Author: lizzymcfly

I’m Confused…

Can someone please explain the purpose of memory foam to me? Why do I want my pillow to remember where my head was after I move? If I re-position, I obviously no longer want my noodle in the same spot. I love my awesome gel topped pillow, but the memory foam can be a little frustrating at 3:00am. I re-position my head, and now my face falls into the crater where the back of my head just was. So now I have to wait until the foam poofs back up before I can rest my face. First world problems, eh?

This week went by fairly quickly. I’ve been dealing with a cold and bad sinus infection since Monday. Fortunately, my four little freaks have been very comforting and therapeutic. I’d love to see memory foam remember this twisted yet adorable pose:

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She actually made me jump the other day. I had to rinse something out in the tub and opened the curtain to this:

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I have never seen her in the tub before. I guess she was looking for a new water source.

Boo decided to grace me with a slew of goofy faces, after sniffing my yogurt and getting a smidge on her schnoz:

 

Abby was impressed and attempted a paw bump:

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Meanwhile, Pinky just sat there, very unimpressed:

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I was supposed to go to the casino with my Army buddy, mother and Mike tomorrow, but won’t be able to with how I’m feeling. My immune system probably wouldn’t appreciate being in close quarters with hundreds of people and their germs. So Mike and I will probably just take it easy this weekend.

Today’s symptoms: For some strange and rather rude reason, my sinus headache was worse today than the rest of the week. I don’t think my body understands the concept of how to recover from a cold. It’s not supposed start getting better then suddenly say “Guess what?!” *Pow – punch to the face!*. I normally don’t take anything for cold symptoms, but had to this morning. Almost two hours after, I couldn’t figure out why I was actually feeling worse. Then I reached in my pocket and found the cold pill I forgot to take. I’ve discovered meds work much better in the tummy rather than the pocket.  You’re welcome!

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Flippity-Floo! Guess Who Flew?!

Guess who got to go flying today?  Meeeeeeee!!!  Woot.  The ceiling was below 2100′ so I was just a little restricted to where I could fly, and certainly no aerobatics (which was my original plan).  In the Flying Club, I presented the Club cat (I call him Clubby) with a new toy.  A couple of my kitties like it but it keeps getting sucked up in my little robot vacuum:

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There were a couple planes doing circuits, which I thought about doing, but just checked out some sites around chilly Niagara instead:

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Please excuse the quality of some of the pics, but it was a tad bumpy up there.

I had a bit of a bridge thing going on today:

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There were some ice fishermen out on the Welland Canal.  Brrrrrrr…..

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I yelled “Choo chooooo!” when I saw him:

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Chilling birdies:

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Can’t get much more Canadian than this, eh?

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I can’t remember if I posted this pic of a snowy owl on a previous blog.  It wasn’t from today, but a few flights back.  They have at least three of them that stay around the airport.

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Coming in to land, you can see how perception can be quite tricky when you’re flying.  Notice the red and white plane which looks like it’s in the upper right corner of the runway?  Where does he look like he is in relation to the ground?

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He is actually quite a bit below me, all set to land ahead of me.  He’s not at the runway yet.  I had a joyous landing then quickly stopped in at the car wash, as I can’t remember what colour Lola Corolla actually is.  I hardly recognized her when she reemerged.

It’s been a nice day.  I’ve mainly been chilling since I’ve been home. Relaxing with the kittahs.

Today’s symptoms: Feeling a bit meh after my flight.  Lots of nerve pain all over the place.  My new norm!  My paws are crossed for a good day tomorrow.  Cheers!

First Flight of 2019

The weather was finally in my favour a few days ago and I was able to go for a flight.  Woot!  The last time was before Christmas, so I was starting to go through withdrawal.  We were hoping to fly somewhere for breakfast, but the weather socked in Niagara.  We headed over Niagara Falls:

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We were both surprised how full the Welland Canal was, and were unsure if the water level was lowered for the winter:

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We flew around for about twenty minutes, then did a few aerobatics back at the airport.

Hope to see you again soon, little Vyctor:

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After the flight, we stopped at the nearby outlet mall, as my ten year old winter boots died (a seam gave out and they weren’t repairable).  Mike ended up buying a winter coat for a really good deal (around 70% off).  It was the first one he tried on too.  I was set on getting Sorel boots as they have amazing reviews online plus everyone I spoke to about brands suggested them.  Fortunately, there is a Sorel store at the mall.  Unfortunately, the ones I bought cost a bit more than I wanted to spend and weren’t on sale.  Still, I have a great new pair of boots which will hopefully last me over ten years.

Back home, we snuggled with the kitties and watched some movies.

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I tried to toss a treat to Pinky.  Oops.  I’m surprised it didn’t get lost in one of her wrinkly crevasses:

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It was such a great weekend.  Nice to get out more than I had over the previous week.  The flight was certainly uplifting too!

