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art in our new home

When we were in Salt Spring Island, we went to the Saturday Market, and I instantly fell in love with this man's work.  Salt Spring artist Lorne Tippett uses wine-barrel stays to create a hanging frame, and carves the designs from reclaimed wood. We splurged and bought one. It's not like we're spending money on anything else this year! It's now hanging on our covered deck. We hung it where you can also see it from inside the house. I love the shape of the wooden base; it echoes t...
Tags: Travel, Art, Personal, Indigenous Peoples, Pacific, Chris, Julie, Vancouver Island, Laura K, Cluxewe Waterfront Bistro, Lorne Tippett, Cluxewe


cooking with cookie!

We had a bit of excitement last week, and I realized I shared it only on Facebook. I'm sure wmtc readers want an answer to the burning question, What is Cookie up to now? This is what she's up to! She Who Cannot Be Contained must have put her paws on the kitchen counter -- I had been cooking and she was looking for morsels -- and on the way down, hit the stove, turning on a burner. The Instant Pot lid was resting on the stovetop. I was on a zoom meeting with my door shut, but Allan (who has a...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Facebook, Dogs, Personal, Allan, Laura K


apologies to sir elton: itch, itch, the itch is back

Remember the severe hives I complained about? That condition is now officially chronic idiopathic urticaria. Translation: long-term hives of no known cause. After struggling through our mini-vacation in Victoria and Salt Spring Island, I called the dermatologist's office and pleaded my case. They very kindly squeezed me in as an emergency, on the day we were driving through that town -- saving us six hours of driving. I later learned it was the doctor's last day before his own vacation. Thank ...
Tags: Travel, Personal, Mental Health, Health Care, Victoria, Laura K, Salt Spring Island


Bubble Houses in Shanghai’s Space Forest

My family and I stayed in one of these places during the October holiday. The Chinese name for these kinds of structures is 泡泡屋 , literally “bubble house.” You’re inside a giant plastic bubble, inflated by a pump. So there’s a sort of “airlock” door. Interestingly, while you can easily see the bubble walls inside the bubble, they often don’t show up in pictures. (In the photo below, you can see the shiny plastic wall in the bottom left of the photo.) This place is ...
Tags: Travel, Camping, Entertainment, Personal, Shanghai, Linguistics, Observations, Chongming Island, Shanghai Municipality, Space Forest


a little story about learning to play piano

Recently I was unable to play piano for three weeks -- a combination of the unbearable hives (now about 75% gone!) and being on vacation. Since beginning Pianote's "Foundations" course in March, for four months I never missed a day of practice, and after that never missed more than the occasional day, one or two days per month, maximum. So being away from the keyboard for three weeks, I thought I might forget everything! Really, I thought I might be starting over from day one.The first day,...
Tags: Travel, Personal, Laura K


in which i implore the goddess of antihistamines to smile upon me

I am so grateful to be home, and to have several more days off before returning to work. All four of us are happy to be back. What a joy and a privilege to have a home that I love! Seeing the dermatologist in Campbell River on the day we were driving through town was an even bigger stroke of luck than we knew: it was the last day before the doctor's vacation! I would have had to wait another two weeks, in addition to another six hours of driving.Dermatologist:1. Ordered a whole whack of blood te...
Tags: Travel, Personal, Campbell River, Laura K


cpmvfsgu days 8 and 9: monday and tuesday on salt spring island; whether or not to leave a negative review for an airbnb

I've spent the last two days reading, blogging, scratching, and occasionally eating and sleeping. There were other things to do on Salt Spring Island, but I was too uncomfortable to do anything. It was very nice to have uninterrupted time to read and write.Tomorrow we'll take an early ferry to Crofton, drive up to Campbell River, take care of our appointments, then head back home. * * * * I've had a long running argument by email with the host of this cottage. I'd like to leave a negative r...
Tags: Travel, Personal, Complaints, Tripadvisor, Travels, Consumer Issues, Vancouver Island, Crofton, Campbell River, Laura K, Salt Spring Island


cpmvfsgu day 7: salt spring island (sunday)

Today's big news is that the GP Dermatologist in Campbell River will see me on the day we are driving through that town, on our way home. Which is two days from now! I'm so relieved I could cry.I called and pleaded my case -- to be honest, just a simple explanation, I didn't need to exaggerate! -- and also explained we would be passing through town in a couple of days. The scary part was waiting to see if they actually had the referral. I suppose if they hadn't, I could have corrected that with ...
Tags: Travel, Oregon, Personal, Travels, Allan, Vancouver Island, Campbell River, Laura K


cpmvfsgu day 6: salt spring island (saturday)

