“Friends, Romans, countrymen . . .
I was about six years old when I went on my first official trip. I was going with my father and my grandpa Sinclair up to the North Pole.
It was a very glamorous destination. But the best thing about it is that I was going to be spending lots of time with my dad because in Ottawa he just worked so hard.
One day, we were in Alert, Canada’s northernmost point, a scientific military installation that seemed to consist entirely of low shed-like buildings and warehouses.
Let’s be honest. I was six. There were no brothers around to play with and I was getting a little bored because dad still somehow had a lot of work to do.
I remember a frozen, windswept Arctic afternoon when I was bundled up into a Jeep and hustled out on a special top-secret mission. I figured I was finally going to be let in on the reason of this high-security Arctic base.
I was exactly right.
We drove slowly through and past the buildings, all of them very grey and windy. We rounded a corner and came upon a red one. We stopped. I got out of the Jeep and started to crunch across towards the front door. I was told, no, to the window.
So I clambered over the snowbank, was boosted up to the window, rubbed my sleeve against the frosty glass to see inside and as my eyes adjusted to the gloom, I saw a figure, hunched over one of many worktables that seemed very cluttered. He was wearing a red suit with that furry white trim.
And that’s when I understood just how powerful and wonderful my father was.”
So Podcast is the word of the year according to the New Oxford American Dictionary. To find a bagillion and one podcasts (useful, entertaining and not so much of both) go check out iTunes. Runners up for the word honour were Transfat and Bird-flu. It really tells you a lot about this past year. I can’t believe I’m ‘looking back’ already… it’s Christmas time! I have a lot of shopping to do….
It would have been nice to see her have a sister, since I’m so close to mine. Although I won’t get into the whole Barbie debacle…or the hair fight incidents…or other tales such as those… but I will say one thing I forgot to mention over the weekend– HAPPY BIRTHDAY JENNY! from your much younger sister 😉
This will be the FIRST year ever that i won’t have a live tree – they’re not allowed in the building. Every year when I was growing up we’d get a live tree. Sometimes one with roots and all. we’d plant it in the yard when the season was over and dig it up and bring it in each year after that until it was too big – then we’d just leave it in the yard. if we got a cut tree, we had to get a ‘natural’ tree. one that wasn’t groomed or clipped to look like a typical christmas tree shape. i have to say, even though they were sometimes very bare, non-symetrical and scrawny… i couldn’t imaging having anything less beautiful.
i’m waiting for a fax…i have a few mins to write an entry although work is incredibly busy this morning. this weekend was fun. went to Banana Leaf for dinner on friday night with Lolo – man that was tasty. there’s SO much good food in this city. Saturday we went home for dinner and spend most of sunday with my mom.
While ‘back home’ this weekend, found out that Doug McCallum (former mayor of Surrey) wanted to run for Federal office — for the Tories! Oh my… he was pretty okay for putting Surrey on the map, bringing in more business etc… but when it comes down to it, would you rather have a decent education for your child and a bed in a hospital if need be — or an 80 storey monstrosity at King George Station? — This just in! He’s out of the race for not submitting his papers on time, read more here.