I went out at 5:45 to meet Chrystal at 6:30 at Broadway Station. The lack of actual chairs and tables (as opposed to only barstools) at La Taquiera across the street was a dealbreaker for me, so we walked a block to go to Ebisu on Broadway instead. We talked about Chuck and Andrea moving back here within two days, Ayler wanting to kick me, Hiero and preschool, Jon and Harmony moving, Melia’s kid Owen, Emily’s kid Ethan, Uncle Peter, Auntie Ying, therapy, Cindy (she might have been emotional about that), Citrus and his wedding, my Mango Paradise roll / Alaska roll, sharing her spicy tuna roll / Vancouver roll, Hope City, the Olympics, THE AMAZING RACE, THE BIG BANG THEORY, her cousins from Seattle, nut allergies (her cousin and baby Fraser have the same thing!), communication, the Compass Card, church planters at Hope City, and her trip to Europe with Vivian. I got home at 9:10 on a 407.

From Translink’s Facebook wall: Charlostain Sawshades?!


Since I was reasonably awake by 9:45 today, I decided to go to ICBC at Lansdowne Mall. I had a short conversation with a little girl about My Little Pony: she had Fluttershy and Applejack. I only had to wait about 45 minutes or so, which is fine since I had a book with me as per usual. Then I went to Smart n’ Save so I could eventually buy Maggi curry noodles and Maggi Tom Yam noodles, getting home at 11:55 on a 401. I also just called Chrystal at work to confirm that we are on for tonight.

The COLINBOUND party checks out the Lockport burger shop at the department store. “My name’s Duke Nukem, and this is my burger shop.”

Hey, Colin is bubble-ized in Winnipeg! Luckily, Sara Buffaloe can heal him at the nearby hospital for a relatively modest fee!

Look! Here’s Andy Capp at the Winnipeg café!


Barry picked me up at 11:30 to go food shopping at Price Smart after going to both banks. I got on-sale beef and vegetable Good Taste dumplings, new on-sale white Colgate toothpaste (since my white toothpaste seemed to have a lot of air in it?!), on-sale Chunky Soup x 10 for $2 each (pepper steak and potato / seafood chowder x2 / chicken à la king / chicken noodle / prime rib with vegetables / New England clam chowder / chicken corn chowder / beef), on-sale Orangina, on-sale Silk almond vanilla milk x2, Always Mi Goreng noodles x2 (Perisa Kari Kapitan / Perisa Sambal Udang), and on-sale Shio Ramen. Also bought on-sale Curry Mee white curry noodles x2, white vinegar, Excel White gum x2 in the pink tub, Japanese curry udon noodles, Nyojo hot and spicy noodles, on-sale NEW NUT-FREE Dare Bear Paws possibly for Fraser (banana bread / chocolate chip), on-sale store brand paper towels (for almost half-price!), on-sale organic Olympic mango yogurt, Secret black socks, and store brand white grape juice. When I got home, I had to do some creative banking again!

Just my fucking luck. Zombies eat brains, which means my ex is safe.


I paid my Shaw and hydro bills online today, and also did my laundry since I was running out of undershirts.

Here’s how to explain sex to children using pens!

Julie S. was playing WORLD OF WARCRAFT one day, and noticed that this Dragonmaw Foreman orc character’s head had glitched out into a blue-and-white square for some odd reason!


I left for Harmony’s at 3:30 with my Yogurt Mousse Ritter Sport chocolate, bought NEW on-sale peanut butter chewy Chips Ahoy cookies / NEW Lays Thai Sweet Chili chips / NEW Lays UK Cheese and Onion chips, and was surprised to find that I’d apparently time-travelled on the way to the house since the clock said it was 3:10. Once the kids got up from their nap (Ayler thought I would change?!), it was time to eat bran muffins for a snack before heading to Save-On Foods. Ayler now thinks it’s funny to kick me, although he does say “no poking anyone.” Hiero gave me a hug, which was nice, but then he also wanted me to pinch him while he was playing with his toy trains. Ayler wanted to go under “tunnels” constructed of the chairs in the kitchen, too. Hiero thought that there could be a garage door in his bran muffin – no! They both got a mini shopping cart at the store, and used them to varying degrees of success. Organic nectarines, prunes, coconut water, and more – oh my! Then we went to Tea Swamp Park for a bit, where Hiero poked a kid, and Ayler blocked the slide. They did learn the word “automatic,” though.

While we had ratatouille and nectarines for dinner, we discussed Chrystal / Broadway and Cambie restaurants / their impending move with Christon the engineer and Jeremy the distance person / Hiero’s bump on the head / packing / Alan and Liz with their kids Jeremiah and Clara / the Family Centre / her not knowing the precise directions to the new place. Hiero dumped a lot of coconut water into his ratatouille, while I had a bunch of purple cabbage from Sunday, then did the “morning thing” – oh well. I got home at 9:30 on a 407, which wasn’t too bad. No more waiting for the bus which goes to Marine Drive Station and comes only once every half hour! Then I checked my mail: I have to go to the ICBC place at Lansdowne near Toys R Us to renew my ID card / Medical Services Plan enrollment and get a new one in the next few weeks.

