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Sunday …

wrestling singlet

Last night hubby and I went out for dinner. Food is a big part of our lives and any time to get out and eat somewhere is an event, since we rarely go out to eat. Dinner at Micky D’s is always fun. We did some shopping for school so we got all of our school supplies purchased, then we spent $70.00 on my monthly medication list. We had a huge bag of drugs to bring home.

The governments computers have been on the blink so none of our financial aide checks were cut on time. Because I am waiting on a deferral payment my check goes to the school – by paper check, instead of direct deposit which usually happens. So now I have to wait until Thursday to get my money, which is when all my money will come in for the month.

I got up this afternoon and hubby was on his way out to go to his gym at McGill and I got ready to go the my Gym at the university campus. He has an aversion to going to the gym with me at Concordia. Go figure … Tomorrow I will be renewing my membership for the semester which will run me $60.00.

Happily, as of today, all of the bills are paid in full and we are up to date on everything, which is the first time we have been able to do that in many months. It is good to have Hydro paid up in full before fall and winter sets in so that we don’t have running balance to contend with. Lord knows that there is going to be a hike in rates this winter. Thank God we don’t have to pay for gas or heating oil, because I’ve seen too many people become homeless or have to sell their homes because they could not afford heating oil.

When I got home from the gym, there was a message on my machine from a friend whom I called back, and she gave me some really distressing information. For the second time in a week, I am told that another marriage is coming to an end. I am afraid for her. All I can do is stand by and be supportive through this tough time period.

The weather is turning cooler it is in the low teens at night. I think summer is over and fall is not far away now, if we are going by the temperature at night. I imagine the trees will start turning over the next few weeks. It will be glorious.

That was our Sunday…

More to come, stay tuned …

Working in Task Groups…

Do you believe in Love

My Final Paper presentation for my Certificate in Pastoral Ministry is up on the blog. My final grade is in. I got an ( A ) on my 47 page paper. This completes all of my required work for my Certificate in Pastoral Ministry. Credits to date 42.

I have reached another Academic Goal in my University Career. This class was called 298 T – Selected Topics in Theology – Aspect: Working in Task Groups. This one section / Paper / was a substitute for AHSC 232 which I could not get into and fulfills all of my required work to attain my Certificate.

3 Pounds …


It is gray and rainy outside. Not so much rain, but the drizzle in between. We got some of our money from the government today to start off the semester, which means food in the cupboards, and pills in the medicine cabinet and dinner out tonight to celebrate.

I got showered and went to the Gym, as I took the last two days off I needed to get back into my routine. It was quiet today, not too many people around so I had all the time and space I needed to run. I got a 2 mile run in on the treadmill and I was able to get in all of my weights in, Abdominals on Atlantis, and my lifting as well. I’ve added some weight to my routine again this would be an addition to my workout.

I lost another 3 pounds which brings me down to 171 pounds. In total that is 13 pounds I have lost since I was diagnosed with diabetes a few months ago. I am on track to loose another 7 to 10 pounds in the next month or two. That is my ideal goal. I don’t know how close I will come to loosing all that weight. If I ponder that I lost 3 pounds over the last 2 weeks, it isn’t difficult to think that I could hit my target by the end of September/beginning of October.

I’ve been tweaking my diet here and there, and I think that helps as well. Cutting out all unnecessary eating – junk food and fillers, I think is helping the weight loss. My bump is beginning to disappear, Thank the Gods. I am finally beginning to see results on the outside. I must be doing something right.

Keep up the routine, don’t eat junk food, and eat correctly, and all should be well. We have to run to the store later on when we go out to dinner, I need to pick up my scripts from the pharmacy. All those bottles at once is a bit overwhelming, add to that my testing supplies for my diabetes and I’ve probably got a $70.00 bill waiting for me there.

That’s that for now.

More to come, stay tuned…

Cooler …


There is a chill in the air tonight. I’ve been sniffling and sneezing since yesterday, that is a clear indication that the weather is changing. It’s 13c right now, that’s (55f) and it is supposed to get cooler overnight. A week of cooler nights is on tap for the next week.

