Saturday, March 5, 2011

2010 San Francisco Day 6

Day 6 of our trip started with breakfast at Denny's. Their breakfast puppies looked very much like Timbits but we didn't try them. We then drove to Calistoga and stopped to see the old faithful geyser in that town. It erupted a few times in 45 minutes we were there.

I dropped Carol off at a spa and spent some time at a local coffee shop called yo el rey. A neat little place and highly recommended. We had lunch after that at Bosko's, an Italian restaurant and then left to go back south to the bay area. On the way we stopped at the petrified forest where they had many tree remnants that had turned into stone a long time ago.

The rest of the way we passed vineyard after vineyard. The whole Napa valley is filled with vineyards from one end to the other. It's quite the sight but unfortunately I don't have any pictures.

2010 San Francisco Day 5

It's been 10 months now since Carol and I did our California trip and life's much different now but I realize that I've only posted one half of our pictures and only wrote about the first half of our trip so I'd like to remedy that.

On day 5 of our trip we left Monterey in the morning. We started with the 17 mile drive. The most memorable things from that drive are the dunes and wildflowers by the beach, rock stacks and the big rock of bird-poop a few meters out in the ocean where all the seals would congregate. The last thing and the most touristy of the things on this drive was the lone cypress. I'm sure you've seen it in pictures or movies before.

After that we left the Monterey area and drove north, through San Francisco again and stopped by the Golden Gate bridge. The best views of the bridge are from the two lookouts to the north of the bridge. Out of these two I enjoyed the abandoned military base on a hill to the north-west of the bridge the best. Awesome views of the city behind the bridge.

We then left the bridge and on recommendations of friends drove down into Sausolito. Our GPS sent us down the steepest, most winding narrow road I've ever driven on. It was something you don't see in Ontario. When we arrived in Sausolito, though, both of us felt too tired to explore so we continued up north, got stuck in rush hour traffic but eventually made it to Santa Rosa. We ended the day at Thai Taste with coconut juice, beer and some decent thai food.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Verzichten (to do without)

For the last little while (few months) I've been eyeing Android phones. Now the phone I've been waiting for came out in the states and I have an opportunity to get friends to bring me one across the border. The dilemma is that this would put me back $600-$700 which is quite a bit since we just bought a house.

Carol knows how much I've been wanting one of these so she said she'd strike a deal: I get the phone but don't get anything else until we do the first largish renovation in our place (which she really wants). This didn't strike me as fair since she's always cheap and I always end up getting the expensive things I want. So I changed the deal and told her that I should hold off on a smartphone until we've done the first largish reno. This is fair.

This brings me to the point of this post (if anyone is still reading after these two paragraphs). The point is that we have so much stuff and usually just get whatever we want. In the "developed" world we don't usually know what it means to forgo something. We're like kids. The more toys we get the less we value the toys we already got. For me this means that forcing myself to forgo a smartphone for the near future means that I realize I actually have a lot of "stuff" to play with. There's the camera, the guitars, projects around the house. When we actually forgo one thing we might realize that what we have is already more than enough, maybe even too much.

I should really value my stuff more instead of letting it catch dust in a corner.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Gabriel's 4th month

Gabriel is now 4 1/2 months old already. It's crazy. When I look at old pictures and videos of him its apparent how much he's changed.

Some areas are getting better. He sleeps through the night now most of the time. He can entertain himself for a few minutes now and when you sit beside him sometimes even longer. He's also good with only four feedings in a day. All those things are pretty great.

Some areas are getting worth, though. His cradle cap (and maybe psoriasis?) and his eczema are pretty bad. Last night he scratched himself so much that half his scalp was covered in blood and the skin was pretty much raw. He sleeps with socks now. We're also not looking forward to the teething stage which could start anytime now.

Overall he's good though despite the worries and the tiredness. Below you'll find some more pictures of him. Enjoy.

The album:

2010 Gabriel 4th Month

A selection of the images:

A sleeping baby makes his parents happy.

A proud mommy.

A happy baby makes his parents happy, too.

Enjoying life to the fullest. In fact he does everything to the fullest. There is no subtlety with this child.

Looking all tough.

Wearing a turban which is really a hat and gauze so his scalp heals again after the major scratches.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Gabriel's 2nd & 3rd months

Gabriel grew and changed a lot, for the better. He's interactive now, smiling at you, trying to talk. He'd also like to walk if he could.

You'll find new pictures at

2010 Gabriel 2nd Month

2010 Gabriel 3rd Month

Following is a small sample of pictures.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The futility of most prayers

"When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures."
~ St. James (James 4:3)

I daresay most people ask with wrong motives most of the time. God's not a heavenly vending machine.

My faith has been thoroughly shaken by this. God transcends our petty prayers. He is. Period. It doesn't matter whether we receive what we pray for. Indeed if most of our prayers are wrong it's a waste of time and energy to pray them.

Most answered prayers mean nothing and shouldn't be used to strengthen our faith in God. Most unanswered prayers mean exactly as little and shouldn't be used to discredit our faith. We believe in God because He is. Nothing more, nothing less. Every other ground is sinking sand.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Gabriel Wentland

Gabriel Wentland was born July 23rd, 2010 at North York General Hospital. Since then he's caused mom and dad a lot of stress and joy.

You can read more about the labour & delivery at Carol's blog:

The run-down is: baby and mom are healthy. Still for quite a while baby had problems breastfeeding and never got enough and always was cranky. Today we got an appointment at the Newman Breastfeeding Clinic ( where they helped us tremendously with breastfeeding, discovered Gabriel had a tongue tie and cut it. Now he feeds well and is a happy and quiet little camper.

Following are a few pictures of Gabriel. You can find more at