Thursday, February 28, 2013

No high this morning, but, happily, slept like a rock. Seems the tolerance for Gabapentin's side effects does increase super quickly, as promised. I'm relieved. It's fun to be unexpectedly up (also, w/o guilt or breaking the law), but it's not my thing.

The happiest thing about this morning, other than all the pretty snow on the trees, was making it to the bus on time, thanks, once again, to the TTC mobile app, called Transit Now Toronto. It's accurate!!! I've found if I leave 5 minutes before the bus is to arrive at my stop, I'll be sure to watch it zip by me, usually from the wrong side of the street. But if I leave 6 minutes before, I'll make it! If I move quickly.

And this morning, I did, running through the slush, past dawdling teenagers, onto the bus. I was so happy I took a photo.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Whoa, duuuuude

I'm working from home today, not because of the snowstorm. Perish the thought; I'm no snow wuss. It's because I've been prescribed and then last night tried a new medication to deal with hot flashes because I've been waking up a zillion times a night. Intense itching on the back of the neck, then BOILING, and sometimes quite nauseous. Then, fall asleep, then wake up FREEZING, and sometimes shivering. Then, blankets back on, fall asleep, intense itching on the back of the neck, then BOILING. And so on. You think it's annoying to read, it's much more annoying to experience. And then, day goes on, and I feel the need to fall asleep around 9, which Charlie finds quite amusing. He's even tucked me in a read me a story several nights.

Back to the med, called Gabapentin, typically prescribed to prevent seizures, sometimes for anxiety, restless leg syndrome, fibromyalgia pain, and, yes, hot flashes (which may be an off-label use; I'm not sure). I've been prescribed the absolute lowest dose.


I slept like a stoned rock. I did wake up a couple of time, which is not big deal. Each time I'd close my eyes, I saw awesome geometric patterns with little cut-out figures. Not super intense, just sleepily interesting. And I woke up this morning feeling higher than a kite. Weird and rather great. I was actually unsteady on my feet, and right after I woke up, I was rhapsodising on and on to M3I about the beauty of the Debussy tune we woke up to (Girl with the Flaxen Hair - which I used to be able to play). Had 4 cups of coffee to "sober up".  Presumably the body's tolerance increases very quickly (much to the disappointment of people in the online forums trying to maintain their buzz on this awesome shit).

Feeling normal now. Working away.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

More Choir

Marnie, I'm not in the photo for the NRP bit - but I'm in these vids! Probably about time I posted them here, because they represent such a fun part of my week. We learn two new songs every week, and record them - and sometimes one of our members takes a video. I'll let you find me - and one of them (one of the rather nasty quality ones I'm afraid) has my son singing beside me as well. Made me so happy.

First - one of my favourites to sing - No Surprises, by Radiohead. I wasn't a Radiohead fan until I learned some of their songs.

Next, simple fun, to prep for the holidays in December.

Next, Soupstock - a gathering to protest a mega-quarry (which WAS cancelled). We were invited to sing, and afterwards we had soup :)

And finally (enough for one blog post), for a tribute to a lovely local (& national) politician. Very cool moment for me - because my parents were on holiday on the west coast, and phoned to say, "we just saw you on tv!"

Sing me a song I want to hear

Oh bother, said Pooh.

 I'm not blogging much these days, but hoo boy am I ever getting spammed via comments. So - adding one of those wretched CAPTCHAs. I don't like the Blogger ones much at all; they're so hard to read. But I'm getting sick of "moderating" these dumb-ass things. Do you idiots really think I'm going to go to click on your stupid link? No, I am not. Go away.

In other news, Choir was awesome last night - we sang "We Belong", and the songwriter, Dan Navarro, who heard about Choir on NPR (the piece: In Toronto, an ad hoc choir becomes a community)  in December, came to hear us learn, and in some cases relearn, his awesome oh-so-fun-to-sing song.

Here's the result: Choir! Choir! Choir! sings We Belong - recorded for Soundcloud.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The faintest breeze

Unlike last year around this time, I am most definitely not sad or down. Since the Christmas holidays - I took extra days to bring the break to two weeks - I've been feeling happy, optimistic, creative and eager to prepare for the next step in my life.

It's the winds of change, my friends, and I'm feelin' that the faintest breeze that's been whispering over the past year or so isn't going away, and is getting stronger.

I'm not entirely certain where we're doing to end up - nothing drastic, mind you - but I am planning  for a certain city. All that I need is to secure a good job in that city.

However, while I'm aiming for that city, I'm quite open to considering others - it all depends on what comes my way. Every morning sends me a fresh crop of opportunities and it's been so pleasantly surprising that there are a ton of interesting, exciting jobs out there right now.

I've applied for several. Not a single interview. Yet.

More to come.

In the meantime, I've got to do my morning exercises to get my back and hips and neck in shape for my next 20 years of my editing career.