Sunday, June 19, 2011

Life According to Facebook Part 2

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I tried this back in March, and I like having my own copy of all these little updates from Facebook -- even though they're mostly mundane, they include memory triggers and references I find interesting later. This batch is from about March 20-June 20, 2011, with decorative photos taken from the more recent shots in my Trees set, which I think is coming along quite nicely.
  • amazing father's day, lots of warmth and fun
  • Downhill action with bro Ryan...in way over our heads on the Gillard trails, and in the rain...fun like being 10 years old in the mud.
  • From Richard: "Congrats on winning the pool. I'll do the logistics after school tonight and send you the winnings."
  • ‎6am trail work: best way to start my day
  • $1500 for one seat in the upper bowl? And the price keeps going up.


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  • The only good news to come out of the Canucks' loss last night was winning a $40 ($80, actually!) gift card at Local Lounge...for predicting that Daniel Sedin would get the most points for Vancouver. I've picked him again for tomorrow, hopefully in a winning effort this time.
  • Only Myron Dueck can turn pizza night into a relay-sprint grudge match between families, with kids and dads pitted against each other in fierce laps around the house. So fun, and so sore...can't believe I didn't pull out a camera.
  • Amazing morning ride with Lorne Hildebrand and Andrew Vandersluys, exploring the incredible craftsmanship of the Smith Creek trail in Westbank.
  • Jeremy Hiebert attended the event Father's Day Mountain Bike Ride.


  • brushstroke-pines
  • thumbs up for the new Penticton pool...top-notch
  • stellar day off with the kids, mellow and fun
  • Any Canon users out there looking for a good all-purpose lens?
  • has a blood-chocolate level of 72% cocoa
  • From Sara Heinrichs: "I was just checking out some pictures of your kids. I completely understand why my mom loved them and ate them up! They are gorgeous!"
  • five rides in eight days makes for a happy mountain biker (June 6)
  • Metallica Vs The Prodigy - Battery Thunder This remix rocks...Tannis found it a few weeks ago and I put it in every playlist.
  • sold his camera
  • thankful for two nights of hanging out with good guys
  • Beautiful, simple guide to the trails around Westbank...a good reminder that they're not far from here.


  • sunset-branches
  • inexplicable morning anxiety/gloom
  • excellent new trails on Cartwright
  • beef-barley-lentil stew and peach cherry crisp
  • Ella's gymnastics performance
  • pink bitterroot and purple lupins blooming in meadows
  • Spy Porter
  • failed photo outing yesterday
  • has been enjoying Ted Logie's account of growing up on Jones Flat Road a hundred years ago...hilarious and fascinating. (May 28)
  • didn't expect to have lunch with the pastors of the Summerland Baptist Church
  • Ivy's fiddle group recorded their first CD last night...pretty cool experience.
  • For the girls' home-learning program, we make some effort to document their "active living", as if it was something they wouldn't be doing if it wasn't part of the curriculum. I put together these clips from the last few months.


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  • rainy and cool
  • I just finished Essex County for the second time. Masterpiece of Canadiana!
  • steve plett in the house
  • Two firsts for Ezra today: riding his bike on singletrack and helping me build trail.
  • took the day off
  • It would have made a better story if the nude hikers I encountered on the trail this morning hadn't been old fat guys.
  • Metallica at the height of their powers in 1989...credit to cousin Jason for convincing me to go see them on this tour. Tonight's soundtrack.
  • Pretty amazing to be able to translate easily between dozens of languages...audio pronunciation, entire pages translated, alternate translations...we take it for granted, but this is Star Trek tricorder tech...Google translate
  • Irma Voth
  • My kids' favourite musical artist: Weird Al.
  • pulled the first spinach and chives out of the garden for sauce (May 14)


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  • Fridays after work should always be this nice: a ride up and down Conkle Mountain, supper at Local Lounge (w/Backhand of God Stout) with two special girls, an hour of bed-time reading...
  • Anyone out there have daughters between six and 12? I highly recommend the Penderwicks series as read-alouds. Classic stuff, warm and wonderful.
  • accurately predicted the final four in the NHL playoffs...we'll see about my call for a Vancouver-Boston SCF
  • Ezra goes hard on his bike for a three-year-old. Now I'm pondering upgrades to the bike track to keep up with his desire to do more. We've already put him on a bigger bike since this video was taken, and that's apparently sped him up even more. It's only a matter of time until our first hospital visit.


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  • From Tannis: "Jeremy Hiebert is a bit shy about it but if all goes well, his "Seasons" quartet is going to be played in Manning Park in August, at "Art In The Park", an event to celebrate BC Park's 100th anniversary.(May 10)
  • Serious bike shuffle for summer...Ezra got Ella's, Ella got Ivy's, and Ivy got a new (to her) blue BMX that she pronounced "the ultimate bike colour". After breakfast I got them all adjusted and set up for their new riders.
  • Skipped watching the game, but glad to see the Canucks advance. I'm thinking it should be San Jose up next, a team they played well against this year (especially the Sedins; 11 points in 4 games)(May 9)
  • This event looks fantastic. Tannis Hiebert and Kim Lawrick rode the course on the weekend and loved it. Some generous trail gnomes have been hard at work on Cartwright Mountain connecting and crafting a very fun loop -- almost all singletrack, and nearly 10km. Looks like the race is a worthy cause too -- they're welcoming donations and pledges. Test of Humanity


