Thursday, 31 October 2013


We signed up for NHL Game Center at the start of the season.  It gives us the ability to watch every single NHL game.  We never have to miss a Jets or Senators game.  And we have actually watched most of them so far.  What that means is we've watched quite a bit of shitty hockey this year.  Winnipeg doesn't seem to have made too many improvements over the off-season and they are the same middling hockey team they were last year and the year before.  A .500 season seems likely.

And the Senators.  Man.  Flashes of brilliance, like that game against Detroit, but they too seem to let games get away from them.  It's tough to say but they are definitely the lesser NHL team in Ontario for the first time in years.  If Anderson ever finds his groove again, that may change, but right now the season looks to be a long one.

But neither team played last night, so I ended up turning on the Boston/Pittsburgh game.  Wow, what a difference.  I was beginning to waver on hockey as a sport.  Turns out I just needed to watch some better teams play the sport.  It was just plain exciting to watch.  Fast action, end to end, exceptional passing, and phenomenal plays at both ends of the ice.  I didn't even mind that Pierre Mcguire was doing the on-ice commentary for the feed I was watching.  Two great teams and I'm thinking one of them will come out on top of the East this year.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Duckie Time

Just to prove to Dawn that she does play with her Winnipeg Jets Duckie!

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Year One

In amongst the house work and football watching, we realized that we had been married for an entire year.  I think we were both amazed at how much we had stuffed into that first year.  The highlight, of course, was our baby girl, Paige.  But the house hunting, purchasing, moving, and renovations all happened in that same year.  It has been a remarkable first leg in our journey together.  I wonder at how different my life is now and the amazing woman who made it all happen.  It was an epic year and I can't wait to see what the next one brings.  Love you babe!

Weekend at Home

Last weekend was just about perfect from a home owner's perspective.  I got to use my new brad nailer to fix some trim, after 4 years I finally fixed the fridge door, I got some weather sealing installed to kill the worst draft in the house, I finished hanging all the pictures upstairs, and I built a set of stairs off the back of the deck.

Building the stairs was the most satisfying accomplishment.  Bad weather had me doing most of the carpentry work out in the shop and it made me appreciate our house selection even more.  The electrical needs an upgrade but everything that needed to get done, got done.  There's just something so comforting to be sawing away, making a mess while staying nice and dry as it rains/snows outside.  Love that shop.

A lot of stuff got done and we were very busy.  Right up until 1:00 pm on Sunday.  And then it was football time.  Neither of our teams did well but it only diminished the weekend a teeny tiny bit.  For me, that weekend was the definition of good times.  Hoping for many more just like it.

Monday, 28 October 2013

Peanut Mix

Some pics from the last couple days.
Basket full of toys?  Or a bag of rice?

Bundled for a brisk October walk.

Silly bum being silly.

I got to pick her outfit Saturday morning.  I realized we are tragically short of Jets gear.

MC Peanut, yo!

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

A Peanut Morning

Start the day with a brisk workout.

Then spend the rest of the morning being adorable!


Layer of snow on my truck this morning.  The snow turned to rain by the time I hit New Hamburg.  Going to have to remember to put the snow brush in the truck tonight.  Got a good feeling about the possibilities of snowmobiling from my back yard this winter!


This is the onesie Jen selected for Paige to wear on my birthday.  Lil' goober.

It was a great day.  Getting old ain't so bad when you get to come home to such treasures.  Thanks babe!

Tuesday, 22 October 2013


I'm old.  But happy.  My 39th year on this planet was one to remember.  At least until I turn 40 and my memory starts going.  But when that happens, I can be comforted that Google will be there to remind me.  This was my Google Doodle this morning:

Should I be creeped out at all that the search engine I use is wishing me a happy birthday?

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Apocalypse: Cancelled

Oh, Pacific Rim.  My feelings for this movie have been complicated since I first heard that Guillermo Del Toro's next movie was going to be about giant robots fighting giant monsters.

Initially I laughed in disbelief.  That was the stupidest sounding concept I had ever heard of.  Pan's Labyrinth is on my Top 10 list and I really enjoyed both Hell Boy movies.  But this premise had me wondering if Del Toro had completely lost his mind.

Then I saw some trailers and I started to reconsider.  Could this movie actually be enjoyable?  Was there enough fun in watching CGI robots slug it out with CGI monsters that this would be a worthwhile way to spend two hours?

The reviews, when they came, provided no clear answers to these questions.  There were fervent supporters and not quite as fervent detractors.  Using a Rotten Tomatoes type filter, it did seem that the majority of reviewers were giving it favourable reviews.  But it still seemed like such a stupid basis for a movie.  In the end, it was the strength of Del Toro's past work that convinced me that I should finally check this movie out.

What a piece of shit.

Not visually.  Visually it's impressive.  It must have been spectacular on a big screen.

The problem, as I originally feared, was that you just can't build a compelling story around the theory that mankind's best method of fighting giant monsters is to build giant robots.  It makes no tactical sense.  "Grappling" and "Fisticuffs" seem like the LAST things you'd try when planning attacks on giant monsters.  But every fight started with just those things.  And when the robot and its pilots got in trouble THEN they'd pull out a plasma canon, or chest missiles, or a mother-fucking SWORD for Christ's sake!  Even Jen was yelling at the screen "Why the hell didn't they START with the missiles?!?".

