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Oh, good grief!

April 13th, 2008 (04:17 pm)

You know, you're 72 right now, so *what* do you think you're doing falling out of a friggin' tree?! I swear, you're definitely *his* father, not mine (nor FSU's)! I'm neither that clumsy nor that foolish. (For one thing, I'd call a tree trimming service.)

And that is how my day began today. I have since discovered how badly organised our Health Region online and phone-in service is and just how bad the walk-in situation is here. The Stelmach government can increase our health care budget as much as they like; if they can't bloody well get enough doctors with our current budget, how is increasing that budget going to get more doctors here? (Unless you're talking increasing the incentives to come.)

In any case, male parental has now been sent off to the 24 hour clinic downtown (20 mins by car) even though the bloody hospital is far closer (5-10 mins). He has a gash on his arm that needs cleaning up and probably stitching (as well as a Tetanus booster I'm sure), but he certainly doesn't need the emergency centre. And for those who are thinking why downtown, the walk-in clinics here are *both* closed (5 mins on foot). Two others nearby are closed. I realise it's Sunday, but at least two of those four are supposed to be open on Sunday afternoons, but because of staff shortages they're closed. *sigh*

And apparently mine is not the only digital camera that's decided to take a walk. ^^; But I now have photos up. Some of them show certain aspects that was bugging me about Scherherazade's Slippers. :P In any case, the photos. :P

Scherherazade's Slippers Scherherazade's Slippers
Using Jitterbug in Lapis
FSU's Rare Gem FSU's Rare Gem
FSU had a hidden key on her last Rockin' Sock Club skein. ^o^
Scherherazade's Slippers Scherherazade's Slippers
Using Confetti colour 9009(?)
Scherherazade's Slippers Scherherazade's Slippers
The icky with a transferred stitch on the edge. ...I don't think you can see it actually. ^^;
Scherherazade's Slippers Scherherazade's Slippers
Can *you* tell the difference between m1 knit in the front vs the back?
My scarf My scarf
As yet incomplete and unblocked (obv). I've also lost the pattern even though I was in the midst of a pattern row... >.>
Amethyst Socks Amethyst Socks
By FSU. Purdy. It took a total of 7 days to finish for her.
Celtic Braid...? Celtic Braid...?
...You can call this... begun...?
Petroglyph Petroglyph
My latest stockinette sock(s). Yarn from Lisa Souza.

And hopefully the male parental will learn, but I shure wouldn't bet on it. The idiot insisted on finishing the trimming of the stupid tree before going to the clinic. *sigh*


Posted by: Simply NANA (toriru4ever)
Posted at: April 13th, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)

Hope your Father is ok !
Where do you live again? I need a permanent job :D

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: April 13th, 2008 08:10 pm (UTC)

*laughs* He should be. When he found out the local drop-in centres were closed and the hospital was ridiculously busy, he was thinking about not bothering going until tomorrow or even Tuesday when he has a monthly appointment with his doctor! We'll find out once he gets home; he said it'll take a couple hours at the clinic and he'll be bringing dinner home. ^^;

I'm up in Calgary, Canada. There's supposed to be some sort of incentive for new doctors to come here where the province will pay their schooling costs, but it seemed a bit long from what I recall. Something like a 5 or 7 year contract for the province to cover all schooling expenses. As it is, the province is really desperate for doctors. ^^; If you're interested in looking, here's a link to the Calgary Health Region. ^_^ (Don't know how certification works, but hopefully it'd be okay. ^^; )

Posted by: Simply NANA (toriru4ever)
Posted at: April 13th, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)

cool ^^
You never know when it may come in handy :D
Yup I'd probably have to take the Canadian boards (which isn't too bad. Heck I probably should take it now while my brain cells are still functioning lol)

but I'm glad your dad isn't seriously hurt.

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: April 13th, 2008 10:23 pm (UTC)

You do know what a Calgary winter is like, right? 'Cause brr! Sunny, but BRR!

Posted by: Simply NANA (toriru4ever)
Posted at: April 13th, 2008 10:52 pm (UTC)

Winter? what's that :P
*checks webster* @_@

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: April 13th, 2008 11:03 pm (UTC)

*laughs* Ignore her; Ontario was much worse off than we were this year!

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: April 14th, 2008 06:55 am (UTC)

She's on the crazy. Ontario got tonnes of snow in five weeks, but Calgary gets *cold*.

'Sides, this year is not typical of anything but that you can't rely on the weather to play nice.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: April 13th, 2008 11:03 pm (UTC)

Pfft! We're not *that* bad! You guys were much worse off this year than we were. Okay, we had a couple cold spells, but beyond those, it was quite mild here.

Sunny over here is good though! Sunny in Montreal is horrendous, but over here it means the Chinook winds blew everything (including the roof) away and it's probably very warm! ^^;

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: April 13th, 2008 11:24 pm (UTC)

Do! ^_^ Male parental apparently had a female doctor at the clinic and was really happy with her. (Apparently, he's been really happy with the doctors he's had at the clinics/hospital whenever he's had to go there.) As it is, the clinic we had him go to just opened this month.

