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We are all chaotic beings finely balanced on the edge between civilization and savagery…

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Five days of park-hopping pleasures glittered with memories & punctuated by lightsabers, snowmen and roller-coasters.

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I had been pick-pocketed earlier in the day while out-and-about on my lunch break…

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Karin discovered that there just happens to be a bookstore that deals exclusively in French books hiding over near the Campus Saint-Jean near Bonnie Doon. We took the detour there on Saturday afternoon and she spent a good hour poking through the selection of children’s books and picking out a small arm-load to take home with us. We’ve found that the actual French immersion classwork has been good, but the resource library at Claire’s school is a little bit lacking. She comes home with books that may seem fun, but are chock full of complex grammar or made-up vocabulary that we don’t understand, and goes right over her head. The trick is to find something both that we can read and that is geared at clear language — not clever stories or marketing toys. I also nabbed a collection of (translated) Roald Dahl to try reading aloud; Amazingly enough, I actually think I may be able to.

# One guess who was up at quarter after five this morning ...and it wasn't the guy running the half marathon in a couple hours.
22 Feb 02015 at twenty to seven am
# I know it's called the HYPO Half Marathon, but seeing -15C as a temperature right now is a little disheartening.
22 Feb 02015 at twenty to seven am

I did a big switch-over last night and I’m going to try running my comments off of Disqus for a while. It’s not that I think WordPress isn’t up to the task, but I do think the advantage of a single-sign-on for YOUR personal information, and YOU not being required to give ME your email address in order to comment on the drivel I write here may have a long term, net positive impact. Not that its a huge deal with the literally tens of comments I get here every year, but just so you know… and just so when I dig back through my archives to try remembering when I switched, now I can. Ready… mark!

Did I mention I was going to try and run a half marathon for every calendar month of 2015? No? Oh, I thought I had. I’ve told a few of you, probably in person, while huffing-and-puffing out on a training run of this grand plan. Having completed a rare (for a Canadian) January half marathon in California, and seeing as I was already registered in this Hypothermic Half race (just two days away!) I dropped my metaphorical gauntlet on my own big toe and started pondering the real possibility of twelve half races in 2015. The second, as I mentioned, goes on Sunday morning. The weather is looking to cooperate at a balmy (for February) minus ten Celsius. And the hydrating has already begun…

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