Month: April 2009

Day Off

What a joyous day!  At around 8:45 this morning, I brought my six month old Sphynx cat to work.  She was a huge hit!  While walking past my desk with her, I was able to resist the extreme temptation to check my phone messages, as the light on my phone was blinking.  I’m actually ashamed that the thought even crossed my mind – so sad, really.  Anyway, we made our way around the office for about 20 minutes.  We left via the back door.  I put some more money in the meter and walked over to the Cool Moose Cafe ( ), where us gals go for our break every morning.  I mentioned to the owner that I would eventually bring little Abby in for a visit.  His mother was there and her reaction to first seeing Abby was priceless!  Her mouth dropped open and she stood there staring, until she finally said “Look at the dog!”  Hehehe….Chris advised her that it was actually a cat.  After our visit, I was stopped on the sidewalk by a co-worker from upstairs.  He told me how much he enjoyed the speech I gave last month at work.  It was basically about my struggles with my health issues and how I’ve chosen to overcome them.  He said I had an attitude and approach similar to that of Martin Luther King Jr.!  I was so flattered and felt so honoured to have had an impact on someone.  I would give anything to be able to give motivational (and humorous!) presentations.  Hmmm….I have to provide GST training to the office next month – I wonder if I can turn it into a comedic, motivational and education session?

After showing off little Abb-a-roo, my micro-mommy met me at the apartment.  We wandered over to Niagara Square for some browsing.  They have a nice Winners there.  I found a perfect fitting pair of Calvin Klein jeans for $38.  On the way home while driving on the QEW, something caught my eye.  It was an airport.  I begged and pleaded with my mother to stop in and visit my plane.  We did and figured while we were there, we might as well go for a flight.  It was a fairly smooth ride while we were traveling west along the Lake Ontario shoreline.  We turned back when we reached Hamilton.  I turned inland once we were over Jordan Harbour, and the ride became rather rough.  My mother is not one for a bumpy airplane ride.  I don’t see what the big deal is – it’s just like going over potholes in the road.  Anyway, she started to get all tense, so I headed back to the airport….she came with me, to her relief.

I had a productive couple hours once I got back home.  I completed tons of little things, from making some phone calls, scrubbage of the shower tiles, cleaned the litter boxes, sorted some files, blah, blah, blah.  I always feel a sense of relief after completing those nagging little tasks that loom over your head.

Today’s symptoms: Another decent day!  I woke up with a headache bad enough to make me take a pill.  My energy dwindled fairly slowly throughout the day – right on!

Posted by Lizzy McFly at 4/29/2009 8:53 PM

Clean Kitty

I’m afraid I missed my blog yesterday, as hours were spent assembling a small dresser for my ten thousand hoodies.  Some women have shoes, some have purses – I have a slew of hoodies.  I have, however, started to become a little more girly over the years and am beginning to enjoy having a few purses to choose from.  Geesh, what’s next – lipstick?
Little Abby got a bath tonight.  The Sphynx breed needs to be bathed somewhat regularly, as their skin can become quite oily.  Now she smells like a baby’s bum.  Not that I would know what a baby’s bum smells like.  Maybe I have the saying wrong….I’m not good with babies.  Why would a baby’s bum smell good?  Abby smells like baby shampoo now, but I guess you don’t use baby shampoo on baby bums…or do you?  Can you wash the whole baby with baby shampoo?  Is it like a body wash?  I’m so confused.

I have tomorrow off, so my mother and I will be heading over to Niagara Square to wander around.  I would say we’re going shopping, but we typically don’t spend too much, thus we just go wandering.  I think I’ll work on the training I have to give at work next month, after we get home.  I know, I’m a dork – doing work at home.  Oh well.  It beats getting even more behind with my regular workload.  Speaking of work, a landlord called me today and said he just opened the letter I dropped off at the house yesterday for his tenant.  It had his tenant’s name on it, not the landlord’s.  I couldn’t believe he admitted to opening it!  Hello!  What the heck could I say though?  I didn’t want to start nagging on the guy in case he was going to provide me some tips about the tenant.

So that was my joyous day.  I actually felt fairly decent today!

Today’s symptoms: Not too shabby!  Just a headache, mild fatigue and a bloody arm.  Oh wait, that was from giving my cat a bath.

Posted by Lizzy McFly at 4/28/2009 8:46 PM

Goal Surpassed!

