Spring where are you? I’m ready for you.

I am at my parents place for the weekend. I traveled down after work last night for the weekend since I have not been home since American Thanksgiving in November. I am happy to be home. While I was here I decided to see if I could get my nails done. The result:

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I absolutely love them! It’s going to take a bit of getting used to for typing. But I am so happy with them.

We are driving home on Sunday and my parents and brother are coming up with for the night and staying at my Aunt Ferne’s place Sunday and we are all having Easter supper with Aunt Ferne and the kids. I haven’t seen them in a while despite the fact I live closer to them then my Mom and Dad do.

Unfortunetly we are supposed to get more snow all week. Since it is only calling for less then a cm on Sunday I should be good but it is calling for 5cm on Monday when they come home. Hopefully it doesn’t change. Last night it said 5-10 and two days ago it said 10-15.

Thankfully we are supposed to get warmer weather so it might end up just being rain. Hopefully.

200th post! + More vertigo and pain.

So my last post was number 200 since March 12th, 2013 when this blog first started. I honestly can’t believe I have had that many. 200 posts in 2 years. Definitely doesn’t work out to one a day, one every 3-4 days maybe? I don’t know… Math’s not my strong point

I started the blog a while back to keep track of my symptoms and journey after being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Vertigo. I would love to say they are completely under control. They were for about a year, but the last few months they have been back. I just haven’t been blogging much about them.

It started back around August of 2014. When I got sick with that cough and they thought I had whooping cough. In the last 7 months my vertigo seems to have been slowly coming back and now it is bad enough that I am loosing my balance and falling again and getting nauseous.

The chronic pain is back as well. I constantly feel uncomfortable and my joints and muscles seem to hurt a lot. I have not really had an redness or swelling that I have noticed but find it increasingly more difficult to lay, sit or stand in one place for any length of time.

I am so bad at night the Cory has never came back in the bed from when I was sick a few months ago. I am constantly waking up and having to move. Even the new mattress did not help more then a few weeks. I get sensations of falling, sudden jerks (at night followed by the falling sensation) and feeling disoriented and nauseous almost on a daily basis again.

The pain keeps me up at night, makes me irritable and moody. I am missing work again (not nearly as much as last time), I am trying to push past it and keep going. I don’t like to be touched. Simply touching my wrist or shoulder can send me screaming in pain. I am so tired. Some days it’s a struggle to get out of bed but I am determined to push past it and think about other things.

I am coping with it better then I was before. I know what to expect this time I guess from having gone through it so bad the first time. I am being referred to the Atlantic Dizziness and Balance Institute again and also a Rheumatologist to try and see if we can get farther then last time and see if I can get back into physio. My family doctor suggested massage but honestly I don’t know if I can stand having anyone touch me right now.

I am not looking forward to it to starting the whole doctor thing again. Last time I saw a few different doctors all with their own opinions and no concrete answers. Just the diagnosis of Fibromyalgia which half of them didn’t even believe in. I am hoping that this time they may be able to come up with some concrete evidence of something. But I don’t want to get my hopes up to much.

Spring? Maybe?

It actually went up to 7°C today! It’s beautiful out, didn’t manage to melt much snow however it was better then the -10 or so with the windchill yesterday and cold northerly wind. I am so happy and excited for spring to be here. Hopefully there will be very little snow from here on out. We still have so much that needs to melt. I’m praying for no major flooding.

I was approached by a friend of a friend of my Mom’s to possibly put together a website for a historical society. They want to use WordPress or something like that to put together a site or revamp an old site that they have. I am really interested in doing it however they are asking for a quote and I have never charged for anything before and have absolutely no idea how much to charge for a site.

I have been thinking about it all day and have not got back to them yet, they are looking for a quote by Friday or Monday at the very latest. I was going to work up something but can not access my cPanel or WHM on my account so I had to put in a ticket for that. I just wanted to get an idea of how easy it would be, or how not so easy.

