Archive for October, 2006

Gastroscopy

October 21, 2006

I had a little adventure yesterday when I went into the hospital for what was supposed to be a small, no-big-deal procedure. I realized when they were strapping me up with a hospital bracelet, and making me put on the whole hospital gown and paper booties that nothing you have to go to the hospital to have done is ever going to be as small and no-big-deal as the doctor convincing you to have the procedure tells you when you’re sitting, fully clothed, in his office.

First, the nurse seriously messed up my IV when she was putting it in, which has now turned into a very swollen, very nasty and very painful bruise. Then, as if putting an IV in wasn’t enough to scare me, they put on an automatic blood pressure cuff, one of those up-the-nose oxygen tubes, the clampy thing on my finger to check my pulse and oxygen levels and some sort of ball gag looking device that kept my mouth open so they could put a tube down my throat. The doctor and nurse quickly instilled confidence in their abilities when they kept wondering aloud why the blood pressure cuff didn’t deflate and my hand was starting to look blue. My favourite part was when I kept hearing that noise that machines in the hospital make when someone flatlines because the clampy thing kept losing my pulse. You think the doctor would have noticed right away that my little fingers maybe weren’t big enough to fit in the damn thing, but instead he blamed me for moving. As if I was dealing a game of cards.

The pain from the IV, the annoying noises and the doctor blaming me for his incompetence quickly went away after they pumped me full of demerol and valium. Yummy. The next thing I remember after that was sitting up in the recovery room pulling the oxygen off and asking if I could go home.

From then, I really only remember bits and pieces. I remember sitting next to a woman who was describing her colonoscopy and trying desperately not to break out in a fit of laughter while thinking “are you seriously saying this to me?” I remember doing a running commentary about other cars’ driving abilities to the cab driver on the way home. Then apparently I called my mother and said a lot of random things I don’t remember. After that I passed out in a drug-induced coma for the next 5 hours. It was a fun day.

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Granada

October 18, 2006

Procession through the streets, we weren’t really sure what it was for.

Sooo cute!

All this for 2 euros!!!

So gross.

The hostel I stayed in (Oasis Granada)

The Alhambra from outside.

The Alhambra

View of Granada from Mirador de San Nicolas.

Market down a little alley off one of the main squares.

Spice market next to the Cathedral

Buffalo

October 17, 2006

I’m sure everyone heard about the record snowfall in Buffalo on Friday. It was headline news all across Canada and the US. For those of you who don’t know, my boyfriend Chris lives in Buffalo and he’s been living through what has now become a crisis in their city. The news stopped covering it after the snow stopped falling, but there are about 300,000 people still without power. Because the storm happened so early in the season, all the trees still had leaves on them, which made massive amounts of wet snow build up on the branches and become much to heavy for the trees to handle. Massive property damage, downed power lines and blocked roadways have now caused them to call in the National Guard for help.

Here are some pictures Chris took of the damage:










Someone knows my secret

October 15, 2006

From postsecret this morning:


Except it’s not subconscious. And it’s an Australian accent.

I heart Endless Europe

October 15, 2006

They backpacked Europe, filmed it and put it on the internet. Genuis. Go watch.

p.s. thanks for the photo slava, you always come through when I’m feeling lazy.

Seville

October 13, 2006

The torre del oro

The cathedral (the 3rd largest in the world)


View of Seville from the cathedral tower

The Alcazar


The other side of Lagos

October 7, 2006

Lagos has two sides, the first is the beautiful beaches, the ocean, the town square with it’s fountains and intricate tiling. Then there’s the side of Lagos that comes out at night. Here’s a little sampling:









Nature vs. Nurture

October 5, 2006


We’ve always known that while my sisters and I all look alike, we’re terribly different in a lot of ways and this was so obvious tonight when I called home. My older sister Christina (on the left) is the one who just got engaged and is every bit a country girl, to the point where she goes to the Havelock country jambouree, buys tickets to Brad Paisley concerts, rides horses western style and owns a FISHING LICENCE. When she came to my apartment for the first time she was astounded at the fact that I live right on Queen Street and not at least on a sidestreet somewhere. Christina answered the phone tonight and proceeded to tell me that she was very excited because she and her fiance had just bought a trailer. After explaining repeatedly that I had no idea what she was talking about, she had to send me an email with pictures….

It took me a while to recover from this one. Once I had picked myself up off the floor and caught my breath again, I was able to work the word “podunk” in a couple of times. This is just precious. Now they can have a nice comfortable place to stay for the Havelock Country Jambouree next year, and they’re planning on taking it to the East Coast at some point to meet the rest of their podunk relatives.

Now, as if that wasn’t enough, my younger sister Carolyn had some news too. She told me that she had just gotten a job at Palm Beach Mega Tan. This is the girl that spends 100% of her income on her clothes and hair (and let me tell you, the hair is not a small expense), so really I shouldn’t be that surprised. Clearly the leather purse jokes are too easy to be avoided and will be out in full force this Thanksgiving weekend.

Sometimes it’s hard to believe we all grew up in the same house.

Lagos

October 3, 2006

Lisbon pictures

October 1, 2006

It’s taking me a while to upload photos from my trip, especially because I want to add as much information about them as I can, so here’s a sampling of some of the photos I took in Lisbon in the first few days. To look at the rest, go here.

Buildings in Alfama, a neighbourhood in Lisbon.

Tram in Alfama.

Fountain in the main square in Lisbon

Funicular in Bairro Alto.

The hostel I stayed at the first few nights in Lisbon