My wake-up call

Posted in Cats

I had the worst wake-up call today.

Ianiv was already out of bed. He fed the cats and was in the shower. Our little cat Guinness was a tad hyper. Guinness decides to jump onto our headboard – something he usually does to piss us off – and sit there for a bit.

I notice it, but I’m still sleeping. I just let him be.

He jumps down. Onto me. Right on my stomach. Knocks the wind right out of me. And 3 hours later, it still hurts like a bugger.

Damn cat.

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Therapeutica Pillow

Posted in Science, Shopping

I have continued my pillow saga to a new frontier – the Therapeutica Pillow is my latest acquisition.

The down pillow served me well. It was the only pillow which allowed my head to sink down far enough to release strain on my neck. But it had no support whatsoever. After two recent incidents of waking up with a twisted/tilted head (quite literally) I decided enough was enough.

Dr. Foran recommended a new type of pillow. The Therapuetica Pillow, which is made in Canada. 

Yes, it looks crazy. The side portions are raised for side sleeping – higher than traditional so you don’t slouch your shoulders or neck. Also has cavities to ensure the jaw relaxes. The centre is contoured for back sleeping. The wedge bit is a different support from other foam pillows with the roll formation, to gently lift the neck but not strain it.

It feels weird. Slightly hard to get used to in terms of positioning. But once I’m asleep, I’m asleep. And without pain. So though I may find it uncomfortable, it is not painful. Something I cannot say for the other half dozen pillows I have tried.

I am confident I am doing something good for my neck by sleeping correctly. I am hesitant to sleep on my side still, since my last 10 minute side snooze on the old pillow caused me to go off balance by 33lbs, but my initial testing of the side sections was comfortable. Perhaps some day when my muscles are not quite so weak I’ll give side sleeping a shot.

I am tempted to also get the travel pillow, which is a mini version with only the back sleeping portion. And heavy travelers might want to consider the commuter pillow.

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Addicted to Facebook

Posted in Social networking

I am getting sucked into Facebook further each day.

When I signed up a couple of months ago, I connected with most of my current friends, put up my profile, and just kind of let it sit there. I tried searching for friends from high school to see what they were up to, but didn’t find many of them.

I have Blogaholics for most of my updates, so I wasn’t much into updating my Facebook.

However, in the past couple of weeks, I am finding myself being pulled into Facebook. More of my high school friends started to appear, and I have been thrilled to see what people are up to. It also seems to appeal to many of our friends who have never had a blog. So, I can read their Facebook updates like I would a blog.

I think Facebook is one of the more interesting social networking sites I’ve signed up for. LinkedIn just became annoying and spam ridden with contact requests. MySpace attracted too many friend requests from guys. But Facebook seems to be providing value other services cannot.

If you want to add me as a friend on Facebook, here is my profile.

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Interview w/ Chad Faust

Posted in TV

For those of you who like The 4400, I have most of my interview with Chad Faust up over at The4400Guide.

My article (contains spoilers):
http://the4400guide.com/2007/04/09/the-440…to-the-present/

Background questions on Chad Faust:
http://the4400guide.com/2007/04/04/chad-faust-interview/

Discussion about promicin and how it plays out in Season 4 (contains spoilers):
http://the4400guide.com/2007/04/09/the-440…e-promicin-war/

A fan mail story:
http://the4400guide.com/2007/04/04/capable…mass-seduction/

I have probably one more post to put up with more spoilers. Initially, I was going to just put up the article and a transcript of the interview, but the article was delayed after having to confirm whether some spoilers could be leaked or not. Then I decided a 40 minute interview had too many spoilers at once, so I have kept a few really juicy ones back until probably next week. Nonetheless, if you haven’t had any spoilers thus far, the ones I’ve released so far are great.

I have spoilers up to episode 5 of The 4400 Season 4 here. The show will return in June.

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Rockwater Resort

Posted in Around Vancouver

We went up to the Sunshine Coast to the Rockwater Resort for our anniversary a couple weeks back.

We rented out one of their new tenthouse suites for a bit of luxury:

Tenthouse Suites:
For the romantic escape that truly inspires, the Rockwater Tenthouse Suites offer the ultimate experience. The enchanting silence of the treetops combined with the awe-inspiring view of the Cove and Malaspina Strait will transport you into another world.

Each private luxury tent is appointed with deluxe finishings, from fine linens on the king-size bed to the hydro-therapy tub with a view, propane fireplace and private veranda, you will feel like a star among the heavens.

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We were definitely not disappointed. It was incredibly relaxing to have a beautifully appointed space to kick back in. Loved the tub. Couldn’t beat the radiant heat in the floors. It was just perfect. So different than your normal retreat to a hotel room.

The view was amazing:

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It’s a very quiet and private area. The restaurant is nice – definitely recommend the buffalo – and hiking would be great in the summer.

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Car reflections

Posted in Photography

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Happy Easter

Posted in Photography

Happy Easter!

Ever wonder where the Easter Bunny came from?

Eggs, like rabbits and hares, are fertility symbols of extreme antiquity; since birds lay eggs and rabbits and hares give birth (to large litters) in the early spring, these became symbols of the rising fertility of the earth at the Vernal Equinox…

the notion of a rabbit that lays eggs has an uncertain past. It may have simply arisen from a confusion of symbolism but, like much of the holiday of Easter itself, it could be a direct heritage from older traditions. In Germanic and Slavic languages, the word "Easter" comes from an ancient pagan goddess of the spring named Eostre. According to legend, Eostre once saved a bird whose wings had frozen during the winter by turning it into a rabbit. Because the rabbit had once been a bird, it could still lay eggs, and that rabbit became the modern Easter Bunny.

Ok, and I really didn’t know that pregnant bunnies could become pregnant with a second litter while still pregnant.

And as a little Easter gift, here is a picture of Leora’s cute bunny Shimon (who has a blog):

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