Out Of This World!

We had our monthly RAA (Recreational Aircraft Association) meeting last night.  My friend, Leon Evans from the Heritage Warplane Museum, came and gave us an amazing presentation.  He was the chief pilot of the Lancaster when they flew it from Hamilton to the UK.  I was so lucky to have flown in the Lanc a couple years ago and can’t imagine taking the trip they did in it.  It was a wonderful presentation on his trip overseas – very fascinating.  We had around forty people in attendance (some invites outside of our RAA group).  When I met up with Leon a few months ago and asked him about giving a presentation, he told me something that stuck with me.  He said that he presents to both aviation and non-aviation groups, and he has often been asked if he saw any UFO’s while crossing the ocean.  I didn’t think our group would ask such a question, so I decided to – with a prop.  I made this earlier in the day:

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From the back of the room, I said “Oh Leon!  Did you happen to see any [raises the alien head up] UFO’s while crossing the ocean?”

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Tee hee!  I’m so weird!  It got a good laugh, so I’m happy.  I was wearing this shirt too:

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Something else that was out of this world was this little gem Mike and I discovered at the Bulk Barn.  I’m not a big Oreo person but a chocolate covered double stuffed Oreo is SO good:

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And at least at the Bulk Barn, you can just take one and then don’t have the guilt of buying a whole bag of naughty treats.  Pinky concurs:

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The temps have been so nice lately.  Everything is in bloom and the tulips are out downtown:

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The kitties are in bloom too:

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Today’s symptoms: I’ve been dealing with a bladder and sinus infection for around three weeks, but the antibiotics I’m on are finally starting to kick them.  Infections wipe me out so much and the weakness forces me into bed more often than I would like.  My MS nerve pain has been worse over the last two days, down my right arm. 

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Thoughtless Hawk

I was laying on my couch the other afternoon, minding my own business, chilling with the kitties.  Being up on the 10th floor, it’s very common to see birds flying by my window, to which I usually wave at and yell hi.  Well, that certainly didn’t happen on the day in question!  I looked out to see a big hawk flying right toward my apartment, which would normally be cool.  However, this one had a huge rat hanging from its claws.  Yes, I know they must eat.  But could the hawk have been any more thoughtless?  Did it stop to think “Hey, maybe the people in this apartment like cute, little rats!  Maybe they wouldn’t like seeing me with my kill?”  No.  Clearly it didn’t think that at all.  I used to have pet rats so this scene was certainly not pleasurable.  Next time I see this hawk, I’m going to ask it to be a little more considerate and transport its food in a take-out container.  I’ve drawn this illustration to demonstrate how much more humane it looks:

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I’ll keep everyone posted on whether this idea “flies” or not.

Speaking of flying, the photographer from the MS Walk on Sunday, Robert Ventura, was kind enough to send me some awesome pics of my plane!  Check out these great shots:

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I’m so appreciative of him doing this for the Walk and also sending me the Vyc pics!  Thanks again, Robert!

I kinda wish I wasn’t at home, writing this blog right now.  I would much rather have joined Mike at his sister and brother-in-law’s place, playing with the four kids and eating Five Guys.  I’m afraid I still have this infection though, but at least I have proof now!  I had to get my blood work done yesterday (I go every three months because of the MS medication I’m on).  It shows my neutrophils and monocytes are elevated (white blood cells), which indicates an infection.  I’m going to head to the clinic tomorrow and get an antibiotic.  I always try to beat these things without one, since I get them so regularly.  However, I’m heading out of town for work in a few weeks and can’t afford to be sick for the trip.  I always take weeks to recover from things other people take days for.  What can I say – I like to be different!

I’ll just chill with the kitties tonight and rest.  Ninja Boo will keep me company:

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I would say her speckled sister Abby would too, but she’s too busy being cute on the balcony:

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Right after I took that pic, I noticed Spongebob was doing a similar pose:

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And no, I don’t know how the TV got changed to the Spongebob Squarepants show.   Errrrrrr……I must have hit the wrong number.  Yeah, that’s it!

Today’s symptoms:  Having infections always makes my MS symptoms worse.  On a bright note, I always appreciate “just” having MS symptoms once these things clear up!  See, there’s a silver lining to every situation!

2018 Walk For MS!

I woke up bright and early and was thrilled to see clear skies.  The 2018 Walk for MS was today.  I’m like their little mascot, as I fly over the Walk Sites and take some aerial pictures.  It was another great turnout.  I heard they surpassed their fund-raising goal.  Sweet! Here are some of my pics:

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My Army buddy Ken gave me a stuffed Bruiser, the mascot of the Hamilton Bulldogs.  He asked that I take a pic of him in the plane.  I also included Blue Dude, which my financial advisor gave me:

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Once landed, I headed over to the Port Dalhousie Lions Club.  It was perfectly organized and everything was on time.  Mike was nice enough to come over to watch the closing ceremonies.  It was such a great time.  I met many new people and heard some interesting stories.   Also, I met up with the awesome DJ, Blake:

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I had to pick up something downtown this afternoon, so Mike and I decided to hit a restaurant for noms.  We went to The Merchant Ale House on St. Paul St.  We were there about a year ago and Mike ordered the chicken and waffles and has been talking about it ever since.  So, no surprise when he ordered it again tonight.  I had the fish and chips:

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Very good, although probably would have been a bit better if I could smell.  Stupid sinus infection seems to like me.