Guy in the Twoson theatre to Varik: “What were you dreaming about, anyway? Sometimes I dream I’m a taco…”

NEW Lays Thai Sweet Chili chips!

NEW Lays UK Cheese and Onion chips!

NEW peanut butter / original chewy Chips Ahoy cookies!


Vanessa called at 1:15 to complain about her narcissistic mother-in-law’s WTF comments about Buddhist statues at an Asian restaurant (“what is THAT doing here?!”), Jason defending his mom (“That’s just how she is!” “Racist and bigoted is being old-school?! She should be reincarnated as a visible minority!”), his mom being overly Christian (I said that this isn’t like the old days where you had to convert to your new husband’s religion just because you married into the family), her church friends’ comments about her, and her not giving Vanessa enough time to buy avocados to make guacamole. I told her about Jon and Harmony moving really soon because of mold and the unresponsive landlord (plus Hiero’s asthma), my finding poop in the toilet at Steph’s (I don’t want to see Fraser’s well-formed poop logs!), “sorry you feel that way” NOT being a real apology, Ayler poking me to test his boundaries, disciplining kids, and this march with topless women on Robson Street on Saturday which Vanessa should take her mother-in-law to. If only she weren’t working, haha! I said I’d keep in mind her not being able to make it out midweek for any “friends” birthday celebration I’d have, and shared a few things that Krista had posted to Facebook.

From Chris W.: Ward Hurt Goodenough?! As he said, the only thing that would make this better is if his middle initial was I…

Cody Goodnight?!

From Chris W.: The devil whispered in my ear, “Your not strong enough to withstand the storm.” Today, I whispered in the devil’s ear, “I am the storm. * You’re.”


These are all the enemies in the HOLIDAY HEX hack of EARTHBOUND. I used these Youtube videos as a walkthrough.

Chill Mouse (Frosted Cookie)

Enraged Snowflake (Gingerbread Man)

Abominable Snowbear (Gingerbread Man)

Spirit of Ice

Subterranean Slug

Water Droplet (Fruitcake)

Stone Lizard

Lowly Grunt (Box of Peeps) [mini-boss]

Attack Bunny (Easter Egg)

Ornery Hare

Vorpal Rabbit (Cream Egg) [mini-boss]

Omega Hare [final boss]


Red Dragon!

A sand dragon!

Keep calm and be a dragon!

A dragon in Beesel, the Netherlands!

Dragon artwork!

A dragon cane!

A dragon with an axe, by Anne Stokes for the Medieval Fantasy Convention!

A dragon mosaic!

A red dragon against a knight in DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS!

From MOTHER GOOSE AND GRIMM: Disney princesses when not in the public eye: Disney’s DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES! (Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Snow White, Ariel of THE LITTLE MERMAID, Sleeping Beauty)


It was Fraser’s first birthday party today! I went out at 2:05 to take the 301 out to Delta, killed time by buying on-sale Creamy Parmesan / Creamy Garlic Raffaelo / Creamy Bacon Carbonara Sidekicks ($1 each!) plus a $1.88 box of Chewy Chips Ahoy Middles cookies at Shoppers Drug Mart, then got to the Tim Horton’s on time. When Steph got there, it was fine by me if she ran errands like going to Costco before going home! They’d gone to the PNE today, where Fraser liked petting the sheep. We experienced good timing at Costco – we got a shady parking spot right away, didn’t have to wait to pick up some photos, and didn’t have to wait to buy two large pizzas! We discussed disability, my bus pass, Havarti’s surgery, an untrue story about undecaplets (11 babies born at once) from India that Mom showed us because Auntie Anna emailed it to her, “doggy Havarti no sleep sack!” (Ayler), Ayler / Hiero / Fraser somehow all fitting inside the toy tunnel, “no poking auntie!”, Fraser taking the phrase “it’s my birthday and I’ll cry if I want to” literally, “what did I come in here for again?”, a nut-free birthday cake which Fraser just smushed all over the place, bean salad, mango pudding, grilled pineapple, Ayler wanting to go down the stairs, Jon and Harmony’s impending move (Eric / Christon / Randal / Jeremy are helping), Chuck and Andrea moving here with two days’ notice, being HANGRY like Grandma was, poop in the toilet, a new alligator toy, boundaries, beer, and Fraser being heavier than Hiero. Dad drove me home; we talked about Hong Kong, small group, and tables before I got home at 8:20.

Here’s a panoramic night view of Phuket, Thailand!


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