The earth is moving and we are headed into the precursor of Fall. Cooler days and much cooler nights will start moving the trees into their yearly “turning” The cooler the nights get, the sooner the trees will begin to turn. This is my favorite time of year. Over the next few months I will share with you what it looks like from outside.

I’m not feeling 100% myself these past couple of days. I’ve been sleeping much more than usual and I am tired tonight, so maybe a good nights sleep will allow me a full day tomorrow. I did not get to the Gym today, dammit …

That’s all for tonight.

More to come, stay tuned …

Hump Day Thoughts …

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Do you remember the other day when I had to go to Campus to fix my financial aide file for the 4th time? Well, they sent the updated status to the government and they gave me a calculation of $12,243.00 which was correct.

Well, wouldn’t you know it, I got up this morning and checked my mail as usual and didn’t the government send me an email saying that they rescinded my last calculation because I was not registered for the fall…


So I pick up the phone and called financial aide, which they put me on hold for twenty minutes then directed me to leave a freaking message, which I did not and I got dressed and marched my happy ass down to Campus “For the FIFTH time in 2 weeks” so that I would get my calculation again for the fall.

Lets all say it together …


With 5 days to go till the end of the month – they still haven’t cut my check which is going to the school first so that they can take my tuition for the past summer, then I get what is left, so I don’t know when that check is going to come down from Quebec City. I swear, if I have to do this again, someones head is going to roll in Quebec City and I am going to go freaking POSTAL !!!

I was pooped early on this afternoon but I wanted to get to the Gym so I took a shower and got dressed and went down to Campus AGAIN – and the place was jumping. My little latin loverboy was there with his buddy, we exchanged parting glances to acknowledge each other which was a first…

I did a couple miles on the treadmill and my abdominals on the Atlantis machine. There were too many people on the weight side and all the bar bells were being used so I did not get my lifting in today. I did not feel like waiting for a bench and tools. So I came home early. Even if I can’t see results on the outside, Karl told me that I should keep going because it helps on the inside. And I guess I agree with that.

I think I am gonna go take a power nap for a bit.

More to come, stay tuned …

U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy dies


Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Kennedy family.

HYANNIS PORT, Massachusetts – Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, the liberal lion of the Senate, has died after battling a brain tumor. He was 77.

Kennedy’s family announced his death in a brief statement released early Wednesday.

For nearly a half-century in the Senate, Kennedy was a dominant voice on health care, civil rights, war and peace, and more. To the American public, though, he was best known as the last surviving brother of a storied political family.

Kennedy was elected to the Senate in 1962, when his brother John was president, and served longer than all but two senators in history.

Over the decades, Kennedy put his imprint on every major piece of social legislation to clear the Congress.

‘Center of our family’ lost
His family’s statement said:

“Edward M. Kennedy – the husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle we loved so deeply – died late Tuesday night at home in Hyannis Port.

We’ve lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism, and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever.

We thank everyone who gave him care and support over this last year, and everyone who stood with him for so many years in his tireless march for progress toward justice, fairness and opportunity for all.

He loved this country and devoted his life to serving it. He always believed that our best days were still ahead, but it’s hard to imagine any of them without him.”

Nancy Reagan ‘terribly saddened’
Former President Ronald Reagan’s wife Nancy reacted to the news of Kennedy’s death, saying:

“I was terribly saddened to hear of the death of Ted Kennedy tonight.

Given our political differences, people are sometimes surprised by how close Ronnie and I have been to the Kennedy family. But Ronnie and Ted could always find common ground, and they had great respect for one another.

In recent years, Ted and I found our common ground in stem cell research, and I considered him an ally and a dear friend. I will miss him.

My heart goes out to Vicki and the entire Kennedy family.”

Editor’s note: This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

NBC News, The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

Lazy Day …

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So much for planning and executing a days worth of adventures. Last night I finished up here and went to bed and I slept… and I slept… and I slept …

I woke up it was 2 p.m. this afternoon. I got up and checked my mail and sorted through some of my reads and that was about the extent of my day. Then I went back to bed, hubby joined me and we slept until 7 p.m.

