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The Library….

I’ve said it before, but possibly THE best bit about the Okanagan, other than the weather and certainly one of my favourite bits anyway, is the library….

Xmas @ TheLibrary....

And it’s just got better!

Not content to have a massive CD library section, TV shows and documentaries on DVD, they now have movies on DVD! Some oldies, some new ones, more to come as the service rolls out. Everything from the Disney films, Batman Begins, Jurassic Park, the Indiana Jones movies, Munich, The Prestige to Atonement, and more, loads! I remember speaking to the crew at the library a few months back and them saying they were worried about people like Blockbuster, but who cares if you take them out? They wouldn’t give you the same courtesy, so stuff them! I’m raving I know, but this is brilliant!….

It never amazes me, when asked what do we do without TV, that people have no idea the library offers so much, for free. In the UK you had to pay for CD’s or DVD’s and videos from the library, but here, no. You have no joining fee, no rental fees, unless you bring them back late, but the new films you get for a week, so if you bring ’em back late, well, that’s your fault.

So, get off your backsides and get yourselves off to your local library, especially if you live here in the Okanagan. You can even save yourself a few quid by cancelling the cable TV….

Mind you, if you encounter the guy with the beard and dangerous ties, steer clear. Not only does he keep turning the checkout machine off, while you’re checking your things out, but he’s right rude! And whatever you do, don’t get on the wrong side of Sophie….

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Berfday, #37….

37 then….

You know when time is passing when your son takes you to the ice hockey. I had to pay for it mind you, and drive us there, but he said he’d saved up some money to handle the food and drink for us for the night, which made it special. So, just before game time, he treated me to a coke and pepperoni pizza.

Good game though, our own town team, the Westside Warriors took on the visiting Sweden U17’s. Considering they were they playing the a national side, they did bloody well, best I’ve seen them play and won the match 5-3. It was fast, it was rough, it was great. It made Sam’s night when it was announced that both teams would be in the foyer signing autographs. So, we finally left at around 10pm, yeah, on a school night, having queued up and worked his way down the line getting all of them!

Plans for the “big day”, none as such. I think I am going to head off the butcher’s in a bit to grab some tornado steaks, which are tasty little blighters and I think the missus is doing some pasta thing which we like. I can’t justify the price of eating out anymore, not when you can cook stuff a lot nicer at home, better quality too. I think I blogged about this at some point, either that or I’ve got it ready to unleash on the readers in the future…. Probably grab a bottle of the organic Chilean Red which is a fav in our house and then play a round of Cluedo.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. — Mark Twain

20 years ago? 17…. hhmmmm…. A Level’s, meeting the missus and Deep Waters….

See ya!

M

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The Beautiful Truth Trailers….

OK then, done a bit of digging, found these….

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s10fZ4gPzuk]

I already knew some of this stuff, maybe you didn’t….

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-s9BaUYnM1g]

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-5-GxgMJOo]

I’ve avoided MSG for a long time now. How? I read the label, if it’s in there, I don’t buy it. You might want to start thinking about it too. Get yourself educated. Don’t take my word for it, don’t take anyone’s word for it. Go find out. Switch your brain on, especially if you have kids…. like the trailer says, the manufacturers are hoping that you are “too busy, or too lazy, or too stupid.” Which one are you?

You need to look out for your kids mate, no one else is going to.

Take care,

M

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Into 2009….

Welcome to 2009….

Been a bit sparse on the blogging front. Trying to keep the kids entertained kind of kept me off the computer for the duration, along with not finding time after collapsing on the sofa after snowboarding. The board game “Clue”, or “Cluedo” if you are a little older has been the hit of the holidays, being played after dinner on a number of occasions. The kids enjoy it, which is, after all, what you hope for in a present, eh….

So, there we go. Another year in the bag, as they say. We never got our own house in ’08. Not sure if that was a blessing or not, in light of current conditions. But then, none of the job applications I made came off either, so there you go….

The missus finally made some headway at least, on the job front, getting the permanent contract with her bank.

Sam was selected for the town soccer/football team and discovered he needed braces on his teeth. We discovered the cost.

Holly made some real progress on her swimming, did a couple of shows and had her first snowboarding lesson.

So, what’s planned for 2009….

  1. After finishing a couple of clients sites, I’m planning to get my own website projects finished along with my plans for FromTheWatersEdge and a couple of others.
  2. Record more music. Having got back into it with the James Bond track in ’08, better tunes are on the cards. Do more with The Phantom over at Phantomville (http://www.phantomville.com). I’ve even dusted off and been practicing the flute for a separate project….
  3. Take more photos and take them “better”…. Having seen a few other people over at Flickr do this, I figured I might do the same; aim to take portrait shots of each of us every day for a year. We’ll see how it goes. I may start from the January 1st 2009, or I might use the first few days to warm up and go from my birthday, on the 7th. We’ll see what shots I get for what is being called “Project365” here in the Boomerverse….
  4. I’m going to be back trading seriously for a bit, see how I go. Got to get some more cash coming in, this seems to be the easiest to get going, for the moment. Unless I go broke.
  5. Go see Cuba, Ecuador, Peru or Japan. Not all, but one of them. Although, the dentist fees for Sam may spoil this one, unless trading goes particularly well….
  6. Get a dog. An Alaskan Husky is looking likely at this precise moment. An advert for a new litter has been “spotted”…

We’ll see next year if all, some or any of the “plans” have happened.

