Today is Hugo’s 8th birthday he got a big treat for a big day.

Hugo staring at his large bone shaped doggie treat that says happy birthday
Hugo’s eyes are so wide that he appears to want to consume the treat by looking at it.
Hugo eating the first half of his happy birthday cookie
Luna staring wide eyed at a fox face shaped dog cookie while Raquel restrains her.
Luna also got a little treat to prevent her from straight up stealing Hugo’s birthday treat.

Today was “new roof day” which is very exciting from a “keeping the elements out” perspective but very disruptive for the “ten month old who takes two naps a day upstairs” perspective.

Roofers hard at work putting new shingles on the upper roof of my home.

For all the horror stories of cancelled flights that I have heard tonight is a new one for me. Show up to the gate for me second flight to be told I’m no longer on it due to “air traffic control” delays.

Next flight isn’t for 13 hours. I don’t qualify for and food or hotel vouchers because it was an “uncontrollable” circumstance. The local WestJet employees helpfully suggest I call my credit card for travel insurance on the flight. They looked real sheepish when I informed them the flight was booked with WestJet Travel Bank that they’ve refused to refund for 2 years.

Stunningly poor experience and I felt very bad for all the employees who were very kind in their utter inability to help me.

Update: When trying to fill out feedback and refund forms on the WestJet website I encountered the following errors:

  • My last name is “invalid”
  • My city in my contact info is “invalid”
  • The phone number field required format 123-456-7890 but only allowed for numeric input so you cannot submit a call back number
The view from the plane window of the fog layer and a bit of the sunrise
Take off from Halifax means a lovely view of the top of the fog.
Aerial view of the CN Tower and the Sky dome
Classic Toronto shot on approach
WestJet Encore turbo prop plane on the runway
My old friend in Toronto, the runway load of a prop plane
Clouds over Lake Michigan with no land in sight
The size of the Great Lakes always surprises me
A multi level ramp system in place of a normal jet way
After the plane taxied to the far end of the runway by some bushes we road a bus back to the terminal to find this monstrosity waiting to get us up into the terminal

First televised Penguins 🐧 game was today so Raquel broke out the tiny jersey she got Gwen when she saw us watching the game.

James and Gwen sitting on the couch in matching black and gold Pittsburgh Penguins jerseys
Gwen and I watching the Penguins preseason game together
Gwen crawling around the floor with her tongue stuck out
Gwen realizing there are more interesting things than preseason hockey