May 11
Samsung Galaxy Watch6

Back to smart watches for the spring time. I sold the Pixel Watch 2 to get the Samsung Galaxy Watch6. I find it be a more refined watch compared to the Pixel. Kudos to Google though, for their second iteration, the Pixel 2 was very very good. I think my next jump (or consideration) back to the Pixel watch lineup might be when they release the Pixel 10 Pro and release the Pixel Watch 4 to go with it. I plan to hang onto my current setup (Pixel 6 Pro and Galaxy Watch6) until then.

Anyway, I've been wear this Galaxy watch for about two weeks now. I find it more versatile (all of my 20mm standard watch bands bands fit it and look great!) and I like the UX over the Pixel Watch. The only things that don't seem to work with my Pixel phone without "hacking" the watch are ECG (which I have rarely used), blood pressure monitoring (again, infrequently used) and synchronizing bedtime mode with my phone. I get around that last part by just setting a scheduled bedtime on the watch (eg: display and notifications turn off at 10PM).


Apr 2
Miki's [an] Egg Salad Sandwich

(Serves 2, 450 calories per serving)

Ingredients

Instructions

Cut the hard boiled eggs in half. Chop and set aside the egg whites. In a medium bowl, mash the yolk, mayonnaise, mustard, salt & pepper until smooth and creamy. Add the egg whites and the remaining ingredients and stir well. Serve on toasted bread.

How to make hard boiled eggs

Put eggs in a pot, fill with cold water until water covers eggs. Bring to a boil then remove from heat. Cover and let sit for 12-13 minutes. Rinse with cold water until eggs are completely cooled.


Mar 31
Happy birthday John!

I say this all the time but you're the best kid any parent could ask for. Keep being who you are, you will go far in life. I love you more than 🌻 sunflowers love the 🌞 sun.


Mar 26
Miki's Garlic Dip (For Pizza)

Super simple:

  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • dash of Italian seasoning¹ (to taste)

Mix well in a bowl. Serve immediately or refrigerate overnight for full flavour.

¹Next time I will try adding a bit of dried dill instead of the Italian seasoning.


Mar 22
Top hat ceremony day

Canal is opening today. John and I are heading out to get some pancakes.


Mar 4
Back to mechanical watches for a while

Although I love my Pixel Watch and Fitbit, I am momentarily back to a traditional mechanical watch. I bought a Hamilton Khaki Aviation Pilot Pioneer Mechanical Chrono (quite a mouthful) on Jomashop.com for an incredible deal and I've been wearing it nonstop. I love winding it, breathing life into it every day. Mine is accurate to +4s/day consistently (some I've read are -+2s/day). It has a silicon balance spring which is something I swore would be a prerequisite for every "real" watch I buy since I owned a Tissot Ballade.


Feb 26
One-Pot Orzo Vegetable Soup

I cooked up my take on this recipe for dinner tonight and it was a roaring success. John suggested adding bacon so I fried up some of my dad's smoked bacon--diced to small bits--and added it towards the end. (We've been adding a bit of meat back into our diet here and there.)

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp butter or oil of choice
  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • 1 cup carrots, diced
  • 1/2 cup asparagus, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 4 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 3/4 cup orzo pasta
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1/3 cup black beans, canned
  • 2-3 slices smoked bacon, diced (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat butter or oil in a pot over medium heat
  2. Add onion and garlic (optionally smoked bacon can be added here), sauté until tender (~4 minutes)
  3. Add carrots, asparagus and sauté (~4 minutes)
  4. Add stock, water, orzo, tomatoes, thyme, basil and Italian seasoning and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally.
  5. Reduce to medium-low heat and simmer (8-10 minutes)
  6. Stir in spinach and black beans at the last minute
  7. If you didn't add smoked bacon in step 2 but fried some up separately like I did, this is when to add it.
  8. Season with salt and pepper to taste

Serves 3-4 people.


Jan 1
And we're off...

I'm not sure what I'm going to do with this space in 2024. I've been neglecting it for months. I've also been neglecting photography, sketching, journaling, reading, working out... It's almost like I should make a resolution to correct all of that. "I'll do it in the afternoon!"


November 20, 2023

October 28, 2023
Google Pixel Watch 2

Was planning to write a review about my new Pixel watch but I can't be bothered to now. I'll just say I never figured myself being into smartwatches or fitness trackers before this year. That all changed when I got the Fitbit Sense 2.

Then later in the year I had the chance to try the Pixel Watch 1 before the Watch 2 was released. It was missing some features from the Fitbit I was used to and the battery on it barely lasted a day--whereas the Fitbit Sense 2 lasts a week!--but it still integrated so well with my phone that I started to like it a lot.

I said to myself I would only consider the switch from the Fitbit Sense 2 if the Pixel Watch 2 addressed those issues. Well, it did, so I did.

Nikki inherited the Sense 2 and I'm super happy she is able to use it. I hope she loves it as much as I did.

In conclusion, I like these devices a lot.


October 12, 2023
Small step for man, giant leap for Miklos

Last week I received a letter from CBP indicating I no longer need to chase after a waiver, I am free to cross over to the US whenever I would like.

(I'm downplaying the [20 year] gap in my life and the journey to get here and how big and important of a deal this is to me personally. It's been life-altering.)

To test this newfound access, Pircsi and I decided on a quick trip to Target, then to Olive Garden for dinner. Great success! The border was no hassle. We got through in less than a minute. I took a moment to take it all in, and it all seemed very surreal. It still does this morning.

Oh, in less important but just as exciting news, I pre-ordered a Pixel Watch 2 and it arrived yesterday. I'll do a separate post on that in a bit.

Everything is coming up Milhouse.

Except for dropping my phone in the Target parking lot last night and shattering the screen.


September 11, 2023
Junior Brown in Lake Erie

Junior Brown. The best brown dog to ever step foot in Lake Erie.


August 21, 2023
Junior living his best life

He was made for this.


August 21, 2023

August 21, 2023
Sunrise fishing

Another beautiful morning on the island.


August 18, 2023
Mushroom season

Nikki's favourite season. 🍄


August 7, 2023
Canal Days Fireworks

This was the third encore for the Civic Day fireworks. Port Colborne knows how to put on a good show. Canal Days was a blast this year, we enjoyed it a lot and made lots of new memories.


August 4, 2023

July 31, 2023
Meaty Monday

And John popping a wheelie.


July 20, 2023
The Android Auto fix in our Honda Civic

Android Auto stopped working in Nikki's 2018 Honda Civic tonight out of nowhere. For anyone who has this issue, for us a reset on her audio system was the fix. Going to Settings, System and doing a Factory Reset. After that, when we plugged a USB cable into the Android Auto-compatible port and connected her phone it successfully started setting it up again.

It actually didn't entirely set it up properly until we also manually paired HandsFreeLink, by disconnecting the cable first, then pairing it through the car's Bluetooth menu.