Archive for December, 2009

roller derby

December 26, 2009

Painting is almost finished thanks to some generous roller wielding pals! Thank you Heather, Alex and Yakov! Only one clothing related casualty . . .


it’s prime time!

December 23, 2009

We can see the light at the end of this home renovation tunnel, and it is as white as primer. On Saturday, with pizzas and beers in hand, we lured our friends over to our “pint primer paint pizza party.” With their help, we were able to prime our whole house in just one day. With its walls whitewashed, it is finally starting to look like a house and less like a construction site. Thanks to Thuy, Cathy, BJ, Jenia, Alex, Linh, and Alan for your company and your helping hands.

origami holidays

December 17, 2009

Here’s the card that our firm is sending out this year.  I decided to go analogue this year and stray away from my usual digital fare.  The origami reindeer (instruction by Peter Engel) is probably one of the most complicated model I have ever completed, and it was also the first time I folded in years.   Probably not the best idea at the time.   The reindeer is made from an 18″ square mylar paper, and took me 3 hours to complete.  Anyone who has work with mylar can tell you that it is not one of the quieter paper when folded.  Hayley kicked me out of the bedroom because it was too noisy, then my mom kick me out of the living room and into the basement because she can hear me from her bedroom.  Anyways, it was fun, and it definitely help rekindle my love of origami.

it’s snowing…

December 12, 2009

inside our home! No, the roof is not leaking, sanding is in full swing at the house, everything is covered with festive dust!

deconstructive architects

December 11, 2009

Over the weekend, we finally did what we wanted to do ever since we got the house – we knocked down the mudroom in the back. We had some room left in the waste bin and the first snow storm was just around the corner so we knew it was now or never. With BJ’s help, we took turn and tool it down in no time. As it turns out, destroying something is a lot more fun than constructing something. We think Hayley just found a new calling in life. She sure knows how to handle a crowbar. A side note, we finished mudding and started sanding the upstairs bedroom. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

flexible radio – the new school of old school

December 2, 2009

We have no internet or TV at our new home, forcing us to become radio junkies.  We are both actually very addicted to CBC radio, and try to listen to it every chance we get.  That was the only thing to look forward to while we were commuting to work from Mississauga.  A nice small radio is hard to find, that’s why I am smitten with the Flexio Solar FM Radio by EOL/ITRI & Scenario Lab.  The only downsize with these is that they are preset to one station, but that’s fine with me.  All I need is one for CBC radio 1, and another for Q107 and I am set.

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