You’re sure to witness some of the abominations of media franchise mash-ups by simply strolling down the aisle containing the board games.
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I’m going to ask you for something, and it’s a very simple thing that might make a big difference.
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# Figures... it warms up for a single day and it's a rest, non-running day.
A moderate obsession with pocket games is bolstered by the quantity of time I spend on the train commuting. I really should read more, but I get locked into phases of one thing then another: audio books one week, sudoku another, magazines the next. This last week I’ve re-invigorated an obsession from a year or two previous, in the form of a Tiny Tower spin off. Enter Star Wars franchising and mash that up with the 8-bit-styled fun of everyone’s favorite apartment-building pocket game, and you’ve got Tiny Death Star. Now excuse me while I go extract some more secrets from some tiny rebel scum.
So… apparently I was shortlisted… and then won first place in two categories in the 2013 Canadian Weblogs Awards. The winners were announced this morning. Cool. Cool-cool! The two categories were LIFE, presumably because I ramble endlessly and inanely about our quiet little lives here in Edmonton, which right now is mostly linked into to just trying to stay warm, and SPORT, due largely to my endless check-ins relating to that little bit of running and marathon training that’s occupied that aforementioned life. Anyhow… however all this happened, I’m feeling a little humbled this morning. (Which will probably wear off eventually and leave me just more and more panicky about getting fresh content here soon!) Thanks for your years of support all you awesome readers.
"Dad... Dad... Dad, I'm hungry. Can you make me some crepes?"
- Claire, shaking me awake at 6 am on Saturday morning.
I really hate running on the track. It’s not the track. It’s a lovely track. Really. It’s the monotony of it. But with the weather is dipping into the minus thirty Celsius range and my race almost exactly a month away, training trumps the enjoyment factor. So I laced up and ran my laps yesterday morning, tracking fifty loops of the ribbon of red that traced through the fitness floor of the local community recreation centre. Ten kilomteres. And I kind feel a little lopsided now. Good thing they reverse the direction every day, because I’ve gotta go run seventy laps in the opposite direction today.
I wanted a console game that would capture her interest, be playable at her level, be forgiving-yet-honest, and allow us to play together.
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Each year for the past eight, I’ve completed a kind of ever-evolving, ever-growing New Year’s questionnaire I’ve called The New Years List. It’s a great big… long… huge… ginormous… incredibly ambitious writing project reflecting on my past twelve months and culminating in a multi-thousand word post. Each year these consume massive amounts of time –writing, planning, thinking, reflecting — for the month of December. Well, it’s December. New Years is getting closer, of course. I guess I’m going to need to start writing. Hopefully by then end of tonight I’ll have my revised 2013 list up and live and I hereby invite you, if you have a blog or just a social media feed to fill up somewhere, to copy the list, fill it in, and get ready to post it somewhere on New Years Eve. One word of advice… start now: it’s a lot of work.
A few weeks ago the fates aligned and I ended up doing a simulation run for the upcoming Dopey Challenge. With the race a little more than a month away, I knew I needed one more crack at the four-days-in-a-row run, or a scaled down version of it at least, prior to the wrap up of my training all too soon. Well, the fates gave us a couple days of snow and with it gave me some forced off-time due to weather and road conditions. As a result, and because a bit of rest before such things is always a good idea, it looks like this upcoming weekend is my Dopey simulation, take 2. Thursday, despite the chilly forecast, I’ll do 5. And then it’s a Friday ten, a Saturday fourteen, and a Sunday thirty. Yikes! Monday, I just hope I don’t fall asleep at my desk!
# Candy Cane Lane opens Friday in Edmonton. Hopefully the weather coordinates with my ridiculously limited free time this season!
Last Friday we had a great time checking out the Edmonton Festival of Trees at the Shaw Conference Center. In a way it kinda kicked off the the holiday season for us, and though it was waaaaaaaay past her bedtime by the time we left, I think Claire enjoyed it too. And despite feeling fairly sloppy about the photography effort, I managed to wrangle an “8 Pics” post out of the shots I snapped as well as kicking off my Christmas album in my photo gallery.
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So simple, so concise, so apt ...in the words of the late, great Douglas Adams.