I hope everyone was safe today in this rotten freezing rain.  So many things around Niagara and Hamilton were closed today.  I will have to go and check my car again tonight.  I’ve had to have it boosted twice in the last week.  Poor Lola Corolla may need a new battery.

Today’s symptoms: I’ve been feeling rather weak and lower than usual on energy this week.  Worse than normal headaches too.  I think the second half of the week will be better – it’s only fair!

Playing With A Spammer

I rarely get them, fortunately, but I received a message from someone who was very excited about me signing up with his/her “adult” site.  Here’s how it went (and yes, I blurred the naughty pic):

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Yeah, that was fun!  And in case you’re wondering what my chat picture was, it was the same picture that made the Bad Cat 2019 calendar!

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Yet again, one of my little freaks made it in this prestigious calendar – and is even on the back cover!  Way to go, Abby!

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Tee hee.  I’m so proud of my youngest daughter, although she’s ten now (I’m not sure where they got four from):

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And yes, this was my “handsome” chat pic that prompted “kemberly tabatha” to try and lure  me to his/her fantasy land!

Today’s symptoms: I had a cold for almost two weeks, then ended up with a bladder infection.  It hit me so fast and hard – knocked me flat on my tush.  I forgot how much these infections take out of me.  I’m feeling a bit better every day, which is a huge relief.  

Life is FanCATstic!

Poor little Mya had to go to the vet the other day for a check up.  She’s twelve years old and seemingly very healthy, despite being so thin.  I’ve been feeding her wet food constantly throughout the day and tons of treats.  Still, she lost yet another half pound over the last year.  She’s down to 4.7 pounds.  It’s making me so nervous.  She has steadily lost weight for seven years, with this last year a bit more dramatic.

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She was surprisingly very affectionate with me after we got home, despite being at the vet for around two hours.  She’s usually pretty ticked with me for a few days.  And she came close to topping out her cuteness factor when I woke up to this:

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I’ve kinda been held up in the apartment for the last four days, with a bad bladder infection.  I’ve been going a little stir crazy, but fortunately my girls kept me well entertained and happy:

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Pinky goes well with my socks:

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Feeling a bit better today and was able to get out for a couple hours before my energy splatted!  I’ve just been working on a presentation I have to give for work since being home and vegging with the girls.

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A headless Boo:

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Notice the little growth on her front right paw?  I think I need to call Dr. Pimple Popper!

Paws (growths and all!) crossed that I feel better tomorrow so I can get back into the office.  I miss people!

Today’s symptoms: I’m in a fair bit of pain from the bladder infection.  I was worried this morning when I had pain in my lower back toward the sides.  Could be the infection in my kidneys.  I decided to mentally dispute this possibility and in my mind at least, although I think a bit physically too, I am feeling better than this morning.  Unfortunately these infections really wipe me out physically, because I already experience so much fatigue from the MS.  So it takes me quite a bit longer to recover.  My body is a bit of a jerk.  

 

 

New Year’s Resolution BROKEN!!!

Well I blew it.  My New Year’s resolution was to try and be more “normal” this year.  Here’s the text conversation I just had with Mike, who’s quarantined to his place with a cold:

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Oh dear.  I guess I’ll try again next year!

Today’s symptoms: Felt much better today than the last four or five.  Woot!  I was off so spent time with Jan.  Had energy during our visit and I didn’t need to take anything to perk me up.  I’d give anything to have these days more often!

Welcome to 2019!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and joyous New Year! My Christmas was awesome. Lil Jan came by after work on Christmas Eve and we promptly ordered a pizza when we got home. I love the frozen ones we get all the time, but dang! Good ol’ Pizza Hut is a bit of an upgrade! We split a medium and walked away from the table a tad stuffed. We watched about 20 episodes of Big Bang Theory that evening, as they had a marathon going on. Peanut joined us for a bit:

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We had a blast opening up pressies in the morning. Abby was thrilled when she opened the grumpy carrot:

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Everything was absolutely marvelous. I was sad to see Jan go home on Boxing Day.

The weather finally cooperated this past weekend and I was able to go for a quick flight. The ceiling was only at 2500′ around St. Catharines and lower everywhere else. Someone landed just before I took off and that was the only other plane I saw or heard.

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I think I’m going to start a new service. Aerial parking spot finder! Here’s Costco….I was surprised to see there were quite a few still available:

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I only flew for about half an hour, since the weather was kinda limiting with where I could go. I mainly flew around downtown St. Catharines, admiring the scenery. Here’s the Burgoyne Bridge, blending in nicely with the snow:

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After circling over Niagara-On-The-Lake, I came back in to land and head home. I figured the kitties would all be snuggled on the couch, but instead I found a train of them on the heater behind the bed (except Boo):

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Boo was on the bed, contemplating:

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Today’s symptoms: I actually slept fairly well the last few nights.  I had a decent day today, just the average MS stuff (nerve pain and fatigue) plus my headache was a bit worse than normal.  Nothing to complain about though!

