Flu Shots

Tammy was super-efficient and got us all an appointment for flu shots at Rexall this evening. It was for 6:30 so we walked down after dinner. It was quite busy there, but we were all “shot” by 6:35 or so. So far, a few complaints about soreness. Miranda thinks the lady hit a nerve for her, because her arm twitched and it hurt more than usual. ๐Ÿ˜ข

They applied these neat inject-safe barrier things before the shot. The needle went right through the middle.

Ian’s arm afterwards

In other news, Ian’s voice is well into the “broken” territory these days. Lots of inadvertent squeaks and things when he talks. ๐Ÿ˜†

My First ATESL Presentation

Today from 10.00-11.35, Tamara and I gave a presentation at the annual (and this year virtual) ATESL Conference. Our topic was how to make communication easier with staff and students using SharePoint and Google sites. I know what you’re thinking: ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ด On the contrary, it seemed to be well received by all 87 attendees. There were a lot of questions and they enjoyed the brief demos we did.
This was my first time ever doing something like this and I have to admit it went really well. We didn’t have any technical issues (which was our biggest fear). Hooray! I’m afraid I don’t have any pictures to share, but you can look at the presentation PDF. At some point there will be a video available to watch (should you have nothing better to do or can’t fall asleep ๐Ÿ˜„) and I’ll post the link here.

Thanksgiving 2021

Today we had our Thanksgiving dinner as is our tradition. It gives us a chance to recover the next day without having to be at work or school.

I put the turkey in at 8 this morning because I wanted to make sure it was cooked in enough time for Miranda to eat with us and digest everything before going to work tonight. Stuffing was put together last night and the desserts were made yesterday afternoon (pumpkin pie, pumpkin tarts and pumpkin cheesecake bars). It’s pumpkin-tastic! We had some cubed sweet potatoes with sprouts, corn, and carrots. Of course we had gravy and cranberry sauce. We had some diet cranberry gingerale with our meal and darjeeling tea with dessert. Even Murph got some turkey and sprouts.

Before lunch, I managed to get in a 14km bike ride on the trainer while watching Perry Mason and Simon followed with short ride of his own. Everything turned out just great, except the weather. It went from hail to rain to snow all with a gale force wind within a couple of hours.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Fall Drive to Victoria

Ian and I are currently sitting in the parking lot at the Tsawwassen ferry terminal, waiting for a ferry to take us to Victoria. We might make the 8, or we might have to wait for the 9.

We are heading to Victoria to take part in the 2021 Tour de Victoria. Tammy’s working and Miranda’s up to her neck in Grade 12 IB, so it’s just Ian and I. It’s Thursday, and the ride’s on Saturday.

It might have been a normal drive from Calgary except for the season, but Highway 1 is closed right now because of the construction at Kicking Horse Pass, just east of Golden. So after we passed Banff this morning, we turned west and followed Highway 93 to Radium. We couldn’t see much for most of it, but once the sun rose, the scenery was nice.

Then we rolled into Golden. We made our only “restaurant stop” of the day: at the McDonald’s drive-thru. Our stops today were rest areas, eating our sandwiches and chips we brought in a cooler.

The day was pretty wet for the most part. At some times, like on Highway 5 between Kamloops and Merritt it was a downpour.

A wet drive up to Rogers Pass

Can’t complain though: it could have easily been snowing in the mountains.

The other worry besides the weather was the ferries: apparently there were a lot of cancellations yesterday because of the weather and one of the ferries breaking down. It was supposed to be even windier today. We were prepared to stay at a hotel in Vancouver if we couldn’t make it.

In the end, I think the only issue (besides a couple of cancelled sailings) was that yesterday’s frustrated travellers came today. We got to the terminal by 4:30, but there’s a three-sailing wait. It gave Ian and I a chance to walk around and stretch our legs.

29 Years Since…

Yesterday was the 28th of September, and that means that if you had a time machine and travelled back exactly 29 years you would find a couple of young University of Victoria students going out on their first date. ๐Ÿ˜Š

That night ended up at Tim Hortons in View Royal (it’s a Serious Coffee now) where we chatted for a long time before a first kiss and each going our separate ways in our eerily similar silver Chevette and Acadian.

In honour of the day, we risked the pandemic to make our way to the Timmy’s in Crowfoot Circle to have coffee together.

Busy Sunday

Talk about a day that was full. Too full. Now we have to go back to work!

The most important thing happened early: Tammy found out how to get access to our immunization cards from the AHS. All of our cards, including Ian! That is the best news, because we didn’t know if/how we would get his. Miranda has a learner’s license and so has a verified My Alberta Digital ID like Tammy and I do, but Ian doesn’t. But when Tammy showed me her phone triumphantly this morning showing Ian’s card, I yelled “Print it! Print it!” ๐Ÿ˜

The next step was ordering a laminating machine, of course. And thanks to our modern world, it arrived just after dinner. Now I have Ian’s card and my card in my wallet, all ready for our trip to BC.