Today’s Symptoms: My energy was quite good today.  Sinus headache is still very bad.  Back to having bad nerve pain down my arm.  Other than that, everything MS related is status quo (Yucky fatigue, nerve pain and headache). It was a long but wonderful day, but man I’m wiped out now.  Nighty night!

It’s A Boy!

Mike and I have a new member of our family.  I told him I had a surprise for him and swaddled our new son for the big reveal.  Mike is a big fan of the Rick and Morty cartoon, which I have never watched.  I do, however, like the one character.  Therefore, I brought him home for us to love and cherish:

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His reaction was priceless when I uncovered Pickle Rick’s face.  I had custody for the first few days and Mike has had him since.  Mya wasn’t a big fan of him, as you can see:

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Mike is taking good care of him.  Showed him the fish:

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Fed him peanut butter and jelly:

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And surprisingly, shared his favourite Triscuits while they watched TV:

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Yes, we’re weird.  I mean just look at our children:
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Last week we met up with his sister, brother-in-law and four kids to celebrate their eldest’s ninth birthday.  I always joke with him about his age, and say “You’re 16 now, right Elliott?”  “Auntie Elizabeth!  I’m eight!!!”  Hehehe.  This is the balloon we gave him:

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The card said Happy 16th on the front and we wrote Happy 21st inside.  Tee hee!

I’m so glad the weather has finally started to warm up.  One of the first signs of Spring is seeing the kitties frolic out on the balcony (it’s enclosed with sturdy screens, so no worries!)

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Not too sure where Abby was.  They were quite content out in the fresh air, but didn’t last too long.  Once back inside, Boo decided to munch on Mike:

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And Mya was licky:

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All was good in my world until this past Monday.  I got my second “bug” in a few weeks.  I’m on a roll!  Woot!  I couldn’t decide if I wanted a cold, sinus infection or bladder infection so I got them all.  Jealous?  I had to take a bit of sick time this week, mainly because my energy was so low that I couldn’t even sit up straight all day.  The sinus issue is a bit worse today but the other things are starting to clear up.  I’m just hoping everything is good to go (health-wise and weather-wise) this Sunday, as it’s the annual Walk for MS.  As usual, I will (or at least hope to) fly over all three Walk sites in Niagara, starting in St. Catharines.  Paws and wings crossed the weather forecast is wrong and it’s going to by sunny.  None of this overcast and 50% chance of rain gobbledygook.  All these years I thought it was gobbledygoop!  Oops.  Well I guess it can be whatever I want it to be in Lizzyland.  I came up with some zingers the other day.  Just out of the blue, I told Mike that I’m Heidi-dextrous.  I can use two Heidi’s equally well.  Seriously?  Where the heck did that come from?!?  I don’t even know anyone named Heidi.  There are a couple other things that flew out of my yap, but they are not appropriate for my blog.

So there’s my joyous update for now.  I will report back soon, hopefully with good news about flying over everyone this Sunday.

Today’s symptoms: Considering the cold and infections, I’m feeling like caca.  Even having a slight infection completely wipes out my energy.  I always take longer to recover too because of my cruddy immune system (mainly caused by my MS medication).  I shalt get better soon though and be all bright eyed and bushy haired again! 

I’ve Been Hiding

Lots to mention in this blog, since it’s been a couple of weeks.  Let’s see….Janski and I went to Toronto to see Celtic Women at the Sony Centre.  They were amazing.  Fourth row from the stage, such great seats for a perfect evening.  We went up the day of the concert on the bus, as the stop here is just a couple blocks from my apartment.  For dinner before the concert, we ate a great meal at Fran’s Restaurant.  We passed this awesome fountain on the way there.  It’s hard to see, but there’s a golden bone at the top.

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Then we went back to the Hotel Victoria to chill before the long, three minute walk to the Sony Centre.

The next morning, we checked out the Eaton Centre a bit.  I’ve never seen one of these before – it was an industrial sized Roomba!

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Around 1:00, we headed back home on the bus.  So much less stressful than driving there.  And lucky us – front seats!

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It was a great little trip for us.  Back home, I had to check on Mike’s fish while he was away.  I decided to redecorate a little:

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I noticed this rather disturbing scene that looked like they were performing a satanic ritual on the poor helicopter in the middle:

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Great news – he broke free and flew into the sunset:

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I also got into his peanut butter:

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And organized his CD cases:

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Good times!  I have some more updates since my last blog, but I’ll get them out on another post soon.  I’ll leave you with joyous news…..the little snail I rescued back in December (Ralphie), is still alive!  Here he is eating some pink gecko food I mixed up for him:

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I’ll let it get a little warmer before I set him free.

Today’s symptoms: It wasn’t the best day.  I had to take some sick time from work because I was feeling so weak and just generally blah.  I didn’t sleep too badly last night, so I’m sure it wasn’t from that.  I had a pep talk with my body and it said it’s going to smarten up tomorrow.

 

Good To Be Back

I went a little longer than I would like since my last blog.  Oops.  My bad.  I had a bit of a stomach bug on Tuesday.  I took about a day and a half off and was able to work the next couple days, but was still quite weak.  All good now!  So glad it didn’t last long.

