come and gone and we managed to survive ok.
This was our
first time hosting in our new house and we entertained
Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day. Needless to
say both Chris and I are pretty tired right now. But it was
a great time, and we're glad we got to share it with so many
of our friends and family.
For the first
time in recent memory, Chris' family was scattered to the
four winds. So we figured it would be a good idea to have it
here. Normally I hate travelling at this time of year as
it's always a shit show and we'd get to avoid having to
worry about that. Plus money wise, we'd get to save a bit by
not having to pay for flights and accommodation. But as we
found out, it's also a lot of work. It'll be nice having
someone else taking care of everything next year.
weather being crappy my Mom and her friend Angie managed to
make the trip and it was great having them here with us.
Santa was pretty good to me. The big ticket item I got was a
nice new leather jacket. After unwrapping it I picked it up
and inhaled it - love that new leather smell! Chris knew I
was wanting a new one so I'm very pleased. Truthfully I
think she was also tired of me wearing my old, ratty, one. I
also got some calendars, books, and gift cards. So I was a
Here's some pix
of the festivities:
will be at an end and looking back it can't come soon
enough. Although on a personal level I emerged
relatively unscathed, considering the almost daily
pronouncements of celebrity deaths, the never ending
acts of terrorism at home and abroad, and a brutal
economic environment overflowing with layoffs - 2017
can't come soon enough. It has to be better. It just has
Year to everyone, have fun, and stay safe!
reveals a steady falling of snow. Looks like Winter is
finally here. A good time to hunker down and update the
I'm glad we
didn't go up to Edmonton this weekend. We were going to pop
up for a few days to spend some time with my Mom and to also
go to my Father In-Law's retirement party. But in the end we
decided to cancel as Chris is fighting a nasty cold and I'm
on the verge of coming down with it. Although the drive up
would have been fine we'd have been stuck in this snowy mess
on the way back.
We did however
go to Banff for a couple days earlier this week. Why Banff?
Partly in keeping with our goal this year to stay closer to
home and do more 'staycations'. Other than the trip to Palm
Springs at the beginning of the year and to Victoria during
the summer we've just been doing short one or two day
getaways either downtown, or in this case 90 minutes away.
But the big reason was a band we both really like - July
Talk - was playing at one of the local venues. We saw them a
couple years ago at X-Fest and they were the highlight of
the festival. For those who haven't heard them they're sort
of an alternative, rockabilly, pop, blend.
The thought of
seeing them in a more intimate location was pretty cool so
we bought tickets as soon as they came out.
We hadn't been
to Wild Bills before but it was pretty good. They removed
all the tables in front of the stage to make more room, but
Chris & I were basically the first ones in when the doors
opened and managed to snag a table in the back which
conveniently was also by the bar. As it was on a raised up
section we were also to see over everyone's heads without
having to stand. Yes, we've officially hit that age where
our comfort is more important than being right next to the
stage. Still, as you can see from the picture, we were able
to wander up close when we wanted to. It was a great concert
and we had a lot of fun. A bit to much fun as afterwards we
ended up at the nearby Mexican place and broke out the
Tequila. Needless to say our next day in Banff was much more
keeping busy puttering around in my basement cubby hole and
putting up some additional shelving and cleaning things up
and organizing. Chris has been busy putting stuff for sale
on auction sites as we're in the midst of purging lots of
crap, er, valuable items. We also just put up the Christmas
tree and are looking forward to having Christmas at our
place this year for the first time in what seems like
forever. After that we're going to head to Vegas and spend
New Years there which is something we've always wanted to
That's it for
now. Stay warm!
October was a
Our new found
love of staycations continued. We booked a room at our
favourite downtown hotel and spent one Saturday having fun.
First up was watching the annual zombie walk where we got to
watch a bunch of people dressed up as zombies shambling down
Stephen Ave. Sadly, this year wasn't as good as last time.
