Tuesday, December 15, 2015

So the semester is almost over for Spence - final exams are here as well as the holidays.  Here's hoping to good results for Spence, a good holiday season overall and a somewhat warm winter.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Been a while.....

Spence bombed his Math 30 exam, so he'll be doing it again in January.....found out a week before that it was a test on how to use your calculator and since he didn't even own one, we figured he might be in trouble.

Since then, he's been relaxing a bit and got a job at Cactus Club.  Confirmed he was accepted into the college of his choice and went on a vacation with his dad.

Not a bad summer overall.

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Well, not much new to report - Spence has been studying for his upcoming exam in June and he's finishing Latin next week and PE shortly after that - then he'll have two months off before he starts college....eeek - how did he grow up so fast?

Friday, May 01, 2015

Well, Spencer got into St. Mary's and picked his courses for September - now to finish Math and pass the exam!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Spence and I seem to be over the majority of our jet lag, which is great.  Spence had the Comic Expo to go to over the weekend and he had a great time.

He went with his dad on Thursday and then on Friday and Saturday with his friends.  He also managed to cut his had deeply and required 7 stitches on Friday night.

He's healing well, but no PE or Volleyball now for him until the stitches come out / self-disolve.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

I had decided we'd take this week off to recover from our trip and glad I did - we are both jetlagged and so allowing us to get back into it slowly has been great.

Spence is gearing up for Calgary Comicon and heads out tomorrow with his dad for day 1.

Monday, April 13, 2015

We had a great trip - not as many pictures as I would have liked - but still we had a great time.  10 days was about right for Tokyo - next time Kyoto!

Now - to get rid of this jetlag and get back into a routine!

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Tuesday we decided to stay home and chill - lots of walking made for very sore feet.  Today we decided we'd head out to Oenu even though it was pouring rain and only 5 degrees.  It was cold, we were wet, but we went and saw all the things on our list and then hit Hard Rock Cafe for a late lunch and to get our Hard Rock stuff - cups and t-shirts from every city we are in that has a HRC.

Temple with a few trees with blossoms still

umbrella locks

Our only stray on the trip so far


one of the few trees with blossoms still - it poured today

wishing centre

creek by one of the temples - pretty

another temple we visited

Monday, April 06, 2015

We've had an adventurous few days - we've done a lot of sight-seeing and just a bit of shopping :)

musical toilets with heated seats

our apt in Tokyo

3D boobs on posters

Maid cafe - a trendy type of cafe

Most expensive retail space in the world per SF

weird texture, but really yummy

Sword Museum

You really need to know how to back into a spot

Yes, there is a Krispy Kreme in Tokyo

Yes, that's tuna salad donut 

local talent contest

Pokemon Store ... as busy as Disney

Fish Market at lunch

boots, freezers and fish - all in the same place

Denny's & 7-11 - that shouldn't be a thing, but it's popular

Your shower is also  your clothes dryer

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Pictures from today

local park with cherry blossom trees

Akihabara District

3-D boob posters

weird ads

Maid Cafe Pictures

Well, Tuesday was a busy day....I got up at 5am to go meet with a potential client at 7:15.  Turns out they went with another person - which is too bad, but I did my part and met with them.  I got home before 9am and Spence and I finished getting stuff organized and headed out the door.

Rikki arrived shortly after and started her stay with the house and animals.

We arrived early enough to get Spencer fingerprinted at the NEXUS office - so he's all set to go in August when he heads out with his dad to the US.

We breezed through security and waited for our flight - it was a very smooth flight, we got served two meals (which was pretty good), lots of movies, etc and we landed in Tokyo on time at 2:30 the next day.

We followed the instructions provided by our host and got to our apartment without any issues - although by that time, I had been up for nearly 24 hours and was a bit loopy.  We had a quick bite from the local grocery store and then went to sleep about 7pm.

We got up this morning feeling pretty good at 7am and we found out nothing opens till 10am or 11am....so we had breakfast and got ready to find a larger grocery store.  We headed out for a kilometre walk.  We found our store, I also got a new grocery bag and a new apron for my souvenirs for the trip.  We found a 3 prong converter for my macbook at the Apple store on the way back - I have spent about $100 on converters for this trip - even though they are on the same system (well close to) the US - they use unpolarized plugs - so had to get polarized to unpolarized converters so we could plug all our devices into the walls.

