Monday, May 25, 2009

Yes, that's me in the dorky red helmet.

I'm cycling* again after a six-month hiatus. Why all the time off? Well, I'm what one might call "careful" or "precious" or "scared of ice, snow, and temperatures lower than +10". Now that it's sunny and warm I have enjoyed several long-ish trips across town. I recently took my Canadian Tire Supercycle in for a tune-up and ended up spending more than I did to buy the bike in the first place. Ridiculous? Yes. But far less expensive than owning a car.

And the great thing about cycling is that you can get all the road rage you do as a car owner, with fewer costs. In fact, I think I'm angrier on my bike than I am behind a wheel. When you're coasting down Yonge Street, the wind in your hair, the sun on your shoulders, the sanctimonious feeling you get from knowing you have made the right choice for the environment gives you free license to hate all surrounding drivers, especially the ones who barely miss your elbow as they fly by.

I feel like a true Torontonian on my bike. One time I even tore a strip off a cab driver when he tried to cut me off. I barely recognized my own voice as I berated him loudly and with passion. That was the day I knew I was no longer just a visitor here.

* what serious people call "biking".

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Eden Ruth Jutzi

Unfortunately my brother Dave and his wife Melissa weren't able to join us at the cottage this past weekend, but I did get to meet their new daughter Eden when I was home in Guelph briefly on Thursday. I had gone home to see my mom in Little Women with Guelph Little Theatre. The show was lovely, by the way.

Here are some photos of Eden with her mom, dad and me:

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Monday, May 11, 2009

It's a girl!

I've just returned from a trip to NYC, but I'll post about that later because I have even better, more exciting news: my brother Dave and his wife Melissa have a new baby girl named Eden Ruth Jutzi, born on May 4th (8lbs, 12oz)! I haven't had a chance to meet her yet, but I'll be spending the long weekend up at the cottage with them so I'll get lots of baby time then. Congrats and lots of love to Dave and Mel!

Sunday, May 3, 2009 commercial.

I shot this way back in January, but they just started airing it this month. I was so happy to book this because I thought the concept was quite funny, and I think they did a great job of it.