I have a story to

I have a story to share today.

Last night I was out checking the rink, as any normal rink-obsessed human being would be doing, and I was just heading back inside when I heard a soft fluttering sound coming from the rink behind me. I turned around, expecting to see a plastic bag blowing by, and was shocked to see a duck flat on it’s butt spinning away from me on the ice. I can only assume that from the air in the dark, when you are a duck that flies in the face of convention (ha) and don’t migrate south, the rink might look like a body of water. So the noise I heard was the sound of a duck’s feathered ass making contact with the ice at -30C or so. Harvey was with me and it was likely just as well that he didn’t notice anything until the duck had almost finished sliding unceremoniously to the edge of the rink and decided with a honk of embarassment to get the heck out of there. Then we both watched him fly off looking for some other backyard rink.

Ah, fun.

My wife is obviously delirious.

My wife is obviously delirious. The rink is NOT Olympic sized. It does conform to NHL regulations, see here. Well, ok so it doesn’t quite live up to those standards yet, but it will someday. Oh yes, Nairn Gardens will one day draw crowds of beer swilling nutjobs just to see the elegant ballet played in the great out of doors. Come to think of it, Nairn St. already draws lots of beer swilling nutjobs, but at least this time they will be outside.

Stay tuned for the Nairn Gardens playoff series.


Well check it out folks.

Well check it out folks. My SECOND posting. Things are getting just crazy now. Obviously the boy is asleep and I am procrastinating the paperwork I promised Court I would do!

Quinn cut two more teeth simultaneously on Jan 16th. The top, two front, right side teeth. A day late for your birthday mom, sorry! The poor guy likes to cut them two at a time it seems. Happy Birthday to my Mom too! She just turned 29 again on January 15th! Looking good Mom!

So Courtney modestly left out the other news that surrounds this household. While I was down with the flu, Court decided that he would build a rink in the back yard. I thought this thing was friggin’ huge until Jim, (our neighbour) got home from a business trip and said, “Let’s expand that!” So yesterday’s events included the two men in the back yard making this Olympic sized rink and breaking for a beer or two. This crazy thing is the width of our two back yards combined. Once the two sides are level with one another, it may just be time to host a skating party of some sort. Any excuse for a party is a good excuse for Court and I! Jordy has done what she can to test it out. She has done exceptionally well skating right over top of the little ripples that will soon be smoothed out. We may have a future figure skater on our hands. Who knows?

That’s it now for me. Later!

Oh, that’s not funny. I

Oh, that’s not funny. I just wrote a huge update about Nikki having Norwalk and Quinn and I spending the day together while Jordy was at school and this darn website crashed, losing all my stuff. Sigh. Oh well. Anyway, the main gist of it all is as follows: Nikki is ok, sleeping a lot and hopefully will be on solid food again soon, Quinn surprised the heck out of me today by pulling himself up on the lazyboy in the living room, kneeling in front of it. I also plugged www.popcap.com because it’s free and so fun for all ages. I finished by saying that Steve Earle’s Jerusalem and Bruce Springsteen’s The Rising are freakin’ excellent albums that just happen to be inspired by 9/11.

Quick lyric snippets are as follows:

Steve Earle’s “John Walker’s Blues”
I’m just an American boy raised on MTV
And I’ve seen all those kids in the soda pop ads
But none of ’em looked like me
So I started lookin’ around for a light out of the dim
And the first thing I heard that made sense was the word
Of Mohammed, peace be upon him

Bruce’s “The Rising”
Left the house this morning
Bells ringing filled the air
Wearin’ the cross of my calling
On wheels of fire I come rollin’ down here

Just really good, and go now and buy the CD.

That’s all for now.

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