metawidget: Sticker saying "you are beautiful" on a black background. (beautiful)

This week has been hard on toothpaste stores as Ada seems to like dumping toothpaste in the toilet — especially my high-end remineralizing stuff.

It was also a week where a bunch of us Positive Space volunteers and senior managers handed out Rockets (rainbow-coloured, everyone can eat them, inexpensive) and flyers on how to contact us for listening and referral or to help out to people coming in to work in honour of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. It went well and made me happy.

I also have some pictures!

Ada ready to roll in the fall.

Ada in a go-kart in front of an old Ferguson tractor.

Christmas crowns and big smiles.

Vivien and Elizabeth smiling.  Elizabeth is wearing two paper crowns.


Ada and Vivien with child-sized chairs on their heads. eight more… )
metawidget: a basket of vegetables: summer and winter squash, zucchini, tomatoes. (food)
The allergist's waiting room may be good for my writing, now that I've finished the Persepolis graphic novels (in the original French — my European-style swearing will be greatly improved) — thanks, [ profile] spacefem for the impetus! Persepolis got more personal and relatable as I got further along; the voice was funny and poignant and the drawing was always expressive. It is well worth the read.

I'm out on the bicycle for the season, although it looks like I may have a few days of bussing while the coming snow storm hits and melts. It feels good and makes picking up things and getting Viv to her dance class a lot easier, but I will have to be careful of my knees.

Elizabeth and the kids have a bunch of vegetable and flower seeds started in the back — marigolds, broccoli, tomatoes… I am looking forward to really getting the garden going. That and the new, more local, CSA we're signed up for should have us eating well this summer.

Easter was lovely this year — the egg hunt went on into Monday, the feasting was tasty, and soccer in the back field with kids and super-cousins was a blast. I'll leave talk of the bonfire to a picture post. It'll have to wait a couple of days at least, though.
metawidget: me, Oscar, Elizabeth with Viv in front (family)
Here are some pictures from the last few months of 2014. We've been having lots of fun and occasionally remembering to take pictures. Next post, maybe some of them will have Elizabeth and/or me in the frame.

Oscar with a birthday cake standing in front of a Turkish grill with cousin Adam in the background

Oscar at his birthday barbecue (in low light, but you get the idea).

12 more… )
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My last picture post featured kids with pumpkins. I still haven't figured out how to do them easily from a mobile device, so here's a big raft of pictures curated and posted at the big computer. Woodgie away! We start covered in snow.

Oscar and Vivien in the snow

Christmas photo candidate.

26 more! See Viv almost double in age! )
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I have a sleepy baby in my lap, and it's nap time (I hope) upstairs for E & O.

Last night, we rang in the mid-Atlantic new year with our neighbour, her kids, her sister and mum, stuffing ourselves with tasty food and letting Oscar feed us innumerable clementines. It was a fun evening, and more or less our speed.

Today has been pretty low-key — in the afternoon, Oscar and I trampled/tobogganed an oval track in the backyard snow.

I'm looking forward (in no particular order) to more drawing in the new year, getting back into the patterns of activities outside the house with Oscar (definitely more parent and child in Vanier, and maybe story time at the library if the sign-up is enough for Mondays to run), to more daylight, to catching up with people missed during holiday social madness, to whatever sort of date Elizabeth and I can manage next, to reaping the benefits of Oscar being done teething and to lots of tasty hot beverages.


Dec. 30th, 2012 05:50 pm
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Here's the semi-standardized questionnaire applied to 2012 — it was a pretty intense year in some ways.

What did you do in 2012 that you'd never done before?
Filed a police report, juggled two kids out solo.

lots more )

Did I miss any useful questions? I dropped a couple of irrelevant ones, and will be watching the memesphere for stuff to add.
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Oscar in a snowsuit outside, smiling.

Photo: [ profile] rottenfruit
metawidget: A plastic wind-up teeth thing with a googly eye. (chatter)

The holidays went by pretty fast — it felt like we were doing something social nightly for about two weeks. It's a good thing Oscar generally seems to like parties!

Christmas eve, we went over to Elizabeth's parents' place for the traditional nut loaf, cookies, rum balls and gifts. Christmas day, we drove to Ormstown and joined 17 or so family at my parent's place, feasting extensively and helping the new people get names straight. I had been a little sniffly on Christmas eve, but by Christmas day, I was full-blown sick, so a bit subdued. Boxing Day was sort of quiet, but three generations of my parents' next-door neighbours walked over to admire Oscar and say hi. The 27th was the annual Christmas bash with white elephant gift exchange (aka "steal the present") — last year there was one kid there, this year there were three and we were all starting to feel a bit grown-up. We got together at my friend A's parents' place, about 20km past civilization — Enterprise was out of compact cars and gave us something with four-wheel drive, which got some use as we were whacking through snow drifts to get there. On the 28th, we celebrated [personal profile] dagibbs' birthday with food and drink and cheer at his place, and on the 29th we celebrated [personal profile] frenchzie's housewarming and birthday. On the 30th was our mostly-weekly D&D game at our place, and on the 31st we stayed in and rung in the new year with the upstairs people from House of Flail, Ticket to Ride: Europe and Dominion, and some mead from 1999.