Phurry Sphynx?!?!?

I recently posted a disturbing and graphic image on Facebook.  The text was “OMG…one of my my hairless cats is growing fur.” (Please note that this picture may be disturbing to some people.  Viewer discretion is advised):

 

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She’s turning into one of those freakish cats with fur!  Good thing she is still adorable, so I think I’ll keep her around for a bit.

Someone responded to my post, asking for more pictures.  Thus, I present to you the following.  A sphynx with phur!

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I hope all the pilots reading this notice something other than Pinky’s fur right away.  🙂

I love how you can clearly see how the phluffyness only grows on the outer part of her wrinkles.  The valley part is kept nicely warm and therefore remains normal (you know – furless!)

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And a closeup of this odd, foreign substance:

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I’m going to have to change her name from Pinky to Whitey!

Today’s symptoms: I unfortunately felt pretty yucky today.  I haven’t slept well over the last few nights, plus I”m having a lot of nerve pain still.  I made sure to always keep a smile on my face whilst at work so no one knew.  Mind you, interacting with my coworkers made me feel a bit better!  Made the smiling easier too!

Dat’s One Fine Weekend

What a perfect weekend I had!  On Saturday, my little mother, Mike and I met up with my friend Ken and we drove over to the Casino.  We got in line for complimentary tickets for the Christmas on Ice show.  We got there soon after 11:00, so the line wasn’t super long yet.  Great seats were acquired (balcony near the centre).  Next stop was the buffet.  Lucky again – hardly any line.  My friend had enough points on his card, plus being comped for a couple, that noms were free.  And what wonderful noms they were!

With bellies stuffed, the next stop was the show:

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I was surprised how many performers there were.  Skaters, dancers and singers.  The tricks the skaters did on such a small rink were so impressive.  The music was great, as was the skating and dancing:

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All of us thoroughly enjoyed the show and would certainly recommend it!  Thanks again, Ken!

Sunday, the weather was fairly decent so I went for a flight.  I noticed that the snowy owls were out again:

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The sky right above the airport was blue and cloudless.  All around the airport within about fifteen kilometers was at about a 2000′ ceiling and less than ideal visibility. I headed North to Lake Ontario to check out all of the ships floating out there.  I guess their time left to utilize the canal before it gets shut down for the winter:

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Then I went East to Niagara-On-The-Lake and when I turned South, Vyctor’s dangling wheel was over the States:

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Since I couldn’t go too far due to the weather, I just did a few circuits, trying to do some spot landings.  Tres fun!

Once back home, Mike and I decided to put up the Christmas tree.  Decorating the tree and entire apartment takes about an hour (if that – tee hee!)  First and most important step is to orient my compass “tree skirt” to true North.  I asked Mike to use his compass app to find magnetic North, then set to true North.

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Unfortunately, thanks to a rambunctious Boo, it has gone from true North to Boo North!

My most classy and eloquent decoration is Ratty all dressed up:

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My most classy and eloquent cat is Abby all dressed up:

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Once we were all done and cleaned up, Mike and Zim watched a short video on his phone:

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I just pretended I wasn’t in any way related to either of them!

Today’s symptoms: I haven’t been sleeping well again and just had four bad nights, with about 3-5 hours each.  I was doing fairly well this morning but then quickly started to fade early afternoon.  I’m so nervous I’m not going to sleep well again tonight, as I have training at work the next two days.  When I don’t get enough sleep, all of my MS symptoms become worse.  And with the significantly increased amount of nerve pain I’ve been experiencing lately, it will make this training very rough to sit through.  Hopefully I won’t have to fake feeling good too much!  Peace out.

Smashing Good Time!

Last weekend, Mike and I drove up to Mississauga for the Christmas Pet Show.  We arrived at the International Centre, close to Pearson Airport.  The last few times we were at a pet show here, there was a huge line of folks waiting to get inside.  It was rather shocking to see no line at all this time.  Sweet!  Right off the start, I saw a perfect little hat for Pinky.  I only let her go out on the balcony about ten minutes at a time in the summer, but even in that short of time, her little head gets lightly burned:

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Unlike the last show, there were a couple of awesome sphynx kitties at this one:

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We had a nice time, and are looking forward to the next one.  And, the fact that it is right near the airport, which has AvWorld right next to it, the trip ends up being doubly worth the drive.  Surprisingly though, I only came out with two things.  One being this (and I’m EXTREMELY grateful to my wonderful little mother, who has graciously agreed to sew it on to my lined Spring coat – thanks again!):

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Just before leaving, we stood and watched about half a dozen planes come in to touch down across the street from us:

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I made sure I conserved my limited energy for the beginning of this week, as my mother and I had our annual Rochester shopping trip from Thursday to Saturday.  Woot!  We so look forward to this trip every year.  We left here around 10:15 Thursday morning.  It was a smooth, uneventful drive, which is always appreciated.  Just in case, I created my own little dash cam by stick-tacking a GoPro to the back of my GPS:

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We leisurely strolled through the Marketplace Mall until we had it all covered.  Once checked in at the hotel and freshened up, we walked next door to Sticky Lips restaurant.  We ate here last year the first night too.  Tres yummy.

