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  • slow few months

    June 24th, 2009 she Posted in Adventures with MOT, Flan-dom, Where No Flan Has Gone Before   No Comments »  

    For those following my blog these past two months haven’t provided much entertainment. So, I’m sorry to note that it’s not going to get much better for the next little bit.  Hopefully you’ll still find me in your RSS readers once my crazy final weeks of school/papers schedule is finished.

    I know I’m beginning to sound like a broken record but I’ve been busy with school of late. While I’m stuck in the basement writing and calculating, Drew’s been tearing apart the backyard. I’ll try to post some of the before/current state pictures soon. We’ve not reached the “after” state yet.

    This weekend we’re swooping into Vancouver for a few days and will be visiting with Drew’s aunt and cousins. Saturday will be spent at the Vancouver CSTS and those of you on the wet coast who are interested in what MOT’s been up to might catch a glimpse of him running around Vancouver before the weekend is out.

    He’s been pretty subdued since he came home from Afghanistan however it’s only a few more weeks before MOT heads to SoCal. Which reminds me, I’ve got a picture or two of MOT’s final days in the Sandbox that still needs posting.

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    MOT’s new friend

    March 6th, 2009 she Posted in Adventures with MOT   2 Comments »  

    Apparently MOT makes friends where ever he goes.  After drinking the equivalent of a small lake in coffee, MOT finally managed to get his hands on one of the coveted Timmie’s KAF baseball caps. MOT, being a generous soul and understanding the finer details of marriage thanks to explanations from his traveling companion, will be sending the cap home for me to wear soon.  YIPPEE!


    As for the rifle – MOT’s not authorized to go anywhere around the camp without carrying it with him. He’s getting pretty used to being armed to the teeth. Makes me wonder how he’s going to react when we bring him to Disneyland in the summer?

    cp: Dust My Broom – just in time for Friday Night Blues and Beer!

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    Rrroll Up the Rim

    February 25th, 2009 she Posted in Adventures with MOT   3 Comments »  

    It’s that time of year again in Canada.  Timmies annual Rrroll Up the Rim to Win contest. While everyone here is busy trying to win a vehicle or some other hot prize over in KAF the hot prize is a limited edition Timmies hat.

    So of course MOT is drinking lots of coffee in the hopes of coming home with a new friend.


    Unfortunately he hasn’t even won himself a free coffee or donut at this point.  We know he’ll keep trying.

    cp: Dust My Broom

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    February 20th, 2009 she Posted in Adventures with MOT   3 Comments »  

    It’s Friday and time for Blues and Beer!  Just in time for this momentous (and weekly) event, we’ve received a message home from MOT.  It’s been some time since we’ve heard from him but he’s apparently still in fine shape. Looks like he’s getting lots of exercise and, if his lack of dust and dirt is anything to go by, he’s apparently somewhere close to shower facilities.

    He was out and about exploring and came upon this a construction sign.


    It appears something may have gotten a little lost in translation. Good to see MOT getting involved in the reconstruction efforts.

    cp @ the Broom

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    The Torch goes to Afghanistan

    January 8th, 2009 she Posted in Adventures with MOT, Those Who Volunteered   No Comments »  

    Damian Brooks, a Canadian blogger and part of the team at The Torch is heading to Afghanistan to become an embedded blogger with the Canadian Forces. Damian is the first blogger to be invited to blog from theatre by DND. He is responsible for covering his own expenses for the trip so if you can spare any amount, no matter how small, please visit his site and click on the PayPal donate button.

    Who knows. Perhaps Damian will find the time to visit with MOT and act as MOT’s temporary escort.

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    A day in the life of MOT

    January 2nd, 2009 she Posted in Adventures with MOT   5 Comments »  

    Mr Orange Toque has been in Afghanistan for a few weeks now and has been hard at work since he hit the ground.

    His day typically starts long before the sun rises with an early morning trip to Timmies (4:30 am on this particular day).


    Sentry duty is a shared responsibility.


    After a hard days work, MOT finally manages to head to his rack and get some sleep.  After the long days (and nights) on sentry duty, he often passes out from sheer exhaustion.


    Cp at Dust My Broom

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    Attention friends and family

    December 23rd, 2008 she Posted in Adventures with MOT, Friends & Family, Those Who Volunteered   4 Comments »  


    It’s Christmas Eve in Kandahar and Drew called for a short period to let me know he’s calling Christmas morning. I have caller ID and fully intend to use it. If you’re not calling from a military switchboard I’m not picking up the phone until after I’ve spoken to Drew.

    I feel as giddy as a school girl. We’ll get 40 minutes to catch up on all the news and I’m looking forward to every second.

    It’s like my Christmas in Manila when my parents (and Drew) called the hotel to wish me Merry Christmas. Of course my parents got through the hotel switchboard on their first attempt while Drew was told to call back later since the hotel claimed I was sleeping and hadn’t even attempted to put his call through. I guess dad’s Scottish accent was unique or impressive enough to get his call put through immediately. It was neat getting calls from back home at Christmas since I did most of the calling home when I was traveling. It was a lot cheaper for me to call from my locally sourced cell phone than for anyone at home to call my hotel.

    While you’re at it, don’t call Christmas Eve either. I won’t be home.

    So how is Drew spending his Christmas Eve? Why he’s heading to Timmies for a coffee of course. I’m sure he’ll enjoy every sip.

    For any Broomers visiting I shout have updates (and photos) relating to Mr. Orange Toque’s activities soon. Drew has access to the Internet (finally) and will be forwarding details soon. He’ll catch up on blog reading soon and will be able to read any messages passed on in the comments.

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    Mr. Orange Toque goes to Afghanistan

    December 17th, 2008 she Posted in Adventures with MOT, Those Who Volunteered, Where No Flan Has Gone Before   5 Comments »  

    Having sipped wine and smoked cigarettes in Paris, watched the sun rise over the Taj Mahal, and shopped in Winnipeg, MOT decided something was missing. He’d lived a life of fun-filled abandon and it was time to take the next step. MOT found friends amongst the Canadian military and decided to go along on the latest tour to Afghanistan. Who could blame him – it was this or spend another cold winter chopping wood in the wilds of Alberta.

    Granted, he certainly didn’t like how the trip started. Being forced out of bed and into the cold at 5am wasn’t his idea of a good time. Then, there was lots of “hurry up and wait” time before the bus left for the airport at 9am. Enough time to get his picture taken with some of his luggage. As you can see MOT does not travel light. Many of his bags were shipped overseas separately from his “hand” luggage.

    MOT and some of his luggage
    MOT and some of his luggage

    Like most members of the military, MOT doesn’t know exactly when he’ll be coming home (although, he sort of knows the month) or how often he’ll have access to a computer to post updates on his adventures. He’s certain many pictures will be taken and his stories posted as soon as he can find access to the interweeb.

    While he’s away, his behaviour will be carefully monitored by the men and women of 408 TacHel Sqn from Edmonton, AB. We wish him and his associates a safe trip.

    C/p Dust My Broom

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