Sorry to deprive everyone of your weekly kitty fix:

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You’re welcome.

Since I was feeling better today (I was surprised how much better I felt than the last few days), Mike and I went to the airport.  We thought we were just going to go for a quick, local flight.  We ended up flying to Brantford.  My Army friend Ken gave me a stuffed Bruiser, which is the mascot for the Bulldogs (Hamilton’s hockey team).  He decided to join us today:

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He was quite enjoying the view:

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I asked him to change the radio over to the Hamilton frequency, and he was quite proud for doing so:

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He turned out to be quite the photographer:

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He got a couple nice shots of the Hamilton Airport.  There was a home and garden show going on at the Canadian Warplane Museum.  They turned the museum apron into a parking lot.  The awesome Lancaster was out in the cold (poor dude!), as you can see on the far right, a little more than halfway down:

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We finally made it to Brantford:

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We had to pick up some things from the Aircraft Spruce store, which used to be just a few steps away from the restaurant.  They moved a couple years ago and are now a bit of a jaunt.  It was rather windy today and we were so happy to see they now have a shuttle service from the restaurant over to the store.  Very appreciative!  Vyc is next to the white plane in the distance.

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After picking up our loot, we headed back to St. Catharines.  Just slightly east of Jordan Harbour I noticed a fire near a road.  Turned out to be a truck or van on fire:

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Yikes!  I hope no one was hurt!

It was a great flight.  Rather windy and gusty (which I always love flying in when I don’t have passengers), and flew through a couple very light snow showers.  We just chilled with the kitties for the rest of the day.

Today’s symptoms: So much better today than when I was dealing with the yucky bug-flu-sicko thing.  I’m hoping I didn’t push myself too hard today after recovering (which my adorable, tiny mother always nags at me about), because I would like to have another good one tomorrow.  I am still experiencing more than normal nerve pain, mostly down my arms.  I have certainly noticed how the MS has progressed over the years.  Certainly more aches and pains.  I go into a little more detail in my next blog, which will be much sooner than the last one!

Dundurn Castle

I took some vacation today and my friend and I went to Hamilton, first for some shopping. Then somewhere I’ve always wanted to go – Dundurn Castle in Hamilton. We met up with our tour guide Luke at 2:00 and had an amazing hour long tour.

It was neat seeing the area I frequently fly over, as I did just this Tuesday heading to Guelph and back. The history in that area is amazing. I want to learn more about it so I purchased this book from the gift shop:

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it was such a great day. I drove my friend home then headed home myself. As I stopped at a gas station, I looked down at my odometer:

Congrats, Lola Corolla! I got her in 2008 (she’s a 2009). Almost ten years old and every year I say “I can get twenty more years out of her!)

When I got home, I opened my balcony door. This is one of the first signs of Spring for me – when a kitty runs out on the balcony. I was in the process of taking a pic of curious Boo, but then she launched just as I snapped the pic:

Isn’t that great, Pinky?

Today’s symptoms: it seems like my insomnia is creeping back. For the last couple of weeks, I’m waking up around 3:00am and don’t get back to sleep for one to three hours. Last night wasn’t the worst, but certainly not the best. The night before was awful and I was a zombi for the day. I’ve been experiencing a lot of nerve pain lately. I’ll have to mention this to my neurologist next week. Hopefully it will be a restful and funtacular weekend!

Magique and Morty

It’s been a pretty good few days.  Let me share with you some of the highlights.  We’ll start out with the simple booping of Boo’s nose.  Boop:

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She doesn’t seem too amused.  Pinky booped her own nose with her tongue:

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Mya decided to have a discussion with her, so see if the self-booping was really worth the effort:
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Still not sure how that conversation went.

Mike’s 40th birthday was on Friday.  I got him tickets for the Cirque de Soleil show at the Meridian Centre this July.  Front row seats – sweet!  Also, these classy Rick and Morty socks:

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We had a great dinner at Kelsey’s with his family and my little mother.  Always great food there.

Speaking of my mother, she says I’m stubborn (like her).  I say she’s right.  While I was out with her on Thursday, I picked up a few things at the mall and Zehrs.  This included three cases of pop, a pillow, toilet paper and two bags worth of stuff.  Most people would take a couple trips to bring it in from their car.  Not moi!  One trip, baby!

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And no, Mya was not part of the load.  The pop fit ever so nicely in my fridge:

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Had a great day yesterday.  Met up with my friend Ken from Hamilton and the three of us went to the Casino for a show and noms.  We went to see the amazing magic show Magique.  It was incredible.  I can’t believe the illusions they did.  At the end, this awesome orange helicopter suddenly appeared:

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I certainly recommend seeing it!  Afterwards, we went out to the slots to blow some money.  I only brought $60, although I usually bring $40.  I put $20 into the machine and on my first pull I won $4.  I instantly cashed out.  Tee hee.  Then we wandered around a bit and that’s when I blew all $40 (decided $60 was too much).  Well, not all of it.  I walked out not totally broke:

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Booyah!  Don’t hate!  Guess what Mya, we ain’t gonna starve this week!

