More stuff

I’ve been super busy lately with life, so I just thought I’d take a quick break to update ya’ll with what I’ve been up to:

– I’ve baked 2 pies for fun in the past couple weeks. Why? No reason, I just wanted pie! Actually, it was also a slight attempt to master my crust-making skills. The recipe needed a little bit of tweeking, and I think I have it all figured out now.

– Over the Labour Day long weekend it was super hot (for the beginning of September at least), so my mom and I took Isla to the splash park for a little picnic and a play. Isla had SO much fun playing in the water and watching the other kids. I can’t wait until next summer when she’s old enough to run through it on her own without needed to hold our hands.



– I have been working on some freelance writing work like a mad woman lately, and I’m loving it! It’s been a while since I’ve felt the pressure of a deadline, and I miss the stress of it just a tiny little bit! This month I’ve been working on about 10 stories all together. Whew!

Angela from Craving Cupcakes was recently in BC with her family houseboating, and I (kinda) joking pointed out that Kamloops was only a couple hours away from where they were. Low and behold, she and her (newly wedded) husband were coming into town to take her cousin to the airport, so we made a last-minute coffee date on Saturday! I think I started following Angela’s blog not too long after I started this one up, so it was SO nice to finally meet face-to-face. Hurray for blog-friends becoming IRL friends!

And thanks to her hubby Stephen for snapping the photo for us!

I’m more than certain that I’m leaving stuff out. I promise once I’m done all this freelance business that I’ll get back to blogging more regularly. (Hopefully!)


Here’s some of the stuff I’ve been up to lately:

– I’m currently reading World War Z. Apparently the movie is a lot different from the book, and I can see why. It’s a good read, and really puts the whole “zombie apocalypse” thing into perspective.

– We went to visit some friends last Wednesday for a birthday. The boys shot guns, the women made jam and picked produce. Hunters & Gatherers what? We ate well, had some laughs, and a had great visit. Daphne stayed with my Dad and Campbell came with us. Isla had fun as well and didn’t have a single meltdown, even with later mealtimes and so much going on.

Bottom two photos borrowed from a friend. And the bear? It resides in the guest bathroom. Startling for middle-of-the-night tinkles.

– We have a bad wasp problem in a tree that’s in front of our house. We have no idea where the nest is, but there are literally HUNDREDS of wasps just hanging out in and around the tree. Our lawn is super long because we don’t want to make the wasps angry with the mower. Kyle sprayed the tree the other night, but there’s still TONS. Uggggh.

– Our friends set a date for their wedding next year! I won’t say when exactly, but it’s in the fall. I’m super stoked for them, because now the planning can really begin!

– I also want to give a shout out to Faith who has finally delivered Baby Frijole into the world! Congratulations to her and her husband, and welcome to parenthood!

– I went and signed up for a yoga class that starts in September. It’s a beginner class, which is wonderful since I’ve never taken a class before, and it’s through the city’s Parks & Recreation guide and not at an actual yoga centre (are they called centres?) Either way, I’m hoping the instructor is kind and understanding and that the other women in the class aren’t pros set out to make newbs look and feel bad about themselves. We’ll see. Also – I have no idea what to wear because all my actual yoga gear is sadly (but obviously) lululemon, and I don’t want to be one of those people. White girl problems, I swear.

That’s all I got. Isla is up from her nap so I better fetch her before she beheads me.

Please tell me something fun and interesting that’s going on in your life.



Remember these? Good, because that means you’re about as old as I am. I’m pretty sure I used to do these back in high school when your only form of communication with friends other than the phone was through Hotmail or MSN Messenger, and then again in Facebook “notes” where you would tag people. Sweet Christ, how lame was I?

Anyway, when I saw this posted on Jasmine’s blog, I couldn’t resist filling it out for old times’ sake. Because I’m nostalgic and all.

Here it goes, my favourite …

Clothing brand: I loooove lululemon’s sweaters for their warm and fuzziness and their pants for their comfort. But other than that, I have no brand preference.