It started late, presumably because they were hoping more
people would show up, and it was over pretty quickly. I had
a hunch that maybe the whole zombie thing has run it's
course and based on the walk I think I'm right. Still, it's
always fun to watch - especially seeing the tourists
wondering what the hell is going on. From there we headed
over to the BMO centre to partake in the Wine & Food
Chris had been
there before, but this was my first time. Essentially it's a
huge venue for vendors to sell samples of booze and food.
You buy tickets and each sample costs a certain amount of
tickets. I got a kick out of how everyone was very
sophisticated and proper at the beginning but after an hour
so the descent into drunken debauchery had taken hold. I
really wanted to stay there to see what the place would be
like at closing time, but I think that would have been
pretty scary. We had a lot of fun and it was a nice little
Our basement is
finished! The contractors beavered away for most of the
month and finally got everything done. We're very happy with
the end result. In addition to the bar, it's so nice having
a bathroom down there. We no longer have to run upstairs in
the middle of a show or movie. And it might seem lame to
some, but I really, really, love my urinal :)
touch was getting the bar stools. We looked at a number of
different styles but didn't really find anything that was
appealing. Then one weekend we popped into Home Outfitters
and found the perfect set. So, after at least two years of
construction, my long, seemingly never ending desire to have
a finished basement is now fulfilled.
October means Halloween and we put on our annual Halloween
Party. I went as Aquaman who couldn't swim (I had water
wings) and Chris did a couple's costume with Kim going as
Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. As in past years Chris made up
trophies and everyone voted for scariest, funniest, lamest
costumes etc. For some reason I won the lamest award. Not
great although it seems each year the number of old friends
keeps dwindling, however it more than gets made up by new
friends and acquaintances that we meet. Still, we put a lot
of work into decorating and each year I question if it's
worth it. But I know that next year Chris will simply give
me that 'pretty please' look and I know we'll do it all over
again. A big thanks to everyone who celebrated with us!
Summer has sadly given away to Fall.
Actually I like
this time of year the best. Perfect temperatures, not too
hot, not too cold, but a crispness in the air. The beautiful
colour of the leaves. And no more damn bugs!
I've been off
the past couple weeks. As previously mentioned, we were
supposed to be in Hawaii right now, but due to the new
'economic reality' decided to save our money instead. Still,
a couple weeks off is a couple weeks off. And frankly, I'm
perfectly content not doing a whole lot. For me, a perfect
day is sleeping in (which for me is like 7:30), grabbing a
coffee, surfing the web for a bit, lunch, a nice
mid-afternoon nap, a yummy dinner, and watching shows until
it's bedtime. It doesn't take much to keep me happy. That
said, we did manage to do some fun things. A couple weekends
ago Chris and I went to the Grey Eagle Resort & Casino. We
had bought tickets to see stand-up comic Iliza Shlesinger
and decided to make a night of it and get a room there as
well. Never having been there before I wasn't sure what to
expect, but we had a great time. The casino itself it pretty
decent, the rooms were really nice, the food was good, and
all the staff was super friendly. The show was really good
as well. I've always liked her. She's like Amy Schumer
except that unlike Schumer, she's actually funny. She has a
couple of specials on Netflix right now, so if you get a
chance check her out.
Last week the
contractors finally showed up to continue work on the
basement bar and bathroom. We had the cabinets installed
months ago and when we originally signed the contract this
was all supposed to have been done long ago. Truth be told,
we're actually ok with it taking this long - assuming it's
done before Halloween - as it just drags out the length of
time before we have to pay for it.
So the quartz
counters are installed in the bar and the backsplash is
done. The wall tile in the bathroom is also done. The head
guy just informed me they'd be turning off the water for a
bit, so I'm hoping the urinal and wallmount toilet get
installed today. Then it's just a matter of installing the
bar fridges, faucets, lights, and installing the bathroom
door. I'm hoping it all gets finished this week, but
wouldn't be surprised if it drags on for a few more weeks.
Obviously we want it done for Halloween so we can show it
off to our guests, but the main reason is by then the soul
crushing, darkness of winter will have hit and I'll want my
little slice of hibernation heaven to be complete.