Nope. ^_^ He's back home now. As expected, he was cleaned up, stitched up, and got a tetanus booster. He's still bleeding a bit, but that's hardly surprising since it was a bit ugly/deep. >.

Posted by: Milena (milena_tori)
Posted at: April 13th, 2008 08:36 pm (UTC)

Oh, My... Hope everything is OK!

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: April 13th, 2008 11:26 pm (UTC)

Yup! He's fine. ^_^ He's been patched up and is back home now. (I swear, he's really silly sometimes. ^^; )

Posted by: Because loving ONE Seki-sama isn't good enough! (sekitx2)
Posted at: April 13th, 2008 09:14 pm (UTC)

Hope he's doing fine (and resting a bit) and that the rest of the day is more peaceful.

Not much better here doctor wise and shortages and closures (or overcrowding) because of shortages... ~_~

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: April 13th, 2008 11:28 pm (UTC)

Resting...? *laughs* He's a silly goose, but he should be fine. ^^;

I know what you mean about the shortages. The situation is really getting pretty desperate; it'd be nice if they'd streamline re-training/certification for foreign trained professionals. *sigh*

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: April 13th, 2008 10:23 pm (UTC)

Silly parental! I hope he's okay.

Lookit the pictures! *dances* Confetti's purdy! (Or it could be my bias toward green.) The Jitterbug also looks good. I think they both look fine, edges and all.

NO! Stelmach be stealin' our dokturs! (I can just hear the rhetoric now. *sigh* They're already going on about how people get trained here and then go to another province. BC has posters up in Eglinton Station saying "your dream job is here", and I'm all "pfft! You don't know nuthin!")

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: April 13th, 2008 10:24 pm (UTC)

Also, what's the verdict on the Amethyst socks? A good knit? They look good. Alas, I rarely buy sock patterns. There are just so many free ones…

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: April 13th, 2008 11:43 pm (UTC)

It's the Crosshatch Lace pattern from "More Sensational Knitted Socks". (It's a six stitch pattern.) ^_^ FSU liked the pattern and said it was nice and mindless. I think she's thinking about doing another pair in the same pattern (maybe for herself). Don't know which yarn she might go for if she does. She apparently has 48/52gm of Sea Wool left from my socks, which is enough for slightly shorter socks. (Sea Wool has 115 gm / skein)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: April 13th, 2008 11:37 pm (UTC)

^^;; He should be fine, although apparently he might feel the tetanus booster tomorrow.

Stelmach's just... *sigh* Things have gotten better compared to when he first took over as premier, but... *sigh sigh* He's throwing money at things willy nilly, but there's only so much that can do (unless you are talking about luring people away from other places with increased incentives).

Mind you, at a recent health care job fair here, the *Calgary Health Region* didn't have a booth there. In Calgary?? The mind seriously boggles. :/

Posted by: Crystal erm Daisuki-chan (love_of_anime)
Posted at: April 14th, 2008 12:59 am (UTC)
Bou-san Coffee...

Glad to hear the Parental is doing good. Bless his heart, he sounds just like my hubby, stubborn males. The amethyst socks are gorgeous, but how are knitted socks? It is something you don't see much here. They look like they would be really comfy. Is knitting difficult to learn for a complete beginner?

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: April 14th, 2008 04:38 am (UTC)

Knitting is like most crafts; it's not too difficult to learn, but it can be difficult to do well. If you have a local yarn shop other place that offers classes, you might want to look into continental knitting classes. If you can't do a class, there are lots of resources online. Knittinghelp and the Yahoo Group Knitting Novices should be able to help you get started. I would suggest learning Continental knitting over American / English knitting personally.

Socks seem to have a knitting following, but not all knitters knit socks. Generally, if they fit, hand knit socks are lovely. In my case, I have slightly smaller than average feet so your typical store bought sock has the heel up at my ankles, and they usually strangle my calves or go over the knee if I go for longer socks. Hand knit ones, I can adjust for my heavier calves and make them as long as I like. Likewise, you can choose colours and designs for them. Of course, store boughts have the advantage of being thinner and cheaper, not to mention they may be cooler (temperature-wise). Most of my hand knits are wool and I have one wool/alpaca/mohair that is simply too hot to wear normally. Maybe they'd be comfortable if the temperature fell to -40C and I needed to go outside!

Posted by: Because loving ONE Seki-sama isn't good enough! (sekitx2)
Posted at: April 14th, 2008 06:01 pm (UTC)

There's a few more JP reviews up

Artwork changes... nothing IMPORTANT cut cf to novel... uum... gripes... as far as I can manage

Posted by: sakura_h_chan (sakura_h_chan)
Posted at: April 14th, 2008 06:14 pm (UTC)
Parental Units
Chibi Zero Yukki and Kaname

If I've learned anything about the parental units. (Hubby refers to mine as my genetic donors)

They are stubborn as mules!

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