Good thing I took a shower just now, because Jon wanted to confirm for tomorrow from 2:30 to 5:30! Sure, I guess!

Christine Plentyhoops?!

From Julie: Cash?!

From Julie: Tylor?! BAD SPELLING of Tyler! Just spell it that way since it’s pronounced the same!

From Julie: Kisha?! Reminds me of the Japanese restaurant here called Kisha Poppo, or Mr. Kishi from Palmer.


After DOUBLE COFFEE TIME since I got up at 7:30 AM, I left at 2:10 on the C94 for my therapy appointment with Rachel at The Caring Place, definitely intending to bring up Jimmy’s rage / brain injury and everything else! Good thing I checked my Google Calendar, which did NOT notify me of my appointment, because I wrote down the wrong time to LEAVE! I would have been totally fucking late if I hadn’t! During the session, I even brought stuff up about Korey and Mike and Native Lisa Bruce! Boundaries and validation are GOOD! I got home at 3:55 on a 407, thanks to just managing to get a 410 and a 407 in quick succession!

Bethlehem Tekola Gebru?!

From Not Always Right: Just stop talking… I’m sure whatever you want to say can wait until you’re smarter.


Jimmy FINALLY decided to unblock me and send me a message, saying that he’d fucked up royally and completely – NO SHIT! Later, I fielded an email from Mom about a dinner at Wo’s, but she didn’t include a date! I had to call Dad to find out that the dinner was on SUNDAY the 22nd at 5:15. Then I messaged Nathan because the email had referenced “his lovely wife” (um, er…), so he thanked me for my sensitivity. Yeah, I don’t tell Mom about MY personal stuff, so why would I tell her about my FRIENDS’ personal stuff? At least we appreciate each other, and he told Jon to tell her for him! I showered today.

La Royce Lobster-Gaines?!

From Julie: Duran Porrino?! Reminds me of durian, porridge, and Duran Duran!

From Julie: Kolleen?!

Seen on a local ad: Morning Li?!


Today is National Ice Cream Day! The computer just restarted!

Edit at 9: Victor R. just added me from Reddit. YAY!

From Julie: Dayshaun?!

From Julie: Dorethea is NOT a good spelling for Dorothy or Dorothea! BAD SPELLING!

From Julie: Ebony for a black person is SO original and unique! Not!

From Julie: De Chanel?!

From Aaron in the r/hockey Discord server: Spongebob saying NOBODY CARES! Perfect to use against Luna!


Today is Bastille Day!

From Andrew M.: Would you believe it? My neighbor was knocking on my door at 2:30 AM this morning… Luckily, I was still up playing the bagpipes!

Shaka Licorish?!

From Julie: Brystol?! BRISTOL already shouldn’t be a name… BAD SPELLING!

From Julie: Breana?! What was wrong with Brianna?!

From Julie: KK?!

From Julie: Tyheem?!


Fun fact from my UNCANNY BATHROOM READER #29: Classical composer Arnold Schoenberg feared the number 13… and died on Friday, July 13, 1951.

It’s National French Fry Day AND Friday the 13th today!

Chardonnay Beaver?!

From Julie: Since when is Rae a GUY’s name?!


Yesterday at 5:55 PM, Andrew M. called me unexpectedly to ask if I was still looking for a computer chair. I said yes, and he said that there was a free and clean green one at 730 Cambie in Richmond, but it seemed like it may need a bit of vacuuming. He couldn’t get it into his work truck, so he recommended that I get someone with a small car or a truck to load it in there. Then he called me back a few minutes later to say that they managed to find a way to get the chair into the work truck, so it would be going home with him after work (that’s fair – I wasn’t expecting him to drive to Richmond after work!), and he’d deliver it to me next time he was over here. As he said, the price was right! Haha!

