Saturday, December 23, 2006

Overheard @ the mall

Sitting beside pk and I at the food court was a teenage couple. As they were talking to each other, a girl walked passed their table and as expected, the boy watched her pass by. The following conversation ensued:

Girlfriend: I saw you checking out that girl!
Boyfriend: No I didn't.
Girlfriend: You checked her out! I saw you!
Boyfriend: I didn't.
Girlfriend: I just saw the hottest fireman at the door when we came in but I never looked at him!

Advice for the youngins:
Girls: Accept it. Boys will always check out girls.
Boys: Just admit it. It's obvious and just looks dumb if you say you didn't.
To the specific girl at the mall: Saying that you saw a hot fireman and didn't look at him makes no sense and just makes you look dumb.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

3 Things I Miss About Toronto

1. The Subway (Yes, I said it. I miss the TTC - Gasp! - but only the subway and streetcars; not the bus)
2. The Rivoli
3. Chinatown

Of course, friends and family are always at the top of the list...

Sunday, November 26, 2006

It's snowin'!! It's really snowin'!!!

Weehee! It's snowing. Not just in the mountains this time but here in Vancouver too which is quite rare for winter so I'm very excited. It's so nice to see it falling outside the window. Pk and I went for a walk last night in it. It's not staying on the ground though... I can't wait to go skiing.

The snow reminded me of my trip to the mountains back in August. It's hard to believe that it's been almost 4 months since Outward Bound. Hiking up the side of a glacier with a 50lb pack on my back. My knees are pretty wrecked from it still, but they're getting better. I've got "find a physiotherapist" on my List of Things To Do.

It's been another busy few weeks at work. I have a great new Creative Manager at work so I'm happy to be part of a Creative Team. I'm so used to being the only one to do everything - ideas, design, pre-press, all the way to final print. I'm enjoying being able to give and get ideas from others on the team who I can use 'design speak' with. We can talk about type faces and kerning and all that fun stuff.

A co-worker of mine, Suz, took me to a women's gathering last week. It was Dream Board making night. I finally got a chance to create a dream board for myself. PK and I had been planning for a while to do it. We went out and bought tonnes of magazines and picked out some bristol board and glue. I spent a couple evenings after work cutting out images and words and phrases to use and then Suz invited me to go with her. I brought all my clippings and was able to hang out, meet some people, and paste to my heart's content. I'll take a pic of it and post it this week. I posted it up at work so I could look at it throughout the day and remind myself of my dreams.

- side note -
When Suz and I drove into the parking lot of the building before the dreamboard night, we could see a big flock of crows hanging out at the end of the parking lot and we remarked on how many there were. When we got out of the car, I looked up and realized I was in a scene from the movie Birds. There were crows EVERYWHERE!!! Every tree that lined the parking lot was filled with crows, more crows than leaves. Every inch of the surrounding power lines were covered with crows. It was quite an extremely creepy and surreal experience. We walked quickly into the building to avoid getting attacked. When we came out at the end of the night, poor Suz's car had been bombed. Giant white splats draped her formally red car. ICK!!!
- end of side note - Photo of crows found on this site

Thursday, November 16, 2006

There's snow in the mountains!!!

So I haven't been on a hike yet since August... and I have no real excuse. The past few months have been insanely busy but I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel...

I do have some good news. I am finally back to being creative and getting paid for it. Effective November 6th, I became the Graphic Designer for Peaks. I'm working for the same company but have moved to the marketing department. I'm really very excited about this new opportunity. I just got a new Creative Manager last week and we are now starting the process of redesigning our entire brand. So the next few months is going to be busy researching, re-defining our brand and re-designing everything our company puts out. Creating logos and new website and the like.

Whistler is opening for the ski season - earlier than expected. It's been raining non-stop for a week - which means snow in the mountains! I bought a new pair of ski mitts a couple weeks ago and found my ski pants and long johns... I can't wait to go skiing!

Below is a belated Happy Thanksgiving Day message that I recorded and haven't got around to uploading until now... It was recorded in the lovely town of Brackendale - near Squamish, BC. It's a little late though I guess it's in time for the American Thanksgiving... The sound is a bit fuzzy... it was pretty windy... but the view is nice!

