Sunday, March 28, 2010

A Day in Vancouver

Had a really, really lovely day in Vancouver yesterday. It didn't even rain on me - how's THAT for lucky?

I took the new Skytrain from the airport to meet e at Broadway and Commercial. Look at Vancouver getting all city-like with its public transportation:

We had a good yak session and then some thrift therapy at Value Village. Check out the crazy good Camper shoes I found! They're 1/2 a size too big, but hey - I'll manage. I also snagged a weird 70s pattern halter dress and some Nine West wedge platform sandals, both which will serve me well later this week in Nassau.

Then it was on to Steveston where Hugh and I enjoyed a lovely bike ride in the sun to pick up some fish for dinner. The day ended with a yummy home-cooked meal for me and some friends. I drank wine and ate delicious cheese. It was all good and I just wanted to tell you that.

Friday, March 26, 2010


7:43 sunrise
20:31 sunset

It's off to Vancouver tomorrow to see friends, then Ottawa for work Monday-Wednesday and then a jaunt down to Nassau to see my sister, nephew and mom for the long weekend. I have a bit of a ridiculous flight routing on the way home, but I really wanted to take the opportunity to visit my sister; it's so much less expensive travelling to the Caribbean from Ontario than it is from the Yukon. If I get a chance, I may write from Nassau - family fun is not always, well.... fun, but it is often entertaining. That said, I am excited to see my nephew again (it's been 17 months). Here are a couple of gratuitous shots from our last visit:

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Sugar Doll Award

7:47 sunrise
20:26 sunset

Dear Erin, over at Both Yellow Animals, has bestowed upon me the Sugar Doll Blogger Award. I have no idea what would make me a sugar doll, in fact, I think I am more the salty variety. That said, it's a nice excuse for a blog entry. One of the conditions of accepting the award is to participate in a little Internet meme. In this case: divulge 10 aspects of my life and/or personality, and thank the person who gave me the award.

1. I don't think I ever owned a doll as a kid.
2. I am fond of sugar, especially in baked goods (mmmmm, cake).
3. I like beer.
4. I also like wine (red and white, even).
5. I won't eat what I am not willing to kill. Maybe I'll change my mind one day, but for now I am comfortable with this approach to my world.
6. I used to think I had a type A sort of personality, but some recent online investigative research reveals that I am more B than A.
7. I hate commuting. So glad I don't have to.
8. I am seriously on the fence about ever having kids and I don't really know how that question will ever be resolved.
9. I just took a 10 day vacation in January and I am already thinking about where to go next.
10. I do fundamentally believe that society should take from each of us according to our ability and give back according to our need, but it's not really working out like that.

Erin - thanks for the award and for giving me a little glimpse into a your sweet corner of Texas. May you serve me some grits when I finally travel to Austin.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Dreams of the past

7:50 sunrise
20:23 sunset

Dreams. I had a whack of them last night. I'm don't really understand why some nights are full of reverie and others are a blank slate, but I generally like it when I dream.

Last night's images were filled with scenes invoving my grandparents' house. It's a place where I spent quite a lot of time as a little kid and even as a teenager. And of course now, as an adult renovating my own house, I frequently think about some of the fantastic modern design pieces they furnished their home with. What wouldn't I give for my grandma's dining room light fixture, her side and coffee tables, her black leather chairs.

Last night I dreamt about hugging my grandpa...except that he was tiny, just my height. In my dream it was just part of him being old. When he was alive he was in the 6' range, thin and long-legged. I also dreamt about their house, specifically about their walls which were (in reality) covered in wood panelling (can you say built in 1971?!). My dream amped up the disco factor by turning their walls into gold sparkly wood panelling - imagine wood grain crossed with a gold bowling ball or maybe nailpolish.

Anyhow, I have no idea what all of that means, aside from the fact that I am thinking about family and I still miss my grandparents. Maybe I'll go google dream interpretations now. Until then, I'll leave you with this - one of a couple of dresses I have recently purchased from Small Earth Vintage's shop. My grandmother didn't wear dresses very often, but she was always smartly attired and I like to think she'd approve of my penchant for secondhand items. Something about this dress even reminds me of her.

Bring on spring so I can wear this beauty!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

How Millennial Are You?

7:59 sunrise
20:16 sunset

The Pew Research Center wants to know. Fourteen questions to determine whether you have anything in common with the Millennial Generation (those born after 1980). Try it.

I apparently, am more like a Baby Boomer than a Millennial or even my own Generation X. I think it's because I don't have a cell phone and therefore can't receive text messages. More hilarious though, is the fact that Ben scored a mere 6 points, making him most akin to a person born before 1946. Ha!

Edited to add: My score was 32/100, just for the record

Sunday, March 14, 2010


8:21 sunrise
19:58 sunset
* Swtiched to Daylight Saving Time

Today we spent some time worshipping at the church of Jenn and Ben (Canadian Tire). In the past we have also worshipped at the church of Grey Mountain and the church of Hugh and Wendy's house, but today the hardware store won out.

We have been making great progress on the house lately. The floors were finished on Thursday - YAHOO - and they are gorgeous. Now we need to paint, tile the fireplace, trim, many things to the kitchen. But for now - I am happy with this most excellent progress on the downstairs bathroom:

Yup, those are shiny red walls. Ben's idea. I was against, it, but am happy to report that I have been won over. We still need to do one final coat, but then we can put up the mirror, our wall art and call it another finished room!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Double the Flavour, Double the Fun

7:33 sunrise
18:48 sunset

Does this not look like a rip roaring good time?

