Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Where Does the Time Go?

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Weird 10-day blog gap-out for me -- my headspace has been full-up for a while, and not all of it with bloggy goodness. Also, our poor digital camera officially died last week, so the usual flow of new photos has been shut off. Anyway, to continue the long, proud tradition of only reflecting good news and happy times here, we get a random highlight list from the last couple of weeks:
  • The photo accompanying this post is of Sophie -- absolute hero of our daughters, walking encyclopedia, ass-kicking karate master, one-time Kona Stinky pilot and better half of the globetrotting couple known as Greg and Sophie. We had a fantastic visit with them here, hitting some of our favourite local spots (Shaughnessy's, TCT, Sumac Ridge, The Elite, ornamental gardens), with lots of hanging out at home and in the back yard. We decided that they need to move here. Ottawa Shmottawa. More photos of the visit when I fill up and develop the film in the old SLR...or when they post theirs.
  • Plett has MSN Messenger now -- as if I needed more ways to waste time during the day.
  • Tannis's hockey season wrapped up, and I caught her in such a Canadiana moment after the last game, hauling in hockey gear, sticks and the dressing-room beer cooler with a beer toque on. Molson Canadian would have been more authentic, but I enjoyed the leftover local microbrew way more.
  • Ivy's odd path to literacy is still focused almost entirely on writing instead of reading. She fills up reams of paper every day with signs, tickets, stories, instructions, letters, invitations...but has almost no interest in reading for herself.
  • Ella seems to have noticed how much time Ivy spends scratching on paper, so she's really embraced drawing and painting in the last couple of weeks. I'll have to scan and post one of her masterpieces soon.
  • A surreal morning last Friday: picked Lorne up at 5:00am to take him to the Kelowna airport, a two-hour hike up to an amazing slot canyon on Mill Creek, a delightful breakfast with Marj and Mom, and then back home in time for lunch with Greg and Sophie, which wouldn't have happened if the planned hockey game with Ryan in Kelowna hadn't fallen through.
  • The mountain biking season is in full swing now -- Greg and I did a two-hour loop up the Trans-Canada Trail to the KVR station, up above Deer Ridge, and then back around Cartwright and a quick stop for groceries on the way back. I've been up Giant's Head a couple of times this week without too much pain.
  • Hockey Night in Canada with Myron and Tracey last Saturday = good times. We did pizza at our place with them the day they got back from Mexico, too -- we miss them disproportionately much when they take off for two weeks. Elijah is hilarious these days.
  • Tannis and I had lunch at the Hooded Merganser in Penticton -- amazing setting looking out over Okanagan Lake, and awesome architecture, but the food was pretty boring.
  • Excellent publunch last week with my old work buddy Neil. Been missing him since they moved to Edmonton last year. The remaining core of our Bridges publunch crew joined us: Jim and Mel.
  • I keep forgetting to note how much I enjoy weekly sushi with my friend Russ at work -- despite not updating his site in almost eight years, he's super creative and smart. We're designing a web app to help people make better decisions.
  • Today's soundtrack: my old standby Webjay Mix, with the current favourite tune being Episodes by Pela. I didn't think I could adore a song that builds an entire chorus around the word "Diphenhydramine".
  • Looking forward to receiving the shiny new toy I ordered this morning to replace our dead A60.

11 comments:

Heather said...

Wow, Jer. Life sounds pretty heavenly over there! I'm so glad, and yet feeling that we're missing out again without having that annual B.C. trip planned for April. As usual, I much enjoyed all the pics. Ryan seems to be enjoying his MSN contact with you. It's nice you guys can "secretly" communicate this way. If you ever link me up, I can demonstrate my webcam for you.

Jeremy said...

I already explained to Ryan that there are no valid excuses for not coming out here this summer. Perhaps we need to lean on him a bit more.

Don't be fooled by the "heavenly" picture being painted here -- it's a trick of the blog. When I take only the best tidbits from the past two weeks, dust them off, dress them up nice and assemble them in one fat post like this, it gives the impression of 100% good livin'. I suppose that having an accurate record of the good things of life has some value, but it's not a complete representation of our life.

Whenever I try to add a bullet point in the list that says, "Oh yeah, and we've also been stressed out, impatient and angry most of the week..." it just seems out of context and oddly empty without an explanation of the sources of the problems. Such is the quandry of the blogger.

Ang said...

haa haa, i hear ya!
For me, blogging has become a convenient method of getting out pics and news to those interested. And it's the only thing that keeps me from total seclusion much of the time. But, if anyone wants to know how shitty my life *really* is, they'll have to call! (insert smilies, winkies etc.)

Ang said...

Great post by the way. LOVE the one of Tannis (too cool for school), Ella and her toothbrush (hypnotic eyes), Ivy with her legs curled up (future author, some modelling on the side...).

Jeremy said...

Thanks for the kind words and agreement, Ang. I think it's totally cool that there are different venues for different kinds of news/stories/events in our lives. As long as nobody expects the blogged life to represent all life, it's fine. It does feel misleading at times, though.

Heather said...

True enough - I do suppose the blog life usually comes off as being fairly ideal.

By the way, after re-reading my first comment I sort of thought that my webcam statement came off as sounding sort of dirty? That is not at all the impression I was intending to give. I have a G-rated webcam.

Jeremy said...

ha haha...I didn't know that webcams had a rating system.

Lisa Redfern said...

Aww, publunch! How I miss them. With all of you there, I guess I was the only one absent. Stupid Calgary!

Jeremy said...

Your were there in spirit, Lisa. Do you really miss them? Your life in Calgary sounds pretty ass-kickin', boot-scootin' good. I mean, life in a real city!

The publunch was super fun with Hooson around. We even managed to avoid bitching about "Pete", except for a brief lapse at the very beginning. You'll have to join us the next time you're in town.

Lisa Redfern said...

I absolutely miss publunches! I haven't got the same sort of crew here, even though I am enjoying myself.

Hah hah, you still managed to talk about "Pete"? Hilarious! Especially since that was several years ago, now.

I will definitely join you guys the next time I'm in town... I'll just have to make sure that I show up on a weekday for once.

Jeremy said...

Please do! That would be fun...just give us a bit of notice so we can work out the right day. And we promise not to dwell on stale Pete issues.