misslynx: (Angry cat)
If any of you use those spiffy Nalgene water bottles, like the one [livejournal.com profile] taikakettu has been toting around since January, you need to check out this site now:

Detox Nalgene

Apparently the bottles are made from polycarbonate plastic, which leaches Bisphenol A, a known endocrine disruptor which can cause all kinds of adverse effects ranging from PCOS to cancer to miscarriages and birth defects.

Yes. Including the water bottle my pregnant wife has been using this past five months.

On that basis, I tend to think the makers of these bottles need to die, preferably slowly and painfully, but the Detox Nalgene campaign is urging you to e-mail them instead.

More details for those interested )

I'll send these poison-peddling fuckwits an e-mail, all right. But I think it's going to be a little bit more heated than my average polite protest e-mail.

ETA: forgot to add: thanks to [livejournal.com profile] deepseanews for the heads-up on this. I very much recommend checking out his To-Do List For Reducing Plastic.
misslynx: (With Taikakettu)
[livejournal.com profile] taikakettu and I were handfasted, at the Algonquin Island Association clubhouse on the Toronto Islands, with a raging thunderstorm outside and a motley crowd of pagans, goths and relatives inside.

Happy anniversary to my magic fox.* I would marry you again in a second.



* Seriously, that's what "taikakettu" means in Finnish. Magic fox. I am not just being randomly surreal, this time at least.
misslynx: (Default)
It is a glorious day, for several reasons:

The sun is shining... Grass is turning green again... Little shoots of crocuses and other early bulbs are starting to come up... And best of all, as of 11:45 am today:

[livejournal.com profile] taikakettu is now a permanent resident of Canada!!!

It took soooooo long... But today it all became official. She'll have the card in 4-6 weeks, and in the meantime she has a paper attesting to her status. No more worries about immigration, ever!

Woohoo!!!

May. 19th, 2006 02:01 pm
misslynx: (Triad)
For anyone who hasn't already seen this in [livejournal.com profile] taikakettu's journal, we got some amazing news today!

We heard from the lawyer who's doing our immigration application today -- just a few days after CIC told her that there was no news and everything was massively backlogged, what should turn up in her mail today but... Taikakettu's work permit!

So, she is now legally able to work in Canada until May 2007 (and she should have her permanent resident status well before then), and can also apply for OHIP now. The lawyer said that this is basically equivalent to the Approval in Principle, even though they didn't actually include the Approval in Principle letter.

So anyone who knows of any job openings that sound good for a well-organized, detail-oriented Virgo sort of of person, who doesn't overly much like dealing with the general public, but does like nitpicky, detailed work that other people would find tedious, and is especially good at organizing and creating systems and that sort of thing, send'em her way. She's also good with editing, proofreading and research.

The next thing we can expect to receive from CIC is either an interview request, or a request for the Right of Landing fee -- which, happily, has now been cut in half from what it was at the time we originally applied. So even more good news on that front.
misslynx: (Default)
Just realizing it's been over two weeks since I last posted anything, and longer than that since I last posted anything public. I think I generally post less when I'm happy with life. Which I mostly am, right now.

Part of that is just the nature of spring -- I think I must have a touch of SAD or something. I'm not necessarily depressed all through winter, but I do tend to be a little more angsty and introverted then. But when spring comes, it's like my serotonin levels skyrocket and everything seems right with the world. Little things like walking under a couple of flowering trees in front of Nikos's old apartment building on St. Clair and seeing the sidewalk strewn with pink petals, or seeing a professional dog walker walking a whole pack of various sorts of dogs on a huge multi-leash type of thing, fill me with intense delight.

And it's not even just that all seems right with the world -- all pretty much is right with the world right now, or at least the world chez Lynx. I am, overall, happier than I have been in a long time, I think. Here are a few reasons:

The Goodness )

And a pensive note... )
misslynx: (Small Manageable Goats)
OK, so back on New Year's Eve I reviewed my goats, er, goals from the previous year, along with progress of lack thereof on each one, and said I'd cull the herd and assemble this year's goats in part two. So that would be now. Some of these are carried over or adapted from last year, some are new.

