Saturday, October 29, 2011

It's Fall!

Well folks, after a lovely long summer full of fun, it is officially fall here in the mountains and I'm loving it! What have I been up to lately you may be wondering (though you probably have way more important things to be wondering about...let's be honest). Well, let me tell you and show you through some photos.

1 - I've been going to weddings and knitting like a crazy lady for babies that continue to come into my life. Just found out rather recently that my very bestest friend in the whole wide world is pregnant, making me a very excited Aunt to Be! Also, my yurt-dwelling Yukon friend sent me the most lovely email this past week telling me that she is also pregnant. And finally, a very good friend from school just gave birth to a little baby boy, whom I can't wait to meet! Ok, that's all for baby news for now.

What else have I been up to?

2 - visiting family at home and loving every single minute of lying on the dock, skiing, lying on the dock, running, lying on the dock, eating, lying on the dock, visiting friends, lying on the dock, knitting, lying on the dock, reading, lying on the dock, visiting "Sarah" the sheep, born on my birthday at my sister-in-law's little farm - ya, you read that right - pretty awesome eh!?

3 - participating in an amazing outdoor adventure race that challenged and thrilled beyond belief. Picture 2 days in the mountains, hiking, biking, canoing, rapelling, eating, sleeping...just a whole lot of grand adventure material

4 - going to a super crazy, somewhat dangerous, small town amateur rodeo - don't know if my heart can handle going again (way too many close calls involving backsides and bullhorns), but it sure was a grand adventure

5 - taking random roadtrips through the countryside with my sister, enjoying the beautiful fall scenery!

Ok, that's all for now. Back to eating the chocolate that I bought for the trick-or-treaters...they better hope they get here soon, or there's not going to be anything left!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Weddings, tennis, food, fireworks, visitors!

In an attempt to post more regularly, here I am back again, ready to update you on what's been going on. So, here we go:

1) Went to my brother's wedding in the middle of June. It was a beautiful affair, full of friends, family, delicious food, and beautiful pillows (see below for the wedding gift I gave to the lovely couple).

2) Spent a very short but very fun time at home with my family. I played tennis with my youngest brother, nearly beating him (I won 1 game, he won 6...).

3) Went to a new restaurant with my sister and good friend/roommate - a Nepalese restaurant with yummy yummy food (well, maybe my sister didn't think it was all so yummy). But, I very much enjoyed it and am looking forward to going back soon!

4) Celebrated Canada Day weekend by going to a bbq at a friend's house, watching the fireworks, and sitting in the mountains.

5) Perhaps most exciting recent news is that my parents were just here for a week long visit! Yep, they drove Jenn's car out here, spent the week, and then sadly flew home today. We had the bestest time biking on the paths, visiting work (Dad had never been there), mountain biking (in the real moutains on real mountain bikes), stampeding it up, watching me play lacrosse (hmm, maybe not so exciting...), and floating down the river. Also, my uncle came for a visit and we took him to see the brand new 'space toilets' (that's just what I call them). These toilets are incredible! They are public toilets downtown that look like elevators or space/time machines, and they are completely automatic and self-cleaning. When you press the button to open the door, a voice speaks to you and tells you that you have 10 minutes. Then, elevator music starts playing, and the voice gives you instructions such as "press the button on the wall for a clean toilet seat" and then a toilet seat comes out of the wall; you push a button for toilet paper to come out of the wall; when you wash your hands the toilet flushes. It's really amazing! I wish everyone could experience the brilliance of these space toilets!

Ok, I think that's about it. Not much else to report from here.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Quick Update on Recent Adventures

Oh hey there! I'm posting twice in one year! Golly!
Just a quick update on recent happenings:

1) My car broke down recently. Yep, it just stopped working whilst I was driving it. Thankfully it stopped right outside of a client's house and the dad was able to fix it for me. That was an adventure and a half involving a trip to Canadian Tire and time spent learning how to replace part of a battery cable. Good times.

2) Took in the adventure that is the annual Sunday School Picnic this past weekend. My sister and I spent approximately 1.5 hours filling water balloons on Saturday night...and then spent approximately 2 minutes watching them all burst as they were thrown wildly at unsuspecting victims on Sunday afternoon. Please see photo below of balloon-filling adventures.

3) Attempted to make eggplant parmesan with my roommate (she did most of the work...). Don't think I really like the taste of eggplant. See photo of completed product below.

4) Am currently very much enjoying a bowl of strawberry rhubarb crisp made with rhubarb from the market, topped with homemade custard...yummo!

