Sick Day
February 25, 2006

Thursday Mount Baker received 81cm of fresh powder, and the forecast was for a bluebird day on Friday. The only appropriate action? Sick day. I "convinced" Ash to ditch out of work and come riding with Tom and I. I'm pretty sure he was glad I did. It was a gorgeous sunny day, there was almost no one on the mountain, and there was thigh deep, untouched powder everywhere. We were on the lifts 5 minutes after the mountain opened, and the lifts ran for almost an hour longer than they were supposed to. We got caught up in the moment and didn't take many pictures, but the ones that I did take are posted here.

I can't think of many better ways to spend a Friday. Knowing that you are supposed to be at work only makes it sweeter.

Friday night we hosted a poker night at our place. We kept the stakes pretty low ($10 per game) and played a couple of "fast" games. The format seemed to work out pretty well, and we managed to get two good games in before 1am. Everyone seems to be getting better everytime we play. Dayna played for the third tiime ever and didn't seem out of place at all. Nicely done.




Games!
February 21, 2006

For those of you looking to listen to Team Canada play I've rigged up a shoutcast stream of CBC. The link is http://www.speedo.ca:8000/listen.pls. It sounds surprisingly good, and there's been 90+ listeners at its peak! Lots of people are stuck at work I guess.

I was forwarded the link for a really cool geography game. Check it out here. My top score is 5790. You can play by yourself or against an opponent. Not only does it test your knowledge but you can learn something too, always a bonus.




What a day!
February 12, 2006

Dayna, my friend Ryan, and I went up to Blackcomb on Saturday, and I have to say it was one of the best days riding I've ever had. There wasn't bucketloads of powder, but the sun was out, there wasn't a cloud in the sky, the runs weren't too busy, and the snow was soft. No pictures unfortunately, but there is a slim chance that a good semaritan may email me some picture from one of our crazier runs of the day. Everything kind of fell together, we were hitting perfect runs, small lineups, and the stars were aligned. Until we tried to go home that is. There was an accident outside of Lions Bay at approx noon, and the Sea to Sky highway was closed until 8pm. Bad news for those of us trying to get home. We sat in my car for almost 5 hours. It all worked out in the end, as Speedo is over in Van for the weekend. Haven't seen him since Sept or so when he moved to Victoria.

It's late.. bed time..


A very productive Saturday
February 5, 2006

Saturday morning Dayna and I headed to Richmond to have lunch with my parents before they flew off to see my Grandma in Arizona. Well actually they were flying to Las Vegas, and then driving to Phoenix as it was actually cheaper to fly to Las Vegas and rent a car for 10 days than it was to fly direct to Phoenix. It was really great to see them again, even if it was only for an hour or so. The timing couldn't have been better, their flight left at 2, and Dayna had to be at her fieldhockey game in Richmond by 1:45.

Fieldhockey in Richmond is one of my least favorite things. It's so flat there that the wind just howls across the field; combine that with rain and you have Saturday afternoon. It turned out okay tho as I got to see Dayna score a goal (her second ever, both with the new stick I got her for her birthday) over the goalie's left shoulder and into the top corner. This may sound like no amazing feat, but I've watched ten or so games now, and no one has ever scored a goal that is more than a foot or so off the ground. It was pretty neat to see. They won the game 3 - 0, and have won every game I've watched, so maybe I'm good luck.

We've been strugginlng to find a light fixture for our dining room over the past two months or so. The stores we've been to have either been way too expensive, or have almost no selection. Richmond solved all that. It is apparently the lighting capital of the lower mainland. There are ten lighting stores within five blocks, which made shopping a LOT easier. After visiting a few stores we finally found a new light fixture for our dining room, and new curtains for the living room. By the end of today we should be completely done our renovations! No more painting, wiring, drilling, or plumbing for a while hopefully! We still have to buy plants and paintings, but those are minor issues. We've been pretty low key about inviting people over as we have plastic drop sheets and paint cans everywhere, but that should all change in the near future.




Um... woops
February 3, 2006

Apparently you have to write in this thing from time to time. I've been working quite a bit lately, and we're getting closer and closer to having our place fully reno'd. The second bedroom is now done, Dayna slapped on two coats of paint while I was at work on Tuesday, and then we put it back together later that night. The new blinds make quite a big difference. In a day, Dayna went from hating that room to thinking it is her favorite.

We finally got up Mount Seymour last night, the snow was really fast, combine that with my new wax job (thanks Erik and Chad) and it was a great night. It started to snow near the end of the night and it softened things up. Was good to ride with Dayna again too. Hopefully we can get up there more often. Now if only I can find a girl that will "lose" her seasons pass so Dayna can use it.


 





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