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Today’s symptoms: Felt fairly decent over the last couple of days.  My sleep is back to being not so good, but still better than my worst nights with insomnia for the last six or more months.  Yesterday at the casino I had to take a few wake-up pills.  They started to wear off around 5:00 and the crashing began!  We had to drag Ken out of the Casino and head back to St. Catharines to get him to the bus stop to go back to Hamilton.  It was such a great day!  I didn’t sleep too well again last night but hopefully I last through the whole day.

Awesome Vyc Pics!!!

I posted a couple pictures of my plane in flight on a previous blog.  When I flew through Niagara Falls last week, an aviation enthusiast took some wonderful pics as I passed over his home.  He was kind enough to look up my aircraft registration, then found me on Facebook to send me his great photos.  During my flight this morning, we flew south to Port Colborne then through Niagara Falls before landing back in St. Catharines.  I messaged him and he came out with his camera.  Please check out the great pictures taken by Kaan Ens.  He is in Cadets and has a love for aviation.

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If you notice in the fourth picture, my lovely new red tail beacon is looking fabulous!  It appears the little electrical issue I was having with my plane has been fixed by my awesome aviation mechanic.  Vyctor feels great and it showed during our flight today!

After the flight, I went over to my best friend’s house.  She had texted me to ask if I wanted to go to a Norwex party.  I’ve never heard of that.  I inadvertently read wax as opposed to wex at the end of the word.  Because of this, I assumed it was a candle party.  I loved candles but have quite a few right now, so really don’t need any more.  But still, I get to spend time with my bestie so it’s all good.  I was just a tad surprised when we arrived at the party address and I mentioned candles to Laura.  She said, “It’s not a candle party.  It’s for cleaning products!”  Hehehehe.  Oops!  I didn’t think I would be too interested in their products, but was quite impressed with everything.  I think Laura might be hosting one coming up so I’ll have to browse the catalogue and pick out some items to purchase.  It was a such a nice time and I met quite a few people.

Tomorrow my Army friend from Hamilton is coming down and he, my little mother, Mike and I are going to an Ice Dogs game.  It’s nice to see they made the playoffs.  Paws crossed they win, although they never do when Mike is there.  Ugh.

Today’s symptoms: Felt pretty good today.  I had two nights of really good sleep, and last night was so-so.  I can feel a significant difference in some of my symptoms after I’ve had decent sleep for a few nights in a row.  I have been dealing with pretty bad nerve pain in my right hand for the last couple weeks.  It feels like my hand his being crushed, with the bone splintering and the muscle bursting apart.  It’s really wretched and unpleasant!  Having a symptoms like this last this long is a pretty good sign of an MS flare up.

Blue Dude

I can’t believe how fast last week went by.  I hate it when that happens.  On Saturday, Mike and I went to this event, which I saw advertised on Facebook:

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We chatted with quite a few vendors, and I recognized one.  Sense Of Bling.  She has her products on sale at the St. Catharines Market just before Christmas.  She has so many unique items.  I bought a neat little stick-on phone stand from her, which I noticed that Mike’s sister and brother-in-law had on their phones (we were there the day before visiting).  I think we toured around for almost an hour, then headed to the airport.  My mechanic just tried something else to fix my high voltage light issue, and wanted me to test flight the plane.  I always love an excuse to fly.  We traveled around Niagara, with my new little friend.  My financial advisor had a cute keyboard sweeper.  I always pointed him out at our visits and said I really wanted to get one.  It was a promotional thing but there weren’t any left.  I was quite honoured when she basically forced him on me last week!  It’s greatly appreciated and I told her I would take some pics of him in his new home.  I also mentioned I would take him for a flight.  Voila:

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We even toured over the Falls:

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The Flying Club cat wasn’t overly thrilled to meet him:

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Unfortunately, the high voltage light came back on during our flight.  On Sunday, we went back to the airport and met up with my aviation mechanic, his aviation mechanic son and an auto mechanic from Port Colborne.  I felt so lucky that I had these great guys trying to help out fix Vyctor.  We were at the airport for a few hours Sunday.  I took up the mechanic a couple times while he ran some tests.  They still have more work to do to figure out the cause of the light being triggered.

Earlier today I was sent a message in Facebook messenger from someone who watched us fly over his house.  He looked up my registration to get my name, and then kindly sent me the great pics he took:

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I’m so appreciative he sent them to me!

Mike decided to share a picture of the lettuce he was cutting up.  I sent it back to him slightly altered:

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And just in case you need a kitty fix:

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Today’s symptoms:  Felt quite drained today after my busy (but great!) weekend, plus my nerve pain was really acting up.  Hopefully it doesn’t prevent me from having a decent sleep tonight.  Last night was actually quite good.

Sick Vyc

I’m having a little issue with my high voltage light coming on in my plane.  My mechanic asked me to head up for a flight after making some adjustments to Vyctor.  I was greeted at the airport with this lovely new windsock:

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I went up for a fairly brief flight, until the light came back on.  Bummer.  I landed and fortunately, my aviation mechanic and his son (also an aviation mechanic) came out to check on things.  His son was trying to figure out if there was an increased load on the electrical system.  He asked me “What do you have on when you fly?”  I said usually a shirt, hoodie, jeans….  Apparently he wanted to know what electronics I had on.  Ohhhh…  Hehehehe!  I love being a smart-ass.

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After an adjustment, they asked me to head up again to test it out.  Unfortunately, the light came on again so we’re going to have to dig a little deeper.  I offered to grab them some Timmies, but they were good to go so I made myself a joyous coffee in the Club.

