Saturday, December 24, 2005

Now it's 14!

Pk and I just went for a little stroll down the street to the Savary Island Pie Company where they make the best pies ever. We picked up a Strawberry-Rhubarb and a Raspberry-Blueberry pie. It's 14 and raining today. Typical Christmas weather.

It's nice to have a few days off to relax. We went to the mall to do our christmas shopping yesterday. Shopping is exhausting. Malls are exhausting. We've been avoiding the mall all week but had to venture in if either of us wanted to get any presents for eachother. I hate shopping.

Today we're going to have some nibblies for dinner - shrimp ring, cheese and crackers, maybe some wine. Tomorrow we're off to my aunt's place in Langley for the day. Monday we'll have our own christmas dinner - Tofurkey, potatoes, asparagus, etc. MMM!

I made pancakes, breakfast sausages, and shredded hashbrowns for breakfast this morn. I'm starting to get hungry again. I can't wait to start nibbling, watch A Christmas Story, and open ONE present before santa comes.

I'm just rambling.

Merry Christmas Eve!

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

It's 11 degrees!

My parka is lonely. It's been hanging in the closet, unworn, with no chance to feel the -25 degrees it is so used to. I went to work in a sweater today. Not three sweaters layered... but just my comfy sweatshirt and a sweater. It's expected to stay around 11 degrees for the wknd too. It's also expected to rain all wknd... which means I need to get new shoes. I've worn out the sole of my left shoe which appears to attract the rain into my heel. We'll have to drive up into the mountains to see some snow. Pk went skiing last Sunday. Check out his blog for some great pics from up high.

In celebration of his first skiing wknd. Here is a watercolour I painted of pk a while back.



Time for bed. gnight.

Monday, December 19, 2005

I am a Money Magnet! Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

We've been in our new place for about a month now and there are many things that make this place so much nicer than our old place... no fighting neighbours, interesting neighbourhood, quaint village shoppes, gorgeous seawalk, stellar mountain views... the list goes on. But there is one thing that makes it all the more wonderful and interesting... it rains money in our yard.

Paul and I have been out in the yard, enjoying the mild weather and the stars and what do we find? Pennies. We've found 4 of them so far. That's one for every week we've been here. I think that's a pretty good growth in interest. They're just there, lying in the grass, or in the flowerbeds.. I don't know where they're coming from but I'll take it!

I took a few more pics around our seawalk. I didn't see ol'Westie this time...


Here's a view of the Lion's Gate Bridge and the North Shore.


The Seawalk


Dundarave Pier


Dundarave Pier


Ambleside By The Sea


We found snow!... well more like frost, but close enough!


The seawalk view


Dundarave beach


pk pose


The seawalk


Our waving shadows


Click here to see the seawalk webcam!

Monday, December 12, 2005

Westie, the lochwest monster



Another spotting of the Lochwest monster was reported this weekend. Local West Vancouverite Ingenium was able to catch the sighting on her digital camera while strolling along the Ambleside seawalk. "I was taking photos of the foggy view for my folks back home when all of a sudden this head popped out of the water." Ingenium said. "It appeared to be just relaxing, watching all the people as they walked by.

The photo of the sighting was the second indication that the Lochwest monster has returned to the area. Reports were made of a strange noise coming from the darkness of the water the previous night. "It was this squeeking noise that seemed to follow us along the seawalk as we were making our way back home from the Christmas Tree lights display over by the Dundarave Pier." said Intrepidus, a local novelist.

Authorities say it was simply a seal that had lost it's way but longtime Ambleside resident Ms. Elde Rly knows the truth. "I've seen ol'Westie many a time here. She's a friendly ol'gal. She likes to visit every once and a while and I know she ain't no seal!"

The sighting created some excitement along the seawalk as people who spotted Westie stopped in their tracks and moved in closer to the rocks to get a better glimpse of the old sea monster. A team of sea kayakers followed Westie to research her movements. As of Sunday evening, there have been no known reports of any more sightings of the Lochwest sea monster but according to the locals, they will always keep an eye out, ready to say hello to their old friend Westie.