It’s simple enough really, I can either buy a theme and customize it or use a free one that allows for commercial or non-profit use and customize it or I can even create from scratch, but I am not sure time-wise if I have time for that or if they would be okay with a customized pre-made theme or if they would want one built from scratch and I know what I charge should/would depend on how much time I have to put into it and all but I just don’t really have a clue when it comes to pricing and what I can even accomplish in the time frame they are looking for. I am going to have to contact her tomorrow and get a better idea after work.

I give up!

I totally and utterly give up to winter. We are once again being buried alive in snow. You need snow shoes to walk, there is literally 2-3 feet of snow minimum and snow drifts up to 10 ft high. That’s not counting the snow we already had.

My landlord is on the right side of this picture, just to get an idea of how high it is. You should just be able to make out his profile and he is over 6 ft. It’s over my 5’2″ that’s for sure.

As you can see we are getting pummeled once again. It’s just nuts! I have never seen so much snow here. Even when I lived in Calgary I do not really remember getting this much. Maybe once in the 6 years we were there.

Balcony is not too bad.

I am in awe of the amount of snow on the ground. I really just can’t believe it. I know we are not the only ones. In some places in PEI and New Brunswick they have more and I know some areas of the States are hit hard too, however I am just tired of winter all together and feel like complaining.

Believe it or not there is a black BMW car under there somewhere!
Believe it or not there is a black BMW under there somewhere!

This picture above kills me. So yes, on the other side of the fence there really is a car there somewhere. The fence is on top of a 5-6 ft retaining wall and parked up against the wall to the left of the middle tree is a car. Completely 100% buried in the snow. Plows gonna have fun with that.

Our neighbors car is almost buried. Soon won’t see it either.

There are reports of up to 50 cm in about 5 hours. Not sure how true that is but the snow is waist high to chest high in most areas that I can see people walking in from the windows. That’s on top of about 30 from Sunday. Snow shoes would be great right about now. I’m not even gonna try and venture out. Called work and though I am sure they are not happy, what can I do? We can’t even get the front or back doors to the building open to shovel out.

Near whiteout conditions. This is our parking lot.
Near whiteout conditions. This is our parking lot.

Our car is parked a block away at the skating arena as I could not get it home in the last storm on Monday. I only took it out to get a estimate done on it because someone hit it on Friday in the Sobeys parking lot, leaving a long scrap on the whole front bumper. Really wish I was kidding, the only thing pissing me off more then the snow is the car.

View from the balcony.

I just wish that winter was over. I do have to say all that snow looks like it would be fun to go play in, if I had snow pants and winter boots that did not leak.

My cat, the elastic thief

I thought this was too cute not to share. My cat the elastic thief. I am careful about keeping elastics hidden because he will steal anything not nailed down. However I failed to take into consideration his determination and apparently how smart he is too!

Since not much has gone on in the last 10 days I have not bothered to post, figured it was about time. We are getting a snow storm (go figure) again this weekend with up to 50 more cm’s of snow. However the last few days have been really warm (well above 0°C anyways) and some of the snow is melting, still lots there and more to come but we had a few days of spring like weather, more to tease us then anything I am sure.

I have been doing good at work and have had a whole month without a cold or getting sick somehow and work is starting to slow down some and the work is starting to make more sense to me. I had a few weeks of feeling so lost and not understanding what I was doing that I just wanted to quit but believe it or not a 30 minute chat with a colleague helped immensely and I am understanding more and catching on more.

So overall I am looking really forward to summer because of the weather and because work will slow down and I will have time to think and time to really let everything I have learnt sink in.

This weekend when I have more time I will reply to the comments on my last post and this one if there is any and visit some people sites and comment.

She’s free!

I don’t know why I keep referring to my car as a she. Maybe cause it is her pretty blue color? Maybe it’s her nasty temperament or maybe it’s cause I am surrounded by guys both at work and at home. But yes, she is free. It was not an easy task and I am sure everyone who helped us paid the price today. We had about 10 people out there at one point helping us.

We started on Friday morning and it took us till Sunday late afternoon to finally free her. First on Friday after Cory’s uncle came over and replaced the battery he also brought an ice pick. We attempted to break up as much ice as we could and got the front tires loose. He said not to worry about the back as they were not that bad and would pop loose. I didn’t agree but kept my mouth shut.