We dropped off our groceries and then headed off to the Akihabara district for the rest of the day.  We arrived just before noon, grabbed a snack from a bakery and then wandered through a variety of electronic shops.  We also stopped off and visited a Maid Cafe - which was on Spencer's hit list along with this district.

We were both tired by 3pm and headed home on the train.  We arrived home, had a nap and then headed over to the little grocery for pop and a sweet bun to share for dessert.

We made sandwiches for supper, had our sweet bun and are now chilling and planning the rest of our trip out tonight.

Some cool things though .... our toilet seat is heated - OMG - why don't we have these in Canada?  The washing machine, is super small and convenient and, and, and - the wet room (which is a shower and tub room - is also our dryer - how you ask?  the wall has options - you can turn the wet room into a dryer - you hang your clothing on the racks, press the 'dry' button and the entire room becomes a hot dryer - very cool.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Today - a bit of packing, latin, cosplay and cleaning the house....almost time to head to Japan!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

New hair for Japan....updated color and cut

February color 

For Xmas - just about white

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Time for a break.....delivered the socials 30-1 work and the PE hours to St. Mary's today and was told he was good to go for those two courses.  Latin and Math left to go.  Latin is done in May and Math is done in June....almost there.

So we decided we'd take a few weeks off before starting on Math again.  Latin will continue, but we won't start with Math until we come back from Japan.

Today was an adventure - sort of - the rec centre was locked down - turns out it was kids with air soft guns.

Sunday, March 22, 2015


Shield backing is now shaped

Centre piece glued on and top wings

Friday, March 20, 2015

Yesterday was school for Spence and then off with his dad.  I had chores, applied for a few contracts I saw, went to a seminar about how to make your reports more readable - very good seminar and then a networking event.

Today is grad planning day - we head to Cochrane to chat with the group about the upcoming grad party.  We have school and we're making pizza tonight for supper.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Busy day today - Spence has school, then Shaw is coming out to replace our old modem and then Rikki & Kelly are coming by to get our keys, etc.  James and Spence are heading out tonight and I might out out for tea with Risa and give her my wood off cuts.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Well, the airport had a power outage - yes, the entire airport...so no NEXUS yesterday.  We ended up going home and then Spence did a bit of Socials before his dad picked him up for the day with Jaz and Syd for a day at the mall....yes, you heard me right - James spent the day at the mall with three kids...he's a brave man!

They all went to Volleyball afterwards and I went to Risa's kids play - which was good to watch.

Neither Spence or I could sleep last night .... so 3 am and we finally both felt tired enough to sleep.  Spence had latin this morning, then off to PE.

I had a webinar, took the dogs to daycare and we picked Jacob up on the way to PE.  After PE, lunch with the group and then home for a nap.  Picked up the dogs, made taco meat for supper - Spence made himself some burritos and I made myself nachos.

After supper, we worked on his costume - we shaped the first two points of the shield enough to call it a day.  Tomorrow two more points.

Now, time to study a bit for me and Spence is working on a video.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Today - back to a regular school day - socials, costume design, latin and we're heading off to the airport to hit NEXUS up for updated fingerprints for Spence and then he's off with his dad and Tammy's girls for the rest of the day.

Volleyball this evening for Spence and I'll be doing some stuff around the house.
finished fall - with new drywall

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Today I got around to making the new frame for the lip in the front room.  All the stuff Dave has been telling me - actually was absorbed.

The wood is twisted, so even though it looks like it's not square, it actually is

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Leona iron solari - cosplay - Spencer's building of his next cosplay for PAX

This is part of the centre shield - 4 pieces of EVA foam stacked (still needs shaping)

This is what the centre looks like, before shaping

Starting to figure out how the pieces all fit together - starting with a cardboard base, two pieces of EVA foam (will need another piece or two) and then the various cut outs (centre, arms, etc).  All dry fit first before final shaping and gluing with hot gun,

Continuing to make the arms of the shield