This is what I call “listening to my body!” I usually need a day to recuperate from a week full of activity. This is not something new, mind you, hiv does that to you after so many years. You pound the pills day in and day out, go to the Gym, run all over town. Eventually the body says “ok, it’s rest time…” I usually listen when that happens.

I missed the Gym today. I have to RSVP for a graduate awards seminar that I got invited to and we just had dinner. You know our grocery store is funny. You never know what is going to be on the shelves on any given day or hour. Today’s complaint was that the fridges in the meat section were on the blink so there was nothing out to buy “ALL DAY!!!” So we ended up having hot dogs because they are in a different fridge section than the cold meats. Now I know I should be grateful for the mere fact that there is food in the fridge here at home, but I was expecting something else for dinner. I don’t know what that expectation was, mind you, and I should know better than to expect …

I always like to keep  you all up on my goings on…

That’s all for today’s entry… more to come, stay tuned …

I did read something interesting over on Matt’s Blog.

This article is linked on the blog. I am reprinting some of it here.

Maintained correctly, your blog is the one tool that will get you the most traffic, and it’s the tool over which you have the most control. If you set out with the intention of posting three to five times per week, within a year, you will begin seeing significant activity around your site. Within two to three years, you could easily be an authority in your particular niche.

So, how can you make sure that you don’t neglect your blog (or your “mothership”)?

  1. Spend time there. Visit your site or blog frequently (ideally, several times per day). This helps you stay connected with your vision for your business, and it also helps you stay in tune with the usability of your site, as well as find ways to improve it.
  2. Keep it updated.It’s very easy to allow a month to go by without posting a single blog entry. Naturally, the frequency of your posts will depend on a number of factors, most important being your own goals for your site, but you should post on a regular and consistent schedule so that your site content remains fresh.
  3. Engage your audience. Ask questions, make thought-provoking posts, and most importantly, monitor the comments on your blog. If someone replies to one of your posts, take the time to respond, and if you really want to impress the person, email him or her with a thoughtful “thank you for following” message.
  4. Give it some thought. Don’t just post “filler content” to make an arbitrary quota. Really think about what your audience wants to hear. What do they want to know more about? How can you help them? Find ways to provide greater value for your readers. You’ll know you’re providing benefit when you hear clients and customers say things like, “I’m trying that idea you mentioned on your blog.”
  5. Find ways to improve. Organize your archives a little better, add links to your social networking profiles, or spruce up your “About” page. Find ways to regularly improve your site, making it more visually appealing and more user-friendly.

Your blog is the most direct line to you and your business. It’s what new followers and visitors read to determine if you’re someone they’d like to get to know better or if you can provide value to their lives or businesses. Don’t neglect it. Consider it to be your “mothership” and take care of it as such.

To Sleep perchance to Dream …

sleeping boy

The end of the night is upon me. I come to my desk and take a cursory jaunt through my sphere checking up on the men and women I read. I whisper their names to God – a nightly meditation of people, faces and places.

Tomorrow is another day. It will be glorious and wonderful.

Goodnight …

Mark 5: 21-34

A Dead Girl and a Sick Woman

When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. Then one of the synagogue rulers, named Jairus, came there. Seeing Jesus, he fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” So Jesus went with him.A large crowd followed and pressed around him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.

At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”

“You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ”

But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

3 Years … Sister Georgette Cote


Today is the third anniversary of the death of Sister Georgette Cote. I got a call from the Mother House this evening. I think about her every day.

Food, Shelter, Bed …


All we need is three things to make us grateful.

  • Food in our bellies
  • A roof over our heads
  • And a warm bed to sleep in

It was a good day. The sun is shining and a breeze is blowing and the birds are singing in the trees. We got up this morning and set off to make the day worth while. Hubby had errands to run, as I did myself. We got emergency food cards from the Multifaith Chaplaincy on Campus today and that was a very good thing.

We went to the grocery store and stocked up on food and drink. I think we will be set for the rest of the week. Hopefully by Friday our checks should be here and we can get on with getting sorted out for school.