In other news, the village experienced a heavy fog that quietly blanketed the northshore for most of the day. Ingenium took a few shots of a nearby beach and surrounding area. Here are a few of her photos.





Intrepidus can be seen here in the community park garden down the street from his new home which can be seen just behind the trees.

It may have been foggy but Ingenium was still able to get a nice clear shot of the flowers in her backyard.






Ingenium was in quite a creative mood this weekend and ended up building her own mini Christmas tree using four clothes hangers, some pipecleaners, green garland and some mini nova lights in blue (her favourite colour). She used some miniature snowmen ornaments to decorate her creation.


Stay tuned for more news from the local Ambleside Village residents in the very near future.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

PK FINISHED HIS NOVEL!

CONGRATULATIONS TO NOVELIST INTREPIDUS!
Dear Paul,
For the past 30 days I've witnessed all the effort that has gone into finishing your novel. You've worked so hard and the results show it! I'm so proud of you... and so very happy for you too!

Your novel is wonderful, as are you.

You're wonderful!
You're fantabulous!
You're amazing!

Congrats!
/no;)
(btw, You're hot!)

Click Here to find out how to check out pk's novel.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

The Move

Friday night pk and I got the keys to our new apt. We dropped off three loads of our belongings in our car. Luckily we now live on the main floor so there were no stairs to lug heavy boxes up (though we... i mean Pk, had to lug the heavy boxes down the stairs of our old place).

Saturday morning we did another couple loads of the small random things that we didn't actually get around to packing and then we picked up a van, went to Timmy's for some fuel and met up with our friend Carlos who was helping us move.

The move went quite smoothly and the neighbours never came out so I don't think they actually know that we have left yet. I can picture the girl coming up the back stairs to ask us if she can use our phone and then looking through the window and seeing an empty kitchen... hehe...

Anyway... we finished the move in the afternoon and spent the evening relaxing with beer and sushi... mmm mmm mmm!

A big Thank You goes to Carlos for all his help.

Sunday we took a trip to Ikea to get a lamp set and a bookcase which we enabled us to finally unpack the boxes and boxes of books we hadn't touched since we were in Toronto. It was nice to get rid of all of those. Of course the lamps were typically Ikea - the one lamp in the set doesn't work and the lightbulbs suggestions on the box doesn't actually fit! Typical....

So we've been unpacking and getting settled in to our new home.

Pics will be coming soon... once all the boxes are out of the way...

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Surprise! I'm Severus!

Actually it's a tie...


You scored as Severus Snape. Well you're a tricky one aren't you? Nobody quite has you figured out and you'd probably prefer it stayed that way. That said you are a formidable force by anyone's reckoning, but there is certainly more to you than a frosty exterior and a bitter temper.


Harry Potter

85%

Severus Snape

85%

Remus Lupin

80%

Albus Dumbledore

80%

Ginny Weasley

80%

Hermione Granger

70%

Sirius Black

65%

Ron Weasley

60%

Draco Malfoy

35%

Lord Voldemort

30%

Your Harry Potter Alter Ego Is...?
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Potter Prejudice

Pk and I went to see Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire this wknd. It was thoroughly enjoyable. Lots of action - though the movie seemed to fly through everything a bit too quickly... but that's understandable considering it's one of the longer books and a lot happens that can't possibly fit in 2.5 hrs.

The next movie I want to see is the new Pride & Prejudice... though I have a feeling its not one that pk would like to sit through with me. Brooke, I wish you were here so we could see it together... and then daydream about having picnics in the countryside speaking in english accents... sigh...

So the big moving day is arriving soon. I'm taking the day off work on Thursday to start packing so everything will be ready to go when we get the van on Saturday.
I'm looking forward to this whole deal being over. The neighbours below apologized yesterday which is all nice and good. He said he turns into a different person when he drinks and his New Year's resolution is to cut down. It's great that he realizes why they fight... but I really don't want to have to put up with them screaming at each other everytime he has a drink.

