Life in the Slow Lane

Life in the Slow Lane

Monday, March 16, 2009

I Posted! A Sign of the Apocalypse?

Oh mah gah! Where do I begin? I think with a fresh cup of tea. I’ll be right back.

Ok, now I am back but not before getting distracted by 3 different things. And, that, in a nutshell, is the story of the last 3 months.

So many things have happened that I guess I will eventually get them put on paper (cyber paper, that is) but they likely will take on a crazy criss cross pattern easy to spew out but difficult to read. Bear with me.


Honestly, I don’t remember very much of January. It was pretty mellow after being snowed in for a lot of December. Christmas was nice and full of low key visits with my dear friend Tina who was here with her husband and parents from London, England for a family wedding. Then my other best friend, Pablo, came out for Christmas very last moment from Montreal. He and I hung out, ate fattening food, gossiped, and giggled a lot.

From Boxing Day to New Years Day I dog sat Xiola and Lulu. This was totally chaotic, fun and very difficult. Chaotic because that meant 4 fur kids in my very small apartment. Dexter got along fine with them and there was even some mutual grooming and kisses going on with the dogs. Yoshi, as expected freaked the fuck out, went on a puking binge and pretty much camped out the entire time on my bed which was festively covered in bright beach towels so I was not forced to strip my pukey bed every day and wash every damned thing.

Fun because I just love those damned dogs.

Difficult because it was so frickin’ cold and snowy it was physically very hard to walk them daily. Vancouver is not used to this kind of show so most sidewalks were unshovelled and extremely treacherous. I actually found it better to walk the dogs in the nearby business district late at night when it was practically deserted. Due to its high foot traffic during the day the skyscrapers had their walkways cleared very nicely. And when walking a large German Shepardy kind of dog one feels very safe in a mostly empty downtown core.

On the health front things have been somewhat challenging. Lots of tests and doctor appointments. So far everything is fine but once cancer has been part of your life every little thing gets poked and prodded and scanned and tested. I have an MRI on Wednesday and an appointment with an allergist next month. The MRI is for a lump that has come up near my cancer surgery site. I’ve been told by everybody that it is not cancer but nobody can agree on what it actually is, hence the scan. The allergist is due to persistent and somewhat alarming hives that I am getting almost on a daily basis. I think all this health crap needs its own post (and be kicked firmly in the crotch!) so I will get to that when more test results are in. So, yes, I am fine. Just a lumpy, itchy, blotchy fine.

I think I’ve posted that I been working at a new job. I LOVE MY JOB! I won’t get too into the details except to say I love my co-workers, I love the people I come into contact with on my shifts and I love that the way my job is set up it is PERFECT for a crazy person like me who has panic issues. Things are getting busier this year so now it is pretty much a 3 night a week gig. Nice little bit of extra funds coming in that allows me the luxuries like regular hair-cuts, shoes and the occasional take-out falafel.

So that is my January. I’ll get the February soon. Hopefully before April. So other topics will include:

-Dexter the kitten.

-My 40th birthday.

-Life and Death-that weird and wonderful cycle.

-My business.

-Other horrendous boring minutia.


Ellen said...

Kranki I am so glad you are back. I heard about all that crazy snow in Vancouver - it sounded fierce.
I'm super happy about your job and your nice co-workers. You deserve total work happiness. Could the hives be connected to the adrenaline of the new job? I am really glad the lump is just a stupid ass lump.
love, evi

Squirl said...

Wow, you've had a lot going on. And that was just January! Sending out good vibes for your MRI.

That's cool that your job is working out so well for you. A good job with good coworkers isn't always easy to come by.

Now go snuggle with your kittehs.

Susie said...

I'm so happy to see you here. Prayers that all goes well on Wednesday. First lumpy thing I thought of was scar tissue. I hear that happens sometimes. Congrats on the job, I'm so tickled it's working out this way.

Sharkey said...

Yay--it's good to see a post here! Despite the Mystery Lump and the birthday with the zero on the end, you seem in good spirits. So glad you sound happy.

Please let us know how your test goes. I'll be thinking of you, and I'm sure it'll turn out to be no big deal.

Thanks for the list of coming attractions--I'm looking forward to it.

Ern said...

Glad to hear that things are going mostly well. :)

eclectic said...

Oh, it's so good to see you! Congratulations on your job!! That has to be such a good feeling, to be able to enjoy working, AND enjoy being with the people who work with you.
Poor Yoshi, being invaded by The Dogs. Silly girl, she's far less delicate than she would have us believe, I bet. Ah, to be a cat!

Good luck on Wednesday -- I'm thinking of you.

kalki said...

Yay, it's you! I'm happy to hear from you, and hopeful that the MRI will show nothing to worry about.

Anna said...

Hey Krank! I hope all goes well with the stupid tests. I have to go for a pelvic scan next week, cuz when they did the CT scan before my boobectomy, they saw some sort of cyst on one ovary. WTF??? I get my breasts cut off so I don't have to worry about cancer anymore and now this! BAH! I swear, I want a completely plastic body. Just leave my brain intact.
Facebook me a PM if you like.

Calamity Jen said...

Welcome back to the blogosphere. You were missed!

JP said...

Yay!!! Kranki is back biotch!! =) That is a lot of happenings. I'm very happy for all of it for you (sans the lump thingy, which I pray is nothing). Quite the animal pack you had going there. Rock on Kranki!

lawyerchik said...

Welcome back to bloggy-ville!! It sounds like you have been having a life, but that's part of the whole beathing in and out thing. :) Glad you were able to check back in with us!! :)

Opera Gal said...

w00t!! you're back!
I need to send you photos of the new kitteh - they are getting along MUCH better now.