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Stereo Maddy MC

To the left
To the right,
Step it up, step it up
Alllright!!!

The girls worked on their balance training this week in their skiing lessons, which means they needed to hold their arms out a lot and even ski on just one ski.  Things most of us seasoned skiers would really struggle with, yet these little bundles of energy just see it as a game and excel at them with such ease.

The title and lyrics are from the late 90′s hit Step it Up! by Stereo MC on their album Connected.

Ready, Steady, GO!

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Ninjas Ski as They Please

Ninjas Ski as They Please

The girls and I love to go skiing and on the way up we tend to listen to either some Gilles Vigneault’s Un Dimanche à Kyoto, The High School Musical 3 sound track or my personal favourite the Barenaked Ladies kids album SnackTime. This week we made our way up to Vallée Bleue listening to Snacktime so it became the soundtrack in my to my whole ski day.

When I saw “Thing 1″ get off the chairlift, all I could think of was Ninjas.  Stylish blond Ninjas, but still Ninjas!

The lyrics to the song are truly awesome:

I woke up this morning and everything was different
Something was strange in the air
I woke up this morning and everything was different
I knew that the Ninjas had been there

I looked all around my bedroom
Underneath the dresser
Behind the bed, but nothing could be found
There was nothing left behind them
No way that I could find them
No fingerprints or crumbs on the ground.

The Ninjas are deadly and silent
They’re also unspeakably violent
They speak Japaneses; do whatever they please,
And sometimes they vacation in Ireland.

The Ninjas are deadly and silent
They’re also unspeakably violent
They speak Japanese; do whatever they please,
And if you tear off their masks, they’ll be smiling.

Special Thanks to Gracenote  for not letting me copy these lyrics and force me to relisten to the song on repeat (many many many times) in order to post them here and possibly give the Barenaked Ladies a better mention. (#WhenDRMKillsMarketing&FairUse)
NOTE: Gracenote does not get a free link or tag due to their obvious “suckage” in this matter.

Bloody Hands and Threading the Needle

On Top of the Needle

It’s been about 9 or 10 years since I chalked up my hands and laced up the old Boreale booties and tried to haul my aging butt up anything steeper than than a 5.4. Yet the harness is still in great shape and the booties still fit, and as chalk is already about 1000 years old, applying it lavishly to my sweaty palm felt as fresh as I when broke in the ball all those years ago on Poke-O-Moonshine.

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Keeper? You Don’t Even Know Her?

Keeper? You don't even know her!

Mike with his favourite catch phrase. Just in case anyone from the North Atlantic Fisheries Commissions is reading this blog, we didn’t keep this one. As far as we know this little guy has already mated and will live to survive another rock hopper and his 7 year old son.

Olé olé olé olé, olé olé

Les Girondons win Le Trophé des Champions in Montréal

Trophé des Champions
Les Girondins de Bordeaux took on l’En Avant de Guingamp in the Le Trophé des Champions. Final score was 2-0 for Les Girondins in front of 34,000 Montreal soccer fanatics. This was biggest crowd in the history of Le Trophé and the first time it was held outside of France.

Trophé des Champions

It was also Chloé’s first time to the Big O and her first real soccer/footie match. We took one of her best friends and they both had a blast. None of had any allegiance to either of the teams, but after hearing about the “next Zidane”, Joann Gourcuff, we were leaning towards Les Girondins. The first goal conveniently sealed our fellowship and after the second goal we were raving about like silly Frenchman.

Trophé des Champions
Trophé des Champions

Two Wheels!

Pink Rider! The weather was awesome on Sunday and the girls got to ride their bikes in the Parking lot across the street. As you can see, Chloé colour coordinated her ensemble for the occasion and without  knowing it, Madeleine managed to get her jacket and helmet to match up as well getting her hoodie to match her boots. This summer should be a lot more fun on the bikes, Madeleine is getting pretty strong at kick starting the peddling, Chloé has finally mastered the foot and handbrake and is even getting into skids, Denise will be able to cycle again this as she’s back in her jeans and not pregnant. All we need to do now is put our hands on a used Chariot so we can get Les Boys in tow. Our current LittleTykes buggy is just too heavy and not very comfy for such young babies.  Anybody feeling generous?

Helping Hands

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Twitter in Plain English…

Anyone who has visited any of my blogs knows that I have quite the penchant for Twitter. It’s community seems more vibrant with thoughts, things overheard, questions and ideas rather than just being somebody’s life aggregator (sorry Jaiku). I have to admit that I have been prone to Twittering Habs hockey games, ski trips and the occasional silly outburst in a meeting (read Luddites explanation of technology). It’s often the perfect 140 distraction for when I’m waiting: in line, for someone, while the commercials are on.

Well one of my fellow Twitters: Cali Lewis, host of Geek Brief TV, stumbled on this great flash video from CommonCraft on what Twitter is. Twitter in plain English. Great video, thanks again Cali.

Follow me on Twitter

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.

Go Habs! Go!

This has got to be some of the best Habs/Leafs smack talk I have seen in a long time.