In theory this blog covers Montreal, but I seem to better at writing my sporadic posts when I am somewhere between a few hundred and a few thousand miles away. It may be because when we travel with the Giraffe there is enforced hotel downtime for such things as naps and 7:30 bedtime and when I travel for work there is no Giraffe. It's probably a good time to mention that the sporadic nature of posting is likely to get worse as there is some big news...
Child #2 is on the way - tentatively named the Cashew (that was the size of the foetus when I decided on the name). We are excited and once again I appreciate the fact that pregnancy is not always fun. K has had nausea since 4 weeks (and she is now approaching 19 weeks pregnant). And the first time round, there's the advantage that there's no other child to focus on but this time we have the Giraffe and so I have more respect for how well she's coping. This time, I'm not finding out the gender before birth but K has already done so. If you want to know, ask her.
Since New York (my last posting) I have been to Phoenix, Houston, Calgary, and for the first time in my life to Tokyo. I have been here since Wednesday afternoon (it's now Friday lunchtime) and I leave in a few hours. Thanks to meetings, I haven't seen much but I'll share a few pictures. I have had some good Japanese food and been reminded that while I can manage Europe without much jetlag, Asia can be really tough.
As to Montreal, well it's the year for a mayoral election so we'll see what that brings. Winter has been bearable so far - snow is way down on last year's almost record level but January was cold and I was exposed to -28C for the first time in my life. Once again I was impressed with how everyone just gets on with life (though we do all talk about how cold it is). February has been milder with freeze-thaw cycles and the early return of numerous and deep potholes. To show how much cold weather gets to you, I prefer days of -5C and nights of -15C (23F and 4F respectively) to days of 2C and nights of -5C. It's drier and crisper at those temperatures and cold damp weather feels much worse.
Enough on weather - the Giraffe is doing well. He's now 28 months old and definitely quite a character - talking so much, repeating much of what we say and being a 2 year old at various points in the day. Of course, just when you get so frsutrated with your child, he does something so sweet that you forget all that, although one aspect of teenage life that I wouldn't mind showing up soon is the tendency to get up late. Even though your child waking you at 5:30 is better than any alarm clock, it's still not good.