On the work front, I made my first sale yesterday. My first commission :)
In the office, we have a windchime hanging that you get to ring whenever you make a sale. It's a nice way to acknowledge people who were able to make a sale. Hopefully there'll be more to come for me once I am comfortable with all the information I'm learning and can actually focus on making a sale.

It's been crazy foggy this past week. It's pretty clear where we are up in the mountains but once we start getting into the lower elevation the fog gets sooooo thick! Here are a few pics of what the drive to work has been these past few days.


And last but not least, a BIG HUG & THANK YOU to my Auntie Mary and my parents for sending me some wonderful little pressies from Ireland.
Thanks mom and dad for finding a Moleskine notebook. I love it!
And thanks to auntie mary for the handy little cookbook and the lovely jewelry!

Friday, November 18, 2005

"Just the sad frizzy hair that is my life" - mymy

My dear little sis kindly allowed me to share this "Before & After" pic she created of herself.
She just msn'd it to me and I thought it was a great little spoof on all those before & after shots they have on all those reality shows these days.
I especially love her expression in the 'Before'. She looks sad, slightly angry, and a little bit crazy. In all the 22 years that I've known her, I don't think I've ever seen her look so wild.
Thanks mymy. And CONGRATS on getting 100% on your psych exam... and last week you were all worried... i told you that you didn't have to worry.


in other news... i got a nice little surprise today at work. A customer sent me a sweet little Thank You card for helping him sort out all his courses he had registered for. I've only been working there for two weeks. It was nice to get that today when my brain was all a whirl with so much new info being crammed in my brain as I get used to the new job.

this wknd will be the beginning of the packing. By next wknd we'll be outta here - away from the Gangsta Skids. Never thought I'd ever meet anyone that would fit that description.. but there's always a first time for everything.

I like to move it, move it....

damn that 90's music... forever stuck in my brain.

On Wednesday night, pk and I went apartment hunting. We phoned a whack of places, set up an appointment for a building in West Van. After work we went to see it only to find out that they don't allow pets. So we walked around the area a bit, checking out possible buildings but nothing that appeared to peak our interest. We got in the car and started to drive home when just down the street from our initial appointment we saw a building with a sign advertising a vacancy for both a 1 a 2 bedroom.

We called the manager from outside the building and he invited us in to check out the place. We decided to check out the one bedroom on the main floor as it was amazingly affordable and WAY less than what we're paying now. It's amazing how much people pay just to have a "view". For a one bedroom, the space is quite large and neither of us can see ourselves feeling cramped in it at all. Lovely walkout to a little garden. The building manager talked to us for over an hour.. maybe even two.. in all that time the apt was so quiet!

So yesterday we finalized everything and we're moving next wknd. I can't wait. So close to the water, the beach, more restaurants and shops (including the only yarn shop on the north shore - that could be dangerous).

So that's what's been happening here. I'll keep you updated as move progresses.
Yay! no more ghetto!
n;)

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

The Lynn Valley Brochure never mentioned it was ghetto!

Well, as I promised... the sun finally came out and I was able to take a few pics on the way to work on Monday. This first one below is what we see at the end of our driveway looking to our left.


I took this pic while pk and I were driving to work. I've heard those two "bumps" referred to as the Lions Heads or something to that effect. There are two lion heads on North Vancouver's Coat of Arms so they probably represent these mountains.


Here is the view from the Peak Potentials office overlooking the parking lot.


In other news, the relationship with our downstairs neighbours has soured. Pk and I were enjoying a quiet Sunday afternoon. Pk was writing his novel, I was knitting my sweater... the couple, as usual, began to shout and scream and slam doors. It was going on for a good while and i was starting to knit faster and faster until my hands were actually shaking from frustration and rage. I dropped a couple stitches and not being my typical self I stood on my bed and screamed at the top of my lungs for them to "be quiet" - (in not so polite terms). Their fighting continued so I figured maybe they hadn't really heard me.

