Rewind

One of the side effects of moving is that it allows you to go through belongings to sort out what is good enough to make the cut to your new destination and what becomes fodder for the trash heap. Compound that with a COVID-19 world where you’re staying at home more than you normally would, and you have ample time to revisit your glory days of yore.

One of the tasks I assigned myself after we moved last summer was to go through all of the photo albums and stacks of printed photos that I had and organize them. (You see, kids, back in the good ol’ days, we used to have to take pictures with a camera, not a phone, and then bring the film inside said camera to a specialized shop to have the pictures developed. It was a whole process. And until the advent of digital cameras, you didn’t even know if you got the shot you wanted until after the photos were developed!)

Among the pictures, I found a couple that triggered some dear memories – that of the greatest job I have ever had (and possibly ever will).

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Must See TGIF

I’ve come to realize that I’ve been much too serious in my last few blog posts. What happened to the light-hearted, fun-loving Chris of old? Yes, we’re now a full year into this global pandemic, but that’s no reason to not spend time laughing. In all honesty, laughter is the one constant in my life over the past year.

Friday nights have been sitcom viewing nights for my wife and I for a couple of years now. We record a handful of episodes over the week and then just watch them all on Friday night. On top of this, we always have a sitcom on the go that we watch on a near-daily basis.

For the purposes of this blog post, I am going to talk about some of my favourite sitcoms.

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Welcome Back

It’s been nearly two months to the day since I’ve last posted on this blog. At first, I felt guilty not writing anything. Maybe guilty isn’t the right word. I felt like I was letting myself down. Here I was again giving up on something, a normal pattern with me. Get interested in something, dive into it for a little while (the timing varies, sometimes it lasts a week or two, sometimes a couple of months, or even years with the blog), and then just give up and stop doing it. Why do I continue to stop? What makes me give up and just walk away from all of these activities and plans? In a word, EGO.

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Un Noël comme autrefois

Lors de cette saison festive du temps de COVID-19, j’ai eu l’occasion de prendre du temps pour reflechir. En toute honnêteté, j’ai eu beaucoup de temps à réfléchir. Bien que notre Noël sera probablement assez différent cette année, cela ne veut aucunement dire qu’on n’aura pas un bon Noël. On ne doit tout simplement pas avoir d’attentes.

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Christmas Traditions

In order to allow me to better cope with the changes to our Christmas celebrations this year, I thought it would be helpful to make a list of all of the holiday traditions that I am still able to do, despite the pandemic. Sure, I may not be gathering with my entire family on Christmas Eve as usual, or attending mass, but there are still a number of yearly activities that I have been/will be able to do.

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Silent Night, COVID Night

Yesterday, we moved back to the orange phase in this wonderful world of COVID. We are just over a month away from Christmas, and we’re regressing as this virus makes waves again. I realized that this shift to the orange phase has troubled me more than the last one, more even than the original lock-down early in the year. But why? We just went through this a month ago. The regression to orange lasted about two weeks, then we returned to yellow and life went back to our (current) normal. What’s different this time is that I am seeing the real possibility that Christmas 2020 may not be anything remotely close to what I consider normal. And that’s bothering me.

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Confronting Your Fear

With Hallowe’en fast approaching, I thought it was time to face up to one of my fears.

As a child, I was scarred by a movie. Both scared and scarred. I had nightmares for a week following my viewing of said movie. I have not seen this movie again, until today. I’ve decided that I was tired of being a slave to this horrific nightmare that has engulfed nearly my entire life. It was time to take back the power. It was time to confront the monster.

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Home Is Where the Heart Is

A few days after our wedding in October 2011, my wife and I made an offer on a house. A day or two later, we had purchased the home and left for our honeymoon the following day. Two weeks later, give or take, we moved in. It was a whirlwind entry in the world of home ownership, and one that we have been very thankful for during the past eight-and-a-half years.

First time home owner!

Now, we exit the world of home ownership in the same whirlwind manner.

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