There is talk of going back to skool, or college, both me and the missus to retrain in something. She’s not sure in what, but I’ve got my eye on law. We’re looking at doing that here in Canada, or the UK, maybe via the Open University there, depending on which works out cheapest to do. It’s early days though…. but after tutoring, (I say tutoring, I mean, doing the kids homework for them) through December, I can safely say, I’ve had enough of it. The “kicker” came when a student turned up, with their end of module test, unfinished, with no idea of what to do, having not done the work assigned over the last few weeks, being too busy with their “out of school activity” and being told to help them, which meant ME doing the test, effectively, so that they could get the credit, to get into a college to train for a higher paying job than me tutoring them. That kind of “killed” it for me, I’m afraid.

Can’t think of anything else for now, so after that “rant”, I’m off for a beer and the last bit of xmas cake…. cheers!

Xmas Cake....

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It’s All Over, For Another Year…

Christmas 2008 is over and done then….

Christmas Eve, just before the kids went to bed, we watched the family favourite, "The Polar Express". That’s 3 years running, so it’s now going to be a family tradition, it seems.

"Not too early!", the kids were told as we put them to bed. We weren’t surprised to see Sam in our  doorway at 4am…. again at 4.30am, 5.15am and 5.45am. At 6.30am, it was a case of "Sod it! Get up!"

Sledging in the afternoon, down at the kids school field.

Xmas Day Sledging (1)....

Xmas Day Sledging (2)....

For Xmas dinner, we went across to the neighbours, for our, what seems to be, annual get together. Loads of food, too much, but nice. 18 of us all crammed round their table. Afterwards a few of us cracked out the games, whilst the kids played hide and seek in the basement. My deck of "Old Maid" was the highlight, an xmas present for me when I was a kid.

Boxing Day was spent up at Big White, (www.bigwhite.com). We were going to go tubing, but as anyone knows, it’s not as much fun when snow is falling as you slide. It slows the run down. So, we’ll go back up and do that again soon. Holly and me did some ice skating on the rink, whilst Sam snowboarded and Leigh walked round the village.

Boxing Day @ Big White....

The drive home, down the mountain, however, was horrible. Snow falling, wind blowing more off the trees, visibility of the road almost non existent and yet, some people were roaring past us. No surprise then, as we turned one bend, a truck which had done so, was in the ditch, almost on it’s side. Passengers were OK, but still, the to the driver, "you moron". Winter tires don’t stop you coming off the road, they merely help keep you on it….

Next up, New Years Eve and day, along with 2009, with all it may have in store for all of us….

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Cold, Snow, More Cold and Yet More Snow….

So, that’s it. School’s out for the Xmas Holidays….

Walking Home....

Our fourth one in Canada and it’s the coldest, “snowiest” one yet. Talking to people who have lived here, have said the same thing. Global warming eh…. Just heard on the news, that Vancouver has just broken it’s record for the coldest temperature recorded at the Vancouver International Airport. “Go figure!” as they say….

Sunny, but Cold....

Woke up this morning to a temperature of -18C, which is cold, I guess you can say. The window in the upstairs “apartment” has developed a large crack across it, the cold water tap to us in the “Dungeon” has frozen up and we’re expecting more snow and colder temperatures tonight. Which is nice. Me and Mrs Boom are off to a party, just down the road, but we were going to walk. Now I’m not so sure. Just to make it easier to decide, a “frostbite warning” was just reported, heard by Samuel on the radio.

Our flights are booked for the Caribbean….

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Rambling, November 23rd ’08….

So, we’re near the end of November….

News from this end, Sam needs braces, $6600 worth, over 3 years, has started his Kelowna United training, who want $1000 for the season and currently has tonsilitis.

The missus has had to re-interview for her job at the bank, as the woman she was covering for has decided not to return. We’ll know more hopefully on Monday. If she doesn’t get it, having had to do a lot more work for no more money, well, the feeling is, she’s had enough….

I’ve been turned down for 3 more jobs this week, which puts our position of buying a house at the bottom of the pile, if not the dump. I am in talks with a couple of people to develop and build a couple of websites as well as waiting to hear about some articles I have written for a couple of magazines out here.

And Holly is rehearsing for her upcoming performance, of “The Wizard of Oz” at the Kelowna Actor’s Studio and coming along with her swimming lessons.

So, not all good news here at the moment, there are people out there with more pressing problems, in the current climate, but nothing I can do about that.

On a more positive note, we got our monthly meat pack from Vale Farms (www.valefarms.com), the organic meat supplier at the Farmers Market this week. I was expecting a larger hit than usual, being that it is organic and “everything organic is more expensive“, right, so I am constantly being told. We’d budgeted and worked out what we usually get and went for an equivalent order. Imagine our surprise, when we were presented with a bill $40 less than we spend at the regular butcher. So, we splashed out and bought a leg of lamb, something we haven’t eaten, since coming to Canada. Too expensive. And still paid less than we paid at the regular butcher. We’ll be re-ordering next month from these guys, needless to say, everyone else can go to Wal Mart if they wan’t, I’m staying put with the organics thanks.

We had to buy a new coffee machine yesterday, having burnt the other one out. It’s got a timer program fuction on it, which I set half an hour ago and I’ve just heard start bubbling away. So, that’s that for now, I’m off to pour the first one of the Sunday morning and read some of the Vancouver paper.

M

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Kelowna United….

He made it….

We were keeping quiet about it until we knew for sure, but over the last 3 Friday nights, Sam has been attending the try outs for Kelowna United U12 Boys. He played over the summer for them, but this was the real deal. Started out with abround 90 boys all fighting for a place, more than we were expecting, that needed to be whittled down to 30. There were 6 coaches all grading the boys, each week “culling” them as we went along.

At 6.30pm, last Friday the group was split into 2, when the roar went up from Sam’s group, it was job done. He and 2 of his mates all made the grade.

So, we have a soccer, or football star in the making, it seems. early days, I know, but he’s on the way. Now we just need to find the cash for it. Some travelling is now going to be required, maybe even down into the U.S., which will be interesting….