We had a brief lunch of BBQ’d chicken and then I headed for the Gym. It was quite frenetic today. There were people all over the place. Alas, none of the boys club were there today. I got through my workout and did my lifting, every day I utter that prayer … “Oh God make the bump go away …” I don’t know if he is listening.

Although I am feeling a little tighter than I have been as of late I guess I just have to keep doing what I am doing, I know I am helping my body from the inside out. And that will translate into good numbers, Let Us Pray …

Everything is good in my world. Everyone is happy and doing fine and that is good. I’m gonna boogie and go stretch out on the sofa.

More to come, stay tuned …

Sunday into Monday …

Do you believe in Love

Sunday has come and gone. The weekend was uneventful. Today I rested and planned with hubby what our plan of attack will be for this week. The last week of the month for the last few months have been trying on us both. Trying to live on a student budget sometimes has its pitfalls. Especially when the govt pays money out with one hand and takes it back with the other.

Hopefully our plans will take care of what needs to be taken care of and we will coast into the end of the week with the next big money dump coming at the end of the week. I still have to pay out cash for my tuition deferral first, then I get what ever is left for the month of September. I am sure that books are going to run a pretty penny this term and we still need to get supplies and maybe do a little clothes shopping too if we can swing it. First we need to stock the fridge with food, because we have run down to a bare fridge once again this month.

Hopefully tomorrow will bring news from people we know and all will be well. I will hit the Gym tomorrow afternoon. We start week 4 this week, and I am hoping somewhere along the line, my body will begin to show some signs that things are changing. I am hoping to hit my target weight by the time I hit my next doctors appointment on the 30th of September. I am also hoping that I have been able to maintain at least a 1600 t-cell count on this next round. We shall see what my body does next. My life revolves around my medicine cabinet so something good aught to come out of all that pill popping…

It’s almost 3:30 in the morning, I am off to bed.

More to come, stay tuned…

Friday Follies …


The Greatest Commandment

Matthew 22:34-40

Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question:”Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”


It was an on and off day today with not much going on. Finding things to keep me busy these days has become a chore to say the least. I got up with plenty of time to sort myself out before heading out to the Gym this afternoon.

I got there at my usual time, but none of the boys were there. It wasn’t until I finished my run did I notice a couple on the ellipticals and when I went to change out my other young squeeze was in the locker room. There weren’t many people on the floor at the 3 o’clock hour which meant that I had a direct shot at a bench on the weight side of the room. I am at the end of week 3 of my work out routines and I am hoping sometime soon that my body is going to reward me with some visible sign that what I am doing is doing some good. Until now, my body is not speaking …

Tomorrow is Saturday and I will most likely hit the Gym again. Faces change on the weekends so it will be alright. There’s not that much else going on in my world right now. Counting down the days until school starts.

My Certificate adviser comes back to Montreal next week and my final project grade will be sent in – I am hoping she is good to me, it took me a long time to write that paper for her. With that grade in I will get my Certificate from the university.

More to come, stay tuned …

Thursday Thoughts


It was a blustery day today. The clouds finally rolled in again and it was dark and dreary for a while. Having too much free time on ones hands gets boring after while. I am ready for school to begin.

I have been going to the Gym every day and today I got there mid afternoon and saw most of the boys club was present. I got my mile in on the treadmill and another mile on the elliptical. I hate that machine. I am still trying to find my rhythm on it. I don’t know whether to hold the handlebars or use the stationary bars in the middle. I am learning to “sink into” the movement of the cycle, lowering my center of gravity. I am still getting used to it.

I have bumped up my weights this week. I’ve been stepping up weight on the abdominal machine keeping to the 100 rep cycle. 100 reps at 75 pounds and 50 reps on the 30 pound bar bell.I’ve added some new arm exercises with the 12.5 bar bells.

The more often you go the the weight side of the room, the more you learn about what others are doing and how they are doing it, so I’ve been tweaking my workout routine.

