I have been married for 18 years today to Wendy. I was off all week from work so she was pretty much sick of me by the time today came around.
It was a long week. We had a deal with Mark that he had to work hard in school and hand in all of his homework on time if he wanted to play football. After backing down and giving him one more chance earlier in the year, he did it again and so I made the really hard choice to say, “no more football.” He was mad, hurt, and frustrated but on Thursday we had a long talk about it and on Friday we went for breakfast and he understood that football was hurting him academically.
Of course the reason we went for breakfast on Friday was he was out of school because of parent teacher interviews. His teachers love him, his marks are good but they would be amazing if he got his assignments done. It was good for him to hear both those messages.
Yesterday I was sick again. The infectious disease specialist warned me that I could have flare ups of the infection and yesterday was horrible. I had a fever, was in incredible pain, and even was struggling to breath. I slept for a lot of the day and then Wendy and I went out to The Odd Couple restaurant and had a wonderful time. We had plans to go out for a drink afterwards but I was exhausted so we cam home.
I gave Wendy a new lens for our anniversary. It’s a Panasonic LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH. Lens. She has some good lenses but nothing this fast and so she is excited about it. I had bought it a couple of months ago and she knew she was getting one. I gave it to her early for Nuit Blanche. She tested it out on this photo shoot with Marley.
I also got her a backpacking hammock. Wendy works hard and doesn’t always take the time to relax. My fear was with us in the mountains was that she was going to spend a lot of time making sure we were happy and not enough time chilling out. This way I can force her (or guilt her) into taking some time and spending it on herself. She liked it and I was happy with that.
She gave me a Lowepro ProTactic 450 AW camera bag. I had been looking for a camera bag that can carry all of my stuff, plus some of the stuff I want to buy. This bag basically is the bag to rule all of my bags. That and Mark is thrilled because he can have my old bag.
So now I basically look like a balding Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. If you hear reports of middle age and balding mutant ninja turtles turned vigilante in the sewers of Saskatoon, I have an alibi.
She also got me an Altec Lansing Soundblade which will sound great in the living room.