Thursday, August 30, 2007


A pirate walks into a bar. He's got a steering wheel sticking out of his trousers.

The bartender says "Hey buddy, you know you got a steering wheel sticking out of your pants?"

The pirate says "Yarr, and it's drivin' me nuts!"

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Update on James

Since Ferda hasn't done an 'Update on Ferda' yet, even though I specifically requested one here, I suppose I'll do one on myself.

I think I mentioned, or you can likely tell from the giant glass trophy a few posts down, ultimate is over for the summer. Therefore my easy method of getting lots of cardio done during the week is gone. So my friend James has convinced me that we should be doing cardio at the gym, as well as our normal weight-lifting routine. However though, lately I haven't been able to do much upper body work because I hurt my right shoulder again at ultimate. I did this last summer as well and it took about 3-4 months to fully heal. I'm really trying to not strain it further this time and let it heal - because I would like to get back the weight-lifting routine asap.

So anyway, the cardio is going okay. We are going after work around 4:45-5:30 and so far have gone each day this week. I plan to go again today after work; James, however, can't make it. Have been doing stuff like elliptical, stair master, tread mill type stuff. Not all that fun, but the time goes by quickly when you have a friend there to chat with. Thanks James!

Oh - and did I mention I might be going on strike at work? Ya. Not to excited about that. Supporting 2 people on 1 salary is hard enough - supporting 2 people on no salary just doesn't work.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Squirrels in my garden

Here's a new guest entry from my grandfather in B.C.:

Several times in earlier years I have commented in detail on the habits of squirrels which make these vermin such an attractive and often delightful interest.

Once I described working under my tall Douglas firs and being bombarded by falling fir cones which the squirrels were knocking off so as then to descend and bury them as winter food stocks. My own presence below was regarded as unwarranted interference with their job and caused much noisy chattering and complaining.

This year there is a new phenomenon. The squirrels are not as is normal waiting for the fir cones to ripen, go brown and open up so that the seeds therein can be extracted and eaten. Instead they are knocking them down while still green, tight and sticky and so unripe as to be of no possible use now or later.

As before the squirrels seem actually to bother to bury only about one in every fifty they knock down – and then undoubtedly promptly forget where they did this – and ignore the rest. Without the piles I provide they would go hungry in winter. Meanwhile I have been busy on several days this last week sweeping about a thousand a time off the lawn so that grass can be cut. There will be more to come.

What makes them go to all this trouble with fir cones that are useless to them? Why don’t they wait a few weeks for them to ripen? Has the bad summer delayed ripening while the squirrels work to a set calendar? Or have they just forgotten the rules or are they a new generation which has been improperly trained by its parents? Or is it just a natural instinct gone wrong? Someone is bound to blame it on global warming.

And while a ripe fir cone falling one one’s head from a great height is just a nuisance a much heavier solid green one can hurt – as well as leave a sticky resinous residue on hair or shirt.

Monday, August 27, 2007

I'm So Ronery.

This being Ferda's last week of freedom before her FT french training starts on Sept. 4th - her parents convinced her she should fly out to London and visit with them for a week. I dropped her off at the airport yesterday. Such a strange feeling being alone in our house. I think it's the first time I've been there by myself.

I guess it's fair, since she got to experience the same thing when I went to DR with Warren. I suspect she's pretty exhausted from her flight - was a red eye - so makes senses I haven't heard from her.

So I bet you, the readers, are all curious about what I'll do while she's gone. So I won't disappoint, here's the list.

1 - Play as much video games as humanly possible while still getting the minimal requirements of sleep to get up for work the next day. Period. This takes priority above all the rest. ;)
2 - Prove to Ferda that I can survive without her feeding me. She has some crazy idea that I'll only eat cereal and plain bread while she's gone. So far I guess I'm not doing too well, since I had toast for breakfast today.
3 - Again, prove to Ferda that I can keep the house clean and tidy while she's gone. This will be easy.

I guess that's all. Have a good week everyone!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007


Our Friday night ultimate team, Gullwings, won again! We had the playoffs on Sunday and we managed to win both the semi and the final. We all worked really hard, especially near the end when our muscles were sore beyond belief.

Big congrats to Warren, our captain, for leading us to victory! And thanks to Kevin for the great pics!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Picture Perfect

Here's a bunch of pics I thought I would share. First of all, you may remember my tomato plants: here's a new pic:
Secondly, here's a funny one of Ferda driving the tractor up at the cottage over the weekend. At first she said, I'm not driving it, blah blah blah, it's lame, blah blah blah. Anyways, once she got on it, the smile on her face was HUGE. Clearly she is a red-neck like her husband:

And here's an updated pic of Ferda's orchids that I brought back from the dead. She thought it was totally gone, but I managed to bring it back from the dead, and you can see a lot of flowers will be blooming soon, Ferda can't wait:
Also on that last one you can see the colour we choose for the morning room. Here's the colour of the entry way, hallway, and living room:And here's one just for fun, enjoy!

Obviously just joking!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Summer's Almost Over Review

I suspect pretty much everyone else summer is going the same as ours: busy and fast.

Its a shame that September is just around the corner. While I do look forward for ultimate to finally wrap up, I won't be happy when the days get shorter, and colder, and less fun. Seems the summer just provides for more opportunities to do stuff. Sure, that stuff could be chores, or work, or fun things, but still stuff in general.

New stuff to report:
Last week I pushed Ferda really hard to get the main floor of our house painted. When we moved in 2 years ago (sheeeeit, time flies) the walls were all an off-white colour. Not bad to start, but I think it lost it's charm. So Ferda went out and bought a few different colours of paint: pink, brown, and yellow. Trust me, it may not sound good they way I wrote it, but on the walls in the house, it looks pretty damn good. So last week, after work and in between ultimate games, I was painting all the walls on the main floor. I expect we'll eventually move on to painting the basement tv room as well as the upstairs bedrooms. But not right away. Maybe in the fall when I have more free time.

Bought tickets to fly to Vancouver for Thanksgiving. My mom's pretty happy about this I expect; haven't seen her since the wedding. We're going for a week at the end of Sept / beginning of Oct.

Been out boating lots this summer, shredding the wake. Here's a photo of a wake jump I did on Sunday:

Hopefully I'll get to head out a few more times before the water gets too cold. Ferda's really got into wake boarding as well. Considering this is her first summer trying it, she's improved very quickly. She can cut in and out of the wake with ease, and is even attempting a few jumps here and there. I'm really proud of her. Perhaps this winter we'll have to try her out on the slopes on a snowboard. She seems to have the edge concept down well, will just take a bit of transition to get used to snow.

Back at work today after a good weekend. Saw my dad on Saturday, we just chilled and relaxed up at the cottage. That's it, have a good week.