Monday, February 23, 2009
In the meantime I will be heading to Ottawa for a few days for work, hanging out with my parents for their last few days in town, figuring out what to do about my job situation (oh, I forgot to mention that I didn't get the job that I had you all praying for. I know God has something else in store for me, but I do admit that I was disappointed - thanks again for all your prayers) and counting down the days until I go to Vegas at the end of March.
Have a great 40 days and I'll see you in April!
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Nations - it's my way of saying I like to travel without having the letter 'T' given to me. :)
Now - there's no time like the present!
Notoriety - I'll admit it. I don't go seeking attention, but if it comes my way, I don't run from it, either. My face will usually go a million shades of red, but I'm usually not actually embarrassed. It's just how I handle the attention ... that's the part I don't love because I'll hear, "I've never seen someone's face go THAT red" or "You must be SOOOO embarrassed!"
Novels - I LOOOOOOOVE to read. When I was a little girl, my friend, Susie, and I would each have 10 books and we would read (out loud) a chapter from one book, put it to the bottom of the pile and start with the next one. We had 20 books on the go at the same time and somehow we kept all the story lines straight.
Nativity - because it's God's love for us sent down in human form
Nutrition - ha ha! Had ya goin' there!!! :P
NBC - because this network has brought us great TV shows such as The Office and ER.
New York City - one of my favorite cities that I've ever travelled to. I could sit and people watch all day ... or go to a Broadway show ... or go to the top of the Empire State Building and sight see ... or walk over the Brooklyn Bridge ... the list goes on. I would highly recommend a trip to New York.
Number Nine - it's three 3's :)
Nerds - the candy, not so much the people ... and not because I don't like them ... I doubt they would like me because they are WAAAAAY too smart for me.
So there you have it. Wow. That was harder than I thought it would be. Maybe it was just the letter N that was particularly hard. I'm sure for the rest of the day things will just randomly come to me and I'll think, "Oh shoot! Should've said Northern Ireland because my friend Lisa is from there, or Narnia because those were great movies." Oh well. This was a fun one. Thanks, Sonya.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
The highlight of the night, for me, had to be reuniting with my 2 high school basketball coaches. I made a hard decision in Grade 10 and left MEI and went to Mouat. If I had stayed at MEI, I would've played with great players, but little did I know that going to Mouat I would be coached by 2 of the best coaches in BC ... ok, maybe Canada! Allison McNeil was my coach in Grade 10. We had no Jr. team so I had to play on the Sr. Girls team that year. We weren't so good, but we had fun. She's now the Head Coach for the National Women's Team. For Grade 11 and 12, my coach was Pat Lee. In Grade 11 we had 2 players, so Mr. Lee sent us out in the halls scouring for girls to join our team. We did eventually get enough players, but they were fresh. Most didn't know much about basketball or the rules, so it was an interesting year, but we made it through. I think we won 1 game. Grade 12 was a little better. Mr. Lee has coached all over the Fraser Valley and has a great reputation. He's an excellent coach. Anyone who's had him as a coach is extremely lucky.
Next up was a mini Borne reunion. My parents have come to town for almost a month so my cousins decided to have whoever could make it out to their place for supper. I was so hungry that I completely forgot to pull out my camera until the food was all gone and my Grandma and parents had left. Oh wait, there's my Dad in one pic, so maybe I just didn't get good shots of everyone. Sorry about that. It was lots of fun and how better to end a night then by playing Dutch Blitz! Thanks, Rosie (and Gord, of course) for having us over. I can't wait until Bornefest this summer.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Games night with great friends ...
And it ended with a bang ... Blogger Get Together!!!
Thursday, February 19, 2009
The other 2 pictures above were taken on Christmas Eve morning. I went out and shoveled very early in the morning before work and an hour later you couldn't even tell I'd shoveled. Needless to say, I was a little nervous about my flight that was supposed to fly out that afternoon. We got sent home from work at 9:30 because there were only a few people in the office so I went and sat at the airport hoping to maybe catch an earlier flight. Pretty much all flights were cancelled.
Lucky for me one of my best friends lives just down the street from the airport and they welcomed me into their home to spend Christmas Eve with them (collage below) and she even got up at 5:00 am to drive me back to the airport in the morning. Thanks Rachel!
Saturday, February 14, 2009
In October my dear friend, Jennie, got engaged. I felt SO privileged to be asked to be her Maid of Honour. We didn't have a ton of time, so in November, as per my duties, I got to throw her a shower.
Then in December, just a few days before the wedding, I also got to accompany her to the spa for some pampering. Aaaaaahhh!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Although these animals technically aren't family, I always enjoy playing with the fuzzy creatures so I had to include them in my pictorial.
They have 3 miniature donkeys, 2 horses, 2 rabbits, a bizillion cats and only 1 dog at this time.
