Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A colourful lunch

So my friend Rebecca is a tupperware salesperson.  She started just a while ago, and I've been buying things here and there ever since.  This afternoon, I looked up from my 100 spreadsheets open on my computer and looked over at my leftover lunch dishes.  Had to laugh 'cause apparently I've become quite the collector.  I took this pic for her to show her, but since I place all my orders through her I'm guessing she already knew that.  Thanks for transforming all my lunch containers to such pretty receptacles Bec!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Road Trip!

We just returned from our trip to the Kootenays.  A family reunion in Fairmont Hot Springs was the reason we went, but once there we made the most of it by taking our time coming home, camping along the way and spending the last two nights in luxury at the Sheraton Sharples (also known as James' aunt and uncle's house in Penticton).

This was supposed to be a sweet collage of all my pictures, 'cause nothing like a sweet collage to get you motivated to blog right?  But our computer is out of memory (please, how is that possible?) so I could only get a few pics.  Hmm, the sweet collage will have to wait, but in the meantime here's a few highlights from our trip.

 ~ 4 days with the Charbonneau family ( food, drink, prizes, deserts, badminton, potato sack races, more prizes)
~ exploring the funny museums we came across in towns ( Who's in for the 3 hour tour at the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel?  We weren't, but the 30 min tour was great.)
~ driving on what must be the most gorgeous highways in the world
~ bears and moose along the side of the road
~ finding a campsite with a gorgeous lake and loons to boot, when you thought you might end up sleeping in the car
~ making our way through wine country, and having to quit after two wineries because we'd already spent all our money
~ ending it all by drifting down the channel and laying by the beach in Penticton

Saturday, May 15, 2010

A day at the beach...

It's been so beautiful the past few days in Vancouver.  It feels like summer is just around the corner, and usually that means your are being tricked and it's about to start raining.  So to make the most of the good weather while it lasted, we had a crab bake down at the beach yesterday.  Our friend who is a gourmet cook took care of all the prep and cooking, so all I had to do was lay around in the sunshine 'till the food was ready.  Pretty much my idea of heaven.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Go Try It On

I was talking with some friends the other day about how now that we're older we prefer to do a lot of our clothing shopping solo.  Shopping can still be a great social activity, but if you're really serious about finding something you can move so much faster alone.  Plus, we know what we like more now and don't need approval from our friends.  And lets face it, friends aren't always that helpful.  They might not tell you their honest opinion since they don't want to hurt your feelings.  Still, sometimes you do need input from others.  Sales people can be helpful, but how often do they convince you NOT to buy something?  This is why I'm a great believer in asking strangers for their opinion.  My wedding dress was bought by doing a poll of all the people in the store and the seamstresses (who I asked to come out from the back room) between two different dresses.  That worked because most people are in a bridal store for a long time waiting around, and let's face it... they're judging your dresses whether you ask their opinion or not.  I've also asked for opinions while trying on shoes, buying purses, etc.  And you know what, strangers have never let me down.

But the problem is, you can't drag a stranger into a changing room with you to wait around while you try on outfits.  And you can't always count on a fashionable person being in the store at the same time as you.  Enter this website.  You can post pictures of your outfit, say what it's for, and get strangers opinions whenever you want!  And even more fun, you can give strangers opinions and let out your inner Stacy London (but in a nice way).  Time to get my camera out...

Friday, March 26, 2010

Spring - two ways

We were visiting Kamloops this past weekend.  I have to admit that it took a while for me to appreciate how pretty a place it can be.  Being from the coast I like lush vegetation and lots of greenery... you won't find that there.  But there is something about the light on the hills... 

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

A new favourite...

Veronica Mars.  Who knew this show was so awesome?  Well, lots of people I think.  But I just discovered it recently and have been watching it non stop ever since.  What is it about the teenage detective plot line that is so much fun?  Brings me back to my Nancy Drew days... So sad there are only three seasons.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Olympic-ing it up in Vancouver

So, the Olympics have come to Vancouver.  It's unlike anything I've ever seen before.  So many people on the streets, everyone wearing their Canada-wear, and everyone in a good mood.  Last night I met up with some friends to go wander the packed streets, catch Hey Rosetta and Stars at the Orpheum (yeah seats!), then catch the closing firework/laser show(What's it called?  Light the Spirit?  Ignite the City?) at Robson Square, AND the free Said the Whale concert after.  Any other time, that would be an epic night.  But considering that was only 1/100th of what was probably going on in town, it felt like we were taking it pretty easy.

