Adjusting To Our New Normal

It has been just over two weeks since I packed up my office and began working from home – an effort to physically distance myself from students, staff, and faculty to help flatten the curve of COVID-19. This is how I’m adjusting to our new normal.

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?

The Decade That Was

While the decade doesn’t really end until the final stroke of midnight on December 31st, 2020 (approximately 353ish days from now), I thought I’d take a minute to review the last 10 years because it’s apparently the thing to do. More specifically, I thought I would reflect on some of the things that have had…

The Year That Could Be

Earlier this week I rang in the new year with my brothers and cousin (who also happened to be in Ostrava for the World Juniors hockey tournament) and throngs of folks who lined Stodolní street to celebrate. Since January 1 was also the anniversary of the day that Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Republic and…

The Year That Was

It seems that while travel was still a major component of my life in 2019, I was shockingly domestic. That is, I seem to have spent a significant amount of my year (and money) dealing with home improvements. Who have I become?

A Return To Rigolet

After spending an entire day working from Jungle Jim’s in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Nic, Jason, Frazer, and I awoke way too early this morning to make our way to the airport to catch the flight that would deliver us to Rigolet.  This would be my first time back to the community since August of 2018….

Rigolet Bound

In less than 48 hours, I’ll be heading to the airport with Nic as we make our way back to Rigolet. That’s right, folks. I’m ditching our lovely Ontario winter weather to head north for a slightly chillier, and definitely snowier adventure.

The Year That Could Be

Now that 2018 has been filed away under things of the past, it’s time to look to the future and what it could be. More specifically, it’s time for me to write down the things I want to achieve before the clock ushers in yet another new year.

The Year That Was

Considering everything that has dominated the headlines around the world this year, one might best describe 2018 as a glorious dumpster fire fueled by the antics of an orange bloviating toddler and those who would emulate his example (or at least be emboldened by it). And yet, despite all of the awful things we’ve read…

A Year In Pictures

Around this time of year, I typically download my top nine photos from Instagram. While the top nine don’t necessarily align as my favourite photos of the year, they are those that were liked the most often by people who follow my Instagram feed.

Ottawa Bound

Tomorrow I’m off to Ottawa on my last (I think) work related trip of the year. Unlike almost all other trips this year, this one will be relatively close to home and thus will not require a flight. I know, I’m as shocked as you are.

Sabbatical Thoughts

Although my sabbatical is only three months old, I can confidently state that sabbaticals are awesome. As I’ve discussed in at least one of my previous posts, the time away from teaching and administrative tasks has been exactly the type of break that I’ve needed.

A Not So Ordinary Day

If you are following me on the Twitters or any of the other various social media that I frequent, you’ll probably already know that yesterday was a rather not so ordinary day. After flying to Vancouver Thursday night, Nic and I were up early Friday morning to head to Maple Ridge.

A Brief Visit Home

In just under a week I’ll be boarding yet another series of shiny metal lawn darts, as my next round of travel kicks off. While my plans have been modified because of a need to be in the Vancouver area in early November, I will nevertheless be bouncing all over the place – at least…

So Long Taipei?

Nic and I made our way to the airport on Tuesday to begin our long journey back home. After a week in Taipei at the g0v Summit, I can honestly say that I wish I had more time to explore the city and the country. I guess I’ll just have to make another trip back…