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  • How Adam Baldwin is helping to make me skinny

    May 12th, 2010 she Posted in Flan-dom, new leaf   No Comments »  

    I was at a convention last year and listened to Adam Baldwin recount his experiences with Ride to Recovery (see his blog post here – http://bighollywood.breitbart.com/abaldwin/2009/04/20/ride-2-recovery-an-amazing-journey-2 /). During during the story he talked of a time where he felt exhausted and wanted to give up. One of the vets (who, if I recall correctly, was a multiple amputee) dropped back from the pack to where Adam was huffing and puffing away, looked at him, and said “what are you, a pussy?” He talked about the inspiration of spending time with people who don’t give up.

    Shortly afterwards, m?y husband and I had out picture taken with Adam and I look hideous. I was a short, round ball with arms and legs.

    My embarassment over the picture and Adam’s story inspired me to get off my duff and start learning to live a healthier lifestyle. And every time I even think about giving up or going back to my old ways, I hear Adam’s voice in my head asking “what are you, a pussy?” It’s working for me so far. 42lbs lost since the beginning of the year and I’m finally no longer classified as obese. I still have a long way to go, but I’m getting there one small change at a time.

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    It’s alive!

    November 12th, 2009 she Posted in Flan-dom, Random Burbling   No Comments »  

    For the past few months some friends and I have been working towards incorporating a non-profit society. I’m pleased to announce that today I have the completed paperwork in my hot little hands. We exist.

    Please join me in celebrating the incorporation of the Alberta Browncoats Society.

    The Alberta Browncoats Society is non-profit society formed in 2009. We are dedicated to doing good in unexpected ways while upholding the main goals of CSTS: raising funds for Equality Now and other locally based charities. While Can’t Stop the Serenity is our main fundraising event in 2010 we hope to branch out in future; hosting small gatherings or fundraisers with a more local focus on a semi-annual basis.

    For the moment we’ll be using our Edmonton Can’t Stop the Serenity event site as our main presence on the web. You can also follow @ABbrowncoats on Twitter.

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    Vacation Tweet Update III

    August 2nd, 2009 she Posted in Flan-dom, Where No Flan Has Gone Before   No Comments »  

    July 27

    • Still completely bagged after 4 days and 5 nights at #sdcc. Hoping recovery is complete before tomorrow. No yawning allowed
    • Looking forward to playing tourist in SD tomorrow. For now, we sleep
    • Afraid. I am horrible in pictures. @theonetruebix takes amazing pictures. Hopefullly he didn’t get my ditz expression on my face in his pic
    • And yes, Drew who looks amazing in every photo ever taken of him, makes me feel even sadder about the known deficiencies of photos I’m in

    July 28

    July 29

    • Boosting the US economy 1 beer and amusement park at a time.
    • Just finished watching night shows at SD Seaworld. Ooh ahhs were awesome!
    • Train is out of service. Boo! I think we’re stuck waiting 30 more mins for the blue line. Hope I’m mistaken.
    • Yay for whining on twitter! Replacement train has arrived!
    • Train goes forward. Train goes backward. We have returned to station we just left
    • Who needs a theme park when every trolley ride is an adventure?
    • Oh hai mr transit security occifer. Late for the train were you?
    • Really looking forward to the zoo (pandas!) tomorrow

    July 30

    • “Home” from the zoo. Sleepy. One last full day in SD before we fly back to #yeg

    July 31

    • WTF? Last day in town & I have a giant blister on my little toe
    • Important research underway. Which paper umbrella garnished fruity girly drink tastes best?
    • Sleepy. Have to be awake at 0 dark 30 for the flight home to the great white north tomorrow
    • 4 am wake up call at the hotel. Wonder if that’s early enough?

    August 1

    • After much early am panic we are at airport, through security & on way home.
    • Goodbye sunny SoCal. We barely knew you
    • Sitting in an airport & waiting for a flight takes an excrutiatingly long time when you are drinking crappy tasting beer.
    • Feeling old as a result of this trip. No one bothers to ID me anymore
    • Coming home with a suitcase filled with geek shirts. Hope @bingofuel is prepared for round two!
    • Fighting over who gets stuck drinking the beer. Not usually a conversation we’re used to having.
    • What a welcome home. Thunder storms, lightening, hail and tornado warnings

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    Vacation Twitter Updates – Part II

    July 26th, 2009 she Posted in Flan-dom, Where No Flan Has Gone Before   No Comments »  

    Turning off the option to receive tweets to my phone tonight as my txt messaging plan is nearly exhausted. Nothing to fear though, I will likely tweet a bit more about our experiences during the last week of our vacation.

