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.


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.


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.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Lucky duck

Today, pk and I took a drive up to Whistler for the afternoon. The drive through the mountains was fantastic. BigBrothers & Big Sisters are having a charity duck race down the river on Thanksgiving day so we entered the contest. This is one of our lucky ducks who will race down the river. Here are a couple more pics of the views around Whistler. I will be posting a few more on Flickr at some point as well.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

i need a salmon recipe

Last night our belongings arrived - Finally! Everything arrived in pretty much the same shape we left them except for our kitchen table which arrived in four easy to travel pieces for our INconvenience. I was looking forward to having a real table to eat dinner on... i'll have a wait just a bit longer for that but i'm used to that. This morning it was nice to have a choice of clothing to wear since I have been wearing basically the same 2 outfits for the past two weeks. We spent the evening unpacking our boxes and organising our new space. It finally felt like home to sit on our futon couch and eat pizza on our coffee table.

I've been working at pk's work all last week and this week doing simple formatting of french documents to visually match their english docs. I'm looking forward to getting a real design job though. I miss it.

Our 'hood is amazingly close to a fantastic park and and even larger provincial park that pk and i have been exploring the past two wknds. On Saturday we went for an easy hike around Rice Lake and then on Sunday we took a bit steeper 2 hr stroll through the trails. The forest in parts looked very magical... there were even some parts where I felt like Buttercup walking with Westley just waiting for an R.O.U.S to jump out from behind a bush. (that one's for you brooke) You can check out my flickr link to see some more pics of our treks around the park.

Our neighbours who live below us are an interesting bunch. A young couple with a 3yr old. They're the type you might see hanging out by K-town city hall if you know what i mean. pk and i have hung out with them in the backyard a few times these past couple of weeks. They gave us a couple steaks of salmon the other day and a few herbs and vegetables this wknd which was great. If anyone knows any great salmon recipes please email me or post them in the comments section. mmm salmon.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

"much love, much love"

Ma&Pa - You rock!

Dear Mopsies & Popsies,
As I start this new chapter in my life I want to thank the both of you for all you've done for me. The sacrifices you made for me have not gone unnoticed. Thank you for being so loving and supportive. You guys rock. Many thanks for hosting and organising the party for me and pk. It was fantastic. You are fantastic.
In the words of our new jamaican downstairs neighbour... "much love, much love"

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

one hell of a week....

So it's been one hell of a week... the only problem we've had in the whole moving process is with the moving company who is "supposed" to be moving our stuff. they were supposed to come on the friday before we left.. they then told us it would all be picked up first thing sunday morn - they never showed up - and finally after many phone calls and messages left, we finally were able to find out that they would be coming on monday morning (the day of our flight) We told them that we had to leave by 1pm to catch our flight.. so of course they came at 12:40pm.... and took over an hour to load the truck.. we caught our flight just in time... it was just like the movies.. with the both of us rushing to check in our luggage, AND the cats, then running through the airport to our gate where they are calling our names over the intercom as they start to get ready to close the gate. We arrived in Vancouver and made our way to our hotel where we stayed for three days. It's so strange not having a job to go to in the mornings. I had no idea what to do with myself.. so i watched tv and went swimming... fun.. but i miss working.

We moved into our new place on the first of sept. We found out on Saturday that our stuff is not leaving until tuesday (TODAY!!!) So we have another week until our belongings arrive. Since our belongings are apparently still in Toronto.. we had to go to Ikea and buy a new bed and a couple of chairs for our place. Above is a pic of our first dinner in our new place. We got some great ikea chairs but had to do with our makeshift cardboard box dining table. but paul's spaghetti was as yummers as ever. mmm!

i've uploaded some pics to my photoblog of our surrounding neighbourhood (our street and lynn canyon - check out the giant slugs they have here!) and vancouver's stanley park. great walk!