Flight Of The Nerdlies

Several months ago I posted a couple of previews for movies directed by Sebastian Montaz-Rosset. These included the documentaries I believe I can Fly: Flight of the Frenchies, and One Step Beyond. To say that I found both movies inspiring would be an understatement. To be honest, they both gave me a list of things that I want…

What A Difference 30 Days Can Make

It seems that we have found our way to the end of May already. Okay, okay, I realize that tomorrow is still a full-fledged member of the group of lucky days that identify themselves as May-days, but really May is all but over. Where does the time go? Over the past month I’ve been taking…

I’ve Got The Runs

If you’ve been following this blog you’ll already know that I am a runner of sorts. You’ll also know that I like to give myself rather crazy challenges. For example, I decided that this year I needed to enter and run in 12 different races. I also decided that I needed to run 2 marathons in a…

Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad

And just like that, I’m on the train heading back to Guelph. The weekend was a giant big ole bag of amazing. I love Ottawa and I’m definitely going to miss it (as I always do whenever I leave). I’m also going to miss hanging out with Mark, my friend and fellow marathoner1. Without him,…

Take Two Starts Now

Hey Ottawa, it’s on. That’s right folks, the Ottawa Marathon starts right now. For those of you who might want to follow my progress, you can do so via the super-duper extra-awesome live feed via RunKeeper. If you’re following along, I’ll be the small dot that sort of looks like me. And hopefully if you’re following…

Stupid Voices

In just a few hours marathon number two for the month of May will begin. This will be my third marathon overall, and the second of three that I’ve planned for the 2012 running season. You might be wondering how I’m feeling? I mean, by this point running 42.2km in one go is probably old…

Carbo-Loaded

Today I boarded the train and made my way to Ottawa1 – day one of my Ottawa Marathon weekend. The train ride was great2. I spent the bulk of it working – reviewing and commenting on a report, and prepping notes for a course that I’ll be helping to teach in June – the week…

Dear Guelph – We Need To Do This

Hey Guelph, it’s me – Dan. Got a minute? Good. This won’t take long, I promise. Let me begin by saying that you – dear Guelph – you are a large slice of awesome. I probably don’t say that enough, but it’s true. Of course, it’s not just me who thinks this way. Clearly the many…

Back On Track

Yesterday I was faced with the harsh reality that my travel-from-Guelph-to-Toronto-via-first-class-train adventure was almost derailed1 because of a potential Via Rail strike. The strike would have meant that the trains intended to get me to Ottawa from Guelph would not be in service and I would have to make alternate arrangements to get to and from…

A Potential Derailing

Today was one of those super fun work days despite also being a holy shit I almost forgot to get lunch because I’m running around doing so many things crazy kind of days1. Fortunately I didn’t forget my lunch. Unfortunately I had to stuff it down my gullet in 15 minutes2. Afterwards, I found myself in…

One Of Life’s Constants

While most of Canada is celebrating the Victoria Day long weekend – a weekend in which we gather with family and friends, light off fireworks, sit around campfires, eat, drink, and welcome back the summer after what is usually a long, dark, cold and snowy winter – the Gillis clan is also celebrating the birth of…

A New Goal

Yesterday while running something crossed my mind. Specifically, I thought wow, I’ve run a lot of half marathons this year. And then I wondered how many half marathons have I run? More specifically, how many runs have I completed that are longer than 21.1 kilometers? After that, of course, I wondered would I be able…

Life Is Good

As anyone in the Guelph area (and pretty much anywhere in Southern Ontario) will know, today was a fantastic first day to the Victoria Day long weekend. I don’t recall a single cloud in the sky, the temperature was summer-like, and I’m pretty sure that I managed to get a bit of colour on my…

Wanderlusting Monies

Yesterday I mentioned that I’ve been going through the process of renewing my mortgage. To some, this might be a daunting, boring, or loathsome task. For me, the mortgage renewal process is a time to get my nerd-on. For those not in the know, getting my nerd-on in this case implies spreadsheets. Lots of spreadsheets filled…

Service With A Smile

A few months ago I sat down and started reviewing my mortgage which is due soon. I researched mortgage rates, mortgage options, and vacations1. I checked out the major banks, sat down with my personal financial advisor (PFA), and also contacted Rob Campbell2. Rob deals in mortgages, and as such I needed to talk to him. After a little bit…