The birthday weekend that was…

I had a very, very busy weekend and I’m only now getting down to talk about it. This past Monday was my 38th birthday, and usually the big day always passed without much hoopla and I really didn’t mind. I always saved money for the kids and their visits rather than go out and do something, but this year was very different. Much to my surprise, I got a lot of attention this year and it was nice to celebrate this time out.

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Long time no post, eh?


It’s been nine days since I’ve posted anything here on WP and while I am a little shamed for neglecting my diary… it’s not all entirely my fault. I’ve been having some technical issues as various sites have been acting up a bit again and while I can’t place all the blame on that. I have been rather ill lately so I haven’t been up to writing anything down. I’ve spent the last two weeks doing my best impersonation of Doc Halladay, hacking up a lung every two minutes. I hate being sick, especially this time of year.

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Swap Force day!

Today is Sunday, but as Ethan called it when he woke up today… it’s Swap Force Day! After waiting several months since Activision made the big announcement, today is release day for the new Skylanders game, Swap Force. As a belated birthday gift since I didn’t get him too much on his big day, I used an extra few bucks I scrounged together and I got him a starter kit for the new game.

So after a very long wait, Ethan and I went down to EB Games at my local mall to pick up the new game the moment the store opened at 10am.

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This is what universal health care looks like!

Today I had to go to the clinic to see a doctor. When Jonathan visited last weekend, he had a cough. Nothing too serious… as a matter of fact he’s already gotten over it. But my little man loves to share so he passed that cough onto me and unlike him, my health has gotten worse as the week progressed. So I went to the clinic to get checked out just to make sure it was nothing serious.

So I arrived at the clinic, Ontario health card in hand and there was no line to get to the counter. She took my card, verified information and asked me to sign a form. I spoke to her for about a minute or two and then was immediately shown to a room to wait for the doctor. Yeah, I didn’t wait a single minute in the main waiting room. None.

I sat there for a few minutes, about ten of them texting some friends and family who were concerned and then the doctor arrived. He took a look and about ten minutes later broke the news to me: I have strep throat and bronchitis. Fuck me.

The Doc write me up a prescription for pills and two puffers and said if I followed instructions, I’d be better in no time. I picked the drugs up at my local pharmacy on the way home, took my meds, had a cup of tea and then went to bed.

Would you like to know how much it cost for the appointment and the drugs I was prescribed? Nothing. Nada. Ziltch. Zero. This, ladies and gentlemen, is what Universal Health Care looks like.

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It’s October… time for an update!

It’s been a while since I wrote here, but to be honest… I’ve been very, very busy. Two weeks ago I started a new volunteer position that I’m very excited about. the support group that I used to attend for people who are coping with separation and divorce was in need of a facilitator. They usually prefer to have at least one male facilitator for each class and they were short so the asked me to help out. I enjoyed attended these level classes so I was more than happy to give back. I started two weeks ago and have been enjoying helping others cope during what are very difficult times.

I’ve also been doing a lot of writing. Combine that with my super busy visitation schedule with the kids and I’ve had little or no time to do anything else. I’ll try to come back here a little more often as long as there are not as many bugs as there has been the last few weeks but I make no promises.

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