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by on Apr.05, 2014, under Personal

There has been so much that has happened lately that I don’t know really where to begin. So I’ll do what I can chronologically.

I got married back on October 26th. My friends had a blast, I had a lot of fun and I solidified the life long commitment that I’ve made to my wife and future family. I say future family because I will also become a father in just over half a year from now.

How do I feel about that? It’s exciting, nervous, reinvigorating, and scary all at once. All my friends are excited about the fact I’m going to be a dad. It’s a pretty awesome thing to have happen and I look forward to being able to raise a child.

Chrystal isn’t handling it so well though, I mean physically. She’s been sick the entire time so far and it’s not been fun for her. Nothing but nausea the past 2 months. Put a pretty big damper on our honeymoon, we thought that she was early enough that we should still have a lot of fun. We did do a few cool things, tours to go snorkeling, relax on a white sandy beach, and swim with dolphins. We went to Cuba, stayed at Allegro in Varadero. It wasn’t too bad on the over all, the beach was fantastic. Drinks flowed free, I’m pretty sure I put down two bottles of rum myself the entire week. The food was almost the same every day and by the end of it, I was pretty unimpressed with the food. Chrystal couldn’t even get to the buffet by the end of it. The smell would make her throw up 🙁 All it means is that we need a do over 🙂

With the news of a child on the way, the roommate has moved out for a few reasons. We need the space, he doesn’t want to live with a crying baby, and it’s nice to live as just Chrystal and I for a little bit before our lives change forever.

It’s also been a bad season for my sports. I’ve been afflicted with a lower back injury that took me out for 3 weeks and I’m currently on the tail end of an injured knee which I’ve been out for 3 weeks as well. I was good enough in the middle to get another dodgeball championship with the Ducks 😀 That said, we’ve won a few and the competition level isn’t there so we’re doing intermediate volleyball this season. A few of us have played, Vince and I play at a competitive level and Kyle played in high school so it should be interesting. If nothing it’s a change of what to do with the team.

Work has been good, my boss gave me a server to play with at home so I’m excited to do that. I can consolidate my two servers into one now using some of the same technology we use for our clients and just play with the newer stuff before we deploy to clients.

Current track:DJ RAM – Ramelia There’s a bit of story behind this track that makes it so moving. The DJ’s wife was in a war ravaged country, don’t remember where, and he was fighting hard to get her out of it, but due to passport issues, she was stuck. During the time apart, she died in the country, unable to get out.

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2 Huge laughs in the past 12 hours.

by on Sep.29, 2013, under Personal

So I figured I’d give “The Michael J. Fox Show” a try. Premise is that he is a famous news anchor in New York with Parkinson’s. In this particular episode the family is playing in a ball pit. Youngest son goes, “Wait guys, we lost dad.” Camera pans to an empty section of the ball pit that starts shaking and they move towards him. He gets up and goes, “How’d you find me?!” I laughed so hard. The show has promise.

I have always enjoyed his shows and I was very sad to hear that he got Parkinson’s years ago and the fact that he is back is wonderful.

Second funny factor. First watch this video:

Second, look at this image: The Fox

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The big 30

by on Mar.24, 2013, under Personal

My life has reached 30 years of existence today. Am I where I thought I’d be? Not exactly. Am I close? Not too far off.

I’ve mentioned it a few times in the past that I thought I would have been married by the time I was 25 and having kids by 27. I think that that could have been a possibility, but despite the fact that I’m not married yet, or having a kid yet, I’m not sad about it.

In the past 2 years I’ve made some incredibly amazing friends in the world of dodgeball. Playing on different teams every once in a while, but I always love my Duck Dodgers. That group of people will always hold a place in my heart as my first dodgeball team and most love. We’ve played together and grown together in the past 2, maybe 3 years. We’ve gotten better every step of the way, some more than others, but constantly growing. We’ve lost some people, but we’ve gained some too, but the most important thing is that we’ve always had fun as a team. We also play tournaments, sometimes as a team, sometimes as a draft option with a few other friendly teams we know. Essentially some people volunteer to be captains (I’m usually one of them), and then we just draw names from a hat. Gives you a bunch of different people to play with and better relationships with those people.