    July 25

    • Standing in giant ballroom 20 hoping to get into Chuck panel. Then it’s time for the Jayne hat flash mob
    • Must have t: I am not a nerd, I just enjoy standing in line.
    • Comic-Con = diet & exercise program for nerds.8 flights of stairs & unknown miles walked before breakfast
    • We’re in! Time for Chuck panel
    • Adam’s inner grunt monolog: Joss Whedon
    • Finished last shift at california browncoats booth. Rest of the con is schedule free
    • Sitting in on the Ray Bradbury panel & 2 tv premiers so we have a spot at the Mythbusters panel
    • Sad we missed the V premier
    • Drew & I weren’t that impressed with Human Target or Vamp Diaries. On the bright side, we’ve all got seats for Mythbusters!
    • Waiting for @donttrythis to hit the stage. @badastronomer running the show :)
    • Consensus is that tv shows are “meh”. Mythbusters next & we know they’ll rock :)
    • Oh hai raspberry mojitos. Of course i with you this fine evening
    • Mythbusters panel rocked. @donttrythis & @badastronomer were a hoot. Tomorrow we wake at 0 dark 30 to brave the ballroom 20 line for Dr. Who
    • hmmm, seems I’m missing some incoming tweets. Didn’t see @britl‘s Cunning Hat search q until today… Boo twitter!

    July 26 (last day *sniff*)

    • Ack! Slept in. Must get to trolley & into ballroom 20′s hellish line-up
    • In line to go inside & get in another line. Here’s hoping we get into Dr Who
    • *w00t* we’re early enough that we’re guaranteed seats. Fabulous way to start the last day at #sdcc
    • We are in & pretty close to the front. Will see if timelord greatness rubs off & makes us cooler.
    • Trading freebie Dr Who comics with peeps in the row behind us. Panel about to start. Wish dad were here to see this.
    • Nathan Fillion & PJ Haarsma just crashed the fan club meeting *w00t*
    • Feeling sad that comic-con is nearly over. Will be a long time before we can afford to do something like this again
    • Lesson learned at comic-con: if you see something you want, buy it. Likely won’t be there later
    • Old and new school comics everywhere. Seemed like MILES of them
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    On Vacation

    July 24th, 2009 she Posted in Flan-dom, Where No Flan Has Gone Before   No Comments »  

    Last weekend Drew and I headed south for a few week’s vacation. After landing in San Diego shortly before midnight we crashed for the evening and drove down to Disneyland. We spent Drew’s birthday running around the park and topped off the evening with a great set of fireworks. Then, it was off to sleep before driving across LA (traffic sucks!) and visiting Universal Studios. Had a fabulous time resulting from the decision to bite the bullet and spend the extra money on a front of the line pass. Instead of needing two days to do everything in the park we got through it all in a single day. Our last day in LA was spent wandering Hollywood Blvd and through Santa Monica.

    On Wednesday we headed back to San Diego and have been neck deep in Comic Con madness. It’s been great so far but the stories of crowds and craziness all appear to be true!

    For those who follow me on Twitter, we’ve managed to get a basic pay-as-you-go cell phone with a text messaging option so I’ve been tweeting our vacation. For those who don’t follow me, a breakdown of our trip is as follows*:

    July 18:

    • neighbours throw party for hubs bday. Sweet but they feed him too much beer. left to his own devices he decided to re-pack luggage
    • Guess who’s stuck “fixing” his packing at nearly 2am on day we fly to SoCal?
    • SoCal here we come. Brekky bright & early with @eliste tomorrow am then off to Disney. Volunteer schedule all set. Costume in bag. Excited.
    • Hanging out at the #MSP Armed Forces Security Centre. Tea and sleep before flight to SD.
    • Landed and made it to hotel. Crashing for a few hours sleep before the fun really begins.

    July 19

    • Got cell phone for local calls & tweeting set up. Trying best NOT to take iPhone off of Airport mode to avoid crazy data & roaming costs.
    • Humid. Fun so far. Had great breakfast & fun catching up before spending time with Mickey.
    • Just finished watching the ooh ahhs at Disneyland
    • Sorry #yeg Capital Ex has nothing as good as this

    July 20

    • Just saw the mule from Serenity
    • So happy we saved 4 long time 4 vacay. Lack of $ worries makes a difference
    • Pondering trip to see walk of fame in the am

    July 21

    • Interesting. After days of joking that I got tired too easily at theme parks, Mr. “I’m not tired” has slept in & refuses to get out of bed.
    • Drew is kicking me as he drives route 66
    • Apparently we are now headed to santa monica for a few hours
    • Bless you SoCal. 100 spf sunblock FTW!
    • Too bad I’m already sporting a burn on my face
    • Stuck in first LA traffic jam. Send beer and pizza please.
    • Our GPS appears to be lost. What luck!

