Tuesday, December 30, 2008

A quick trip to Gotham City.....

Yesterday I flew to Chicago, or Gotham City as the new Batman movie would have us believe. Thank god I showed up to the airport early as the U.S. customs was backed way up (took almost 2 hours to get through) and only one security line was in use. Other than that, the flight was normal. I arrived at around 8pm and was given a lift to my hotel.

Since my meeting was downtown Chicago I did a little pre-flight checking and found a reasonable rate at a hotel 1 block away. The lucky hotel that was graced by the glory that is ME ? The Hard Rock Hotel.

As I said, the rate was reasonable for a downtown Chicago hotel during the holidays (149$). The service from the concierge and front desk clerk was top notch. They went through the usual formalities, and once informed by me that I had forgotten my Blackberry charger, they rushed off to see if they had one I could use. I was given room 1002, which was a simple room with king bed and "modern" decor. Everything was in its place and very clean. While I was getting 'put away' the concierge arrived at my door with Blackberry charger in hand, and to my shock said "please keep it on us".

After I plugged in the thirsty blackberry, I grabbed my jacket and headed out for a bite. I checked in with the front desk to get a suggestion. I didn't feel like a "nice" meal. I was looking for casual. They suggested the Emerald Loop, an Irish pub around the corner and promptly gave me a coupon for a free appetizer. I made my way down the street and noticed very quickly the cleanliness. Downtown Chicago is CLEAN. Even the side streets.

The 'Loop' is fairly non-descript for an Irish Pub. The only real feature is the long oak bar, the Irish bartender from Limerick and the Irish waitress that served me. After a quick review of the menu I went with the fish and chips (of course) and passed on the free appetizer. I washed the average main course down with a Peroni Pint or 2 while watching the soccer highlites on the big screen. It seemed as if it was going to be a quiet non-eventful evening until the air was broken with a "HEY...HELLO?...DOWN HERE" call from bald drunk transportation guy from a pharmaceutical company trying to get the bartenders attention (he didn't have to yell since he was the only one sitting at the bar....he was one of those guys bartenders love...drunk...annoying....wants to chat). I got to hear all about his job and why he was there when he decided to chat up the two girls sitting at the table next to me. After rambling on about how cool his job is and the fact that he was from Indianapolis, he gave the girls money to buy a round and wandered off to the door (strangely walking around the perimeter of the room).

I figured this was my cue and I paid up the tab and headed back to the hotel. The room was nice and quiet...almost too quiet. I finally fell asleep around 12:30am and only woke up once during the night.

The following morning I was up at 8am, showered, shaved and headed out for my long 1 block walk. I hit the corner bakery cafe for an orange juice and muffin and met my contact and off to the 9am meeting we went. The meeting was interesting and productive. Could be a good person to work with in the future.

After the meeting my contact and I wandered down to Millennium Park. We wandered by the Frank Gehry designed theater and park. Walked under the chrome 'bean'. Watched the locals skate on the small piece of ice. The walking and watching built up a bit of an appetite. I was good to go for anything and the suggestion was "Chicago Deep Dish Pizza"...why not.

Off to Giordano's. We arrived before the lunch rush which was good (the place packed up after we ordered). We ordered a 10" deep dish 'special' and bruschetta. The bruschetta was piled high and was very fresh (not too much garlic). A very filling appetizer. The pizza was enormous. How they could say on the menu this would feed 1-2 people is beyond me. The two of us couldn't finish it and left 2 pieces behind. I would highly recommend this place, the food and service was great.

With lunch completed, and my contact had to run to another meeting, I really had nowhere to go but back to the airport. My flight home was scheduled for 5:50pm, but I thought I could find an earlier return. I wandered down the street, again amazed at the cleanliness and made my way to an "L" (elevated train). A quick conversation with the very helpful and pleasant ticket attendant and I was off. The brown line to Clark and the underground blue line to O'Hare. Pretty simple.

