Christmas Gift Guide: Gift Ideas for Your Husband/Boyfriend/Father | 2013
October 27, 2013
I did my annual guest post over at jordoncooper.com today where I posted my Christmas Gift Guide for Husbands/Boyfriends/Fathers. If you have thoughts or suggestions, leave them over there in the comments. If you are shopping for other people, you can find all of the Christmas Gift Guides right here.
My Anniversary Gift
October 20, 2013
Jordon gave me a “go bag” for our anniversary. Lifehacker has been raving about them for a while and they are bad that is full of your essentials so you are prepared to go at a moments notice and do something cool.
He put it together himself and picked up a canvas bag at Quinn the Eskimo. It’s a parachuters shoulder bag so if I need to jump out of an airplane, I’ll be fine.
In it he got me a case for my iPod Nano and a new LowePro case for my beloved (and aging) Fuji Finepix J10 camera. It’s battery was dying so he got me a replacement battery as well so I can take photos all day now. Since I am horrible with keeping track of SD cards, he got me an Optex media holder in it as well.
In the next compartment was some pens and a new journal to keep notes on my adventures. For energy there was a Jersey Milk chocolate bar.
He also put in a funky water bottle and a Starbucks Tea Press. In case I got bored, he bought me a National Georgraphic Travel magazine (which just listed Saskatoon as a great place to travel to). It’s fun and I have used it already.
October 17, 2013
Jordon and I were married 16 years ago tomorrow at the Hampton Free Methodist Church. Since then there has been some days were better and some that were worse but we are still together.
For our anniversary, I ordered Jordon a Veho MUVI X-Lapse motion time-lapse thingy from Staples. They told me it would be here on time but it won’t. Often these kind of mistakes are my fault but this one is on Staples so I am not that upset over it. That and Jordon knows it is going to be late so he is cool with it. I also got him a book about the downfall of Detroit.
Coming from Brandon, I had no idea the emotional attachment that people from Saskatoon have towards Detroit because their cable used to come from there. I had no idea that Jordon used to watch Detroit local news every night so I am sure he will like his book.
Believe it or not, Jordon made me my anniversary gift. I don’t get it until we go for dinner tomorrow so I will post some photos of it tomorrow. Jordon isn’t one to make gifts that much so I am fascinated to find out what it is about. What’s even weirder is that Mark thinks it is a cool gift which makes me wonder if there will be a rabid racoon or something jumping out at me. One never knows.
It’s been a long but good 16 years. Looking back I would never have gotten through my depression and working through this issues from growing up without Jordon being there, getting me help when I needed it and confronting me when I needed it. Jordon has been my biggest support and when I needed it, an honest critic over the years and I love him for it.
Looking back at a lifetime of pain and conflict with my family, I am not sure I would have made it if not for Jordon. I owe him a lot. He has given far more than he has gotten out of this marriage.
Tomorrow night him and I are heading out for dinner to a destination unknown. He is thinking Vietnamese but I could find myself enjoying the Konga Cafe. Then I get my gift. Please don’t let there be a rabid racoon…
October 14, 2013
It was a crazy but good Thanksgiving weekend around here. On Friday the boys were off school which would have made for a nice long weekend but Jordon had to work. We had some friends over on Friday night while Mark went to the Saskatoon Blades game with Brittany and Lee.
Saturday afternoon Mark played his last regular season game of the year. We were going to go to the cabin but it would have been awfully late to make the trip. Instead we got up early on Sunday and drove out and got there by noon. It was quite a drive as Jordon is reviewing a 2013 Ford Focus ST which has a lot of horsepower, a six speed manual transmission, and easy integration with our iPod. It also has a lot of trunk room as we had bought some planters to define the deck area in the back and brought those up as well as a bunch of blankets that I had washed.
Once we got there we went for a long walk along the beach before heading back for a nap.
Oliver was so excited it was almost as if he had guzzled and energy drink. He wasn’t bad but just excited. While Jordon tried to sleep, he kept talking and talking without stopping. He was funny to listen to.
Finally we headed over to the renovated Kinney Memorial Lodge where they had the turkey, dressing, salads, turnips, potatoes, and desserts all ready to go. Mark ate like it was his last meal while Oliver only cared about the desserts. Jordon was disappointed in Mark for taking turnips but not eating them. As Jordon says, “I really only care about the turnips”. Mark didn’t seem to be that concerned with upsetting his father as he pointed out that Jordon hates scalloped potatoes.
After that we went back to the cabin, closed it up for the year and drove back to Saskatoon along a very dangerous stretch of Highway 16 where the dangerous driving can be rampant on weekend nights. Sunday night was no exception as a truck passed up going 150 kph and instead of pulling back into the lane and slowing down, he kept right on driving forcing other cars to brake and hit the shoulder. While Jordon drove, I called the Saskatoon RCMP and reported it. 8 minutes later they called back and asked for more details as they couldn’t find him. The idiot must have pulled off and went into Clavet or a side road.
We were home by 10 p.m. and asleep shortly afterwards. It wasn’t long enough but it was a nice day and fun to see some good friends and neighbours at the lake.
The only sad part of it was that it has been 15 Thanksgivings since I have been able to spend it around my family. I often feel sad because my mom and dad would really enjoy Thanksgiving at Arlington Beach but this was the first year I just gave up on the idea and resigned myself to never seeing them again. It’s their loss but I can’t help but be frustrated that my kids will go their entire lives without knowing grandparents who are only five hours away from the cabin.
October 8, 2013
- I started watching Battlestar Galactica (the new one) lately and have really gotten into it. I know I am behind the times with this series but I am catching up.
- We hit a city pothole lately while idling which was so deep, it cracked the exhaust manifold. Way to go City of Saskatoon.
- Since people from Brandon are emailing me about it, I won’t be attending my parents 50th Anniversary celebrations because we don’t have a relationship and if they were honest with you, they don’t want me to be there either. Thanks for asking.
- We are off to the cabin for Thanksgiving for a couple of days of peace and quiet. We haven’t been up since August long weekend. I miss it.
- My favourite photo of Oliver
- Here is an easier way to make Beef Pho from The Cooking Blog. Just make sure you don’t double wrap the spices in the cheese cloth. I did that and the result was a loss of a lot of flavour.
- Not a fan of blue cheese but this is quite good. Jordon agrees but points out it is no Scott Van Melt.
- Mark’s football team won in Prince Albert which was a huge game for them. It’s been a long season but it was good for them to grind out a win.
- Oliver and Jordon had this conversation recently
How can it be peanut butter and jelly time if we have no jelly?
I’ll get your mom to bring some home from work today.
Cool. I’ll get my baseball bat.
September 30, 2013
Jordon’s latest project, a daily photoblog called The Daily. It looks spectacular.
September 24, 2013
Things many of us have heard.
Louis C.K. on children with cell phones
September 22, 2013
Some good advice in here.
Mark making a big tackle
September 10, 2013
Website for the Community Association
September 2, 2013
The Hudson Bay Park | Mayfair | Kelsey-Woodlawn Community Association is once again online. Not only that but they are now on Twitter at @hbmayfairkelsey so give them a follow. You can also join them on Facebook where there is a very vibrant Community Association group.