90’s Sitcom | The Deveau’s

February 11th, 2019

L>R | My Dad, Me, My Mom, My Mom’s Sister Bea, Raymond, Marg and Renee bottom right.

my brother passed and not sure who thought we should do a family photo…which we never did.  to me this looks like a 90’s sitcom photo.  it makes me laugh and it also makes me think about the past.  😉

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First Quarter Update | New Year

February 11th, 2019

 in no order & no capital letters | work is fine… new job function + i enjoy it | will start vlogging again this quarter 😉 | spain was pushed from feb to later which sucks since it’s always fun to daydream about two things that are beautiful | really liked this little movie since i fell in love with rose byrne | time is running out to finish my 101 list in 1001 days | planning tattoo no.2 | new basement appt w/ two pillows | ginger is the better dog | recent flicks watched | teased the idea of california quick trip | tennis tour has started | kids have moved within thejax | i need more baths in the big tub | trying | this playlist makes me happy + want to move | new indie evening playlist to chill | sent summer vacation dates to the mom for two week trip to europe w/the kids… will this be the year? |  need to find a local place to volunteer | a short ride that never happened | apple cider vinegar in the morning is hard | forever | almost camping season | 1 year ago is another 1 year ago | photo from salvaleon de higuey makes you realize of what delicious things you had | the broken images in this blog will be the death of me | i never have nightmares so this was rare | going to miss jv + interested in the race for the east now | ben always brings me back to reflect on life | facebook purge + snooze for 30d is sweet | also quiet | sprinter van life would be sweet | new album by Ry X comin | g-cal time blocka 2get things done | finishing hbo the wire + halfway thru sea 4 | still evernoting everything + scanning w/ scannable | pushup’s are hard | fuck the bluejays | enjoying new artists like caamp, jessie marchant, tallest man on earch, + wild rivers | tracking food + weight on loose it is eye opening and needed > let’s get at it | the fairmont is a fun place to stay | still can’t imagine they went to offsa + now volleyball season for her | she applied to trent + other schools | he just plays fortnight or whatever the fuck it’s called lol | book one complete of 6 | outdoor ball season is months away | walking on ice is scary when you are over 40 | rip tumblr but i’m happy little goodness still flows through on the dash that tortures me in a good way | free solo is a crazy film and everyone needs to see it on the big screen |  baniff film fest in ptbo is sweet + uplifting | selected for a conference in germany coming up in march which will be a blast | new moo cards | i finally enjoyed a full bottle of red one evening with myself (19 crimes alone, which should be a crime) | switched to tangerine since who needs fees | daughter is 18 in weeks from now | updating my estate plan | dogwalking4rent which is nice w/ tunes | breakfast at whistlestop is always nice |

past updates

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New Moo Cards | 2019 Edition

February 10th, 2019

Just ordered some new “Me” cards from Moo.  These one’s are square and I ordered a little case to fit them in.  My last set was ordered in 2014.  You can see my last 3 sets here.  This year’s cards have my JSDOIT logo on the front and this year I went with the square kind and also got the LUXE version so they are super thick and can’t bend.  I picked up a little case that fans to get them out easy.

I like these little cards since you come across people and you can easily give one out to connect or set up something in the future.  Puts the ball in their court.  It’s always nice to meet new people and it’s also helpful when you travel and meet up on the other side of the world.

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LH CS Conference | Seeheim-Jugenheim Work Trip | March 2019

February 9th, 2019

I was chosen along with some other colleagues to attend a conference held at the 4Star Lufthansa Hotel & Conference Center in Seeheim Germany located about a 35 min drive south of Frankfurt.

A small village is a 21 minute walk from the conference centre.  There is a shuttle service to Frankfurt Airport for guests and you can jump on the train from the small village of Seeheim to get to Frankfurt for 5Euros from Darmstadt-Ebestadt Station which is 12min away from the Hotel.

The rooms are simple.  The Hotel has a pool, spa, sauna and a small gym.

All the meals are included and the food is really nice.  Lots of places to mingle and connect after the daily schedule.  With the time of year over there… I don’t think there will be lots of hanging out on the decks.  The conference kicks off Monday March 11th and wraps up March 13th on the Wednesday.  Over 200 people will come from around the world from Lufthansa In Touch and Lufthansa.  Our office will send 14-15 people who will try and fly out on the Friday evening before, but with March Break travelers we might not fit on the planes.  I’m looking at moving my two weekends to either side of the conference so I can possibly fly out on the 5th or 6th so I have a chance to have a couple of days before and after to visit Frankfurt and some other city that I can travel by train or fly to.

Once I get my dates confirmed and my Duty Travel Flights booked by work… I will try and figure out where I want to go and the logistics of moving around Europe.  I might be able to stretch this from March 5th to the 16th.

Ry X is touring during that time period so it would be neat to attend his concert since he has shows close by throughout the week.

I will document the trip using video from my phone and will probably bring my DSLR to capture some photos of the city and conference as well as my little travels before and after the conference before returning to Canada.

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Madrid, Spain | Let’s Go

January 28th, 2019

Working on a little spring trip to Madrid, Spain to explore the city.  This summer the plan is to take the kids and visit Europe.  I have a little open pocket coming up so it would be nice to use my flight benefits and go check it out.  Madrid looks like such a vibrant city in the day and the night.

I could sneak away on Air Canada since they fly direct from Toronto to Madrid leaving around 10pm so that is perfect to leave from work and make my way to the airport.  I would land around 11am the next day and then I would make my way into the city centre.  This trip will be four nights and fly out at 1pm to arrive same day around 4pm in Toronto.

I will take the kids to Madrid and Barcelona in the Summer since it’s about a 3.5hr train trip to each city as we snake along Europe at the end of July.  Holiday’s are booked and I have 18 straight days with them.

Madrid, Spain at Communication Palace and Cibeles Plaza.

 

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Honest Answers | The Royal York Hotel Edition

January 15th, 2019

we went downtown and checked in to the royal york hotel and dropped off our backpacks and headed over to Wayne Gretzky’s for lunch.  kids never been and chantal has not expanded her food selection and she settled in with the grilled cheese that was really good.  noah and myself picked up “the great one” burger which was really good with a double patty.  seventy four bones later we hit the hotel to check out the pool which was warm, narrow and long.  a little hot tubing.  we were pretty full so we decided we would eat after the movie.

i picked up some tickets for the movie “Free Solo” which was up on bloor.  hit this blog post for more about the movie.  the plan was to go there and eat after and hit snakes and lattes and play games into the night.  the movie was awesome and after we went down the street to starbucks and filled up on sweet foamy goodness.

snakes and lattes in the annex was packed with a 3 hour wait.  so we hit the google and found another boardgame cafe south on dundas west.  we called and they held a table for us and we got there to play some new games and a little cockroach poker.

my goodness… almost 1am.  time to grab a taxi and get back to the hotel. we still have a round of honest answers to record.  at the hotel we each wrote our 7 questions on some hotel stationary and we set up my phone to record us in bed answering the entire 21 questions.  we shot 38 minutes of footage that i knocked down to 9 minutes that you can watch on YouTube.   I had to cut out some questions to protect the kids and me with some of our answers.

 

how to make coffee at the royal york hotel below…

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