I realized today that Jimmy doesn’t know how to have what I would call a productive argument. (not that I’m an expert, but…) He told me not to talk over him – how do you do that in an online conversation? – and told me to calm down when I was perfectly calm. I wasn’t even using his dreaded CAPS LOCK or “hostile” exclamation marks! He also told me months ago that some limits were meant to be pushed – no, they aren’t. At least, not in that way! I don’t think he would have been convinced to STOP AND THINK by a mention of Punishment Day on the 13th on Tuesday night! It was interesting with ice and toothpaste for him, but I don’t think things were healthy when he tried treating me like a child. “What did we say about X?!” NO, JUST NO!

After COFFEE TIME today, I left at 2 on a 407 in the hot weather to make it to Jon’s at 2:30 or so. I made it by 2:35, whereupon Ayler and Hiero were happy to see me, and asked if I’d brought chocolate. I said no, because it was too hot outside and it might melt. They relayed that to Harmony, who told me that we had to leave again soon. I was surprised, and asked where we were going – no, Jon didn’t tell me. I was fine with going to the skating rink, though. After the kids offered me some watermelon juice, I spilled it from the blender. “If you break it, you have to fix it!” they said. Yes, that would be why I was wiping the mess up from the table! (but I told them later that some things could not be fixed)

It took a while to load everyone in the van, especially with the kids asking questions. Sunset looked like your typical skating rink, and I was fine to help with socks / helmets / winter jackets / other gear. Harmony took care of the skates, though – phew! I told her about the skating lesson accident I had when I was a kid, and had to go to Richmond Hospital from Minoru Arena. After that, the kids definitely fought and had a meltdown for ten minutes before we could finally go home for dinner and showing the place to Nadine from Abbotsford! (and the kids asked her a bunch of questions about the distance from the house to Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, and Abbotsford – no, walking to those places from the house is not very feasible!)

We had lasagna, blueberries, cherries, raspberries, and watermelon ice for dinner. Hiero wanted to show off baby Beckett (who held my finger for a while) to Jon’s violin student Pius, so he was able to do that after the lesson. Earlier, Beckett was fussy because of tummy time in his crib, so I went in there to talk to him. I figured that he now looks like a hybrid of baby Jon and baby Steph, and his eyes were open more now. Hiero noticed this, so Harmony said that he wanted to explore our world and look at everything, and encouraged Hiero to show stuff to him. Hiero: “These are my eyes! This is my nose! This is my mouth! And this is the vagina in my body!” HAHAHAHA!

He actually asked why Jacqueline from SERVANTS was a girl, told me that he’d gone to San Francisco “a few days ago” (but Harmony says that his perception of time is off), and said that he was still going to the preschool next year. Harmony is helping with field trips, so that should be fun. I didn’t mind doing the dishes after some train time, and left at 7:15. The 49 was out of service, and a lady driver overheard me discussing the bus situation with another person at the bus stop. Apparently, it was still bumper-to-bumper traffic from a semi-truck flipping over on the Knight Street Bridge earlier today, closing the entire bridge. I elected to walk in the heat to Langara Station, musing that the air con would actually be NICE, like the cold ice rink was earlier! I actually got home at 7:45 on a 407, which was re-routed according to the bus announcements. Then I vented to Vanessa and Lena later, as Helen Y. has short answers and is busy herself. Even though the timestamp on this entry is way later than it could have been, at least I haven’t been distracted HAVING to answer impatient messages!

From Reddit and r/funny: Dinosaur computer chairs in Japan!


FYI Doctors called me at 11, so I went there after lunch at 11:45 on a 401 to order my new glasses, which cost $175.78, but that’s better than $506.04!! I got home at 12:20 on another 401. It’s nice to have truly unfettered time for once! (Paul helped me)

From Julie M. and Wish: Dragon Fantasy Master Fantasy Knife Display!

From Julie M. and Wish: Royal dragon mug stein tankard!

From Julie M. and Wish: Antique silver dragon flaying ball necklace!