I finally updated my personal site for the Walk for MS: Walk for MS .  Click on Pledge a Participant, type in Elizabeth Murphy then click Pledge Me.  My goal was to raise $2500 and I ended up raising $2530!  Yea!  For all you folks who pledged me, thanks again!  I’m hoping next year will be even bigger and better.  I didn’t end up approaching the media (St. Catharines Standard and 105.7 EZ Rock) until about a week before the Walk.  I’m definitely going to get a head start next year.  Hopefully things will remain stable health-wise and I’ll be able to fly over the walk sites again.

Want to buy some stuff?   Check out some items I have for sale:

Set of Three Stacking Tables


Black and White 5-inch TV

Today’s symptoms: Actually feeling pretty good!  A few sharp pains in my limbs and overall muscle aches, but my energy didn’t decline too drastically….until now.

By the way, the answer to the riddle posted on April 25th is A SHADOW….

Posted by Lizzy McFly at 4/26/2009 8:47 PM


What happened to the perfect weather we were supposed to have today?  Yeah, I guess it was ok in the morning – horribly windy though!  Man, the apartment is a shakin’ this evening!
The Wal-Mart on Fourth Ave. in St. Catharines is being revamped.  Everything is being moved around, which has made the floors look terrible because the marks from the shelves are very noticeable.  It’s a really weird set-up in the front now….I can’t figure out what the point is.  I guess it keeps people in the store longer because no one knows where anything is and they have to wander around more!
On the way in to the apartment, some folks downstairs were talking about a woman who drove into the Shopper’s Drug Mart next to our building.  She apparently drove through the window and kept on going down the aisle!  I hope she found what she was looking for.
Bea Arthur passed away today at the age of 86.  Golden Girls is one of my favourite shows.

Do you need the answer to the riddle I posted yesterday, or just a hint???

Today’s symptoms: Was feeling pretty darn good in the morning and early afternoon, then a big ol’ crash!  I was in bed from about 1:30 to 5:00, but the body aches didn’t let me fall asleep.  At least I had the wonderful company of three cute cats!

Posted by Lizzy McFly at 4/25/2009 7:06 PM

Yea for Friday!

I love taking Thursday off because it makes Wednesday feel like Friday, because I know I have the next day off.  Then the next work day is Friday and who doesn’t like Friday!

Nothing too exciting planned for the weekend, other than grocery shopping and perhaps going for a flight.  I think I should file my taxes too.  Gee, how thrilling?!

Here’s a riddle for ya:I’m the part of the bird that’s not in the sky. I can swim in the ocean and yet remain dry. What am I?

Symptoms for the day: More fatigued than usual – I also have a bad case of the munchies!  I’m starting to regret polishing off the last of the Kraft Dinner Crackers yesterday…

Posted by Lizzy McFly at 4/24/2009 7:41 PM

Meat Pies and Tart-ays

Twas my day off today so my little mother and I went to Niagara-On-The-Lake to wander around the shops.  Does anyone else go to the Irish Shop there?  They have a little cafe in the back with the most yummolicious treats, such as scones and gingie bread.  Great coffee too.  I had to piddidle so I went downstairs to their loo, which consists of a two piece bathroom with one toilet without a stall.  Not ordinarily an issue, however, I opened the door to see a woman standing at the sink.  Hello!  Ever try locking the door?!  She said it was ok and I could come in.  Sure, I’ll just drop my drawers and do my whiz-biz while you’re standing there drying your hands at the fan dryer next to the toilet!  Oh well, she was nice about it at least.  After partaking at the cafe, we checked out a few more stores as we headed over to the bakery.  It’s sad to see how many stores have closed or are closing.  I guess it’s like that everywhere though.  We went into the bakery and ended up drooling all over ourselves while admiring the delectable yummies in the display case.  My mother picked up her usual scotch pies and maple tart-ays, while I picked up some meat pies and empire cookies.  This was pretty much all we purchased during our shopping extravaganza – sad, eh?
After leaving NOTL, we headed over to Bon Clair to purchase a new throw for my bed.  My hairless kitties like to snuggle under it while I’m at work.  Once I’m home, they can often be found on my lap.  I had to purchase a new one because little Abby kept getting her Soft Paws claws stuck in the stitching.  Ever hear of these things?  Check them out: They come in many different colours, but I have only found the clear in Canada.  They’re a great alternative to getting your cat declawed.  Abby has had the same ones on for a couple months now.  They’re available at PetSmart.
One other product recommendation – Kraft Dinner Crackers.  They’re the best darn cheese crackers I’ve ever had.  Not too salty but loaded with cheese flavour.
That’s all for today – ta!