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Who holds their coffee like that?  Anyway, no more flights until we get some stuff figured out.  Vyc is sick until further notice.  😦

I came home to Pinky sitting like an angel in the bathroom with her friend:

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And Boo being naughty, sitting on Ralphie’s (the snail) container.  Nice.

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Later that evening, tiny Mya seemed to get big Pinky in a headlock:

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Poor Pinky – she usually just sits and tolerates Mya sitting on her, but I’ve never seen this before.

Speaking of pink, tomorrow is Pink Shirt Day for anti-bullying.  For work, I picked up the shirts people from the St. Catharines and Hamilton offices ordered. One Hundred and Thirty-Seven!

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I was so relieved when I counted a few times and the order was perfect.  More than half of the shirts had to go to Hamilton so I got them all sorted and boxed back up to go.  At least I didn’t have to worry about cat hair getting on them.

Over the last few days, I’ve been teaching Mike piano lessons.  I got up to grade nine in my lessons, back when I was in public and high school.  Also, four or five years of theory classes.  I could not believe how much I forgot!  I have already spent a few hours trying to relearn stuff plus put lesson plans together.  Kinda fun though.  Mike seems to be enjoying it so far:

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Ah yes, playing the piano and making Sponge Bob Square Pants cakes (over ten years ago for Jan’s birthday).  Could I be any more gifted?

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Hehe!  I hadn’t seen that pic in quite a few years.  He actually didn’t turn out too bad!

Today’s symptoms: The insomnia has been back for the last few nights.  I’ve been up since before 4:00am today.  Ugh.  Very drained, especially after three nights of poor sleep.  I’ve had a really bad headache all day, likely from the lack of sleep.  Lots of MS aches and pains – always worse when I’m super tired.  I still can’t believe my body is so dumb that it doesn’t take advantage of my attempts to sleep.  I lay there so tired, I don’t have the energy to roll over when I’m uncomfortable, but still can’t sleep.  Geesh!

Cluck Norris!

I have to introduce the newest member of the family.  I’m a big fan of the electronic game Hay Day.   One of the first animals you get in the game is a chicken.  I named my first one Cluck Norris.  Check out what Mike got me for Valentine’s Day.  It’s actually from the makers of the Hay Day game:

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I have my own Cluck Norris!  Tee hee!

This weekend, I met up with my Army buddy Ken again.  We had a great visit with him last weekend as well, over to the Casino to enjoy the buffet and see Jersey Nights.  Mike did a family thing that day so couldn’t join us.  Ken took the bus down from Hamilton and I met him at the bus stop in St. Catharines.  We arrived at the Casino for around 11:30.  I watched Ken at the slots for a bit and then I played a $20 I brought (big spender!)  I won $71 after a few pulls, which was kinda nice.  Then we went and picked up tickets for the Wayne Brady show at 3:00.   Then it was a later lunch at the awesome buffet!

The show was SO good and funny!  I can’t believe how quickly Wayne comes up with things.  The whole show was improv with audience participation.   I wouldn’t hesitate at all to go back and see him again.

I played with the kids a bit when I got home.  As you can see, they were thrilled to see me:

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Adorable, eh?

On Sunday, I was surprised I was feeling as good as I did after the long day Saturday.  Mike and I hopped in Vyctor and headed to Kitchener for some breakfast.  Here’s the Burlington Skyway, looking all bridgey:

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We ordered our breakfast and I excused myself to go to the little pilot’s room.  I came back to see that Mike wasn’t too nice to Donkay:

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Yum:

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We were almost done our meal, I saw something I had never seen before (beyond online), another Cessna 150 Aerobat!  I could tell it was an Aerobat right away because of the checkered pattern.  They parked it right next to Vyctor too!  Vyctor was so excited to see his brother!

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One of the flight instructors came out and had a little chat with me.  They don’t have anyone there to teach them aerobatics so the plane is just used for regular ol’ straight and level training.  So sad!

Nice flight home.  We had a tail wind so the trip was a little quicker.  We went up and visited the nice folks at the Niagara District Airport Tower once we got back.   Then home to see the goobers and chill.  I see that Mya and Pinky were already chilling:

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They don’t look too happy – I think they missed us.  A little different than Mya’s expression that morning:

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Kinda looking a tad stunned there.

Had a good day at work today.  Since most people get Family Day off and us Federal workers don’t, quite a few more people answered the phone than do on a normal work day.  Some asked why we were working today and I said that we are just so committed to our jobs that none of us have families.  Therefore, no need to partake in Family Day!

Today’s symptoms: I felt pretty good until starting around 2:00, then my energy dropped pretty quickly.  At least things weren’t too bad pain-wise.  My insomnia is still slowly improving.  Where I went through five months with about four out of five nights being bad (one – four hours sleep), now it’s about two out of five.  Plus my bad nights aren’t quite as bad. 

Life Is So Short…

I had the absolute pleasure of seeing the cutest sight when I got up this morning.  I bought my gecko Zim a little green plastic dinosaur.  I think he likes it:

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Seriously – how adorable is that???  Snuggled up with his buddy, sleeping peacefully.