I then had the distinct honour of accompanying Jennie on her quest to find THE PERFECT wedding dress. I believe she did a wonderful job.
At the end of October my boss retired. Her and I have been friends as well as co-workers, so although it was a lot of work, I was happy to make her a scrapbook ... here are some of my favourite pages.
Monday, February 09, 2009
Before I left on my trip, my friend Carmen got married to the love of her life, Chris. It was a beautiful wedding. Congrats, you two!
At the end of summer I got a call to dog sit. Initially I did it because I knew they had a lovely house with a pool and hot tub (sorry, just being honest), but in the end I loved the dog more than the pool and hot tub. Her name is Maddie and she has made me seriously consider settling down and getting my own dog.
Saturday, February 07, 2009
Renee plays a high powered executive woman who's company sends her to Minnesota to run a plant that needs some restructuring. She's the one sent because she's single. Hmmm, understandable, but touches a bit of a nerve with me.
Anyways, she's used to her city life so living in rural Minnesota has it's challenges for her. There to help her ... well, not at first ... is Harry Connick Jr. At first they are at each others throats of course, but eventually, over time, there's a minor crisis that has them acting as friends and so on and so on. If I'm ruining the movie for you ... you didn't see the previews. Don't you hate when a preview pretty much shows you the whole movie? Leave something to suspense!
Well, the movie definitely had it's funny and cute parts, but I didn't think Renee was very good. She was supposed to be this high powered executive but at first I thought she was playing the role of a Barbie. It was really weird. Once she started to loosen up and enjoy rural life, it got a bit better. Harry Connick Jr was ... well ... Harry Connick Jr. Very cute. :) There was a part where I believe Rachel (one of my longtime movie going companions) was wiping her eyes she was laughing so hard. The movie is fluff and predictable, but if you're looking for just a fun night out where you can escape to somewhere fun and not think much, this would be a good movie for that. I obviously needed a night like that last weekend and it's always fun to hang out with Rach, so I'm glad I went.
This weekend I went with Mark, Rachel and Karen to see He's Just Not That Into You.
Where ... do ... I ... start? Yes, it was pretty much a "fluff" movie again and I went to see it as a gentle reminder of how people (notice I didn't say "guys" because I know it can go both ways) can treat each other in not so nice a manner when in relationships. There were definitely some very funny parts and we laughed a lot, but let's just say when I got into the car, I let out a loud, frustrated scream. Yes, I did. The movie starts off by being very honest (mostly from the guy's point) about how a girl needs to get it into her head that if a guy really likes you, he'll call. He'll do something to make the relationship happen. Parts of it were embarrassing to watch because we girls can get sooooo analytical and yes, I've been there. I remember the days when I used to come home after being out and thinking, "Why did he say this?" or "What do you think he meant by that?" And you know what? That's how God made the female species so I don't believe that will ever fully go away, however, we as females do egg each other on when we ask our friends, "Do you think he likes me?" and we ALWAYS answer either, "Of course! I'm sure he's just busy this weekend ... and the weekend before," or "He's just intimidated by you," or my personal favorite, "You're too good for him anyways."
What if he's just simply "Not Into You?" Does that make him a bad guy? No. Not every guy is going to be your next potential husband. So, that part of the movie I liked. It was honest and gave us girls a real head shake.
Then it took a turn. I'm not trying to be pessimistic here and I know it had to have a Hollywood ending (again, not trying to ruin it for anyone), but it so fed into that "this is a chick flick - we must give them a dangling of hope" ending. I won't tell you anything specific about the ending, but let's just say that those who ended up together were blissfully happy and those who didn't, were either looked at as the a*#hole or the depressed.
Do I sound like I need counselling? Seriously? Well, if you answered yes to that question, it's a good thing I had my counselling appointment already booked for today. :) I've been meaning to talk about this for awhile but haven't gotten around to. Back in November I started seeing a counsellor. When I tell people that, the first thing they say is, "Why do you need to see a counsellor?" That always makes me laugh and my answer always is, "Why not? It can't hurt." I guess I should be flattered that people have to ask that question and aren't like, "Oh, that's good. I've been thinking you should be seeing a counsellor for a long time," but there's nothing embarrassing about going to a counsellor. I'm just trying to better myself. My counsellor has said that the best time to go to a counsellor is when you're not at your wits end and thinking "I have to figure this out or I'll die." You know what I mean?
The first time I went to see her I really didn't even know what I was going to talk to her about but we just started chatting and it's amazing how you can pour your heart out to a stranger if you feel comfortable with her. After a few sessions she told me that she thinks I'm a very well balanced person. That was good to hear ... but I want to keep it that way ... so I'm going to keep going.
Sorry, Kori. It started off being light hearted. :)