December 21st, 2015

Jamie wants

Myth confirmed: Mythbusters are awesome!

Way back in May, I got an intriguing e-mail from Ticketmaster. I don't recall why I signed up for notifications for Ticketmaster, as they don't cover events in Victoria, but I'm glad I did, because this one told me that Jamie and Adam from Mythbusters were coming to Vancouver in December as part of Jamie's farewell tour. I quickly grabbed a ticket for me and a ticket for Monster -- VIP tickets that admitted us to a post-show meet and greet. (I told him the ticket was his Christmas present this year.)

Monster agreed to cover the cost of a hotel room so that my credit card didn't cry 'uncle,' (I told him that can be his Christmas present to me if he likes) and last week we headed off on a whirlwind trip to the mainland. We left at nine on Tuesday morning and arrived back at my place around ten on Wednesday night.

The tickets I bought were quite literally front row centre, and while I was a little peeved with myself for shelling out for such premium tickets (as it meant we kind of had to crane our necks to see the stage, and a couple of times we even stood for a brief moment to see what was happening on the stage floor), I am very pleased that I did so. See, Adam Savage has a tendency to get distracted by what I would call shiny things. He will be doing his part of the show when suddenly something will catch his attention and he'll go off script. And what caught his attention was little old me, sitting in the front row, wearing a t-shirt that says, "Autism is not a tragedy. Running out of bacon is. Also ignorance, but mostly the bacon thing."

Adam Savage read out my t-shirt to the entire Queen Elizabeth Theatre. I was stunned. I had hoped I'd get to be part of the audience participation, or that I'd be invited up on stage to show off my shirt, but alas, no such luck. Still, it was pretty awesome to be noticed. At the meet and greet he repeated how he liked my shirt, and he also thought my Omnipod insulin pump was "cool".

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Monster and I also got to go to the brand-new cat cafe in Vancouver, called Catfe. Our visit was at four in the afternoon, and the cats were apparently kind of worn out by all the visitors they'd had, so they weren't interested in playing with me or being petted and fussed over. I did get to pet them, though, just not play with them.

That was quite a lot to fit into one day, and our second day was very dull. We had nothing to do after we checked out of our hotel and had breakfast. Monster insisted that we take the five o'clock ferry home, because he wanted to eat supper on the ferry, but that left us with several hours to kill in downtown Vancouver. Monster didn't want to buy a day pass for the bus, so were limited to a small area within walking distance of our hotel because he refused to take the bus anywhere. We hung around a mall for awhile, but there was nothing there I wanted to buy. A security guard started taking an interest in us because we were doing nothing but sitting around using the wifi, so I suggested to Monster we go to Tim Horton's or Starbucks.

"I don't want anything to eat," said Monster.

"Then I'll buy you a hot chocolate," I said.

"I don't want anything to drink," said Monster.

I suggested we take an earlier ferry, since we had nothing to do.

"Can't eat supper on an earlier ferry," said Monster.

We wandered around a couple of very boring stores to kill time, and finally Monster agreed to go to a coffee shop. Starbucks was full to bursting with nowhere to sit, so we went to Tim Horton's, but the mall fire alarm went off and threatened to send me into a full-blown meltdown, so we had to leave Timmy's and the mall. Fortunately there was a Hudson's Bay across the street that had a small coffee shop, and were able to go there to kill time till it was time to catch the Skytrain out to the ferry.

Unfortunately, there was an accident on the highway going to to the ferry, which caused a traffic jam, and we arrived at the ferry terminal five or ten minutes too late to catch the five o'clock ferry. We spent two hours in the ferry terminal. Monster took a nap and I played with my tablet using the ferry terminal's wifi. We caught the seven o'clock ferry instead and did indeed have supper on the ferry. They were serving turkey with all the trimmings in the Pacific Buffet, but Monster hates turkey, so it's a good thing they had salmon as well.

One of my neighbours in the trailer park fed the kitties while I was away, though she didn't see Inky at all. (Inky hates strange humans.) In fact, while she happily accepted food from me, Inky didn't speak to me for two days after I got back. No rubbing around my legs to welcome me home the way she did after I spent a week away from home in the summer or like she does when I get home from work. No letting me pet her. She basically ignored me when it wasn't food time.

I definitely need to slow down on my spending now, at least till I start earning money in the spring, and lay off using the credit card.
autumn hunting

End-of-year meme

Taken from sinnamongirl

1. What did you do in 2015 that you’d never done before?

Went on an airplane! Twice!

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

No. I resolved to walk to work from downtown instead of taking the bus, which I didn't, and I vowed to drink coffee at work instead of buying Starbucks coffee, which I also didn't. Well, I did for a couple of weeks, but not for long.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Nope.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

No, but my auntie is terminally ill. :-(

5. What countries did you visit?

None.

6. What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015?

A reliable source of income.

7. What dates from 2015 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

I don't recall the dates of my trip to Alberta, so I'll say December 15, which is when I met Jamie and Adam from Mythbusters.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Planning a trip and travelling on my own.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Not saving money.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Does tendinitis count? I've had that in my left arm since spring.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

A light-up TARDIS for my yard.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Justin Trudeau.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Donald Trump.

14. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

No, but a few people have made me very annoyed.

15. Where did most of your money go?

Concert tickets, e-books, mostly frivolous things, plus a new oil tank for my home and a new air conditioner.

16. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Seeing Jamie and Adam, and the federal election (though the latter was a disappointment.)

17. What song will always remind you of 2015?

None.

18. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Sadder, a little, because I'm less secure about my money.
b) thinner or fatter? About the same, I think.
c) richer or poorer? Poorer.

19. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Saved money.

20. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Spent money.

21. How will you be spending Christmas?

Going to dinner with Monster.

22. Did you fall in love in 2015?

No.

23. Did your heart break in 2015?

Not really, unless you count the results of the election.

24. How many one-night stands?

None.

25. What was your favorite TV program?

Sens8 and Supergirl.

26. Where were you when 2015 began?

Home.

27. Who were you with?

Monster.

28. Where will you be when 2015 ends?

Home.

29. Who will you be with when 2016 starts?

Monster.

30. What was the best book you read?

The Rest of Us Just Live Here. It's a YA novel that I would describe as "what normal people in Sunnydale would be doing while the Scooby Gang was out killing demons and vampires."

31. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Uh, nothing that I can think of.

32. What did you want and get?

Tickets to Mythbusters!

33. What did you want and not get?

A team leader job at work.

34. What was your favorite film of this year?

Either Ant Man or the Martian.

35. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

Went out to dinner with Monster.

36. How many different states did you travel to in 2015?

None, but one province (other than the one I live in.)

37. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2015?

Purple.

38. What kept you sane?

Cats.

39. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Nobody any differently from before.

40. Whom did you miss?

My parents. Cats who have passed away.

41. How many concerts did you see in 2015?

Lots. Let's see. Heart. Ringo Starr. Shania Twain. Barenaked Ladies. Bryan Adams. Celtic Thunder.

42. Who were the best new people you met?

Didn't really meet anyone new. Maybe my cousin's husband.

43. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2015:

You don't have to go to every concert that comes to town. Save your money better.

44. What are your plans for 2016?

Don't have any yet. Just go to work and hopefully earn lots of money and save at least some of it.