Jan 02|2017 - tuesday is the new monday
it was a brutal 1st but led to a solid sleep
"i see a mountain at my gates, i see it more and more each day
what I give, it takes away, whether I go or when I stay"
-mountain at my gates|foals
this is kinda a make or break month.
cold or not im going back out on that road
and there's ninety days of cold left.
Colin's Fridge Magnets - 010
Posted on 12 Jan 2017 By Colin
Well ten days, ten updates. I'm pretty busy right now but i've been forcing myself to at least just post these silly sometimes barely coherent magnet messages. I have another pack of these magnets that i've been holding back but i think it's time to add them. The problem is i'm seeing the same words over an over when i randomly select these things out of their home, the ziplock bag. In ten posts three of them had Beaver in it, i've drawn Halifax and Toronto multiple times aswell. time to dilute the batch a bit with some new words. So come back on monday for a possibly stranger, wordier post.
010 - C-Sauce
maybe someone is comparing recipies, or is concerned about the competition.
Colin's Fridge Magnets - 009
Posted on 11 Jan 2017 By Colin
009 - Freeze eh
i'm pretty sure the majority of haligonian beavers are pretty tough, but this particular beaver couldn't take the cold.
First Quarter Catfood Budget Increase
Posted on 10 Jan 2017 By Colin
each year it seems my cat Bingo learns a new quirk, from demanding to be walked the ten feet to her food bowl, from learning the word "treat", to sleeping on the bed at night with me. this year her new quirk is wet catfood, which seems odd because most cats love that stuff. Bingo hated wet cat food all her life, she eats dry food, end of story. any time she was offered wet food she would just lick any juice off the edges then let it sit for a day or two to harden.
sometime this winter the weather was gross and her dry food was just about out and i didnt want to go outside so i gave her some of this food to see if it would hold her over until the next day. i was very surprised when she ate the entire portion in one sitting. now Bingo is nuts over this stuff, i mean she wont stop meowing until she gets it around midday, and she's normally a quiet cat. so now the dry food is getting the cold shoulder but still a good standby, always there for her if she's hungry, shes a bit fat so she's never gone hungry, and the wet food is the main event of her day.
this years quirk: wet food.
at a dollar a two-pack this is a pretty good deal.
Colin's Fridge Magnets - 008
Posted on 10 Jan 2017 By Colin
008 - Avian Therapists
i know you wanted one of those golden lab therapy dogs but this is all that was left.
Colin's Fridge Magnets - 007
Posted on 09 Jan 2017 By Colin
007 - Wintering Accusation
this has all the makings of a moosey murder mystery, or was it self defense?
Colin's Fridge Magnets - 006
Posted on 08 Jan 2017 By Colin
006 - Lovely Rivalry
If these two cities don't always love each other then at least i figure someone out there loves one or the other or both.
Posted on 05 Jan 2017 By Colin
So while putting together today's magnet picture, a process which means copying the picture from my phone to my computer i discovered all my pictures were gone. a folder containing basically all my pictures i have taken since 2009 were poof, gone. a file search of the harddrive wasn't coming up with anything, of course i cancelled the search midway through because it was taking too long and because I suddenly had an idea. yesterday i accidentally dragged it into its neighbouring folder. Cancel the air support, stand down, crisis averted.
suddenly i feel a lot better, maybe there should be a service where every now and then you're surprised/shocked only to be told later that everything is fine, just to get the ol' adrenaline flowing. or maybe that idea might cause real heart attacks and when you try to inform others of those real cardiac arrests on one will believe you.
Colin's Fridge Magnets - 005
Posted on 05 Jan 2017 By Colin
005 - Can Has Whiskey?
I think a member of the RCMP should be allowed a drink providing he's not on duty.