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times? Perhaps not as dramatic as all that, but yesterday was a tale of two days, for sure.We had a leisurely morning -- well, when you barely sleep, all mornings seem long -- and drove the dogs over to Salty Dog, the local daycare and boarding spot. When I made the arrangements, Jaime was the opposite of every doggie daycare place I've spoken with in any city. She was so totally laid back. Whatever day, whatever hour, just come on by. She didn't ask...
Tags: Travel, Art, California, US, Personal, Ireland, Egypt, Travels, Allan, Maude, Sophia, Jaime, Vancouver Island, Laura K, Ganges Ganges, Lorne Tippett


cpmvfsgu day 5: victoria to salt spring island

I am having the surreal experience of looking through photographs of the wildfire devastation in Washington State, Oregon, and California, and seeing the names of towns where much of my family live. They are all personally safe, and as of right now their homes are intact. It's very scary, both in the immediate and the larger pictures.My own personal surreality continues, my skin covered in red welts, scabs, and bruises. (Bruises from scratching; my skin bruises easily.) I've learned that chronic...
Tags: Travel, New York, California, Personal, Vancouver, Victoria, Travels, Allan, Ndp, Cookie, Ganges, Vancouver Island, Crofton, Saanich, Kai, Swartz Bay


consolation-prize mini-vacation featuring special guest urticaria: days 1 and 2: business in campbell river

This is the time when wmtc turns into a travel journal, which I write almost entirely for myself, for a record of my travels.First of all, we were supposed to travel in April, an ultimate road trip that would take in everything I could want in a vacation, from beloved friends and family -- many of whom we had not seen in many years, and who I really miss -- to gorgeous scenic drives, and, of course, baseball. And with our dogs, too! That is truly my little heaven. Even before the lockdown, we re...
Tags: Travel, Personal, Travels, Allan, North Island, Campbell, Vancouver Island, Kai, Campbell River, Port Hardy, Laura K, COVID-19, Campbell River Campbell River, Campbell River Hospital, Popsey


consolation-prize mini-vacation featuring special guest urticaria: days 1 and 2

This is the time when wmtc turns into a travel journal, which I write almost entirely for myself, for a record of my travels.First of all, we were supposed to travel in April, an ultimate road trip that would take in everything I could want in a vacation, from beloved friends and family -- many of whom we had not seen in many years, and who I really miss -- to gorgeous scenic drives, and, of course, baseball. And with our dogs, too! That is truly my little heaven. Even before the lockdown, we re...
Tags: Travel, Personal, Travels, Allan, North Island, Campbell, Vancouver Island, Kai, Campbell River, Port Hardy, Laura K, COVID-19, Campbell River Campbell River, Campbell River Hospital, Popsey


consolation-prize mini-vacation featuring special guest urticaria: day 1 and 2

This is the time when wmtc turns into a travel journal, which I write almost entirely for myself, for a record of my travels.First of all, we were supposed to travel in April, an ultimate road trip that would take in everything I could want in a vacation, from beloved friends and family -- many of whom we had not seen in many years, and who I really miss -- to gorgeous scenic drives, and, of course, baseball. And with our dogs, too! That is truly my little heaven. Even before the lockdown, we re...
Tags: Travel, Personal, Travels, Allan, North Island, Campbell, Vancouver Island, Kai, Campbell River, Port Hardy, Laura K, COVID-19, Campbell River Campbell River, Campbell River Hospital, Popsey


laura and the angry itch: recent experiences with both sides of the medical divide

As my Facebook friends know all too well, I have been struggling with severe urticaria -- hives -- for two months. I have been going out of my mind with unrelenting itching. My skin is on fire.For six weeks, I had no idea what had caused the urticaria, and nothing known to me relieved the itching.At the end of a day of itching and burning, Aveeno soothing baths and a thick eczema balm help calm things down.* Ice packs offer some relief.  Antihistamines do nothing, although I continue to take the...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, New York, US, Personal, Health Care, Big Pharma, Laura K


another blog, for anyone who is interested

I've decided to have bariatric surgery. I made the decision towards the end of last year, and I started a separate blog so I could write about it.Initially I wanted to keep this very private. I just wasn't ready to share it. But there's a lot of stigma around weight-loss surgery, and I like to poke holes in stigma whenever I can. I'm taking steps to improve my health. There should be no shame in that. If some people are judgmental or feel superior, that's not my problem.If you want to come along...
Tags: Travel, Personal, Laura K