On the vacation
front, we had previously booked a Panama cruise in April. I
was adamant that this was the cruise we went on because it
had one unique stop in its itinerary. Every other Panama
cruise would stop in Columbia, but this one stopped in
Curacao instead. We've been to the A and B's of the ABC
(Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao) islands, but never to the C. And
it was a quickish flight direct to San Francisco where we'd
But then we got
word that friends of ours had booked a Transatlantic cruise
that took place around the same time. So we looked at the
itinerary, noted the places we hadn't been to before, poured
over the cabin details, special perks, flight details and
weighed all the pros and cons. In the end we decided to
cancel the Panama trip and go on this one instead. Money was
definitely a factor, but we also got a nicer cabin, and
there is a couple ports where I've always wanted to go to -
and we get to travel with friends which is always a bonus.
So next year's vacation plans are set in stone now. A
Transatlantic cruise in the Spring and Vegas in the Fall.
I can't wait!
The past couple
of weeks have been a mix of great and horrible.
First the great.
We went on a one week getaway to the BC coast. Chris and I
spent a few days in Victoria and then drove up to Comox and
took the ferry over to stay at her Dad's place where we met
up with a bunch of friends and family and hung out for a few
days there before coming home. I've only been to that slice
of paradise during Christmas before, this was my first time
being there during the summer.
several times previously about spending some time in
Victoria while over there but for whatever reason weren't
able to do it until now. I probably was there as a kid, but
I don't remember it. We got a fancy room at a hotel right on
the harbour which had terrific views. The first day we just
explored a bit and got our bearings. The day after we went
on a whale watching tour where we spent about 4 hours out on
the ocean. We saw some Humpback whales and a bunch of Orcas.
It was a lot of fun even if the weather wasn't the greatest.
I was just happy to be on the ocean again after what seemed
like an eternity. On our last day we went to
Butchart Gardens which everyone whose been there has
raved about. I must admit it was pretty cool, even for
someone who doesn't care about flowers that much. I thought
it was pretty expensive though so we made sure to see every
square inch of the place. For me, I thought the Sunken
Garden was probably the highlight.
Living the good life in Victoria
From there we
went to George and Lori's where we had a great time hanging
with them. Being that it was summer we spent one day down on
the beach enjoying the sun and frolicking in the water. I
even tried paddleboarding which was something I didn't think
I'd ever do. Not being a strong swimmer and someone who
tends to sink like a stone I decided not to tempt fate and
stand completely up, instead I paddled around while on my
knees. Tracy, Chuck and family, and Kim who happened to be
staying at a nearby campground also popped by that day.
Along with Chris' siblings and significant others, plus
Hailey and her friend Erin, who were all also staying at the
house the place was overrun with us 'kids' having fun.
The next day we
were treated to a trip out on the ocean on a chartered boat
and got to see some great scenery including a bunch of
seals. We anchored in the middle of some bay and did some
swimming and were then feasted on a great BBQ'd meal before
heading back to the little town of Lund where we left from.
It was another great day to end what was a great trip.
Thanks to George and Lori for being terrific hosts as
always. Unfortunately, other than what was posted on
Facebook, we didn't end up with many pictures. A certain
wife forgot she had her iPhone on her as she waded into the
ocean. Sadly Apple wasn't able to recover many of them.
Apparently electronics and water don't mix.
As for the
horrible, I screwed up my back at some point this past
Monday. I'm not even entirely sure what I did. It just
started hurting later that night. By Tuesday morning I was
in agony. It took me 15 minutes to put on one sock and I
thought I was going to die in the process. I went into work
through sure force of will but had to head back home in the
afternoon. The pain was non-stop and so bad that several
times I felt like I was going to throw up. I was popping
Robacaxet like candy but they weren't doing anything.
Finally Chris suggested I go see a chiropractor and I
agreed. Bear in mind that I've always considered them
something akin to witch doctors - so that just shows how
messed up I was that I agreed to go. At that point I didn't
know what else to do.
