Tuesday, April 29, 2008

January - April recap in pictures


One of the first weekends after I got home from Malaysia, Bren asked if I wanted to hitch a ride with a class from her school that was going over to Victoria. I hadn't been to Victoria since High School (you don't need to know how long ago that was), so I said, "Yeah, let's go." It was a bit on the chilly side ... ok, a LOT on the chilly side and a little drizzly as well, but the scenery was still beautiful.

Here are our beautiful Parliament buildings and The Empress Hotel.

More from The Empress Hotel. Tea, anyone?
View from The Empress and possibly a building I could work in if I moved to Victoria. All in all it was a nice day, however, we did say we have to go back when the weather's a little more agreeable.


We started February off with a bang! Snow! Now, I know snow in February doesn't sound so out of the norm, but for us British Columbians it is ... or at least it used to be. I thought this was odd, but I didn't know what we were in for. We ended up having snow in April as well - UNHEARD OF! Still, "It really was quite pretty," I say begrudgingly.

Also in early February my friends dog had puppies! I don't know how well you know me, but I LOVE puppies! Aren't they adorable? They looked like little sausages. hee hee They were so small. They didn't even have their eyes open at this point. Too cute!

Mid-February I won tickets to go see Mika in concert. Who's Mika, you ask? A lot of people asked me that, but you would know his songs if you heard them. I did take lots of video as well, however, it would take up too much space to post them here. If you have Facebook access, I posted them there. I knew Mika was an odd character so I wasn't sure if his concert would be weird-odd or weird-fun. It was definitely weird-fun. He had SO much energy and his stage was decorated like a circus. It had an Alice In Wonderland feel to it. Very well worth the price of admission ... oh wait, they were free! :) Bren and I both said we'd definitely go see him again.

By the end of February there were a few beautiful, sunny (yet still a little chilly) days so we made the most of them and got outside for a walk and I brought my camera along.

Karen and I decided to go see some comedians in early March. Now, going to see comedians can be a crap shoot. Will they be funny? Will they be crude to be funny? Will they dog my religious beliefs? I would have to say "yes" to all 3 of those questions.

Here are 4 of them you might know:

Picture #1 - Mary Lynn Rajskub (she plays Chloe on 24) Didn't know she was a comedian? Most people say the same thing. She started off TERRIBLE! Got a bit better in the middle and ended on a funny note.

Picture #2 - Greg Behrendt (author of He's Just Not That Into You) Sorry the picture's blurry, but it's probably because I was crying I was laughing so hard. He made the night worth going. SOOOO funny!
Picture #3 - Janeane Garofalo (she's been in such movies as Reality Bites; The Truth About Cats & Dogs; Mystery Men) She was funny, but a little too political for me. Got a bit boring at times.

Picture #4 - Patton Oswalt (plays Spence on King of Queens and is the voice of Remy in Ratatouille) He was quite funny as well.

All in all a pretty good night. Definitely a few things we didn't need to hear, but we had a fun night out.
A couple of days later I had to go check on the puppies again. Now their eyes were open. :)

Through Facebook I got a wonderful message from a long time friend named Genny. She had extra tickets to a hockey game and did I want to go? Her treat! Well, of course I said yes. 1) It's always fun to catch up with old friends and 2) A hockey game is always a good time.

It was so great to catch up with Genny, Shelly and Marilyn. Thanks for a great night out, you guys! Let's do it again soon.

Easter without family around is kind of weird. Every one's getting geared up for their family festivities and I'm ready to settle in with my remote and watch a good movie or something. Not this year. Jennie invited Bren and I over for an Easter egg hunt and Easter dinner. It turned out to be a beautiful day outside so the egg hunt was quite fun.

I didn't get any pictures of the scrumptious dinner, but check out the last picture. Jennie knows how much I love paska and since my Mom doesn't live in the same town as me, it's very hard for me to listen to all my Mennonite friends talk about (and put as their status' on Facebook) how wonderful it is to have Paska at this time of year. Jennie also took care of that. She made paska for me and it was her first time ever making it. That was SO special! Thank you Thank you Thank you, Jennie. You are SUCH a great friend for thinking of me when I know you have so much going on in your life already. This was a very special Easter for me.

Again, a few days later, I just had to go check on those puppies again. Now they were all chubby and running around. I could just gobble them up!

