So this is Christmas . . .

Well, close enough. It certainly isn’t September any more. Oops. I really should try to update this more than once per quarter, I suppose.

The odd thing is that I have in fact been updating a few things here and there, but they aren’t always immediately visible. The tunes on the Millette family album have been getting the occasional refresh.

The latest updates can be found here.

I’m also (very slowly) working on a cover of Bob Dylan’s All Along the Watchtower. My brother, David, recorded most of the guitar tracks way back in April of 2009, and I’ve finally got around to mixing them together. It is still in a very unfinished state. I’ve thrown in a half-verse of scratch vocals as well, to get a sense of where it is going. Please don’t laugh too hard at them………….

All Along the Watchtower (Cover)

Chloe the puppy is doing well now — much better than she was in October and early November. First, she got spayed at the end of September and had to be on strict-ish rest for 2 weeks. Then I went away for a week to Vancouver and she stayed at a nearby kennel. While I was away, my brilliant dog thought that eating rocks would be a wonderful idea. So she had some more surgery to remove those, meaning another 2-3 weeks of rest and the lampshade collar and the whole bit.

On a side note, if anyone has an extra $832 that they don’t know what to do with, I know of a certain dog-owning priest who might have an idea. Sigh.

Also, since the rock saga I’ve bought her^H^H^Hmyself a treadmill (55% off at Canadian Tire!). It really helps her^H^H^Hme to release energy, now that it’s generally too cold to go on walks of any reasonable length. Here’s a cool video of that:

Parish life is going pretty well. And Andy and Jane and I are in the process of working on something that should be pretty exciting when we get it set up. And once we figure out a name for it. :-)

Have a great Christmas, everyone! And if you overdo it in the eating department, Chloe has a treadmill!

Tonto

Tonto, my 2011 Kia Sorento LX-V6 AWD crossover SUV

I had been having some difficulty with the smaller size of my car, Excaliber (2007 Dodge Caliber SXT) for some time and had been thinking of trading up once it was paid off. Also, with the winter approaching, the thought of all wheel drive also became appealing. After a lot of research and some test drives, I settled on a 2011 Kia Sorento LX with the 3.5L V6 engine and AWD. It moves! There is no lack in the power department. Gas mileage has so far been ok (about 8.1L/100km last night, or 34-35mpg), though it is sort of hard to tell due to the wicked winds we’ve been having here this week.

Better yet, there is tons of room and a few nifty features inside (Bluetooth for my cell phone, an iPod connector, heated seats, Sirius satellite radio). And the day after I took it home I had to go out south of St. Gregor along some very muddy grid roads. One area in particular was rather bad, so I locked it into AWD and ploughed right through. Very nice!

Otherwise, the parishes are starting to kick into the busy mode as meetings and other programs start back up. Now if it would only stop raining for more than a day… :-)

Big time changes

Hello everyone (or whoever actually reads this)!

In the past month, I have:

– completed my time at St. Anne’s and Holy Family in Saskatoon,
– moved to Watson as pastor there (plus Englefeld and St. Gregor),
– got a new Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier puppy named Chloe (!!), and
– as a result of the above, built a fence with some great help from David and a couple of parishioners.

I was originally planning to get a dog in the fall, allowing for more time to build a fence and move in and unpack. Then Fr. David texted me on the day that I moved in, saying that the same breeder that Neulla came from had one more Wheaten puppy available. Would I be able to come into Saskatoon on Monday to look at the puppy?

Well, the thing about “looking at the puppy” is that one never merely looks at the puppy. Invariably, puppy has a new home. Even though most of my home was still in boxes. Her name is Chloe, which was one of the top-ten most common baby girl names in Ireland a couple of years ago… and I needed an Irish name for an Irish dog.

Aside: I was originally thinking of getting a male Wheaten, who I would then name Wil(ly). Get it? How about now? :-)

The parishes are going along fairly well. It’s summer, so there isn’t a whole lot going on, and this has been nice for allowing me to settle in. I do have two funerals this week, though, which makes it a bit busier for me. Next week I will start some holidays with a trip to Regina to take in the Roughrider game. Then it’s off to Nipawin for my 15 year high school reunion and a little event known as Elaine and Brendan’s wedding. Since I’m preaching, does anyone have any good stories that may have a theological application? :-)

Oh, and finally: I updated the blog software to WordPress 3.0.1. If you notice any problems, please let me know.

Photos of the new place and puppy.

– Darryl

New iPad

So, back when the iPad was released in Canada near the end of May, I decided to go down to Future Shop to check one out in person. Of course, they had been sold out for a few hours by the time I got there. But I was able to check out a display model and found it to be a neat little device. Specifically, the iWork apps seemed to work fairly well – and what appealed to me most (besides the ultra-slick web browsing) was the possibility of syncing my documents to a very portable device. The iPad in the store worked very well. So I went home and after doing a bit more reading, I placed an order with Apple.

After a week, I got a note from Apple that my iPad would be shipping by June 18. Today, I checked out the Future Shop website and lo and behold, they had several in stock! So I cancelled my Apple order and bought one in store. It’s the 32GB wifi version.

So far, I’ve been impressed with the intuitive nature of the interface. I’ve been typing this entire blog entry on the new device. It’s not as easy as a regular keyboard… I’m finding my typing to be slower than on a normal keyboard. So I’m undecided about whether I’ll want a Bluetooth keyboard or not. But it works in a pinch for doing basic data entry. The Apple case I got is also great for holding it at a 30 degree angle for typing.

I haven’t had a chance to play around with it much more than that (I did pick up the iWork apps though). But hopefully this device continues to work well for my needs!