So I went in and
the guy did his thing. There wasn't one of those moments
where you hear a crack or something and instantly everything
felt better, but by the time he was done and I left the
office the difference was huge. I sat in the car and almost
started crying as the relief was so welcome. Fast forward to
today which is almost a week later and I'm still messed up -
but it's much better now. I have a few more appointments
scheduled and intend on going to them.
But during the
worst of it I had that moment where I thought 'What if I did
something permanent? What if I need surgery? What if the
surgery doesn't fix it? What if I'm going to be like this
from now on?'. It was pretty scary. If this is what getting
old is like, kill me now.
Just a quick
update. With last month being crazy busy it's now the lazy
(rainy) days of summer and things have slowed down.
Currently watching the Euro Cup (go Iceland!) - it's weird,
I've actually got into soccer more and more over the past
few years - and figured I'd do something productive and
update the news while I wait for the first goal.
Chris & I went up to Edmonton a couple weekends ago for a
short visit and to take care of some responsible adult stuff
with my Mom that I don't like thinking about. We were also
able to see Deb and family before heading back. It seems
like forever since we saw them. And we also squeezed in a
lovely dinner with Jim & Karen. This past week I spent a few
days in sunny Saskatoon for work. Had fun the one night at
the local pub and won $80 on the slots but as always I hate
being away from home and missed Chris not being there to
share in the fun.
Progress on the basement continues. All the cabinetry is in
and installed. Legacy Kitchen's supervisor/quality guy came
by a couple days ago to look everything over and gave it the
thumbs up. Most of the materials have been delivered now as
well - my urinal is currently sitting in the garage. I joked
that maybe I'd just mount it on the wall and punch a hole
through to the outside and start using it now. The
templating for the quartz countertops has been done and
submitted and now we just have to wait for it to get made,
delivered, and installed. Our guess is we're maybe looking
at September before everything is done and the basement
Sadly we cancelled our Hawaii trip with only a couple months
to go. We talked it over and decided we'd instead be
fiscally smart and invest/pay down the mortgage instead. It
really sucks because I was so looking forward to that trip.
I've even started dreaming about being on a cruise lately.
Sad but true. Making the decision a bit easier is the fact
that we'll be headed to BC in August and spending some time
in Victoria and the Sunshine Coast. I'm also perfectly
content doing absolutely nothing during my time off in
That's about it for now, so…huh? what?
Lots of stuff
First up was
our brief touch with celebrity. A few weeks ago a friend
forwarded me a post on Facebook from a police officer who
was part of their media relations department. It was a story
on how locals had their security cameras hacked and were
unknowingly being watched on the internet. The story had two
pictures of two different living rooms, one of which was
the officer to let him know that in our case at least, no,
we weren't hacked - we knowingly broadcast on the internet.
A few days later he got back to me and said one of the local
news stations was doing a story on it and wanted to know if
we were interested in being interviewed. At first I wasn't
going to, but then later said 'what the hell' and agreed to
do it. Not long after they called and arranged to drop by to
interview us. The reporter hooked each of us up to a
microphone and asked us various questions - mostly along the
lines of 'why do you do this?', 'aren't you concerned about
your privacy', 'do you think it's good that people are being
made aware of this issue' and so on.
Of course you
worry you're going to come across as a babbling idiot and in
reality out of minutes of footage they only used a few brief
snippets of us. But it was an interesting experience. Of
course the part where Chris said she just made sure to not
walk around naked was one of the clips they used. When the
footage aired later in the week we got a bit of a kick out
of seeing us on TV and felt like we were real celebrities -
if only briefly.
Minutes of Fame
The other big
event was the disaster in Fort Mac. I lived there back in
the 90's when another big fire impacted the city for several
weeks so it didn't concern me much when I first started
hearing the reports, but then later that day when I saw the
images of people fleeing it stunned me how much worse it was
this time. When I lived there the fire only cut off the city
from the rest of the world it never actually reached the
city itself. I was really upset with what I was seeing.
Although a lot of crap happened when I was there and lots of
bad memories remain, there were also some very good ones.
