Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Some Photos

The kids went out to shovel the driveway ( I didn't even ask them too, Keir seems to really like doing it) and i took some photos
Cute kids!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Sunday Supper... err Saturday Supper

Normally this would be a Sunday Supper post but for other reasons this Sunday Supper took place on Saturday. Saturday was kinda a yucky weather day with freeezing rain, snow and cold temperature. So what better than a nice warm yummy Curry to warm us up.
Started off with some green chilies  (I only used three of the four)
and then the spices (mustard seeds, fenugreek) and ginger, chilies get cooked together
Then next up some oinions are added to that, once that has cooked together we add more spices! (Curry powder, turmeric, chili  powder)
add some fresh tomatoes to that and you get:
next is the coconut milk
cook some chicken in a separate pan, and add it to the curry, then we let everything simmer for a while
ready to be eaten:
nothing left:
It was a great supper on a cold night!

That is all for now
Take care

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Happy Birthday Keir!

Tuesday was Keir's 7th birthday, wow 7 sounds so old!
The whole birthday celebration started last friday when we had 6 of Keir's friends come to a party for Keir. We booked a place called A Gym Tale, they do kids parties. How to describe this place.... I told someone today that my ears have almost stopped ringing from all that moise. It is kinda like releasing 6 tasmanian devils into a somewhat larger gage with another 30 or so tasmanian devils! The kids had fun, so that is what is important. But Jen said that next year will be "smaller", she also said that last year :-)
After friday came Keir's birthday on tuesday, we let him open is gift from us (Lego!) and had a birthday doughnut. Wednesday we had both  sets  of grandparents over for cake and more presents! That is a lot of birthday celebration/celebrating!
What is funny is as soon as everyone had left on wednesday night, Keir was already talking about Xmas presents he wanted...
and yes that is Isla of to the side wearing her _bathing suit_ in November. That was one of about 6 wardrobe changes of the night. She is a little fashionista!
That is all for now
take care

TDIH November 16th 2004

This was an easy This Day in History to find, after all it is Keir's birthday! A seperate post on Keir's bday is coming. But here is what he looked like November 16th 2004

That is all for now
Take Care


Wednesday, November 17, 2010


I have resisted the almighty Facebook for a while now, but I am going to give it a try....
I am not really sure what to expect from it, I will go in with an open mind and see if anything good and productive comes out of it.

Friend me if you dare :-)


"Daddy" by Isla

The other day Isla was in the middle of a huge drawing session, where she produce a ton of drawings. In the middle of the session I asked her to draw a picture of daddy.
Here are the results
Striking resemblance, don't you think :-)


Monday, November 15, 2010

Remembrance Day 2010

Remembrance Day was thursday, and here in Manotick there is a Cenotaph where there is a ceremony every year. The Cenotaph is within walking distance from Keir's school.  I am always surprised at how many people show up to the ceremony, it is very impressive to see all the people gathering to Remember. There is a Legion in Manotick, so that must have a strong influence on the ceremony
Here is the actual Cenotaph:
Not sure how many people where there but there was a lot:
This year there was even two WWII era planes that flew over (a Spitfire and a Mustang):
Keir was part of the ceremony, as he is in Beaver's this year (part of Scouts) and the whole Scouting organization presents a wreath, you can sort of see Keir standing in front of the Cenotaph in his Blue and brown Beavers hat:
He took the whole ceremony very serious and we were very proud of him.
Thank you to all the veterans, military personel, and the fallen soldiers who let us live the lives we enjoy so much.
That is all for now.
Take care

Workout of the Week Nov 14th

Back in September I posted one of my runs that I went on and that planted the idea to have a Workout of the Week post every week. This will be the first installement in the Workout of the Week. I am going to run in the Winterman Marathon on Feb 20th (hint hint: this day may or may not be my birthday) and doing a 12 week build meant that todays run was the first week of the build and the workout of the week will be the first long run of the build. The goal of todays run was 90mins broken into 5 sections: 30min @ an comfortable/easy pace, 12.5min @ marathon race pace (4:15-4:20), a 5min @ a comfortable/easy pace, another 12.5min @ marathon race pace (4:15-4:20), then another 30min  @ an comfortable/easy pace.
Here is what that looks like in reality:

You can see that I missed the 4:15-4:20 range for the first race pace set. In my defense there was a  strong head wind for about half of the set. Although I really only missed it by a 2sec per km. Anyways that graph is a little boring.
Here is the graph of actual pace vs Heart Rate, can you guess where the stiff head wind was in the the first race pace set?

Here is where I went, just a touch under 20kms
All in all it was a decent run, this was my first long run since my september, and a good building block for another 11 more long runs ( will not do a long run the weekend before the race). I will progressively add  more and more time to the each of the sets as the weeks go on.
Here is a link to all the details:

After the run was done, here was my reward:
Insetrt picture here!!!!

A yummy cappuccino and banana and butterscotch chip muffin! I had to replenish some of those 1500cals I burned  ;-)


Here is the

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Sign this PLEASE

Please sign this petition, there is a movement to have the Vancouver International  Airport  to the Terry Fox International Airport. Terry Fox was an amazing human and I think it would be a perfect tribute.