Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Ready to ring out 2009, bring on 2010

Another year nearly done. I've noticed that I have blogged significantly less here compared to years in the past - perhaps it is because of twitter, perhaps it is because I've gotten lazy. It's a statistic and I'm not going to read too much into it. There were certainly things to blog about, like participating in the Ride to Conquer Cancer, crashing my bike while training for said ride, rediscovering my love of just about all things bicycle related as well as my first taste of durian (flavoured gelato).

There was also a lot to write about locally, including the Burrard Street bridge bike lane trial, the metamorphasis that Vancouver has been going through as it prepares to host the Olympics (just a month and a half away now!)

There was also a lot not to write about. I tried not to comment too much on my progress with various video games I played throughout the year, despite how fun I found them to be. I continue not to write too much about work because well, I guess I'm a little old and cautious about mixing such things still. not a lot was written about our two crazy cats but I think that had more to do with the fact that I kept up the blog for our dog and that was time consuming enough.

So what will next year bring? Hopefully a lot of Olympic gold for the home team. Hopefully another bike adventure, although ideally not something that takes quite so much time to prepare for. Also it would be nice to bring a few house projects to conclusion, like properly finishing our patio area (while it is still warm enough to be enjoyed, instead of well after) and at least one more round of de-cluttering.

Happy New Year wishes to the three or four people who still read this blog. May the next year bring you closer to realizing some of your dreams.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Virtual Heat Wave

Vancouver is finally into the negative temperatures and if anyone noticed, it certainly was our pets. Our first pet, Sophie, is such a heat-hog that she will go out of her way to position herself in front of the heaters we have around the house.

Yes that's right, we find it is way cheaper to use plain old space heaters instead of the baseboards. Besides, our condo is barely 600 sqft so it's very easy to heat such a small area.

Anyway, Sophie will contort and stretch herself beyond what would be considered reasonable, or at least comfortable just to get better access to the heat. She's like this in the summer too, sitting in the sun just baking, reveling in the hotness. While our other pets enjoy being warm, none are quite as hardcore about it as Sophie.