I got in the car and Cory and his uncle got behind it and turned it on and put it in drive while they pushed. It would not budge at all. At first the front tires were not even spinning. After a few tries one of the front tires started spinning but the car was not budging at all still.

After that Cory’s uncle tried some orange snow traction boards that he brought with him, he tried to wedge them under the tires and was pushing as I was trying to drive. Again I was a little leery of this, had the car broke loose and drove forward I was not sure I could stop before running him over but he kept saying it was okay. So I decided to just go with the flow. Nothing happened.

Next he got the jack out of the trunk of my car and jacked up the drivers side front and put some sand under the tire, then he did the same to the passengers side. I tried again and car still would not budge. By then she was digging in a bit in the front as both front tires were spinning but the back tires still looked frozen into the ground to me. I mentioned it and again told to not worry about it lol. Next they tried pushing and she was still stubbornly staying right where she was. I think I mentioned the back tires a few more times and kept being told it was fine. So again I shut my mouth. Eventually I gave up and then we all gave up.

It was Cory’s birthday so we were all going going to his sisters for pizza and ice cream. While there we were given a bag of salt. Saturday Cory and I tried a few more times ourselves in the morning. With him pushing and me trying to steer her out, I had borrowed my landlords ice pick and decided to try freeing up the back tires a bit more. All we were doing is digging her down deeper and we got some rain the night before that froze. So we were back to being frozen in. Saturday afternoon I salted the hell out of all four tires and in front of the car and underneath as much as I could. We tried in the evening again and could not get it out.

Sunday morning I slept in while Cory went out with his parents, when he came home he mentioned it looked like the salt had done something. I went to look and it basically seemed like it turned the ice to snow and the car was sinking. I leaned on it and it sunk some! So I went up to get the ice pick from the landlord again and while there he told me to use buckets of hot water.

So I got a bucket, filled it with water and started pouring around the tires, under the car, around the car and in front and behind the car. After about 10 heavy buckets later, what resulted was a mess of snow, pools of water and ice that stubbornly refused to melt. At this point the car had sunk so low that there was barely enough room to slide your hand flat, palm down between the car and that ice under it, only under the four wheels had melted, the car was basically sitting on top of the ice. It was a mess.

So while we were out there contemplating what to do and cursing ourselves and everyone else who had come up with a brilliantly stupid idea that we had tried and quite obviously failed at and trying to decide if we should just give up and wait till spring our neighbor and landlord both came out to help. Our neighbor had the idea of jacking each wheel up one at a time and putting a board underneath it so that the car tires was resting on 4 boards. We reluctantly agreed and Cory and our neighbor went to get the boards.

While they were doing this the landlord from the building next door came out with his wife and asked if they could help and another neighbor came out to help. We jacked up the car, one tire at a time, starting just with the front two and put boards under covering the hole the tires had sunk into and placing the car tires on the boards. I then turned the car on and slowly proceeded to try and drive out. One board shot backwards hitting the rear tire and the other broke in half and spit out the side and the car dropped about 7 inches (2 inches was the board and the hole which was about 5). Let me tell you that was a sickening feeling that drop. I almost threw up!

So his next idea was to jack the car up again and put salt in the holes. He did this and I handed him the keys this time. I was tired of trying and getting seriously frustrated, if it was up to me the car would have stayed there till the whole parking lot thawed in the spring! I was done. So he took the keys, turned the car on and hit the gas and thump, the car fell again and salt came flying out the back and sides. At this point I was just pissed. Not at him but at the situation and the car and the fact that it had dug down even more.

While he was in the car though he noticed something I did not. The traction control kicked in. I had no idea it would make a difference, last car I had did not have it. He said he thought it may be part of the issue and asked how to shut it off. I couldn’t tell him. I grabbed the user manual and sent Cory in to get my iPhone so I could Google it.

