Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Well, thought that it's about time that I update my blog. I've kind of missed a lot of entries, it's just been getting lower on the list of thngs to do.

Well to start with, it's probably worth letting everyone know that I still do exist. November saw some pretty cold days (around -27 without windchill, -40 something with the wind chill).

I had a good Christmas and new years, and I've started snow boarding.

Here are some pics.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Halloween was good. I carved a pumpkin (mine is the really scary one with glasses). I went with some friends to see the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, almost everyone in the orchestra dressed up and a lot of the audience, which was fun. I went as a fairly traditional vampire. One of my friends went as a car accident victim.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Well this weekend I went to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, party because it's fun to say, but mainly to catch up with some folk that I met in a hostel while I was staying in Montreal.

It was lots of fun. It started off with me attending a class at a university, my friend suggested I hang around uni while they took class, and then suggested that I should attend. It was fun, not sure if I learnt anything, but I pretended I was learning which is the important thing.

I'm not sure that I got to experience everything that Saskatoon has to offer, but I think I got the gist of it. The city sits next to a river, there are some pretty funky streets and lots of coffee shops (although it is possible that I sampled them all, I was fairly wired on caffined at least one day). All the people I met were really nice, I even got invited to what was to be my 3rd Canadian thanksgiving (the family celebrated it a week late, because they weren't all around the week prior, which suited me just fine).

Although everyone else in Canada thinks I'm insane, probably the biggest highlight of the trip was the snow. I was there for the first snow of the 'canadian' year (it seems Canadians have a different concept of year. I'm not sure exactly when their year starts, suffice to say it isn't January 1st. Eg the hokey playoffs which were in May, happened 'last year'. If I ever figure it out I'll let you know). I got to use a snow brush, open a car door that was partly frozen shut, throw snowballs, walk like an unco on frozen sidewalks and chill drinks outside. I think it was around -5deg c. The best way for me to describe it, is that it was like having campfire cooked marshmellow fall from the sky and cover the city (as a tourist passing through, it's awesome, as a local having to deal with cleaning it up, not so good).

It was also snowing in Calgary when our plane landed, and still snowing the next morning, so I seized the opportunity to walk to work in the snow. It took a little longer than usual, but worth the effort.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Today I got to enjoy my second thanksgiving dinner in Canada. It too was good fun. I went to Okotoks (about 25 minutes south of Calgary, eventually the two cities will meet). No turkey this time, a very nicely cooked ham was the center piece along with scolop potatoes, brussel sprouts (I was only forced to eat one of them, which was nice of the family), beets and other food. The food was really good and I'd have to say the the highlight of the dinner was definitely the pie, there was lemon maringue, saskatoon pie and pumpkin pie. I had a piece of them all (2 of the pumpkin), I also got to take half a pumpkin pie home (I couldn't stand seeing it going to waste).

Sorry, no pictures today.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Well it's catchup time with my blog again. I've been fairly busy of late as the bands I've been playing with have started rehearsals again. Today I had my first thanksgiving lunch in Canada (well, I didn't really have it today as it's the 20th of October as I type, but we'll just pretend). It was fun, there was turkey, potatoes, sweet potato, stuffing, corn, carrots, salad, gravy and wine. It was quite a feast. There were about 9 people there, and I was told that it's customary to eat until it hurts. I didn't quite make it to that stage, but I definitely got my fill.

I also got to use the company car for the weekend, which was pretty sweet (sorry about putting a picture of a car on my page, I kind of didn't take any other pictures this weekend, so you're stuck with it).

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Well today, in sticking with tradition I took the day off work. I went to kanmore for lunch and a short hike. I had lunch at the Delta Lodge in Kanmore, which is where they held a G8 summit, it was over by the time we got there which made it easy to get a table. The trip up was pretty neat as we are currently in fall, so all the trees are neat colours (although it's mainly orangy yellow as there aren't any maple trees around these parts). I saw a water fall and some trees (I thought I should write that, just incase you're not able to interpret the pictures).

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Well today I got to go to my first hokey game in Canada. I got to use the company's season tickets (it's fun having perks). It was the Calgary flames vs the Vancouver Canuks. It was a preseason game, which apparently means none of the big names were playing, so no Wayne Gretzky. It was still a good atmosphere. The main difference between watching it live and on TV is probably the noise of the 'checking' (players being crunched against the wall). There were only about 5 fights, I didn't know what any of them were about as they all seemed to be out of play. I really think that they need to introduce gloves into all sports, as it makes it so much easier to tell when a fight is about to start as the first thing that happens is the gloves get thrown to the floor before the fists start flying.

I think the score was 2-1 in favour of Calgary - yay local sporting team!!