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The Crazy Fall Lineup

confusionSo while summer isn’t “officially” over until Monday, September 22, 2014 at 10:29 PM EDT, the fall routine is now in full swing. All the kids are back to school, church events are rolling, and everyone is back at work. And confusion and chaos ensues <grin>.

Now that we’ve moved north of Toronto our daily ritual is figuring out who needs to be where and when and who their going to carpool with to minimize the number of cars that leave the driveway. With four cars and five people this could be easy — if money was no object — but the rising price of gas forces us to do our best to minimize movement.

However, we have three kids, in three different schools, me at work in the city most days, and my wife who has commitments in town at the Pregnancy Care Centre and visiting her Mom, so it makes for interesting schedules and planning.

For instance this is how our schedule has looked (or will likely look) this week:


  • M, N, T & B leave at 6:30am
    • B gets dropped off at the bus stop in Newmarket (and this didn’t even work, as the bus got B to school 15 minutes late!!!)
    • T gets dropped off at school in North York
    • M gets dropped off at work in Scarborough
    • N takes car and visits Mom and goes to PCC
  • D takes leaves home at 8:00am
    • D parks at Don Mills and takes subway to school downtown
  • N picks up M at 4:30pm and drives home
  • D picks up T at 7:00pm and drives home
  • M picks up B at 10:15pm from bus stop in Newmarket


  • B leaves for work at 6:30am in Newmarket
  • M & T leave at 7:00am
    • T gets dropped off at school in North York
  • D leaves for school at 10:00am (parks at Don Mills and takes subway to school)
  • N stays at home and works
  • B returns at 2:00pm
  • D returns at 6:00pm
  • M picks up T at 5:00pm and travels home


  • B leaves for school at 6:00am and drives to Newmarket where she catches the YRT bus to York
  • M & T leave at 7:00am
    • T gets dropped off at school in North York
  • N & D leave at 9:00am
    • D gets dropped off at Don Mills subway and goes to school
    • N runs errands, visits Mom, and has a meeting in the evening in Scarborough
  • B returns from school at 3:00pm
  • M picks up T at school at 4:30pm
  • M & T pick up D at friends at 5:00pm and drive back
  • N returns from meeting at 10:00pm

And that’s just so far this week!!!

I think when this is all figured out, and I’ve retired, I’m going to write a book. Of course by then I may have gone totally crazy and it will make no sense, but then neither does my life now, so all is good :)

Now, where am I supposed to be?


Is the Ice Bucket Challenge All Wet?

art.hawkingSo unless you’ve been living under a rock these last couple weeks (or just don’t have access to the Internet, in which case you’re probably not reading this anyway) you’ve probably seen all these crazy people dousing themselves in ice cold water.  Now I know it’s summer and all, but I also know that it hasn’t been that hot, so what are these people up to?  Well, they are trying to raise awareness (and money) for ALS research (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).


ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) is

a rapidly progressive, invariably fatal neurological disease that attacks the nerve cells (neurons) responsible for controlling voluntary muscles (muscle action we are able to control, such as those in the arms, legs, and face). The disease belongs to a group of disorders known as motor neuron diseases, which are characterized by the gradual degeneration and death of motor neurons.  (Link)

It’s a horrible disease.  One that most people know nothing about (including me).

ice-bucket-challengeBUT… someone came up with the idea of challenging people to either cough up $100 for ALS research or dump a bucket of icy cold water over their head (or both) and then challenge three other people to do the same.

Sounds like a stupid idea, and it is.  BUT, it’s working!!  According to an article I read this morning (Aug 20th)….

The Ice Bucket Challenge saw people donate $7.3 overnight and total donations has reached a total of $22.9 million, 12 times the amount raised last year according to the ALS Association! Steven Spielberg, Justin Bieber and Bill Gates are among many celebrities pouring buckets of ice water over their heads and donating to fight Lou Gehrig’s disease, in a fundraising effort that has gone viral. Since June, several thousand people worldwide have recorded themselves getting drenched, then posted the stunt online and challenged others to do the same, or pledge USD 100 to ALS research. Many have done both, in an effort that has raised millions of dollars for the ALS Association, which combats amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. (Link)

Of course people could give without making fools of themselves.  Of course people could give without showing off.  Of course people could give without name dropping people they challenge.  But usually they don’t (at least not in this great a response).  In this case they do, and so this stupid stunt is a fantastic idea.

Wish I’d thought of it for Compassion Sponsorship :)


Summer? What Summer? I Missed It!

Well, it’s been over 2 months since I last posted an entry here. I need to do this more often, but I can’t believe how fast this summer has nearly gone by!! So much has happened, but in a lot of ways, so much has happened that it really doesn’t even feel like summer has . . . → Read More: Summer? What Summer? I Missed It!

Settling In – A Slow Process

Well, it’s been just over a week since the movers left. Probably 70% of the boxes are unpacked now. Stuff is still scattered around the house, but it’s starting to be quite livable for sure. While there is lots of stuff to do, and lots of things to learn where they are, and how they . . . → Read More: Settling In – A Slow Process

A Brief Update

I apologize for not having updated things sooner, but as you can imagine, it’s been VERY crazy around here lately.

Since the last post, we had an offer on our house all through (due to financing) and another one finally go through to final. We’ve had a garage sale to get rid of stuff and . . . → Read More: A Brief Update