Five day weekend, can this be the norm?

I have a nice five day weekend. Tomorrow, November 11 is Remembrance Day of course, so Monday is the stat holiday at work, then I am using my last 2 vacation days on Tuesday and Wednesday. That’ll be it for the rest of the year, other than the days off we get at Christmas. I’ll be working, but it’s very slow over the holidays.

I don’t really have any plans for the weekend, other than some stuff around the house that I won’t do. I suppose I’ll have to zip into town a few times and do some shopping, but that’s it.

The dogs are going on a pack hike today, around 1130. They have such a good time with the pack. There aren’t any dog parks here in the Pass, so there aren’t a lot of opportunities to play with other dogs. I have, of course, a small pack of my own, but it’s always good to hang with other canines.

I hope Hera will go this time, without me. The last couple of times she hasn’t wanted to, doesn’t seem to want to get in the van or truck used to bring the dogs. She loves the ladies who run Crowsnest Pet Care, that’s evident, but has been very hesitant to go on the pack hikes. Blondie and Twix love going. It’s not too cold today so Twix will be ok, she runs around like a mad-dog anyway. I do need to get her a new coat though, and some boots too. I’m heading to Lethbridge on Thursday afternoon, so perhaps I can find something there.

I’m also finally having a cord of wood delivered on Thursday. Got a pretty good price, it’s split, delivered and stacked for $300. I have absolutely no idea how long it’ll last though, we will see.

Enjoy your weekend and remember November 11, Lest we Forget.

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I think winter is here…

I think I can say that winter has settled in here already.  We’ve gotten 8″ of snow over the last few days and it has been cold.  It was -22C this morning, it’s gotten up to -19C and will eventually be -3C or so.  Bright sunshine is helping to warm things up.  After about 2pm, the sun goes behind the mountain across the street so then the warming effects go away and the temps drop again.

I am surprised how different the weather is here as compared to Calgary.  They say (I am unsure who “they” are) that if you don’t like the weather in Calgary, wait an hour or so and it will change.  Here, you might only have to wait 10 minutes for the weather to change.  It’s windy here too, very windy.  The mountains to the north and south create what I would call a wind tunnel.

I hear that it should be typically warmer here than Calgary, so I can accept that.  At least it isn’t windy this morning.  When you combine wind and -20’s temperatures, it’s a BAD combination.

The two-week forecast shows better temps, highs around zero, lows in the single negative digits.  I can handle that too.

Anyway, I would bet that the snow that we have on the ground will be around until Spring.  I might be wrong, we might have a few days of Chinook weather and it might be gone, but I am betting against that.

At least it looks Christmassy out.  Too bad it’s early November.

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A little early for Christmas lights, isn’t it?

I had to zip into town last night.  I stopped at the Post Office to check my box, forgetting that there are rotating strikes going on so there likely would not be any mail, and there wasn’t.  Anyway, while driving through the neighbourhood on my way to the grocery store, there were a few houses that had already put up AND turned on Christmas lights.  Now, in looking at the date today, it’s November 5, so that means yesterday was November 5.  I am thinking, and I could be wrong, that it’s about a month too early to turn on lights.  I understand putting them up, before we get snow, but come on now.

Speaking of lights, I had considered putting some out on the trees in the center of my driveway, but, now that we have snow and the fact that I have not purchased any lights, I am doubting I will.  Perhaps I will buy some in the after Christmas sales and get them cheap.  Then, I can not put them up next year for some reason – most likely laziness.  I suppose, perhaps, that I will just forget about buying any…

Anyway, I made it to the grocery store and got what I needed.  Friendly place for sure, people say hi when you walk by.  It started snowing by the time we (the dogs and I) headed home so I parked in the garage.  This morning, there is about 3″ of snow on the ground so not too bad.  I guess winter is just about here.

Anyway, it’s only Tuesday, so, hang in there.  The weekend can be seen on the horizon.

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Cold and wet weekend…

This was a very relaxing weekend. Friday night it rained, all evening. I guess I prefer rain over snow. Winter can hold off as long as possible.

