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Ultrasound #3 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 18 July 2006 14:18
Good news on the baby front. Looks like the munchkin has all the innards she's supposed to have. A heart. Two kidneys. A liver. Etc. All joking aside, that is a relief. Latest ultrasound showed everything looks to be normal and that the kid is now 4 pounds 1 ounce.
1000 Islands PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 14 July 2006 19:00
With two months to go before the arrival of our little beruska makes vacations a blurry memory of the past - Aline and I decided to sneak in a short road trip to the nearby 1000 Islands area of Eastern Ontario.

For lodgings we stayed at the Denault Mansion Country Inn - a historic stone inn in Delta, built in 1853 by Walter Denaut, a prosperous and widely renowned mill owner, postmaster, general merchant and local politician. Now operated by innkeepers David and Deborah Peets, the inn offers four rooms combining historic charm with modern amenities: original red pine floors and 11-foot ceilings along with central air conditioning and ensuite bathrooms. Our room ? the Walter Denault room ? overlooked the pool and we made sure to take advantage of it both days we spent there. Breakfast was comprised of home-made granola, breads, jams and local seasonal fruit ? a little light on quantity in my opinion ? but surprisingly filling.

One of the main reasons we chose the inn was because the lodging backs onto Upper Beverly Lake and it?s possible to go canoeing from the property ? which we did during a two-hour paddle on Friday.

Our main outings included two trips to the thousand islands playhouse in Gananoque where we saw ?Mary?s Wedding? and ?Wingfield?s Inferno?. Mary?s wedding is a sad love story set during WWI in which Mary Chalmers recounts her emigration from England to Canada; her chance meeting with farm-boy Charlie Edwards in a barn during a violent thunderstorm; their growing love in the face of Mary?s mother?s opposition, and the unforgiving interruption of the Great War. Wingfield?s Inferno featuring Rod Beattie was a lot like listening to Stuart Maclean on the radio. A one-man show, Beattie plays the fictional character of Walt Wingfield and all the other residents of the fictional Persephone Township. In this story, a devastating fire at the Orange Hall in Larkspur leaves it a smouldering ruin. Walt Wingfield leads the charge to get it rebuilt, but lighting a fire under his fellow committee members proves a daunting task.

Saturday, we then met up with Aline?s folks and brother?s family for a boat tour through the islands before working our way to Ottawa via the Hershey factory at Smiths Falls.
Great Glebe Garage Sale PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 June 2006 19:00
I did my best not to purchase anything at the Great Glebe Garage Sale, but I couldn't resist Mr. Wiggles.
Name that baby PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 June 2006 19:00
Seeing as how Aline enjoys Wendy's so much, the thought has crossed my mind we should name our baby after the restaurant.
Pho bo ga la PDF Print E-mail
Restaurant Review
Tuesday, 30 May 2006 15:30
It's been a year since Aline and I visited The Basil Leaf on Somerset for dinner. And it looks like we should have come more often than we did because as we strolled through Chinatown tonight, we started questioning ourselves about its location. Didn't there used to be a stairwell leading down to a basement restaurant adorned in bamboo near the Kowloon market? Or was it further down the street?

You see, we couldn't find it.

When we finally did all that was left of the place was a boarded up unlit door. Bummer. We'll miss it. Think Coriander Thai at half the price.

Ultrasound #2 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 May 2006 19:00
Turns out all that work we put in trying to come up with a boys name was for naught.

Poor Gus.

Turns out he's going to be a girl. Second ultrasound pictures were textbook images of what the technician expects to see for a girl.

Hmmm how does Gusette strike you?
Name that baby PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 April 2006 19:00
I haven't given up on Gus but it's not looking promising. Pretty much everyone I mention it to gives me an awkward silence, funny stare and then bursts out laughing. Even Aline's niece and nephew gave it a thumbs down - and they're only five and three.

I'm wearing Aline down though. She's starting to come around . . .
Name that baby PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 March 2006 21:03
Back to the drawing board. Aline gave me a very blunt NO. Pooh on her.
Name that baby PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 March 2006 21:02
I've discovered the perfect name for our son. Gus. Short for nothing. Not Fergus. Not Angus. Not Augustus. Not Gustav. Though if the kid comes early and is born in August I might be swayed. I can't wait to tell Aline . . .
Fratelli PDF Print E-mail
Restaurant Review
Saturday, 18 March 2006 09:46
Another birthday celebration found Aline, Janette and I at Fratelli's Italian restaurant in the Glebe.

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