Saturday, September 29, 2007

What is the Job dejour?

If you like driving at all, driving a bus is just as fun as you think it might be. It feels powerful and just a wee bit scary. I have a lot of buttons to push and dials to observe. Aside from a minor incident involving a poorly placed street light (IMHO), things are going great. I love driving all the little kids and have immense fun chatting with them about their days and what interests little people (which is nearly everything that adults don't have time for). It really seems ideally suited to my time needs right now. It will take a little adjusting for Wen and I to be making less money. It is substantially more than I was making paging for the library, but still about $(insert undisclosed sum) short of what I would have pulled in with the daycare (although it is hard to measure accurately because of income tax, daycare expenses, etc...). Whatever the case, when I have recovered from my wisdom teeth being removed and the cold that I am trying to shake, I shall see what I can make of the extra time in my day.

My Bus
Yes, Clickity Clickity

Friday, September 28, 2007

Hitchcock's Hideaway

Many of you have seen these pictures already, but I realize that there are some of you out there, whom I love, but may not have sent the link to view them. Therefore I present to you our latest family trip.
Hitchcock's Hideaway
yes, I'm a!
Wen has been attending this debate camp since she was in high-school and is now something of a guru/legend to the people who gather there. It used to be called "Camp Raynor", but has since been renamed the more alliterative, "Hitchcock's Hideaway". Same deal -- students and teachers of debate from across the province meet to practice their craft and socialize with others who are as socially awkward as they are. As a dad, I go along to enjoy the scenery and help give us just a little family time on a weekend where Wen works from 7am until 11pm with only scant breaks to eat the catered meals provided by the staff of this beautiful prairie retreat.

I'm not going to say much about the trip. I think the pictures (you have looked, right?) speak for themselves. It is loads of fun, relaxing, educational, wet and dirty. Which is to say in Mike-speak, "very Questy."

The one thing I will mention is our in-trip entertainment. The drive is a couple of hours, so I set up my laptop in the back and piped the sound through the stereo. What did they watch (and I listen to)? We have been obsessing over a wonderful show called Avatar: The Last Airbender* ( We were inducted into its mysteries via the children of my brother James. They own the first season on DVD and after hearing the girls going on and on and on about it, we borrowed them from Molly and promptly watched the entire season in about 3 days. We have proceeded to rent/borrow all of the second season from any video store or library that has them. It is excellent family entertainment and has a lot to offer to children and adults alike. No, I don't own any Avatar stocks.

*Several seemingly cryptic comments in the
pictures from this trip are Avatar related

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Fall-ing for insects

It has been getting cold here in Saskatoon. Anybody else notice that? Got our first frost last night, and I increasingly am finding inside projects on which to work and I find that I don't want to bother watering the plants anymore because... well... they're gonna be on my compost pile in a few weeks anyway!

There was a very nice warm day recently, though. It had me outside and excited. The bugs thought it was great too. This spider has been hanging out under our deck for a month and I finally caught him out sunning.

Across the yard, one of his brethren was out for a walk... where he had an unfortunate run-in with local law enforcement. Let me just say that he resisted arrest and was dealt with harshly.

However, the large clematis out back was the real hub of activity for the hungry -- perhaps second only to the great compost pile, itself. You can click the image below to see a few more pictures and my witty captions...