The train ride, like any other, was slightly boring. I passed the time texting to some of my friends and checking out some of the condo re-fabs going on next to the line. Made it to the airport by 1:30pm and changed my flight to a 3:35 departure.

Again, this trip to Chicago was way to fast. I will be returning this summer and I plan to spend a few days to get to know the downtown.

I got home to a smilin' big boy and a big bowl of soup.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Lazy Sunday Post.....

Stayed up late last night watching god knows what (i think at one point Tom Cruise playing "nondescript Tom Cruise character" was running from some Aliens...sort of the same way he ran in "The Firm", and in "Jerry Maquire" and in "Far and Away" and in etc etc....I think Cruise portrays the characters emotions by the fact that he RUNS). Because of the late night Cruise watching I slept in and missed my weekly update of Coronation Street. BUT, I'm just in time for my weekly EastEnders update (yes, another British soap). So it looks like my lazy Sunday morning is set; the wife is in bed catching a few uninterrupted Z's, the little big man is freshly changed (good god the boy painted the inside of his sleeper a lovely brown) and playing with his new Christmas toys, and I'm on the couch watching some engaging and mind expanding T.V.

Therefore, here is a new picture of the little big man and a few interesting story's since I'm obviously too busy to create my own post:

Fox Wins the Rights to the new Watchmen Movie: http://www.comicbookmovie.com/watchmen/news/?a=5679

Crazy Santa Dressed Guy goes on Killing Spree: http://www.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/12/27/santa.shooting/index.html

Oscar possible for Ledger in Record Breaking Batman Flick: http://jam.canoe.ca/Movies/Artists/L/Ledger_Heath/2008/12/28/7864031-sun.html

Team Canada to Stay Humble at World Juniors: http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/Junior/WorldJunior/2008/12/28/7866516-sun.html

Recipe for Steamed Mussels: http://www.foodtv.ca/ontv/titledetails.aspx?titleid=90200


Saturday, December 27, 2008

Out for a sled...

The temperature outside wasn't frightful so we bundled up the lad and took him for a sled around the neighborhood. As usual with all traveling, the little-big-man passed out within 15 minutes of the adventure. The sled, a summer garage sale free find, fit him perfect and slid almost as good as Clark Griswolds Saucer.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Valkyrie - or Jerry Maguire Starts a Coup

Since the malls were a ridiculous mess of people, we decided to take in a movie this afternoon. We had a few choices and decided on Valkyrie. I had heard some rumblings about this movie while in production so my expectations were low, although I was interested enough to check it out.
Valkyrie, the Tom Cruise vehicle, is the true story of the 15th and last attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Cruise plays Col. Claus von Stauffenberg, a loyal-to-Germany soldier who doesn't see eye to eye with the Fuhrer or the SS and is a person who will commit treason to see that Hitler and the SS are removed from power.
Screen writers Christopher McQuarrie and Nathan Alexander do a good job of creating the suspense and tension that go with trying to assassinate a dictator. They don't spend a lot of time on the 'why' all these men plot together to remove Hitler other than the fact that they are passionate about Germany and that they are 100% against what Hitler and the SS represent. They are all willing to give up everything for their cause.
The movie is well shot, intriguing and informative [like a 'coles notes' history lesson] and made me want to look up details on some of the other attempts on Hitler. Where this movie falls is purely with Cruise. It's near impossible to suspend belief and view him as a German Soldier and not as Maverick or Jerry Maquire. You almost expect to see him bust out some silly move with a hand bag, like he's flipping booze bottles in Cocktail, or bust out some crazy spy stunts like in the Mission Impossible licks. Also, thank god he didn't try to throw on some silly German accent, which would have failed like his awesome attempt at an Irish accent in 'Far and Away'. This movie would have played better with Clive Owen or Daniel Craig.
Not sure if it's worth full price, but it is worth watching.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Rivers First Christmas

Just a quick update. Big boy was awake at 10am this morning (I'm sure this will be one of the few Christmas mornings he'll be asleep past 7am). It didn't take him long to figure out how to rip the bright colored paper off the presents, and he enjoyed every minute. Of course the little man has made out like a bandit and was all smiles and laughs (thanks to all for the gifts). Mom and Dad have done pretty good too (you'll notice some fancier pictures on the wife's blog since Santa left her a new fancy camera in her stocking). It's time for eggs and bacon !

