ISU was "concerned" that lawyers were advising their clients of their rights?

Really, now?
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After spending the.entire.freakin'.day fighting sleep like it was her mortal enemy, Mer - upon being placed in bed - flipped over onto her tummy and then promptly fell asleep.

Yeah, I have a side/tummy sleeper.
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My claim for the Canadian Child Tax Benefit was denied because.. according to them, I'm not a resident.

We'll ignore for the moment that the address they sent the denial to was in Kitchener and had a Canada Post postal code.

While they have a record of me leaving, they "have no record of your immigration", which isn't really surprising since Canadian citizens are not required to *immigrate* when they return to Canada. In fact, border services would not put a stamp in my passport stating that I returned from living abroad.

So now I have to go combing through all of my old records, hoping I kept the piece of paper that they did sign, which was a simple, printed piece of paper that they gave me so I'd have residential proof for my health card. I've also gathered up old leases, insurance statements, my maternity EI benefits ROE, and have emails out for letters attesting to my living here in 2007 and working in the office.

This is a gigantic pain in the ass, especially since I've been filing taxes from inside Canada since 2007.
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or something..

Those of you who are still here at least, put your proverbial money where your mouth is (or at least your typing fingers), and play along to generate some potentially interesting and readable content for everyone!

(stolen from [livejournal.com profile] much_ado who stole it from someone, who stole it from someone, who... you know the drill.)

Everyone has things they blog about. Everyone has things they don't blog about. Challenge me out of my comfort zone by telling me something I don't blog about, but you'd like to hear about, and I'll write a post about it. Ask about anything: latest movie watched, last book read, political leanings, if there's anything you've ever wondered or been curious about or meant to ask me, etc. Re-post this in your own journal so that we can all learn more about each other.

And no, I'm bloody well not screening comments ;-)

You can still bitch after this about the lack of content on LJ, but not playing along when the opportunity to fix that issue comes along, will get you soundly mocked. Probably in a post, as a content-generating measure :)
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But some innovations clearly address women’s needs. “The tilt of the accelerator and brake pedals is set to accommodate high heels,” says Dustin Woods, a spokesperson for General Motors in Mississauga. Even the back up camera display in the rear-view mirror assists drivers who may have trouble parallel parking, he says. (from the Star)


You know..

Apr. 23rd, 2010 01:23 am
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One of the (many) things I'm enjoying about maternity leave is the lack of any need to write Letters to be Found in the Ensuing Investigation.

It's a nice change.
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I'm a bit in love with it. Too bad no-one will ever wear it.
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Days wherein one can find the Fray Check are Good Days.
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Costuming Shrew is now officially A Project.

For the record, the marked item: Kate's bumroll. Hopefully our Kate isn't squeamish about stuff like that.
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Of everything I've seen as a result of the whole Kevin Smith/Southwest debacle, her post makes me the happiest (note it was written in 2008, but I saw it in a comment thread about KS/Sw at Pharyngula). From the post:

I'm sad to say that I've been inculcated with enough societal garbage that I occasionally hate my own body--but as a thin (white, able-bodied, etc.) person I cannot fathom what it must be like to have others take it upon themselves to hate my body for me. As I've said before, if you think fat people have no self-discipline, consider the fact that they haven't killed you yet.
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Long story short, KW area 18 year old was sentenced to a year in jail for distributing child pornography. He'd been picked up for uploading to YouTube, released, and then the investigation revealed the true depths of the shit he was distributing.

The WTF moment comes courtesy of the guy's lawyer:
"His lawyer, Craig Parry, said he wished police had handled the matter differently the first time they talked to Baig.

“Unfortunately it wasn’t brought home to him quickly enough,’’ Parry said."

Dude, I'm sorry. If it has to be "brought home to him" that pornography featuring an actual two year old being raped isn't ok, then a stern talking to from the police isn't going to do jack shit, you tool. I understand about a lawyer's responsibility to provide the best defense possible, but blaming the police for not providing him with a true sense of how utterly fucked up what he was doing was? No. Just no.
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One of my cousins is pulling for today in the "when will LC be born" sweeps, based on the theory that it's the coolest birthday in November. I suspect she'll be disappointed.