And as anyone whose lived there will tell you, even after
leaving, the bond with that place always remains. Sadly, the
first house I ever bought is now most likely gone.
adequately explain the anger I felt at those who used this
tragedy as an opportunity to mouth off about their pathetic
environmental agenda and bask in what's become the national
pastime of Schadenfreude. The way Albertans have stepped up
to help those in need has never made me prouder to be an
Albertan and the way a significant portion of the rest of
the nation reacted has made me ashamed of being a Canadian.
had surgery on her foot and is recovering rather nicely. She
has a pretty nifty scar on her foot now and just got the
stitches out yesterday. Hopefully once it's all healed up
the problems that were bothering her previously will be
gone. Her surgeon got quite the kick out of her painting her
toes green on the foot that was to be operated on, and
painting the toes on her other foot red to make sure they
didn't work on the wrong one. We were worried she'd be
hobbled quite a bit and have to use crutches, but thankfully
she didn't need them.
finishing the basement should begin hopefully in the next
month or so. We've ordered all the cabinetry and signed the
contract with the reno company to do the work. Now we're
just waiting for them to schedule us in and for all the
hardware to arrive. Hopefully by the end of summer the bar
and bathroom will be in place.
That's it for
now, enjoy the rest of what is a typical cold and wet May
a fun, event filled, birthday weekend.
While it wasn't
the big 5-0, I felt this year had some significance over
past ones and wanted to do something substantial to
celebrate. In a happy coincidence the local Comic Expo was
in town. I had never gone to the previous ones, usually
because by the time I'd find out tickets would already be
sold out. That plus the fact that I generally abhor throngs
But this year
a certain Billie Piper (Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Dr.
Who, Penny Dreadful) was one of the guests and being the
big sci-fi nerd that I am, I just had to get my picture
taken with her. We ended up splurging and getting the 4 day
passes which was good as it gave us a chance to gauge how
busy the event was on the different days. A world of
difference between Friday and Saturday for instance. Chris
of course loved all the costumes and we were perfectly
content sitting down for an hour and just people watching.
Not being a big comic person I didn't really appreciate a
lot of what was there, specifically all the different
artists they had, and after awhile all the merchandise just
kinda blended together. But I did find a booth selling odd
and obscure DVDs and managed to get a few hidden gems (Star
Wars Christmas special anyone?).
We spent the
Friday afternoon there with Chuck and Tracy and the kids
getting the lay of the land and figured out where everything
was and went back on the Saturday as that's when my photo op
was scheduled. We were competing with Stan Lee that day so
the lineups were massive. It was well organized though and
everyone was assigned a lane they had to stand in based on
who there were there to see and at what time. We ended up
standing in line for an hour but it was worth it. My concern
was that it'd be a crappy picture and I wouldn't be smiling,
so Chris was coaching me to think of something funny - but I
didn't have to worry. As soon as I got around the curtain
and saw her I immediately had this big shit eating grin on
my face. Due to the volume of people they just get you in
and out so I didn't have time to say anything other than hi,
but it was great experience.
Billie Piper = Geek Heaven
On the Friday
night we met Alpha & Nancy downtown to go see a Suicide
show. It was a lot of fun, a bit too much fun as I was
feeling a little rough the next morning. After we left the
Comic Expo, Chris dropped me off at a computer gaming place
where I met Jamie, Blaine, and Chuck and we kicked it old
school playing computer games for a couple hours. It was a
humbling experience though as we all realized how much we
sucked at playing them. I believe I caught myself saying 'I
don't remember this game being this hard when I played it
several years ago'.
From there we
hit the pub and then a fine upstanding establishment. Sadly
all the effects of the previous days caught up to me and by
11 I had hit a wall and was done. I felt bad as Chuck was
good to close the place out. But it was just a reminder that
I'm now officially OLD!!! Sigh. It was a great weekend but I
think I'm going to need a couple days to recover. Thanks for
everyone who helped me celebrate!
it's my last day of holidays and then back to the grind
It was a fun and
much needed break. Having made it through the doldrums of
winter I was getting to the point where I really needed to
get away. For my sanity and for the sake of those around me
it was necessary.
go on a fancy cruise somewhere, but this time we tried to be
somewhat frugal and decided to go to Palm Springs where
Chris' Mom and Stepdad have a vacation home. We were one of
the last groups of 'children' to go visit and it was worth
the wait. A definite slice of paradise.
