Scotch Advent 2016

It’s Scotch Advent time again! Oh my am I excited and this year Dana is joining me in some or all of the tastings (turns out she’s discovered a taste for scotch, especially the peaty ones). Back to the box (mine is #606 for those who are curious), this year’s edition comes with a NEAT glass which really lets you nose around. Over the next 25 days, I’m headed on a whisky tour courtesy of Secret Spirits‘ 3rd edition of their scotch advent calendar. Jonathan Bray’s whisky tasting notes are over at Single Malting and, as you read mine, be…

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A Tale of Two Facilities

In early July, the gym at our downtown office flooded and continues to leak. We thought it would only be a one- or two-week closure but the facility will be closed until August 22 so I went in search of a 30-day option. I narrowed down my list to World Health Jasper Avenue and Don Wheaton YMCA since they’re about the same distance from my building (I considered the Hotel Mac until I got quoted $120 for the month). I started with World Health Jasper Ave. I called ahead, told them my gym was out of commission for a month,…

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We’re all in this together

Given all the rhetoric being hurled around and sniping aimed at one group or another, we need to pause and remember that we’re all in this together. That our similarities make us stronger. That our differences don’t separate us as much as we’re incited to believe. I say this broadly in response to what’s going on in the world – there’s no shortage of stories of religious intolerance, xenophobia, and downright meanness – but I want to focus on Alberta. Our economy is in rough shape, our government is trying to balance spending priorities with people’s needs, and Albertans are…

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2015 Scotch Advent Calendar

Dana surprised me with the 2015 Scotch Advent Calendar this year and I’m pretty sure she’s as excited as I am about it! Over 25 days I get to sample 25 (presumably) glorious whiskies. Each evening I’ll update this post with a picture, my tasting notes, and thoughts on the whisky. #01 – 1999 Tomintoul 15 yo Distillery: Tomintoul Cask Type: Sherry Butt Cask #: 9289 Region: Speyside Age: 15 years ABV: 61% Nose: Creamy honey, light caramel. Palate: 61% is quite high and you can’t taste much initially apart from the alcohol. With water you taste honey, pick up…

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Another Baby Story: Jude Matthew Edwards

Just kidding Waiting for our second child to arrive was a bit nerve-wracking maddening. See, Allie arrived two weeks early and, when we were given an estimated May 26 due date, we expected this little one to show up 10-14 days ahead of schedule (for what it’s worth, I predicted May 16). Just in case Dana went into labour, I worked from home for what ended up being two weeks; if nothing else this showed me I’d go stir crazy being a home-based employee. And to really hammer home how little control we had over the arrival, we thought we were about to meet the newest addition to our family on May 18, then again…

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