Merry Christmas to all !

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Lucas needs to give his head a shake

I now know Lucas' whoring of Star Wars knows no bounds. I thought it was bad when he re-released the originals with "new" scenes (freaking Lucas, we all know Solo shot Greedo before he could get a shot off...this will bug me to the grave). Then the new trilogy seemed like it was rushed to the box office only to capitalize on nerd dollars. I've heard he's in the works or re-releasing the entire 6 movies in 3D. Star Wars has spawned a animated movie and T.V. show, and soon to be a live action T.V. show. There are countless board games, video games, card games, action figures, et al.

Now....Star Wars the musical. According to the BBC, Star Wars:A Musical Journey, will play a live score as excerpts from the 6 movies are shown on a screen. The show has been put together by Lucas and John Williams has "painstakingly rewritten" the music to fit the edited format. The show, thank god, will not have characters singing, however it will feature live narrators.

I'm hoping sooner than later that Star Wars fans revolt and stop giving Lucas their hard earned Nerd cash.

Wolverine Trailer

hard to tell if this will be a great movie or a big mess. There is already rumblings that they strayed from the true Wolverine history.

Next 3D Dreamworks Flick - I think they're making these movies for people like me

New Jan 09 Holiday Plans

OK. Without getting into a whole lot of detail, it looks as though the trip to Cancun has been put on hold. Maybe we'll do that next year. We're now planning more of a 4 day get-away. And the lucky destination is ? HOLLYWOOD !....hurray for Hollywood...something something something...Hollywood...
Flights around the first full week of January look reasonable so the wife and I will be heading down to see if we can get a glimpse of Vincent Chase, Drama, Turtle and E. Or in the least see 1 of these crazy wacked out attention whores (Lohan, Spears, Hilton...I'm looking at you).
While in LA LA Land, I'm going to hook up with an old pal who now resides there and see if we can get up to no good. I'll be sure to take pictures.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Neat Product - Zuca

I travel for work and find that my luggage is sometimes a pain. I've started using a back-pack since the handles on my rolling bags always seem to break and the half the time they don't roll all that well. Also, sometimes I can't find a place to sit at the airport when waiting at the gate. I came across this little gem that might solve both issues. I think I might give it a try.


Christmas Shopping......

I know I shouldn't bitch that much since I left some of the Christmas shopping until last minute. But if people followed some simple rules, shopping would be so much easier. Here are a couple things people should do which could possibly lower their blood pressure and stop people from using curse words and violence.

  • Most obvious, start shopping earlier....easier said then done

  • See if your mall is offering a shuttle to other parking lots (don't use this will a full family)

  • Use mass transit if possible

  • drop your wife and kid at the door to the mall and park a few blocks away, then go and get the car and pick up the wife and kid at the door (this will also score points with the wife since she doesn't have to walk in the cold)

  • When doing the endless circles to find a parking stall keep a look out for families (little kids are crazy at this time of year so they're not paying attention to cars). Also, when you spot a person leaving, have a look around at all angles that approach the stall so that you don't waste your time if someone was already waiting (I got scoped today by a young jack-ass in his truck because 2 cars were leaving side by side and the dude in front of me had the first one, and I should have gotten the second, but the young ass came from a different direction and couldn't see me waiting so when the car backed out he sped into the spot so I couldn't get it...jerk...or as I called him !#*k face)

  • when in the mall, do not decide to have a long conversation in the middle of the walking path of people, move to the side dummy

  • do not walk on the heels of people, it annoys the piss out of them and you'll be thought of as a pick pocket and might find yourself with a punch in the mouth

  • when ringing out your stuff, be sure it is yours and not the persons behind you...use the grocery store logic here...people do not want to stand for hours while you and the clerk sort out your shit with the other persons...ass

  • when in the food court, decide what you want in the line, do not review the menu, think and decide when you get to the clerk...are you new ?