Last night, Jimmy was trying to start fun times (as he calls it), but he got way too angry and pissed off because I told him that I’d be taking a break for at most 20 minutes (to do the holidays, which he KNEW ABOUT MONTHS AGO!), sent a lot of angry faces, said that one-word messages sucked the fun out of a conversation, refused to scroll up for proof of what I said (“nope”), and eventually said “done – I can’t do this – goodbye, Leslie.” He also tried to gaslight me about how I never cared about what he said (not true), never asked what he was wearing (not true), and then blocked me after a few more minutes of “who knows what the hell is going on with you up there.” I called him out on being manipulative before he blocked me, since he said “maybe next time you want to talk about something serious, I’ll dip out for half an hour to see how you feel.” He should just have waited the 20 minutes. Either I tell him and get this, or I don’t tell him and get increasingly impatient messages! Not even one year of talking – July 25, 2017 to July 9, 2018! The conversation has now been deleted – I don’t keep private naked pics of people (whom I’m no longer talking to), and I don’t care that his volatile temper problems and fits might be caused by his meds for his brain injury!

No more Uncle Lee’s organic green tea box of 100, two index cards with pre-emptive “good luck” wishes for 2018-2019 Flyers-Canucks games in December and February with your name on them, dollar store Canadian souvenirs (Canada shotglass / Canucks decal / Canadian beaver magnet), practically brand-new red Hilroy notebook for notes with him (what a waste of money!), notebook pages with his Horsham address and various recommendations for and from him, Canucks Fan lollipops and candies, sheet of paper with notes for his Vancouver trip which never happened in May (Wreck Beach / Pho / Yaohan / Big Crazy…), four extra London Drugs reusable bags with two different designs (two small and two large), or Nair! I’m keeping the salmon jerky, though, since I can eat that at any time in the next ten months! Good thing I didn’t mail it to him, which would have cost at least $11 more…

After the ONLINE PURGE (which included my bath accessories), I went out to London Drugs at 4:30, just managing to catch the 401: I got on-sale $2 Arm and Hammer toothpaste x2, 500 Mead index cards (which were needed after the status rewriting), and Original Sapporo Ichiban noodles x2 for use in hot and sour soup noodles. I was back home at 5:10 on a 401.

From Julie: Artimece?!

From Julie: Dayton?! Like the Ohio city?!

From Julie: Devonte’ has a totally superfluous apostrophe!

From Julie: Dion is okay, but Sharese?!

From Julie: Maddox?! Like Angelina Jolie’s kid?!


After DOUBLE COFFEE TIME (and confirming that Steph got Lisa’s and Henry’s birthday cards which I’d mailed them), Mom and Dad picked me up for lunch at 11:30 at Dinesty Dumpling House to have hot and sour soup, white surfboard noodles with choy, and siu long bao. They gave me a lot of unsolicited advice about my life (apparently I don’t need a ride to the eye consultation since it’s not actual surgery AND just need not to look at screens in order to get rid of my cataract – yeah right!), are still under the impression that Steph is going to Beckett’s baby banquet, eye doctors, surgery, technology, and said I could get green grapes on sale at Price Smart. I declined the temptation to go there, especially with my mom, so I got a ride home with Dad at 12:40.

Random stuff from Mom and Dad: A white floor lamp (which Dad at least helped me plug in), an old toaster, candy canes, a half-bag full of candy conversation hearts, a package of Nutella and Go! pretzels, a Mr. Munchy milk chocolate Easter bunny with rice crisps, a box of 12 Quaker Quick Oats instant oatmeal packets which expire in January 2019, a box of 12 Quaker Regular instant oatmeal packets which ALREADY expired in November 2017, eight double rolls of Purex Ultra 3-Ply toilet paper, a black Stormtech fall / winter jacket which will replace my white zip-up Stormtech fall jacket (it’s MORE THAN FINE to throw things out which don’t work for me…), a purple Tabi International coat, a handmade (?) purple yarn vest, a light brown Paraphrase petite flowery wool vest, a random white comb (I almost typed BOMB), and $10 cash.


From Julie: Ashley, Franchell, and Esteban for a black guy?!

From Julie: Shaheed?!