Monday, September 04, 2006

Whale Watching in Vancouver

On Saturday, Pk and I went whale watching with JL and EL. We saw all 3 pods that hang out around Vancouver - which is about 90 whales altogether.
Check out the video of just a few of the whales we saw.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Sailing in Victoria BC

Last weekend PK and I took our first trip in the ferry over to Victoria. My friend CD had invited me to her stagette so we thought it was the perfect opportunity to check out the island. CD and her fiance MB took us out sailing for the day. It was a gorgeous day. Thank you so much CD and MB for a fantastic intro to Victoria.

Here are a few pics of our little sailing trip.

Sailing in Victoria BC
Aug 19, 2006 - 21 Photos

Saturday, August 26, 2006

On Top of a Mountain!

From August 6th to 12th I experienced the Mountain Ascents Course with Outward Bound Canada.

I had the most amazing time. I learned so much, both technical skills and about myself. Even though I'm wee, I'm one strong mofo! I climbed, I hiked, I camped, I cooked. I carried a 50lb pack around for 6 days. It was awesome.

I'm still processing it all.
Here are a few pics of the trip.

Outward Bound Aug2006
Aug 6, 2006 - 60 Photos

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Lil' Sis...

Get better soon Mymy.

June - goodtimes

Yet another month passed by. My bad.
In early June, Pk and I checked out an internet marketing seminar in Los Angeles. It was a three day seminar. Didn't actually get to see the city other than the trip from the airport to the hotel and back.
A week later, Pk and I went on a whirlwind 10 day trip back to Ontario to visit family and friends. Flew into the swealtering humidity on the red eye Saturday morning. Drove to k-town to see my family and friends. It was great to see everyone Saturday night. Monday afternoon pk and I took a drive to Elora for lunch and headed to Collingwood to see Pk's mom. Enjoyed a few relaxing day. Went to the beach. Visited Paul's family and headed to Toronto for more visiting. It was great to finally meet Paul's dad who flew in from Newfoundland for the wknd. While in Toronto I decided to chop off the locks again. Much lighter and easier to deal with.
It was an excellent week. Went by much too fast. Next time we will see you all for longer.
Here are some pics from the trip.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Pog mo thoin

I didn't realize I was so aggressive...

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Which Random Irish Gaelic Phrase Are You?

Pog mo thoin
Pog mo thoin - 'Kiss my ass.'You're one tough bastard, and if anyone doesn't like it, they can kiss your ass. You enjoy fighting and causing grievous bodily harm. Hey! What are you lookin' at, punk?

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

I am most likely a member of the New Aquarians

I came across this survey on Fella's blog. Apparently, like my dear cousin, I am most likely a member of the New Aquarians.

brand spankin' new

This wknd, pk and I went walked out our front door, along the water, and followed the Capilano river all the way up to the Cleveland Dam at Capilano Lake. It was a good 3hr or so hike.

On our walk back home, we stopped off for a cold beverage and fuel on the patio. We then continued to head back home and we passed by a local bike shop. I've been thinking of getting a bike for the longest while both for exercise and mode of transport. Since pk was going to be in LA all this week, and I needed a nice easy way to get to work, I thought it was the perfect time to buy a bike.

So this is my brand spankin' new shiny silver bicycle. I don't think I've had a bike since I grew out of my last one back when I was 13 or something. I haven't been on one for almost as long. It's a pretty nice ride, and as they say, it's just like riding a bicycle. It's been great riding to and from work so far... as long as it doesn't rain :P

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Hiking The Chief

This weekend, pk and I hiked the Stawamus Chief in Squamish. It's about a 2hr hike up 550 metres to the top... crazy uphillness all the way. It was quite the workout. I'm definitely not as fit as I'd like to be. Had to take it slow on the way up but the view from the top was awesome. While at the top, eating my blueberry cheesecake powerbar, a bold little chipmunk jumped on my knee! (See photo below for the little jerk) It's a good thing I was sitting down or I may have fallen off the edge of the Chief! Hopefully we can do the same hike again very soon. Loads of fun. To see the view from the top, check out this video.