5) Took in perhaps the grandest adventure of late, last weekend when I went to watch my friend compete in a kickboxing tournament. I went into this adventure expecting the intensity of a highschool volleyball tournament. Boy was I wrong! Yikes. These people are fierce. Intense. Scary. Ripped. And any other word that comes to mind when you think of people beating up other people. My friend was really awesome! She has all the fancy gear, the gloves, the robe, the shorts...the skills. Yep, it was really fun. Complete with screaming announcers, pep talks from coaches between rounds, medals, crazed fans, the whole nine yards. So much fun!

6) Took a break from all that intensity on Saturday night by sitting in the park all afternoon Sunday, reading a great book and soaking in the rare bit of sunshine and warmth!

That's all from here for now.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Too long...

Hey there everybody.
It's been much much too long since I've updated this thing. Seems life just gets in the way sometimes (not that life is really all that busy...). Hmm, let me see...what grand adventures have I been on lately...
Let's start with this weekend, since it is most recent, and then we'll work our way back over the past little while, hitting some of the high points (shouldn't take all that long!).
Today I sewed together the beginnings of a quilt and yesterday I got my bike ready for the spring/summer riding season and took in the wedding of 2 friends. There. That's the weekend. Oh, and I hung out lots with my sister and roommate. Ok, now that's it.
I've been going on some smaller adventures to the moutains and countryside, taking in the warm weather that has finally arrived after way way too long. Also embarking on some cooking adventures - trying new foods is fun, so I decided that cooking new foods must be fun too. And it is fun, but it's not always yummy (thank you to my roommate and friends who willingly try most of my new recipies).
Umm, recent past - I went on a little vacation with my bestest friend to Baltimore, where we visited another friend. We had a blast, exploring Baltimore, and taking a little side trip over to Washington DC. It was a really really good adventure.
Other adventures - went on an amazing roadtrip adventure down east with my sister and roommate for the wedding of 2 close friends. It was incredible. We got to see lots, laugh lots, eat lots, sleep lots, drive even lotser!
Other than those adventures, I've just been hanging around home and working. I've started playing lacrosse in a league and am having a good time with that (what I lack in skill I make up for in enthusiasm). Really I just like the sport because you get to wear a helmet. Who wouldn't like that!? Umm, also been doing tonnes and tonnes of knitting - mostly baby stuff because it seems that everyone I know (this is an acknowledged exaggeration) is reproducing. This is super fun because it means that nearly everywhere I go, I will have a little baby to snuggle with!
Ok...I think that's it. See. Told you it wouldn't take too long to fill you in. Now you're up to date on all of my grand adventures. I've put some pictures corresponding to the above adventures at the bottom of the page (mostly because I don't know how to put them anywhere else!).
Hope you're all doing well!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Winter Update

Well hello there! So, the winter is coming to an end here (I hope!). The weather is warmer and the sun is out longer...promising signs of spring I'd say.
What have I been up to? A whole lot of adventures, some big and some small.
First, my roommates and I took in the Olympic Torch ceremony as it came through town. That was pretty awesome, people were everyone and there was tonnes of energy! Even though we could barely see the torch it was still fun to be there. There is a picture below of the bit of the torch we could see...see if you can find it!
Then, my roommate Natashia and I met a new friend who lives near our church. She needed some help cleaning out her basement, so we went over to help. Well! What treasures! The rainsuits, pictured below, are just one treasure. We also came home with a quilt for Natashia's bed, a picnic basket, and a portable phone from the late 80s or early 90s...great fun. Unfortunately the phone didn't work anymore so we had to throw it away.
Third, I went home for a friend's wedding. It was a beautiful wedding and I was so glad to have made it, despite crazy airplane delays and cancellations in both directions. I think next time I go home I'll hire a private jet or take the train...unfortunately both cost a small fortune.
I also tried my hand at curling as a fundraiser for work. It was awesome! However, I don't think I'll take it up professionally or anything.
Then, my sister came out for a visit over her March break and we had a blast touring around and spending some time just hanging out at the house. We also took part in a fundraiser at the church for a missions trip by purchasing, along with several other friends, a very large garbage bag full of yarn!!
And, most recently, I took a quick trip to the Yukon to visit a friend from highschool. It was incredible and I can't wait to get back there. I got to go dog sledding, to the hotsprings, move a dog team to a new home, and see some wildlife both in the wild and in a wildlife preserve. Very fun! There are some pictures below of the Great Northern Adventure of 2010.
Now I'm just sitting around enjoying March break!
Hope all is well with you.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Still Here!