The most memorable presents this year were Ticket to Ride: Europe from Elizabeth (a rather addictive little game), a huge jug of Beau's Nightmärzen from my cousin Erica, and a medieval-looking Garden Weasel from my parents.

I've had two tasty gift beers lately. Most recently was Nightmärzen, from my cousin Erica, which is a bright amber beer, Beau's hoppiest beer and fall offering. It reminds me a little of a darker Grolsch — same fresh, sort of pungent hoppiness, with a bit more sweet, and kind of light and easy-drinking. It's got a nice fizz to it and a modest head. I think it would be most excellent on tap when I'm expecting to stay for more than one pint somewhere. A little before that was Fuller's 2010 Vintage Ale, from [ profile] the_arachne — it's supposed to be a prime candidate for ageing, and I may get another bottle to stash away. Consumed at a few months old, it was like a light-ish, sweet barleywine (despite a lower alcohol content than most barleywines), with notes of somewhat rough port. It had big malty flavour as well, but definitely tasted kind of young and almost unfinished.
In resolutions and plans for the year, I'd like to build a trellis and get some peas and beans up this year, and maybe even manage to get pumpkins into our squash mix. I also would like to not buy stuff made with water that I could've reconstituted myself — juice from concentrate, any sort of tea in a bottle, and bottled water. This is inspired by seeing chai syrup for sale in our local fancy grocery store. I would also like to bike up into the Pontiac sometime this year, and get out on the bike sometime in every calendar month. To this end, I should really clean and lubricate my chain before I need a new one.

Places I've slept in 2010:

  • Eganville, ON.
  • Gatineau (Hull), QC. A lot.
  • Gatineau (Gatineau), QC.
  • Montreal, QC.
  • Mont-Tremblant, QC.
  • Ormstown, QC.
  • Ottawa, ON.
  • Quebec, QC.

In a little bit of rantiness, I've been fuming slightly over Google's ranking of restaurant pages. When I search for a restaurant, I probably want the official page (with menu, hours and phone) somewhere in the first hits, and failing that (or to help me decide), a review written by a real human with as much of that information as possible. The last thing I want is a listing scraped from the yellow pages, with Bing's best guess at where it is located, in which I can be the first to write a review or add information.

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1. What did you do in 2010 that you'd never done before?
Fathered a child (well, I guess some salient bits were done in 2009), grew peas, built a hardwood floor, drafted a will, published a statistics paper, took a train in business class, drove a pickup truck.
thirty-seven more )


Nov. 6th, 2010 03:23 pm
metawidget: A traffic cone and a blue chair sitting in the parking lane of a city street. (art or moving)
I've been really enjoying Windhaven, by Lisa Tuttle and George R. R. Martin. It has Martin's sympathetic antagonists, believable politics and difficult world, but is much shorter and more focused — it's composed partly of adapted novellas, which I think helps keep the authors on track and address some interesting themes without the "ooh, I should jump to another character" of the Song of Ice and Fire series. I find the dialogue a little less real-feeling than in Ice and Fire, though. There are also shades of Le Guin and Heinlein, in the elegance and willingness to take on social issues (without Heinlein's occasional spasms of appalling). I think I'll have to give Tuttle-writing-alone a try sometime.

We've also been enjoying Au Maître Brasseur's "Selection" collection of beers — they're generally strong and many of them are lees-y, several are rich and aromatic, and all of them are tasty (although the Belgian blonde is one of those banana-beers due to those wacky Belgian yeasts, which I still find kind of odd).

For the first weeks of Oscar's life, we got a lot of postal mail — friends, forms, confirmations, cards! Hearing the mailbox go clank was kind of exciting. The flow seems to have stopped now, and we're left with the occasional special offer and pizza menu. I'm thinking I'll try to make use of Canada Post a bit more in the future, and keep the excitement going.

boo! )
moo! )

Oscar is tracking things with his eyes a lot these days, and kind of grabby (particularly hair, fingers and clothing for now, but my parents have told me of my baby efforts to disassemble everything within reach). He's got the hard 'G' sound figured out, and a few vowels from the back of the mouth, and he's definitely smiling a lot in social ways and in response to tickling.
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Exciting discovery of yesterday: Marché Jovi, which is the Marché Joannette of Hull, it seems: a grocery store run by someone excited about beer and good food.