  • if you're in line at a cash register..GET IN LINE..don't stand 4 feet back, and roll your eyes at people who scoop you...who knows why you're standing there...if there is enough space for 2 of me to walk between you and the cash line, then you're not in line....you're just loitering

  • [for the younger crowd] if you and your 4 buddies decide to have a conversation in the DVD/CD store, get the hell out of the way when the guy with the baby stroller comes down the aisle. Go discuss the 'hot chicks in the mall' at the food court or Starbucks.

  • When in the food court, eat and get the hell out. This is not the time of year to have an hour long coffee and meaning full discussion about the current political situation. This is the time to eat your taco, finish, and get up and gone. Have your discussion as you walk away (find one of those comfy chairs the grampa's and dad's usually are in)...AND CLEAR YOUR DAMN TABLE...is it really that hard ????

  • if you are not in a wheel chair or do not have a kiddie stroller, DO NOT TAKE THE ELEVATOR. Use your legs up the stairs or escalator you lazy mess.

These are just a few suggestions after just returning from the mall.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

We are still in an iceberg

It seems like we've been living in an iceberg for the last year...at least that's what it feels like. The current temperature outside is -28C [without the wind chill]. It looks as though tomorrow and Monday will be the same with Tuesday getting colder, and then back to what we have now for the rest of the week. This sure does make the days activities limiting.
[does anyone else think the thermometer has a.....similarity......to something?]

I had a few plans to some stuff today...but it's not going to happen...well, any time soon.

Let's hope the weather man is out to lunch and this cold snap is over soon. At least we're not flying though Eastern Canada.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Ghost Town - oh ricky you're so fine you're so fine....you get it

On my flight from Chicago to Denver I got stuck in the E seat of a 777. Typically this is the dreaded middle seat with 2 people on either side. In this case we were in row 41 so it was only a 4 person row. I had a work colleague in F and a young kid in D so I was OK. This 777 had the little video screens in the backs of the seats so I had a choice of a few movies to watch. I selected Ghost Town. I'm a Ricky Gervais fan ('The Office' - British Version - and 'Extras' kick some serious ass) and all the other movies were trash.
Knowing that this movie did not blow away the critics I went in with low expectations. It's the story of Betrum Pincas [Gervais] a Brit transplant dentist in New York who hates people. He dies for a few minutes during a surgical procedure and after can see dead people. Once the dead people realize he can see them they want him to do things for them [clear up unfinished biz so they can move on]. One of these ghosts, Greg Kinnear, wants him to break up his wife and new fiancee. Of course, it takes a while to get Gervais to do what he wants and when he does he falls for the wife, Tea Leoni, and the fun begins. The story is a typical Hollywood romantic comedy and there is absolutely nothing new in this movie, however, Gervais, with his 'Office' like persona, is quite funny. Not a bad introduction of Gervais to the masses of North America. I wouldn't say run out and rent this movie. But if you like Gervais you may enjoy this one ( I would wait until it's on Movie Central ).

Just arrived from Denver......

Well...it wasn't so simple getting home. After waiting for a number of hours in the Red Carpet Fancy Pants lounge, we headed to our gate only to find our flight delayed. Not by weather mind you, the dreaded mechanical delay. At first it didn't seem so bad, a 30 minute delay was no biggy. Then it was 45 minutes, then it was 1 hour. At this point our layover at Denver was pretty much gone. Then the delay was 1.5 hours, which put us in to the land of SOL. We finally left Chicago with no real explanation (other than some weird comment that the plane we were on dumped passengers on the other side of the tarmac and had to travel to our gate....wouldn't it be easier to move the passengers ???). We arrived in Denver and joined a bunch of other people at the United customer service desk where they were calling out names. Once I heard mine, I was off to the Crystal Inn for the night and booked on a flight at 8:30am this morning.
At least I didn't have to kick and scream to get the free hotel and food voucher. Although, my vanity pack was in my checked luggage and the hotel ran out of tooth paste and other bits I needed....lets just say that my mouth feels like a cat litter box (I haven't made it home yet...I'm at the office which is between the airport and my home, so I stopped in to do a few things).
I attached a nice picture of the Denver Airport....