The next morning, we headed to Eastview Mall – the same as we do every year.  It’s an awesome mall.  We found lots of great deals and essentially finished up our Christmas shopping.  Woot Navidad!  To top it all off, there was nary a single bad incident!  (We had a before 6:00 am fire alarm, had to move rooms a couple times, running over a chipmunk…..poor chippy….)  Although I shouldn’t say there wasn’t absolutely no negative experiences.  First, I spotted this in Target:

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Things like this are why I’ll never become a parent.  Mind you, thinking of a mini me running around, terrorizing the world is the main reason for that.  Anyway, as if that wasn’t grossy gross enough, I came across a product that made me want to projectile vomit all over it, just so it would cover up what I was seeing.  I will never get this image out of my head:

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Just to top it off, I see this on Reddit that night.  The question asked was “What is the grossest thing you’ve ever seen a person do in public”:

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Ok, change of subject!!!  Look, it’s Boooooo!

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Back to our trip – it was another great drive on the way home.  No issues at the border and we got home early afternoon.  I think this trip has been the best Rochester excursion yet!

Once home, I noticed it was a little chilly in the apartment, so I put skinny little Mya’s coat on, which her and Abby posed near their new vacuum friend:

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So far, none of the kitties have tried to take if for a spin yet.  I’m very relieved that none of them seem afraid of it either.  I’m glad because this means not only do I get to save some energy by not having to use the old vacuum every day, but they won’t have to be scared by it anymore.

Today’s symptoms: I didn’t have the most pleasant day.  I hardly slept last night and felt just all over lousy.  I had a really hard time focusing later in the day.  Lots of nerve pain, which always seems exacerbated by a lack of sleep.  Makes sense, since the body is in overdrive, fighting the normal MS symptoms plus a now sleep deprived body.  I’m going to sleep well tonight and feel much better tomorrow.  

Great Birthday!

Thanks to all of my FaceBook peeps who wished me kind birthday wishes!  That really made my day!

My mother gave me a slipper.  The left foot only.  She said I get the other one for Christmas!  Tee hee.  What a dork.  We got together for a visit today.  I noticed in the Canadian Tire Flyer that the Roomba vacuum this is half price for $250.  I’ve wanted one since they first came out, but could never get through the guilt of spending money on something I really don’t need.  While at Walmart, we went over to their vacuum section and noticed a tag for the Shark version of the Roomba.  It was half price as well, for $200.  I managed to break through the guilt and purchase one (ordered online as they were out of stock).  I still feel guilty when I see the receipt, but I think I’m going to be quite happy with the purchase.  Hopefully it doesn’t scare the kitties!  I feel kinda bad that Dysie, my Dyson vacuum, won’t be used as much.  I actually find vacuuming a little therapeutic, and Dysie has been great with this over the last seven years.

My little mother reminded me to make sure I have a snow scraper in my car.  Good reminder and I’m passing it on!  I’ll have to go check if I have one in Lola Corolla.

I went for a nice solo flight last weekend.  I headed over the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (white roof on the right).  I’ll be heading there for a concert soon, which I’ll report on in an upcoming blog.

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The one on the left is the Meridian Centre.  I’m lucky they are walk-able from my place.

This is heading back into St. Catharines, with the Burgoyne Bridge at the bottom:

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It was a really nice flight.  I couldn’t do any aerobatics because of a fairly low ceiling, which progressively dropped.

I was off today and after my awesome visit with Lil Jan, I did a bunch of cleaning with the critters.  Peanut had his tank cleaned, Zim as well, plus his sand changed.  The crickets were cleaned and their egg medium was put in the other tank.  I asked them all to pose for a pic in their new, clean home (not that I ever let it get that dirty!) and show how good it feels.  Little Peanut stepped up to the challenge:

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He actually had a little rest on his sister, Pinky, while having his tank cleaned:

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None of them having any issues with their two gecko brothers, but Pinky is the most docile with them.

Abby just chilled on the heater:

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Today’s Symptoms:  It’s been a great week so far.  I’ve felt average consistently over the last few days.  I’m just experiencing more and more nerve pain in my hands.  Feels like I’m being stabbed to the bone with an ice pick.  Sure makes me know I’m alive!  Yikes!