So, behold the 33 goats of 2006! )
misslynx: (red)
Had a good time at Savage tonight - many people there. Let's see if I can remember them all: [livejournal.com profile] moondaytosunday, [livejournal.com profile] darkmoon31, [livejournal.com profile] annikka, [livejournal.com profile] nikosw, [livejournal.com profile] justindecent and his roommate [livejournal.com profile] shrugmaggot (who normally never leaves the house), [livejournal.com profile] vomitus, [livejournal.com profile] kat_o_9, [livejournal.com profile] velvetmasque, [livejournal.com profile] angeladdams, [livejournal.com profile] axequeen, and of course a few non-LJ regulars like Margaret and Annie.

Ironic - last Saturday Nikos and I took one of the members of our Runequest group and her partner to Savage and there was almost no one there that we knew. Tonight the whole world was there. It's feast or famine, it seems. Anyway, lots of fun and much extreme silliness.

But the really wonderful thing - I was mentioning to a friend (who prefers to remain anonymous) that I was hoping [livejournal.com profile] ladyjane would be able to come up for Valentine's Day and that we just had to do some careful budgeting and sort out if we could afford it, and the friend in question offered to make a substantial donation to the plane ticket fund! I was quite awestruck and could barely manage to get the words out to say thank you. S/he just smiled and said that s/he believed in true love.

And... when I returned to the booth where several other friends were sitting and managed to stammer out what had just happened, while not naming any names, another friend offered to make a donation as well!

Really, I am just about speechless, which is a rare condition for me. :-) My friends are the best in the world. Thank you so much - you know who you are!

All good

Jan. 25th, 2002 04:16 am
misslynx: (red)
Two hours on the phone with [livejournal.com profile] ladyjane. All is good. And possibly, just possibly, we may be able to get her up here sooner than March. No guarantees yet, but we'll be checking into it tomorrow.

This might mean I get to celebrate my birthday in the actual month that it occurs (i.e. February), rather than the one after! Wonder if I should be evil and post the URls to my Amazon, CD-NOW and Hot Topic wish lists? :-)

Only problem is - NOW when I am going to get that damned labret I've been wanting? I was going to do it by the end of this month, so it would be all healed by March. But if there is even a chance of her coming here in February, there is absolutely NO way I want to be bound by a no-kissing (and no, um, other things involving lips) piercing aftercare rule! Especially on Valentine's Day! Maybe after the March visit... If we do end up going two months between then and the following one.

Spent the last hour and a bit drinking red wine (courtesy of a friend who I helped with a computer problem a while back, who gifted me with a bottle of Chateau de Flying Squirrel as a reward - well, all right, it's Pelee Island Gamay Noir, but it has a flying squirrel on the label), calming the nerves of one of my Wiccan students who has a Major Event coming up, and sorting through a box of papers I hadn't opened since moving to this apartment six years ago. And I found - amidst of a lot of quite useless grad school stuff - one of my handwritten books of shadows that I hadn't seen for, well, six years, and had thought hopelessly lost! That was a wonderful discovery.

I like sorting through old stuff I haven't seen in ages. It's kind of like Christmas. You get all kinds of surprising and neat stuff, even though it was actually yours to start with...
misslynx: (Default)
Drinking the ginger peach tea that [livejournal.com profile] ladyjane left behind, listening to MP3s I got from her, missing her like crazy, trying to plot out whether this new contract means I might be able to spring for another plane ticket in February so we don't have to wait until March, and worrying just a bit that she hasn't answered the e-mail I sent last night... *sigh*

Found out the client is couriering a cashier's cheque rather than doing a direct bank transfer. This means it probably won't show up until Monday or Tuesday. Damn. Must try and extract some money from another client in the meantime. Not even sure exactly what a cashier's cheque is, but I think it's something like a money order or certified cheque. If my bank wants to hold it, I'll scream.

Still doing the occasional silly personality test... Want to see? )
misslynx: (With Taikakettu)
"Are you, sir knight, perchance, in love?" inquired the Knight of the Wood.

"To my woe, I am," answered Don Quixote, "though the sorrows arising from well-placed affections should be accounted blessings rather than calamities."

- Cervantes, Don Quixote, Part 2, Chap. XII

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