Sierra doubled me, on the handlebars of her Pugsley, to our Tuesday spinning session. As Sierra explained, she told me to "hold on tight to the handlebars" and instead I dug around in my pocket for my camera in order to take a selfie for flickr.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Wardrobe Capsule Recap

7:48 sunrise
18:35 sunset

So here's my visual recap of my personal wardrobe capsule challenge:

I quite enjoyed this little exercise and I learned a few things:

1. I could do this for 5 days with even fewer items.

2. I could, however, to learn to mix the pieces together better.

3. I wish I had chosen a dress (or two).

4. While I like accessories such as jewellery, these don't mix and match as well as I might want them too. If I did this challenge again, I would probably be happy choosing 5 different pieces of jewellery as my accessories since I don't really wear belts much and I never carry a bag/purse. I threw my coat in as my 5th piece just 'cause I had been wearing it all week.
5. Sometimes having fewer choices results in more interesting combinations. I loved my Friday lime and orange colour combination and I would have never thought to put these two items together without having the two shirts laid out together as options to choose from.

6. It really, really helps to have clothes set out the night before. Even though I didn't know what I planned to wear each day, having a really small set to choose from made my mornings easier.

7. Next time I pack for a trip (ie: at the end of this month) I will use this method of choosing clothes rather than selecting a larger number of totally different outfits.

A fun experiment anyway - I'll try it again for sure.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Rendezvous Recap

7:54 sunrise
18:30 sunset

Did I mention that Rendezvous was a hoot? Well, it was. Kate, Sierra and I teamed up as Team High-Five (lame name, yes, but it comes from our spinning sessions where we give each other high-5's a lot) to compete as Mad(am) Trappers. It's a good deal that I was with them because I placed last or close to last in every event I tried whereas Sierra won the overall Madam Trapper title and Kate kicks ass at axe throwing.

So what is the Mad(am) Trapper event? From the Rendezvous website:
Enter this competition and you automatically enter the Flour Packing, Axe Throw, Chainsaw Chuck, Swede Saw, and Log Toss. Scores are combined to find the ultimate athlete.

Behold photographic evidence of Team High-Five in each event:

Flour Packing:
Swede Sawing:
Chainsaw Chucking:
Log Tossing:
Axe Throwing:

And if you really want a laugh, you should probably watch this pathetic video of me doing the axe throw. Needless to say...I did not win.

And let's not forget the hairy leg contest which Sierra and I both entered. Sierra demolished the competition cruising to her 4th title as Yukon hair leg champion, but I do like to think that I would have taken silver in the event if they gave prizes for anything other than first. But do you know what her prize was? A gift certificate for laser hair removal. I could go on and on about how you don't award someone who is proud of (or at least very comfortable with) her hairy legs with a prize that says "these are really ugly you should get rid of them now." I don't think the organizers intended to send that message, but it's kind of like giving a girl, in a writing competition about self-esteem, a "makeover" as a prize (and yes, that happened in Sierra's past too - like wtf?!?).

Add to this a night out at a karaoke bar (I didn't even know this was an option in Whitehorse) and all in all it was a really fun weekend.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Capsule Wardrobe Challenge

8:00 sunrise
18:25 sunset

I don't blog about my closet very often, but I do occasionally participate in and lurk lots on the wardrobe_remix group. I feel sort of torn about fashion and clothes generally because....well, I guess it seems vain and narcissistic and I feel self-conscious about that. On the other hand, what you wear is just another form of self-expression and let's be honest, even for people who don't care too much about their appearance, they still aren't going to let somebody else pick out their clothes.

Anyhow, on the remix today I noticed a few of my contacts talking about the "capsule wardrobe contest." Curious, I looked into it a bit and found out that it's an idea promulgated by The Small Fabric of My Life's blog and it sounds kinda neat. Here's the dealio:

Choose ten items of clothing from your wardrobe and mix and match them for five days between Monday March 1st and Friday March 5th. You can have any combination of shoes, dresses, skirts, tops and jackets as long as it adds up to ten individual items. You are also allowed five accessories which include jewellery, scarves, bag, belts etc. Underwear and hosiery do not come under the ten items and five accessories.

Unfortunately, I was already dressed and ready for work when I saw this today, so I am stuck with three pieces I might not have otherwise chosen. But, I am going to play along. I won't post each photo as I go, but rather will post all outfits at the end of the week. Here's what I am choosing. The first four items I wore today:

1. Wide leg dress pants
2. Long sleeved thermal tshirt
3. Short sleeved brown sweater
4. Brown pleather boots
5. Long denim skirt
6. Brown cardigan
7. Lime green tshirt
8. Orange tunic
9. Blue button down
10. Brown heeled shoes

As for accessories:

1. "Pomegranate" pin (below and worn today)
2. Red polka dot belt
3. Multi-coloured plastic chunky necklace
4 & 5 - as yet undecided
4. Purple scarf
5. Long fleece coat

On another note, Rendezvous was a lot of fun this past weekend and I will try and write a post about it later in the week.