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Spruit Christmas 2014

Merry Christmas from all of us to you!


And a quick video of Nolan understanding how to run into things and recover.


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Movember Results

For those of you not in “the know”, I participated in Movember this year.  It was a long slog, but it ended up going fairly well, and I was impressed with the amount of growth in a month.  Granted, it definitely shows why I would never grow one on my own.

One of fun activities is the shaving though.  You can do all sorts of fun mini-shaves that progressively get more and  more creepy.  I hope you enjoy and feel free to contribute to my page!  Technically it’s over, but that shouldn’t stop you!

On Friday, as I was heading in to the office, I made a mental comment that it would have been a great morning to go out paddle boarding: the sun was just coming up and there was absolutely no breeze.  Looking at my phone, I checked the weather for the weekend and told myself that if it is like this any morning, I needed to get the paddle board out and take it for a spin.

Saturday morning, I woke up nice and early.  Another gorgeous day, at least while looking outside from bed.  No clouds, no wind, I will definitely get out there!  And then I went outside and realized it was cold!  Somewhere around 2-3ºC.

So, instead of going out on the board, Kobe and I went for a walk on the beach (he needed a bath anyways).  And of course, as soon as I got out there, I was kicking myself, since I should’ve gotten out on the water.  We went for a long walk, and even saw a guy SUP’ing.  I once again told myself that if it was like that on Sunday, I was definitely getting out.

Sunday morning I wake up early again, and again it is gorgeous, but I see the frost on the glass and know that it is cold.  However, I tell myself that I need to do it, because I’ll kick myself if I don’t.  So, I put on my wet suit (just in case), a hoodie, and a hat and go get my board at Adam’s.

Once I get on the water, I am incredibly glad that I had actually done it.  Yeah, the water on my feet was chilly, but the wet suit and hat kept me incredibly warm.  Plus, the water was just as smooth as it had been the previous day.  I could see probably 10-15ft down with no problems.  And, wow, is there a ton of wildlife down there.

In certain areas, like the lagoon, there were tons of starfish (I mean sea stars) and other activity.  The sea stars were incredibly easy to spot too because they were so much lighter than their surroundings.

Overall, I think I was out there for 1.5 hours.  And for those reading from the states, this was the same as me getting out on a body of water (Lake Michigan) in the middle of January.  It is times like that which make me think how awesome it is to be spending a little bit of time here, right next to the ocean.

P.S. Wet suit + hoodie = sexy time!


Australian Earthquake

Last night we were sitting around watching TV, when all the sudden Kobe goes nuts.  However, both Yow-Yow and I felt it too.  It felt like a huge gust of wind was driving at the back of the house, but it only lasted for half a minute or so. Turns out, it was an earthquake.  The first one I can say I’ve been in and actually felt.  Plus, a fairly large one at that at 5.2 / 5.3 (depending on your news source).  And the largest in over a century here in Victoria! However, the Australians I knew all took it in stride…


Melbourne Weather

These last four days have been quite nice.  Nothing like a four day weekend to really unwind for a bit.  For those that don’t know, Australians get Good Friday and Easter Monday off.  Crazy, I know.

Friday was a gorgeous day; sunny and 30C.  We took out the paddle boards and hit the bay first thing.  The wind was calm, and we had a great time.  It had been too long since we had been out.  Originally, we were going to hit up Torquay to surf, but the two hour drive after flying back from Sydney the previous night didn’t sound that fun.  In prep for the relay, Kobe and I put in a good run.

Saturday we had a Mexican fiesta party at our place.  Nothing says Easter like Mexican, right?  Of course, we all drank and ate way too much, but the weather was still nice out, but slightly more chilly.  We had the doors open all day and night.

Due to the partying on Saturday night, Sunday was pretty much a wash of a day.

And then today, Yow-Yow and I got out for another run, but wow was it tough.  The wind is blowing at 42km/h with gusts up to 54…directly in our faces on the way out.  Oh, did I mention it was drizzling too, and only 12C?!  What happened to our awesome Friday weather?  To top it all off, it “snowed” (aka hailed).  When they say you can get all the seasons in one day, they sure do mean it!

Feel free to admire the hail on our doormat out back.


D800 Pre-Order

I’ve held out for a long time to buy a new camera body. I thought I really wanted the D700, but then never actually made the purchase. I knew that the D800 was coming soon, which meant I’ve been waiting for that for awhile too.

Well, it finally was announced earlier this year, and I have pre-ordered it on Amazon.  I will be in the states in late April, so hopefully I am not so far down in the list that I won’t have it by then.

Here’s to increasing my images by 6x, having a full-frame sensor, and being able to use something other than ISO 200!

*Update*  Well, for those of you not in the know, I didn’t receive the camera while I was in the States, and so I cancelled the order.  I’m still on the hunt for one, but man, talk about a pain.