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honestly… i started this blog in 2012 when my marriage ended just to be an open journal and to bookmark stuff.
I’ll make a better update in a couple of days and reflect on the past year or quarter or whatever. it’s always nice to look forward to a new year. and i hopefully will jump into the new year like the cold lake a Silent Lake Provincial Park and jump in nuts and all…
Hope everyone had a sweet holiday. I’m a sucker for updating my Facebook cover photo and above is the holiday cover just in portrait mode. It’s a collection usually from Tumblr mixed in with personal photos. A quiet holiday here which is fine with mostly catching up with people online. Hung out with Shelly this past Christmas which was sweet. She is a great friend.
I’ve had the playlist above for a couple of years and I add some songs each year. I have some classics in there peppered in with some indie singer-songwriter stuff. I also have songs with some winter lyrics. At 8 hours of spinning without repeats of songs… I tried to find the version that I loved the most. Anyways… it’s mine and it’s my gift to you to spin.
Just a heads up that some songs are sad and lonely since some of us feel that at this time of year. Sure some of us have family or friends to fill the gaps and keep us busy… but as we get older there are people that are not with us anymore.
The middle of December marks the time my brother left this earth many years ago. This year is the one-year anniversary of my Dad’s passing. My mom was years ago. My uncle Hector just passed in Nova Scotia and he was a pillar of family, love and being together. He valued every day with his friends that he would connect with over a coffee.
Sorry for the limited updates over the past two years. Ok… it’s time to get things back on track. I’m in the process of updating my list. Making it expire before my 2024 thru-hike I plan to do with my daughter will last 6 months. Then after that… I can start a new list.
I have some entries that I need to think of still and add to my list. I need to blog more… so this list will allow me to make some blog posts of things I want to do and it will give me the opportunity to blog them after they are marked completed. I’m going to make this blog work better and help me to plan and document things.
They all don’t have to be epic. They can be simple. It simple as connecting with an old friend or a restaurant to try or a simple day trip somewhere that I’ve been meaning to get off my ass and explore.
All you have to do is get some paper. I’m sure it will take you about 5 days with little pockets of time writing down things and ideas. Maybe you will think of 130 things. Maybe 90 and you will keep 11 spots open to add later.
TIP: Think of categories: Health, Family, Kids, Finding/Keeping Love, Money, Minimalism, Around the house, day trips, bigger trips, Food, Journaling, Gratitude, Work, Organization and pets. If you have some categories you can think of small things or big things and put them into categories.
If you make a list and want to share it. Please do! Message me and share it. You can set up a free WordPress blog by signing up and creating one and you can have your list there and you can blog about each one that you complete. It’s fun. It’s how this blog started in 2012 when I created my first list and started blogging to bookmark things on this quirky, silly blog.
Happy New Year! Am I late in typing that? ok from this point forward… no capital letters. How’s it going? is covid gone? restrictions are lifting so I’m guessing this summer will be fun. presently my life is shifting which is exciting. but before that… let’s talk about sadness. my dad passed this past nov. .. I keep wanting to call him and catch up with him. with his passing… he is (the photo collage above this… top left… from the left… my dad, my brother who passed when he was 36 and also my mom who passed before my dad a number of years ago. there is little me… and marg with “the look”. my dad’s estate is wrapping up over the next couple of months. marg thinks his house is hers since she said my dad said she can live there. in the process of moving the house to her and it’s starting to feel like a shit show. my two nieces blocked me. if my dad was alive… what would he say? what would my brother say? will see how it plays out. based on the first two months of the year… not good on that front. i have a little film to wrap up and publish.
ok, new year… new dreams. yes still thinking and planning the big hike. we had to move it to 2024 since my daughter told me incorrectly that she was in a 3-year program. so we are a little over 700 days away from a 6-month hike. the podcast that we created is picking up. we have interviewed guests and that has been fun.
kids are good. chantal is working lots and going out with friends. can’t believe she is 21 in march. noah is also good and just plugging through high school. harder semester for him right now and like any kids his age… there is socializing via online video games with his peeps. the mom is taking them to england to visit family so I’m excited for them to travel moe on a plane and see the world.
right now… i rent a basement from a friend which has been great for both of us. this summer my goal is to get a van to make a little camper van. not sure if it will be the one for our planned road trip in 2025 for a couple of months… but it might be just a stepping stone. with it… it opens up more camping and hiking with little road trips around Ontario. i created a side blog to document our trip. i will add content to it over the next month.