We also took
advantage of the proximity and rented a car for a couple
days and went to visit San Diego which we've also never been
to before. We got a hotel on the beach and just hung out
being beach bums. It was fun wandering along the boardwalk,
playing in the water (which was freezing), and watching
beautiful sunsets. We also got to visit with our friends
Gary and Jake whom we had previously met and had a blast
with on our Japan cruise as they live downtown.
was nice. Besides Vegas it was my only other visit to an
actual desert and I got a kick out of the fact that like the
snowplows we have here, there they have plows there to clear
off all the blowing sand drifts from the roads. In addition
to hanging with the family, going to yummy restaurants, and
frolicking in the pool we also went and visited Joshua Tree
National Park which was nearby. Sadly the weather wasn't the
greatest and was a bit chilly in comparison to what it was
normally. But we made the most of it and went up to a wicked
observation point which overlooked the Salton Sea and off in
the distance was Mexico. But the temperature had dropped at
least 20 degrees in the short time it took to drive up there
and was freezing. From there we went and checked out some of
the cool rock formations. Here's a pic of me clambering up
one of them. The tree in front is one of said Joshua Trees -
which in actuality aren't trees at all and are instead
classified as plants.
Conquering the rock formations of Joshua Tree
We also went
to the zoo where the highlight was feeding the giraffes. I
didn't do it, but was content watching Chris, Kim, and
Hailey do so. While I don't necessarily have the love for
them that Kim does I was pretty impressed with being that
close to them. Truly magnificent animals. I did find it sad
however at the number of enclosures which stated that the
animals within were extinct in the wild. All in all it was a
fun trip. The sights and company were terrific. Thanks to
Jim & Karen for sharing their gorgeous place with us.
After so many years it's finally done.
the cabinet guys came back to finish their install which
was the last thing we were waiting on. I sat down in there
afterwards and must have had the biggest grin on my face. From the
beginning I had a vision and knew what I wanted and going
from my initial sketches to the end result, for the most
part, it stayed the same. The display cabinet area and the
location of the barn door were really the only things that
got modified along the way.
things stayed pretty close to what we were quoted, but time
wise it was a joke. It has been a year almost to the day
since we first signed the contract with the reno company.
They were supposed to have been done last fall. To be fair,
we went with a custom cabinet company for the display
cabinet and shelving and that dragged on forever. But again,
in the end I'm extremely happy with the end result. This is
tailored to my wants and needs. I designed everything down
to the last inch and hand picked all the components, from
the speakers, TV, paint colours, even down to the lighting.
It is the ultimate representation of my design sensibilities
and technical know-how. This is not a home theatre for most
people. This is a home theatre for Chris & I.
Now that it's
complete, the reno company has asked to come and take
pictures of everything and we'll be added to their portfolio
- which is the premier website for all things related to
home design. In addition, they'll be submitting our home
theatre for the local SAM awards which is the home builder
and reno equivalent of the Oscars. I've also asked that I be
credited as the designer.
With that done
we're just waiting on a quote to get the basement bar and
bathroom done. Hopefully we'll have that soon and get
everything finished by summer time. With that our basement
will finally be complete. Now excuse me, I'm off to go hang
in my glorious man cave.
past couple weeks have been pretty fun.
ago we went up to Edmonton to see my Mom. Originally we were
going to go up the Friday night but that was the only day
the cabinet people could come to install the media cabinet
and shelving in the basement. Turns out the door got damaged
when they were putting on the latch at their shop so that
didn't get installed. In addition there was issues with the
shelving - we only ended up putting the one shelf up - so we
decided they'd finish it all when the door was ready and
have them come back. That's now scheduled for next weekend.