Colin's Fridge Magnets - 001-004
Posted on 04 Jan 2017 By Colin
For a holiday gift i received a box of those tiny word "Magnetic Poety" fridge magnets, only I received the Canadian edition. Now I have a similar batch of these somewhere, except its white letters on a black background so for now im exluding them from this excersize for now. But that previous batch taught me something, I don't use them barely enough to merit having them on the fridge. They stay stationary for months on end and I don't want that to happen this time. So I came up with a stupid idea.
daily posts of randomly selected words and see what I could come up with. Also its a method to make me post to this site. Not an entirely bad idea i think but i learned that some rules were needed and they might be ammended as time goes on but so far here are the rules:
1) randomly pic 5 magnets, any extra magnets that are stuck-on are also accepted.
2) sometimes you just a lot of nouns or verbs and not enough prepositions or vice-versa, if this is the case, randomly pick words one at a time for only the type of words you need.
3) not all words need to be used, sure using them all is great but sometimes less is more.
4) doesn't have to be grammatically accurate, infact a lot of these posts sound like they're being spoken aloud by someone who's ESL (English as a Second Language), and that's fine. Canada mostly made up of immigrants so theres nothing wrong with these posts sounding like our new canuck's early language attempts.
5) just try to have fun with it.
thats it so far, I have four to start with as i've been doing them since new years day.
001 - Smoke Beaver Explosion
I liked the concept that ice hockey was sending someone correspondence.
002 - So Basic
In the middle of a snowy january cold snap is there anything more uninspired as more damn snow and ice?
003 - Adventure of the Canuck Lobster
Something tells me this won't be the first time i post about the Canuck Lobster.
004 - Beaver's Drink Responsibly
I'll be honest, i'm a little upset at myself for not having this as "Smoke Beaver" to give a bit of possible character continuity. But in this instance it's just a generic beaver who likes a drink and doesn't partake.
come back tomorrow.
Getting back on the road
Posted on 02 Jan 2017 By Colin
It seems every Janruary I show up here, a bit discheveled, saying I'll start updating again, but this time I mean it! no really, stop laughing.
I think my problem with updating here was that if i worked on the site i felt guilty about other tasks that should be done instead, then i felt guilty about not posting. The crazy part is when I DO post i feel a bit better, even a small victory helps and they say you should break-up your workload because small victories lead to other small victories, completed tasks and before you know it you're somehow a fully functioning adult.
There's about ninety days of cold weather left in the year, sure april can be gentle sometimes or like last year it was brutally cold in its own damp way, but it would never be as cold as it is now with -17C temperatures. But I plan on going out in that weather, on the bicycle. In 2015 I came up with a simple system, figured out a calm 10km bike route that took bike lanes or quiet backstreets. Now i bike quite a bit anyways, but in these cold temperatures the rides are usually short, pizza place, grocery store, beer store. But in 2015 I challenged myself to do 100km of biking each month for jan-feb-march, more if I could to help bank some distance incase I came up short during those three months. This is because winter doesnt co-operate and sometimes you get decent weather, other times the roads are too risky to ride on. But I did it, i recall i was short a bit in jan and feb but march I took advantage of all warm weather and got out on the road.
The result was noticable.
I wasn't looking any better than before, its not a method for getting the summer beach body, but I was far better at biking by the time april came around when compared to other years when I'd be gasping for air.
Of course in 2015 I also got bronchitis for the first time ever, infact I got it twice, first in feb, second in october. After this during the 2016 winter I noticed if i biked hard in cold weather I would feel it for a bit in my lungs. Now way too worried about getting sick again, I didnt repeat the winter ride quota and this april again i was sucking wind when i knew i could ride better. A fix had to be found and I found it at mark's work warehouse.
I figured a simple facemask would help, it could keep the air in my mouth and lungs a bit warmer and I'd avoid the wind's cold bite. I learned it doesnt quite cover my beard so that pokes out at the bottom but in -10C weather and colder it does the trick, i've biked in -20C weather so far and my lungs didn't have that familiar raspy itching feeling afterwards that makes me worry if im going to get sick again. Now its not the best mask but I wasn't going to spend a lot of money when i didn't know if it would work, next winter I'll search for a better one. as for now, I'm off in -17C to bike at least 10km, the first ten kilometres out of three hundred.
Instagram Embed: 2017 Instagram Best Nine
Posted on 02 Jan 2017 By Colin
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