Various Contrivances

Day 19: Breakfast indulgence: scrambled eggs, bacon, avocado, and cheese πŸ“·


Day 18: No longer random puzzle pieces πŸ“·

Completed puzzle of a dog park illustration

Day 17: Hold πŸ“·

A woman holding a newborn

Unwanted house guests


Day 15: Prairie clouds πŸ“·

Blue sky with clouds

Day 12: Tranquility πŸ“·

Calm lake with sunset

Day 11: Maroon sign of spring πŸ“·

Purple iris flower emerging from the undergrowth

Day 10: For several years, we’ve participated in a fundraiser for Pancreatic Cancer Canada that sells pots of purple pansies πŸ“·

A pot containing several purple flowered pansies

Day 9: Magnolia blooms are imminent πŸ“·

Magnolia tree with a dozen flower buds just starting to open

Although surprisingly little actually happens with the plot in Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers, the characters and world building are great. Along with fascinating questions about what it means to be human and how to value traditionπŸ“š


Day 8: Toronto Union Station πŸ“·

North side of Union Station train station with the CN Tower in the background

First outdoor ride on the new bike. Great to be out of the basement, though I swallow fewer midges on Zwift πŸš΄β€β™‚οΈ


Day 7: We appreciate and enjoy our provincial parks πŸ“·


Day 6: Cloud silhouette πŸ“·

Shadowy clouds against a blue sky

Day 5: Earth πŸ“·

Mountain framed by trees with a river

Day 4: LRT tunnelling at _Thorn_cliffe Park (bit of a cheat on the prompt) πŸ“·

Construction site for tunelling the Eglinton Crosstown LRT

Day 3: One of my experimental setups in grad school was a tinfoil room with a hive of bees πŸ“·

A room that is covered in tin foil with a bee hive inside a cage

Day 2: The oldest photo in my library is of my grandfather in his navy uniform from 1945 πŸ“·

A portrait photo of my grandfather as a young man in a navy uniform

Day 1: Ran up a lot of switchbacks to get to the top of Signal Hill in Newfoundland πŸ“·


The Toronto Half Marathon was great! So nice to be out for a proper group event again. And I had a wonderful race crew for cheers and end of race snacks

Family photo of my kids with me at the end of the raceFamily photo of my wife with me at the end of the race


Tomorrow’s race will be fun! I haven’t been in a proper event for awhile πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ

Race bib for the Toronto half marathon

Harrow the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Trilogy Book 2) by Tamsyn Muir is really imaginative and well written. I found it rather confusing though. Lots of characters and plot points to trackπŸ“š


Severance is fantastic. An intriguing premise, with great acting, and careful attention to detail in every episode. Well worth watching


COVID and Readiness to Train πŸ¦ πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸš΄β€β™‚οΈπŸŠβ€β™‚οΈ

With two school-age kids, this seemed inevitable:

COVID rapid test showing a positive result

All things considered, my symptoms aren’t too bad, which I’m grateful for. Nonetheless, I’ve mostly been in bed for a couple of days to properly recover.

Since I’ve been monitoring my Readiness To Train (RTT) score, I was curious to see how COVID would appear in the metrics.

Thursday morning was the first indication that something was wrong. I completed what felt like a reasonably strong swim workout, only to suddenly feel really drained of energy while walking home from the pool.

Apple Watch screenshot showing RTT trending down and in yellow

After dragging myself home, we found out my son’s friend had tested positive. So, both he and I took a rapid test that confirmed we were infected.

Thursday night was peak symptoms for me, producing an abysmal RTT.

Apple Watch screenshot showing RTT very low and in red

All morning in bed on Friday helped a lot and then a much better sleep last night layered improvement on top.

Today’s RTT seems rather optimistic to me though. My planned intensity included a two hour bike ride and 20k run. Those are not happening! Today’s planned intensity will be watching the season finale of Severance in my pyjamas.

Apple Watch screenshot showing RTT trending up and in green

My experience with RTT is that it typically reinforces how I actually feel with, perhaps, the occasional early warning. Basically a second opinion that reinforces my intuition. But when we disagree, like now, I’m definitely following how I feel.


The weirdness of Raised by Wolves shifted from intriguing to distracting between seasons 1 and 2. Although the second half of season 2 was better than the first, overall the season wasn’t successful for me