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So I'm back in Shanghai. *pause for cheers* Thank the gods. I spent a miserable day yesterday in bed coughing and sneezing and wishing for death (while watching Ranma 1/2 season 1 through to 5) and now I'm back at the office feeling almost 100 percent.

I got back from Taicong  Friday night with a headache that had started on Thursday. Saturday was spent in a haze of pain until finally, on Sunday, I went with Kat to Dragonfly and had a half-hour head and shoulder massage. The therapist targeted the exact spot in my skull that was sending spikes through it and after 5 minutes of whimpering like a baby, my entire head was numb. NUMB. Blessedly pain-free. I haven't had a headache since, knock on wood. I am so going back there next weekend to keep this going.

As I'm writing this, a package was just delivered to my office. It's from [personal profile] blithesea !  It arrived! And I can't believe it - LD is going to love it! She made me and L matching black-and-purple Decepticon handbags. I can't believe you made these, Liz! They look fantastic!  If and when I get to Germany, I am going to glomp-tackle you so hard you will be seeing stars for a month! :)

Speaking of L, she and her friend Kyr stopped by on Saturday for a visit. They left Sunday morning to hit the airport - they're flying to Moscow and taking the 7-day train back to Beijing. Lucky lucky. I am so jealous. :)   L will be back next weekend or so, so the bag from Liz will make a perfect 'welcome back' gift for her.

Which leads me to travel in general. I am flying to Toronto on August 4th and will be leaving on the 19th, for those who are interested. Not sure of what I will be doing during that time besides communing with nature, swimming, sleeping and shopping. :)  Yes, lots of shopping. I have a list.  I am looking forward to a chance to completely recharge. I will miss my baby but she'll be in good hands.

Ruthie meantime has been glued to my feet whenever I'm home. As always, J took fantastic care of her and Ru looked amazing, but she hyperventilated upon seeing me again, crying herself into hoarseness until she couldn't make a sound except for air going through her throat, poor girl. I'm glad I'm home right now so I can spend time with her until I have to leave again.

Whelp... I have doctor training tomorrow so I'd better finish my outline for them.Talk again soon!

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Live from Saint John, NB, I'm finally posting my update for the ROH event Candy and I went to on Friday. :D  I've been too busy to do it before now.

So yes, last Friday night, we were in Toronto for an ROH (Ring of Honor) event, Some of you may recognize the name from the movie 'The Wrestler' - the wrestlers from the film are all in the ROH, and yes, we saw Jerry Lynn. :D

Back up, let's start from the top. I flew in from Ottawa Friday morning, hopped the express bus from the airport to the subway, rode the subway to Main street, and then walked ten minutes to the Ted  Reeve arena. The arena was old and faded (desperately needs a new coat of paint, to say the least), and there was a huge makeshift dump in the back of it (set up there for the duration of the strike going on in TO) but none of this mattered, for Candy had tickets for the Bret Hart autograph session. :D

Candy and I have had a crush on Bret Hart since our teenage years. I was more a Shawn Michaels girl, but as Bret was Canadian, I adored him as well. :D I've actually met almost every WWE wrestler several times over (we used to go to events, after parties, schmooze with the security staff, and one memorable day, even got to watch matches from the safety of the tented area with Earl Hebner, the man formerly known as the 1-2-3 Kid, and Aldo Montoya). Hell, I even had Triple H flag down Michael Hayes (Dok Hendrix) who then stopped an entire parade just to get me over to him so he could sign my Fabulous Freebirds poster.  Yes, we have lots of memories.

Anyway, we met a lovely girl, Suzanne, outside and she hung around with us for the rest of the night. The autograph session with Bret was like any other, 30 seconds to chat with the Hitman, but when everyone else only got one autograph, I got two (I seem to be lucky this way - this has happened many times before). He's old and grey and wrinkled, but underneath he's still the same guy I used to scream at to beat everyone from Ric Flair, to Yokozuna, to Mr Perfect (King of the Ring '93, best match EVER).