Click on the images below to see a larger version of each photo.

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Smrt customer service

Last wknd, pk and I went to pick up some things at this store. While at the checkout, we decided to pick up a coupon book. It was advertised with the $20 sign crossed out and a big sticker that said

"$14 GST included".

So the cashier scanned it and it came up to $16. Hrm. That's not $14 GST included. When it was pointed out to the cashier, this was the conversation:

Cashier: "Well, like, GST included like means like it's extra."

PK: "No it doesn't. GST included, means, GST is included in the price"

Cashier: "I can call my manager and he can tell you that's what it means"

PK: "OK"

Cashier calls the manager on the phone "That coupon book, it says like $14 GST included. That means that it's like $14 plus tax on top right?"
Cashier to us: "Yeah, so it's $14 plus tax extra"

PK: "Tell the manager to come here"

Manager comes, he scans the book. "It's $14 plus tax"

PK: "That's not what the sign says"

Manager says that it's maybe the PST and tries to adjust the price on the computer.

Cashier to the manager: "It's my break time, can I like go on my break now?"

Manager apparently fixes price, walks away. No goodbye, no see ya, no nothing.

Cashier rings in coupon book and we leave the store.

Ah yes. Another perfect example of how a large company, cutting back on wages, leaves manager positions to illiterate children and creates the most amazing customer service ever....

BTW, that's amazing in a bad way.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

It's a beautiful day in the neighbourhood....

This wknd Pk and I went to Lighthouse Park (just a ten minute drive from us) and went for a bit of a hike. Gorgeous day, sunshine, mountains, water, sailboats, and eagles. Can't get any better than that.

Here are some pics. (pk took the sailboat pics)

You can see more pics on my Flickr site here

Saturday, April 22, 2006

4% of the world. been there, done that....

Thanks to my dear cousin, I can also share how many countries I've been to:

create your own visited countries map

So far I've made it all over Canada (except for Nova Scotia and the Territories - but on my list for the future!), The US, Trinidad & Tobago, Ireland, England, Wales, and Scotland, The Netherlands, France, Italy, Spain, and The Dominican Republic.

Next on my list, New Zealand, Australia, India, and somewhere in Africa and Asia... when will I find the time...

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Where does the time go?

I can hardly believe it's April already and that it's been a whole month since my last posting! Thanks to those who've been keeping an eye on my blog and telling me that they miss finding out what i've been up to. Sorry it's been so long.

So let's see... what have I been up to? I guess the obvious reason I haven't posted is that I haven't really been up to much, mostly due to procrastination and this lackadaisical mood I've been in. When I did get up off me arse, I've enjoyed some great moments:

St. Paddy's Day was spent with pk and I, along with 2 friends, enjoying the evening at a fantastic David Gray concert. We had a great time. The opening band was Aqualung who were also very talented and entertaining. They're definitely on my 'must get albums' list. David Gray's performance was awesome. A full 2hr show covering the songs from his latest album Life in Slow Motion He's got an amazing voice, and he was really into it, dancing around in his typical ragdoll style. I spent the evening tapping my feet and wishing I was a drummer. Good times.

A few weeks ago, I signed myself up for a 7 day Mountaineering Course with Outward Bound. It's a shorter version of the 21 day trip pk took a couple years ago. I'm really excited about it and can't wait until August to head off to Pemberton. I have a lot to prepare for though. First and foremost, getting all 96 pounds of me into shape to actually live through a week of carrying a heavy pack while climbing and hiking in the mountains. I'm putting myself through an exercise regime starting this week.

My good friend Natasha from Toronto was up here for a week for work and I was able to spend the weekend with her before she headed back. It's been 7 months since I moved so it was so wonderful to see her after so long. We had a great weekend full of good food and good chats. We drove up to Squamish and spent the afternoon walking around. We drove around looking at the properties for sale in the area and had a great lunch at our favourite Squamish restaurant. Thanks for the visit Natasha!
So who's coming to visit me next? hmm?