Pk and I were outside in the afternoon and the peops downstairs asked why I yelled. We told them we were just frustrated and tired of their constant screaming and slamming of doors etc and that I was simply trying to make a point of how it might sound to us since we're living in the same house. The dude told us that we may be used to quiet and softness but now (and I quote) "get used to it, this is the ghetto. Vancouver is the ghetto and this is what happens here".

Needless to say, they obviously didn't get the point (though I know that it wasn't the best way to put my point across) but I find it quite funny that they think they're living in the ghetto... what with all the million dollar homes and all. I must have missed the "Welcome to Lynn Valley, You Have Now Entered the Ghetto" sign upon my arrival here. There was no mention of it in the brochures. [insert sarcastic tone here].

Anyway, this has led pk and I to the decision that we will be leaving the ghetto much sooner than previously planned. We've been thinking of it for a while but this incident pushed us quite quickly into the apartment searching direction. We've called a few places and we're going to be checking out an apt tomorrow after work. There's a few nice looking/sounding places that we found on craigslist so we'll be checking out a few more as the week goes on.

Well... that's it for now. I'll keep you posted on the apt hunting.
xoxo N;)

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Back amongst the humans

Enjoying my first two days back in the work world. Getting trained on the registration program this week. It's a lot of information to keep in the brain but I'll figure it out soon. All the peops I'm meeting at work are all very welcoming. I may be the more quiet type but I do still enjoy the human interaction especially after being out of the loop for the past few months.

Been busy working on my knitting as well. Here are some shots of the sweater and the scarf I've been working on. For the scarf I'm using yarn that my Learning Annex co-workers gave me as a farewell gift. It's really pretty and soft. If any of you LA peops are reading this, Thank You for the yarn... it's yummers!


My dear cousin notified me that a new Pride & Prejudice movie has been made starring Keira Knightley as Elizabeth. I'm not sure if I will be able to accept her as Miss Bennet...it just doesn't seem right. But I will be sure to see it regardless. It is Pride & Prejudice after all. Check out the P&P movie trailer here.

Snow has appeared on the mountain tops here. It's so pretty! I don't have a pic of it yet as everytime I actually have my camera with me the clouds move in and the mountains disappear. I'll get a shot of them to post for you soon!

Thursday, November 03, 2005

I start Monday!

I'm sitting here at Peak Potentials Training having just finished a job interview for a Client Care Representative position. It went quite well. I start Monday :)

It's pretty similar to what I was doing at the Learning Annex - providing information and registering people for the variety of courses offered. I'm excited... not only about finally making some money (plus commission!) but also about getting out of the house and interacting with humans. For most of the past two months I've been spending my days talking to two cats (and pk - the jury is still out on whether he is indeed a human).

In other news, I'm still working on my sweater and on my very first scarf. Scarves are so easy... though that's probably why I've never done one before... I like to dive in at the deep end when I'm learning something new. It's much more challenging that way ;)

no;)

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

I'm Elizabeth Bennet!

You scored as Elizabeth Bennet
As one of Austen's most beloved characters, Elizabeth Bennet represents what most women would like to become: strong, independent, and loyal. Of course, she has her faults including a stubborn will of iron and a clinging to first impressions. Overall, Lizzie is bright and lovable...something to admire and aspire to.




Elizabeth Bennet

78%

Elinor Dashwood

66%

Emma Woodhouse

53%

Marianne Dashwood

50%

Charlotte Lucas

44%

Jane Bennet

41%

Lady Catherine

31%

Which Jane Austen Character are You?
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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Todo, we ain't in ontario anymore...

Hallowe'en is crazy strange here in vancouver. Throughout the days leading up to halloween, the subject everyone is talking about is not what they're going to get dressed up as, not about how much candy they want, but fireworks. The radio mentions that they hope it'll be good for fireworks everytime the give a weather update. Apparently Hallowe'en means fireworks here.

