Monday

That was Roxy's funny face day. My youngest son and I laughed a lot at my dog, and I got some nice photos out of it. I'm sure I will miss those days when he starts school next fall. Although he might be confrontational sometimes (4 years old), he's such a sweet boy. He talks a LOT, and like to laugh. Such a beautiful laugh. I should probably film him more to have a record of that cute little laugh, but the reflex is always toward photography. On a side note, it snowed all weekend. We have quite a bit on the ground now.

Tuesday

My oldest boy was going snow-shoeing with his school today. I was not able to go but my wife did. She had her Olympus E-PM2 and brought me some souvenirs of the day I missed.

Wednesday

I thought I would be fine this winter. January was great. Even though it is a really cold winter, I went out a lot. I ran and I photographed, not caring much about the weather. But today, it hit me like a train... the usual winter funk. I don't know why but February is always the hardest month for me. When I look back over the last few years, I have very few photos from January to March. I think I hibernate.

Like I said, this year was up to a great start. Sunday, I went out for close to a 10km run in a blizzard. It went well but when I started to cool down (strange to say that when it's -15°C out there), the pain started. I had some problems with my left calf for over a year and a half, but it was under control... until my Achilles' heal began to hurt Sunday. I also got a sharp pain under my right foot. That's what you get from running on crappy ground. It is a mix of ice, rocks and snow and although it looks nice on the surface, it is very uneven and slippery when your foot hit the ground. My wife hurt her foot Saturday and I hurt mine Sunday. We are both pissed off about it. Still, with some ice, the pain went down in the following days. When I went for a run today, all seemed right... until I hit the hill and the pain got back. Oh well, I will need to take it easy for a couple of weeks. No long run next Sunday. :(

On the photography side, February is tough on my motivation. This winter is cold. Really freaking cold. Getting outside to shoot takes a lot of will, which I lack desperately. It's also the time of the year when I question myself about my work. Is it good? Can I satisfy myself with "good enough"? Where do I go from here? Then I remember a video I saw in 2009. Zack Arias did this for a guest post on Scott Kelby's blog. Each year, at this time of the year, I watch it again. Here it is.

Thursday

Mya was having surgery today (castration). After I left her at the vet, I went to eat eggs Benedict at Cora who just moved to a new building. The view on the river is great and they will have a very nice terrace this summer. Surgery went well for Mya. Gah! I said HER again... I can't get it into my head to say him.

Friday

My wife's co-worker's dad (that's complicated) makes the best smoked salmon I ever ate. We opened our last pack today and I cook some chia seeds bagels to go with it. It was delicious. 

Saturday

Happy Valentine's day! During my daughter's dance class, I went shopping for a bottle of red wine for dinner. I stopped by some train wagons to take pictures. I didn't stay long, too cold outside.

Mya is still tired from surgery. My daughter took good car of him (it's so hard to say him after saying her for 5 months).

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