The Lingering Pain of Leaving Italy

If you have ever lived in Italy and had to leave it, this post may hit a nerve.The post The Lingering Pain of Leaving Italy appeared first on Italofile.
Tags: Travel, Featured, Personal, Italy, Essay, Featured Articles


This too shall pass

Hello, whoever is reading this!Hope you are well! I am not sure I can say the same thing about me. Life's being unkind - both at the personal front and at the professional one. Wish I could say more. But I will leave it here. And tell myself that this too shall pass. It always does. So, I did not write a post in the whole of July. Has to be among the longest breaks I've taken from writing. And has to be the longest I have been so out of action or inspiration. I mean the entire month of July pass...
Tags: Travel, Personal, Rant, Starbucks, Delhi, Mumbai, Andy, foreverAlone


in which i reflect on the joys of summer in north vancouver island, especially during the pandemic

In 2015, Allan and I moved into an apartment, for the first time since leaving New York City in late 2005.We had rented a series of houses for 10 years. Now the market had changed and it was clear there were no houses for rent in our price range that would offer long-term stability and a decent commute.There is no way we would consider buying a house in the Toronto area, and we had no interest in buying a condo. This meant we were forced to move back to rental apartment life. We found a great ap...
Tags: Travel, New York City, Toronto, Personal, Canada, Vancouver, Allan, Mississauga, Vancouver Island, Port Hardy, Laura K, Life In A Small Town, COVID-19, Bonnie Henry


pupdate: prison break, cookie style

I've been putting off the recall training. We have equipment, and we have advice, but we don't have a plan -- because we haven't made it a priority. Honking big flashing neon note to self: make it a priority.This morning I when called in both dogs from the backyard, only Kai appeared. And she appeared from behind some foliage. Hmm. I called for Cookie a few times, then followed Kai to the back fence.And there it was, well-hidden behind tall flowers. A tunnel.  You might not think our girl c...
Tags: Travel, Dogs, Personal, Cookie, Kai, Laura K


katy bowman's nutritious movement: will it change my life? i'm working on it

One of my principal goals for 2019 was to improve my level of fitness. I had been only sporadically active for 10 years -- beginning with starting graduate school while working two jobs, then segueing into becoming president of my local union -- and it had definitely negatively impacted my health and well-being. The year of getting more fit? No.I was highly motivated and the year started out well. I bought new hiking boots and some rain gear, and we explored all the manageable trails in our area...
Tags: Travel, Personal, Bowman, Kai, Laura K, Katy Bowman


Day 32 of the lockdown

Day 32 of the lockdown.Day 38 otherwise.It is after a few days that I feel human myself again.And what is this myself? Well, someone who's up and about early (as I write this, its 8 AM. Been up since 7 and puttering around the house, and right now I am sipping on to my coffee (with coconut oil and turmeric)). I feel that there is a lot to be done and no not in an overwhelming manner - in a good way. I am generally hopeful about life and work and all that. I know times are hard and things are t...
Tags: Travel, Personal, COVID-19, 21daysOfLockdown, Lockdown2, Vitamin D Bank


Hello April / Monthly Review - Feb and Mar 2020

Hi!This is my bi-monthly (used to be once a month, but from now on, once in two months) report on what I am up to and all that.Before I come to the review and all that, I must say, the past few days will have to be among the MOST incredible days that I have ever seen. I have been fairly fortunate to not have had any major incidents, accidents or anything negative like that. The closest that I came to harm is 26/11 when I was still far away in Vashi playing pool with a few friends and terrorists ...
Tags: Travel, Personal, Delhi, Mumbai, George Rr Martin, South Mumbai, Lem, Vashi, Mundane Updates, inLife, Elementor, MonthlyUpdates, Riyaz, GMMR


is my body keeping score? personal insights (plus brain dump) after reading the book by bessel van der kolk

