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Long time no see

So for a couple years, friends have mentioned off and on that they’ve popped in here to look up when something happened (which is how I keep track of my major life events too), and that the blog wasn’t showing up at all.
Because I can see the admin side, I could still find old posts, but no one could actually navigate to the blog.
Turns out that theme I was using was discontinued and that was gumming up the works. That doesn’t make much sense to me, but whatever. This is free.
Now we can all return to our regularly scheduled ignoring of this infrequently updated web blog.

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Election Reform

I had this idea the other night and couldn’t think of anywhere else to jot it where I could refine it, so I’m posting it here.

I was reading something about the massive volumes of fundraising dollars that political parties gather and spend on elections, then once they’re elected, there’s no money for anything. What if parties were required to donate 30 cents of every dollar raised in fundraising to a charity that assists people living below the poverty line? Then we wouldn’t really need to cap fundraising dollars because the more that’s raised, the better.

Let me know where I’m wrong with this while I think it through more.

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Danielle’s Armed Robbery

Rest assured, she hasn’t been charged with Armed Robbery.  No, she was temporarily robbed of the use of one of her arms just over a week ago when she broke a small piece of bone off her elbow after suffering a nasty tackle in reg-league soccer.

An opposing player blasted through and she fell hard on her elbow, which not only broke the bone, but also caused some tissue stress (and possibly damage) to the elbow and shoulder. And of course it’s her dominant hand.

After a harrowing whole night spent in a busy hallway at Toronto East General Hospital’s Emergency triage area, she finally got a temporary cast.  After a screw-up in scheduling for her follow-up, we’re done with TEGH for a while.

She’s now receiving excellent care through Mt. Sinai, and hopes to revive her budding tennis career in no time.

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A Requested Update

As a special request from Kenneth, here’s a fresh (ish) blog post.  Ask and ye shall receive.

Our home reno is 99% complete.  The house is done, with just a few final touch-ups and final inspections in the coming weeks.  We have a brand new driveway (that the city cut up days after it was laid to replace our sidewalk) and we’ll get our new front and back yards late this summer or early this fall.  Before that happens, I have to build our new garden shed, so I’m hoping for some cooler, less humid weather. Then, we’ll be done.  What a relief.

Our boys continue to keep our lives interesting.  Seb (he’s no longer “Sebby”) just turned 7 and is growing like a weed.  If he grows up to have a desk job, he’ll be one of those guys who has a standing desk with a treadmill; he’s ALWAYS moving, and has the deep well of energy to keep it up.  His favorite outlets are baseball, soccer and hockey.  Sports, sports, sports.

Christian is turning into even more of a joker than Seb is, which is saying a lot! He’s hit a deeply inquisitive stage with a never-ending stream of questions, but mostly he just likes to chat, tell stories and make us laugh. We’ll be celebrating his 4th birthday later this summer and he starts Junior Kindergarten this fall, where we hope he gets more satisfactory answers to all his questions than we seem to give him.

Mojo has had a bit of a rough spring/summer.  Back in May, he got into a tussle with a porcupine under the cottage and ended up with a few dozen needles in his nose.  He recovered like a champ.  Then earlier in July he got a cut on his head that he scratched open into a bad gash that needed a couple of staples.  He just got his “cone of shame” off after a few weeks and is back to chasing his tail and the boys.  At 10 years old, he’s slowing down, but not much.

Now, this is the point in a post when I make an empty promise to start posting in here more…

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I Heart my Robot Vacuum

With two kids, a dog and lots of hardwood floors, I used to spend an hour or so every couple of days running a vacuum to keep on top of the dust, dog hair and various other fluff that would hide on our floors, but show up on our socks.  It was tiring and annoying.

Ahead of Black Friday, I scored a wicked deal on the entry level iRobot Roomba robotic vacuum (model 614).  It’s the entry model that doesn’t have the ability to schedule or operate it with your phone, which is fine for me.  I just hit start whenever we leave the house.

It does an awesome job as a vacuum (even getting stuff our upright missed), but its real virtue lies in the fact that I don’t have to do much for our floors to get clean.  I press a button and I empty the little bin.  Boom.  It can go on any of our floors, cleans any area rugs and is great at getting unstuck from under furniture.

Before buying, I’d done a fair amount of research, and the two biggest cons had me worried; it’s loud and the collection bin is small, so you have to empty it often.  It’s actually quieter than most uprights, which is insane for how well it cleans, and since it’s small enough to pass under furniture and get into tight corners, it makes sense the collection bin is small.  I just empty it and start the robot away again.

For a few hundred bucks, this is an awesome timesaver and our house is far cleaner than it was before.  I wouldn’t bother paying for scheduling or smartphone connectivity as the only feature I would pay more for is if it could empty its collection bin itself and keep cleaning.

Do yourself a favour and pick one up.

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Revived and Alive… for now?

After a nearly two-year hiatus, I’m back. To be fair, I’ve been busy raising two young boys and less young dog and we tore our house to the ground and built it back up again, so it’s not like I had lots of free time.
Enough winging and making excuses. Here’s what’s new:

  • The boys are now both well on their way to becoming men, which is both awesome and scary.
  • We’ve moved back into the house and it’s everything we dreamed of and more. We have so much space! We still have some exterior work to finish, including landscaping, but hope to have a series of housewarming parties once we have some furniture to fill it out a bit.
  • I’m back on the job hunt, so if you know of any internal communications roles, hit me up!
  • Well, that’s probably enough for now. I already spent too much time cleaning up my old comments (too much spam) and updating all the back-end stuff here, but I’ll be back. Well, it’s likely at least.

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    A Cold, Powerless Night

    Toronto is currently in the midst of an up and down cold snap, with eight official Cold Weather Alerts (where the temperature drops below -15) so far in January.

    So it only makes sense that on a night when it was a paltry -23 our power would cut out for 2 and a half hours in the wee hours of the night, leaving us without any heat.  Hooray!  So last night I spent time bouncing from room to room making sure that Danielle, our four month old and our three year old were all comfortable and warm.

    Needless to say, I didn’t get much sleep, but with two young kids I don’t get much sleep on a warm night.  So why even share this?  Well, apparently my blog was randomly bumped to a position of prominence in Joel’s feed reader and I wanted him to see something new.

    That’s all it takes to get me to post here, I guess.  I’m not above pandering.

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    Brief Baby Update

    We’re now three days overdue and it feels like much, MUCH longer. I’ve been working from home off and on and Danielle’s mom is now staying with us to help prep some frozen meals, wrangle Sebby and otherwise provided some very badly needed help maintaining our household sanity (thank you SO much, Linda).

    It looks like Danielle will be induced on the weekend, so we’ll get to meet our new little guy sooner rather than later, although he’s already late.  Aside from actually having the baby in our arms, we’re as ready as we can be, so we’re just playing the waiting game.

    The waiting game sucks.  Let’s play Hungry, Hungry Hippos.

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