Today markâ€™s my 40th trip around the sun without being tossed off. Â I guess it also means that I am middle aged. Â That being said, Time Magazine once said that 50 is the new 30 so I guess that makes me 25 or so. Â Not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing.
To celebrate my birthday, we have spent the last couple of days where it all began; in Edmonton. Â Yes I was born in Edmonton. Â I donâ€™t like to talk about it because it wasnâ€™t my choice and it is Edmonton after all.
We got up at Sunday at 5:00 a.m., left Saskatoon at 6:00 a.m., were in Lloydminister for breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and in Elk Island National Park by 11 a.m. Â After talking some photos of some bison, it was off to Edmonton. Â Wendy used some Airmiles to book a decentÂ hotel, the boys have spent the last couple of days enjoying West Edmonton Mall and I got out in the warmer weather and took some photos around the city.Â Iâ€™ll post them online when I get back to Saskatoon.
I donâ€™t really think of Edmonton as home. Â I was born there and only lived there a year before moving to Rainbow Lake and then settling in Calgary for a decade. Â Growing up as a Calgary Flames hockey fan, I used to despise Edmonton in the same way someone from Springfield thinks of Shelbyville. Â Since things have changed (and both Calgary and Edmonton canâ€™t play hockey),it is nice to be back, even if it does mean wandering up and down a mall.
For my birthday, the boys gave me a Pentax WG-10 rugged compact camera while Wendy gave me aÂ GoPro 3+ Silver EditionÂ and a really nice Invicta dive watch.Â Maggi gave me a Denver Broncos sign that I will hang at the cabin. Â Two of the four gifts say, â€œget outside more oftenâ€ and after this winter, I canâ€™t agree more.
The plan is to have dinner with the boys tonight at a local restaurant and then head down to Winstonâ€™s for a Diet Coke with some friends.
My brother gave me a DeWalt cordless drill and a bit set. Â We are planning to build the deck on the cabin this summer and he included his ideas as well. Â A 10×10 deck out back and a 8×8 deck in the front yard. Â We should have it built in a day.