Archive for January, 2006


Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

Although he’s been insisting for a few weeks that he’s already three years old, it’s Toby’s third birthday tomorrow (Jan 25). He’s really excited about it, and we’ve been tracking the days as we count down – our friend Arwen got him a 3D dinosaur calendar for Christmas so it’s been quite handy for crossing off the days till the 25th.

Emma’s mum is arriving from Bermuda tonight and will be staying for a couple of weeks – it’s great that she’ll be able to celebrate with us. And on Saturday afternoon we’re having a few of Toby’s friends over for a wee party. Our first one where we’ll have actual party games and things.

It’s kind of odd that he’s a real little boy now, able to express many of his ideas (even if some of them are rather random) and ask questions about the world. Our relationship has definitely changed a lot in the last year – there’s certainly a bit more in the way of discipline, although not too much because he’s generally very well behaved; and a lot more conversations about, for lack of a better word, stuff. It’s lots of fun.

It’s interesting to see how much he’s grown physically and how his shape has changed (not to mention that he has a full head of hair now). He loves to look at old photos of himself on his website and see himself with various friends and family members. I hope he’s still such a happy guy over the next three years.


Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

I’ve always thought that Matt Damon was/is pretty cool for a movie star, and now it seems that I am him (without the dashing looks, influence, toning and money):

According to the Which Movie Star Are You Like? quiz, you’re:

Matt Damon

Your hard work has paid off! You’re known as a talented, dedicated, nice guy, who wisely learned from his best pal’s failure to keep his lip zipped about affairs of the heart. Also, unlike that unnamed pal, you don’t seem to have let success go to your head.

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Sunday, January 22nd, 2006

Bit of a long day today. I had to sing at both the 9am and 11am services at the Cathedral, which was quite enjoyable but meant an early start. The 11am went really well, at least from a singing point of view. We did De Profundis by Dupre, which is quite dramatic and has lots of high notes in the tenor line. Due to the fact that my voice has finally, after almost 20 years, settled down after breaking, I was able to hammer out the high As with plenty of confidence, and a couple of the other choir members remarked on how good and easy it sounded. I think it’s about the best I’ve ever sung, which feels good. Before I forget, at the 9am we sang a hymn which featured a line relating to the fisherman being called by Jesus. The line was something like “Here are my fishnets, I am ready for working” which sounds a lot shadier than I think it was supposed to.

Lots of Toby time this afternoon – we watched The Little Mermaid together. It was his first time seeing it and I think he really enjoyed it. He was less scared of the scary bits than I expected. As usual the biggest laughs came from someone being bopped on the head with something.

This evening I’ve been playing Zoo Tycoon for the first time. It’s a lot of fun, and quite easy because I was playing on unlimited money mode. I think I wouldn’t enjoy it so much otherwise. Of course it’s one of those “where did the time go?” games, and now all of a sudden it’s 11:30, so definitely time to turn in.


Thursday, January 19th, 2006

Monday was Martin Luther King Day, so Toby’s class have been learning about the great man. Here’s the conversation I had with him on the subject:

Me: Toby, did you learn about someone special at school today?
Toby: Yes
Me: Who was it, do you remember?
Toby: I don’t know
Me: Was it Martin Luther King?
Toby: No, it was Martin Luther King Junior
Me: That’s right. He was a special man. Do you remember what was special about him?
Toby: He was black
Me: Um, yes he was. And he said some very wise things, didn’t he?
Toby: Yes, he had a big party and it was green
Me: And he said everyone should be friends
Toby: Yes, everyone should go to school together with good sharing

So I think he got to the point in the end. In their classroom they made footprints (to follow in the footsteps of Martin Luther King Junior) on which the teachers had written what the kids said they would do to make the world a better place. Toby’s unprompted suggestion was “I would share my trains”.

my amazon reviews

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006

Just doing a bit of googling around and found the reviews I have written on Nice to get a good high useful rating for a number of them. I knew I was useful for something.

Another nice amazon bonus today – I was ordering something for Toby’s birthday and found firstly an outstanding price for printer ink – buying the multipack of ink cartridges is less than half the price of buying them separately – and also they offered me a three month free trial membership of amazon prime, so I get two day shipping for free.

google earth for mac

Friday, January 13th, 2006

More mac goodness – Google have just released Google Earth for Mac. Totally fantastic (I’ll resist saying mactastic).

windows media on mac

Friday, January 13th, 2006

One thing I’ve had slight annoyance with has been trying to play Windows Media format files on Emma’s iBook. I downloaded Windows Media Player 9 for Mac a few days ago, but it didn’t seem to “fit in” to the whole thing the way that QuickTime does. So by coincidence I just saw on MacOSXHints the Flip4Mac plugin for QuickTime, which allows you to play wmv files within QuickTime. It’s a free download and seems to work very well indeed – nice quality playback too.

On another note, this is one of the funniest things I’ve seen in some time.

new toby photos

Thursday, January 12th, 2006

It’s that time again – finally I had the time to get some Toby pics posted.

Here are the photos from October and November 2005, including some pictures from when we were at my cousin Phil’s wedding in Calgary, Alberta.

Here are the photos from our trip back to the UK in December 2005. Unfortunately there’s only one from while we were in London because there was something wrong with the camera. I’m hoping other people who were there will send me some of their shots so that I can post them too.

Hope you like the photos!