My Wedding Day!

Today, at 4:30pm PT in Gibsons, BC, Canada, this kind, sweet, gentle, loving, giving, smart, funny, beautiful, sexy, truly AMAZING woman will make me the happiest man in the world by joining me in marriage.

Those of you who know her know I couldn’t have imagined a better woman, person, wife, lover, partner, and partner in crime. Those of you who don’t, I hope one day you’ll get to meet her. She will make your life better simply by her presence. She brings joy and happiness wherever she goes and the world is a better place because she is in it. And my world is immeasurably better for having known her.

Thank you, Melissa for letting me into your life, for loving me for who I am, faults and all, and for letting me become part of your family. I am honoured to be your husband. I cherish you. I adore you. And I love you to the stars and back.

My 1st Birthday Cake!

Yesterday was Melissa’s son Rory’s 12 birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY RORY!). Melissa asked if we should buy him a cake or make one. I love cooking/baking so I said I’d make him one.

Now, I’ve never made a cake before, let alone a birthday cake. So I scoured my AnyList app and found a recipe I had saved. It’s for “Black Magic Chocolate Cake” and OMG….

As I said on Twitter, “I don’t know much about the relevant law but there quite possibly might be ILLEGAL amounts of chocolate on this birthday cake I made!!”

Now, to be fair, we haven’t yet tasted it but I’m told by a reliable source (Melissa – who was *constantly* licking the bowl) that the icing itself is “to die for…”

UPDATE: OMG OMG OMG I’ve eaten a LOT of chocolate cake in my life but I can now unequivocally say, I JUST MADE THE BEST TASTING CHOCOLATE CAKE IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD.

I am officially the “Unluckiest Man in the World who still manages to have a Home and a Job”

Sunday morning, as I was headed off to the Big City for one of my Meetups, I thought, “I wonder what kind of gas mileage I can get on the bike?” You don’t buy a motorcycle for the gas mileage. I generally get 40-45mpg on the bike which is pretty average, all things considered. But, seeing as (hypothetically, in case any law enforcement is reading this) I have been known to ride at speeds…..significantly over the speed limit, it’s not bad.

But I was curious as to what kind of mileage I could get if stuck to the speed limit for a whole trip. So, I drove the entire 90 minutes at the speed limit…and….

I got passed by *everybody*. Semis, minvans, old men in Buicks…

It was TORTURE. But I stuck with it.

Near the end of the trip, there’s a road I turn on (for those of you familiar, it’s turning right onto Boundary Road off of Southwest Marine Drive), go up a very steep hill and re-enter on to the highway. There is no traffic around me as I accelerate up the hill (everyone had already passed me 🙁 ).

As I get to within about 50 yards of the crest of the hill, I see some IDIOT standing in the middle of the two lane road….WTF!?

I get off the gas and start to gear down, making a plan for how to get around this crazy person. As I get closer, I notice, he’s wearing…..a bright yellow safety vest….WTF!?

Why the hell is this guy wearing a….OH FUCK! COP!

SON OF A BITCH…..

I pull over and the cop walks up to me. I motion that I can’t hear him and start taking off my helmet. Meanwhile, I’m literally laughing out loud at the unfairness of it all. I get the helmet off, still laughing, and the cop is looking at me (rightfully so) like I’m a crazy person.

The cop very importantly says, “Do you find this funny, sir?”

I tell him the story of my speed limit attempts over the past 90 minutes. He says, “Jesus. You’re the unluckiest guy in the world…” SO IT’S OFFICIAL.

“Luckily” for me, the cop gave me a break on the ticket so it will only cost me $138.00. It could have been *much* worse. But…still….

GODDAMNITALLTOHELL!

Super Bowl Sunday Recipes!

Yesterday’s Big Game gave me the opportunity to test out two new recipes. OMG SO DELICIOUS!

Of course, I made wings. I used this recipe:

Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese Dip


It’s a bit fiddly but the wings came out perfect, the coating was delicious and I doubled the amount of blue cheese in the dip so it was glorious!

For dessert, I made:
Chocolate Frosted Brownies

Without the raspberries and with dark chocolate instead of semi-sweet. Like the recipe says, they are *very* rich but so good!

Open Letter to the Women’s Marchers

Open Letter to the Women’s Marchers:

Remember – the MOST IMPORTANT THING you can do is to keep this momentum and pressure up. Protest without action is irrelevant. EVERY PERSON involved in these (WONDERFUL!) marches, literally around the planet, needs to also GET INVOLVED in the issues that are relevant to them. Not just today but tomorrow and next week and next month and next year and NEXT ELECTION. Start planning NOW for how you are going to run for office or support someone who is going to run for office. Don’t let the opportunity, power, desire and energy dissipate.