Sunday, December 31, 2017
Friday, December 29, 2017
amazing Pathfinder find at the library
Thursday, December 28, 2017
Other than driving Margaret to work, we had our first stay-at-home-day for the season. I put on Blue Velvet for William for the first time. He didn't find it overly violent. We really enjoyed seeing the comic relief of the jock bullies.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Lunch with Erik and Julia
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Star Wars Imax on Boxing Day
Monday, December 25, 2017
Christmas Dinner at the Hotel Sask
Sunday, December 24, 2017
Christmas Eve at Gertrud and Fred's
Saturday, December 23, 2017
Margaret bought us all tickets for the second last day of the "The Christmas Carol" at the Globe Theatre. This is likely the most enjoyable of the Christmas plays I've seen them do. Well acted and well staged. My favorite moment was the turning point for Scrooge in his past as his lover tells him she is leaving and wishes him a merry Christmas. His present day self begs him to do something but he just says "bah" and turns away. His path is set for the decades to come. Chilling moment. The lights come up and it is time for a humorless break.
Friday, December 22, 2017
Turkey day! Not a holiday or anything, although we did pull William out of school for the afternoon so that he'd be able to help with family stuff, but I did choose this day as near-but-not-too-near the other holiday meals to choose to cook up a pre-feast. William declared "roast it and they will come" so we opened up invitations and had a fabulous evening with Richard and Gerda, talking until the wee hours about pot, cameras, politics, environment, and all kinds of other stuff. It's been years since I've connected with them at since an intimate level. I couldn't have asked for a better evening. Margaret's new haircut looked great and Gerda dug an exiting 50 foot roll or 35mm film out of the freezer for my next project.
Thursday, December 21, 2017
big improv night
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
testing the 35mm camera
I shot about a minute of 35mm black and white film to test the camera I bought. To reflect upon the nature of old technology, the act of viewing, and the insular nature of media archaeology, I had Geremy and Vishal standing near each other but not interacting as they both looked at the world through old devices, Geremy with a stereoscopic viewer and Vishal with the moviola. While setting up I shot some images with my phone and made them into this animated GIF. The actual film isn't developed yet.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
I tried to start baking this Tuesday. I made Nanimo Bars, which are not actually baked, but are awesome.
Monday, December 18, 2017
With only five days until winter break, William has homework due tomorrow in every one of his courses. He killed two hours on a math problem before I noticed and came to help. I couldn't help. Even upon looking the answer up, we couldn't make sense of the problem, figuring we didn't understand the formula required. However, the next problem worked with the formula, as did the one after that. Upon careful review, the problem must have a typo in it. This isn't helpful.
William drove to school on his own today. First solo.
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Friday, December 15, 2017
William passed his driving exam today and is now licensed to kill, I mean drive. He's worked very hard at this and we are very proud of him. He wasn't really sure if he had passed or not. The tester was nice and calm and didn't seem to find fault with little things. I think it is a matter of confidence that William now has. It is stressful to drive with someone who is not confident. He is good out there now.
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Christmas tree challenge
It was a challenge to find a tree this year. We went to four places and finally found a few (only 8 remaining when we arrived, only 4 remaining once we left with ours) trees over 6 feet tall. This is rather feeble compared to most of our previous trees. Probably won't hold even half of our lights and ornaments, but at least we got one.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Sylvia's opening and haircuts
I missed my haircut last December before the Filmpool open aperture talk and finally got around to rescheduling it. Feels good. Went to Sylvia Ziemann's opening at the AGR. Her drawings, of which we own one, look even more amazing once they are all put together in one room. Dreamy and intoxicating.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Monday, December 11, 2017
Sending out cards
We've been working on cards for a few days. I don't know how many we'll get out this year. Not as many as we did way long ago, but more than the past couple of years. Back in the 90s, Margaret and I used to do 2 or even 3 big mail outs to friends every year, usually 75-100 items. This would be Christmas cards in December but could be a post card set if we went on a trip or some other celebration card if not.
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Indian grocery on south Albert St
We went for lengthy drive today, hitting a few regular spots (such as the comic store where we ran into Ron and Karen doing some x-mas shopping) and irregular places, such as the Aroma Grocery, which I'd never been to before. We picked up some frozen naan and then some warm samosa's from the counter which were really great. We ate them in the rain outside of the store.
Saturday, December 9, 2017
William loves bow ties. He's had a few over the years, all either clip on or fakaroo in one way or another. He got a real one a while back but can't tie it. We were at the craft sale at the Centennial Mall today and I bought him another tie with the condition that they teach us how to tie it. The instructions, especially the last step, is horribly difficult to visualize and follow but after trying a bunch of times, and with both of us talking through it and watching simultaneous YouTube videos, we started to get it.
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