Sunday, February 26, 2017

Catch-Up: Gatineau Park

The Emojis closed out their regular season with a big win, 7-3. It wasn't even as close as the score implies as they let their foot off the gas, and the other team scored two of their goals in the last couple minutes of the game. So that's some good momentum going into the playoffs, which start next weekend and then resume in late March, after the March break. As always, I'll keep you updated.

In today's installment of Catch-Up, we're going to return to August 2015. Specifically, Aug 31. It was toward the end of the summer--all of our trips were over--and that was about the time we realized we were getting heavy and needed more exercise. So we decided to head over to Quebec and do some hiking in Gatineau Park for the first time. It was a really fun visit, one we repeated at least once more that year, but for whatever reason we never got over there last summer. We'll definitely have to remedy that in 2017.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Catch-Up: Newfoundland and Labrador 2015! (part 2)

And now for the rest of Marilu and Lucas's trip to Newfoundland.

I don't know what the occasion was here, but everyone (except Lucas) was dressed nicely so I figured I'd include these photos.

Marilu's class reunion was that summer so for the latter half of their trip, they flew to Labrador. So you're going to see a lot more picture of Lucas with his cousins, Colby and Kyle, throughout the rest of this post.

The view from above...

...and below.

Marilu looking her best.

Lucas photobombs the next two photos.

Colby looking too cool for school.

And finally, Marilu shows off her athletic skills during a softball game, one of the events during her reunion.

In current news, Lucas has his last regular game of the season tomorrow. His league is a bit log-jammed in the middle so depending on how the game goes, they could jump quite a bit in the standings. I believe that a win will put them in a 3-way tie for 3rd, and a loss puts them in 6th place. Of course, every team makes the playoffs so it's not that big a deal either way. Whatever the case, I'll update afterwards with the score and let you know when his playoff games will be.

Until then, have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Catch-Up: Newfoundland 2015! (part 1)

Yikes, it's been a while since that last post. Time to get off my butt, and start playing catch up. I've got quite a few pictures from last year that need to be uploaded so the easiest way to do this is probably just to start from the beginning and get to it. So the next few weeks are going to be quite an image dump. I'll throw in some news updates as well so it keeps things at least somewhat current.

Speaking of news, in case you hadn't heard, tomorrow will mark the end of the first week at my new job. I'm out of retail hell and back in the professional world, this time in the accounting side of things. Well, sort of. I'm in a very junior-level position so there's not much actual accounting yet, but at least my foot is in the door, and the future's what I make of it with this company.

Now when I say some of the photos are old, I'm not kidding. This first batch are going all the way back to 2015. For once, you can blame someone other than me. They are from Marilu and Lucas's summer trip to Newfoundland, and I've told her time and again, if she wanted me to post them, she needed to add the commentary herself since most of the photos contain places and people I either don't know or can't recall the names. Since it's apparent that's never going to happen, I've decided to take the best ones of Lucas plus any highlights. So, without any further adieu, welcome to July of 2015!

You probably can't read it, but Lucas is holding up a ticket for the squid race, part of the larger Squid Fest that takes place in Newfoundland around that time of year. Several of the following pictures are taken at or around Squid Fest. They should be fairly simple to spot due to the abundance of cephalopod-related accoutrements.

It's not Newfoundland if you don't have moose crossing the street near your home.

I'm gonna guess this guy is named Squiddy.

Lucas won his favorite player.

Look both ways! You might get run over by a moose otherwise.

That's about half of the ones I have from that trip. I'll post the rest in the next entry so be on a lookout for that tomorrow or this weekend.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Growing Up on Christmas Eve: 2016 Edition

This year, instead of posting pictures from Christmas Eve in a new update and then linking to the 2-3 related updates, I've decided to update the original post with all 9+ years of pictures. Going forward, I'll simply have a short entry like this with a link to the original. You can then go there and scroll to the bottom to see the new pictures. So here's your link. Enjoy!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

California 2016: Day 8 (Going Home)

Our final day in California was very low key. We visited with my dad and brother one last time, and then took a bunch of pictures together in the parking lot. After that, it was off to LAX and the flight home. All in all, a fantastic trip, While I wouldn't want to live in California again (I never expected to say that!) thanks to the traffic, it's a fun place to visit, and I hope we get back there in another few years.

Friday, January 13, 2017

California 2016: Day 7 (Santa Monica)

On our last full day in California, we initially thought about driving up to Hollywood/Beverly Hills and doing the tourist thing. But traffic was, as usual, horrendous, so we made it a little more relaxing and just visited the pier and beach in Santa Monica. For those of you unaware, not only is Santa Monica a huge draw for tourists, but it also happens to be my birthplace, way back in 1971.

We had lunch at Bubba Gump's on the pier, which was wildly overpriced for so-so food, but at least we've now marked that restaurant off our "to do" list. Afterwards, we took some pictures on or around the pier.

Despite all the other fun things we did on the trip, spending an hour or so playing in the water and crashing through waves was probably one of my favorite parts of the trip. It kind of makes me wish we lived closer to a real beach.

As for Marilu, she relaxed while we frolicked.

One more day--which basically consists of pictures with my dad and brother--and California is finally done! Only 6 months after the fact. :)