    July 22

    • The Canucks hbve landed #sdcc
    • In line to pick up #sdcc passes. Miss front of the line no wait option
    • Help! There must be something in the water. Too many happy waiting ppl #sdcc
    • I miss my iPhone. Old school messaging is so time consuming.
    • Also, no camera on cheapie pay as you go phone. On other hand, got phone & txt
    • CSTS t shirts, she-ra, wonder woman, charlie chaplin spotted
    • Adoring the fact that I am not even close to being the biggest geek in the room
    • #sdcc day 1 t shirt choice: @hijinksensue LOLFOX for me. @drhorrible “not my nemesis” for Drew
    • First day at #sdcc a success. Goodies obtained. Checked into hotel. Early day tomorrow.
    • Check-in clerk thinks Drew & our sponsor looked like brothers. I can’t see it.

    July 23

    • Off to comic con
    • Once again waiting in a long line up to get into exhibit hall. Not open yet? #sdcc
    • Cunning hat delivery delayed. Should have tonight. #sdcc
    • Who’d have expected military spouse mantra of hurry up & wait to apply in real world? #sdcc
    • First volunteer shift done & met adam baldwin FTW!
    • Breaktime is over. Noms in the belly. Braving the crowds again. SDCC. Must blog w/ pics soon since can’t twitpic with temp phone.
    • Doh! Wrong trolley. Time to get off & try again
    • In & getting ready to help out at the @drhorrible screening
    • @feliciaday is introducing @drhorrible. Let the singing & call backs begin
    • Commentary!
    • Watching people google ninja ropes during commentary! How cute! #sdcc @drhorrible
    • Lots of trollies during the day. Long wait at night #sdcc

    July 24

    • Day two. Sleepy & I now have bags under my eyes big enuf to bring purchases home in
    • Cool. @drhorrible @MoTancharoen @ZDubDub (Maurissa, Jed & Zack) signing during my shift
    • First mission accomplished. Got seats for Coraline & @neilhimself. Unfortunately this means missing @theguild :(
    • Today will be an adventure. Forgot epi-pens in hotel room.
    • Got into the dollhouse & joss whedon panel *w00t* #sdcc
    • Saw @britl earlier today *yay* no donation to browncoat charity *boo* public shaming r us
    • Heading to bed. Yes, I’m old. Much sleep needed tonight so we can get in line at 0 dark 30 for the Chuck panel tomorrow am.
    • Unofficial final grade on Stat class was a C+ Barely squeaked through the exam & tanked my GPA, but it’s a pass. I’ll take it.


    *As posted. Typos abound.
    Note: Pics to follow when I get the time to pull them off the camera. May not be until we get home.

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    slow few months

    June 24th, 2009 she Posted in Adventures with MOT, Flan-dom, Where No Flan Has Gone Before   No Comments »  

    For those following my blog these past two months haven’t provided much entertainment. So, I’m sorry to note that it’s not going to get much better for the next little bit.  Hopefully you’ll still find me in your RSS readers once my crazy final weeks of school/papers schedule is finished.

    I know I’m beginning to sound like a broken record but I’ve been busy with school of late. While I’m stuck in the basement writing and calculating, Drew’s been tearing apart the backyard. I’ll try to post some of the before/current state pictures soon. We’ve not reached the “after” state yet.

    This weekend we’re swooping into Vancouver for a few days and will be visiting with Drew’s aunt and cousins. Saturday will be spent at the Vancouver CSTS and those of you on the wet coast who are interested in what MOT’s been up to might catch a glimpse of him running around Vancouver before the weekend is out.

    He’s been pretty subdued since he came home from Afghanistan however it’s only a few more weeks before MOT heads to SoCal. Which reminds me, I’ve got a picture or two of MOT’s final days in the Sandbox that still needs posting.

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    Put your $$ where it’s needed

    May 19th, 2009 she Posted in Flan-dom, Random Burbling, Reading Begets Enlightenment   No Comments »  

    Ok, so we all know I’m a big fan of Twitter and charity. I’m especially fond of charities that promote learning (#Tweetsgiving & #Tweetluck come to mind), reading (Kids Need to Read), and foodbanks. Charities that give people a hand up when needed hold a special place in my heart.

    Recently I’ve been able to combine these two loves as the #yeg community has started responding to local needs.