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Quick Trip to Chicago....

Chicago...Chicago >singing< class="blsp-spelling-error" id="SPELLING_ERROR_0">O'Hare right now waiting for my flight. It's too bad I didn't have more time to really get into the core. I've been here a couple times, but have never really visited. This time, I stayed at a Baymont Inn in Alsip (I was told this is where Al Capone grew up, but I haven't checked that yet). The meeting was in Whiting Indiana (right next door next to the lake).
There's not too much to talk about since this is such a quick trip. We flew in last night, took almost 2 hours to drive a 30 minute distance (I was being a funny guy to the gal at the Hertz desk...she asked if I wanted an upgrade to a 4x4 and I said "nah, being from Calgary I'm used to driving in this weather"...she then asked if I wanted this insurance, and I said "yes, I don;t think anyone else is used to driving in this weather"...ha ha....ok, it was funnier at the time).
Got to the hotel at around 11pm after stopping for supper (ate at a place called Uno's....I think it's a bit of a chain place...I had a deep dish Chicago style pizza...it was alright). Finally got to bed around 1am.
Woke at around 5:50am, in the car at around 6:20am and arrived at our meeting at 7am ( the drive was better).
Meeting was productive and quick (most of the people were leaving for the holidays after lunch).
Since the meeting was completed early we went straight to the airport in hopes of changing the flight to and earlier departure. NO SUCH LUCK. So....now we're sitting in the Red Carpet fancy pants lounge for the next few hours (we've already been here a few hours) until our flight leaves. We should get home at around midnight with me getting home at 1am. And I hear the weather at home can be again compared to what we find in River's diaper.....nice.
Next time I come to Chicago (this summer in June ?), I plan to stay for a couple days and take in the sites downtown (at least to see where they filmed Batman Dark Knight).

Monday, December 15, 2008

Life can't get any better.....

my boy just had a bath and mom, dad and son are sitting down to watch his first 'Grinch'. Life can't get any better.

The week before Christmas

We're now at the week before the big boys first Christmas. He hasn't been up close to the snow just yet since the outside temperature is 'ass snapping'. Presently it's about -30, -stupid with the wind chill. For those of you in warm climates, this means that exposed skin can freeze in about 5 minutes. This is not normal temps for this time of year, we usually get this around February. I will have to brave the cold though to finalize my Christmas shopping. Ha...finalize, I really haven't started so this weekend will be full of circling parkades looking for parking stalls, trying not to get into fist fights with people who will scoop the spots, battling the other last minute shoppers, dealing with bad customer service from the temperary holiday staff. Ah...tis the season.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Company Christmas Party

River's Grandma & Grandpa are braving the highways and coming to baby sit tonight so mom and dad can hustle off to the company Christmas party. I think this year will be a bit more subdued (some of the entertainment from last year no longer work for us). We'll see, an open bar always has an interesting effect on people.

Here are a few links with tips and comments about the Company Christmas Party.