Kitchener Flight for Lunchy Goodness

Last weekend was great! On Saturday, Mike and I went to the Hand Made Market in Niagara Falls. We arrived around 11:00. I thought we had only wandered around for about an hour when Mike informed me it was after 2:00! I couldn’t believe we were there that long. We walked out of there with a few items, including some Christmas pressies.

Sunday, the weather was quite nice, albeit breezy. We headed to the airport and hopped in Vyctor for a flight to Kitchener for noms. We arrived just before noon and missed breakfast. It was our first time having lunch there and it was quite good! While nomming, we noticed Vyc’s brother taxied by. He’s the only other Cessna Aerobat I’ve ever seen in person.  We first noticed the newest addition to the Kitchener Waterloo Flying Club’s fleet last summer:

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Heading back, we passed over the very busy Burlington IKEA:

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Back home, we played Forza for a bit. Team Orange at it again. I can’t remember if that’s him or me on the roof:

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Then it was time to wash the girls. I think Mya was mocking her sisters. She only needs a bath every month or two but her three sisters get more greasy than her so need a cleaning weekly:

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Boo was clearly unaware of her upcoming dunk in the sink (she hates baths):

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I swear three of them were conspiring against me afterwards. I’m not sure why Pinky wasn’t joining in:

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Little Peanut came out for a visit:

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He went for a little ride on Pinky:

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Actually, he really did go for a ride when Pinky suddenly jumped off the couch. He held on though!

Mya is trying to figure out why I picked her up Hair Care food. It was a free sample, ya little twit!

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On Wednesday, I had the pleasure of speaking to some high school kids or Take Your Spawn To Work Day. I’ve presented three or four times in previous years, so I’m always happy to be asked back. A great group this year again! I do a compressed version of my motivational-type talk that I’ve had the pleasure of giving all over southern Ontario and out to Nova Scotia earlier this year. Good times!

Today’s symptoms. Had an average day. Minimal headache which is always nice, a fair bit of nerve pain but that’s just typical.  Energy level was my average, so blah.  It’s all good though!

Beautiful Niagara From Above

The weather last weekend was quite good, so I was able to go up for a flight.  Donkay and I decided to head over Niagara-On-The-Lake.  Here is the main street through the town, with the clock tower on the right:

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And the gazebo we stopped at during our Ghost tour a few weeks ago:

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The Queenston Bridge wasn’t too busy at that time:

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We ascended to 3500′ to join the Niagara Falls scenic circuit.  There were quite a few helicopters flying around on this great day.  The Falls looked spectacular, as usual, with a nice little rainbow on the US side:

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And landing back at St. Catharines:

On Sunday, Mike and I went to visit my tiny mother.  Once back home, we walked downtown and wandered through the library.  We sat down for a bit and admired the Fall colours:

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We hit Giant Tiger on the way home because we were craving cake.  They actually have nice little ones for $2.00.  Quite good too!

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Yesterday, I drove to the Hamilton office to give an EAP presentation (Lunch and Learn).  I always arrive to these things quite early in case there are any technical difficulties.  Had a couple issues with the screen resolution and my computer occasionally disconnecting from the proxima, but I got out all the kinks well before everyone arrived.

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I then presented to another group at the second office across the street.  Another really great group – very interactive.

Driving home wasn’t quite as pleasant as giving my presentations.  It look me half an hour to go less than a kilometer on the way to the main highway.  Just a wee bit of construction.  I sat with the car in park most of the time.  You know you’re going slow when your GPS does this:

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I finally made it home.  Actually, I was still smiling so much from the great day I had, the traffic issue didn’t bother me at all.  Others clearly weren’t having the same experience.  I saw many looks like this:

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Today’s symptoms: I felt much better than I did earlier in the week, when I was dealing with a rather short-lived cold.  Still dealing with a worse than normal headache, but it’s getting better so shan’t complain! 

Special Birthday

My little mother had yet another flight with me recently.  I needed to pick up a case of aviation oil, so on Tuesday, we flew out to Brantford.  The weather was perfect with nice smooth air (so Jan didn’t glare at me).  There was some ground fog to the south:

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We parked Vyctor then headed in to have breakfast at the restaurant at the airport, the Skyway Cafe.

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Their food is always so good.  Once our bellies were full, one of the folks from the Flying Club drove us over to the Aircraft Spruce store:

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We picked up our orders (one for myself and those of three of my peeps back in Niagara) and headed back to the plane.  It took a bit of maneuvering to get everything loaded nicely in the back, but we managed.

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The flight home was nice, but a little bumpier than on the way there.  I don’t think Jan glared at me though.  She was too busy admiring the leaves in their Autumn glory:

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Since we left fairly early that morning and were back at CYSN (Niagara District Airport) around noon, I still had a bit of energy left.  We decided to hit Zehrs on the way back to get our flu shots.  We didn’t realize this, but there is a higher dose of the flu shot for seniors, which you can only get from your doctor.  Good to know.