  • ghost-trio
  • arrowleaf balsamroot, purple shooting star, sagebrush buttercup...the meadows are alive with colour again
  • has satisfying calluses from the hoe handle this weekend...first on the Conkle Mountain trails, and then in the garden.
  • Listening to the new Beasties album; pretty kick-ass.
  • This week's Focus Friday on Awesome Okanagan -- a few of Andrew's shots from our outing to the observatory south of Penticton.
  • checked out the BMX racing in Penticton...Ezra was itching to get out there
  • Any party in power will resist change to our voting system, making change nearly impossible...but awarding seats on the basis of the popular vote would seem to make more sense.
  • Usually we get bland editorials that appear to be focused entirely on not offending anyone. I wish they let Wolf write more of them...


  • three-ponderosa-pines
  • so thankful for pub nights
  • My vote for the most awesome invention of the last couple of centuries: the bicycle. So amazing to pedal away from home, ride to the top of Conkle Mountain several kilometers away, fly down on trails through the forest, and then zoom back home; all in 90 mintues after work.
  • didn't barf during Harper's nauseating victory speech...my tiny personal victory on a frustrating night
  • This film looks excellent -- can't believe it's playing in Summerland next week. I guess the filmmakers' dad (John Topham) is a local resident.
  • Why the surge of support for the NDP? I think their platform is pretty smart, covering most of the things I care about most in a way that makes sense. Please vote today, as long as you're not considering a PC vote, in which case I hope you forget to go -- really, we've had enough lies, embarrassing foreign policy, corporate handouts, eroding democracy and the dismantling of our environmental regulations.
  • Great Saturday: cruising all over Conkle Mountain scouting and buffing trail, sushi from Just Delicious Cafe, hanging with the kids, and now a Canucks game.


  • red-leaf-buds
  • couldn't believe the bargains on good microbrew in Penticton...$8 for a six of Spy Porter, $16 for an assorted Phillips 12-pack, and even less for a Tree 12-mix. Stocked up for summer... April 28
  • needs to spend more time on Conkle Mountain
  • Oh no. Not sure I can handle the stress of a Game 7. April 24
  • delectable early easter feaster last night with the Hieberts...thai wraps with peanut sauce (my request), homemade chocolate eclairs (Ryan's request) and good things to sip.
  • great date with Ivy at Theo's Restaurant before our violin lesson. Liz and I tried out my newest composition, a viola duet to play at a recital in June...exciting to hear it coming alive. April 18
  • I got this documentary from the library and really enjoyed it this week...didn't realize that I could have just watched it online. RIP! A remix manifesto


  • sumac
  • Yes, I've had too much time on my hands with the family in Manitoba. Instead of just cleaning up the rink, I did a time-lapse of the process, then decided to turn it into a kids' bike park. April 14
  • Another month, another photo feature for Awesome Okanagan. This time around I focused on Jason Drury, a local student with an interesting approach. Definitely worth a look (and a Like, if you do).
  • ‎Andrew Vandersluys and I saw this guy a couple of months ago, and he really was fantastic. The next night, they recorded his show in Kelowna -- it sounds great (listen free, download $10) and I'm thinking we may have to go see him again when he rolls through next week. Pat LePoidevin
  • thanks to Lorne Hildebrand for the bike ride and supper feast
  • won my hockey pool
  • Maudite


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  • Sure, the playoffs will be tougher for the Canucks, but no matter what happens, this was a great season to be a fan of the team. President's trophy with 117 points, most goals for, fewest goals against. And Daniel Sedin wins the Art Ross Trophy for scoring the most points. A moment of celebration, and tomorrow we'll see who they face in the first round.
  • started and finished Swing Low by Miriam Toews last night...a devastating read
  • Wonderful author, one of my favourites...who also happens to live in Summerland.
  • pizza and ping-pong extravaganza with Jim Friesen and Myron Dueck
  • Is this a good photo? No, it is not. But it was a great night, zooming to Kelowna with Myron and hanging out with old school friend Jim.
  • ‎Lorne Hildebrand and I biked over to see the mountain goats this afternoon


  • winter-forest
  • Taking a few days off last week got me composing music again. This viola duet was the result, and I'm hoping to talk Liz Lupton into trying it with me. Could be fun to perform at the adult recital in June. (The link goes to the online sheet music, which does let you listen when you hit play, but the sounds are like a crappy old organ...still, enough to get the idea)
  • What's on my mind? My grandma's not doing so good. March 30
  • So many amazing things on this planet...this makes me want to take the next few years off to wander.
  • listening to the new Alela Diane album...more folk/country than my usual tastes, but I think her voice is magic
  • feels recharged after five days off
  • thrilled to be out on the trails again with eagles and deer
  • is happier when he spins pedals
  • Great night out with Bill, Lorne Hildebrand and Andrew Vandersluys...frosty pints of Crannog's Backhand of God contributed to the joy.
  • a good strong coffee made in the french press often makes me miss Angelo Eidse
  • Enjoyed the excellent photo exhibit of black and white portraits by Rick Gray at the Summerland Art Gallery (show runs through April) March 22
  • Mexican feast with Bill (March 21)


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