Month: November 2010

Weekends Are My Friends

I took a few hours vacation on Wednesday and headed out to the airport.  Since my battery was recently boosted, I figured Vyctor would start a little easier.  He started, but it certainly wasn’t easy (for this reason, I had a new battery installed this weekend).  I was just glad I was able to fly this time.  It was nice to take off from the newly paved and painted runway.  I didn’t really have a planned destination for the flight – I just ended up flying down to Fort Erie then back up toward Niagara-On-The-Lake.  On my way back North, I noticed a slew of cute little horses, frolicking around in circles:

After admiring the horsey-go-round, I continued on my way north.  As I was getting fairly close to the airport, I heard a friend of mine tell the tower that she was taking off.  I changed my heading a bit to try and get in viewing range of her, to take a picture of her plane.  I think I scared her off as she headed in another direction as I approached.  Geesh!  Regardless, I managed to take a pic, albiet not a very clear one:

Soon after snapping this pic, I headed back to the airport to land.

Today (Saturday), my best friend came over to the apartment with all of her pressies to wrap.  I hauled mine out and we spent the afternoon, sipping Caramel Bailey’s and wrapping our hearts out.  It was nice to get it all done.  I still have a few more items to pick up for my mother, then I’m done!  Yea!

It was insanely windy today and I’m hoping for a nice, calm day tomorrow.  I’m going to head down to my mother’s house, then hopefully out for a flight.

Today’s symptoms:  Felt pretty good today!  I was in a great mood and had decent energy.  My most predominant symptom was a headache.

Is It Friday Yet?

Not that I’m wishing my life away or anything, but I’m really looking forward to the weekend!Last weekend was quite nice…well, for the most part.  I decided to go for a flight on Saturday.  The weather was nice and I was feeling pretty good, so I packed up my gear (cameras, GPS, bottle of water, etc.) and headed over to the airport.  There were quite a few people out flying that day.  The Flying Club planes were being fired up or already heading out of the circuit.  The guys helped me pull my plane out of the hangar, after he had been plugged in a few hours (to warm the oil).  I did my inspection, climbed aboard and fired him up.  Well, I tried to anyway.  I think my battery is having issues.  The engine actually kicked in twice, but then stalled.  I was so bummed!  Fortunately, the manager of the Flying Club charged my battery the next day, plus my mechanic is going to test it to see if it needs to be replaced.  If I’m feeling well enough tomorrow and the weather is good, I’ll take some vacation leave from work and make another attempt at a flight.

Since I wasn’t able to fly, Chuck and I decided to take the spare time we now had to put up our Christmas tree.  The kids helped, mostly by picking up the ornaments and dragging them into another room.  Still, I think they meant well.

Just to remind you folks of what kind of classy gal I am, here is another Christmas “decoration”:

Continuing with this weekend’s events, there was a chili dinner at the Flying Club on Saturday night.  Chuck and I headed over for around 5:45.  There were eight or nine pots of chili brought in by some of the members.  Chuck and I both sampled either three or four.  All were quite good, but we both agreed on a favourite.  I was glad to see the one we picked was voted the best.  I’m also glad the chef shared the recipe!  I’ll have to attempt it sometime.  The link to the pictures from the event is here .  There are a couple shots of Chuck and I.  It was a great night and I hope they have another like it soon.

On Sunday, I visited my little mother.  We did some shopping at the Seaway Mall ,  I don’t think we ended up buying anything.  After “shopping” we headed back to her house.  We finished the laundry then I climbed up on the roof to clean her eaves-trough.  Glad I got that done before the cold weather came in, which I believe is now!  It was so nice out earlier but the temperature dropped about 10 degree this evening.  Oh well, tis November!  About an hour after I finished up on the roof, Chuck drove over to Jan’s house to meet up with us for dinner.  Jan took us our for my birthday dinner at the Lazy Loon , one of our favourite restaurants.  As usual, our meals were great.  The staff even came out and sang me happy birthday!  It was such a nice evening!  I’ve already decided that this is going to be a great year.  Last year wasn’t too good since my age was an even number.  Even numbers are yucky.

Today’s symptoms:  Quite drained and fatigued, bad headache and body aches.  I WILL feel better tomorrow, so help me Hannah!

Christmas Time Is Here….Sorta….

I had one of the best days today that I’ve had in a while.  I felt decent, which was great.  Work was very productive.  I helped a friend/co-worker at the court house today.  We both set off the metal detector and were frisked.  After, the officer said we just had to show our CRA badge and we could go straight in!  However, sometimes being frisked is fun!  We met some really nice people while there (one was a former co-worker of the girl I was with).  Once done, we headed back to the office which is right across the street.  I had to leave work a little early so I could drive to my doctor’s office in Fonthill to get my flu shot. 

