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The best moments are unscripted

Tonight I invited my daughter (age 19), her boyfriend (age 21) and my son (age 24) and our dog Sophie (who lives with my son) over to trim the tree. My vision was a peaceful evening listening to A Charlie Brown Christmas and other favourites while putting up the decorations.

Christmas tree 2013

The young adult energy had something different planned. First, daughter and boyfriend didn’t arrive until almost 8, by which time my son was ensconced in front of Netflix watching the U.K. version of The Office. Then, the soundtrack for the evening became YouTube videos of A Peter Griffin Christmas and Kevin Bloody Wilson holiday songs. (Google them yourself, I won’t link to them from here!)

The only thing to do was to be so utterly grateful for their presence and their joie de vivre.

I did manage to call for a moment of quiet when we put up the angel – I’ve had her ever since the first Christmas after I lost Sarah.

It’s a cute little tree, not very big, but it’s ours and it was decorated with love by me, Mary, Cam and Aidan.



Instructions for a kick-ass Halloween bike class


  • One (1) Hallowe’en playlist (found in my Workout Music section).
  • Two (2) Greater Victoria YMCA Freewheel (spin-type bike class) volunteer instructors; one carrying candy and wearing huge bear suit  (John Kelley), the other working the music (me).
  • Seventeen (or so) participants to fill up all the bikes.

Mix together. Whoop it up for 40 minutes. Sweat like crazy. Repeat every Hallowe’en.


  • Make sure you work out how to do the Time Warp on the bike BEFORE trying to lead it in a full class.
  • To get the bear-suit wearing guy to keep the costume on the entire class, bribe him. Several of us agreed to donate $10 each to the YMCA if he did it. Mission accomplished.
  • When in doubt, throw more candy at the class participants.

I’m teaching the one-hour version Sunday morning Oct 31. It’s your last chance until next year to get in on the fun! (Alas, John and his bear suit won’t be there, and I’m not putting that thing on now. Ew.)

Playlist here.


Half Marathon playlist

I don’t usually listen to music while running – I’m considering it today during the Oak Bay Half Marathon. I might need something extra to keep me running at 5:40 average pace per kilometre for two hours! If I do, here’s what I’ll be listening to:

  • Is There a Ghost – Band of Horses
  • After Party – Ozomatli
  • Persion Griot – Dharmakassa
  • Blitzkrieg Bop – Ramones
  • You Gotta Help Me Out – Killers
  • Motivation – Sum 41
  • Vertigo – U2
  • Shut the Club Down – Girl Talk
  • Priscilla Blues – Rusty Augers
  • Pump It Up – Elvis Costello
  • Gutless – Hole
  • Grounds for Divorce – Elbow
  • Celtic Raga – Dharmakassa
  • Switching to Clide – various
  • Kalasnjikov – Goran Bregovic
  • Here’s the Thing – Girl Talk
  • Saw Red – Sublime and Gwen Stefani
  • Arezou – Niyaz
  • Road – Refractory
  • Monster Hospital – Metric
  • Galaxy Bounce – Chemical Brothers
  • TKO – Le Tigre
  • Romantic Rights – Death from Above
  • High Fidelity – Elvis Costello
  • Help I’m Alive – Metric
  • Set it Off – Girl Talk
  • Alive – Daft Punk
  • Credit in the Straight World – (Hole)
  • Absurd – Fluke
  • Move Your Ass – Scooter
  • Salaam – Gipsyland (feat. Anoushka)
  • Love Like a Sunset Pts 1-2 – Phoenix