So all hallows eve arrives. pk and i are enjoying our pizza dinner (Flying Wedge pizza - the best delivery pizza ever!) when all of a sudden "BOOM" "crackle crackle crackle" "BOOMcrackleBOOM". We go outside and the entire sky is lit up with fireworks! It seems like everyone in the neighbourhood has their own fireworks display. There are lights everywhere!

Now these weren't just little things... there are a few in the distance that looked professional - i would say it would even beat the light show on Canada Day in Ottawa. The fireworks go on for a good three hours... the incoming fog, combined with the large amount of smoke created an eerie atmosphere. Pk and I just stood on our deck, staring with our mouths open.

It's the weirdest thing i've experience here so far...
Click here to hear the sights and sounds we recorded halloween night.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

In celebration of Halloween...

I thought I'd revisit the days of my childhood where I would wake up early on Saturday mornings, sneak downstairs, turn on the tellie and settle down for a good hour of The Hilarious House of Frightenstein! It is my favourite children's show of all time. Sadly, most of the people I know don't seem to recall it at all.

To this day I still have memories of the psychedelic Wolfman who introduced me to the great rock of the '70's, Grizelda the Ghastly Gourmet who turned me off of cooking, The Librarian who read me haunting fables and nursery rhymes, and The Professor who introduced me to everything from Newton's Law of Motion to the conservation of angular momentum. And then there was the wonderfully creepy poetry read by Vincent Price when he introduced each sketch. What's not to love in a show like this?

The show began in 1971 and ran and reran for the next 25 years. It last appeared on Showcase in 1997. The original masters of the show were then destroyed (sniff). All that is left now are the shortened American versions on DVD... apparently complete with laughtracks (gasp! ick!).

Does anyone else remember this fantastic canadian children's show? I'd sure like to know! In celebration of all things creepy, take a trip back to the '70's and check out the chilling, yet hilarious characters (most of them all played by one man, Billy Van) and hope that one day they'll have another show like this for children of this decade... hey, it can't be that bad right? I turned out ok......
mwa mwa mwa mwa mwa!

no;)

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Futureme

I just found this FutureMe site which I thought was quite interesting. Remember how in grade school or high school you had to write yourself a letter and then it was mailed to you after a certain amount of time? You'd read it to see how things were going when you wrote it and how they have changed since then. This is similar but in email format. I've written myself an email that will be sent back to me one year from today. Hopefully the goals I have set for myself will be accomplished or atleast well on their way to being accomplished when I receive my email next year.
You can also read some of the interesting emails made public by others who have written their futureselves.

no;)

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Happy B-day!

Happy Birthday Gus!
&
Happy Birthday to my dear Trini Gran!
81 Today!

Monday, October 17, 2005

soon it will all subside

I finished my hat last week. This wknd I convinced pk to take me to Michael's where I made a 'few' purchases towards my creative endeavours. I again stuck my $50 limit. It's extremely difficult to be surrounded by all those wonderful craft supplies and walk out with only 3 purchases! I have numerous ideas in my head that need to be made. A sweater for me, some matching gloves for my hat - maybe a scarf too. With the funky 'knifty knitter' circular looms i bought, I want to try each of different sizes out - to make hats, sweaters, gloves, blankets... everything! I'm in total knitty mode which I'm sure is hitting the boiling point on the Annoyometre - pk's eyes glaze over now when i start babbling about some stitch that i can't figure out or what colour i should choose for my next project. sorry pk. this knit craze is only temporary and will subside soon...'ish'.


