Vacations, Christmas photos and falling through the ice
Please consider this photo, or one of the series of photos to be posted on thestar.com this Monday, as my early submission for the 2011 Mathieu family Christmas card.
At first glance it may not convey the same festive feelings as previous classics, leaning on a railing near a pig pen at summer camp, buried in a pile of leaves with my siblings or staring sullenly from the branches of an apple tree.
But, I am wearing red -- and when was the last time you saw me sporting such a natural smile when asked to pose for a photograph? Even with most of my face covered you can tell that the decision to have me wear a head and neck strap with my braces in elementary school totally paid off.
Back from vacation. Spent a few blissful weeks enjoying lots of takeout from the far corners of the city, walking and spontaneous naps. I was also able to spend a few mornings dressed up in a waterproof suit and crawling into open holes in the ice with members of the Toronto police marine unit.
I will be posting more photos, a video and full story on Monday along with tips about what to do if you, a pet, loved one or friend falls through the ice. Here is a preview: Stay out of the water.
The photo looks mighty impressive. But despite my impulse to skip wildly across the ice waving my ice picks (that thing in my hand that looks like a jump rope), heavy supervision, many warm layers and my helmet meant I was safer than I am boiling water at home.
Hope everyone enjoyed the past few weeks. Thanks to those of you who offered tips on buying tools. Will check out Canadian Tire and Lee Valley Tools on the weekend.