I have a feeling Mya was missing me that day.  When I got home, she was snuggling with my Dusty pillow (Mya knew I flew in Vyc that day):

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She followed me around everywhere and even stood guard as I dried my hair:

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Eventually, my little guard jumped up on the counter and her three minions soon followed:

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Yesterday was a very special day for one of them.  This is from a Petsmart email:

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That’s right.  My youngest, little Abby, turned 10 on Halloween.  Here she is when I brought her home as a kitten:

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And something a little more recent:

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She wasn’t supposed to make it to three, so it’s awesome she’s made it to ten!

Today’s symptoms: Felt decent, which was nice because it was my day off.  I got my final emissions test done on my car first thing in the morning.  For those of you who don’t know, there will be no more emissions tests starting in 2019.  Yea!  I’m having a lot of nerve pain in my hands, which was a tad annoying.  I managed to get a few things done at home and then just chilled for the rest of the day.

Ghost Walk

In the spirit of Halloween, Mike and I decided to do the Niagara-On-The-Lake Ghost Walk around the town.   We arrived a couple hours early and first had dinner at The Irish Harp.  Yum.  We’ve never been disappointed with their food.  We wandered around the town after we ate, and visited the few stores that were still open after 7:00.  Fortunately, the candy store was open until 8:00.  We drooled as we admired the walls of sugar surrounding us.  Then Mike found the gourmet jelly beans:

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One of the tour guides is a retired co-worker.  It was great to see him again.  He did a fabulous time being our spook guide.  There were 14 of us in our group.  The tour is a walk around the town for about an hour and a half.  The history of the area is amazing and apparently full of spooks!  Very interesting ghost stories, told in a spooktacular fashion.  Here is one of the homes that has it’s own ghost:

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See anything in the pic?

The walk was great and certainly recommended!

Last weekend, I did the annual leafectomy of my mother’s gutters:

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I love the gloves she gave me.  Geesh:

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And in this pic, it looks like my head is smoking:

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It looks like the nice weather is gone for the year.  It looks like this weekend isn’t going to be too pleasant.  I don’t think there will be a sunset like this:

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Or waking up to joyous Toronto, glistening in the sun:

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On a bright note, even if the weather is gloomy, I still have these sunshines to wake up to:

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Pile of cute!

Today’s symptoms: Felt pretty cruddy starting in the afternoon.  I was in bed soon after work and into the evening.  I don’t think I’m coming down with anything, just having a bunch of MS symptoms (bad fatigue, headache, nerve pain and just all over blahs.  I hoping tomorrow is going to be much better!

Flight To London

I had my follow-up appointment with the neurologist in London today.  Since the weather was decent, I decided to fly rather than drive.  My little mother joined me, which was very nice.  We arrived at the airport around 7:15am.  The Club cat took care of Donkay for me while I got things ready with the plane:

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It was a tad windy today (headwind), so we made sure we had lots of time to get there.  I was surprised how smooth the flight was, which was great for my mother (she glares at me whenever I hit even a small air pocket).  There were small showers to the north of us, but mostly just small scattered fluffy clouds:

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Also this cute rainbow:

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Here is Highway 401, which we would have been driving on:

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When I was about 15 minutes from landing, I called for a cab.  This was the only part of the trip I was worried about – that a cab wouldn’t show up.  Fortunately, soon after parking Vyctor, the cab arrived. This was our view while we briefly waited:

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It was about a twenty minute drive.  It’s crazy how much cabs cost!  We arrived about thirty minutes early, which to me was kinda cutting it close.  My appointment was quick – only about fifteen minutes.  We went over my cognitive testing from last month.  She gave me some suggestions to help with the cognitive issues I’ve been experiencing over the last year or so.  She also suggested I take part in an MS study, which involves two MRI’s a year plus cognitive testing every two years for seven years.  I certainly wish it was closer than London, but I want to be able to help in finding solutions and/or treatment for anything to do with MS (because MS sucks!)  So I’m just waiting to be contacted to set up my first MRI appointment.  It’s crazy to think I’ll be having three a year!  My primary neurologist requests one a year too.  Anyway, I feel so good being able to assist them, so it will be worth the extra traveling.

After my appointment, I called up the same cab driver we had before. We passed this on the way into the airport:

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We got a little worried, as it started spitting a little.  It was mostly clear at the airport and I checked the weather on the route – good to go!  Farewell, London:

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The good thing was that we had a brisk tail wind going back.  The bad thing was that it was a fairly bumpy flight.  I got a few glares from Lil Jan.  She was a trooper though.

We were zipping along quite nicely.  It was surprising how quickly we hit Hamilton, then Grimsby Airport:

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It was about an hour and twenty minutes to get there and forty-seven to get back!

