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Been Having Fun

May 4, 2008

It’s been a good month. As most of you probably suspect, I am pleased with Kelly’s decision to put off moving out. I know it may be a temporary thing, until her work situation settles down, but it’s awful nice to have her close, and I am tickled pink that I get to be blessed in this way for while longer.

April brought with it several milestones. I turned 40 on the 14th.  The 20th was the first anniversary of meeting Kelly in person.  And on the 27th I reached the 10 year mark at my current place of employment. At our next town hall I get a shadow box and $1000 to mark the occasion. The intent is that you spend the money on something fun, take a picture of yourself doing it, and then put the picture in the shadow box next to the big “10” on your desk.

I also acquired several fun toys. I got a new camera on my birthday, a few days later I purchased a Nintendo Wii, and then last weekend I bought myself an acoustic guitar.

So I suppose that explains where I’ve been this last little while. With so many new things to do, my free time has been soaked up enjoying all these new hobbies.

I have to say the guitar is where most of my time is spent. I am REALLY enjoying it. I’ve only had it a week, and I still suck, but I don’t care. That’s the beauty of it. I am doing this just for me. Good or bad doesn’t matter. I hit some strings and every now and then something that resembles music comes out. I had no idea how relaxing this would be. All I remember was being frustrated when I was kid, taking leasons and learning songs I didn’t know.

It’s surprising though how much I did actually remember from when I took lessons as a kid. The finger positions came back quickly; the ability to switch from one chord to the next came back fast. And with a little research and few you tube lessons, I am already playing parts of Pink Floyd and Eagles songs, and I’m going to try some Bob Seger next.

The camera has also been a source of endless fun. Two weeks ago, while Kelly spent some time at the office on a Saturday, I took the camera to Ojibway Park to see what I might be able to capture. Within minutes I spotted a man taking pictures of leaves. I looked and finally asked him what he was looking at. This is what I eventually saw.

 

Then I figured, hey, might as well try the zoom feature.

 

I little while later I spotted some deer. They were way off in the distance and I could barely make them out, but their white tails gave them away. I knew there was a trail that circled back that way, so I went all they away around (a 15 minute trek) and then spotted them again. There were five of them. Look hard you can see three in this picture:

 

I sat still long enough for them to get curious about me. One in particular seemed to want her picture taken.

 

Then today Kelly and I went back to Ojibway as it is now migration time. We saw too many birds for me to remember, but I only managed to get a few pictures, as warblers don’t tend to sit still very much. The nature center has some feeders out, so I got this Gold Finch as well as a white throated sparrow and a White crowned sparrow in the foreground.

 

Bailey is not quite as enthusiastic about the new camera as me.

Enough Already!

 

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 5, 2008 4:22 pm

    Do you see the forked tongue on the snake made by the leaves?
    Too cool.
    Love the deer, great shot/and the cat, adorable.
    Nice birds too.

    Congrats on your 10 years. Great Perk, $1000, how much for 20 years?

    Glad for you about More Kelly In House time too.

    😉

    See you soon.

  2. May 5, 2008 6:41 pm

    Good for you for having fun, Sylvain!

    You know I just read the book “Escape” by Carolyn Jessup. She belonged to a repressive fundamentalist cult, and one of the things they did was not just ban fun in general, but they banned the use of the word “fun”! I think that fun is underrated in general.

    Most of us bloggers work pretty hard and need to have more fun.

    Just my observation.

    Congratulations on all of the good things that have come your way…Peace and blessings, O

  3. May 9, 2008 5:11 am

    Good that you are having fun!
    My b’day is approaching; hopefully, somebody will gift me sth coveted this year.
    (But I not much of a lucky guy-getting-gifts!)

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