Seventy-two hours on from the flu shot, my arm (which never got the swelling) ceased being sore by yesterday. I never got any of the other side effects. The Paramour's appointment yesterday took an hour, though it wasn't clear why. His arm is also sore, but so far, so good (as far as I know) for symptoms.

Yesterday, [livejournal.com profile] jascha and his delightful girlfriend L visited, as part of their Southern Ontario Fall 2009 Tour Extravaganza. It was wonderful to meet her, and they brought me a bouquet of spoons for the days ahead. We hit the Vietnamese sub shop for lunch, and it was delicious. It was a quick visit, but I'm really looking forward to seeing them at Christmas.

And the Paramour and I are all finally packed for the hospital. Huzzah! LC has been packed for weeks now, but I'm not the Most On The Ball Bear in the forest when it comes to these things.

Today is lunch with 'nita, and some laundry. I'm sure it will thrill you to no end to know, also, that tomorrow is garbage day here, which means tonight we'll be putting out the garbage. Go, now, your lives enriched by this knowledge.
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I never got the bump at the injection site, and it's less sore now than it was last night. I'm tired, and a bit stuffed up, but then when am I *not* tired and a bit stuffed up? I did have a really nice long nap today, though.

Still no contractions. Still not king.


Nov. 2nd, 2009 09:29 pm
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not that it'll help any of my friends who're currently being frustrated by the moving target that is flu vaccine acquisition these days, but for one group, at least, the regional response is working well.

Granted, it took them a bit to get to this point, and certainly I didn't enjoy the meltdowns that resulted in for me, but I'm thankful today.

My shot appointment was at 10:40 this morning. I got there about 10 minutes late, but was there for <35 minutes, including the 15 minute wait for reactions after the shot. As a bonus, there were chairs. Plus, they've opened up the pregnant lady clinic to partners of 30+ week pregnant women (though they wouldn't let me make the Paramour's appointment for him). Once he called, he was able to get an appointment on Wednesday afternoon.

While they generally do the shot in the non-dominant arm, they ended up doing it in my right arm, since I'm supposed to sleep on my left side. This is fortunate, since my arm has hit the ouchy stage. As for other side effects, it's not clear whether I have them, or whether I'm imagining something that might vaguely resemble an ache in my neck. OTOH, I had a massage therapy appointment today, which means that the muscles got poked and prodded. In general, I'm going to go with "probably no side-effects at this point".

Now I just have to convince my child that she really, really wants to be born before they have to do something unfortunate like induce me. Wish me luck. (And yes, I'm aware that convincing her of anything at this point is an exercise in hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha*sob*-land, so you don't need to point that out)
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After a Very Bad Morning, precipitated by seeing the lack of anything approaching parking at the Guelph flu clinic (and then seeing the beginning, but not the end, of the line), my day got better (though, really, when your day starts with "no coping skills for you, Placenta Girl" helpless crying in the bathroom of Stone Road Mall, where does it have to go but up?).

I got my hair cut, and I (and the Paramour) really like it, even if my family doesn't. And on my way home from the OB appointment (she's not ready to be born), I got a phone call from Waterloo Region's public health to say 'so, hey, we hear you're pregnant, want an H1N1 shot on Monday? You can come into our comfy office with chairs and a specific appointment time and everything". Uh, ya think? Now all we have to do is arrange to get the Paramour vaccinated (he'll also be high priority, they confirmed, but can't go to the pregnant lady clinic.)

Pictures of new hair, maybe, though I may wait til after I colour it (which will be After Baby.
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The Region of Waterloo has announced two new clinics on Saturday.

They will undoubtedly be even more of a zoo than the weekday ones, but for those capable of getting up early enough to line up, it might be your best bet.
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