I’m hoping for decent weather tomorrow as I haven’t flown in almost two weeks.  Very depressing!  I hope to go up and do some aerobatics, as well as a nice scenic flight.  It will be nice to take off from the newly paved and painted runway.  I’ll have to go up for a night flight soon too, since the runway lights are back in service.

I had the day off yesterday and Jan and I went shopping.  I decided to buy some stocking holders – I needed five (Mya, Abby, McGildenstern the fish, Chuck and myself).  Check out how cute:

I guess I’m starting to get in the spirit.  I also brought up the tree, decorations and everything else Christmas related.  Hopefully the cats won’t do too much damage to the tree.  Can anything this cute be destructive?

I’m planning on attending a chili dinner at the Flying Club tomorrow.  On Sunday, my mother is taking Chuck and I out for my birthday.  We’re probably going to the Lazy Loon at the Log Cabin in Fonthill.  Great food and atmosphere.  What a perfect way to celebrate aging!

Today’s symptoms:  More energy today than normal.  However, quite a few body aches and pains.

10,000 Feet +

I was really hoping to go for a flight this weekend, but the weather was quite foggy and so was my head.  So, I was happy to have gone for one last Wednesday.  I told the tower I was heading to the South between 2000 and 10,000 feet.  She asked if I really meant 10,000 and I said that I was checking the ceiling of my plane.  I think I took my last plane up to 10,500 before she wouldn’t climb anymore.  It took over 20 minutes but I made it to 10,000 feet!

The view was amazing:

I took a leisurely 15 minutes coming back down and heading to the airport.  Coming back in, it was nice to see how our newly paved and painted runways were coming along:

I hope the runway lights are up and running again soon, as I would really like to go for a night flight.

I had to drive over the Whirlpool Bridge (Nexus only) and pick up a couple packages that I ordered.  My mother and I decided to quickly drive over to the Factory Outlet mall, to try and find me a new pair of shoes.  I just bought the ones I’m replacing in May.  Clearly they’re lemons as they both have big holes on the inside on the backs.  Geesh!  We were in such shock when the whole parking lot was completely full.  They even had valet parking set up!  We drove around for about 10 minutes until we finally found someone pulling out of a spot.  I quickly snagged it and we headed into a few shoe stores.  Have I mentioned how much I hate buying shoes?  Anyway, after over half an hour, I finally found a pair.  I swear we had a whole string of cars following us as we walked back to my car – all eager to grab my parking spot!  We were so happy to be out of there.  I’ve never seen it that busy.  It was like Christmas!

Since I wasn’t feeling too great today, the kids and I just lounged around the apartment.  They slept most of the time and I watched a slew of shows that I had recorded over the last few weeks.  They finally got up and Abby decided to groom herself in her typical lady-like manner:

She’s such a classy gal!

Today’s symptoms:  Bad headache and body aches.  It was nice to be able to just veg and not do anything strenuous (or even non-strenuous!)

Trip to Vancouver

I just had a joyous but short trip out to Vancouver, BC.  I had to go out there for a medical test.  My little mother went with me.  Chuck drove us to Toronto on Wednesday evening, as our flight was at 10:00am Thursday.  The hotel was really nice with a great view of the airport.  The next morning, we had a buffet style breakfast.  It was rather early so we weren’t too hungry yet.  I had a box of froot loops and Jan had a muffin and banana.  We then stuck a couple pieces of carrot bread into my empty froot loop box, to take with us on the plane:

Kinda silly, but we didn’t have anything else to put it in.

Our flight was five hours in total.  Unfortunately, we had a screaming baby in the seat behind us.  I think the baby could have also been changed a couple hours into the flight, but wasn’t.  Jan and I decided to find a store that sold Febreeze and hose ourselves down once in Vancouver.  I did attempt to spray some hand sanitizer on my finger to dab under my nose, but ended up spraying myself in the eye.  Despite the baby, the flight was nice, especially over the mountains:

This was my first time flying out West, so the view was really spectacular for me.  We had a nice landing at the airport:

We took the shuttle over to our hotel to check in.  There was a mall across the street, so we headed there to wander before dinner.  We browsed through a Chinese grocery store and came across this lovely little number:

Gee, now we really had a tough decision to make.  We could either buy some of “that” or go to the restaurant my friend at work recommended.  After careful deliberation, we decided to head over to Earl’s Restaurant.  I’m so glad we did because the food was great.  We both had grilled chicken with veggies:

I’m not a huge beet fanned, so I told most of them to beat it over to my mother’s plate.  When I was almost finished my meal, I was shocked to see a piece of chicken shaped just like a whale on my plate:

Crazy, eh?  I’m glad it still tasted like chicken.

