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June 14, 2010

Michael P. Soulier
msoulier
But I Digress
» The logistics of having children

So currently, mostly through habit, we signed up Jaan and Aisha to both Soccer and Baseball this year. That’s not normally a bad thing, as baseball tends to be done around mid-June and Soccer is usually just getting going by then, so there’s been little overlap for the kids, historically.

For baseball they’re both in the SMSA, and for soccer they’re in Goulbourn Soccer, typically just in “soccer school” because they were too young to play competitively. Well, until this year.

I left signing up the kids until the last minute. Hey, life intruded, it happens. So, I’m frantically trying to get them signed up so they’re not disappointed. Aisha’s U6 slot was simple but Jaan’s was almost full so I put him in the only spot left, which was actually in the Goulbourn Lanark Soccer League, as I found out, his first competitive league.

Meanwhile we’re having a drier spring than last year so the fields are ready sooner, so they started sooner. Now we’re buried each night in an activity for at least one, if not both, children. Whee! Fun with one car and a home field that is a ten-minute drive away which is really pushing cycling distance with a kid.

And, to make matters worse, they conflict. If I learned nothing else in Physics I did learn that being in more than two places at one time, at least macroscopically, is highly, highly improbable. So as convenient as it would be if we could quantum mechanically jump between baseball at one field and Soccer at another that’s 20 minutes away, lets just say I’m not considering that a possibility while planning.

I did ask someone at Goulbourn Soccer about this jokingly and she reassured me that they do, in fact, talk. Unfortunately it is a logistical nightmare for them to work around the myriad of possible conflicting extra-curricular events that kids might want to take part in, and I sympathize. Next year we’ll probably pick one or the other for each child.

Still, it would be nice of Stittsville Softball didn’t schedule a game on the same night as the Stittsville Public School fun day.


October 28, 2008

Michael P. Soulier
msoulier
But I Digress
» My son

Maria recently asked Jaan where his favorite place was. He surprised and amused with his response.

“I don’t know, I haven’t been everywhere yet.”

June 8, 2008

Michael P. Soulier
msoulier
But I Digress
» Ottawa airshow’s rules

So, I wanted to take my kids to the Ottawa Airshow this year, and I was all set to buy the tickets. Then I read the rules and regulations, item number two.

No coolers, food stuffs or beverages (except for baby foods & formulas)

No food stuffs?? Are they nuts? What is this, a movie theatre? The main vendors seem to be Beavertails and Pizza Pizza. Is that what I’m supposed to feed my kids for two days while I’m there? Heaven forbid I bring something healthy for them to eat, like some fruits and vegetables, or something that I cook myself.

These people are nuts. I am not feeding them fast food for two days.

Update: 2008-06-09:

I got a response back in a similar email to the contact email for the air show.

We’re not “banning” foodstuffs. If people want to bring foodstuffs in small “over the shoulder” bags, we’re certainly not going to turn people away at the gate. What we’re trying to discourage is people bringing large coolers and portable BBQ’s.

That is not clear on the website, they should really clarify that. Maybe we’ll try next year, since I missed the early ticket price.

May 26, 2008

Michael P. Soulier
msoulier
But I Digress
» Back to Gatineau

We made it to Gatineau Park for the first time this year today. It was nice to get back, and the kids had a great time. It’s as beautiful as ever.

Pink Lake

I think we’re all out of shape though. The kids were complaining about being tired way too early. I think we’ll all have to work on that.

April 3, 2008

Michael P. Soulier
msoulier
But I Digress
» Putting corn back on the stick

A little while ago at the grocery store, as we passed the frozen corn, Jaan decided to ask a profound question.

Daddy, how do they get the corn on the stick?

He of course was asking how people put corn on the cob, labouring under the false assumption that corn comes in bags and they put it on the cob later. I did correct this assumption later, after I stopped laughing.

February 29, 2008

Michael P. Soulier
msoulier
But I Digress
» Feeding the birds

We were down by the stony swamp area on the weekend, as it was perfect for some winter hiking. An added bonus is that the local chickadees are looking for food, and they’re very used to humans. So, we borrowed some seed from some friendly hikers, and with some help, they were eating out of Jaan’s hand.

I managed to quickly snap this picture.

Bird standing on Jaan\

They initially landed on our heads to check us out, and then got very friendly as we fed them. I think the nearby squirrels were a little jealous though, I’m pretty sure that some of the noises they were making were squirrel profanity.