Guess what one of my New Year’s resolutions wasn’t? I’ll give you a hint; it rhymes with “fegular glogging.”*

So we went back up to the frozen North for the holidays, and managed to hit the window of bearable weather. It was -33 the night we arrived, but warmed up to -16 and stayed there, and stayed pretty clear, for our whole visit. The storms in Vancouver affected us hardly at all, and all in all it was as smooth a trip as one could ask for. I don’t mind winter at all when it knows its place.

Apparently also I am “turning into an American” according to R:tAG. On landing in Edmonton, normally right after Customs they have a place where you hand your checked-and-tagged-through luggage over to be put on your domestic flight. You have to go through security again, but at least you don’t have to check your luggage again. But when we were there, that place was closed and we were faced with having to wait in the blocks-long ticket line even though we had our boarding passes, luggage was tagged, etc. So I snuck under the cattle-chute railing thingys, found an unoccupied and helpful airline employee** and asked him (nicely!) if he could just take our tagged luggage and put it on the Magic Conveyor Belt, and he could and did. But apparently the Canadian thing to do would have been to unnecessarily wait for an hour in the queue, getting overheated (-er) and grumpy(-ier), until a different employee put our tagged luggage on the Magic Conveyor Belt. WhatEVer.

Anyway, it was fantastic to see friends and family again. Coming back during the holidays is hit-or-miss; on the one hand people are more likely to be busy and/or out of town and on the other hand people From Away are more likely to be in town. So we missed seeing some people, but had the delightful surprise of seeing others (Neuba, Mr. J., Baby Quinn, Furious B***, Ty, Bne) and of course the non-surprised delight of seeing the regular residents.

And because we R SMRT, we took some extra days off so as to be able to lounge idly around the house when we returned, which was also fantastic.

R:tAG got us one of these for Christmas,**** and I’ve got little baby plants already after starting them on Dec. 29. I should take a picture, shouldn’t I? They are very cute. After the herbs are done I think I’ll try the salad mix… for just the two of us that seems like it will keep us in salads for a while, and the lettuce shouldn’t bolt or wilt or get et by slugs like it does when I try to grow it outside.

EDITED TO ADD: A picture! The two pods to the far left (mint and parsley) still have their little domes on because they were late germinators and still need a bit of protection. Go team chive, though!

* Not that I make New Year’s resolutions anyway.

** I know!

*** Plus SO, with whom I am sad I didn’t get to spend more time because she seems awesometastic.

**** I was looking around that site, and the “Accessories” section is a hoot. Or am I the only one that finds the thought of a special apron to put on while you’re “tending your Aerogarden” pretty funny? It’s a mini hydroponic system about the size of a watermelon. You might as well have special protective garments for getting a can of Coke from a vending machine.


  1. neuba said...

    It was delightful to see you 2 as well, even if it was short. But that's ok, since we had such a good visit during our summer trip to Cali.

    Can't wait until next year - GenCon!!  

  2. Terry said...

    Obviously you feel the same way about new years resolutions that I do... If it was important, why the heck didn't you do it right away? Duh!

    Of course I keep saying that to politicians. "If this was such a good idea, why didn't you do it two years ago when you were in power, instead of waiting until the election and only promising it if you get in?" They don't seem to like that.  

  3. Bne said...

    So now you're running a mini-grow op in your own home eh. Good for you, keep that entrepreneurial "can do" spirit alive that made America great!

    Also since I have no idea how lettuce can "bolt" I'm having much fun this morning envisioning the annual "Running of the Romaine" festival. I envision iceberg lettuce as more likely to skulk away in the night.  

  4. Carl said...

    Edmonton is the WORST for international connections. After going through there this past August, I think I would do almost anything to book flights through Calgary instead.  

  5. Anonymous said...

    Wow. I was thinking of getting one of those aerogardens, but now that I know the cost of all the replacement supplies, I'll be skipping it. Pretty tempting to have fresh herbs on hand, hmmmm.
    Hope you are both well!
    Jennifer Woodcock  

  6. AeroGarden said...

    Wow... wonderful
    So it's only need around ten days and the baby salad plant already came out. Aerogarden is really cool gardening revolution.  


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