The Great Escape?

After a week of feeling like a giant bag of smashed hammers, I’m happy to say that I feel almost human again. I still have a stupidly annoying cough and the subsequent muscle aches that come from coughing fits, but even those are fortunately fading into a distant memory. Now the next challenge is to…

A Perfect Storm

When I stepped out of the plane last Wednesday, I took a moment to enjoy the fact that I was back in Rigolet. The air, crisp and cold, felt good on my skin.

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 Books

One of the things that I wanted to accomplish this year was to read more for fun. In the past, a slow year would have seen me consuming a novel a week. I devoured books. And then I suddenly didn’t.

Christmasing

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! And as such, it’s time for me to pack up and head off to an undisclosed destination for a few days of rest and relaxation. There will be food. There will be scotch. And there will be napping.

That Time My Kitchen Exploded

Some of you may recall that just over six years ago – the day before my 37th birthday – I came home to a flooded condo. To say that it was a mess would be an understatement, what with the waterfall I found pouring over my stairs and into my kitchen when I first opened…

December, Huh?

I don’t know why, but I still can’t seem to wrap my head around the idea that it’s December. I swear it was only September a few days ago. Alas, here we are with Santa set to make his annual appearance in a little less than three weeks.

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.

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…

Our Day In Jiufen

Since the 2018 g0V Summit ended on Sunday afternoon, Nic and I decided to spend Monday exploring the town of Jiufen. Located in the mountains next to the sea and east of Taipei, Jiufen is famous for the marketplace that lines the narrow streets of the town and was apparently the inspiration behind the movie,…

This Is How We Die

Dr. Beth (and any other arachnophobes out there) – do not, I repeat, do not read this post. Or do, but be prepared to never ever sleep again. Or at least, to never ever visit Taiwan – even though it has already turned out to be an incredibly amazing place to visit.

Down By The Bay

Yesterday was an absolutely stunning day. The temperature was a civilized 20 Celsius, there was a gentle breeze, and the blue sky was accented with just the right amount of clouds to provide temporary relief from the sun.

That’s A Wrap

And just like that, the software design course that I’ve been teaching at Dalian Nationalities University (DNU) has come to an end. This means that I will soon be heading to the airport to board the first in a series of shiny metal lawn darts that will eventually bring me back to Guelph.

That Time I Made Dumplings

Today was a rather beautiful day in Dalian. The smog that had been blanketing the city earlier this week had disappeared, leaving behind an almost perfectly clear sky and temperatures meant for sauntering around without fear of melting.