I’m happy with how everything went today.  I’m quite pooped now, but flying always wipes me out.  Certainly worth it though!  Plus I didn’t have to deal with a stressful drive.

I was nicely greeted when I got home.  Mya was excited to hear about my flights today, and had her little aviator jacket on:

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I felt so loved!  Abby didn’t put forth quite the same effort as Mya, but was still adorable:

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Today’s symptoms: Felt quite good after a decent sleep.  What a difference good sleep can make.  I’m still sore from my recent fall, but it’s much better than it was.  Nerve pain and everything is the same – still a fair bit more than I’ve ever had before, shooting down my arms into my hands.  It’s tolerable so it’s all good!

Elizatumble…

Well I did something rather silly last night. I went out onto my balcony to enjoy the weather and do some stretches. I hung onto the railing then I arched backwards, stretching my back. So my head was basically facing the opposite direction of my body and I was seeing everything upside down. While I was hanging like this, I thought to myself “Gee, what if my fingers were to slip. I would either smash my skull open or break my neck.” That’s when I decided to get up and as I lifted my head, my right fingers slipped. As I fell, I immediately thought of the large metal airplane planter sitting in the corner of the balcony where I was falling. There was nothing I could do as it all happened so fast. All I remember next was the huge bang of me hitting my head and back on this metal airplane. The rest of my bony bod hit the cement. Whoops! At least I didn’t knock myself out. By the time I got up and stumbled into the living room, some of the pain made its presence.  I said out loud (only me there) “I sure wish I landed on a sheep. Then it wouldn’t hurt as Baaaaaad!” And yes, I even made my voice sound like a sheep as I said “Baaaaaad”. Anyway, I sure am feeling it today! Bruised and sore all over with a lump on my noggin. On a bright note, my back feels nicely stretched – in between the welts. Tee hee!

I just couldn’t have a blog without kittah and/or Vyc pics (hehe):

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Mya being motherly to her sister, Boo (or possibly performing an exorcism):

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As Pinky looks on:

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Today’s symptoms: MS symptoms are average today.  I’m so grateful because I’m already dealing with enough ca-ca after my little tumble last night.  Life is good!

The Three Amigos

Jan, Mike and I went to St Jacobs last Thursday and Friday. Our plan was to arrive for around noon Thursday and go to the farmer’s market and then the little outlet mall. Unfortunately we hit a pretty big glitch when we parked at the hotel and went in to get our parking pass. The garçon at the desk said that we booked four rooms. I said I booked two as there were three of us. He said I booked two and then two more a few days ago. I said that I only logged into my account and had my reservation info emailed to me again. I showed him my reservation email which had two rooms and three people.  He said it didn’t matter what the email showed because his system showed four rooms and that’s what I’d be charged for. I said I was going to cancel my credit card then and he said it didn’t matter because he already put all four rooms through and he already had the money. Seriously??? We argued for about ten minutes and he said I would have to call their head quarters. He wrote down their number and handed it to me. On the back of the paper, there was another guest’s name, address, email and account number. Lovely. I phoned and she said that the system shows the two rooms I booked plus the hotel put a third room on my card. She asked to speak with the person I was dealing with and he refused to speak with her. She ended up phoning him and spoke to him for over half an hour. Once back on the phone with her, she said this case has been escalated to the highest level possible and she would ensure those extra charges wouldn’t be on my card. She also said the person I was dealing with directly was extremely unprofessional and was very against me not paying for all four rooms. Wow. I did not expect this at all. I’ve been going to this hotel for years now and never had an issue. The whole process took around two hours. We ended up wandering around the market for a couple hours, then drove into town to have dinner at the Stone Crock. As usual, the food was delicious and we left with very full bellies. We walked off a bit of it when we strolled around the outlet mall. A couple of the stores we typically peruse were closed down, which was a little disappointing. We still had a great time though as we were all quite full of energy and rather giddy. One really neat thing is that my little mother had never touched a horse before, despite having a great love for them. Well, first time for everything:

It was so nice to see!!!! They were so gentle and docile towards us. It was a great moment!

After a good night’s sleep, we had brekkie then drove into town. We hit almost all the stores, which are considerably less in number than just ten years ago. To be honest, it’s a bit disappointing. So many of the shops we loved are gone and many of the ones there have the same things as the one a couple doors down. Again though, we still had a great time and it was a wonderful trip. We’ll just take the hotel incident as a learning experience and not let it mar the memories of the trip.

I worked at the Hamilton office today to help out with the Wellness Fair they have every couple years. We have ours in St. Catharines the opposite years. It’s a nice break on one’s lunch to come see about the various resources and service in the region. I met so many great people and gathered a fair bit of info from the many “vendors”. They had a bit of a super hero theme going and I got to meet Batman and Spidie:

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I met two very nice ladies who were promoting the registered charities we could donate to through payroll deductions. One of them was the MS Society. I let her know that I enjoy giving my motivational and entertaining presentation to any type of group that wants to learn a bit about MS, depression, adapting to or overcoming life’s obstacles and living life to the absolute fullest. She said they often need guest speakers so I’m hoping to hear from her in the future. While chatting with her, she made me this awesome bracelet:

Love it! And of course, it’s orange to match my plane.