Rant of the day:
Pants for women have an insufficient supply of pockets. Why can I not find a decent pair of pants that I can throw my wallet and my keys into? Most frustrating of all, what's the point of fake pockets?! I hate to pick up a pair of pants that look great, only to discover that there's no 'pouch' under that pocket flap. I know it's supposed to be so that there no wallet bulge to disrupt the shape of a woman's arse... but why can't I have the choice to avoid 'fashion' and just be comfortable?

n;)

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Thanksgiving

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving holiday. I had a wonderful weekend. On Saturday, pk and I ran a few errands and then we went to The Knit & Stitch Shoppe :) pk picked out some yarn for his new hat and I picked out some yarn for myself and a pack of double-sided needles. I had to restrain myself and stick to my limit of spending no more than $50. I left the store quite proud of myself having spent only $47 :)

On Sunday morn we made Blueberry Crumble in the slowcooker to bring to my aunt's place for dessert. (It turned out wonderfully yummers) I started pk's hat and then we went to my aunt's in Langley for Thanksgiving dinner. My aunt created some wonderful dishes. salmon, stuffing ( my fav), callaloo, rice, turkey, and bean salad. For dessert there was cake (for my cousins b-day) pumkin pie, and our blueberry crumble.

On Monday, after a nice sleep in, I worked on pk's hat which I finished in time for pk's splendid dinner of baked squash and vegetable soup (from the slowcooker of course).
Here's the finished product:

Yesterday I went to my first North Van Stitch n'Bitch. It was nice to get out and meet some people with the same crazy interest in knitting. They meet every tuesday for knitting and other craft projects. Should be interesting to go every once and a while to keep myself motivated with all things crafty. I worked on kitting my new hat which I am hoping to finish this eve or tomorrow.

i should get back to work - at pk's work redesigning their new media kit.

no;)

Friday, October 07, 2005

Yarn Heaven

For the past few weeks I've been searching for the hat and mittens I knitted last winter. I went through all our boxes again and again but my search was fruitless. I didn't want to believe that I may have lost them in the move. The thought that the first hat I've ever knitted was missing made me very glum indeed. See below.



Yesterday I reluctantly accepted the idea that they may be lost forever and decided that I'd knit myself a new set to make me feel better as soon as I finish my little kitty blanket.

Jasper has claimed my papasan as his own. I can no longer sit in it without cleaning off insane amounts of cat hair so I decided to knit a little blanket to cover my papasan. Hopefully he'll sit atop that so that my chair can remain relatively fur free. I'm about halfway to completion on the blanket. This morning I was searching for my hair elastics to pull my hair back while I knit. My hair is finally out of that 'inbetween' stage so I can keep it out of my way now. I opened a small bag that I thought may contain my elastics and what did I find?

My hat and mits!!! (and elastics)



So today I'm extremely delighted to find that my hat and mits were not lost and now even more excited about knitting a new set just for fun :)

(btw, that sweater in the pic is my very first sweater project. The sleeves are a bit short but that's what I get for not using a pattern - can't seem to follow a pattern for the life of me)

I have another reason to be excited this wknd. Tomorrow I'll be going to The Knit & Stitch Shoppe (the only knitting store in north van). It looks like heaven. I can't wait to run my hands over all the textures and take in all the vibrant colours of so much yarn in one place. Maybe I'll get pk to pick a colour or two so that I can make something for him. I want to knit something for pk regardless of the Sweater Curse. I've been advised to avoid the sweater curse but I'll take my chances.

I found a North Vancouver Stitch N'Bitch this week so I've joined and hopefully I'll be meeting up with fellow knitcrazies like me on Tuesday nights. I'm looking forward to it.

On Sunday pk and I are going to my aunt's house for Thanksgiving. I haven't seen her in ages!
Gone knittin'
n;)

Friday, September 30, 2005

Finally in contact with the outside world!

For the past two weeks i've been at home with no job and worst of all, NO internet! I've posted a few backdated posts that I've written during my hermit-like existence.

