Sunday, February 22, 2009

Ended up in 6th place, so out of the trophy running, but a respectable finish.  I ended up with 7 points, at my career average.  Oddly I got points from tug-of-war, log saw, euchre and poker (usually my weaker events), and nothing from darts or ping pong (where I normally rack up points). 

The pingpong final was Kirk & Alain against Craig and Paul.  People were expecting a close game (Alain usually dominates), but C&P had an amazing game and won 21-10.  Chuck looked a bit stunned.

Oh yah, Alain took charge of the steaks today, and I had a rare steak done perfectly for the first time at WB.  He also brought a bottle of wine (as normal) and so dinner was quite good.

Kirk won for the 3rd time, and also the first back-to-back winner.  Everyone's now on Guitar Hero, which I don't get (if you're going to spend hours practising something, how about an actual guitar?).  I may head off to bed.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Up early this morning at 830, for some strange reason.  People slowly waking up.  Played crib with Roach, we didn't have a board so we used a laptop.  Debated on how to set up Excel, getting all fancy with macros.  But ended just using the cells marked with the score and put x's for pegging.  Worked okay.  Tug of war starts in 40 minutes.

Wonderboy weekend 2009

Well there's 22 of us this year at Kirk's.  Craig and I were the last to arrive, around 7pm.  I actually drew decent partners for pingpong and darts;  unfortunately the round robin divisions were stacked in both events.  It was almost like the top 6 players in each were teamed up and all in the same division.  In a normal year my teaming probably would have gone 3-0 in our division;  but because of the competition I went 1-2 in both.  As a result I'm out of the playoffs in both.  This seriously hampers my chances of winning Wonderboy this year. 

On a side note,  I won at poker tonight (a side game, not part of the official Wonderboy) and a couple other games, so far I'm up a bit.

It's been a relatively quiet WB so far.  I don't think we'll be setting any records for kegs this year.

Well I'm off to bed.

Monday, February 16, 2009

The basement's now a bit more organized. I was getting tired of the boxes piled on top of one another against the wall. A couple weeks ago bought some IKEA shelving off craigslist (about $10 a set, compared to $45 in IKEA). Putting up the shelves was easy; the hard part was cleaning up and reorganizing all the boxes.

Now we can actually find candles and twine and burlap and other stuff.


Our lease on the BMW ends in April so we went out on Saturday to look at a couple cars. We were deciding betwen a Jetta, Prius, or Mercedes B200 (they're all priced under $30K). The Mercedes dealership was great, they sent us out on a test drive without any hassle. Even gave Heather some chocolates as we left (it was Valentine's Day). The Toyota dealership was just the opposite. The sales guy was like a caricature of a used car salesman. The Prius is backordered, and we just wanted to know if we would be able to get one before our lease is up. The sales guy hemmed and hawed and disappeared into his manager's office at least three times. I still don't know if we could get one by mid-April because we got fed up and left the place.


Our Sunday Ultimate team is pretty good this year, at least on paper. We had our 3rd game yesterday and we still haven't had out the full team due to various injuries. There's only 8 games in this season (because that's when the bubble comes down at BMO), so hopefully we'll be able to get a few games in as a team before the playoffs. We won yesterday 16-15, scoring our last point with about 20 seconds left in the game. The game was at 8pm so we headed out after to Brazen Head for a drink or two.

It's a short week for me this week, as today's Family Day (our new holiday in Ontario), and I'm taking Friday off for the annual Wonderboy weekend (the site hasn't been updated since last year, but it has the rules etc). It was odd to see the mail delivered today on a holiday (federal employees didn't get the provincial holiday).

Monday, February 02, 2009

Here's some before and after pics of the bedroom makeover:

Before (actually during) (check out the various shades of faux wood!)

The reveal:

The bedroom looks a bit empty because I had moved most stuff out while painting. Plus the bedding is mismatched so I took the pic with just the mattress.


We both needed to wash our fleece jackets, so figured it was a good night to eat at Lahore Tikka and then come home and do laundry. It was great as usual. Had the lamb kebabs and kahari chicken, a few chilies, and butter naan. Mmmm good.


On Saturday there was a snowplow (a little Bobcat skid loader) in the back laneway again. The Bobcat kept on going around and around the alley and front. It reminded us of WALL*E. We both cracked up.

The other day Heather noticed that Kubo Radio was papered over, and a sign that said Roy Public House. Maybe a pub? After the long wait for the bar at Curzon to open, I was a bit disappointed. The atmosphere is a bit cold at Curzon if it's not crowded (unlike, say, Barrio, which is great whether it's full or you're the only two people there). And I wish they'd serve Keiths (or at least Mill St Organic).

I got decent numbers in the SuperBowl squares pool at work: (Pittsburgh-Arizona) 3-0, 3-3, 3-4, 3-7. I won the 1st quarter!


I was wondering why CIBC was charging me service fees on my chequing account the last few months. I have a grandfathered account that gives me free unlimited transactions as long as I maintain a minimum balance of $1000. I called CIBC today and found out a few months ago they changed the minimum balance to $1500.

Well that's it for now.