Raquel and I took in the Thunderbirds game this afternoon after I won free tickets. Half way through the game Raquel said “I think I like sports now!”

One cool touch was that they had a drum circle before the US and Canadian anthems.

The Thunderbirds turf and Jumbotron in the Scotiabank Center pregame.
A drum circle at Center field performing the Mi’kmaq Honour Song before the US and Canadian National anthems
Post game moment with the team gathered at center to celebrate the win

Apparently it has been 10 years since “this is fine” was published. This meme has deeply embedded itself in my professional life and even taken up a spot on my shelf.

Plush dog wearing a bowler and holding a mug from the “this is fine” comic sitting on my shelf.

The original artist posted a great reflection on the impact of this phenomenon on them.

And it feels like it’s only getting harder. The best I can ask for is for people to simply forget, but the dog persists. So I do what I can and try to keep in good humor and be thankful that I can still do what I do for a living.

Reflection on a decade from the author

As far as Gwen is concerned this may as well be the Infinity Gauntlet with all of the Infinity Gems installed. The moment I fully assemble it she will stop whatever she is doing and come pull it apart and distribute the rings to all corners of the room to keep the house safe.

Fisher price Rock-a-Stack assembled properly sitting on the play mat

I have no hard data on this but I feel like “Early Black Friday” is new this year. I have been seeing it advertised since before Halloween!!

I think we should apply the “not before Remembrance Day” rule to all Black Friday sales. (Not to mention that Black Friday isn’t even a thing in Canada)

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

Last night Raquel and I headed to The Carleton with Ross and Brittany for a double date Cider showdown between East Coast Cider Company and Maritime Express.


roasted pumpkin seeds, red peppers, lime vinaigrette

  • EAST COAST CIDER: Hopped Cider
The hopped cider and Rhubarb cider
Ciders with the pumpkin spice quinoa dish


pickled beets, dulse, whipped mascarpone

  • MARITIME EXPRESS: Blueberry Rosé
Low tide cider and Blueberry Rose
Ciders and the Tuna Tartare


wild mushrooms, wine jus, chili oil

  • EAST COAST CIDER: Pear Cider
Pear cider and Dayliner cider
Ciders and the mushroom croquettes


squid ink, noisette butter, spinach, crispy prosciutto, squid

  • EAST COAST CIDER: Ginger Cider
Ginger cider and Cranberry cider
Ciders and the squid ink black risotto


meringue, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, tonka beans

  • EAST COAST CIDER: Ambrose Raspberry Cider
  • MARITIME EXPRESS: Oaked Ruscat
Ambroise Raspberry cider and Baked Russet cider
Ciders and the lime tart

Fiona rolled through and took out power for most of the province. Estimated restoration time is Wednesday afternoon so I had to improvise this morning

Camp stove setup on the deck with a kettle boiling and a frying pan full of bacon
Storm kitchen setup