Archive for July, 2011

Sorry for the lack of posting, but a funny thing happened last weekend that’s been taking up a lot of my time.   The big lump in my wife’s belly decided to show up five days early, so our little family has been bigger by one for just over a week.

I’ll be writing a post shortly that tells the whole story of his birth (and the crazy few days that followed, including an eventful trip to an emergency vet clinic), but in the meantime, you should know that mom, dad, Mojo and (most importantly) little Sebastian Brant Duncan are all doing just fine.

I promise to have a few photos to share as well.  Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need a nap.

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As will be the standard beginning to my blog posts for the next little bit…

As of 9am this morning, Danielle
has not yet gone into labour

Our baby’s official due date is in 6 days, and I’ve already won a case of beer (danke, Mike!) and the little guy can hold out past 9:37pm on Sunday, I’ll collect a crisp $5 bill from Jay.  At this rate, I’m starting to hope this baby never comes out.  I’m cleaning up!  (Sorry, Danielle)

Speaking of other things that rarely come early and tend to come late, I’ve been testing out the new GPS bus-predictor for the TTC called Next Bus (it’s still in Beta), and so far I’m amazed at the accuracy.

To get into work in the morning, two different bus routes roll past the same corner in opposite directions, one to Main Station and the other to Coxwell.  While the bus to Main Station takes me to a stop further down the subway line, the route is shorter and the subway is less packed when I get on.  Strangely, my total commute time is exactly the same, so it really doesn’t matter which bus I take.

By the time I get to the intersection, I need to know which corner to stand on because there is nothing more annoying than watching your bus arrive, load up and leave from across a VERY busy street.  With Next Bus, I can check in on my iPhone on my walk to the stop and for the last week, every bus has shown up spot on time.

That being said, they are still wildly off the actual TTC schedule, but they always have been.  Kudos to the TTC for making this available to the public, and here’s hoping they create an app very, very soon.

Note : When you select your route, you can create a bookmarkable link that works great, both on a computer or a mobile device.

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As will become the routine, here’s the official baby situation update:

As of 10am this morning, Danielle
has not yet gone into labour

His “official” due date is still exactly one week today, but we’re both getting a little impatient and restless about his arrival.  While I would like a few more days to get settled into my new job before I take a bit of time off to support Danielle, change diapers and spend time with the new fella, we’re as ready as we’re going to be, so we just want to get into parent mode.

In the meantime, we’re enjoying the summer weather in the great outdoors and getting as much rest as we can.

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As I work furiously to learn my new job well enough to get ahead before our baby’s arrival, Danielle is “enjoying” her time off work before our lives change forever.  I use quotes because, as anyone who’s ever been 9+ months pregnant (or anyone who’s been around someone that pregnant) knows, everything is uncomfortable.  Still, being at home is better than being at work, and she’s go Mojo to keep her company.

So, here’s the update (and these will be coming more regularly now):

As of 9am this morning, Danielle
has not yet gone into labour

Thanks to the WordPress app for iPhone, I can keep everyone fully updated on m’lady’s situation, and you can be sure that once there are photos of the little guy to share, they’ll be up on here.

While we play the waiting game, I’m happy to say that we are now solely an iPhone family.  Since I picked up an unlocked iPhone 4 this past weekend (running iOS 5, no less), I set up Danielle on my jailbroken 3GS.  That means she has said goodbye to what used to be my super-ancient LG slide phone.  The timing was perfect as it was starting to experience intermittent mic problems, among its many other faults (some, the fault of age and use, others are native).

Some other household fun includes a dire need to water our lawns (like every other homeowner in the GTA) as the combination of sun and heat is doing a real number on what was a gorgeous lawn.

Yes, these are our lives during the waiting game.  If you’d like to come over for a visit to play some board games or something, just let us know.  We’re pretty much homebound, but if anyone can recommend some passive, comfortable and relaxing things to do around town (bonus points if Mojo can come), we’re all ears.

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Why read about last night’s U2 concert here, when you can read my official Fan Review in the venerable publication Fan Quarterly?  Feel free to leave a comment, and when you’re done reading my review, be sure to check out all the great content on the site.

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My new job means dressing up a little bit more than I did in my last one.  Nothing too fancy, just dress pants and a dress shirt, but that requires a bit more pre-planning than jeans and a decent shirt.  Most notably, that means I’ve had to dust off the old iron and ironing board.

Unlike most people, I’m a fan of ironing.  You just turn on the TV for some distracting background noise and get to work.   I also like the immediate sense of accomplishment you get once the shirt goes from wrinkled to not, much like washing dishes, vacuuming or mowing the lawn.  It’s also the same reason I like folding laundry.  It’s a mindless activity with instant, tangible benefits.

That being said, I’ve got to adjust my laundry schedule so I don’t find myself at the end of my few dozen dress shirts and I have to spend hours standing at the ironing board.  Like most mindless activities, ironing is best doled out in shorter segments.  I’ll probably also have to build in time to get out baby-related stains, which will completely throw off my established laundry schedule.

Oh, the trials and tribulations of my complicated life, eh?

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I’ve been a U2 fan for a long time.  As a matter of fact, I’d be surprised if anyone reading this knew me before I was a U2 fan.  That’s why I’m really excited that Kenneth has offered me his spare ticket for Monday’s show here in Toronto.  I saw them the last time they rolled through town and it was a great show.

To add to that excitement, I’ve been asked to write up a review of the show for Fan Quarterly, a site dedicated to fans of all types who crave information about the people, bands, shows, movies and anything they love.

This gives me the opportunity to blend two of my passions, U2 and writing, so I’m pretty stoked.  I just hope that Danielle can hold off giving birth until after the show.

Despite our intended due date of July 21, the court of opinion has ruled that our little boy will no doubt show up on the scene early, with guesses as soon as today.  Personally, I still think he’ll show up around the 18th.  Feel free to weigh in.

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Today is my first day at my new job (oh yeah, I got a new job) and that comes with a lot of excitement.  I still have to head back to my old job tomorrow for one more day to fulfill a contractual requirement, but I needed to come into the new gig today for a team meeting.

It certainly feels like a season for new beginnings with the baby set to arrive at any moment (and I’m not exaggerating, it could be any moment) and getting my feet wet in a new job.  I’m almost tempted to shave off my beard, shave my head and get a tattoo, but then reason takes hold and I realize that I’ve got my hands full with the changes that I’m already in the middle of.

Now that all the rigamaroll of ending up my old job and prepping for my new one is out of the way, I’m really looking forward to getting back into the swing of things in here.  I’ve been looking forward to sharing some of our baby preparations, especially loading up my iPod with all sorts of great music, both for our little boy and to keep his dad sane in the long nights ahead.

In the meantime, have a great Monday and enjoy your laid back summer commutes now that everyone else is on holidays.

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