I was off today and as I do on most Thursdays, I spent time with my adorable little mother.  What is one of the most enjoyable things anyone could do on their day off?  Yup, go to the dentist.  Woot!  I actually don’t mind going at all.  I’m happy to report, I am officially 40 years cavity free!  Check out these adorable teeth:

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After my appointment, we hit a few stores and then headed back to her place.  We played a round of Words With Friends, chatted, had a few laughs and then I headed home.  I was planning on spending the last part of the afternoon cleaning but instead, had to deal with a rather sad and difficult situation.  I found out that one of my retired coworkers passed away.  Being a very private person, there will be no service.  This seems to be what a lot of people are doing lately, as the cost of a funeral service is so expensive.  I heard from someone she was in hospice so I made quite a few phone calls to try and find her.  I finally managed to contact a friend of hers and was given the very sad news that she is no longer with us.  I’m certainly not looking forward to going to work tomorrow and sharing this.

A couple of nights ago, I was thinking about how fragile and short life is.  We tend to put so much focus and emotion on the trivial things we have to deal with. When you look at the grand scheme of things, they are just that – trivial.  The time we spend on things that really don’t matter takes so much time away from the important things in life.  At my appointment today, the hygienist (who I had just met for the first time) said she couldn’t believe how positive I was, despite having MS.  I told her I was having a good symptom day and that basically meant that life was great!  Sure there are still the pains shooting through my body, the constant headache, fear of what MS can do (loss of vision, sensory impairment, loss of mobility, cognitive issues, etc) but today I feel better than I did yesterday.  All I can focus on is the positives in my life and I’m so grateful for everything I have.  Fixating on the negatives in life is such a complete waste and it’s very draining emotionally.  We always hear “life is short” but it’s so true.  I just wish more people would realize this and take advantage of every positive moment they experience.

Today’s symptoms:  I slept well last night and what a difference that make for the severity of my symptoms.  The pain is certainly less as is the dreaded (my most hated symptom) fatigue.  I started to crash around 6:30, which is never fun.  Fortunately, the first half of the day was wonderful.  I feel so lucky to have these good symptoms days.

You Know You’re Tired When…

The last week has been quite good.  On Tuesday, Mike and I went to the Niagara Recycling Plant with my father and he gave us a private tour.  I couldn’t believe there are so many people working there.  They have machinery that sorts much of the recyclables into general categories, but then human power is used for finer sorting.  The rate that the conveyor belts fly by is insane – pretty neat that the folks working there are able to keep up!

The rest of the week was decent, and the weekend was quite good.  On Saturday, Mike and I met up with my Army buddy from Hamilton for a day at the casino.   Ken has gold card status there so he gets tickets for shows and free meals at the buffet.  Yum!  He brought us to see Jersey Nights, which was awesome.  I have seen the live performance of Jersey Boys twice as I am a huge Frankie Valli fan.   It was an awesome show.  We were at the casino for much of the day and I was sure spent by the time I got home (only physically, not financially as I only gambled $10 and won $25!)  I was watching My 600 Pound Life before bed that night.  I had paused the show at one point and the pic on the screen was a little disturbing, because of her eyes being in mid blink.  I texted the pic to Mike and then I was a tad surprised at what I replied to him:

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Then I created this and sent it to him:

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He replied that he was surprised there was a burger just sitting on her chin.  I said that she was in the process of eating it.  I sent him this to make my point more clear:

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He said the arm and hand were too skinny so I sent him this:

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The whole time, I couldn’t stop laughing.  Man, you know you’re tired when!!!

On Sunday, I spent the day with my little mother.  We did a bunch of sorting and I cleared out some stuff.  Came across my ID from when I spent a few months in New Brunswick with the Army:

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Sometime I forget that I used to wear glasses – thick ones too!  I was so blind.  I had laser eye surgery during university (waaaaaaaay back in 1999) and my vision is still better than 20/20!  Actually, my corneas are still so thick that I could have the surgery another time or two if I ever needed it.  My mother didn’t even know I had booked the surgery. She came up to Windsor to bring me home for Christmas and I informed her that we had to go get my eyeballs zapped that evening and I had to go back the next morning for a check-up.  Hehe!  Good times.

Today’s symptoms: Really drained today.  My pain level has been minimal though, so that was kinda nice.  To be honest, many times I find pain easier to deal with than the dreaded MS fatigue.  I think if I “just” had the pain, my life would have gone in a completely different direction.  I would have likely still been able to be a cop after graduating university.  Bummer but that was the paw I was dealt!

I Can’t Believe What I Bought!

I was off Thursday so my little mother and I went to the PEN Centre.  There wasn’t really anything we needed, but it was just something to do.   After a coffee from Timmies, we hit a few stores.  While walking by a shoe store, I found this tiny shoe on the clearance table.  I held it to my mother for a size comparison.  Since she is so petit, this size 4 shoe looks far larger!

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It was a very nice day out together.  When I got home, I was surprised I still had some energy left so decided to quickly wash my floors.  Despite giving Mya some food as soon as I got home, she didn’t think it was quite enough.  The whole time I was washing the floors, Mya followeded me around, looking at me in a pitiful manner:

 

Needless to say, I was forced to give her more noms once I was done.  I mean, who can say no to a face like that???

