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First Quarter Update | New Year

Thursday, February 7th, 2019

¬†in no order & no capital letters | work is fine… new job function + i enjoy it | will start vlogging again this quarter ūüėČ | 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

Where did June + July Go?

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

it’s been a long time since i did my little quarterly update. ¬†life has not been that fun. ¬†it’s been work, sleep and… well… not that much. ¬†why is the summer going way too fast?

my friend shelly has a nice deck and it’s nice to sit out but this summer the mosquitos have been brutal. ¬†i’ve taken myself out to dinner now and then. ¬†nothing wrong with going out alone for dinner or a quiet coffee downtown. ¬†some shots above are from Tim’s cottage north of PTBO which is such a lovely retreat. ¬†planning on spending some time next week at silent lake provincial park and hopefully some time at the cottage before the summer moves into fall. ¬†such a beautiful lake for swimming and just relaxing up at Tim’s cottage… ¬†more about that below on why silent lake and not europe with the kids.

everyone needs good coffee. and so happy I picked up a really great grinder and pour-over set for work or camping. ¬†looking back a little… ¬†casey in toronto for bufferfest was cool. ¬†a little stealth camping to help with work has been nice. ¬†a little ball in the spring and for some reason… i’m not in that great of shape which will change. ¬†played a bit of tennis which has been nice.

did a little bit of shopping for a trip to europe with the kids and a second place last minute camping trip in Ontario. ¬†also picked up some hammocks for camping and camping stealth… which leads into a trip with the kids to explore europe… which failed > ¬†you can view this blog post for more context how this trip attempt #3 was turned down by my ex. ¬†speaking about my ex she is planning a wedding for two weeks from now ūüėČ ¬†can’t be a real one since we are technically still separated… but this “i promise to..” wedding is happening and her dude is a normal nice guy that is nice with my kids so that makes me happy.

Chantal is enjoying the summer working at DQ for the hustle and Noah is in video game land.

love this new little band i found on spotify (Khruangbin)

me and my roomie will find a new place to live in sept and oct since the landlord is selling the house… so new beginnings for both of us. ¬†change helps you i feel… so change is good.


yes what’s stopping me? ¬†WTF. ¬†Something has to change and change it will. ¬†enough typing it or saying it.¬† in front of me is 302 to 232. ¬†it’s all about tracking everything into my pie hole via the “Lose It” app on my phone/website and also being healthy by going to the gym for cardio, weights and yoga. ¬†being in shape gives me a shot at being attractive to someone.

women are magical. ¬†you should see my private tumblr… which you won’t ūüėČ ¬† ¬†who wouldn’t want to go away to italy or anywhere with someone. ¬†life is full of beautiful souls and they keep me up at night wanting to kiss them all ¬† look at my spotify playlists or my “crazy” tumblr and you will have an idea.

i crave many things.  simple is sweet to appreciate once you are in her presence.  she is 3 things.

work. ¬†approaching 4 years in sept. ¬†can feel a change in culture. ¬†need to use my benefits more for little sneak away trips. ¬†today… I was looking into Passenger tickets in LA for Nov 6th and the 3 hour train to San Diego along the coast the next day to see the Paper Kites and fly home with the thought of a sweet woman who can sneak away. ¬†Lufty has turned 15 in YPQ and they held a little party and the company passed out some gifts for getting the fifth star from skytrax. ¬†cool they are the only 5star airline in europe.


well… i will try and update more on a quarterly basis and try and blog more and share. ¬†also time to get going harder on my 101 things to do in a 1001 days.

for a little bio on me… you can find it here.


Enough is Enough | Shed Pounds

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018


my previous post can be found here where I wanted to start a new year off the right way.


I can remember a year ago being around 247 pounds and going into the winter it was creeping up and I went into the 250’s and into the 260’s


The reason was nutrition and food intake alone. ¬†I was some-what active but it was not eating enough calories and eating the wrong types at the wrong times. ¬†I’m a very happy person and very positive but looking back I’ve noticed I’m down in the dumps and not living the life I want to live. ¬†I got a tattoo with the word “enough” to try and make me focus.

it was hard.  i went the other direction.

I signed up for a Gym membership at Fit-4-Less and I’ve even downloaded the “Lose It” app on my phone to track food intake and my smartwatch tracks other stuff with my body. ¬†6 months ago you can see me tracking my food above. ¬†Honestly… I fell off that bandwagon that I started at the beginning of this year. ¬†Maybe lasted 7 weeks.

5 months ago I was 279… making a 20 pound gain in the last 6 months. ¬†I stopped tracking. ¬†WTF!