Today’s symptoms:  Feeling pretty good in the morning and until around 2:00 in the afternoon, then slowly crashed due to the amount of walking we did during our trip to NOTL.  After dinner, stayed in bed like a lifeless lump of gobblety-goop!

Posted by Lizzy McFly at 4/23/2009 7:48 PM

Sunshine On My Shoulder

This entry is probably going to take a LONG time to type as there is a small, hairless kitty perched upon  my right shoulder, thus I’m typing with my left hand.  Check out my photo section, under “McKids” to see the mug of my precious Abby – one of my two Sphynx cats.  They’re one of the rarest and most unique breed of cats – probably the most affectionate too!  I’ve had Mya for over a year now and Abby for four months.  Strange and unusual pets seems to be my forte, as my previous critters include rats, turtles and a skinny pig (hairless guinea pig).  What can I say, being normal just isn’t my style!
Did you see the video of the guy that landing his homebuilt aircraft on a highway in Florida?  Check it out:   Where were all the cars?  Why wasn’t anyone in the furniture store parking lot? 

I’m still trying to recover from the the past week of thrills and excitement.  I’m paying for it physically, but it sure was worth it!  I would like to thank Jack, Lori and Michelle from 105.7 EZ Rock for having me on their program TWICE to promote and discuss the Walk for MS which took place on April 19th.  I also had the wonderful experience of an interview with Laurie Walsh on 610 CKTB!  Thanks, Laurie!

Today’s symptoms:  Fatigue worse than normal, bad headache, poor balance, and the MS Hug  I left work early today and snuggled up to a batch of kitties in bed.

Introducing Elizablog!

At last, my first blog!
What a wonderful week I just experienced!  For the fourth year, I participated in the Walk for MS on April 19th.  The week was filled with anticipation and anxiety, as the day approached.  My biggest concern was the weather.  The forecast seemed to fluctuate on an hourly basis from about Wednesday to Saturday night.  Total sun, then partially cloudy, the showers, and back to sun.  Do weather-folks not realize how much they are toying with people’s emotions?  Pick a weather condition and stick to it – geesh!  Anyway, the weather turned out to be perfect for the walkers and the flyers (moi and my passenger).  I was recently interviewed by Jack and Lori on 105.7 EZ Rock, and Lori requested that I update her with the Walk/Fly events.  Here is a copy of the email I sent her yesterday:

Greetings Lori,

Just to let you know, the Walk/Flight for MS was great!  The weather was lovely, except for a bit of wind.  Thank goodness for puke bags!  Just kidding.  Actually, the flight attendants were quite effecient at keeping my passenger calm during the rough spots.  After making quite a few passes over the Port Dalhousie walk, we headed over to Niagara Falls.  It was during this time that lunch was served.  It was wonderful – steak and lobster followed by creme brule.  Soon after we finished our lavish meal, we arrived at the Walk in Chippawa.  There weren’t too many people – either that or they were really spread out.  Next was nappy time.  My passenger and I had a little snooze on the way over to Welland.  We were awoken by my man-servant and told that the Welland walk site was fast approachin’!  After a quick massage, we spotted the Welland walkers along the canal.  A few loops overhead, then back to Port Dalhousie.  It was an uneventful flight there, so we decided to watch a movie.  I can’t remember what it was called, sorry about that!  Just as the movie credits appeared, we arrived over the Port Dalhousie walk site.  There were still quite a few people cruising the routes.  I did a few circuits, tipped my wings and landed back at the greater metropolatin Niagara District Airport.  What a wonderful trip!  Great turnout at the walks, great weather and great company!

I look forward to taking you up for a flight.  Hopefully it will be as adventurous as Sunday’s!


Lizzy McFly

Ok, I don’t think she fell for it, considering she knows I fly a two-seater Cessna 150.  Still, it could happen – in Lizzy Land!
Seriously though, the flight was great and I’m already looking forward to next year’s Walk.

Today’s Symptoms: moderate fatigue, muscle aches in my right hand.

Posted by Lizzy McFly at 4/21/2009 8:48 PM