Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Saturday was beautiful, so I decided to go to our local winter festival, Winterlude. Unfortunately, everyone else in the city seemed to be there as well. 

Wanda came with me and we drove downtown and took the packed SnoBus to Dows Lake so that I could see the ice dragonboats. 

They're a little slower than the dragonboats on water.

Once we'd seen them, we took the bus back downtown, decided it was too crowded, and left.

At least the weather was nice.

Sunday, February 12, 2017


Last year, I went skating for the first time in a long time, and I lasted close to a minute. 

The next day I gave away my skates, since I never wanted to wear them again. And then I bought new skates, even though it was the end of the season.

Skating has been in my to do list all year, and on Friday I finally went to out local community rink and tried out the skates. I only lasted about five minutes - the rink is small, and I'd made Wanda come with me in case I fell and hurt myself - but I am absolutely willing to tackle the canal next.

Well, realistically, next year.

Still, I'm glad I went.

Sunday, February 5, 2017


If I'm going to a movie, I usually go in a weekend morning, since admission is cheaper. However, Hidden Figures isn't playing in the mornings anymore, so I went on Tuesday night, even though I had to work on Wednesday.

I recommend the movie, by the way.

And then on Friday, I went downtown after work. I went to the Rideau Centre - which is totally changed since I was last there - and took a look at the rooftop terrace.

While I was there, a woman asked me where to find The Bay. It was probably the only store I could have located, and it is technically not in the Rideau Centre.

And then Wanda met me downtown and we went to the market for supper followed by a beaver tail.

Sunday, January 29, 2017


Today I went cross-country skiing. The last few weeks have been alternating between melting and freezing, but we got a few centimetres of snow this weekend, so I gave it a try. It wasn't bad.

I was happy that my ski boots fit my foot - I've had some issues due to the hardware that's still in my ankle.

I saw one other non-dinosaur skier, but it was pretty quiet.
The dinosaurs had a good time, too.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Women's March

I was sick this week. I was off work for two days, and probably should have been off longer. I wasn't sure if I'd be able to take the dinosaurs out at all.

But I was feeling better yesterday, so the dinosaurs and I went downtown to the Women's March. I checked the website on Friday night, and apparently 700 people were planning to attend.

I was late, and there were at least seven people on my bus who went to the march.

The final numbers ended up being between 6-8000.

Amazingly, that was not my sign.

It was definitely worth going.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Dinosaurs on the hill

After work today, I got on a bus going downtown and walked over to Parliament hill. The dinosaurs and I explored.

They made some friends.

Saw some impressive sights.

And, in general, had a blurry time.

(I know one of the dinosaurs is a dragon, but she's a little self-conscious about it, so I don't mention it often.)

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Spice racks

My spice cabinet has been bugging me for a while. Back in November, I started trying different solutions.

I started with dollar store baskets and command hooks. They didn't really work, because the baskets were wider at the top than at the bottom, so they tipped. In a workaround, I added rolled up shelf cover, but it was hardly a success.

I built some shelves out of scrap wood and downing. They were a little better, but I had issues attaching them to the cupboard. I tried cup hooks, which resulted in a bunch of half cup hooks in the cupboard.

I bought permanent sticking tape and attached the shelves.

That's when I discovered they were half an inch too long.

I took them apart and made them narrower, then attached them with the tape.

It got more humid, and one of them expanded just enough that the cupboard didn't close. And then the permanent sticking tape failed to live up to its name, so the top ones started sagging.

Today I screwed eye hooks into the shelves, reapplied the tape, and then screwed them into the door.

It's finally done.