Hi there everyone! It's been a while again...much too long. Some have been on me to blog, so here we go:
What's been going on since I last updated. Well, it's fall, so I've been doing fall things. The weather here is wacky and doesn't always seem like fall, but it's pretty nice overall. Last week we had temperatures above 10 degrees most days which was nice. Anyways, I will start in September:
1) Took in a professional football game. It was great! So much spirit and way way too many people! The teams ended up tying after 2 overtime rounds (is that the right term...don't think so, but I'm sure you get the drift!!). It was a very good time!
2) Didn't get home for Thanksgiving, which was sad because then I didn't get to see my family or the beautiful changing leave. But, I did celebrate with my "family" here, ate way too much food, played some football, watched a movie, and just had a great time hanging out with friends.
3) Been taking in some hockey. One of my friends is playing some Saturday night hockey and my roommates and I have been taking in the games that aren't too late. We have a good time making signs, making lots of noise, and just doing all we can to embarrass him!
4) Just having lots of fun hanging out with my roommates. In fact, a few weeks ago we built a giant fort in our living room and slept in it! It was amazing. Yep. We hung sheets from the ceiling, put a mattress on the floor, watched a movie.

In other news...we are getting incredibly close to Christmas and I can't wait! We have a countdown going at home, and one going at work, we're working on the children's Christmas play at church, it might snow soon (don't know for sure, but I'm really hoping), I'm busy making Christmas gifts, went to a Christmas craft fair yesterday, etc.

That's it for now. Please see below for pictures!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Exercise, Visitors, and Other Big Adventures

Hello All! Long time no post...interesting. Here's one:
Exercise: So, I've been participating in this pretty sweet exercise competition at work, as some of you may know. Everyone had to put in $20 at the start of the competition, and the last person standing gets all the money! Wow right! Except it's tough stuff. You have to get a certain number of points/week, and different types of exercises are worth a different number of points. You can't bank points and use them in a later week, and you don't get points for watching other people exercise...which is a huge bummer because a few weeks ago, my good friend Natashia and I went along with 2 girls from work to a triathlon (there is no second 'a' in that word, which I learned recently). Natashia and I did not compete, no way, we were the professional cheering section. We had posters and a noise maker, some good clapping hands and some good whoohooing throats. We were the only ones cheering, so we just cheered for everyone, but we cheered extra loud for the girls from work. The 2 ladies finished really well, and it was a beautiful sunny day, and on the way home we stopped at a restaurant for "breakfast" (it was 1 or 2:00 by that time). Anyways, all in all a very very good adventure.
Visitors: So it is summer (sorta...the weather doesn't always suggest summer, like last week when it rained and was 10 degrees and I almost turned the heat on in the house), and lots of people are traveling. We've had several travellers though here recently, one being a friend from grad school who came to see me for a few days. We had a great time around town, going to a delicious Dutch pancake house, the chuckwagon races, a delicious hamburger spot, watching "Juno" (a super funny movie - highly recommend it), etc.
My Mom and Nana also came through town last week and we had a great time eating (yes, lots and lots of eating), celebrating my birthday, buying cowboy boots (super sweet boots I must say), playing/watching baseball, and knitting. Lots of knitting. My Nana is the best knitter I know and last week she showed me how to fix my knitted socks that had big holes in them. She also showed my sister how to make a crocheted dishcloth. Very good stuff.
Other Types of Visitors: We are living in a wildlife sanctuary. Yes, our house is currently home to 1) me 2) my sister 3) my goldfish "fish" 4) a mouse that Nana and I saw run through the living room while we were knitting 5) a bird (or birds) that lives in the ceiling above the bathroom and finally 6) a colony of bumble bees who live in the wall by our back door. Don't get us wrong, we love nature and all that God has created, however, God also created places for these to live and did not intend for them (I don't think) to live with us in our home. They need to leave and we are working at it. However, my landlord informed me that bumble bees are in fact an endangered species, and he does not feel good about killing them. I realize they are endangered and really feel for them, but do not want them in the wall. They will come out, whether the landlord does it or I do it...I'll keep you updated. The mouse: I have set 3 traps but have not yet caught anything. The mouse also must leave. The birds: don't know what to do about those, but they don't really bug me. When they finally fly away, I think I will put mesh over the hole where I think it/they is/are coming in.
Other adventures: Went for another bike ride today. I just wanted to go to the farmer's marked near by, but got surprise. I ended up at work (1.5 hours later), and headed back, ending at the farmer's market eventually (turns out it's only a 10 min bike ride from the house...good times). But, good thing I got lost because I saw pelicans and a deer! Cool beans!
See pictures below