Archive for July, 2012

My rant is about New Brunswick. Other provinces are encouraged to recycle, compost etc. When I lived in rural and metro Nova Scotia and when I lived in rural (cottage country) Ontario both were picked up at the curb.

I move to New Brunswick and recycling is next to impossible, and forget about composting. I cannot believe in this day and age a province that is so backwards in the recycling department.

When I lived in Rural New Brunswick, I can understand they don’t do the recycling pick-up ( far distance between houses etc) so, you need to drive to a drop off box. Compost, you can do that in your backyard. Okay I get it, I guess. The closest deposit box for recycling was about 15 minute drive away.

I live in the provincial capitol, and for one to do recycling, you need to gather them up and drive them to a depot. The closest depot is a fair distance from where I live. I haven’t found a drop off box in my neighborhood. I live in a large apartment building, 120 apartments, and the building does not do recycling. I asked the super, and she stated, the building management doesn’t invest in recycling, so it would be all up to her, and she doesn’t have the time, with all her other responsibilities.

Why is this province to backwards when it comes to recycling and compost. I know I sound like a hippie, I got used to recycling and composting.

Even when you can find a recycling deposit box, the slots are so small. I liked to just gather all my recycling, sorted into the large blue bags, but the boxes don’t accept the blue bags, so we end up opening up the blue bags and firing the recycling in bottle by bottle, small bundle of paper etc. When you have a large amount gathered it takes a while. Often I found the bins were overflowing and not emptied regularly where I lived as well.

It is frustrating. End Rant.

Hot Child In the City

Posted: July 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

It’s been a hot two days, 36 degree’s celsuis. I think the apartment may be around that temperature. I don’t do well with heat. I am slowly melting.

We do not have an air conditioner, just a couple fans, which is better than nothing. Drinking lots of ice water.

What do you do to stay cool in the heat?

Headache Galore: Update

Posted: July 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

Well, I called the 811 healthcare system here, seeing as I do not have a family physician. They reccomended based on my symptoms to see a doctor. My only option, the ER.

We head off to the ER at around 9:30pm. Register, or so I think. At around 1:30am, I find out, I didn’t get registered for some unknown reason. So we wasted 4.5hrs just sitting around an ER. I register and wait, the whole time my head pounding, my teeth even hurt.

We wait until almost 4am. That is when I decide that it just wasn’t worth it to waste more time in the ER and we head home. I never did get to see a doctor.

Over 6hrs wasted and no relief. What a healthcare system we have here Canada.

The bad part was, I had seen at least 7 other people leave the ER without treatment. Including more than one who had more serious injury.

There is a severe doctor shortage here in NB, and in most of Canada. For myself, with what I think now was a severe migraine, I was looking at a 16hr wait to see a doctor. That is ridiculous, our healthcare system needs to be revamped.

A large part of the problem is that we do not have enough nursing home beds, so we have seniors laying in hospital beds as they wait to get into a nursing home. In Miramichi out of the 120 beds, 80 beds were being used for long term care, seniors waiting for a nursing home bed.

I visited with a lady every week for over a year as she waited for a nursing home bed. She died before that bed became available.

I am wondering how many people do not receive medical care, because those hospital beds are not available.

The waiting list right now for a doctor is over 5000 people, and about 6 years here in Fredericton, or so I was told. 6 years until a person can access regular medical care. That is unreal.

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Headache galore

Posted: July 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

Today it would appear I am suffering from one of the worst headache’s on earth. It has been 12 hrs and no relief, even my teeth hurt. I don’t have a family doctor, I am on a waiting list. So I have to wait this thing out. I tried calling the 811 healthline. They told me to see my doctor within 24 hrs. That would work if I had a family doctor.

They also confirmed that the walk-in clincs here do not deal with headaches, for that I would have to go and wait at the ER. That could be an 8-12hr wait. Not something i have the patience for right now. I’ve taken naproxen, I may take some tylenol and see if that makes a difference.

 

Do you have any hints on how to deal with bad headache pain?

Sorry for the long silence

Posted: July 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

Sorry about the long silence. Our move was successful. I guess we are no longer nbsmalltown, and more like nbbigtown. We’ve moved to the city, NB’s capital. I have a good feeling about this.

We are hoping that things work out better for us this time around. We have learned a lot over the last year. I have learned that I can’t hack it being a country person. I am not cut out for sump pumps and bears. I am also not cut out for the rumor mill that occurs in small town life. At least with moving people won’t know what time the lights shut off in my house.

We are back to living in an apartment. I don’t really like apartment living, and we are paying a lot of rent to live here in a relatively small apartment, but c’est la vie. It will be more than a few years until we can afford a house, if ever.

I still have two weeks left of glorious vacation. I’ve been pretty lazy I will admit, there are still a lot of boxes that need to be unpacked. I am hoping to be a little more active, I have quite a few posts to upload. As you can tell today i had 4 posts. Till later.

Book Review: Love Does

Posted: July 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

Love Does: Discover A Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World

By Bob Goff

Published by Thomas Nelson 2012

Love Does has had a lot of hype over the last couple weeks. I was excited to have a copy in my own hands and see if this book was as good as the promises.

The Author has led and interesting life, and this book is a result. After opening the first page, I could not put the book down. I could easily see why Goff’s friends encouraged him to write a book, he does have a lot to say.

This isn’t another Christian self help book. It is a story, a story of what happens when one person decides to follow their heart and live out their love. It is a pageturner. I sat down and read the book over two days. That doesn’t happen often. From the first chapter I was hooked.

Goff has led an interesting life, as the back cover states:

“As a college student he spent 16 days in the Pacific Ocean with five guys and a crate of canned meat. As a father he took his kids on a world tour to eat ice cream with heads of state. He made friends in Uganda, and they liked him so much he became the Ugandan consul. He pursued his wife for three years before she agreed to date him. His grades werent good enough to get into law school, so he sat on a bench outside the Deans office for seven days until they finally let him enroll.

Bob Goff has become something of a legend, and his friends consider him the worlds best-kept secret. Those same friends have long insisted he write a book. What follows are paradigm shifts, musings, and stories from one of the worlds most delightfully engaging and winsome people. What fuels his impact? Love. But its not the kind of love that stops at thoughts and feelings. Bobs love takes action. Bob believes Love Does.

When Love Does, life gets interesting. Each day turns into a hilarious, whimsical, meaningful chance that makes faith simple and real. Each chapter is a story that forms a book, a life. And this is one life you dont want to miss.

Light and fun, unique and profound, the lessons drawn from Bobs life and attitude just might inspire you to be secretly incredible, too.”

I found myself unable to stop reading and see next what does love do. It is a quirky book and one that I would love to share with friends. A perfect book to read in these warm summer days. Goff has urged me to action and to act out of love. I hope that he will do the same for you.

5/5

Book has been provided courtesy of Thomas Nelson and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Thomas Nelson