Thing(s) to do: Hang out with my daughter and husband, sleep, go for walks on warm days.

Name: I don’t like sharing my favourite names, because they’re generally potential children names, and I hate name stealers, so I’m keeping them to myself :P

Trait of yours: Grammar nazi, although I’m a horrible proofreader.

Quote of the Moment: “Life is hard; It’s even harder when you’re stupid.” — John Wayne

Family member: Isla, definitely. And then Kyle, obviously. It’s pretty much a tie.

Grade you were/are in: The eleventy-billionth grade. Sheesh.

Color: YELLOW! Or purple. But mostly yellow.

Memory: It’s a toss-up between marrying Kyle and when Isla was finally born. I’d say it’s a tie.

Thing about the opposite sex: His arms and ridiculous ways of making me laugh out loud.

Electronics brand: Ones that don’t crap out after a few days of use.

Gift you got from someone: I’m pretty in love with my Kitchen Aid mixer right now, if that can be considered a gift.

Program on your computer: Photoshop, or Excel for its spreadsheety organzation.

Type of car or truck: I’d loooove a VW Touareg if I ever won the lottery. Love.

Phrase: “Live, Love, Laugh”

School Subject: PE, and not because it was an excuse to sit on the bench and do nothing, because I rocked PE.

Age you were/are: What? 25 was a pretty good age for me I suppose – Got married, got pregnant, etc.

Teacher: Either my Grade 12 English teacher or my Grade 11/12 math teacher. Or our Foods & Nutrition teacher.

Number: 14

Fruit: Raspberries and strawberries.

Store: Costco! (Does that count as a store?)

Person: It’s again a tie between Isla and Kyle.

Holiday: Christmas – the only holiday I truly decorate for.

Day of the week: The ones where Kyle is off the next day.

Season: Definitely fall. I love the warm days and cooler nights.

Place: Anywhere in the sun

Movie: As sappy as it may sound, I love the Notebook. Not for Ryan Gosling or Rachel McAdams (though they are my favourites), but for the love story behind it.

T.V. Show: Grey’s Anatomy, although this season is testing me. I like Rookie Blue as well, and Big Bang Theory too.

Channel: I watch way too much TLC these days. Waaaay too much.

Book: Anything Emily Giffin

Book Gone Movie: Marley and Me. Will make me bawl every time.

Actor: Jason Statham. I could stare at him all. day. long.

Actress: Rachel McAdams

Talk Show: Ellen

Sport: To play: Slo-pitch or soccer. To watch: Hockey

Website: Pinterest. SO addicted!

Magazine: I don’t read too many magazines these days! It used to be Cosmo, but it seems inappropriate now that I have a baby.

Board Game: Pictionary or Scattergories

Instant Messenger: She the front door – Do people still use instant messengers?

Food: Carbs – Pasta. Bread. Give it all to me.

Drink: 7-Up

Restaurant: Local: The Brownstone, Accolades or On the Rocks. Chain: Earls.

Non-Alcoholic Drink: Strawberry lemonade.

Type of Food: CARBS!

Meal: Pepper steak.

Person you know that cooks: My husband or my mom.

Alcoholic Drink: Caesars or Paralyzers.

Soda: 7-Up or Schweppes raspberry ginger ale.

Soda you think they should make: I really want Code Red Mountain Dew to be available back in Canada.

Water Flavour: Straight up on the rocks.

Music Genre: Whatever’s popular, as sad as that sounds.

Band: I’m quite loving the new No Doubt single.

Solo Artist: Bruno Mars, Adele.

Disney Channel singer: …

Song: Right now, “Stuck Like Glue” by Sugarland

Music Video: I don’t even know the last time I watched a music video I liked. But, the last one I watched was “Gangnam Style.”

Music Channel: MuchMore Music.

Song Lyrics: “You wear white and I’ll wear out the words I love you and you’re beautiful.”

Song Title: Song 2

CD Cover:  Umm … Can’t say I’ve seen one of those in a while.

Music Store: I agree with Jasmine – iTunes is considered a store, right?