Friday, December 12, 2008

Friday Night - 8pm - IFC

December 12th Calgary. The weather gods have decided to treat us like a diaper and poop snow and cold on us in a big way. It began at noon and has continued, and supposedly will continue until tomorrow. It took me well over an hour to get home which is usually a 20 minute commute. It took me about 20 minutes to shovel the 10" of snow on my drive way (and it's still snowing). On a good note, our street looks like a Christmas Winter Wonderland (did George Bailey just run by screaming something?). This kind of weather means only one thing on a Friday night...I'm going nowhere, so there better be something good on T.V.
After flipping through the listings, I came across 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' on IFC (yes, I skipped over Jason X and Rounders...although Rounders isn't bad). I haven't seen 'Kiss Kiss' so I thought I'd give it a try. Immediately I was surprised. Not that Val Kilmer isn't a fat pig in this movie, no, it was because this movie is funny. I am openly laughing, not just inside laughing. The acting is typical for Robert Downey Jr. and Kilmer. What makes this movie stand out is the writing. Simple things that in other movies would be lame, in this one are funny. Like the scene where Downey tells a guy he's going to F**K him up for trying something with a passed out girl, and the next scene is Downey on his back getting his ass kicked, and the scene when he's peeing in his bathroom, and notices a dead person in his shower and in his shock turns toward the body and inadvertently pees on it. Ok.....maybe the 'funny' doesn't come through in what I just wrote...just take my word for it. I'm about half way through the flick and quite enjoying it. Right after is Johnny Depp in 'The Ninth Gate'. I think I'll pass on it (seen it) and maybe watch Oceans 13. Looks like my night is planned.

Thursday, December 11, 2008


River had another first today. Unfortunately it was his first funeral. It was for a close personal friend of my wife's family and very close friend of River's Grandmother. She passed away on December 8th after a brief battle with cancer. She was only 45. She was way to young to be taken and it is a shame that River will never get to know her. It is days like today that a person needs to put things into perspective and really evaluate the life you lead. Am I smelling the roses enough ? I have a very good friend that came close to death from cancer a few years ago and managed to beat it. He eloquently summed up what he sees in a lot of people by the statement "Our friends aren't living their lives, they're waiting to die". Today has made me realize I need to make some changes in many aspects of my life. You never know when it will be your time, so you might as well LIVE. (The person who passed away is in the photo second from the left....and for those that don't know, the people in the picture are Super Nova Rock Star...and yes, that's Tommy Lee on the left).

Monday, December 8, 2008

The new week...and, how I wasted 2 hours on Saturday

Only 17 days until the big boys first Christmas and 16 days until he's 6 months old. He's continuing to grow and find his voice. He's just spent the last 15 minutes telling mom and dad wild tales (or was he singing?). He still seems to have trouble going to sleep and usually winds down around 11:30pm. We hope that changes soon.

So....the little man's Grandma came by on Saturday to baby-sit while mom and dad buggered off to do some shopping and stuff. Well, the shopping was fine, but I decided to convince the wife to go to a matinee. After looking through the paper, for some stupid reason, I drove us to the cheap theater and made us go see Max Payne. Look, I knew before hand that this was not going to be Mark Whalbergs oscar pitch, but I thought there would at least be some fun action and cool effects (especially since this was made from a video game that stylized itself from John Woo flicks). Let me say this....this was one of the worst movies I've seen in a while and I apologize to my wife for wasting 6$ and 2 hours of her life that she can never get back. Usually after movies like this I can find some redeaming quality, and maybe some of the texture of the cinematography was cool, but over all this movie was comparable to what I find in the little mans diapers. It actually makes me a bit mad thinking about it again. So...DO NOT GO TO THIS MOVIE...let's hope Punisher War Zone and The Day The Earth Stood Still are better`;-)

Friday, December 5, 2008

Satriani sues Coldplay.....

I had no idea that Coldplay were fans of Joe Satriani. They obviously thought that he has such an obscure limited fan base that would never cross paths with theirs so why not rip off a melody. This one is even more obvious than the Avril Lavigne 'boyfriend' and whatever other tune she ripped off from Peaches. Well, have a listen and watch and make up your own mind, even though there's only one conclusion...I hope ol' Joe makes a bit of $$$$.

Mr. Christmas.....my first week as an investor

I'm pretty sure the big boy will be mobile by Christmas. He can sit up and roll over (no, not on command like a dog). His legs are getting stronger and soon he'll be able to stand while holding onto a chair. Crawling should be next. And yes, we will have a much more 'man sized' tree next year. And Powell, yes....he is mine....I'm quite certain.
Dec 5th marks a week and a bit of investing. What did I see ? The market got stinkier, the dollar dropped due to lower commodities and a bunch of grade 7 school girls at Capitol Hill, and I found out one of the stocks I'm investing in, although a good deal, does not fit my model for continuous dividend pay outs. I will put together a post with a few links and "how to get started" strategies/tips that, to me, make sense and that anyone could follow if they were so inclined (keeping in mind I am not a professional and this stuff is just the rants of some guy hangin' out on his couch and learning as he goes).

