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December, 2007:

X-treme Luge at the Golf Course

So we went to the Golf Course this afternoon for some sledding. Eric and I decided to try out the Luge that we picked up at the Eco-Centre this fall.

Hope you all laugh as hard as we did.

Kids Cross Country Ski Tips

Chloe and I have been doing a lot of Cross Country Skiing this week. Chloe is really starting to enjoy it, she is pretty strong on her skis but also has picked up on the whole sense of adventure that goes hand in hand with the sport. Tonight after work we are heading into the garden with our head lamps to track snow hares. Cool huh!

We'll I've been reading the MEC Web site a lot more and it's got some really good tips on keeping kids excited in outdoor winter sports:

One of my faves is this one:

  • If you attach a small section of climbing skin to the middle of their skis it will prevent the ski from sliding backward on slight inclines. It also prevents the ski from accelerating too quickly if your child attempts a daring descent.

I have enough trouble myself getting a good duck walk for going up hills. This tip will surely avoid plenty of headaches and tears.

I’d like you to Meet Ben

I’d like you all to meet my nephew Benoit Charles Pollock. He was born on the 18th of December 2007 and weighed only 7 lbs 9 oz.  Cute little guy huh!  And have you seen all the hair?

SnowBall Fight!!!

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So the girls have a snow day which is just as well because we got dumped with 40cm over the past couple of days. Madeleine has had an asthma episode so I'm working from home in case Denise needs to take her back to the doctor's. Problem is we can't even get out of our own driveway as you can see.

Also have a look at this snow pile across the street, isn't that just insane. It's higher than the street signs. And the snow is now at the same level as the office window. Guess I'll be working lunch with a shovel. At one point I'm either going to have find the lens to my glasses that I lost on the driveway or head out to the Mall and get some glasses cause my back ups are so bad it's like looking through frosted windows and I can't wear my contacts to look at the laptop screen for very long. It's still not as bad as when I had a CRT, but it's not ideal when you work in web development.

Sam across the street lent us his big scoop which is basically a 2 foot square shovel you can only push. Well we managed to clear the driveway and get the cars started. As they say: “Mon pays ce n’est pas un pays, c’est l’hiver!”

Habs trounce Leafs @ the Bell Centre

Last night we sat in row C of section 121 to see the Habs finally break their 7 game losing streak at home. And what better team to beat up on than the lackluster Leafs. Somehow Le Canadien were able to capitalise on every Toronto mistake and score on it. From a lucky deflection off a Leaf skate in the crease to give Saku his first of two goals in a long time (17 games I think) to Andrei Kostytsin's innocent looking hit on McCabe which left the defender with a broken wrist and led to Kovalev 17Th goal of the year.

It was a great night and I had the pleasure of enjoying Montreal's homecoming with man responsible for my love of the fastest game on Ice, my Dad. Although, I will admit he wasn't too impressed with the BB 8130 Pearl as a camera, ad you can tell by look on his face, but trust me he enjoyed the game as much as I did.

A big thank you goes out to Doug for the tickets. The were very well appreciated.

There Goes The Property Valuation

OK So I completely Chevy Chase out and got an 8 foot tall inflatable Frosty the Snowman for the front yard. This thing has got to be the biggest piece of bling/kitch/chintz I have ever bought and it even lights up at night too. I do have a few other other lights around the door and railings, but I have to be careful this year as we only have 100 amps coming into the house. Who knows next year I might go all Tim Taylor à la Home Improvement and put a landing strip on the roof for the Reindeer.

That is still one of my favourite episodes/

The Story Of Stuff

The Story of Stuff is a great video and a fantastically well narrated tale of how our consumer needs are unsustainable and are not only putting our way of life at risk but are also irreversibly damaging our fragile little Blue Planet. Annie Leonard presence through out the whole video, chatting away in the bottom right hand side keeps the story flowing and not only draws you in to the story but make it feel that much more “REAL” as it’s coming form an actual live person.

From the site:

    From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.

I actually heard this story about a month ago at a conference in Ottawa that David Suzuki was giving from his home office in British Columbia through video conferencing. The conference itself was actually about how video-conferencing is a viably green and cost effective alternative to traveling by plane. Dr. Suzuki has actually reduced his flying in half over the last few years by clustering his talks, meetings, and CBC’s the Nature of Things production work. He’s now going one step further by hosting his conferences via VC if he can not justify the need for the flight. This use of Video Conferencing is actually geared to reducing carbon emissions or as some call it reducing your carbon footprint. As David often does while talking about the environment he side tracked into the impact of big box stores on Mother Nature and he brought up the Story of Stuff in his own special science meets spirituality way we have all learned to love and respect while growing up and seeing him on the Nature Things as kids.

Once see the video, take the time to visit David Suzuki’s Nature Challenge, sign up and reduce your carbon footprint on our little Blue Planet.