Abby was thrilled with the freshly cleaned floors, and their now fresh scent:

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Despite the cruddy snow this weekend, Mike and I found a window of flyable weather and headed to the airport.  I was the only one flying, I assume due to the high and gusty winds.  I had the whole St. Catharines Airspace to myself.  Just to be silly, I radioed the tower a few times and asked for a traffic update.  The only plane up there was moi but it was nice to hear him say my position.  We didn’t go too far since we could already see the snow coming in over Grimsby.  We flew over to check out the Queenston Heights monument.  Then, slightly east of the Niagara River (into the States, which is fine to do without a flight plan, as long as you’re not landing there).  That’s us heading north so Canada is on the left.

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Back to the empty airport, we flew over the Outlet Mall to see how busy it was.  We were planning on going there next:

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Alas!  Other air traffic spotted just after we landed:

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When I was at the PEN Centre with Jan, I saw a girl with the coolest boots.  I hate buying shoes and don’t typically notice them on other people, but these were really nice.  I asked her where she bought them and she said over at the Niagara-On-The-Lake Outlet Mall.  I hate buying shoes and now I’m making a special trip somewhere to get ones that I really don’t need, but they’re so nice!  I was quite happy I found them but then there was a quandary.  I wasn’t expecting three colour choices.  Black, grey and brown.  They fit perfectly and were surprisingly comfy – but which colour between the black and grey?  They were both staring at me – right through to my sole (hehehe!).  Welcome home, my friends!

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I feel like such a rebel but considering I only buy shoes every two to three years, I don’t feel super guilty.   Just call me Sparkle-paws!

Today’s symptoms: Felt kinda meh today but that’s because I’ve mostly been awake since 3:30.  My really bad nights are still getting fewer and further between, which has been quite nice since this insomnia journey started many months ago.  From the lack of sleep, felt quite drained, bad headache and just generally blah.  Tomorrow is going to be much better.

Where Are The Sunbathers?

I was lucky enough to head out for another flight recently.  It’s always nice when I can do more than one in a week – rare though (health and weather).  I first flew over my little mother’s house.  Being as tiny as she is, I really had to look hard to see her waving from her driveway:

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After our “visit” I headed south to the Lake Erie shoreline.  It was only about -7.  Where were all the sunbathers?

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People in Niagara are really getting soft!  Did a few touch and go’s when I got to the Airport.  I was heckled by the Tower guys, despite good landings.  Hehehe!  I went up and beat them up…..errrrrr…..I mean visited them later.  First, called the Fuel Garcon and had Vyc filled.

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I asked him to just charge the fuel to one of the Flying Club planes, but I don’t think he went for it.

I had a joyous visit with Jan (on the ground!) this week.  Speaking of ground, I think the Town dude who plows the sidewalks needs to work on his aim.  What a mess:

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I’m sure Jan and her neighbour are going to have fun fixing that in the Spring.  Geesh.  Something else she needs to fix is her shoe:

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Can’t take her anywhere!

On a final note, does anyone remember these awesome scissors?  I had a pair when I was a kid.

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I love how her hip and arm dislocates with each snip.

Today’s symptoms: I had a pretty decent night last night.  What a difference it makes physically after I’ve slept well.  After a few cruddy nights in a row, my MS symptoms are always much worse.  The main complaint for today was a bad headache that didn’t start to subside until a few hours ago.  I guess better late than never.

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Only weird stuff over the last few days.  I love days like these.  Normality is too boring for me.  On Friday, I did aerobatics for about 45 minutes, trying to do a snap roll on top of a loop.  Not sure how many times I was upside-down….it was a lot though.  Even my plane said enough is enough:

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That’s the horizon indicator.  In this pic, it’s showing that we are completely upside-down.  Poor little gauge tried to tell me I was shiny side down even though I wasn’t.  So my plane is weird.

I come home to this:

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Mya always uses her sisters as pillows, but this is going a tad too far.  My cats are weird.

The other night, I had the Pina Colada song in my head.  I switched it to Pinky Colada.  Then I did this:

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Yup.  I finished what I was doing in the kitchen, then went out to my computer to complete this glorious image.  I am weird.  I guess I might as well present to you two more Elizaweirds. Visited my little mother today and we were sorting her purses.  At the bottom of the bin was a shelled peanut.  I asked her why it was there and then I turned the nut over:

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I asked her WTF?  She said I gave it to her.  Kinda nice that she would keep something so silly.  Felt pretty good though.  Still, rather weird.

When I got home today, I was thrilled to see my favorite parking spot was available.  They are re-doing the entire parking garage (demoing it in sections, two years now).  I had to share the fantastic news to Jan.  My message to her:

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I told Jan a mouse named Florencia took the pic for me.  Really?  Why do these thoughts even enter my mind?  I have to admit though, my dreams are absolutely awesome and extremely entertaining.  I can remember details from dreams I’ve had up to about fifteen to twenty years now.  Not sure if that’s normal or not.  Sorta weird.

Life is good.  🙂

Today’s symptoms:  Had a few good nights plus a couple of so-so ones.  Things seem to be very slowly improving in the insomnia department.  MS symptoms are fairly consistent, except still have the horrid nerve pain.  Been on my left side.  It literally feels like someone is stabbing a knife into my side just below my armpit and dragging the knife down to my leg.  I can feel the skin splitting open, the muscles tearing apart and the very tip of the knife scraping slightly into the bone.  Crazy – that’s how it feels.  Going to give it a little pep talk next time it happens.  Tell it that I appreciate its visit but I think it’s time to bugger off (Please and thank you). 

