Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Feel that? It's you. You're old now.

Well, it's official.  I'm old now.  No longer in my 30s, I'm officially a member of the 40 year old club. 

I had a lovely birthday though.  Even though I was on the mend from a whiplash bout of the flu, we were able to head out to Guelph for the morning and visit the College Royal open house and throw some fireballs and do science, so that was fun. 

Afterwards, we went to Burgers Priest for lunch and then came home for my party.  We had a few friends over and we played Telestrations and then a bunch of JackBox Party Pack 2 games.  Much laughter was had and everyone left with a smile on their face.  I may not be a wild partier (and I was definitely not up to my usual super goofy levels that night) but I had a fun time and it seemed most other people did too. 

Of course, in keeping with my hitting a milestone, I had one of my teeth break at midnight on the night of my birthday (thankfully it was a molar that had already been deteriorating over the past few years following a root canal and it is more annoying than painful) so that was a hoot. 

And my daughter, bless her heart, gave me a creepy homemade card with the following lines.

"Feel that?  It's you.  You're old now."


Thanks to everyone who sent me a birthday wish and hopefully I'll lose less body parts between now and 41 :)

Monday, February 15, 2016

Skiing? What's that?

This has been a pretty sucky year for skiing, I tell you what.  I got ski passes for both Garrett and myself and we've been out a grand total of 1 time since the hill opened in mid-January.  Since then, there's either been no snow (stupid thaw) or the temperature has been hovering just above absolute zero.

And people wonder why I complain about Southwestern Ontario winters.  Snow or don't.  I hate this bipolar nature. 

Today seemed to be settling into something resembling a regular winter though and hopefully we'll get some snow over the next few days so that we can hit the slopes mid-week.  I just want some powder to ski on!

Hearty Stroke Canvassing!

Well, I somehow got drafted into fundraising for Heart & Stroke.  I do think it's a pretty good charity concidering that I'm sure one (or both) of these things will be what takes me out :)

I've set a pretty low goal for this year, since I'm not sure how well I'll do.  If I do well this year, then I'll pump up the goal bar for next year! 

Anyway, please click below.  I'd be happy to have whatever you feel like tossing into the hat!

Click this link to go to my personal donation page:

Thursday, December 31, 2015

RIP 2015 - Hello 2016!

Well, 2015 has been an interesting year.  Lots of changes at work, but (almost) all for the better.  Things have been going rather well on the home front as well, if you don't count the fence that is collapsing in the backyard and the fact that my car is about to die a horrible death one of these days.

I know that I'm looking forward to 2016 as a year to put a lot of the lessons learned in 2015 into practice, especially at work.  And while I was at work a LOT in 2015, I also think I started to finally slow down a bit and pay more attention to family life and appreciate the quiet evenings when we could all just hang out and do things as a family.

We're looking forward to the big birthdays in 2016 (both of us are teetering on the top of the hill and are about to be over it as of 2016) and I'm fascinated by what wacky stuff the kids will get up to next.

I will leave you with this, the Doctor Who LEGO movie that my kids spent all day working on!  Enjoy and have a safe 2016!!!

(I wonder if I'll actually update this blog more than 5 times in 2016... that should really be my resolution...)

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Playing With Toys 'Cause I'm An Adult

I was able to score one of those App-Enabled BB-8 droids (hooray for Force Friday) and the most frightening thing is that Julie actually let me buy it, knowing how much it costs.

I've just monkeyed around with it a little bit over the past day and a half and it is pretty neat.  If I set it on patrol mode, it seems to have a knack for wandering under beds and dressers.  The upside of this is that it's getting all the dust out from under the furniture. 

It's a pretty cool little bot and I love how the head stays on and moves around.  I'm looking forward to seeing what else it will do as they update the app and the bot closer to the movie's release.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Alas, Poor Robin

The robins came back again for yet another futile attempt to raise a family on our back porch railing. Much like in past years, none of the chicks made it to full-fledged birdhood but this year was the furthest I've ever seen any of them make it. We had 3 plump chicks out there in the nest a few days ago and then something (likely a cat or raccoon) got at the nest one night and there was only one chick left. As of yesterday evening, it was still alive and even had its eyes open, which is more than we've ever seen from the chicks in the nest before. Unfortunately, last night saw us suffer a cold snap and that along with the fact that we hadn't seen either of the adult robins for a few days likely spelled doom for the last chick. I checked it this afternoon and it was no more. An ex-robin. Hopefully this ever lengthening lifespan for the chicks in the nest will see us with a viable brood next spring. They used to be lucky to actually hatch. Now they were almost ready to fly.

Friday, January 02, 2015

Happy Sweet 16(th Anniversary)

It's hard to believe that it has already been 16 years since Julie failed to come to her senses and actually said, "I do," when asked if she'd be my lawfully wedded wife. 

I still wonder what I ever did to deserve such an amazing lady in my life.  I also wonder what she ever did to get stuck with me :)

Happy 16th anniversary, darling.  To paraphrase something a wise, wise person once said,

"Marriage is like being on a wild roller coaster ride.   Now we're looking for weapons."


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

We Did Something Right

Tonight my son was a little extra moody and arguementative with us (gasp, shock, surprise).  No biggie, but when I was heading down the hallway at 9:30ish and he was sitting on the edge of his bed looking mopey, that was a pretty clear sign that there was something wrong (and not just that he didn't get a bedtime snack).

Turns out that some of the kids at school are trying to impress him by saying that they have a PS4, which wasn't that impressive for a kid who's had a PS4 since launch.  Then they got miffed that he wasn't impressed.  And they made fun of one of Garrett's friends.

Not only that, but they're the 'popular' kids (in Grade 5) and wanted Garrett to be one of the popular kids, which involves swearing and beating other kids up.  Garrett told them that he didn't want any of that (in so many words).

I have to say, I'm impressed.  It's a lot easier (and fun) to do all that bad stuff and fit in and here's Garrett, at the tender age of 10, standing up for what's right.

It's always interesting to see what sticks when it comes to raising the kidlets and tonight was proof that we must have done something right along the way.  I guess I'll have to let Santa know that he can cancel that order of coal :)