Jan and I decided to buy some coolers for that evening.  I had a hard time trying to get them to fit into the ice bucket, but ended up making it work:

I think getting the lid to sit on top made all the difference in the world.

We got up in the morning and headed down to the restaurant in the hotel for breakfast.  Jan had a nice big bowl of Irish Oatmeal, and I had a bowl of Frosted Flakes.  I really wasn’t hungry because I was anxious about my test, but decided to try and eat something before leaving for the medical office.

I had some paperwork to fill out in the office, then I was escorted to another room to don the cutest pair of hospital jammies I’ve ever seen!  I asked the nurse if she thought they made my butt look big, but she assured me they didn’t.  I had to have an IV for the test – the nurse did a great job and it was relatively painless.  The doctor who ran the test was very nice and had a great sense of humour.  Needless to say, I don’t think my goofy comments freaked him out too much.  I would have to say the worse part of the test (which took about an hour and fifteen minutes) was when he ripped the massive quantities of tape he used to secure my IV line and panic button.  WOW!  I will hopefully be able to share the results of my test and what procedure it may lead to, in a week or two.

After the test, we called a cab to take us to another mall by our hotel.  We were both in desperate need of a coffee, and were able to locate a Tim Hortons at the mall.  We shopped around for a couple hours, then grabbed a Quiznos sub to take back to the hotel.  I had my iPad with me and was able to get the directions from the mall back to our hotel.  On the way back, we stopped in at the Winners store at the mall we went to the first day, because we missed that store for some reason.  We were shocked to find an Ab Slider there.  I had one but my mother stole it, so I’ve been looking everywhere for one.  It was on clearance for only $12.00 too!  We then got some more coolers and a vodka mickey for our room.  When we came out of the liquor store, there was an incredible full rainbow, leading right behind our hotel:

As we were crossing the street, there was a really cool patch of mushrooms next to a tree.  We decided not to “do shrooms” so we left them there:

Once back at our room, we could clearly see the rainbow, reaching toward the mountains:

After a few drinks, Jan and I found the sign on the sprinkler system above her bed to be rather humorous:

Jan had to stand on the bed to hold the hanger up high enough.  Seriously, who is going to hang a hanger way up there?

We just chatted and sipped on our coolers all night, while watching TV.  We were both shocked when we saw Canada’s Worst Driver.  The one woman is from St. Catharines and they flashed an image of our apartment while discussing her home town!  So there I am, sitting on the other side of a country and looking at my apartment on TV.  Too weird!

Although short (like my mother) it was a really nice trip.  I’m hoping for good news from my test results in another week or two!

Today’s symptoms:  I’m really tired today, despite sleeping in to 11:00am!  I have a bad headache and stomach ache.  I’m sure it’s just from stress.

Posted by Lizzy McFly at 11/7/2010 6:28 PM

Head In The Clouds

It’s been a rough week emotionally, so I’ve been off work this week.  To get my head out of the clouds, I decided to head for the clouds for a flight yesterday.  The weather was great, as was the visibility.  The flight really helped boost my mood and get my mind off of things for a bit. 

I really need to clean my windshield.  Yuck!

There was only one downer of the whole flight.  After turning around to head back to the airport, I passed a group of cows.  I snapping a picture and yelled “Hello cows!”  One of them flipped me the hoof.  Gee, who got up on the wrong side of the haystack this morning?

Before landing, I called Chuck and asked him if he wanted me to fly over his building. I wasn’t too sure where it was, so he guided me over via the phone.

At least he didn’t flip my off like the cow.

It appears that our large runway is all paved.  They were working on the apron while I was there today.  Like everyone else, I’m really looking forward to the airport being fully up and running again.

After landing, I had to go to the mall to replace the two pair of jeans that were stolen from the laundry room at our apartment.  There’s only one thing I hate more than buying shoes, and that’s jeans!  Ugh!  I tried on eighteen pair in three different stores.  I was only able to find one pair that fit properly.  Mark’s Work Warehouse had the best selection of sizes and styles I’ve ever seen. Hopefully I’ll find a second pair soon.

Today’s symptoms:  much more fatigued today than yesterday.  I’m having a lot of body aches and pains, mostly in my limbs.