Since then… I have gone to the gym but not enough. ¬†Plus what you put into your “pie hole” is what’s important and will make it count.

In May… I went to play basketball and you just get such a wake up call. ¬†I kicked some ass on the court… but I could be so much better. ¬†I wanted to play half court and not full court. ¬†I could not run.

So now… back to the gym. ¬†tracking food. ¬†tracking progress. ¬†my roomie is doing the same so that is helpful too.


So here i will start again and to save you from the “before” photo it will post my measurements. ¬†I weigh myself at every gym visit and will post the result into my phone. ¬†I will share them here to be accountable.

Date: August 2nd, 2018

Weight: 302 lbs / Height: 6’1″ / Age: 47 i think ūüėČ

Bicepts: 14.25 inches

Breast: 48 inches

Mid Belly: 51 inches

Waist: 46.5 inches

Thighs: 24 inches

Calf: 17.25 inches

Honest food tracking and the gym routine. ¬†my little yoga app and my Nike Training Club app. ¬†I have gym buddies and the desire to be attractive to “my mind” so I can feel confident to be with someone and be attractive to them. ¬†I have crushes on people. ¬†The world should not be one sided.

Today is day zero.

Weight goal is 232 pounds and be a little swell in the arms and shoulders. ¬†It’s all in my belly and that mutha fucker has got to go!



August 2nd two thousand and eighteen

Quarterly Update | Welcome!

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017



summer moves quickly into fall…


September 19th, 2017

this summer has come and gone.  where did it go.  honestly this summer is a blur.  what is happening?  where did it go?  will it come back soon?

my name is dan and this is my little blog that i try and bookmark things, thoughts and moments. ¬†no idea who looks. ¬†it doesn’t really matter really. ¬†this blog is more for me to look back on and use it as a reference point to people when i need to tell a story or highlight something that i bookmarked.


my last post is here in Feb. ¬†all my past little updates are here. ¬†three sweet songs were selected for the songs of the quarter. ¬†“lost in the light” and “black oak“. ¬†the song from bahamas gets me in feels and no comment on NW.

i suck… it’s so hard to pick a song for the 4th quarter and hopefully knocking out this post it will come to me. ¬†my little boo turned 16. ¬†she is so sweet. ¬†i must say that i’ve gone nuts on spotify and have created 44 public playlists for all types of moods.

the cold war is over.  little man has my old phone and boo has a new one.

it was nice to see Dan in a new little unique venue and also listen to some music at the folk fest. ¬†lisbon… let’s try that again in nov with the kids. ¬†it was nice to visit ottawa for a little last minute jaunt.

summer where did you go.  not enough patios, walks, hikes, tennis, hoops, concerts, sunsets and sunrises.  too much work.


33% of my heart goes to little man above and the other 33% goes to boo down below…



too much of you lufty this summer.



not impressed with the effort.  fail.  need to get up and get to it.  more on that soon in another post.




i miss many things.  i can name 9 things.  i will keep that list to myself.

lyrics eat me up.  they do.


too many things to look forward to. ¬†enough with this post. ¬†let’s move forward since this summer didn’t give me a chance to say goodbye properly.

until the next update… i promise to have more to blog about. ¬†promise!



Friday, February 17th, 2017


working for an airline is very interesting and also opens your mind to so many places in the world you can travel to and explore.  our flight discounts are incredible.  the industry is incredibly complex and keeping costs in check are paramount.  we opened a cost centre in manilla and how that plays out will be interesting in how much that will impact our office.  time will tell.

our flight benefits are changing and we will be able to select two people in lieu of our parents that can receive our flight benefits.

this year… i need to use this benefit more and i’m looking forward to planning two trips with each of my kids separately. ¬†i also want to take advantage of some 4 day weekends to line up some smaller trips around north america since we can fly with many other airlines like porter and westjet along with our partners air canada and united airlines.


Is It Spring Yet?

Sunday, February 5th, 2017


February 4th, 2017:

Hello! My name is Dan. This is my little blog that I use to document things, thoughts, photos and videos.  Sort of like a bookmarking parking spot for many things.  Bottom line for 2017 is that I need to blog more with videos, personal photos and ideas.   The little part of the blog that keeps all these little updates can be found here.