Saturday was a bit better, but not much. We had some periods of sun, but was mostly an overcast day. I didn’t do much. Woke up, per usual around 4am. I let the dogs out and fed them, went back to bed at 430 and slept until after 7. Nice, the latest I’ve slept in ages. That didn’t derail a good nap around noon. Even with all that sleeping, I still went to bed early. I seem to do a LOT of sleep in late fall through the end of winter. Come spring and summer, I stay up late again. Guess I’m used to it.

The clocks changed last night, went back an hour. I was awake for an hour or so but then didn’t wake up until after 6 this morning. Great sleep. Had another nap this afternoon after turning the disgusting Bills game off. Man, they suck.

I tried to go to Chinook Lake with the dogs this afternoon. It’s a Provincial Park but the gates were closed. Didn’t say it was closed for the season, the sign said gates closed between 11pm and 7am so I’m unsure. It likely would have been top mucky anyway…

Back to work tomorrow and a five day workweek. Next week, I have Monday through Wednesday off, that’ll be nice and is the last of my vacation time for the year.

Hope you had a good weekend, enjoy the coming week.

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Love Chinooks in the morning…

Friday, already.  It was a shortened week for me as I was off on Wednesday for an appointment.

We have a Chinook coming through today, it is 10C this morning with nice and warm breezes coming from the West.  It was very nice letting the dogs out this morning.  I don’t think it’s supposed to last too long, likely the day only.  The weekend is supposed to be more typical weather for this time of year, but no new snow anyway, so that’s good.

No real plans this weekend, but that could change, depending on the weather.  I would like to go and explore the Chinook Lake area near my house.  I hear that there are walking paths so it might be good for the dogs, presuming they can be off-leash.

November is typically the time of year that I hibernate.  Baseball is over.  I have been watching hockey though, so I think I will continue to do that.  The Bills aren’t on out here too often, I need to subscribe to the Eastern feeds to get them, but, they haven’t been worth watching.

Anyway, enjoy the weekend.

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Happy Halloween

Yesterday was a quick day at work.  I had a bunch of meetings in the morning which made the day go by quickly.  The meetings were even productive, so that’s better yet.

Last evening, the Flames played the Leafs in Toronto.  I watched the first period before Monday Night Football started, the Patriots at the Bills, the first Monday Night game in Buffalo in 10 years.

The Flames ended up knocking the Leafs off with a strong third period.  That will allow me to harass some co-workers and friends, this is a good thing.

As expected, the Bills lost to the Patriots, but it was a close game until the end of the third quarter.

Not a bad sports night, all in all.

Nothing else is going on.  I am heading to Calgary tomorrow for an appointment so I have the day off of work.  Tomorrow is also Halloween, but, seeing as I live in the middle of nowhere and I don’t think there are any kids in the 7 houses around the river, I know that I won’t have any trick or treaters coming to my door.  That’s good, I won’t buy candy that I will end up eating and really don’t need.

So, enjoy Halloween, if that’s something you take part it.  Have fun, and be safe.

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Wow, another quick weekend…

Another weekend has come and just about gone. Yesterday was a pretty relaxing day. I didn’t do much, it was a bright and sunny Saturday though. I watched part of game 4 of the World Series. Although the Red Sox came back and won the game, the had to comeback and take the lead late in the game. They didn’t look like the team that destroyed the Astros in 5 games.

The Sox can wrap up the World Series tonight, the game is in the top of the first as I write this, they just hit a 2 run homer to take a 2-0 lead. Hopefully they’ll eliminate LA tonight.

This morning, I went to a local restaurant, Pure Country for their buffet breakfast. Was quite good, I’ll return for sure.

Not much else went on this weekend. Today, the weather was crap, rain and snow mixture. At least the temp rose enough to melt the snow.

Back to work tomorrow, short week, I have a follow up medical appointment on Wednesday in Calgary.

Have a good week.

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A quick week in the books…

I had a great drive to Calgary on Tuesday afternoon.  I was downtown in just over 2 hours, I am unsure how I made such good time, I wasn’t overly speeding.

I checked into the hotel, the Sandman, right near my office.  The hotel is undergoing renovations so it was a bit inconvenient.  The pool was closed which sort of sucked since I had called the reservation desk to confirm that the hotel had a pool and was told yes and it was open 5:30am – 11:00pm…  I guess no one told the reservation desk that it was closed.  Anyway, because of this, they gave me free parking, even though it should really be free anyway.

