Hey everybody! It’s been a while.
With Jaybird away in Qatar, I volunteered to take the Weekend! post this week. In fact, today is Canada Day (or “Dominion Day”, if you’re unable to handle modernity), so my weekend actually started yesterday.
It’s been a hectic couple of weeks for me. At the end of last week, I had a draft due for a current project (yes, at my day job, I’m a writer, too). The project got extended, so I got to re-do my document, and had another deadline to get a draft in yesterday. It’s made for two straight weeks of some late nights and struggles to get the work done, but it’s also been a really worthwhile project, and the challenge has been enjoyable and rewarding.
And thankfully, I was able to get it done a bit early and then join in on the company foosball tournament.
So now it’s the weekend. I’ve just watched my Ottawa RedBlacks defeat the Montreal Alouettes in a bit of Canadian football, so that was a good start to things. Tomorrow will be Canada Day festivities. I don’t think I’ll make it down to Parliament Hill--I don’t think the kids are at a point where they’ll appreciate it. I’d like to head out on a bike ride with them, maybe make our way to the Arboretum or off to the beach, weather permitting. Those seem like worthwhile uses of our national day.
Jaybird always seems to talk about doing laundry, and that’ll probably happen this weekend. Last week, we’d fully caught up, but when you have two kids, laundry tends to pile up. So there will be some laundry, and, if all goes well, some minor home renovations in the girls’ room. They’re notoriously bad for keeping things clean, so we’ll see if those renos actually happen
Sunday will probably be church and then an outing to the park…or we’ll skip church and head to the park. If we’re feeling adventurous, it might be another time to head off to the beach.
In Ottawa, we have a thing called the National Capital Commission (if you follow me on Twitter, you may have heard of the NCC…no politics!). They control a lot of the land around the waterways in order to make a great capital. They do this by having urban freeways running along the waterways (no politics!), but on Sundays in the summer, they close off some of them for bikes, pedestrians, rollerbladers and skateboarders. One of these closed off freeways leads right to one of our beaches, so that’s pretty inviting.
I’m also working on another post for The League (I know..cray cray), so I’m hoping I’ll have some time to finish it up and get it posted before 2017…which is actually Canada’s 150th birthday, so maybe I’ll just make sure it’s done by this time next year.
I think I might end with a video, is that cool? Since it’s Canada Day, how about some Neil Young. Back in the ’90s, Neil Young went on tour with a Pearl Jam. A friend referred to him as the godfather of grunge, and noted, “he’s got ripped jeans older than Pearl Jam”. I think this video proves it:
That was fun. Can I do another? (Really, how can you stop me?) This is a band from Halifax, Nova Scotia. I saw them about a year ago, and they’re pretty cool:
So…what’s on your docket?
(Photo is “Footrace finish line, 1925” from the Seattle Municipal Archives, used under a creative commons license)