It's back to work tomorrow, so I'm taking one last day to really enjoy myself. I have to say it's been pretty weird having been off work for three months during the school year. I'm saving most of it for a "rehab post", but suffice to say it's been pretty starnge

Reading Sunday Gravy this morning, I was struck at how many people from the site have already been partially vaccinated. Given that over 61 million Americans have already gotten at least one shot - and a couple of 'grandmothers' tried to get their second - it reminds me of how

First of all, how awesome is it to have Sunday Gravy back? Now, it's damn-near impossible for me to find some of those particular ingredients for today's recipe in Vancouver without having to go to some COVID-questionable parts of town. The banana leaves & paste? We do have a joint called

As August winds down & September beckons, I'm reminded of a particular quirk in North American education programs. Why do US schools open in August? I'm constantly reminded of this seeming anachronism every year, but the COVID issue has made it particularly acute, as it's on the news constantly. Do southern schools

I was scanning the weekend crossword for my mother-in-law yesterday when I accidentally saw  the weekend "Family Circus" cartoon. I didn't want to look - the "funnies" haven't been good since "Bloom County" left. But it was on the opposite page from what I had to scan, so there it was. It

My quest to spend all weekend intoxicated continues apace. Time out was taken to doing the gardening chores today, but that just meant "hard work" beers, which were "Trash Panda IPAs". A tad heavy, but since I was done for the day I didn't much care. They were cold, in my

Or, your Day 2 of the May Canadian Holiday Weekend Open Thread. Today we decided to take advantage of the relaxed restrictions to invite some friends over for dinner & drinks. The great thing about the three day weekend is that you can Sunday drink with no ramifications. (I realize most

So, one of the fun things about the apocalypse was the fact that I didn't have to go anywhere or do anything. Aside from doing my job, I didn't have to interact with any other members of the human race outside of my immediate family. But our washing machine broke. I

Your “It’s Not The Sharks You Have To Worry About” Sunday Evening Open Thread

Summer finally arrived in Vancouver. But thanks to the rain earlier this week, most of the beaches - including Ambleside, near my house - are closed due to elevated e.coli counts. While it's fun to blame it on the rain and the associated runoff of animal fæces,  in the case of Ambleside it