meant we weren't able to leave until the next morning. We
wanted to do something fun while we were there and it turned
out some friends of ours had also gone up to visit the ice
castle. Apparently this is something that is done every year
where they essentially build a castle out of ice and people
go and check it out. They'll embed lights in the ice so at
night everything is lit up and looking pretty neat, they'll
have speakers and music playing and so on. Of course when we
went it was gorgeous and all the snow was melting. So
instead of an ice castle it was more of an ice cave. Still,
it was pretty cool and we had fun spending the day with my
mom in the park where it was located and did a bunch of
walking and wandering around watching people skate, do ice
sculptures and so on. Sadly we had to leave the next day but
we did manage to have brunch with Jay & Betty and their kids
before heading back. A quick trip but one that was very
Exploring the Ice Castle
Carlie was in town and again wanting to do something
different versus just sitting around drinking, Kim, Hailey,
Chris, myself, and Auntie Bev all ended up going to the
locked room. I hadn't heard of this before, but I guess
it's a popular thing and many cities have local versions of
them. There are different theme rooms and inside a group of
people are locked in and they have to work together to
figure out various puzzles and clues and escape within the
allotted amount of time. For us, our room was pirate themed
and we had an hour to try and get out. You'd think that
would be a lot of time, but before we knew it we looked at
the clock and only had 15 minutes left and were only maybe
half way done. In the end, despite getting help from the
staff on a couple of clues we didn't finish in time,
although we were pretty close. They were nice enough to let
us finish it out though.
It was a lot of
fun and I would totally do it again - especially now that I
sort of know what to expect and how things work. Although it
was somewhat humbling realizing we failed whereas the group
before us - a bunch of tween girls from a ringette team -
succeeded. They must have cheated...ya, that's it.
Today's just a
lazy day of relaxing. We have our neighbor coming over in a
bit to discuss getting our basement bar and bathroom done.
I'm hoping we can get a quote done up soon as we need to
figure out our money for the year and decide how our
spending is going to play out, prioritize things and so on.
2015 has come and gone...
Once again New
Years was fairly subdued for us. We went to the Calgary
Tower with our usual gang of friends for a fancy dinner. It
was our first time at the restaurant there and while it was
nice I'm not sure I'd be in a hurry to go back. It was
really expensive for what you got. That said, the ambiance
was pretty nice and eating while the restaurant slowly
rotated was pretty cool. After dinner Chris & I came home
and then popped over to the neighbors to ring in midnight.
With a new
year comes thoughts to resolutions. I haven't really made
anything specific, but there's some things I want to focus
on. Now that the December doldrums are over my mood has
improved and with the gym area of the basement being done
I've been exercising again. In addition to the elliptical
I'm thinking of adding a Bowflex so I can blast my quads.
Ok, maybe not, but I'm wanting something fairly compact that
I can do some strength exercises with. Flaman Fitness has
them on sale right now so we'll likely get one delivered and
setup. For her part, Chris has been going to the gym 3 times
a week for over a year? now. And more recently we've been
eating better, drinking less etc. She's lost a bunch of
weight and is looking terrific.
hope that this year would bring a better outlook in terms of
the economy, but the first two weeks pulled the rug out of
that notion. True to form my financial advisor had me dump a
bunch of money into the market right before everything went
to crap. He cheerfully reminded me later that you can't time
the market. Well he sure as hell can't. So worries about my
job remain. We're thinking of even cancelling the trip to
Hawaii we had planned. I've also come to realize lately,
something which is gnawing away at me with each passing day,
that I'm literally running out of time. There's only 15
years left until I'm at the point where I'd hope to retire.
A few years ago it seemed like I had all the time in the
is coming along. We got our couch in place a few weeks ago.
The media cabinet should be installed soon and then the
theatre room is done. We're also waiting on a quote to see
how much it'd cost to finish the bar area and washroom.
After that we just need to get the back yard done and then
everything in the house is finished - we'll be at a place of
contentment. Then it's just a matter of socking away money
like crazy for that end goal of retirement. Fingers crossed
everything else stays the same in the interim.