From the Mouthes of Babes

Copic MarkersFebruary is almost at an end. On the weather front, we went from not having winter to being walloped by two storms that left the place buried in snow and ice. That should really come as no surprise, since February always seems to be one of the worst months weather-wise. Thankfully we haven’t had too many really cold days, as I walk to work every day. My limit is -20C, and we’ve only dipped below that a handful of times. I haven’t been running outside very much because of all the ice, but I have been running on the treadmill in our basement a little bit. Running on the treadmill suck is incredibly boring, so it kinda sucks. I have a Blu-ray player set up in front of the treadmill so I can watch “Planet Earth” while I am running, so that helps a little bit. I’m trying to head into the spring with a little better running base then I have had in previous years. I don’t really know that my running goals are for the year, so I’m kind of in maintenance mode right now. As we near the better weather, my mood for running usually picks up.

I recently ordered a full set of warm and cool grey Copic markers. They are basically fancy art markers and I am super excited to get playing with them. A lot of artists that I follow on-line use the Copic markers for sketches and drawings, and I find they have such a nice look to them. When paired together, the warm and cool greys can create real depth in an image, even though you are technically not really using much colour. I have a Wonder Woman image in my head that I want to do in a large format, and I’ll probably start that pretty soon. Not sure if I can translate what is in my head to the paper, but that’s part of what is so fun about the art process.

We were pretty busy at work through January and February as we were preparing the next major revision for our flagship piece of software. Unlike last year where we were putting in 12-14 hour days at this point, we are just putting in regular hours, so that’s a good thing. At home I have started messing around with Java, as I feel like adding another wrinkle to my skill set. Java is very much like ActionScript, which I am very proficient with, so the learning curve is not quite as steep as it would be for other languages. And with Java used in so many areas from the Web to Mobile, I think it’ll be a nice companion technology to know.

Luke’s speech is coming along fantastically recently. He turned two in November, so he’s right on schedule with his vocabulary, but it’s always so interesting to see how a child’s speech evolve. His favourite characters right now are Thomas the Tank Engine and Lightning McQueen from Cars. It’s funny to hear him say Lightning McQueen, because it sounds more like “litten ma kwee”, which I suppose is pretty close. I have Samantha hooked on superhero stuff. We watch X-Men, Spider-Man, Avengers, and all the best stuff together. Each night before bed, she wants me to tell her the origin story of an X-Men character. It’s a good thing there is an almost unlimited supply of current and former X-Men!

I am a huge fan of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and try to watch as many fights as I can. Although I often miss the pay-per-view events as they are broadcast, but there is usually a set of preliminary fights available on cable TV for free. I used to plunk down on the couch and watch them by myself, but now Tammie watches them with me lots of the time. I babble on about this fighter and that fighter, what technique is being used, and so-on, but she patiently listens to my rambling. I think she is actually starting to enjoy some of the matches. She is still not that happy with the really bloody fights, but I can’t blame her for that. How do you know you have an awesome wife? She’ll watch UFC with you, that’s how.

Well, I have a little bit of contract work to get caught up on, so I best get that done. Until next time!

Randy