No, the only reason you have robots up there doing WWF wrestling moves is because it looks cool.  And if you're abandoning reason just to see what it would look like to have a giant robot punch a giant sea monter, I'm checking out of your movie.

I'm still in an awe of Del Toro's visual imagination.  I'll always give him the benefit of the doubt.  But this was a big disappointment and I hope his next movie brings him closer to the heart and wonder that was so evident in Pan's Labyrinth.

Friday, 18 October 2013


Some Peanut pics to say farewell to this week and hello to the weekend.

Yes, she got her foot caught in the crib.  Nut.







Thursday, 17 October 2013


Jen put Paige down on her play mat yesterday.  Came back in to the room to find this:

Then she scooted to the TV:

Then the speaker:

Then the dining room:

She has started scooting!  Backwards but she has mobility.  It's very exciting and terrifying at the same time.  On another excursion she managed to get from the living room to the front entrance which is only a couple feet from the stairs to the basement.  We're going to have to get some gates up sooner than expected.  It won't be long before she's crawling up a storm.  Evidenced by this video:


Monday, 14 October 2013

What's TBone Watching?

In the ongoing tradition of Hollywood spewing out duplicately themed movies in the same year, we saw both Olympus Has Fallen and White House Down were released this year.  Based on reviews and the cast involved, my money was on White House Down for delivering on a few hours of action-packed entertainment.

I chose poorly.

This is the worst movie I've seen this year.  Megan and Morgan had seen Olympus Has Fallen and debated for a bit but ultimately agreed that White House Down was the worse of the two.  Damn it!

OHF just looked to take itself so seriously on such a ludicrous concept.  Whereas WHD trailers and reviews suggested there would be some tongue in cheek.  And, honestly, Channing Tatum was also a factor in selecting WHD.  I was no fan of either G.I. Joe movie but his work on 21 Jump Street made me a huge fan.

For those reasons, I let my eyes glaze over the other warning signs.  The biggest of which was the character of the Precocious Eleven Year Old Kid.  There have been some annoying PEYOK's in cinema history but I do believe we have discovered the ultimate in annoying precociousness.  This movie has the absolute gall to propose that there exists in the world an eleven year old child who is not only a tremendous political junkie but is such a white house nerd that she has memorized the number of bathrooms in the presidential residence.

For that alone, fuck you.  But please don't tell me she also has a YouTube channel for discussing politics.  No, sir.  Fuck you, your ancestors, and any future generations that have the grave misfortune of sharing your tainted gene pool.

The fact that they didn't even attempt to avoid the cliche of the terrorists discovering that one of their hostages is in fact a loved one of the protagonist who is causing them so much trouble, made me think that this script was either written by a piece of automated, script-generating software or by a room full of oxygen-deprived baboons.

Other aspects of the script are equally preposterous.  For the type of movie I had hoped this would be, I'm willing to suspend some aspects of logic.  But that shell is fragile and if you keep hammering  on it with stupid decision after stupid decision, it will break and I will spend the rest of the movie heckling the fuck out of your wretched movie.

There were some entertaining action sequences and I was actually kind of shocked to find myself enjoying the movie at those rare moments.  But they didn't last beyond a few minutes.  Certainly not enough to make up for the other two hours of nonsense.

This was a massive pile of disappointment.  I can't help but wonder what kind of movie it would have been with somebody like Shane Black drafting the script.  But that's not the movie I watched.  This is the movie I watched and I think I'll be regretting that for quite a while.

Well, you know what?  I just downloaded a graphic to throw up on the page and now I see that this was a Roland Emmerich movie.  How did I miss that this was from the same guy that brought us The Day After Tomorrow and 2012?  Please disregard this article as I now blame myself entirely for not doing sufficient research before watching a movie.

Pumpkin Practice

One of our activities this weekend was getting in some pumpkin carving to hone our skills before Halloween.  My brother-in-law is very passionate about his pumpkin carving and I got to learn a few things.

First off, forget about using the Dremel.  Every year I think the rotary tool will be an awesome shortcut to carving my pumpkins but every year it disappoints.  This year, Morgan introduced me to his set of pumpkin carving tools.  The big revelation was how effective pottery tools were at skinning and shaping pumpkins.  I need to get a set of these.

I also need to get an ice cream scoop.  I used one of these in years past to really dig out the innards and thin out the wall to be carved.  Didn't have one this year.

And just a procedural point, always skin first and carve second.  I ruined the eyes and nose of my practice pumpkin because I forgot this basic step.  Duh.

Anyways, I think I'm ready for the big show.  We made a trip down to a pumpkin farm near Shakespeare and got the final show piece.  Can't wait to dig into it.

TBone's Practice Piece

Lit up!

Morgan's much more artistic endeavour.

