Well kids, another year is in the books and another Christmas season is around the corner. I should probably write something profound, but I’ll save that for another time. This year Christmas came a couple of days early to my little family. After two years of living apart, my wife and I have completed our massive move to Calgary (well sort of) and with that we’re having an extra special and rewarding Christmas together. And while I could continue on with a mushy and rambling post about the past year, I’d rather spend that time hanging out with the family and enjoying some Christmas merriment.
So to continue on with the tradition from past years, we have the greatest Irish festive carol by the legendary Pogues to kick off the Christmas season.
I also want to wish you and your family a very, very Happy Christmas and all the best in 2016. May your Quality street chocolates be as tasty as ever.
Sometimes life imitates art.
Well it’s that time of year again everyone. It’s time to shut down the computers, time to start loosening the belts for the upcoming feasts, time to get the alcohol ready for the yearly political arguments with friends and in-laws and of course it’s time to get those elbow pads greased up for Boxing Day choas. Yes, it’s finally Christmas!
So with 2014 nearing it’s timely end, it’s time for me to catch-up on the year with a fury of last minute blog posts and to hang out with my lovely family. So to continue on with the tradition from year’s past, we have the greatest Irish festive carol by the legendary Pogues to kick off the Christmas season.
I also want to wish you and your family a very, very Happy Christmas and all the best in 2015. May your Quality street chocolates be as tasty as ever.
With Black Friday behind us and Cyber Monday almost over, the next big day on the preverbal festive season calendar is Giving Tuesday. For those unfamiliar with the concept, Giving Tuesday is essentially the anti-thesis or the counter to the consumerism that is Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The idea is to encourage people from across North America to take some time and support their favourite charity or charities with a donation of any amount.
Over the past year, I’ve had the wonderful pleasure of working with two great start-ups within the Calgary Not-For-Profit Tech start-up sector. Both Place2Give and Bgenerus are crafting new and innovative ways to connect Not-For-Profits and charities with donors and both organizations are taking an active roll in promoting the Giving Tuesday concept within Western Canada. In particular, Place2Give is running one of it’s custom Motif Giving Campaigns to encourage Calgarians and Canadians to support one of 20 great charities.
Because of my work with Place2Give, I was able to select a charity near and dear to my heart to add to their list of charities. The organization I selected was The Golden Age Club of Calgary.
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Some of you may not know, but over the past few years, I have been abruptly faced with the harsh realization that my wonderful parents are aging. I know for many of my friends and associates this is probably something that isn’t on their radar and possibly something that they believe will only happen in 10-20 years. But because of the vast age discrepancies between my old geezer of a father and myself, I have been enduring a crash course in the many challenges facing seniors in our society. Luckily for us living in North America, and in particular Calgary, there are some amazing organizations working to improve the daily lives of seniors. In particular, there are two organizations that have been near and dear to my heart over the past couple of years. They are of course the Kerby Centre and The Golden Age Club of Calgary .
So today on Giving Tuesday, please consider joining me in making a donation to The Golden Age Club (or one of the hundreds of other charities across Canada). All you need to do is click on the button below.
So today is TRH Mulroney’s official first birthday.
Yes, if you’ve been following me on Twitter, Facebook, Vine or any other social media outlets, it probably feels as though Mulroney has been apart of our lives for over 12 years. But truth be told it’s only been 10 months (for us) and a full year of life for the wee-man.
And while before Mulroney arrived on the scene, I only sort of understood the allure and obsession that Dog owners have for their pets. But after a year with Mulroney, I get it.
There really is something special about owning a puppy.
Sure neither Caitlin or myself have had a proper sleep for the past ten and the famous poop blitzkrieg of July 2013 was something I will never forget, but all that short term pain negates the long term awesomeness of TRH Mulroney.
And while my lovely wife, who has the enormous job of looking after the little guy pretty much on her own nowadays, can probably explain how he test our patience each and every day, it’s really the little moments that make him amazing.
So to The Right Honourable Mulroney…
Thank you for an amazing year …
… and for all the chaos and joy you’ve brought to us….
… even if you do look like a deranged Chewbacca at the moment.