One unexpected side effect of the Olympics is that since there is so much stuff going on, if you're say going about your regular life (work, errands, visiting friends), and just throwing in the occasional Olympic experience, you constantly feel like you're missing the boat.  The flip side is that the people who are packing in everything they can haven't slept for a week, and are possibly going to crash and burn before all is said and done.  I work like a few people like this.  Olympic overdose, it ain't pretty.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Sun Run!

Remember all my resolutions?  Well some of them are still in the 'to do' category (most actually), but there is one that's I've sort of stuck with.  I bought myself some running shoes and I signed up to run the Sun Run this year for the first time ever!  I know that 10K for most people really isn't a big deal, but I have been wanting to do this for years.  I always get excited about it in January, but then somehow lose interest, and by the time the actual Sun Run date rolls around in April I think to myself 'boy, I'm glad I don't have to run a race today'.  Not this year though, this year come race day I will be at the start line and will be crossing the finish line (hopefully in a not too embarrassing amount of time ).  Yup, feeling pretty good about this resolution.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

an update

So I did take better pics of my hair, but for some reason getting them uploaded and on line is proving to be too much for me to handle right now. So here's a blurry picture taken by ang while we were crafting it up the other day at the museum of Vancouver. At least it's something. Oh and that thing on my head was my 'craft'.

Friday, January 29, 2010

What not to say...

So, a couple of weeks ago I cut off my hair.  My inspiration was Michelle Williams' hair in the October Vogue, but really I've been contemplating this move since the summer.  My whole life I've been able to put my hair in a ponytail, and though I've been going shorter and shorter recently, it was still a big decision to cut if all off.  Also, my hair dresser moved away, so I was going to someone brand new and that is always a bit scary.  I told myself if I didn't get a good feeling, I'd bail on the whole idea and just go for a trim.  But once I got in the chair, I just decided to go for it.  After all, hair grow back.

The next day I went to work, and since I work with 90% men it took a while for anyone to notice.  Finally, a woman saw me, exclaimed 'You cut your hair!', and then all the other guys jumped in with a 'Oh, it looks nice'.  Weak.  Well all except one guy, who shall remain nameless, who demonstrated what you should never say to someone who just drastically cut their hair.

'Huh, you cut your hair', he says, 'is that what you were going for?'  OK, not exactly a compliment but I assure him that yes, this is what I wanted.  Still confused he follows up with 'So... you're happy with the way it turned out?'

Well yes I was, but clearly he thought I made the worst mistake of my life.  Thank goodness I was happy with it or I would have been crying in the bathroom!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Books, books, books.

Read the Printed Word!

Isn't this a cute picture?  You can find a whole bunch of these at Read The Printed Word.

So many books, so little time.  That's how I feel sometime.  I have a ton of books on my to-read list, but let's face it, reading is one of those activities that requires your total commitment and concentration.  It's hard to multi-task while reading, and since I'm not one of those knitters that can both read AND knit often times, the books get pushed away for other forms of entertainment.

And sometimes, even when I finally get to reading those books on my list, I end up stranded in the middle and unable to work up the will power to finish.  That's one of the reasons I love short stories so much.  In one sitting you get through an entire story, no lingering guilt about unfinished chapters.  I just finished reading Alice Munro's Runaway, a book of short stories recommended by my mom, and it was a fantastic reminder of why I love this format.  Has anyone else read it?  If not, it's worth your time.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Some things about myself...

Hi friends!

Sorry for the 10 day (eep) absence from blogger-land.  For anyone who's still checking/caring about where I've been, I was swallowed up by the work monster.  My crazy January schedule has long stretches of time off, followed up by intense spurts of working.  It was because of this that I found myself working 60 hours in 5 days last week.  And because I was not accustomed to working that hard, 48 hours in I ended up with a cold.  Lucky for me, lots of rest + cold FX (Does anyone else feel like this stuff is amazing?) and I'm on the mend.  I even managed to go out and enjoy the sunshine yesterday, then check out Sherlock Holmes (huge girl-crush on Rachel McAdams and general love of Robert Downey Jr.), and end the night at the Ukrainian Village restaurant which I've been meaning to check out for years (perogies and cabbage rolls yum!).


