Good Weekend

There was one point this weekend, as I woke up from a nap in the “bunky” with trees all around me, and a lake in front of me, the sun making the water sparkle as the wake from a motorboat in the distance, pulling teenagers on inner tubes, who’s delighted screams and hollers echoed around…

Eye of the Tiger

So the next 7-10 days promise to be grueling, interesting, fun and challenging. I guess I’ll blog about them when they’re all done, cause they stacked up on us really fast and we’ve barely had time to think. The kids off are off to Nic’s parent’s and I’m packing us up for a weekend of…

8 Years and Counting

8 years ago, today, Nicole and I were wed at a cute little church in her home town, in a fairly traditional ceremony, surrounded by friends and family. We were barely 21: young, full of crazy dreams and relatively free, with the whole wide world in front of us. Now we aren’t quite as young,…

Dissolve the CRTC

The CRTC is Canada’s governing agency for Radio, Television and Communications. It was created in 1976, and frankly hasn’t evolved since then. The organization is in the pocket of Canada’s sole owner of 90% of our copper phone cable infrastructure, Bell Canada, and has repeatedly acted to limit innovation potentially problematic for, or competitive to,…

Good Citizens

After 16 months of waiting, a trip to our MP’s office, and 18 days in which our kids had no health care at all, Benjamin and Abigail are finally official Canadian citizens. Apparently, we were supposed to have filed their paperwork with the Canadian embassy in the States — even though we did file it…

Home again, Off again

Well we’re home safe and sound from vacation. In short, this one was much better than the last. The beach was beautiful, and we averaged 2-3 visits per day. Our kids oscillated between loving it and hating it. The cottage was, as I mentioned earlier, nothing special, but once we got a look around at…

Stupid, Stupid Invention

Lock nuts. Ever heard of them? They might just be the stupidest invention ever. Our Toyota Matrix got a hole in the tire. I walked out of the cottage yesterday morning, and noticed that one side of the car was lower than the other. I have no idea how long it had been like that….

Vacation

Everyone’s at the beach, so I have a few stolen moments of silence here. I figured I’d blog so there’d be some context to the pictures we’ll be uploading later. So far our vacation has gone much better than last — Nicole has managed to avoid being 7 months pregnant, and I’ve managed to avoid…

Off to Cottage Country

As of today, we are on vacation. This is only the second attempt we’ve ever made at taking a vacation — since our honeymoon, that is. The first was not a success. We’re hoping this one goes a lot better. Nicole claimed to have been packed 3 days ago, but a surprising amount of “last…

I've been having really weird dreams lately

There’s too much going on not too blog, but too much of it is unbloggable. Here’s some little crumbs, just for the sake of having something recorded… – I re-found a half dozen or more people from the high school I went to in Germany on Facebook. This has led to a few good conversations,…