Thursday, December 4, 2008

January Vacation - Mexico

Mexico. That's where we have decided to spend our week in January. Where in Mexico you might ask ? It seems like Cancun is leading the pack. We're looking for nice beaches, clear water, fun, and Cancun seems to have the best of all of these (or at least that's what we read on the Internet). At this point we haven't settled on a resort, just reviewing the comments about each offered place on Trip Advisor. I know I have to take some of the posts with a grain of salt, but I do like to hear what people think. I did find another place that was useful. YOUTUBE. People post their videos of their vacations and it gives you a good sense of the location, the resort and the drunks that you might encounter. We could use some help narrowing the selection. If you've been to Cancun, could you comment and let us know where you stayed and what kind of experience you had. Thanks.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Canadian Politics...what's in River's pants ?

I was going to blog tonight about the childish behaviour of our Prime Minister and the Opposition and how the Liberals, NDP and Bloc are acting like grade 7 be-otches and are planning to overthrow the government and install Dion as the new Prime Minister even though he was set to resign as leader of the Liberals in Jan or whatever, but I was interrupted by something that was very similar and just as smelly and greasy.
We have been introducing solid food to little big man, and today he feasted (well, ate some, and smushed some all over the place as the picture shows) on carrots and spinach. We were quite happy that he seemed to be taking to the new food unaware of what was to happen later. River was enjoying his nightly romp laying on his back playing with some toys when he started to fuss. I went over to see what was up and when I picked him up realized quickly his back was wet. When I got him on his changed table I yelled to my darling wife "something smells like ass in here" thinking it was the laundry, but I was soon to come face to face with what was creating the vile stank. I unzipped the big man's sleeper and quickly saw the nasty business which was all up his back. He began to cry, rightfully so, wouldn't you ? I have never seen anything this huge....and boy, did it stink. Is this what is to be expected when he gets into real food ? I'm not sure if I could handle worse....>ack<. We swiftly wiped off the screaming lad and hustled him into the waiting bath. Brook bathed him while I attended the soiled sleeper. I think the kid lost about 5 lbs with that movement. He's much happier now.
So, is it possible I could correlate the above story with the current Canadian Political situation? I can try. People are always trying to introduce new things into a system that might not need or be ready for it, and all you get is crying babies, a shitty situation and huge mess which will require double effort to clean up. How's that ?

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Hangin by the Christmas Tree

The big man hung out on the couch on the weekend and watched his dad put up the 'massive' tree (yes...that's the tree overwhelming the background of the picture...I vow for next year, it will be a big - reach the ceiling - tree).

River has kind of figured out what happens when the camera comes out so he'll stop everything and stare at it. This time it was as if he had a modeling gig...he was all smiles...not to mention sitting up like a big boy.

Monday, December 1, 2008

December 1st....2008 comes to a close

It is now Dec 1st, the beginning of Winter. >ack< Since we're planning a get-awayI was flipping through old travel pictures and found this one of Venice Italy (it's also a nice picture to look at versus a winter one). After we went we vowed to go back...it's been almost 7 years, so I think we're due. However, next year already has us booked, so I think our next trip to the land of pizza will have to be in 2010.

So, what can I expect from December ? Well we have already put up the outside lights and tree, there will be a company Christmas party, a big family turkey dinner on the 25th, our son's first Christmas, possible last minute travel to the US for work, and Christmas Specials on T.V. (Charlie Brown, The Grinch, Rudolph et al). I'm sure it will go fast and we'll all be screaming "Happy New Year!"

Even though I crapped out at the end and missed blogging the last 2 days, I think I will try to keep this trend up. Cheers to all.