Friday, August 31, 2007

What happened on Wednesday August 31st?


The following is pulled from "Marketnews Weekly Newsletter - Issue #353"

It's no secret that sales of CDs have been declining as the popularity in downloading digital tracks continues to explode. In an effort to make CD purchases more attractive, and in celebration of the 25th anniversary of this successor format to the cassette tape, HMV has decided to drop CD prices by as much as 33%, or $10 per disc! It's a bold move on the retailer's part, but it could very well trigger other retailers to follow suit, and help to reinvigorate the category.

Check out this week's blog entries, which include further commentary on HMV's decision to offer lower-priced CDs.

As I was out shopping last night for pants for the cruise, I slipped into HMV. (I was hoping that I would find the new Bedouin Soundclash CD "Street Gospels" for $10 .. it was still $14.99. What they seemed to be doing in bundling the price, if you buy two CD's you would get them both for $20, as opposed to $14.99 each. Unfortunately Street Gospels wasn't bundled. I will wait impatiently.

I am gone for a week, we have to be at the airport by 4:30 and we have a 10hr flight to Rome. Sorry, but I am going change how I handle comments, but I will be back in a week to check out how everyone is. So, have a great first week back to school and I will post pictures when I get back.

Give a listen to the mucic posted in the previous post, and go out and buy some music.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

What happened on Wednesday August 29th?


It doesn't happen very often, but I think I just fell into some very good luck. If you remember, Wife and I were trying to figure out where we could go for our 20Th wedding anniversary. Well, the moons aligned, the stars are in the house of Aquarius, and I sat on a horseshoe.

A cruise that we were looking at a few months ago, but decided against because it would be to expensive (around $6000 for the two of us), has come through. We are going to go on a Western Mediterranean cruise for just over $3000 (taxes included).

Here's where we are going.

Saturday Rome, Italy 12:00 PM Overnight
Sunday Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy 8:00 PM
Monday Genoa, Italy 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
Tuesday Monte Carlo, Monaco 7:00 AM 2:00 PM
Wednesday Valencia, Spain 2:00 PM 10:00 PM
Thursday At Sea
Friday La Valetta, Malta 8:00 AM 1:00 PM
Saturday Tunis, Tunisia 8:00 AM 1:00 PM
Sunday Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy 8:00 AM Fly home

Oh I forgot to mention, we have a day and night in Rome with a tour included and an upgrade to a outside cabin from in interior cabin. I got a call yesterday from the travel agent asking if we were still interested as she had a great deal for me. We jumped on it. All this because we have to be on a plane a 7:40 pm August 31 2007. Yes indeed, in two days Wife and I fly out for a week of sun and touring.

This type of thing doesn't normally happen for me, so I'm waiting for the catch. So far none.

I'll post pictures when we get back. Oh by the way, I am the one who found the cruise... so I scored some real brownie points with Wife.

Download MP3 "One Week" Barenaked Ladies - Cause I'm gone for one week!
Download MP3 "Maybe Baby" Buddy Holly - Cause, maybe we just might get some time .. nudge nudge wink wink.
Download MP3 "Tishialuk Girls" (live) Great Big Sea - Cause I'm going on a great big sea.

Enjoy the downloads, they will be available for a short time. If someone wants them taken down, just leave a note. Go out and buy some CD's

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

What happened on Wednesday August 22nd?


20 years ago today I got married. I'm good with that.
Going out to dinner tonight.
No decision on where or when we are going on our trip yet, Wife has a spread sheet of about 100 places that we have to review. She is very good at research.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

What happened on Tuesday August 21st?

The last bottle.(Spidey - he climbs very well)
Kitten bottle fed

As I said in a earlier post, Eldest found 3-4 week old kittens. In these photos they were about 6 weeks old. (Now they are almost 8 weeks old) So we had to bottle feed them. This is a photo of wife giving Spidey the last bottle, they are now weened and growing. They were litter trained within a day. Wish babies had been this easy.

Shoe fetish.
Kitten and Sandle

For some reason Rascal (he is just trouble personified) has a shoe fetish. He loves to climb inside shoes and sandals. Can't figure this one out.

Kitten in sandle

A cute story about Rascal. One day at the cottage (my mind was else where) I opened the sliding screen door. Rascal had climbe the screen, he somehow was pulled between the screen and glass and traped there. No sound, no crys, no damage. I had to take the sliding glass doors apart to get him out. They are now ready to go to a good home, we just have to find someone to take them.

You're Canada!

People make fun of you a lot, but they're stupid because you've
got a much better life than they do.  In fact, they're probably just jealous.
 You believe in crazy things like human rights and health care and not
dying in the streets, and you end up securing these rights for yourself and
others.  If it weren't for your weird affection for ice hockey, you'd be
the perfect person.

Take the Country Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid

Have to share this, found the link at Ghost of a Flea. Scotlands response to the the All Blacks "Haka"

The World Cup of Rugby starts in a few weeks. Canada is going to be there, We are in pool B with Australia, Wales, Fiji and Japan, the best of luck to the team. They have to face Wales on Sept 9th.

Friday, August 17, 2007

What happened on Friday August 17th?

Pink Cone Flower

Nothing to post.

Got back from holidays on Sunday night. Did not want to get out of bed. Did not want to come to work on Monday. I want to go back on vacation.

We stayed at the cottage for the week. Watched for bears, I played water taxi (at least this year I only had to do it 4 times, instead of just about everyday last year), sat on the porch or dock and read (finished the Joe Strummer biography, really good read. Got the new Harry Potter done in two days, good read, nice conclusion to the story .. but how in the heck did Neville get the sword .. I thought the goblins had it?).

Next week is our 20th wedding anniversay, Wife and I want to go away for a week, but we can't decide. We almost booked a Western Med Cruise, but once you work out the price it was almost $7K (to rich for our blood). We thought about London for a week .. I even found a hotel/flight combo for just under $800, but Wife's London office told her that the weather sucks. Not sure what it's going to be but it will be last minute as always.

Eldest did okay in summer school, but has had a falling out with the guys on the street .. so he has not been out of the house since monday. At least he is taking care of the kittens. I need to post some pictures of them.

Middle just doesn't want to do anything, oh sorry, she is 13.. she wants to go to Yorkdale with a girl friends. On her own. Yorkdale is the size of a small city. My little girl shopping by herself. Over protective father time. Unfortunately, wife vetoed me. Thank god Middles friends couldn't go. Now I just have to wait for the next time that she asks.

Youngest is youngest. Wants to do everything and nothing. One minute she can take care of herself, the next she is a little girl that can't do anything with out the help of her daddy or mommy.

Talk to you later

Thursday, August 02, 2007

What happened on Wednesday August 2nd?

Eldest has found a couple of abandoned kittens in our neighbours backyard. We watched them for most of a day before we took them in. They couldn't be more then three weeks old at the time. They couldn't even walk. So eldest has been bottle feeding them. As you can see they are really growing.


Middle Daughters photo of the kittens

I am off for another week, this time for a real holiday I hope. Off to the cottage where I get to see sunsets like this. (Middle took this shot with the digital camera her God-Mother gave her for her birthday)

Middle daughters photo of the sunset at the cottage

So I say fair well for a week of well deserved rest. (or at least I think so)

Middle daughters photo of me leaving them at the cottage