Pk is off in Atlanta for a seminar until Monday so I have the weekend to myself.
Last night, I went out with a couple of co-workers. We met up at Ambleside Park and ate our sushi dinner on the beach and watched the sunset. After dinner, we headed to a yoga studio for a night of improv. There were 12 of us altogther and everyone had to participate in the assorted improv exercises. It's been a long time since I've done anything like that and I found it quite enjoyable. A group of us had a great discussion over cups of tea about what we learned about ourselves through the imporv exercises. My friend brought up that he realized he sits on the fence a lot, passing on opportunites because he's waiting for the right time, the right price, the right whatever, but he found that the improv exercises worked out great when you let yourself go and try not to think about what you're going to say or what other people with think of you. If you just get up and jump into the activity wholeheartedly, things get accomplished, ideas flow, and you enjoy youself so much more. I saw that in myself as well, realizing that when I just jumped into the game and freed myself from all reserve and hesitation, I enjoyed myself so much more. What appeared to be just an evening of games actually taught us something we could apply to our own lives, outside of that yoga studio. That discussion went on until about 11pm and afterwards, my co-workers and I headed to a pub for a couple of drinks and games of pool. A spur of the moment decision to accept an invitation to something I would typically avoid turned into a very enjoyable evening.

Regarding the discussion at the yoga studio lastnight, I found this same idea was the topic of pk's posting today. It's interesting that although pk is on the other side of the continent, we were both thinking along similar lines. Missing you pk.

Today I spent the day crochetting a shawl and began knitting a hat with some wonderful yarn I've been itching to work with.

I found out last week that one of my old high school classmates Shawn Voisin passed away in a fire a couple weeks ago. Although I haven't been in contact with him since high school, I'm still saddened by the thought that he's gone. It's such a strange feeling when I find out that someone I know, someone my age has died. It's a not so gentle reminder to be 'great-full' for the life I have and to not let my life pass me by without enjoying it to the fullest.

I hate to leave you on such a sad note but that's all I can think of saying for today. I will be sure to not let another month pass by without any updates.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Happy Birthday Mia!

Happy 25th Birthday Mia!
Hope you have an excellent day and a fantastic year.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

I'm a Knitting Olympics Gold Medalist

I accomplished my goal to learn how to read a knitting pattern and how to knit Continental style. I know now that I should not underestimate my genius ever again.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Ends in Torino, but now it begins here...

Just finished watching the closing ceremonies of the Olympics. I started my knitting challenge when the torch was lit on Friday the 10th and finished my project on the Sunday the 12th. I was completely surprised that I was able to teach myself to read a pattern and learn to knit Continental Style and finish a baby sweater in just 2.5 days. Click here to see my finished project. I had planned to start another project but unfortunately, it just didn't happen.

However, in the past two weeks I accomplished another goal I had set for myself. I got to take a full day ski lesson at Whistler. It was an excellent day. I was, of course, the best in my group... I've got the whole snowplow thing down! I can't wait to get out on the slopes a few more times this winter. The views from the top of Whistler were gorgeous.

Last week we found 5 pennies in our yard again... and today I found 3! Three pennies in one day! We've found pennies in our yard every week since we moved here back in November. It's quite strange really how pennies just keep appearing in our flowerbeds and grass. Thanks Penny Fairy! Keep those pennies coming.. and feel free to throw in some loonies and toonies too!

I'm still a Money Magnet (thank you, thank you, thank you!)

Sunday, February 12, 2006

I underestimated my genius

So my challenge for the Knitting Olympics was to knit something by following a pattern. I figured that it would be tough to decipher all the jargon found in a knitting pattern. I figured I would add an even bigger challenge of learning how to knit Continental style. I heard it was a faster process. For my project, I chose to knit a baby sweater from Debbie Bliss' baby knits for beginners. I was worried about being able to finish my project within the 16 day timeframe especially trying to knit in a completely foreign way. It felt like I was learning to knit for the first time.