Side note… when i type these… sometimes i use capital letters and some times i don’t. ¬†ūüėČ ¬†You will have to deal with it.


my last little update was back in october of last year. ¬†now the year has flipped over and a new year is upon us. ¬†my goal is to really make a dent in my 101 Things to do in a 1001 days list. ¬†you can see above that I got a little tattoo.¬† honestly… nothing fancy or epic. ¬† working on a second one and made a little drawing above (bottom left) that has “C” spelled out as “cee” for my daughter and “en” the the “N” in Noah and a little triangle that represents each point in us since there is are 3 of us now… so that’s disguised as a tree. ¬†no idea if i will use that idea…

i really enjoyed the Banff Film Fest that came into town and can’t wait for next year.

i need to blog more about the kids and document things more. ¬†i’m going to start to make little videos again. ¬†boring ones like before. ¬†kids and myself laugh at them like this little one from our UNO Dare card games. ¬†i’ve also recorded footage with them and we are going to make some little projects together. ¬†one of them will be called “stories”.

also, trying to work on a logo for a while that is hard to hammer out. ¬†kids want to make some t-shirts and hats… so going to get some patches made up and some iron-on logos for some hoodies/sweatshirts and t-shirts. ¬† lol the kids want to sell “merch”. ¬†i don’t want to sell it. ¬†it’s just a personal project.

working on planning a vacation and make use of flight benefits. ¬†i need to sneak away some weekends and explore some cities close by… more on that below.

i’m starting to play more with Spotify and build some playlists for moods. ¬†the songs in my tight rotation now are here. ¬†it’s a small handful of different songs i like for different reasons. ¬†some of them are older and i still am madly in love with them. ¬†it’s great since you can steam on a device or just download the player for the laptop or desktop. ¬†you can find my profile on Spotify here.



i do. ¬†i’m always excited for tomorrow.




working for Lufty¬†and looking forward to some new projects at work coming up over the next 5 months. ¬†with the opening of a new office across the world where the economic climate is so much different than canada will have a huge cost savings. ¬†when a company can pay about 400 month in salary to a person means why pay someone over 2,000. ¬†Sad… because with it comes uncertainty. ¬†i’m sure there will be changes at work and the people that work there are waiting to see what’s up and how things unfold.

with business in today’s world… words today does not mean they hold true in 6 months from now since it’s a business and cost savings are important for sustainable growth. ¬†we will see what happens and you can’t worry about it.


i planned out my vacation at work and I have to make little adjustments to it now. ¬†Chantal will be getting a job with the Town Of Ajax this summer so I need to plan a little trip with her near the end of summer if possible. ¬†maybe during the school year… but not sure if that will fly with the ex.

visiting places to explore is more beneficial than a week of school but i would not want her to fall behind. ¬†with Noah… I think me and him are going to plan a little trip together this summer. ¬†i think portugal and spain… so it looks like we will be planning separate trips with the kids.

they both have Lufty world maps at home so they can see all the places we fly to.

plus… there are changes to our benefits and we can now select two people to enjoy and use¬†our flight benefits. ¬†another thing i need to think about where someone can utilize this awesome perk.


The hardest part with planning anything with the kids is the communication with Karen which is sometimes exists and sometimes not.  I have ways to communicate with them now that she does not know about which are great.  I just want to be able to have her not mess up vacations anymore.



Gym. ¬†I’m going. ¬†I’m just starting to ramp up things a little. ¬†At first you are shocking your body and it starts to protect itself and it’s starting to let go. ¬†It’s starting to understand a new routine. ¬†I’m trying to increase my water intake by a ton… so it’s starting to understand the new “normal” is lots of water going in and instead of holding on to it… it’s letting it go. ¬†I’m at the point that I’m going to start lifting weights and I’ve been researching and trying to make a fitness program. ¬†Researching is a bitch. ¬†So many¬†things online and I’m at the point that I’m trying to be more comfortable at the gym with the machines and also the free weights.

My goal to get to 220 will be easy and hard. ¬†Easy to get down to 240 with some effort. ¬†Going down to 220 will be harder. ¬†I’m also starting to play basketball which is nice to run up and down the courts. ¬†I’m also trying to overhaul my food choices and also when I eat during the day. ¬†Hence… the tattoo on my wrist that I can see everyday.

When I get to 220… I will go for 200 and see what that takes me. ¬†It’s not the number anyways since muscle weighs more… I guess it’s how you look naked. ¬†Don’t ask right now.



love my mind. ¬†love my “wants” and what excites me. ¬†with heath comes confidence. ¬†you have no idea how my mind works… and the struggle is real with what I want.

That’s why I have two other tumblrs. ¬†2017 is about sorting out some things and also moving so after that… i can focus on the hunger to be with someone.


Thanks for hitting the blog!  Sorry for the ass grabs at the bottom here in the post.  Life is worth living and you have to live your life and go after what you want to have the opportunity to get it.  

If you get a chance to touch it… grab it. ¬†hold on tight and kiss the hell out of it. ¬†claim it.

Until the next update…

Cheers! Dan