Tammy laminating our set of cards

Paling beside that is the fact that I had a great club ride this morning. The only complication there was that it was the Calgary Marathon today, and the route went through Bowness, right in front of Bow Cycle. It made it a little tricky for our groups to get in and out, but we managed.

Me with my “biker” buddies: Ignacio, Phil, Liz, me, Todd, Hannah and Lee. Wing took the picture.

And lastly, another Amazon package arrived tonight: a set of wireless microphones. Yes, we have reached the “karaoke” point of the pandemic, folks. It’s a sad state of affairs. ๐Ÿ˜‚

New wireless mics, plugged into my Roland keyboard amp and fed by the Apple TV

Tammy, Ian and I had some fun with that this evening. Well, Tammy and I had more fun, I think. Ian’s voice kept breaking. It was funny.

Alongside all of that,

  • Tammy went grocery shopping
  • Tammy did some preparation for a talk she will be giving next month for ATESL
  • I did some programming on my “BookFramer” app (more on that later).
  • And Miranda’s at work. That’s why she missed out on karaoke.

Not Sure What to Think

Most of today, I’ve been trying to make heads or tails of yesterday’s declaration of a state of emergency in Alberta due to COVID. The government has gone from “no restrictions” to “state of emergency”. No pumping the brakes along the way, just full gas to pulling on the e-brake. Part of me wants to yell “I told you so!” really loud at the UCP and anti-vaxxers (I have to get in line behind basically all the doctors, nurses and business owners), but that’s like one passenger yelling at others on the Titanic. The fact remains that despite the measures, the long lead times of COVID mean that the health care system here is about 10 days away from failure. The expert on the radio this morning gave the advice: “Don’t get sick or in a traffic accident or hurt yourself in the next couple of days, because you might not be able to get help.”

The bright spot is that we will finally have vaccination status cards. The downside is that we don’t know yet if we can get one for Ian. I guess we’ll learn more as time goes on.

The new rules are inscrutable, but then we haven’t exactly been whooping it up as part of the best summer ever. Might be why we’re still all healthy.

Smurfing blue!

Before anybody berates me it was Bri that mentioned the smurf. ๐Ÿ™„ Anyway we went to our favourite hairdresser and refreshed her blue hair colour. Tried a different brand this time and wowwee what a blue!

Ian’s Braces

This morning, Ian got braces at the orthodontist for the second time. He has had an expander in since last month, and now has full braces, top and bottom. This should be the last round of this for him. I took him to the orthodontist this morning for a 7:20 am appointment. That was pretty early for Ian: he had to get up by 6 am.

As we drove to school, I warned him that his mouth might be sore today and he said no, but later when he came home he told me that only minutes after getting dropped off, his teeth started to ache.

A little Advil never hurt anyone.

Belated Anniversary Gift?

Yet another computer. I’m beginning to think we have a problem. ๐Ÿคฃ

I’d been humming and hawing about getting an M1 Mac for a while. When they came out, we ordered a MacBook Air for Tammy right away (she was long overdue for a replacement) and then a Mac Mini to replace the seven-year old family computer. My work computer is a 2017 MacBook Pro, which isn’t too shabby, but compared to Tammy’s Air it was not up to par. I chewed on the possibilities of stealing the Mini and using it day-to-day, but I couldn’t justify pressing the 2013 Mini back into service. Realistically, I should be getting a new computer from work this year or next but I don’t want to prod my boss about it, because M1 (or M2 or M1X) MacBook Pros aren’t out yet.

MacBook Air in Silver. 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD

When Apple released the new iMacs this summer, I nearly pulled the trigger on a yellow one. But it wasn’t quite the right machine. The next generation of pro-level iMacs and MacBooks should be around the corner. So the “right ones” are out in the future. So why this MacBook Air and not the iMac? It came down to the what might might be next. When I get a new 27″ iMac or MacBook Pro, and this computer will need a new home. And Ian could use this for his movie making. So I might only be a temporary “owner” of it, but it will be fun. When this arrived, I told Ian to start making a business case for why he should inherit it. ๐Ÿ˜„

Today, I used it for work for the first time. Everything was snappy. This evening I was using Xcode and the battery was still at 91% and it wasn’t getting warm. This machine is amazing. I’ve lost 2″ on my second monitor (the MacBook screen) but gained a fast-forward in performance.

Thank you, Tammy. Even if it was just a kick to stop me from humming and hawing.