I found it in the user manual just as Cory was coming back out with my iPhone. You have to go through the Sync menu. So we shut it off. I climbed in the drivers seat and Cory and him got behind the car. This time I noticed a huge difference. I could turn the tires! I though it was the snow and ice stopping them, it was not, it was the traction control kicking in. They pushed and rocked the car and boom, she popped free and flew across the parking lot, I turned the wheel hard right to avoid a parked car and slid nicely into a parking spot that had just been plowed and Cory and the guy went face first into the snow, salt, sand, water and ice that was under the car! But she was free and that was all any of us cared once they both got up and dusted off and realized they were okay.

So we took the car on a victory Tim’s drive and let her run a bit and warm up and get everything moving. Today she is buried under 15cm of snow again, or was till an hour ago when Cory cleaned her off and moved her a few spots down to a spot that was clear.

She’s not goin’ no where…

Managed to get a battery and get it in the car today. Half the battle done. Cory’s uncle showed us how to put it in. Car starts but she still will not move. There was about 5 inches thick of ice encasing the tires. We managed to chip a lot of it away, jacked up the cars front tires one at a time and get sand under her but she WILL NOT MOVE! It doesn’t even looks so bad in the picture above but it still will not move…

We tried for the whole afternoon and that car was solidly in there. We chipped and chopped and dug and nothing. Even the sand is not giving it enough traction. Tried pushing and it’s just not going anywhere. Cursed all season tires. Next time I am listening to myself and no one else. Winter in Nova Scotia means snow and ice now apparently, and snow and ice require snow tires. End of story.

We drove all over the city trying to get salt or more sand and every store just laughed at us. Shook their heads and said “We have it on order, but no guarantees, it’s Nova Scotia ya know.” Next person that says that to me is gonna get punched. I mean it. I’m so fucking over this hell hole of a city.

We did manage to get our hands on a bag of salt, but I am not at liberty to say how. Lets just say we stumbled on a stash that would make us rich and we were told we could have a bag but can’t say how we got it. So maybe tomorrow we might be able to get her out. But I have no hopes, no expectations. I just want to bury my head under the blankets and hibernate. I said it once and I will say it again. The groundhogs have the right idea.

I have had enough of winter!

I really have. I am sick and tired of snow. I usually love the winter but this year there has been to much snow, too much rain, too much ice to do anything. We have been stuck without a car for 3 weeks, even longer if you count the days we couldn’t get it out of the driveway or up the street. I have just had it. My drive way is a skating rink! There is 5 + inches of ice covering every little bit. There is not a store in Halifax with salt, sand or anything. Haligonians are getting inventive and you know what that means? Accidents and mishaps. The are calling it the mini ice age and it is starting to feel like it!

I don’t want spring. I want summer and I want it now. Do you hear me mother nature? Now! Please, please please, now! I am tired of falling, freezing, getting soaked, almost getting hit by cars or slipping under moving ones because you have to walk on the roads cause the side walks are too dangerous. I mean walking on side walks that give the local ice skating rink a run for their money. I shouldn’t have to feel like I need a helmet, ice skates and knee and elbow pads to just leave the apartment. Not to mention it being -33 C one day and +3 C the next! It’s frigging crazy. I feel like burrowing into my blankets and refusing to come out until the winter is gone. I am so so close! I think groundhogs have the right idea.

Snow, snow and more snow.

This picture was taken today at the Windsor Street exchange which is a major exchange in Halifax that has about 7 streets going into it. Thought it was kinda funny. We’ve had so much snow we have 15 to 20 foot snow banks in parking lots and 5 to 6 feet snow banks along the sides of the roads, walking down a sidewalk feels weird cause you can’t see anything.

Storm drains all over the city are buried. Might as well completely forget about fire hydrants, they can not be found. City’s pleading with people to help them dig them out but wont tell us where they are as they say it is a safety issue, to me not knowing where they are is a bigger safety risk. In the last 2 weeks we have had 42 cm (28 fell on the same day) and 13.4 mm of rain.

The problem is since Feb 1st we’ve had 97.1 cms of snow in total. Most of which is still on the ground, all the rain has done is freeze into layers of ice on top of it. There is no where for any of the rain to go as the storm drains are all covered so certain roads have become lakes and ponds. Of course people are dumb and think they can drive through it and are getting stuck. Not fun.

How many days till spring??