Oh, good grief

Jul. 23rd, 2017 08:32 pm
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 What on earth have LJ done now???

I've stuck with them for all these years, despite them selling out, screwing us over, making the place look hideous and not giving us an English version of their ToS, but now they seem to have completely revamped everything so I can't find anything.

I used to check out my home page to see what comments people had made either on my posts or in reply to my comments.  The home page has disappeared.  Their is an activity page, which is in the awful new hideously white colour scheme that makes my eyes bleed.  

Although I have started posting in DW and reading more in DW, I have tried - really tried - to stay with LJ.  Now, I don't know if I can cope with the feeling of being kicked for hanging around.  I don't want to close my account and move it all.  I want to keep it open, even if only as a backup.  But there are so few people there any more that it's becoming more of a chore to check it out.  LJ is still my browser's home page and DW is still just a button on the shortcuts bar.  But if I have to learn how to drive DW properly, then that's what I'll have to do.

Test results

Jul. 21st, 2017 10:14 pm
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I went into the surgery tonight to find out when I might get my test results and how I might get my test results.  As I explained to the receptionist, the GP I saw didn't say anything about when or how I would get my test results.  She said "we usually tell people about a week and then you have to ring the secretary".  I looked blank.  She said "Most people know this".  I looked blank.  As I've probably seen a doctor fewer than a dozen times in the last 13 years, I don't generally have test results, so don't know this.  She then said "But I suppose not everyone knows!"

She asked who is my GP.  I couldn't remember, as my named GP has changed 3 times in the last 3 years and I couldn't remember where the music had stopped.  So she looked it up and gave me a newsletter and circled the name of my GP's secretary.  I can ring between 9 and 3 on a weekday to get my results.  

I now have the newsletter stuck on my noticeboard at home so I have some idea of who to call in the future.
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My wedding is fast approaching, and while I think Matthias and I have that under control (it'd be a bit late if we were still running around planning it, given the wedding is in two and a half weeks, after all!), we've only barely begun planning our honeymoon. All the flights and accommodation are booked, but we haven't yet started to plan what we actually want to do in the places we'll be visiting: Budapest, Vienna, and Prague. That's where you come in.

I had great success earlier this year asking my Dreamwidth circle for recommendations for things to do in Iceland when visiting with my mother -- people made fantastic suggestions, and the two of us were able to put together a good itinerary, and we had a fabulous time. Does anyone have similar suggestions to make for any of the three cities Matthias and I will be visiting?

Things we like:
- art galleries, museums, cool old buildings/architecture. We wouldn't want to spend the entire time doing nothing but visiting museums, but one or two in each city would be nice.
- walking, especially in quirky/pretty/interesting parts of cities we've never seen.
- good food and drink. He likes beer, but will probably have done investigations of his own and have that covered. I like coffee.

If anyone has knowledge regarding public transport (if there's some kind of 24-hour travel pass or the like, or if we need to pay on buses with exact change, or other local quirks to public transport systems), that would also be super helpful. In all three cities we'll be staying in hotels that are reasonably central. We will be in each place for roughly two full days and three nights.

Thanks in advance!

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Jul. 16th, 2017 08:56 pm
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I stopped by Livejournal just to check up on a couple of people. Saw a couple of notices from the administrators. You can now embed LJ posts elsewhere, and you can now import your Facebook public posts automatically into LJ. But they haven't admitted defeat. Not yet I sense it's close. there's a distinct waft of desperation.

Baby shower for wee Bree next Saturday. I've given her a start on her library, chipped in on something Mom bought her, one of those cross body slings, and I've ordered 3 dozen decorated cookies from the woman at work that also was the one, with her niece, that did our wedding cake. Her cookies are really REALLY good, too.

And again

Jul. 15th, 2017 09:37 pm
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I went for my second GP appointment yesterday morning.  My appointment was 8.34.  I was there by 8.30.  Some minutes later, a bloke who was sitting with his wife was called in.  Fifteen minutes later, he came out and his wife went in.  She emerged at 9am and I got called in at 9.10.  So in 2 appointments, I sat and waited for over an hour past my appointment time, despite arriving 5 minutes before my stated time.  I can get that by 5pm, there may be a bit of a back log or overrun, but at 8.30 in the morning, it's a bit much to be running 30 minutes late.

On a more positive note, Despicable Me 3 is hilarious.  Yeah, there's stuff for kids in there, but they wouldn't get most of the decent jokes.  

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Jul. 14th, 2017 02:02 pm
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 Bloody Air Canada! I suppose they are no worse than most airlines but they do piss me off sometimes. I got a call from the travel agent last night to say that Air Canada had changed the flights for our Hawaii trip, they weren't offering the return flight on the date we'd booked anymore. Or at least not that date. So the options were to shift the flight and hotel by a day later or cancel. But a day later has us on an overnight flight, arriving back in Vancouver first thing in the morning and then on another overnight flight to Toronto that same night. Nooooooo. I might have been able to do that 30 years ago but it would wreck me for a week now I think. But I asked if it couldn't be shifted back a day instead so she checked and said yes it could. I also asked if we cancelled and changed over to a Westjet package (they had a similar one with the same hotel) would we get charged anything by AC. Considering it was AC that moved the goal post, I expected the answer to be No and it was. She got back to me this morning and said it could be rescheduled for one day earlier so that's what we're doing. We'll head to Hawaii out of Vancouver on Nov. 14th instead of the 15th. We get back to Vancouver early early on the 20th instead of the 21st and head home the night of the 22nd. 

So now, I had to shift some other stuff around. I was planning that we would go to stay with my cousin for the two nights before Hawaii but this would only leave us with the one night. Not a lot of time for a good visit. I'd also have to do something about the airport hotel we'd booked for the night of the 21st. I thought maybe, if it wasn't too inconvenient for my cousin, we could go to hers when we get back from Hawaii. That would be a couple of days even if we might be a bit jet lagged from the overnighter. We might even get a day trip in somewhere, perhaps up to Whistler in the mountains. 

I messaged her and she said that would be great, she'd even pick us up and deliver us from/to the airport. I wasn't assuming, though I'd hoped she would. But we could have taken the skytrain from a station out in the burbs where they live. Anyway, with that done, I cancelled the airport hotel and rebooked it for the night before we go to Hawaii. We can take our stuff out there in the evening, have breakfast in the morning and either go into the city on the skytrain or do some shopping and get some lunch in the large mall that's close to the hotel. There's an airport shuttle from the hotel I think. THey'll hold on to our bags until we need to leave. 



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