Still playing volleyball, will never stop. We recently won Battle of Alberta Intermediate Plus Volleyball tournament. The tier is one down from competitive which are full of ex-university players. People who would frankly destroy me and my team.  I do love my volleyball 🙂

We did get the venue mentioned previously, but I’ll talk about that later. My best friend’s wedding is in a little over a month away and I still have a toast to him and his wife to write. I know what I’m putting in it, but it’s a matter of making sure I put a full story together. I hope they don’t take the wrong message away when I give it 🙂

Well it’s time to head out for my birthday dinner and I’ll leave you with my best friend’s proposal video that he popped on her 3 years ago at one of his shows.

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by on Jan.09, 2013, under Personal

Yes, title was on purpose.

Oh wow, a post!

I’m not dead yet, although from the state of these posts you might think I am.

We might have a venue picked, looked at the first one this past weekend, and if buying a house was any indication, it’s probably the one we end up with.

Trip back to Saskatoon in March to go Tux shopping with my best friend, being best man and all I kind of have to be there.

Christmas was pretty good, got an Order of the Stick board game, can’t wait to try it out.

The biggest news that I started a new job. I now work as an IT Consultant for a small firm here in Calgary, we’re only about 20 people, but it’s a great group to work with and the clients are pretty friendly to work with. The job essentially means that I’m the IT department for multiple companies. I handle everything from building servers, to web site design/maintenance, to phone activation/troubleshooting and everything in between. It’s pretty much my dream job. I enjoy the job, I enjoy the challenges of setting stuff up and it’s just rewarding. When I drive around I sometimes see client vehicles and think, I manage your network and keep you guys running smoothly 🙂

I really can’t be any happier with my life right now. Well win the lottery, money not being an issue any more will be awesome.

Edit: Remembered that my tournament volleyball team won our first tournament. Literally down to the third game and as close as you can get. Monday night team ended the fall season in 2nd. Tuesday dodgeball ended up 2nd. Wednesday dodgeball ended up 4th. Not a bad season over all. Really happy with Monday volleyball though, that’s out of 30 teams, regular season record of 20-4.

Current Track: Zedd – Spectrum

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Same old same old

by on Jul.17, 2012, under Personal

Same old story, I suck at keeping constant updates going on. But it really boils down to me not scheduling time to do this on a regular basis. Or if I do, I forget about it with so much to do.

So what has happened since the beginning of May?

  • LAN party was a huge success. Awesome friends. Lots of gaming, generally all around good time.
  • My good friends Luke and Grace are now married, they’re such an awesome couple. Technology is so awesome. I was able to do their music for them for the whole night sitting from the dining area 🙂
  • Another bachelor party, this time for one of my best friends Lindsey. Paintballing and poker were in store for the night. Couldn’t get a hand to save my life, lost 40 bucks 😛
  • Yearly camping trip with Chrystal’s family, awesome people. Another little one on the way, this time to the childless uncle. That makes him the last one of Chrystal’s aunts/uncles on that side to be a dad/mom.
  • Been helping Lindsey build a deck this past week. It’s not bad, I’ll get a little progress album done soon.
Lindsey is getting married this weekend out on the way to Banff, destination wedding, sorta. It’s only an hour out of the city, but still it’s going to require an overnight stay there. Damn…. that sorta leaves me as the last one in my university friends circle to get married. Huh… good thing that’s next year.
Planning for that is going okay as well, we have the fall of 2013 picked, but not entirely sure when, or even where. I think picking a venue is the most difficult. Chrystal wants somewhere in nature, or naturesque and in Calgary that’s difficult, but outside it’s tricky for guests. Lots of time to plan, hopefully she and I can get it worked out nicely. If I have my way, it should be all done like a month before minus the minor things.
Well that’s it for now, I’ll put more up later.

Current Track (A little K-pop for you today): Tara – Roly Poly

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