Thanksgiving 2013

Our first holiday in our new house!  And we were lucky to have my sister and her family come down to share it with us. The house was put through a rigorous weekend of hosting and we're pretty happy with how everything flowed.  We had our big turkey dinner and really appreciated the space in the kitchen and dining room.  The kids really seemed to like Paige's play room and had fun at our local park and got to run around our backyard with sparklers at night.  Everyone seemed to plug into something that made them happy and there was room so that nobody was tripping over each other.  It all made me especially satisfied with our decision to move.  This is our home, a place not only for us but a place to share with friends and family.  I am very thankful.

Friday, 11 October 2013


Jen phoned me yesterday at work so I could hear our daughter absolutely lose her shit as Jen blew bubbles at her.  We took this video when I got home and she wasn't as hysterical and seems to be reacting more to Jen laughing than the actual bubbles.  But still pretty darn cute.


Beer me!


So, looks like I didn't have to be so worried about being put on a shake diet before Christmas.  There's a 6 month wait to start the program.  So I have until then to show I can lose the weight on my own.  I found out more about this program and it's not just about having shakes for your meals.  You have to commit to being in Guelph for half a day every week for 6 months.  The sessions are for group therapy and counselling.  Yah, that sounds 10 times worse than eating nothing but shakes for 3 months.  I think that will provide sufficient motivation over the next 6 months.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Poo Bear

Jen must have taken this before Paige's visit to the Nurse yesterday.  She is on the floor of the truck because she needed to be changed after a ginormous, diaper-busting, poo.  The Pooh Bear theme was therefore quite appropriate.

TBone's Adventures in Medicine

Been a while since I've mentioned my ongoing medical issues.  Unfortunately, they haven't gone away.  My blood pressure seems to be fairly under control but my numbers at work are all over the map.  And my persistently swollen leg has only gotten worse.  And our nurse practitioner left the clinic we are patients at, so I've been on a merry-go-round of referrals as our new nurse tries to come to grips with what the best course of action will be for me.

I've had ultrasounds on every vital organ in my body and several blood tests.  Everything comes back saying that everything is in good working order.  The bottom line from all of it is that I'm fat and I need to lose weight.  Otherwise those blood tests and ultrasounds will eventually come back with not so good results.

To that end I've tried to get exercise and a lower calorie diet into my life.  I've hit my stride a couple times with the exercise regimen but a baby and a move to Milverton threw some big wrenches into that program.  So, the medical people seem to be out of patience with my lack of progress and have sent me off to Guelph to get going on medical weight loss today.

What's medical weight loss?  It's a shake diet.  Every single meal is a shake for 12 weeks.  Looking at the calendar, I can see that there won't be any festive dinners this Christmas.  I'm going to be campaigning hard to start the program after Thanksgiving at least.  One bit of turkey before saying goodbye to solid food for 3 months.  Kind of weird how Paige is just starting in on solid foods while I'm heading to a liquid diet.

So that's where I'm at.  Frustrated and angry at a system that thrives on referrals with a complete disregard to a patient's work and family obligations.  But relieved that there's no issues with my heart or kidneys and hopeful that the next few months will kickstart a healthier me.  We'll see how it goes but expect some extra grumpy posts over the next 3 months.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013


Paige is very pleased with her new outfit, courtesy of Mrs. Allenses.

She seemed less impressed with this outfit this morning.  It's possible she sensed that daddy had put the shirt under her sweater on backwards and was wondering when he would notice.

Monday, 7 October 2013

White Bored

Our product manager, Tom, always seems to have some spirited phone conversations with our sales and marketing personnel.  One such lively debate had Tom exclaiming "I can't keep pulling rabbits out of my ass!".  The visual struck me as hilarious and I thought I'd capture it on his whiteboard.

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Peanut Poses

Some picks to kick the week off and get me through another week of engineering.

Strawberry Peanut

Grandma and grandpa surprised us with an early Halloween gift for Peanut.  She was pretty excited but all of those pictures were blurry due to her waving and kicking.  Even so, I think this one adequately captures the adorableness.

Milverton Meetup

We are tremendously happy to finally be in a place where we actually have the room to host get togethers.  Our friends from Deere have always shown generous hospitality but we had been reluctant to return the favor due to the limited space in our kitchener place.

The question now was had we travelled too far off the beaten path in search of affordable housing to entice anybody to visit?  But our friends braved the hours of back country roads to see our new house and, in some cases, to be introduced to wee Paige.
It was great to see everybody and it was even better to finally play host.  

Paige took all the introductions in stride and even managed to sleep through a boisterous viewing of a Sens/Leafs game (friggin Leafs).  We didn't get many pictures of the night but I did find the meeting of Paige and Mr. Smith on our dropbox this morning.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

First Bite

Point of No Return

Well, we're in for it now.  Paige had her first meal of "solid" food.  A yummy bowl of sweet potato mush.  I think Jen selected that meal just to bug me.  Paige has been pretty interested in our meal time activities lately and seems fascinated with how we put food in our mouths without any nipples being involved.  So, we thought we'd let her try it out too.

She seemed somewhat confused by the stuff on the spoon.  She knew that the spoon went in the mouth, just like every other object she gets her hands on, but she was a little put off by the mushy stuff that was coating the spoon.  We're pretty sure she ate at least some of it.  Now we wait to see how this gets processed and what kind of horrors await us on the other end.