Happy Pi Day

Pi Day 2021 is finally here, and I’m sure you’re just as excited about it as I am, right?

Pandemic Coffee Cake

This week my friend, my academic soul mate, and my awkward cousin turned 40. As part of the celebration, and in lieu of actually getting together – thank you very much pandemic – we decided that cake was in order.

Lousy Smarch Weather

This week has felt like it has been approximately one billion years long, and at the same time I can’t seem to believe that today is Friday already. I could have sworn on Wednesday that it was the 39th of Smarch. How the hell does that work? Maybe it’s the weather?

A Year In Photos

As I’ve done for the past few years, I’ve had an online tool quickly determine the nine photos that I posted to the Instagrams that were the most liked. While the photos tell an interesting story, they really don’t capture much of what happened during the year.

The Real Books Of 2019

In the early days of 2019, I outlined the books that I wanted to read by the time the clock struck midnight on December 31st. More importantly, I outlined my goal to read twelve books, with four coming from a strategic list of books that I wanted to read, but always forgot about the minute…

And Then There Were Four

After four days in Vienna, we picked up a rental car, loaded in all of our stuff, and made our way from Vienna to Ostrava in the Czech Republic. The trip gave me a chance to see a new-to-me section of the country since my previous visits were limited to Prague and a day trip…

Amster-DAM!

Having spent three awesome nights in Bruges, Manon and I bought our train tickets and finally made our way to Amsterdam – not a bad way to celebrate my 44th birthday. Unfortunately, Amsterdam would be the final destination on this our third European adventure together.

“It’s Like A F*!@ing Fairy Tale”

My first trip to Bruges was several years ago with Gerarda, Alan, Aidan, and Amanda. We’d traveled there to celebrate Christmas, and to be honest it was one of the best Christmas adventures I’ve ever had. I knew then that Bruges would become a multi-vacation destination. It’s just too damn impressive to simply visit once. 

Surprise Paris Adventure

Prior to arriving in Ireland, Manon and I only had three things sorted. First, we knew that we would be flying into Dublin, second, we knew that we wanted to visit Bruges, and third, we knew that we’d be flying home from Amsterdam. All of the stuff that would happen between those three points in…

Cliff To Cliff

Saturday began with another fantastic Irish breakfast, courtesy of the owner of the Loisderrig House in Glenbeigh. It was also laundry day, and fortunately for us, there was an outdoor laundromat just down the street at the combination gas station and grocery store.

The Irish Are A Rather Friendly Lot

My second day in Dublin began at The Lovinspoon with a hearty bowl of porridge smothered in bananas, blueberries, and dried nuts and fruits, as well a fantastic americano. It was exactly the type of breakfast that I needed given the sleep-deprived wanderings of the previous day.

We Have Arrived

Despite the fact that our plane departed Toronto roughly four hours after I had thought it was going to – not because of any flight delays, but because I was just that excited about vacation – Manon and I have safely arrived in Dublin. Surprisingly, this is my first official visit to Ireland.

Fifth Time Is A Charm

In my ongoing adventure series with students, I jumped out of yet another perfectly good plane yesterday. Because nothing better describes the graduate research experience like skydiving, I guess?

The Five Year Plan

Time flies when you’re doing stuff. Apparently it was more than 7 years ago that I moved my mortgage from my previous lender (one of the Canadian big banks) to the trusted hands of my friend, Rob Campbell.