So, a little while back Bec nominated me for a beautiful blogger award.  Thanks Bec!  It was very nice of her, and as part of this I'm supposed to share 7 things about myself that you might not know.  It's hard to think of 7 things but here we go...

1. Though I'm conflicted about the amount of money being spent on the Games, and I like to grumble about how inconvenient things will be, I'm actually pretty excited for the Olympics.

2. The first section of the paper I read is the style section - does that make me shallow?

3. I've recently re-discovered my love of Tetris and Mine Sweeper.

4. I once suggested naming our future children Buffy and Xander.  And was only 70% joking.

5. I don't really like Shakespeare.  There, I've said it.

6. I have only been to two opera performances in my life, but I cried both times even though I didn't know what the heck was going on.

7. I have never jumped off the high diving board.  Wuss.

As the second part of this I'm supposed to share some of my picks for Beautiful Blogs.  So, here are a few that I've been really enjoying lately:

Jimmycorp (Of course I had to give a shout out to my husband!  I don't think he'd mind being called beautiful)
A Cup of JO (For all the lovely places/people/things she posts about)
camp comfort  (For the great clothes)
ellenitza (For the way she takes pictures of her outfits all the time)
Farmama (For the glimpse into a way of life so different from my own)

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Christmas Roundup

Christmas tree ~ family dinner at our place ~ the Olympic rings as seen from my office window on Christmas Eve ~ Christmas Eve yule log at work ~ James posing it up in Kamloops ~ a very very cold walk to see lights (hence the very very blurry photo) ~ never too many guitars at Brian's ~ and a slushy but beautiful drive home

Yes, it's a bit late, but since I finally downloaded my pictures I thought I'd share them just the same.  I completely neglected my camera (as usual), so these are just the few pictures I remembered to take on my phone.  What a nice Christmas it was.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Feeling inspired

Yes, new year, new inspiration.  Now that the holiday hoopla is behind me, I feel the need to direct my energy to some new projects.  Of course, I have several knitting/weaving projects lined up to start now that I've finished making Christmas presents.  Actually, quite a few, probably too many... but not to worry now.  Now is the time for setting even more goals for myself than can realistically be completed by a person who is, let's face it, a little bit lazy.  But I am feeling like trying some projects in areas of my life other than yarn-related pursuits, so here we go.

First, I would like to have this bedroom ( photographed by Eric Roth and posted on desire to inspire).

I like how simple and un-fussy this is, but the real reason I feel like trying to recreate this bedroom is because we sort of already have all the elements.  OK, we don't have the cute window, or the wooden slat walls (and renting our place means no chance of matching either, or the paint colour for that matter).  But, we do have a cream quilt in storage, a wrought iron bed, and a standing lamp.  Our bedroom right now is a zero on the style scale, because we really haven't tried to make it look nice.  But perhaps this is the year when we put a bit of effort into it, and maybe even get some new dressers to go with this look.

I would also like to learn some new recipes.  This one is kind of a given to happen, because I'm a bit of a  recipe book/food website junkie, and I often like to try new things.  But what I'd really like to learn is a few more Japanese home cooking style dishes.  I found this recipe for Okonomiyaki, or Japanese pancakes and it seems like as good a place to start as any.  Lucky for me, Vancouver is a pretty easy place to find Japanese ingredients.  I should learn to use them a little more.

Another reason for looking for new recipes is that one of the new years resolutions I forgot to mention is that I want to stop cooking with meat.  Even though the Okonomiyaki recipe above calls for bacon, I'd just skip over that part.  I'm not interested in becoming a vegetarian because I would find it a too restrictive, and let's be serious, I'm not really cut out for restrictive diets.  I will still eat meat at restaurants and other peoples homes.  But I've never really liked cooking meat (too much trouble, too much mess, and I have a secret fear of poisoning people - also why you'll never find me canning beans).  And as part of trying to be a bit greener this year, James and I figured this would be a good place to start.  It was funny, reading the paper today I came across this article in the globe and mail.  I guess Leah McLaren is feeling the same way - especially after she did poison her guests. Yikes!

And finally, because I have not yet managed to break away from my shopping ways, I'd really love to get a pair of cute moccasins like these from Penelopes.

So, I guess strictly speaking this is not a project for the new year.  But aren't they cute?  And I'm sure I'd be more inspired to come up with a few more ideas while wearing these.