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This came to me from a link on my wife’s facebook page so impressed with the singing ability of Justin Hines plus cool to see the video of this great province.

You can read more about Justin Hines at his website.


Per Wikipedia.

“A New Year resolution is a commitment that an individual makes to a personal goal, project, or the reforming of a habit. This lifestyle change is generally interpreted as advantageous. A New Years Resolution is generally a goal someone sets out to accomplish in the coming year. Some examples include resolutions to donate to the poor more often, to become more assertive, or to become more environmentally responsible.”

Also interesting that they state that only 12% of them are actually successful. So maybe instead of resolutions for me, it will be things to do in 2011. 

  1. Blog more regularly.
  2. Spend more time with my family.
  3. Cook more.
  4. Get more organized.
  5. Pick and complete one major woodworking project.
  6. Come up with a long-term garden plan and start working toward it.
  7. Build new play structure for our boy.
  8. Do two adventure races this year.
  9. Plan a family trip for next winter.
  10. Do some small fun family outings.

Last night my wife was playing some music by pomplamoose that another blogger had blogged about. I really enjoyed the music, it  covers so much stuff you hear, not just main stream but some old cool stuff also. But the combination of the talent of the musicians and the vocals in away make it seem better than the original song. Case in point

A song that is better than the original to me. 

They have been stuck in my head since then, after my work out this morning while waiting for 7am to get my boy out of bed for school I listened to them again. Just can’t say enough about their talent and how they present the music. Check them out on you tube or download their songs from Itunes.

This morning as I was typing, responding to emails, entering orders, querying database data, I had a question. What is the most common letter in the english alphabet? Looking at my keyboard the keys that are the most worn makes me think! A, I, E, O but I figured that might just be me so I turned to Google for some direction. In the past I have commented on how much I like Wikipedia  here is a link to their answer. I’m assuming it is more the US english language then Canada but would guess Canada would be close, so here is what they had to say.

From Wikipedia

Interesting little bit of knowledge isn’t it? Not sure where in life you would use it but wanted to share some of the stuff that pops into my head while I work.

One last thing they also have an interesting chart on “Relative frequencies of letters in other languages”

My little boy turned 6 on Friday and to celebrate we took a family staycation in Toronto. We as a couple tend to be planners, we tend to maybe over plan for the simplest things but this trip was the most under planned we have been on. Maybe it was because the weather had us undecided on the best place to go and also what to do. Before I provide you with the coles notes of this trip have a look at the important part.

6 yrs Ago

6 yrs Ago

6 years

Being in SK he was off school on Thursday and Friday so as to avoid some crowds we planned to do a trip starting on the Thursdau and returning Saturday afternoon. We took a gamble on the weather, we originally planned to do Canada’s Wonderland, Science Center than the Toronto Zoo, we had also planned a dinner at Medieval Times (New name is Evil Times, our boy though this was so funny to call it this at first we thought he didn’t read the name correctly, but quickly realised he knew the correct name but liked calling it evil times). So Wednesday we found a hotel in downtown TO using priceline. Got a really good deal on the Sheraton Downtown Center, really nice hotel. So Canada’s Wonderland is something we have done once a year for the last 3 years, our son loves rides and since he is 47-7/8″ tall he is able to get on a lot of rides that might be over his ideal age but that doesn’t phase him at all. This year they have changed the theming of the park to Snoopy and the Peanuts character which is neat for kids my age but for our son    

The Fly

The Fly

that has grown up in a fairly Snoopy free age, the theming and characters are not that exciting. This year we did Thunder Run, The Fly and a bunch of the normal favorites from last time like the Ghoster Coaster, carousel, Taxi Jam but he didn’t want to do Blue Line his favorite from last time. We have brought a picnic the last two years to save some money and also to make sure our picky boy eats some food. During are lunch it poured down rain and unlike WDW they stop the rides for the rain. So after talking it over we decided to upgrade our day pass to seasons passes since we enjoyed our day and didn’t get to finish it. We felt that we would get better value then paying full price if we returned later this summer. Off to find the hotel, for those of you not familiar we Toronto the downtown area is where you find the CN tower, Rogers Center (Blue jays), Air Canada Center (Maple Leafs), and museums. We found the hotel and had a nice swim and enjoyed a little relaxing before we headed out for super. In the morning we asked our little man what he wanted to do, go to the zoo or back to Wonderland he decided that he wanted to go to Wonderland, that was what he wanted to do on his B-bay. So we called down got my hot rod Kia valeted to the front of the building and hit Wonderland on the GPS, which plotted a course that took us through the city. Because we live in the country, when we have driven into the city is always major highways we take but this is the first time that we have every been through this part of the city in 17 years, which was cool and I always wondered where China town was and now I know. We go there early about 1/2 an hour before gate opening with season passes in hand, after a waiting we walked in and headed for couple of the rides he liked for the day before, except that today he spied the Vortex and wanted to ride it. It was a beautiful day in the park the crowds where bigger but not huge and the wait was a little longer but still not super bad. We also took some time to go on two water rides, a couple of ou son’s all-time favorite rides were Splash Mountain and Kali River at WDW so we where hoping to give him something like that here but the Timber Falls was more just a wet drop, and their river ride was good but not as wet as Kali. Still we had fun which is why we came, we also did a Sponge Bob 3D ride that was neat with motion seats, would have been better with it was something other than Sponge Bob. We had a nice day in the park but after a full day of fun it was time to head to dinner at evil times.   

The Blue Knight


Evil times was fun, the food was great our son ate surprising well, the meal was: 

  • Dragons blood Soup (tomato bisque)
  • Half a chicken
  • Dragon Rib
  • Herb Potato
  • Apple pastry

He ate all of it but the rib and potato so we were very pleased. The only down size was the very obvious attempt to nickle and dime you to death but that is I guess how they make their money. Back to the hotel to see who would be the first to fall asleep, can you guess who the winner was? 

The last morning we woke and got our Tim Horton breakfast and packed and headed out for are last day. We checked out of the Sheraton. We decided to go to Mountain Equipment Co-op my favorite store, then over to the Ontario Science Center for the Harry Potter exhibit and to spend some time wandering around the other areas and also the kids Spark section. We all enjoyed the Harry Potter exhibit even our little guy that has yet to read the books found it interesting, but it left both of us wanting to read the books again. The rest of the OSC, while it was not our favorite part of the trip, but the little man loved the Spark section so he had fun. We left the OSC and returned home to get Chase, open B-day gifts and have cake. 

It was a nice trip. I enjoyed spending some time away with my family, enjoyed having this special time for his birthday and wishing it was longer. But I think that even though his b-day is a weekend next year maybe we will pull him out of school for 1-2 days and do another little staycation to celebrate.

I have read most of Jon Krakauer’s books, I enjoy his writing style very much. Most recently I finished “Where Men Win Glory” it, like most of his work, makes me question and wonder about things. This book made me do the same thing, from being very impressed by Pat Tillman’s moral compass, to questioning the role government plays in what we believe as truth. Being a Canadian our government of course is different and our choice of action in the war is different, but it makes you wonder if our political spin and molding of public opinion happens as much in Canada as Krakauer portrays it happening in his book? My assumption is yes.  I’m sure our government has tried to mold our views and change our focus of attention, to portray them in a better light. It is of course an elected job so they need the correct view of what they have done to ensure their continued employment. In some ways makes you wonder how democratic our society actually is?

Give it a read or listen sometime I think you will enjoy it.

My wife is the one in our family that takes the majority of our pictures, and definitely the decent ones. I tend to not be very talented at getting them right. This is recent picture she did that I think is super cool.

It was for an online photo contest she entered.

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