Cutest Yawn EVER!

Let me cut right to the chase.  Could this be any more adorable?

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Good ol Pinky.  She was tired because she only got 22 hours of sleep that day.   It looks like she’s about to swallow her head in the last pic.

On Saturday, the weather was in our favour so Mike and I flew to Tillsonburg for brunch.  The food at the restaurant at the airport is always great.   The Skyway Cafe is at both the Tillsonburg and Brantford Airports and always full of folks, both who drive or fly in.

For the flight home, we flew over the dozens of ice fisherfolks around Long Point.  We couldn’t even see them at first because of the glare off the ice, but there they all were.

After looping around once, we headed back to St. Catharines along the Lake Erie shoreline.  The chunks of ice looked pretty treacherous:

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Then we came upon the sea of windmills starting around Nanticoke:

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The flight home actually took less time then going to Tillsonburg, even despite the diversion south to Lake Erie.  A tailwind is always nice for saving fuel!

Not too much else going on with moi right now.  Just spending this evening doing a little cleaning and reading.  I hope to hop on my exercise bike for a bit as well.

Today’s symptoms: Slept fairly well last night, although it was much better the previous two nights.  There are certainly more good nights now, since my insomnia (the worst I’ve ever had it) started over five months ago.   Been having more MS nerve pain than normal over the last couple weeks. 

Scent Russian Roulette

I mentioned in a previous blog that I saved a little beetle dude, who was flying around my apartment.  Dona was nice enough to leave a comment on my blog, saying Tipple Tipple is a brown marmorated stink bug.  Oh joy!  Despite the fact that he’s a crop-destroying jerk, he should be safe in the little tank I have for him and Ralphie the snail.  Errrrr…..or so I thought.  I haven’t seen Tipple Tipple for a few days now.  Not sure how he got out, but I haven’t seen him.  Maybe Ralphie is a beetle-nomming snail. I hope you’re safe, buddy!

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I love having one of those Air Wick timed sprayers.  I have it on the lowest setting.  Every time I walk by it, it’s like playing Russian Roulette with a scented spray.  I’ve been hit a few times now – yesterday, I took a direct hit to the arm.  Fortunately it was only a flesh wound.  Smelled nice too!

Today’s symptoms: Felt fairly decent today.  I seem to be going through a few good days of decent sleep!  I still can’t believe it’s been five months now.  These periods of decent sleep seem to be happening a little more often at least. 

Flying Fries

I had the pleasure of meeting up with some of my coworkers in Hamilton for a meeting.  It’s a nice change of scenery.  We decided to head to Nations grocery store to pick up some noms for lunch, before the second half of the meeting.  I think the meal I picked was rather charming, don’t you think?

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The meeting went quite well, although I was hoping we would be done early so that I could have taken vacation time to go for a flight.  However, it went went later and by the time we were ready to leave, the rain had hit Hamilton.  It chased us all the way to St. Catharines – no flight for moi.

The next day, I did my motivational presentation to the Rotary Club of Niagara Falls Sunrise.  We met at Betty’s Restaurant in Chippawa for 7:15am.  They had a lovely breakfast buffet.  I was getting everything set up for the PowerPoint, so Mike went and got my brekkie. What a nice group of people.  They were all very friendly and so positive.  It was a great way to start the day!

After my presentation, my mother came up and we had a nice visit for the rest of the morning.  Mike went back to work in the afternoon and since the weather had cleared, I headed to the airport after little Janski headed home.  I was pretty much the only one flying, since it was quite windy.  My kind of flight!

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Here’s a video of slow flight into the wind.  I had the plane going as slowly as possible without stalling the wings (no more lift).  As you can see, I’m practically flying backwards.  Unmute is in the bottom right hand corner:

Ah yes, good times.  It was a really fun flight.  I went up to the tower afterwards and had a nice long chat with a friend.  It was sad watching one of the Club planes head out to do circuits but could only do two due to rain coming in.  😦    See you soon, Vyctor!  Always nice to get a free plane wash!

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I stopped off at Iron Chef and picked up some dinner noms for Mike and myself.  We had leftovers plus a cookie remaining, so I neatly bundled them all up for his lunch:

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Classy, eh?

The weather was great today so Mike and I hit the skies.  We flew to Guelph for lunch.  The restaurant at the airport is amazing.  There is often a line up to get in.  We were the only ones there who flew in.  Had a bit of a wait, but certainly worth it.  Mike’s burger had a hash brown and egg on it.  He looked like he was in ecstasy while eating it:

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I had the egg white omelette with cheese, spinach and broccoli plus home fries:

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Vyctor waited for us patiently in the cold:

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We were stuffed and had to bring home most of our fries, hash browns and my toast.  Mike was saying he was nicely full while we were getting in the plane.  Twenty minutes later we’re over Grimsby, I look over and he’s snacking on the fries:

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Geesh.  One weirdo to another – come home to Boo playing The Floor is Lava game:

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Today’s symptoms:  Slept fairly well the last two nights, which has been amazing.  Had a great day, although pretty bad nerve pain shooting down my left side.  It feels like someone is sticking a knife in me and dragging it down the side of my body.  Ouch!