Today I came to Paul's work solely for the use of their internet (and a little interaction with the outside world). Paul's work has asked me to redesign their media kit so that was decided today and I've now got a project to work on! WEEHEE!
I'm so glad to get a chance to redesign this kit for them. Get the ol' creative juices flowing again.

pk has been teaching me to drive stick. It's been an interesting experience to say the least. Figuring out what all four limbs should be doing all at the same time is quite difficult when I haven't even had that much experience driving around at all. We've been going around in circles in the local supermarket parking lot.. i can't imagine driving around up and down all these hills but I'm sure I'll get the hang of it soon. pk does a great job of explaining everything in a way that's pretty easy to understand.

So glad to get some work. I've spent the past two weeks reading, fiddling around on the internetless computer, and unpacking etc. I've been reading Pride & Prejudice (for the hundreth time - gotta love it). I can't imagine being a woman back in those times when you weren't allowed to work. All they seem to do is read, needlepoint, and gossip(and search for a rich husband) Not that there's anything wrong with that but I can't imagine doing that day in - day out. They aren't even allowed to be witty and sarcastic (some of my favourite traits). Just two weeks off of work and I was starting to get antsy! The time off did give me the opportunity to come up with a few more knitting ideas which I hope to start soon. I haven't been able to find the hat and mittens I knitted last winter (they must be in a random box somewhere) so I'm planning a making myself a new set. I've also got an idea for a new sweater which I can't wait to get started on... maybe even a few little knitted toys for pk's kitties. When the weather starts to get chilly, the urge to grab some yarn and some some sticks gets stronger. I wonder if there's a Stich n'Bitch around here... hmm... I must look that up.

no;)

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Hey Good Cookin'

This past sunday pk and i tried out the slowcooker again and made some chili. We took off for the afternoon to Kitsilano beach. Tonnes of people playing beach volleyball or just sunbathing. They didn't seem to notice there was quite a chilly breeze that even the fleecie i had on couldn't prevent me from shivering. After the beach, we headed back to the north shore for our hot chili.

Yesterday i made some spaghetti sauce in the slowcooker which was ready by the time pk got home from work. It's so odd not going to work everyday. I'm using this time to educate myself a bit better with my design programs and a little html. Yesterday I spent the afternoon playing around with my design programs. I created a few logos, letterhead, and business cards for fun. Today I've been reading through an instructional book for Macromedia Flash. I hope to be able to become much more proficient in Flash which will help me beef up my resume and my knowledge. I hope to start doing a little contract work on the side to make some extra money as well as expand my experience and portfolio.

I want to start working fulltime again. I miss working on new projects, meeting new people, just getting out of the house. i also miss that paycheque thing that usually comes with working. Well, I can't write here much longer. I can't wait to get some kind of internet connection either at home or at work. There are so many things I want to research though I've forgotten them all now that I've got a chance to search for them.

no;)

Saturday, September 24, 2005

The Tour...

pk's work didn't have any extra work for me this week so I haven't had access to the internet all week. High speed internet isn't available in our neighbourhood so we haven't signed up for any internet for home yet. I've spent the past few days unpacking, reading, and today I even experimented with cooking. Yes, you read that right... cooking! Last weekend we tried out the slow cooker and made a very tasty soup/gumbo. I used some of the leftovers of the soup and mixed it with some couscous and our leftover salmon from the other night. Then I baked it for a few minutes in the oven. It turned out quite well for someone who had no idea what she was doing.

Now that we've unpacked most of our things, our apt is finally starting to looked lived in. Here are a few pics of our place.

I'll give you the 10cent tour starting at the front door,


leading up the stairs to our livingroom...



and the first bedroom which is still full of our boxes of unpacked books at the moment but will soon (hopefully) become my little art studio (weehee!).


The second bedroom is our office,


then we have our bedroom with what we call our 'grown-up' bed from Ikea.


and our kitchen. I fixed up what was left of our kitchen table which is slightly smaller than when it left toronto thanks to our movers but atleast it still works for two people.


Here's our deck where we sit out in the evening and watch the stars. We can see so many stars now - and we've been fortunate enough to have had very clear nights for most of our time here so far.


So that's our place.
The end.