I cast on Friday evening... It took a little while to get my fingers used to holding the needles differently and had some trouble keeping the tension consistent but started to get comfortable within the rhythm of the continental style. I finished the front of the sweater on Saturday morning. The back on Saturday and the both sleeves this morning. It's now Sunday aft and I am finished...

I have to pick something else to knit for the next 14 days. I never realized how much faster Continental knitting was, and I guess I didn't think about the fact that babies are REALLY small! I never thought it would be done so quickly! Now what do I do?!

I underestimated my ability to learn and overestimated the actual size of babies... So tonight I will go through my knitting books and try to find another pattern that's a bit more difficult.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

What should i knit?!

Work felt extra long today. I got dropped off at work at 7:30am by pk and his mom on their way to Life Directions Intensive - a 3 day workshop they're taking. By 3pm my brain was telling me it was time to go home.

I'm also trying to pick what I should knit for the knitting olympics. I have to choose a pattern, something that i can finish in 16 days... and with time to actually learn how to read a pattern in the first place. i'm thinking something baby size would work...

don't really have much else to say... tired but i have to do a little work this evening for tomorrow. tedious work. yay.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

One year older...

The sun actually came out for my birthday today. It was nice to see some sunlight - there's usually a big snow storm around my birthday... this year was sunlight during the day and rain in the evening.... i guess moving to the west coast helps with the snow storms atleast.

At work, half way through the afternoon, I got a delivery of big balloons with some ferrero rocher attached (mmm mmm mmm) (thank you pk. you're wonderful.) The balloons immediately let it be known to my whole dept. that it was my birthday. so everyone sang happy b-day and i got an awesome shoulder rub from my co-worker.

After work, pk's mom (who's visiting for the week), pk, and I went to celebrate at The Beach House which was a wonderful restaurant out by Dundarave Pier. My meal was excellent.

It was a loverly day. Thanks to all of you who sent me wonderful cards and pressies! So nice to get real mail.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

It's official. I've joined the Knitting Olympics!

After weeks of debate between me, myself, and I, I've decided to join the Knitting Olympics.
We have to knit something challenging between the time the Olympic torch is lit to the time it is put out. 16 days. I've decided my challenge will be to knit something by following a pattern. I've been knitting for years now but have never been able to read a pattern. Everything I've made I've just sort of held up to other projects to make sure I've got the right size etc and just made stuff up as I go along. It's fine if I'm making something just off the top of my head though if I have to make two of something, like say the sleeves of a sweater or the second side to a pair of mittens, I have to go from memory and try to replicate it. Sometimes I'll see a nice sweater with some intricate cabling or something and wish I could be able to just follow the pattern and make it. So these 16 days will force me to learn and figure out all this pattern stuff.

Lack of knowledge about patterns hasn't kept me from knitting up a storm this past week though. Last Sunday I woke up with the idea that it'd be great to know how to knit socks. So I grabbed my laptop (from beside the bed) and searched for online videos that would maybe give me a glimpse into how to turn a feckin heel. That's the one thing that's stopped me from making socks... cuz that would mean having to learn how to read a pattern. I finally found some helpful pics and videos on socks and I grabbed some yarn and needles (also readily available beside my bed) and started knitting. I spent the morning in bed knitting my first sock and by the afternoon I had completed my very first sock! YAY!

And it fit!! If I had known that turning a heel would be so feckin easy, I'd have a drawer full by now... and so would pk too :) The sock no longer exists in the physical realm though as I ripped it out shortly after taking the pics of it because i didn't like how I hadn't kept the stitches tight enough along the one side when I picked up the heal so there were a few gaps that showed up when I was actually wearing the sock.
I picked up some blank totebags the other day at Michaels and today I finished knitting a cover for one. I'm going to give it to a co-worker of mine who comes over to my desk without asking and gives the most wonderful shoulder massages. Since I'm not the best masseuse, I thought I'd give her something I am good at...