On my way home I got caught in a downpour. It was raining cats, dogs and little fishes. I got soaked…

That’s about all I have today.

More to come, stay tuned …


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From CTV News:

Tupper St. Fire

A fire in a vacant building caused a commotion in the western edge of downtown on Wednesday morning.

It broke out at around 3:30 a.m. in a four-storey building on Tupper street.

Nearby residents had to leave their apartments as did guests at the Hotel Fort.

No one was injured.

I didn’t think to bring my camera down with me last night but there were plenty of photographers and news crews in the area all night long …

Last night I was getting into bed around 2:30 in the morning. And I had just gotten settled with my book and drink, and I was lying there and all of a sudden I smelled noxious smoke. I thought it was the fan in the bedroom. I was wrong. I went out on the balcony and looked around. And I looked down next door and there were flames coming from the back of the hotel building next door. (They are back to back)  The brick building is behind our building and to the right of frame is the hotel building.  I flew into the apartment and called 911… “The freaking hotel is on fire.” I’ve never had to call 911 before.

I noticed when I came downstairs that it was this building (above) that was on fire. It was all boarded up and vacant. The firefighters had to break down the front door to get into the building. I missed the news today to see if there was an investigation as to how the fire was started…

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From my perspective 17 stories up it looked to me as if the flames were coming from the back of the hotel building. I could not see the back of the building just behind it. But there were embers and papers flying up over 17 stories in the air because of the wind.

I ran downstairs as the fire department got here and in all there must have been at least 10 trucks in all and about 50 firefighters. There were three boom trucks with their ladders up to the roof of the building, and several other trucks parked on both ends of Tupper and one on Seymour Street, a block up.

This is the view of our balcony from the ground. It is the first balcony on the right painted white. Diagonally down left of the AC above us.

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We sat on the balcony for 2 hours watching from above as they tried to put out the fire. I was amazed that it took so many people to fight the fire. They had closed the entire street from one end of  Tupper by the Children’s Hospital on the West end and our corner on the East end. I assume the fire was cranking by the time I called 911, and it took them 3 hours to put out the flames.

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If you look to the right of this photo – there is a lane way between the buildings where the hotel and the office building to the right (of photo) and they raised a ladder because firefighters were coming and going from the roof of the hotel which you can see center frame. The square building first back behind the hotel is the one that burned. The air vents on the roof were all popped off by the firefighters, but looking at it from the front tonight, it doesn’t look like anything happened there. There is no fire damage to the exterior of the building from the first photo above.

All of the buildings in this area are built back to back. With just meters between them, which makes it very dangerous if one of them goes up in flames like last night. There were people standing on the sidewalks out front and I assume they had to evacuate the hotel in the middle of the night because of the fire. I didn’t go to ask them what happened to their building. But it was quite the night.

It seems – I just watched a clip of the 6 o’clock news and there was a huge fire that destroyed several buildings and cars on the Plateau last night. The fire fighters of Montreal were really busy.

I’m Melting …


It is soooo HOT today. This morning I sorted out my financial aide FINALLY and I am OFFICIALLY a GRAD student. I am registered for classes in the fall. Yes, it really happened, and I am really a GRAD student. Can you believe it… I’ve worked very hard to get to this point in my academic career.

Then I set off for church where it was so sweltering that I was sweating like a whore in church, literally !!! I came home and hung out for a couple hours before heading off for the Gym.

It was eerily quiet today. The muscle bunnies were all on the weight side. There were only a handful of people on the machine side. The boys were all absent. “sad” So I did my thing and got on the treadmill for a bit, then I did a mile on the elliptical. It is so hard … There is more work on the elliptical than the treadmill. I did my weights and finished up and packed it in.

Came home and took a cold shower. I’ve been taking cold showers for the last week, several times a day because of the heat and humidity. I don’t do well in the humidity. My body just doesn’t want to move, and I have to force myself to get up and work.

The drama that is Big Brother is going to be good tonight. If you haven’t gotten the scoop on the latest drama click here : The Prime Time Dish run by my friend Dustin.

So that’s all for now. Stay tuned, more to come …