Candy had a memorable moment. Before we got into the line, we had to find a bathroom (it had been a LONG wait outside). We checked the one side and only found the mens washroom. All 'He's'. Meh. Candy wandered through the rows and then whirled around, thrust her hand into the air and shouted, 'I found a 'SHE!' She ran up the stairs, cutting someone off and hit the bathroom.

....she had no idea that she had screamed that in front of Bret Hart, who was behind the table right next to the ladies bathroom, and had watched as she cut off a fan heading towards him for an autograph in her haste to reach the bathroom. Naturally, I couldn't resist telling her this, and then we (myself and Suzanne) spent 5 minutes trying to convince her to come OUT of the bathroom. :D Bret had been grinning, so he couldn't have been too angry, right? :D

The event was actually pretty good. I saw moves I'd never seen before, including some modified hurricanrana's that showed off just how much gymnastics has become a standard part of wrestling. To our shock Lance Storm and D-Lo Brown were there as well (old time wrestling fans will recognize these names) and I got lots of great up close shots of the match. Also, this happened to be a taping for an upcoming documentary and there were signs posted everywhere about how by purchasing a ticket, you were agreeing to be filmed and no compensation would be paid. Small arena, tall girls, yes, Candy and I are reasonably certain that should they show parts of the matches, we have a good chance at seeing ourselves in the documentary. Candy swore everytime she turned around, the camera was pointed straight at us. :D   While I was taking pictures, Candy and Suzanne found out where the after party was - a bar called the Champion's Den on Danforth ave (not too far from the arena).

The afterparty was awesome (and easy to find). We went in, had a couple of drinks, and got pics taken with D-Lo (big cuddly Teddy Bear who apparently has an extreme fondness for Grey Goose vodka), the ROH Champ (tiny but sexy), and a 6'5" chisled god with long blond hair whose name escapes me, but I could care less. ;D

Tons of fun - Candy and I didn't make it back to Welland until almost 4AM. I slept until noon and then went directly to my storage unit - took me four hours (in a freaking DOWNPOUR) but I got it emptied out completely. Had enough time to pack, and then Sunday morning, mom drove me to Toronto again so I could fly here to NB where the entire family picked me up, but I rode back to the city with dad on his motorcycle. :D

Yes, it's been good thus far. And dude, I forgot how much fun wrestling events are to go to. They're even more fun when you're not worrying about being carded because you're underage in a bar, or being propositioned by wrestlers who think you're legal when you're not. ^___^

As soon as I can, I'll post pics. I have, however, lost the sacred camera cord for my digital camera. Candy downloaded the pics to her computer, but I'm gonna try to get to a Shopper's to get them put on a cd so I can upload them. :D

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Tomorrow I'll post day two with pics of Hangzhou.  ^__^
stormy1x2: tmnt raph and mona, credit: me (tmnt raph mona)
Dude, apparently two of my fics placed in the rankings this year. :D

Mikey the Mystic Master - Tied for 3rd place in the category 'Best Michaelangelo Scene'
Follow the Leader - 3rd place for 'Best Happy Ending'

Special thanks and shout-outs for those who voted. ^^ Hell, thanks to whoever nominated my stuff. ^^ It's been a while since I've paid the SS forums a visit, so this was a pleasant surprise. ^^  Especially since Follow the Leader was posted rather quickly - it desperately needs a thorough combing over via a beta (so many ERRORS, the SHAME of it).

I just finished posting a TON of Hangzhou pics on facebook and on photobucket (they all needed editing and resizing which took a good 3 hours) so expect a writeup with an accompanying pic-post to show up here within the next few days. I was experimenting with my camera and a lot of the pics, especially the closeups, came out really nice IMHO. The trip was great except for a violent bout of sickness Friday night (which led to me missing the site where they filmed 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' and dinner, and I was pickpocketed on Saturday so I lost my freaking cell phone. I bought a new one today and I have to learn how to use the damn thing all over again.

Ruthie has a vet visit at 9AM (bi-annual x-rays and annual vaccination time) plus a trip to the groomers directly afterwards, and it takes almost an hour to get out there. Bedtime for Bongo.

(PS yay for x-posting!! yes, I am now on dreamwidth under stormy1x2!)

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