Christmas has snuck up on me a bit, with my epidemiology course running to the last Thursday, but I think we'll have a good holiday. I've got the week between Christmas and New Year's off, and we'll have a couple of out-of-town guests who I'm looking forward to seeing: one of my prodigal co-workers is in from Missouri, and Elizabeth's cool cousin is coming down from Winnipeg. We've had plenty of opportunities to get out and be festive to date, and taken many of them, including [ profile] amazon_syren's solstice gathering last night, which was fun and very tasty.
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It seems I've been doing these since 2003!

1. What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before?
Got married, bought a house, got a driver's license, went to Peterborough, went on tour
yep, these questions again! )


Oct. 31st, 2007 09:23 pm
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Some Hallowe'en costumed photos — alas, no kids to scare :(
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Here I was thinking that us being at ground-level would bring us trick-or-treaters. We have all this candy, and no kids trick-or-treating on our street.


Must resist the urge to nibble too much.
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Happy Discoflux, everyone!
metawidget: A platypus looking pensive. (Default)
(years in review in general)

1. What did you do in 2006 that you'd never done before?
Participated in an impeachment vote. Tripped a Hep C alarm. Moved in with a significant other.

Year in 38 more questions. )
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In the year 2007 I resolve to:
Stop making silly resolutions.

Get your resolution here.

Elizabeth gave blood yesterday, and I went along as moral support (I miss being able to give, but maybe I'll be able to give again this year sometime)… the wait was pretty long and they offered everyone in the waiting area chocolates from the Laura Secord next door. On the downside, the Radisson Globule is filled with blood-related art and literature. I wouldn't be surprised if they were nudging donors' heart rates and blood pressure up, like here (found in [ profile] montrealais' journal).

My parents gave me a new dresser for Christmas, to replace the older-than-me one I've been using for over 20 years. I assembled it last night, and put it in before going to have some beer and free peanuts with people from Ellie's work. As we were leaving, one of her co-workers, citing 'French humour' asked if “on allait dans la toilette pour faire l'amour.” Hmm.
metawidget: A platypus looking pensive. (Default)
Christmas was good, lots of family and food and time spent running around and getting ready with [ profile] rottenfruit. Our parents met. I had my first encounter with the nut loaf, which was excellent. We saw frozen rippled sand, like a photograph of water you can walk around (which made up for the lack of snow until yesterday). Gave and got some nice things. Came home to Verdun this evening, which was also good. It feels like home.

It's been great doing the holidays together.
metawidget: A plastic wind-up teeth thing with a googly eye. (chatter)
Before it's too late, happy International Dadaism Month.

Next day of the month is on Friday.

zimzim urallala zimzim urallala zimzim zanzibar zimzalla zam.
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Back in Ormstown for a bit, with my parents and siblings and my sister's boyfriend, who's pretty much a permanent presence here now. The place is full of cooking smells and holiday programming on the CBC (Quirks and Quarks answers questions for Christmas, Sook-Yin plays cheesy classics, ...)

Things are pretty calm here, we're trekking up to my cousin's place tomorrow for the big feasting part of Christmas, clean white snow is on the ground, and we're getting the hang of being a little prepared.

[ profile] gregorama's festive games night was lots of fun. Sorry I couldn't carry [ profile] dzuunmod's Trivial Pursuit hand to victory... gotta get the sports question before handing off to me next time. The food, games, talk and general minor scandalousness were much appreciated.

Last night was the Avalon Singers' Christmas concert, my mum took Ellie and me to see them. Parts of it were echoes of first-year for Ellie, and Charpentier's midnight mass was familiar to me (from trying to help with Ellie's Lorem Ipsum Mass last spring). There were some really good moments in the performance, and a familiar face from Ellie's choir days (shipped out by the choir director at the last moment to replace one of the locals). It was a short trip out, but I was really happy that my mum invited us out for that. Logistics was a bit hairy (and my heroic sister un-haired some bus-related confusion) but to share some holiday-ish time was really good. What crimps there were (and an increasing desire to put back in to the transport generosity pool) are more incentive for me to get it together and get a driver's license this year (not a resolution, but a good idea). Meanwhile (and always), I am a seriously lucky boy to have the family, friends and beloved that I do. Ellie and I unwrapped our gifts to each other last night: I now have February-worthy mitts and am entitled to some shiatsu attention from [ profile] aeon_of_maat, and Ellie has a pretty pendant in a cute box to re-turquoise her, and some voyeuristic transit reading in the form of Found. I'll miss her over the holiday weekend while she's in Ottawa... but I'm happy we carved out some time together.

I hope everyone reading this has a good holiday weekend, celebrating or not.


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