Today’s symptoms: After three rather cruddy nights, last night was decent. I felt okish today. My pain pills really helped. Lots of nerve pain today. It seems to be getting worse in my right side, both area-wise and intensity. I see the neurologist in London again in a couple weeks, so I’ll mention these symptoms to her. It’s certainly starting to look like an MS flare-up.

PEI Trip – This and That

I was going through my pics from the recent PEI trip and came across these two classy photos.  When we got to the hotel on our arrival night in PEI, I was the first to use the washroom.  I felt bad that I deprived Cheryl of the first washroom use, especially the little toilet paper triangle thing.  I decided to fold it again for her.  She then redid it for me, and so on.  The next morning, I really didn’t feel like folding it again, so I tore it off:

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And used some stick-tack to securely fasten it to the wall:

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So now with zero effort, we are able to have that “first-time use” experience for the rest of the trip!

I’m not a big seafood person, apart than just your “normal” fish and chips type, especially when it’s just grilled.  I don’t think I had tried lobster prior to this trip, but I’m not positive.  If I did, perhaps it was not all that memorable to me.  I decided to give it a whirl, as I snagged a little piece from one of my table mates:

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It was nice, but I didn’t enjoy it enough to ever purchase a lobster entree.  I’ll stick with my steak.  I had tried mussels before and did not enjoy them.  I figured I’d give them another try:

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Meh.  I liked it more than I thought but not enough to eat another one any time soon.

It was the night of the lobster and mussel nomming that we were all given our nice certificate and rally patches:

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My mother has since very nicely sewn above patch on my fav coat – thanks again, Lil Jan!

I’m still smiling (and recovering!) from that trip.  The company made it perfect!  I loved how no one was outwardly competitive.  No one cared if one person had more expensive equipment in their plane or if it could go faster.  Everyone discussed their weight and balance and endurance openly and came to decisions on which extra passengers would go in which plane.  Also, there was quite a bit of luggage reshuffling so that everyone was in safe and efficient limits.

I have gone up a couple times in Vyctor since being home.  I gave him a little belly rub when I first saw him.  The first time was when Mike and I flew to the Welland Airport so I could use the tandem sky-diving gift certificate he gave me.  Unfortunately, there were low, poofy clouds all over the place, and I want to see ground when I’m jumping.  So, we ended up flying home all dejected:

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But at least we got to go for a quick flight.  I’ll hopefully be able to go back soon.

Today’s symptoms: I feel really punk today.  Very fatigued, tons of nerve pain shooting all over the place, like a bunch of nervy jerks!  Bad headache and just all over blah.  I went on a mini-trip Thursday and Friday and then had a long (and very good) day Saturday.  My body is just recovering from doing more than usual. 

PEI Trip – Final Day

We woke up bright and early on our final day and had some breakfast. We packed up and headed out to the plane soon after and said our final goodbyes. As with all trips, it’s a great experience but it’s nice to think about being home soon. Unfortunately, we had a strong headwind the entire route. I think it added at least an hour on our final ETA.

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Confederation Bridge:

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There were some cows sunbathing and splooshing in the water:

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And the Chocolate River:

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Our first stop was in Frederickton, New Brunswick. I had been there many years ago, when I spent four months in Canadian Force Base Gagetown.

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This guy was just taking off:

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After filling up, we headed out toward our next stop, which would be St. Georges, Quebec.

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We flew around some cute, little rain shower on the way:

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We met up with a couple other planes from our group and all decided to order pizza.  Yum!

Our next and final pit stop was Cornwall, Ontario.  Once we filled up there, we were finally on the final leg home.  Oshawa, here we come!

The sunset was very pretty:

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After flying 2635km over the last four days, we could see our final destination – Oshawa Airport:

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We fairly quickly tucked away the plane and transferred our baggage to our cars.  I still had an almost 2 hour drive home!  I made it with no issues and was so glad I could see my kitties again!

What an amazing adventure.  I still can’t believe I survived!  I knew I would need at least a couple days to recover, but I’ll get more into that in the next blog.  I will be doing one on various things from the trip that I haven’t mentioned yet.

Today’s symptoms: Feeling kinda blah still.  I think my body is still recovering from the trip.  A few days ago, I started getting bad nerve pain in both of my lower legs.  I’ve had things like this before, but it’s never been 24/7 for three days.  I’ll have a little chat with these new symptoms  before bed and advise them that they are to be gone from my body by the time I wake up tomorrow!  Hmph!