    First up was @SirThinks foodbank challenge. Many may not remember back in the day when a number of military members lined up at foodbanks because they couldn’t afford to both house and feed their families. Former CDS Hillier refers to that period in the CF as the “days of darkness”. I doubt many CF members who lived and worked through it would disagree. We were fortunate enough not to need the services of a foodbank at that time but there were days when we’d be sorely tempted. While we’ve donated over the years, when @SirThinks posted his 200 items for school lunch challenge on Twitter last week we couldn’t resist picking up the guantlet.

    That event got @SirThinks and I thinking about other ways to support local foodbanks in a more formal manner through Twitter. The near weekly #yegsafetymtgs (nobody works, nobody gets hurt) seemed like the perfect place to launch a collection for the local foodbank. All that remains is to iron out the details.

    As I’ve babbled many times over the year(s), I’m a big fan of a charity co-founded by Edmonton’s own Capt Tightpants, Nathan Fillion. Kids Need to Read purchases books for children’s school libraries – often in the poorest districts – to foster learning, imagination, and a love of reading. The charity was co-founded with PJ Haarsma, an author of books for young adults. Tonight I was once again Tweeting about my wish to hold a fundraiser in the #yeg Twitter community for this organization and luckily for me, marketing and promotions chica extrordinaire @Out_Inc has taken up the guantlet. My continual whining has inspired her to consider promoting one charity event that the #yeg Twitter community can sponsor at a #yegsafetymtg each month.

    The timing couldn’t be better. The second part of #TwilightYEG, @ZoomJer‘s fundraiser for local womens shelters is taking place tomorrow night. The first half – collecting tips through charity bartending at LUX – raised just over $400 towards the $3000 goal. Hope we surpass it tomorrow evening. There’s still time to buy a ticket online at the #TwilightYEG web site or you can get one at the door on Wed. evening.

    Crappy Town Update:
    Regular readers may recall that we recently won an auction to “name a crappy town where you’re the hero“. Many towns were available on a number of planets. Our town is on Persephone.

    The auction concept was based on an episode of our favourite show and funds raised are going to support CSTS‘s Equality Now fundraiser.

    We’re still waiting to hear if our Crappy Town name for the upcoming QMx map of the ‘verse is acceptable. Haven’t really thought of a possible second choice so keep your fingers and toes crossed that option one makes it pastthe cutting room floor (and FOX lawyers).

    NOTE: posted from iPhone. Will update with links later when at a computer.

    Upperdate: Added links 11:20am May 20th

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    Name that crappy town

    May 6th, 2009 she Posted in Flan-dom   No Comments »  

    The Austin Browncoats held a unique fundraiser for Can’t Stop the Serenity 2009. CSTS is an annual event hosted by Browncoats and celebrating a little film titled Serenity, on or around Joss Whedon’s birthday, to raise funds for Equality Now.

    With QMx at the helm of a new map design for the ‘verse, the Browncoats offered the opportunity to ‘name the crappy town where you’re the hero’ a la Jaynestown episode of Firefly.

    There’s no CSTS in Alberta this year. I know. Hard to believe considering Edm is the home of Captain Tightpants himself. Since We can’t afford to go to Van or TO for a weekend we needed to find some way to support the cause. This auction seemed like the perfect opportunity.

    It offered an opportunity to name one of a preset number of towns in a list of available planets. The town names will appear on an upcoming map of the ‘verse. Flans influencing canon and raising funds for charity. How cool is that?

    Unable to resist I threw our hat in the ring for a town on Persephone. As happy winners with a town to name (and hero to declare) I must confer with my soon to be home hubby for our submission.

    Suggestions welcome. No guarantee we’ll select your idea but all will be carefully considered before being discarded in favour of something odd. This should keep me busy for 2-3 minutes.

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    The world needs more storyteller musicians

    April 15th, 2009 she Posted in Flan-dom   1 Comment »  

    Saw Gordon Lightfoot with my neighbour L last night. He had a cold and the sound wasn’t the best but he’s still the ultimate storyteller and songwriter. Second only to Leonard Cohen in my mind. No worries though Drew. L and I agreed that you didn’t miss anything and wouldn’t have liked it. Just like Oatmeal Crisp, the concert was unpalatable. Yeah, that’s our story and we’re sticking to it.

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    King of the Castle

    March 9th, 2009 she Posted in Flan-dom   No Comments »  

    Castle was a great pilot and I’m hooked. I’ve always enjoyed Nathan Fillion’s acting in well written (& comedic) roles. I’m more of an Alan Tudyk and Adam Baldwin fan when it comes right down to it but I’m looking forward to seeing where the show goes.

    Now if only Dollhouse’s fabled 6th episode would hit the airwaves…

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