When I wrote my beyond-rave review of The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, by Bessel van der Kolk, I purposely omitted some personal reaction and connections I had to the book. Here they are.Moving forward with my own healingOn the list of physical issues that can result from trauma, fibromyalgia is one of the most common -- along with depression, anxiety, stomach issues, and chronic fatigue. I've long ignored the connection between my past experiences and fi...
Tags: Travel, Greece, Sexual Assault, France, Oregon, Iraq, Personal, Mental Health, Ptsd, Afghanistan, Middle East, Emdr, Ontario, McFarlane, Department of Defence, CBT


social distancing is awesome but the world has become surreal

Removed from all context, I am loving social distancing.I was very disappointed to cancel our planned vacation to visit west-coast family and friends. But other than that, I am having a great time.Reading.Writing.Practicing piano.Doing jigsaw puzzles.Watching movies and series.Walking outside.Stretching and meditating inside.Playing with our dogs. They are loving have me around all the time.Cooking. The Instant Pot is working overtime!Getting things done around the house.Poor Allan, because he w...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Personal, Donald Trump, Allan, Laura K, COVID-19


in which i begin re-learning how to play piano -- using pianote.com

I'm taking piano lessons! I'm really happy and excited about it. I'm using an amazing site called Pianote, which combines traditional lessons with seamless, user-friendly technology.* * * *If you're just picking up this story, please read this. (Comments are still missing. Blogger was (finally) working on it... now, who knows.)Ever since writing that post above, piano lessons has been on my to-do list. Now social distancing has given me the perfect opportunity to get started.But how to begin? Si...
Tags: Travel, Music, Personal, Laura K


PauseTalk, Five Years Later

It just hit me today that five years ago this month I held what I then called the “final” edition of PauseTalk (Vol. 85) in Tokyo — here’s the post I wrote to mark that end. That event took place on March 2, 2015, and a few weeks later (on March 31) I would be leaving the city I called home for over 15 years. Hey, do you miss running PauseTalk? Of course I do. Not only was it a fantastic way for me to meet so many creative people over the years, it also made for a very fun and inspirationa...
Tags: Travel, Personal, Tokyo, Montreal, Connery, PauseTalk


in which covid-19 accomplishes what revolution, unexplained plane crashes, and terrorism could not

I've never cancelled a trip because of external circumstances. Until now.In 1994, we were heading to Mexico -- to travel through the country, not to stay in a resort -- when revolution broke out in the state of Chiapas. We went anyway.In 2001, we were booked on a flight to Ireland, two months after September 11, and less than 24 hours after a plane crashed immediately after takeoff from the same NYC airport. We went anyway.In 2017, we were finally going to Egypt, when a bomb went off in a Cairo ...
Tags: Travel, California, Mexico, Oregon, US, Personal, Canada, Ireland, Egypt, Labour, Health Care, Red Sox, Chiapas, Travels, Cairo, Laura K


the ptsd story i promised you

A few posts ago, I mentioned having a PTSD episode, and being open about it, in a group setting. That post seems to have resonated with a lot of people. In that same spirit, I'm sharing this.* * * *I attended a week-long labour education event, part of the CLC's Winter School. Many different courses take place at the same time, each five days long; you're with the same people all week. My group was seven people from my own local, plus three other locals from our union, about 20 people in total. ...
Tags: Travel, Personal, Mental Health, Ptsd, CLC, Laura K


4 Years at Ubi

I mentioned it on the day of on Twitter/Facebook, but this past weekend — specifically February 15 — marked my 4th anniversary of working at Ubisoft here in Montreal. I’ve written in the past about how I ended up here, so what I’ll say now is that I’m just as happy working here as I was when I started. And what better way to mark this anniversary than at the Six Invitational, the culmination of all of Rainbow Six Siege‘s competitive programs — and even better the fact that it was an electrifying...
Tags: Travel, Career, Personal, Ubisoft, Montreal, Esports, Twitter Facebook, Ubisoft Montreal, Six Invitational


and let others do for you: interdependence, and the strength to be vulnerable

"I find it really difficult to ask for help." I've heard many people say this. I don't know if I ever said this myself, but as a teen and then young adult, I definitely tried never to ask for help, and seldom would allow myself to accept any. When I needed help of any kind -- physical, financial, emotional -- I would feel uncomfortable and deeply indebted, for relatively small actions.In New York City, where, like millions of New Yorkers, I didn't own a car, if someone gave me a ride home, I wou...
Tags: Travel, New York City, Personal, Mental Health, Ptsd, National Parks, Bob Dylan, Harvard University, Dylan, Mississauga, Brooke, Miscellaneous Blather, Laura K, Brooke Ellison Ellison



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