Olympus OM-D E-M10

Last night Jordon stopped by my work and told me he picked up my Olympus OM-D E-M10 camera from Don’s Photo in Saskatoon.  This is what it looks like.

Silver Olympus OM-D E-M10

It’s an upgrade over the Olympus PEN E-PL2 that Jordon gave me for Christmas in 2013.  I love that camera but this one is faster, has better image quality, a viewfinder, wifi, and is better in low light.  I am super excited to try this out and master it.

I already have a collection of lenses from my E-PL2 so I am set there.  Now I just need to master the new camera. 

Marley

Marley

After Maggi died, we know that we would get a new dog.  After looking around at some rescue dogs (and having some weird conversations with some of them), we found a black lab at the Saskatoon SPCA.  Jordon looked at the profile and filled out an online application.

Elway, Maggi, and Hutch had all come from the SPCA so they approved our application in no time.  We went out to the SPCA on Wednesday and asked for a black lab named Civic.

Out came this dog which looks to us to be a black lab/terrier mix.  After meeting him for a minute, Jordon decided to adopt him when they told us that he was spaded.  Ummm, we thought it was a male dog.  It wasn’t.  Even some of the SPCA staff thought it was a he (which is what the online profile said).  Again, it wasn’t a big deal so we took him, err, her home.

She isn’t that socialized yet and is still a puppy.  She leads with her teeth which means that we all have bite marks all over us.  This morning she woke Jordon up by chewing on his face.  That has gotten old quickly.

She has bonded with all of us except for Oliver who is a little scared by a high energy puppy who likes to pounce.  Oh right, Hutch hates Marley.  Marley loves to romp, pounce, and play.  Hutch likes to grump a lot.  They will need some time.

It’s been an adjustment for me.  I am used to mature dogs.  Marley is a puppy with endless energy and hasn’t learned any obedience yet.  It’s been fun but her and I have a lot to learn.

Happy Birthday Jordon!

It’s Jordon’s 41st birthday today.  To celebrate I got Mark and Oliver up early and we gave him his gift which was a Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Lens for his Pentax camera.

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Lens

He will use it to shoot Mark’s football this fall with and maybe some wildlife.  I hope he likes it.  Of course Mark is super excited as it means that he gets Jordon’s older Sigma 70-210 lens.  He sees it as a win-win.

Mark gave him a new Starbucks Travel Mug

Starbucks Travel Mug

Oliver gave him Saskatoon’s Electric Transit: the Story of Saskatoon’s Streetcars and Trolley Buses by Easten Wayman

Saskatoon's Electric Transit by Easten Wayman

It’s a used book from Westgate Books.

They also ordered Jordon a 65 litre backpack for our trip to Grey Owl’s cabin.  It’s big enough that we can pack Oliver in it and have room to spare.

North 49 - 55 litre backpack

It is Jordon’s day off today.  I took it off to hang out with him.  After the boys were off to school, we went for coffee at City Perk and then grabbed lunch at the Spring Roll on 33rd.  This afternoon we are  off for a long walk as Jordon tried out his new lens and then to Broadcast House where Jordon does his 5:15 roundtable with David Kirton and Cynthia Block.

New Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M10

Jordon got a great year end bonus.  Instead of spending it on himself, he decided to get me a new camera.  We looked at a variety of Olympus options from the Olympus PEN E-PL5 and E-PL7 to an older Olympus OM-D E-M5 but decided on the Olympus OM-D E-M10.  

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mirrorless Camera

I ordered the Olympus OM-D E-M10 from Don’s Photo in Saskatoon and I hope to have it in a couple of weeks.  Thanks to Jordon who bought (and surprised me) with the Olympus PEN E-PL2 and two Christmases ago and surprised me with the decision to get me this camera.  I can’t wait.

Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day.

Jordon is working today but I am not.  He did get up early and gave me a new “Canada” spring jacket, a chocolate rose that I wanted and a chocolate rose (my favourite kind of rose).  He also took me down to the CP Rail Bridge in Saskatoon and put a love lock on the stairwell.  The wind was howling and it was unbelievably cold by the time that we climbed the three flights of stairs.  By the time we got back to the car our ears and faces were frozen.  I’m glad he did it.  It was a great romantic gesture.   He does this romance stuff well.

I got him a new hat by Under Armour.  His old hat was stolen out of our Mazda.  It’s not the same but it is close enough and I think he looks good in it.

Under Armour Hat

Think of it as lingerie for bald guys.  Before you comment that I am horrible at this Valentine’s Day stuff, I actually am and this is what Jordon wanted.

For tonight, we are ordering in.  We have tried to go out many times over the years and the food sucks on Valentine’s Day in so many places.  They seat us late, rush some food out, and rush us out.  Not exactly romantic.  There are better nights for us to go out and enjoy being a couple.

We aren’t sure where we are ordering in from yet but I could go for some pizza or Vietnamese food.  After the kids go to bed, we’ll chill out over some gourmet coffee and music to chill out to.  There is a reason why we have a 60 gig iTunes library.

I hope you are having a good day as well.

Gear Check

With the hike to Grey Owl’s Cabin feeling a little closer, we picked up some gear for it this week.

  • Jordon and I both got some toques to sleep in.  It will get down to 6 degrees at night so we needed some toques and glove to sleep in.  Jordon has a couple pair of lightweight gloves but I still need a pair of those.
  • We got some travel containers for liquids.  I have bio-degradable soap but I needed some bottles to carry it in.  I can also pack up some bio-degradable shampoo.  We all like clean hair.
  • Along with some containers for the liquids, Jordon picked up some pot scrubbers.  I wasn’t even thinking of those but since we are cooking out of the same pots and don’t want to carry dirty ones, the couple of ounces it weighs will be worth it.
  • Dawgs has an outlet store in Circle Centre Mall so we picked up a pair of their men’s Spirit Shoes for Mark.  Jordon and I have a pair and they will be comfortable to slip into at the end of a day of hiking.  We picked up a pair for Oliver as well.  At $8, the price can’t be beat.
  • Finally we picked up what will the start of our First Aid Kit.  It has the essentials but I am going to put them in a larger hard plastic waterproof case that will hold some Extra Strength Advil and Tylenol, some moleskin and other things that will come in helpful if we need it.

Restaurant Review: Wok Box

Over the last couple of years Jordon and I have stopped by the Wok Box about a dozen times.  

I often get the Buttered Chicken on Rice but have had a wide variety of meals over the last couple of years.    The Mongolian and chicken teriyaki with noodles is quite tasty and the Wor Wonton is okay (needs more meat in it).  At the end of the day it is a fast food restaurant with an Asian twist.  You walk in, order, get your food quickly and it is up to you to decide if you want to stay or go.  It’s not amazing but for what it is, it is pretty good.

The only thing that disappoints me on the menu is the spring rolls.  They are clearly supplied by a commercial food services company and just tossed in the deep fryer.  They are the same as if you bought some from a grocery store and did them at home.

Unlike a McDonald’s, the recipe is quite varied.  There have been some times when we have been there and haven’t been totally happy with the meal.  The preparation was fine, it just wasn’t what I was expecting.   That happens.

In the end it is pretty good fast food restaurant to stop by at when I get tired of the regular rotation.

Wok Box
3055 Clarence Ave S
Saskatoon, SK S7J4M2

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