The Once a Year 2013 Old Cellar Dweller Barleywine Style Ale by Driftwood Brewery

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Today, I got my hands on this year’s (well, sorta late last year’s) Driftwood classic! It is a very hefty flavoured, yet light in colour Barleywine Ale that clocks in at a whopping 11.6% alcohol content.
As it is not a cheap beer, it is my once a year treat! At our local liquor store it was priced at about double the price at $12.99 a bottle! But seeing that one bottle is probably all you would want to drink in one sitting or in my case two sittings, I suppose you get your money’s worth!
I look forward to this beer every year at this time! Not only is it extremely tasty and unique, the label and wax cap make it a pleasure to behold as a display once you are done drinking it! Perfect to put your candle sticks!

I usually start to ask the staff when the new Barleywines are coming in and I must have not been in there for a few weeks, as I got very excited to see it in the cooler! Glad they weren’t sold out already as they only get one case a year…

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Best Tweet so far in 2014!

ben-and-jerrysI must be dreaming…Never in my life have I ever thought I would be living on the West Coast of Canada, sitting and reading about legal pot sales in the USA. At least, that is, before I voted on allowing liberal access to this ‘harmless’ drug in my province and country! I have watched countless TV shows & movies about the USA’s “War on Drugs” and have always felt that they were far more conservative than us leafy green Canadians…

Truth be told, I don’t go down to the US more than once every 10 years or so, but after September 11th, I have been a bit fearful of the direction that country’s government has gone. I went to Hawaii a few years after 2001, and didn’t even bring my favourite Che Guevara t-shirt for fear of being branded an enemy combatant! lol.

So, when all of a sudden, US states started voting on legalizing marijuana, and they passed, I was shocked!!

Today it makes me smile to see a major US corporation tweeting in jest about it!

What are your thoughts about marijuana laws? Is pot a gateway drug? Is it an innocent plant? Medical miracle cure?

New Year’s Resolutions and habit forming

As it is the time of the year for people to make a fresh start, and take on some ambitious resolutions, I quite enjoyed reading a recent post I received from delancyplace.com.

English: New Year's Day postcard. Reads: "...

English: New Year’s Day postcard. Reads: “A New Year’s Resolution / Jan. 1st / To Gossip, Slang and Cuss words / I’ll bid a last “Adieu” / And place a bridle on my tongue / And thoughtless actions, too!” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


As much as it seems easy to start up any new project, you would be surprised how repetition is needed for a habit to form! Apparently, it can take more than 2 months and up to a year of repeating a task for it to stick as a habit! No wonder it is so hard to quit smoking, take up running, eat healthier…
Here is an exerpt from yesterday’s post that goes into more detail…

In today’s encore selection — from Making Habits, Breaking Habits: Why We Do Things, Why We Don’t, and How to Make Any Change Stick by Jeremy Dean. Make that New Year’s resolution stick!  How long does it take to form a new habit? You will often hear that it takes 21 days, but the real answer is j than that:

Click here for the rest of the article!

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The Annual New Year’s Day (Night) Ride!

Tonight I got out late for my annual New Year’s Day ride! After a day of hanging out with my kids, and going to my parents’ house for dinner, I felt my opportunity of sticking to my annual ride was fading quickly. But luckily, every year at this time, I feel a renewed sense of energy to get out more often as a silent resolution.

Getting home at 9pm, I knew I only had a limited amount of energy left once the kids were in bed…

New_years_rideLate last winter, after a dismal season of riding due to the shorter days, I decided that instead of getting a monthly gym membership and sitting on a spin bike for a couple of months quietly crying inside my head; I would invest in a good quality night light for my helmet…rock-drops

Many of my friends consider me a bit nuts for heading out for rides in the dark, by myself in the woods, while listening to my iPod. Well, I say to them, “Me out for rides makes me less nuts..” (said in a crazy person’s voice…).

Today I decided to share, the best that I could, what I see as I ride through the forest at night…My wife says it creeps her out. haha. Silly wife, this is not Blair Witch…Is it?

Happy New Year! Time to get back on the blogging bandwagon!!

happy_timesThey say that the best place to start is at the bottom…

2013 was a dismal year for blogging for me. Not that I want to go back over the years to see in what year I posted the least amount of content, but I’m pretty sure that since I started blogging in 2007, last year had to be the worst year on record for me. 13 posts. Wow!

A couple of years ago, I signed up for the daily blogging challenge, and pulled off more than 365 posts that year, without missing a day! That included getting married, and somehow pulling off a post on my wedding day!

Life is busier now for me, without a doubt. Now, I’ve got 4 young boys, and that on it’s own sucks most of my ‘creative’ energy. By the time they are in bed, I am not far behind them! That doesn’t make for much time with my lovely wife. To be honest, it has been a hard year of trying to connect again with the love of my life.

So what better way to start off a new year than to head back to blogging to feel like I can succeed at something! Maybe if I can jump start my brain with some written prose, it will also invigorate my brain enough to have something new and exciting to talk about with my wife. Parenting a bunch of young kids is hard, and the last thing I want is to slowly drift apart from the woman I’ve chosen to share my life with.

2014 will be better. Today’s the start…

 

So, You Would Like to Have Three Children: A Non-Rebutting Counterpoint

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My favourite part of this article was, “…for those of us who have 3+ kids, our normal is most people’s crazy.” Oh so true…

Originally posted on i would be frail:

LAURA MEEHAN AT THE SHORT-WINDED BLOG recently wrote a rather exasperated yet hilarious post about the ardors of having three children.

I regularly speak with people who have zero children, or one child, or two children. And they tell me they might consider or would like to have three children. My first impulse, I will own, is to bark, “No, you don’t want three kids.” But that is not helpful, I know this.

Let me first say in her defense: Everything she writes is true. She writes about the juggling, the tiredness, the constant shouting, the unhelpful comments, etc. Reading her post made me realize that for those of us who have 3+ kids, our normal is most people’s crazy. And since I have 3 growing boys, I would even add to her list of demerits that we are soon approaching the day when our grocery bill will…

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2013 in review – Well, that sucked! haha

What an ironic way to finish off the year; post my horrible stats for the year I almost stopped blogging completely! haha.

I have had a busy, and sometimes, stressful life this year. My free time has withered to almost nothing, as has my regular mountain biking schedule.

I am not one for New Year’s resolutions, but 2014 needs to be an improvement for me, that’s certain. So, what better place to start, than at the bottom.

Without further ado, here are my crappy blog stats. :)

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 20,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.