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casseagull

@casseagull@mstdn.social

Come for the intermittent #BikeTooter and urbanism toots, suffer through my obsessions with music, food, and making things with my hands. Pogievangelist. From Vancouver, living in Ottawa. Twitter refugee from #OttBike and #OttPoli

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I read this piece this morning and it occurred to me that North America's sprawling unwalkable neighbourhoods are also to blame for our significant food waste:

most NAmericans buy large quantities of food at once because they do their shop once a week, rather than as they need it, because their grocery stores aren't a quick walk in their neighbourhood to grab what they need and a pleasurable part of life, but a big chore/ordeal that they almost always need to drive to. https://thefern.org/2024/06/a-week-in-the-life-of-a-big-time-food-waster/

casseagull, to random
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I saw my favourite band, Camera Obscura, four times this month and now I have to adjust to a future where I won't see them again for a long time or possibly ... never again.

stephanie, to random
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@WTL I didn't know the numbers, but I think it makes sense to continue with the Loblaws boycott:

Edit for clarity: we were chatting about rotating boycotts, not giving up :)

"The largest one, Loblaws, and its affiliate stores, control about 42% of the retail grocery market in Canada.

Loblaws controls 42%, and, by comparison, the largest grocery retailer in the United States controls about 11%. "
-Peter Julian

casseagull,
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@WTL @stephanie Same here. In fact, largely boycotting the grocery conglomerates altogether, where we can.

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Hm. I have a Pedal Poll shift tomorrow morning with little time to throw on some pants afterward for a meeting that requires pants. I think tomorrow is a scoot-in-pants day. Which seems counter to the point. (Ha! See what I did there!?)

casseagull,
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@jleiper Where's your shift at?

casseagull,
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@jleiper I bet that @auxonic could provide you with a pants-changing facility if you need it. He lives right there on the Strathcona Park side, just south of Adawe.

casseagull, to random
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My SLE French exam is in an hour so I am replacing my thoughts with loud pop music. I for some reason couldn’t bring myself to formally prepare at all. I need a C, too. 😬

casseagull,
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I am listening to some Yé-yé music now, which is how I prepared for my first SLE test in 2008.

casseagull,
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I had a test with accommodations so it was administered by the PSC, but it seemed so frigging short, yikes. I think I probably just got a B.

casseagull,
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Also, for a test with ADHD accommodations, they also didn't lay out how the test would dérouler, which I didn't like. I have a hard time if I don't have clear expectations set out for me. If I have to retest in a month, I'll ask for clear expectations to be laid out at the beginning.

casseagull,
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I think I used a wide and complex vocabulary and did a reasonable job on including difficult-er sentence structures? I always make sure to throw in a jusqu'a ce que + subjunctive because that's my favourite.

casseagull,
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They didn't give me a chance to use indirect speech, which I also excel at, dammit.

casseagull,
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Ugh I just learned that the service standard for results are five business days. I shall perish of anxiety well before then.

casseagull, to random
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My “favourite” part of taking the train in Canada is where we slow down to slower than my average cycling speed while a freight train inches by us in the other direction. High speed rail now but actually like yesterday!

casseagull,
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We’re 20 minutes behind schedule. Useless-ass backward Canada.

casseagull, to random
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I subscribed to the Criterion Channel streaming service a couple months back and wow has it become my go-to streaming service.

It has so so much good stuff that I don't think I'll ever run out of movies to watch.

casseagull,
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Our Netflix Basic ad-free subscription ends on June 3 or something and I so much have The Ick about signing up for a plan that is basically double what we pay for functionally the same thing that I think I'm just going to let it lapse and only pay for it half the year.

casseagull,
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@grivettcarnac Oh yeah it's JULY 3 they cut us off. I just read June 3 but that's the last basic plan billing date. I'll burn through Bridgerton when it comes out on June 13 (they should have delayed it to July to tempt us basic-ers) and that'll be that.

casseagull, to random
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We have been shopping nearly entirely at small grocery stores in May and it works great except getting my preferred milk alternative (Silk sweetened soy) is a total pain in the ass because there are too many milk alternatives and small stores have to pick and choose what to carry due to small shelf space.

casseagull,
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I'm developing a mental list of who has what in the nearby stores:
Hintonburg Market: Earth's Own oat, both refrigerated and shelf stable.
Giant Tiger: Silk unsweetened or vanilla almond
Sherwood Market: Earth's Own oat (contains gluten) and unsweetened almond.
Dirienzos: none!
Abbas Market: Silk sweetened soy!!! But also really not a convenient store for us, of course.

casseagull,
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Getting gluten-free bread that I like is also a pain. None of the listed stores carry GF bread except for Hintonburg and while they carry my preferred brand (Little Northern Bakehouse) they tend to only have the kind I don't really like (seeds and grains).

casseagull,
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I actually almost decided to buy lactose free milk to see if I could digest that, but I decided it wasn't worth the ill effects, since my body seems to primarily have trouble digesting milk that hasn't been... I guess "cooked" is the only way I can describe it. Something like that the proteins have to be broken down by heating them?

casseagull,
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Like I can eat hot soup that has milk in it and I can have cheeses and butter. I can even have whipping cream, strangely, but not milk or lower fat cream. It's very very weird.

This also all started exactly when I moved from BC to Ontario, so I think it's linked to how milk is processed here. I should try some milk when I'm visiting my mom in June.

casseagull,
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@johnefrancis Yeah I think there must be something going on in the milk processing in Western Canada (where I primarily bought and consumed Dairyland products; I don't even know if they sold others) and in Eastern Canada. That has been my main theory about what's going on with my inability to digest milk here. That article is really interesting though!

casseagull,
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@johnefrancis I think my running theory was also that I can handle UHT (ultra-high temperature processed) milk but not milk that has been pasturized at the lower temperature. If memory serves, most whipping creams are UHT processed here but regular milk is not. I need to inspect photos of Dairyland cartons.

casseagull,
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@johnefrancis Sounds practicable!

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