Regrettably, this is my last post of the puppies. Right after this, they started selling like hotcakes. Every time I would come over there would be 1 or 2 less puppies until one day when I drove up I actually watched the 2nd last one get into a car and drive away. That was very sad ... although my friends were pretty happy that they weren't stuck with 8 puppies, so I was happy for them. I sat and played with the last puppy for awhile and a few days later she was gone as well. I guess you have to wait awhile to breed the Mom again, but does anyone know exactly HOW long you have to wait? ha ha


April brought a trip up to Sun Peaks to my parents condo. It's a good thing we went when we did because they sold it about a week later. :( I really didn't take advantage of that place enough. I only went up there a few times over the years.

My Dad built the Hearthstone Lodge and he did a pretty good job if I do say so myself. :)
This is the view from our room. We could see the slopes and how many people were on them. Since this was the 2nd last weekend before they closed, the slopes were pretty empty. This last picture above is the pool we tried to get into at The Delta, but they wouldn't let us. :(

The weather cooperated for the most part and Bren and Karen had a great time skiing/snowboarding.

Since I do neither of those things, I took the chair lift up to the top and just had a look around. Unfortunately, there really was no view from the top so I waited for Bren and Karen to come meet me and then I headed down again.

The little guy in this picture below was TWO YEARS OLD!!! Isn't that cool? The guy can barely walk and here he is skiing. I love it! When we asked his Dad how old he was, he said he gets asked that a million times a day. I bet! It's just so cute you can't help but ask. The rest of the pics are the view of the village on the way down the lift.

I really wanted to go snow shoeing, so the girls went with me. It wasn't as hard as I thought it was going to be, but the snow was pretty compact, so maybe it would be harder in deeper snow.

We were gone for about 2 hours and we were happy to see the village in the distance when we came around this last corner. :)

A fun time away!

Most recently in April my sister, Jodi, came to visit. She had a lot on her plate while she was here, so we only got to hang out for 48 hours, but it was worth it to see her to chat, hang out and have some good laughs.

Picture #1 - Jode LOVES her some Starbucks!

Pictures #2, 3 and 4 - We took a walk down to English Bay. It was nice out but a bit on the chilly side.

Picture #5 - If you ever see these 3 buildings in English Bay area, my Dad built those. :) Can you tell I'm proud.
Pictures #6 & 7 - I don't know if you've seen this cute little store on Denman, but it's called Cupcakes. It's very girly and pink and that describes my sister, so we had to take some pictures. We didn't actually end up buying one .. I don't really know why. Hmm, silly of us.
Picture #8 - Cherry blossoms. So pretty!
Picture #9 - We met up with my friends at Las Margaritas to celebrate Bren and Natasha's birthdays. I just realized that this picture cuts Natasha off, so I'm going to add it again below. That's one thing I don't like about these collages.
Now I'm pretty much caught up. Again, sorry for not being more frequent, but I've been more of a nomad then usual and have finally moved into another house sitting place. This time I'm here for at least 6 months, so I'll be able to set up camp more often and will feel more settled. Hopefully that'll get me back on track with my blogging ... that is ... if I still have any readers.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

I'm a terrible blogger!!!

Hey Everyone,

I'm SO sorry for not posting for so long. I'll be back to regular blogging soon. I promise. Right now I'm training for the Sun Run (which is this Sunday, aaaaahhhh!!) and I'm involved in a fundraising/charity even called Run For Water (www.runforwater.ca). We've been having more meetings lately as June 1 is fast approaching. What is it? Well, thanks for asking.

The 1st annual Run For Water will be held in Abbotsford on June 1, 2008 featuring chip-timed half marathon and 10k distances and a 5k Fun Run. It will start and finish on the scenic grounds of Mill Lake Park and will also feature a post-race concert by Abbotsford Canadian Idol finalist, Greg Neufeld. As the BC Lions open training camp in Abbotsford that same day, we will also have Wally Buono and several BC Lions players in attendance. We've also sent Trevor Linden an invitation but have yet to hear back from him.

Run For Water Society is a local group of volunteers, of which I am a part, dedicated to: 1) promoting a sense of community spirit in Abbotsford, 2) encouraging active, healthy living and 3) raising money to provide clean water in Amedo, Ethiopia. We would love for you to register! Get involved in the fundraising program and help provide clean water to people in Amedo, Ethiopia with the top adult fundraiser receiving 2 round trip airfares to anywhere in continental North America!!! The top youth fundraiser will be able to choose from among several options including 2 club seats to the Canucks opening game next year, 4 tickets to a BC Lions game or gift certificates to some great stores. Registration is underway now!

All distances will accommodate both walkers and runners with advance start times available to ensure that the walkers have sufficient time to complete the course.

If you know someone who is not a runner/walker, Run For Water can use their help. We will need many volunteers to help make this happen. You can check the website for volunteer opportunities. Thanks for taking the time to read this. Please feel free to forward this information to friends and family and help make this event a smashing success!