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Loss

A family friend was diagnosed with leukemia last fall, and passed away yesterday evening.  I can only try to imagine how difficult this must be for his wife, children, and the rest of his family.  He was one those very few people who was genuine, real, and ultimately good.  His loss is a loss to us all.

Since his diagnosis, I have been regularly donating blood.  One thing I found out from his experience was how very much donated blood is needed.  It is one of the few things we can all do to try and help; please do.

Oreo

After a disappointing start to the summer weather-wise, it has been a wonderfully warm, sunny weekend.  I type this sitting in the back yard, as the dogs wrestle and run through the grass.  Yes, I love wireless networking; being able to work or study   outdoors makes it much more enjoyable.

Last weekend we were in Edmonton for a friend’s wedding.  It was a nice weekend away from the city, and the bride and groom’s families showed us great hospitality, with lots of especially good food.  Unfortunately, it poured rained pretty much the entire weekend, even causing some flooding on roads, but the weather did nothing to dampen the exuberant spirit of the simcha.

Wait a second: did I say dogs up there?  As in plural?  Yes, it’s true: we got a second one!  After much contemplation and discussion with other two-dog owners, we decided it was a good idea for several reasons, primarily for companionship (the dogs focus on each other instead of us, especially when we’re out), and because having two dogs is really no more work than having one.

The new guy is a three-month-old Shitzhu (same as Cookie, except male), black and white, and to continue the naming theme he is called Oreo.  We are in the process of house training him, which so far is going much more smoothly that it was for Cookie when she was a puppy.  Even in just a few days, the two dogs have bonded quite closely, and won’t leave each other alone.  My favourite is when they play, wrestle and run, and then collapse into deep sleep for hours.

Neighbours

Walking the dog on a regular basis gets me out into the neighbourhood, and lately I have noticed that I’ve been spending time stopping and chatting with the neighbours. We talk about neighbourly things: my lawn, your garden, the area, the weather, dogs, cars, work and life in general. There is something oddly satisfying about shooting the breeze with someone who owns a chunk of land near your own. I suppose these ties are the building blocks of a community, and based on what I’ve been experiencing, ours is in fine shape.

Music: I have taken a liking to “The Littlest Birds” by The Be Good Tanyas.  You can listen to it, free, at their web site, here.  It’s more folksy / bluegrassy than what I normally listen to, but there’s something very appealing about their sound.

Friends’ Wedding

Yesterday was the wedding of two friends of ours. I have known the groom since high school, and Merita has know the bride since childhood, so we were in the wedding party, and I was the best man. The wedding was beautiful from start to finish.

We start off at 7am at the bride and groom’s houses, respectively, helping them to prepare. We took lots of pictures and videos, then were off to the church for the ceremony. It was the first time I’ve seen a Greek Orthodox ceremony (or anything Greek Orthodox), and I found the differences and similarities between it and our traditions to be interesting.

Then we spent a few hours at James Gardens taking more pictures; the park provided lots of scenic backdrops and was chalk-full of bridal parties. The limo then took us to the banquet hall where we had the reception, which was full of food, dancing (I now sort-of know how to do the Greek circle-dance), speeches and, you guess it, more pictures.

After being out for nearly twenty ours, we got home and immediately passed out. We’re very happy for our friends, who were the second to get married of our group of friends (we being the first), and wish them all the best.

Friends’ Wedding

Yesterday was the wedding of two friends of ours.  I have known the groom since high school, and Merita has know the bride since childhood, so we were in the wedding party, and I was the best man.  The wedding was beautiful from start to finish.

We start off at 7am at the bride and groom’s houses, respectively, helping them to prepare.  We took lots of pictures and videos, then were off to the church for the ceremony.  It was the first time I’ve seen a Greek Orthodox ceremony (or anything Greek Orthodox), and I found the differences and similarities between it and our traditions to be interesting.

Then we spent a few hours at James Gardens taking more pictures; the park provided lots of scenic backdrops and was chalk-full of bridal parties.  The limo then took us to the banquet hall where we had the reception, which was full of food, dancing (I now sort-of know how to do the Greek circle-dance), speeches and, you guess it, more pictures.

After being out for nearly twenty ours, we got home and immediately passed out.  We’re very happy for our friends, who were the second to get married of our group of friends (we being the first), and wish them all the best.

Family Housewarming

We had my side of the family over last weekend for the first of three planned housewarmings. It was a good time; a little funny to actually be hosting a family event at our own place, but nice at the same time. The house was a hit, which was satisfying considering the amount of work we have put into it over the past couple months.

The second housewarming will be for our friends, and the third for the other side of the family.

But first, our good friends’ wedding is this weekend.  We are both in the bridal party, and I’m the best man which means I have to finish writing a speech!  Memories of writing my speech for my own wedding back in November, although it will be much shorter.  It will be a long day–we have to be at the bride and groom’s respective houses first thing in the morning, and the reception will likely last until late that night.  And, I have to somehow learn a 12-step Greek dance before then!

Parties

This weekend we had three pre-wedding parties: a Jack & Jill on Friday, I had a stag on Saturday, and Merita had a lunch on Sunday. Each was unique, both in terms of who attended and what took place, but all a good time.

My dad and I did some work on the front porch yesterday, re-seating some of the stones with new concrete to even it out. Next weekend some of the family is coming over for a housewarming, so I need to make time before that to finish some odds and ends.