Thursday, January 31, 2008

Blog Hiatus

I've been appointed (Order in Council 44-2008) as the Returning Officer for my Electoral Division. From now until mid March I will not be blogging at all.

Please see Elections Alberta and don't forget to Register to Vote!

Monday, January 28, 2008

Feels Like -46°C

On the radio this morning they advised everyone who could stay home to stay home - and those that couldn't to "pack a survival kit."

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Best of 2007

Since I won't be blogging much for the next 2 months (I am expecting a provincial election to force a Blogging Hiatus) I thought I would leave my viewers with some of my best photo's from 2007 (self selected of course). I live in a beautiful place - and this is a window into my world as I see it. I hope you enjoy!

Medicine Lake in Jasper, Alberta

Cape Mudge Lighthouse, Quadra Island, BC

Speech to the Throne, Edmonton, Alberta

Round Bales, Cochrane, Alberta

University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta

September Sunset, Edmonton, Alberta

Statue of Liberty, Las Vegas, Nevada

Edmonton Skyline, Edmonton, Alberta

Alberta Legislature, Edmonton, Alberta

Monday, January 14, 2008

Allie in Explore

1. If You Can't Dodge It, Ram It, 2. Kingdom of God, 3. Your Pretty Eyes, 4. A tiny moment in time, 5. Baleful, 6. I have seen the fire of life, 7. Rainbow, 8. Making Tracks...., 9. The Three Sisters, 10. The Burning Tree, 11. Raven stoned!

You can also see my photostream on black via Flickriver!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

This one is for my Son

I've spent my fair share of hanging with Master Chief... but nothing quite like this!

God Save the "Qwiin"

"Palace sources told The People: "When she saw William playing a game after lunch at Sandringham she thought the Nintendo looked tremendous fun and begged to join in. She played a simple ten-pin bowling game and by all accounts was a natural. It was hilarious. William was in fits of laughter. He was enormously impressed at having such a cool gran." Read story here.

Now she's playing with power!


Saturday, January 05, 2008

Update: "Christmas in Wonderland"

Readers of this blog may remember that during this past summer I was enjoying observing movie development in action - the filming of "Christmas in Wonderland" at West Edmonton Mall.

With actors in it like Patrick Swayze, Tim Curry, Carmen Electra, and Chris Kattan I thought it would be a bit of a local hit come Christmas but it didn't appear on the radar at all and I missed it (apparently it had a very low distribution). My daughter and I finally went to see it on Thursday. Our verdict?

Worst. Movie. Ever.

Worse than Tears of the Sun or Bats. Worse than Red Dawn!

It is supposed to be a "caper" comedy - although the premise (the Dad gets laid off right before Christmas, which threatens to ruin Christmas for the family) isn't really funny, people in the movie theatre were laughing alright - at the complete corniness of the movie, not because of plot or dialogue! There are a couple of terrible CGI images in the film, one where West Edmonton Mall looks like a huge shiny blue and pink castle and one that shows elves in the north pole that is truly painful. I'm struck with the thought that my dog might actually have been able to do better than this. How is it possible to spend so much time, effort and money and have it turn out so badly? Who could possibly watch this movie and okay it for release to the viewing public?

Roger Moore, reviewing the movie for the Orlando Sentinel said "Christmas in Wonderland kills Christmas and Chris Kattan's career in one fell Santa swoop." Read the rest of the review here.

I'm glad we went to see it because it did hold some special meaning for us - but the cold, hard truth is that it's an hour and 38 minutes of our lives we will never get back.

Friday, January 04, 2008

The Moment That It All Began

"Hope is that thing inside us that insists, despite all evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us if we have the courage to reach for it, and to work for it, and to fight for it."