The hotel, unfortunately, it a bit run-down.  The room was clean and fresh, but the bathroom needs some major work, so does the AC.  I left a negative review on Bookings.com where I booked the room.  The staff were friendly anyway.

Tuesday night was the Babe Ruth year-end banquet.  A bunch of the Board Members met at a pub near the banquet hall for a couple of pre-banquet drinks and some appetizers.  The banquet was good, food was great, the entertainment, not so much.  The magician wasn’t particularly good, I didn’t think.  I will reserve other comments.  All in all, it was a good night and nice to see people I have worked with for the past 5 seasons.  I will miss working with Babe Ruth Calgary.

I worked in the Calgary office on Wednesday.  It was good to see people that I have not seen in a while.  Wednesday night, I went to Red Lobster for endless shrimp with a co-worker, ex-co-worker and my buddy from Crowsnest Pass who came to Calgary with me.  Great good there, love shrimp.  The drive home was uneventful.

The dogs were in a new kennel near my house.  I picked them up Thursday morning.  They were a bit tired, not their normal routine.  Crowsnest Pet Care came to pick them up for their weekly pack hike about an hour after we got home.  Hera didn’t want to go though, I think she wanted some down-time with me and that’s OK.

So, the week zoomed by and here we are on Friday already.  I have not watched any of the World Series as I was busy both Tuesday and Wednesday nights but I plan on catching it tonight.  Boston is ahead 2-0 and I hope they sweep.

No weekend plans I don’t think.  We will go for a hike, depending on the weather, as long as it doesn’t rain we will go.  Cold, we can handle the cold, we are Canadian.

Enjoy your weekend.

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Vacation in Calgary…

I’m in Calgary today. I arrived yesterday afternoon for the Babe Ruth year end banquet. The drive up from Crowsnest Pass was nice and smooth and I made it to the hotel downtown in just over 2 hours. Not bad time at all.

The banquet was at the Met downtown, good food. We stopped at an Irish pub next door to the Met before the banquet for a couple of drinks and some appetizers. Thanks to the prez for picking up the tab.

Great to see the people I’ve been working with on the board for the last few years including some of the umpires I’ve worked with. The president is stepping down after this season, his 7th or 8th so he got some well deserved parting gifts. I’ll miss this bunch but who knows, I may be back at some point.

I’m staying at the Sandman. Not a bad hotel, going through some renovations right now so no pool which sucks… I was told that it was open when I called into the reservation desk, so as compensation, I get free parking which is great.

I’m heading to Red Lobster tonight for endless shrimp with a couple of buddies then heading back home tonight, likely back in Crowsnest Pass by 10 or so.

The dogs are in a kennel until Thursday morning, so I hope they enjoy it. I’m looking forward to seeing them early Thursday.

All in all, it’ll be a good day and a bit in Calgary, I’m sure. Sort of like a mini-getaway for me.

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Another quick weekend…

That weekend, like most weekends, went by too quickly.

The weather was awesome for the middle/end of October though, temps were in the mid to upper teens.  I can handle that for sure.

I watched and was very disappointed that the Dodgers beat the Brewers in game 7 of the NLCS.  Now the Dodgers will face the Red Sox and, unless something goes horribly wrong, will have their asses handed to them by Boston.  As I have written, I can’t stand the Dodgers.  I doubt that I will watch the whole series.  I think, more than anything, I am baseballed out this year.  From watching games almost daily (with MLB.tv) to umpiring around 80 games myself, I think I’ve just seen enough ball.  Oh well.  I presume that come spring training, I will be ready to go again.

The weekend was relaxing which is the way they should be.  I went out with the dogs a couple of times and did some needed shopping as well.  Back to work today.

I head into Calgary tomorrow, working in the Calgary office on Wednesday, my laptop needs some updates that won’t download here.  The Babe Ruth year-end banquet is tomorrow.  That will close this chapter on Babe Ruth.  I am not ruling out returning some day, who knows.  Wednesday is my second, and likely last, trip to Red Lobster for Endless Shrimp.  My whale hat is ready to go.  The dogs are staying at a new kennel near my house, 2 nights for them.  I hope they enjoy their stay and I further hope that none of them are injured, I am sure they won’t be, but I would have said the same for their previous stay elsewhere.  Should be a good trip.

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