2-carat-diamond-studs-the-bayDoing some lunchtime Christmas gift shopping online and wondering….

Who buys $5000 (or $18,000 if you believe the original selling price) diamonds online? They’re the Bay one day sale today… a bunch of diamond earring studs from 0.5 to 2.0 carats.

I must admit, they look good. Deal ends today midnight if you’re thinking of a sweet gift for a sweet one.

 

 

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The other day, a friend & business colleague was asking me and another colleague for ideas for a non-conventional date or outing. It just so happened that Bing had a pretty cool (as always) daily background photo on their main search page…

It shows three porta-ledge camping tents (used often in rock climbing / mountaineering) hanging from a tree in California on the Pacific Coast. The tents / shelters cost between $200-750 so you may wish to try and rent.

Looks romantic and original enough to me. Just be sure to clip in and/or spoon intensely.

Francais / French:

L’autre jour, une amie et collègue de travail cherchait des idées de sorties originales. Ça donne que Bing avait une photo du jour pas mal intéressante (comme toujours) sur leur page principale de recherche.

Ça montre trois “tentes” de camping de type Porta-Ledge (utilisés souvent en escalade ou alpinisme) pendues d’un arbre en Californie sur la côte pacifique. Les tentes / abris valent entre $200-750 alors ca vaudrait la peine de louer.

Assez romantique et original à mon avis… il s’agit de bien s’attacher et/ou faire du spooning intense.

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So I woke up around 7:45am this morning. It was a dark and (very) rainy morning in the Montreal area, complete with lightning. I started the coffee machine and then washed up and logged on to check my email and a few sites. I saw my mom online on MSN / Skype…

I was already sufficiently stressed out because I’m leaving for Germany in a few days, and there were plenty of personal and work issues to handle before I left.

One thing I was reassured about was that a friend will be staying at my place while I’m away, taking care of my cat, getting rid of the junk mail at the front door, and (hopefully) keeping my flat relatively clean. (Ya, right!) Now I just have to figure out how we’ll get to the airport… perhaps by taxi, maybe by shuttle, etc, since I don’t think most of my friends are available logistically to give a lift.

So, in the midst of the downpour and dark skies, the phone rings. Odd, it was around 8h30am or so – early for a phone call. I could see from the caller ID that it was my mom.

She announced to me that my Oma (term of endearment in regional German for grand-mother) had died.

Oma was 97 (just recently) but the last few years were filled with severe health problems, suffering and what happens when the body starts to shut down.

Nonetheless, I was quite heartbroken as this trip to Germany was, primarily, to see my Oma one last time and have a sense of closure. On the other hand, it’s a somewhat selfish thing, since Oma was suffering greatly in the last few years and this was more of a blessing than a tragedy.

Fighting tears, I decided to go to work nonetheless and it was a tough day to say the least. I didn’t do any critical server work (or gaffes) as I was obviously pretty distracted. I did manage to do a fair bit of productive (i.e. non-destructive) work in meetings with colleagues both in person and/or via Gotomeeting and Webex, teleconferences, etc.

I wrote to my HR advisor and my manager to see if I could change part of my vacation leave into bereavement leave and that works out.

In retrospect, my sadness was primarily because I didn’t get to see her alive one last time and that was somewhat selfish. Ultimately, she had been in declining health for many years and her passing was deliverance from her suffering. She is now in a better place.

Auf Wiedersehen, Oma. Ich liebe Dich!

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Well, yet another place where I hope to one day visit myself and introduce Zachary and Tristan to the wonders of our world.

Credit to Jon Rawlinson for this superb production on his Canon 5DMKII camera. It’s nothing about the camera but more about the talent of capturing the awesome scene. The song by Barcelona is perfect too.

It’s the Kuroshio Sea Tank at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in Okinawa, Japan.

Pretty magical place to be with the people you love, no?

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Ahhh.. 28c dehors, soleil, pas de nuages et dans l’après-midi nous avons passé 3 heures au Bowling Cosmos en face de l’hôpital Charles-Lemoyne au Champion Lanes.

Just for the record:

Best score was me with 116, Tristan with 92 and Zachary with 61.

L’équipe était pas mal tous la, en plus des familles et amis pour supporter ….

Photos à suivre une autre fois ;)

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