the spotify playlist game is still strong. it’s nice to create so many playlists for different moods for myself and share them with friends. so much great music out there.
down 30 pounds. let’s see what the next quarter brings
inspired by the 3rd viewing of Anthony bourdain’s doc called roadrunner that I made a little film about my desire in wanting to take the kids to vietnam and thailand. some of my dad’s house money will get invested into a trip to vietnam and thailand to show the kids the other side of the world. that trip was going to happen in 2020 after getting back from our 2019 trip to Europe… we had to go away again. so I’ll have to get the kids to invest in some stocks for that trip.
so need to work extra hard to help save for our 6-month hike, big road trip and then a trip to the other side of the world. so this summer will be a couple of patios… some cheap tuesday movies… some outdoor tennis and basketball, some hiking and camping… slow drinks on a patio… and some exploring trips into Toronto and some swimming. i need to sell my road bike and maybe get another… some midnight bike rides flying around streets in the summer are also fun.
thanks for reading. no idea who would. appreciate the grace with capital letters
Looking back… I didn’t do a good job of updating this blog with infrequent updates. the last one was the same time last year. The last 12 months have been a bit of a blur. 2020 for me has a focus on health in many aspects. This new year brought with it a new focus on meal planning and watching what I eat. I’ve been very happy with the first 3 months of 2020. I have to now step up my gym game. I’m basically up 17lbs from the same time last year. I will do a fitness blog post soon as we get into April.
Raptors are second in the east. So many injuries this year and it’s the next man up mentality and they have done so well. I have cable at home so this year is the first year in so many… that I can set the PVR and record games and watch them. The Bucks are crazy deep and is who is standing in the way of the Raps this year. The Playoffs start in less than 40 days. Kobe’s tragic accident with his Daughter hit hard. I never really followed Kobe, but with the outpouring on Twitter and the stories that came out of him and his drive is remarkable. It reminded me of the passing of Anthony Bourdain who passed away in June of 2018. Both of them touched so many people in person and virtually. With music, so many new tunes are flowing into my earbuds. My playlists on Spotify are reaching a little over 80 public playlists. I’m always dumping albums into a playlist to sort and decide if any songs deserve to go into a playlist. Since I’m always asking people what five artists would they listen to on a road trip across Canada… so I thought I would type mine out. I fell off the bandwagon of posing my songs of the quarter, so I thought I would list my song of the year for 2019. Banff Film Fest hit PTBO again, and I went for the third straight year.
A new laptop helps to work and organize things virtually. London Fog’s at Cork & Bean in PTBO is the drink of choice with Soy Chai Tea Lattes. My man-crush Roger is still working on the court. Can’t wait to see some Tennis this August in Toronto at YorkU. 8 years ago was the split of my marriage and I always enjoy the little reminders of living alone with my empty fridge above. A year ago at this time, I was boarding a flight for a business trip to Seeheim, Germany for a Conference and after that conference was a little side trip to Italy by myself to check it out and scope out the Amalfi Coast. My travel planner always has room for more adventures.
Jennifer (above) still is lovely. Currently single and working on me. I will be actively looking for someone sweet to spend time wth soon. Breakfast at Whistlestop is a nice treat. Ben Howard still is #1 and if you ever want a little concert at home to play… here you go. I wanted to plan a trip to Vietnam & Thailand this summer with the kids, but with the outbreak sweeping the world, it’s better to say away from any virus and probably push the trip to the following year. One trip that is creeping into my mind from watching some little docs on YouTube is completing the PCT (Pacific Coast Trail) and I think this would be a great goal for 3 years in time. Completing the trip would take about 4 months and would be an incredible trip to plan, train and complete. I’m sure Chantal would be up for it and not sure if Noah would be up for it since there is no Xbox on the trail. My new bike is itching to get out this spring.
I’m in the process of resetting my list of 101 Things in 1001 days. I fell asleep on this current version and a reset is needed. I’ll do that over the next two weeks.
I set up reminders to type like this on a quarterly basis. I can see this blog changing more to show my work with getting healthy. I want to vlog the process on a little bit of a regular basis since it’s a slow process. I miss making little films. Until the next time, I type… I hope you are well and catch up soon.