For those of you officially bored to death with the above knitting blabber, don't pass out yet... I have non-knitting related updates for you too.
The sun came out this afternoon, and not wanting to waste such a rare sight by sitting inside, pk and I decided to jump in the car and see where the road took us. Explore our still new 'hood. We drove down our street as far as it would take us then when that ended, we turned up the next street and followed it to the very end. It took us all the way over to a fantastic park very close to Horseshoe Bay. Whytefield Park I think it was called. Here are a few pics from our drive.

A few weeks ago, pk and I joined a few of our co-workers on a drive up to Squamish to see the eagles. On the drive there, we stopped off at a wonderful waterfall (Shannon Falls me thinks). Once we arrived in Squamish, it was a bit too late to see the eagles as most of them feed in the morning, but I did get to see a few. It was pouring rain so I wasn't able to get any good shots of them though. I'm sure they were all somewhere warm and dry laughing their beaks off as they watched a bunch of crazy humans standing in the rain with binoculars.

Time for bed.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

How did it get to be the 18th already?

I can't believe it's already the 18th.
Last week we got a visit from the Welcome Wagon. A nice lady dropped by to welcome us to the community and sat down with us to give us information about the surrounding area. She came bearing brochures and pamphlets and even gifts.

My good friend Gus from Toronto/k-town was in town for the wknd. He had a job interview out here. It was great to go out exploring the city with a friend and to show him around our new digs. We'll see soon about whether I'll have a new old friend joining me in the west coast livin'.

I made a successful attempt at making Irish soda bread this weekend. It wasn't as good as my mama's of course... but it was still pretty tasty. I didn't have my mama's recipe, so I had to experiment and alter the vegan recipe I was working from.

That's about it for this week's update. Will post again... very soon.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

My 50th post!

Holidays are over and now it's back to work. Just starting to feel better - about 80%. I finally bought some new sneakers yesterday with the gift card I got from work. It's nice to be able to walk around in the rain and not have a soaking wet heel after 2 minutes.

I'm back in crazy knitting mode. I finished my sister's scarf the other day. Here's a pic of it (still in progress).

Now that I'm getting my energy back and feeling a bit better, I wish I had some more days off to do some more knitting. By the time I get home from work, I'm still feeling too tired to do anything but veg...and here are some pics of the hats I made last week...

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Happy New Calendar Year Day

So it's 2006 and I get to use my new calendars. Yay!

Thanks to all my family and pk's family for all the wonderful pressies. We had a great Christmas. We visited my aunt and cousin in Langley on Christmas Day for a wonderful dinner. Then on boxing day, pk and I got hit with a yucky virus of some sort. I woke up feeling like I had been kicked in the face. Knocked all the energy out of me and filled my sinuses with fluid. yummy. Had to take off a couple days of work. But we're getting better. slowly.

Last night, we didn't really have the energy to do anything spectacular for NYE. Around 11:30pm we dragged ourselves off the couch and walked to the pier. The pier was full of loud teenagers so we walked a bit further to the beach where we stood in the sand and watched the party boats with their lights and horns blowing and the firewalks going off all in the distance all around us. Nice and simple.

Still not feeling 100% today. We did get to do a bit of baking today. Pk made chocolate chip cookies (total yummers!) and i attempted some soda bread - it turned out alright but didn't taste as good as my mama's.

With all these days off and no energy to do too much, I've been doing a lot of reading and a lot of knitting. On boxing day I made 3 hats for fun and one earflap hat for mymy at work the next day on my knitting loom. I bought it a while back but never used it until now. I finished the Yarn Harlot book mia gave me for Christmas today. It was the perfect gift as just a few weeks before Christmas I came across the Yarn Harlot's blog and told pk that I'd love to get her book. Unbeknownst to me, mia had sent the book and it was sitting under pk's seat in the car waiting to be wrapped :)

I'm still working on a scarf for mia. Pk's mom gave me some wonderful yarn in my favourite colour that has the makings of a nice warm fuzzy blue poncho begging to be cast on to my new needles from the circular needle set pk gave me. I l-o-v-e it! Mind you I still have a sweater and 2 scarves that still need to be finished. But if I get bored working on one project, I'll have some other projects to work on for a bit. It's ok to have a little variety right???

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and all the best wishes for a prosperous and fantastic 2006.