What an excellent weekend.

FRIDAY Rosemarie came over and we played two games of Agricola and made moo shu pork (and tofu), including homemade flour wraps, and dairy free peppermint brownies. We stuffed ourselves and Scott drank homeless man beer, haha.

SATURDAY MEP and Paul picked us up in their fancy town car and we took the ferry across to Langdale and then went for lunch at a restaurant with an amazing ocean view in what I thought was Sechelt but according to Google Maps there are TWO Sechelts in BC and neither of them are even close to the restaurant, yet the restaurant address says Sechelt. WHAT?
Anyway it was on the Sunshine coast and it really was sunny. Not a cloud in the sky the whole day.
We checked out a few beaches and piers and skipped rocks and froze our ears off.
Then we checked out Gibsons’ houseboats and sea otters and soaked in more amazing water + mountain views.

We ferried back and then detoured through We$$$T Van and admired the mansions and the sunset views, then did a super fast hike at dusk down to a lighthouse.
After that we came back in to the city and had dinner at…. SUSHI BANG! The waitress actually teased Scott for ordering something different. Yes, she knows us.

We got dropped off and Scott and I watched a movie.
What a big day!!!

SUNDAY I stayed in bed all morning. Finished up the last of my university paperwork, and painted another Settlers painting (only three more to go!). Now I am editing pictures (panorama time!) and soon I will make some notes for my interview on Wednesday.

My mind is a bit jumbly so I think I’ll just do point form today.

++++++++++++ I got a raise at work!!!

++++++++++++++++++ I got a uni interview at SAIT in Calgary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
— they only gave me a week notice! It’s next Wednesday!
+ I still managed to get cheapish flights
+ my boss didn’t seem to mind giving me the day off

That email had perfect timing. I had come from work all anxious and stressed and feeling like a failure because sometimes I feel like I screw everything up in life and then I saw the ‘Congratulations!’ in my inbox. I’ve been really worried lately that I wasn’t even getting considered anywhere and now I feel a bit more optimistic about that, which is good.

++ playing Settlers with new friends was fun. I hope they invite us over again (HINT HINT haha) and I’ll bring baked goods and we can try the expansion pack.
+ we also bought our 4th Groupon this week for a games store so we can buy our own set for cheap.

++ we finally gave Agricola a try and it’s fun. After playing it three times neither of us have any idea how to actually win (even though I won twice and and tied once). It’s not as complex as we thought though and both of us like it.

—- As I mentioned before I am off dairy this week to see if I am lactose intolerant. This makes me very sad. I thought breakfast was going to be difficult but actually I quite enjoyed my english muffin with hummus, and my egg wraps with salsa and avocado. I just learned this week that you can cook ‘scrambled’ eggs in the microwave in 60 seconds. Yes they are kind of spongy, but if I’m mixing them with something else it’s ok.

Dessert is difficult though! Rosemarie is coming over tomorrow and I am in charge of dessert. Brownies (cocoa, egg, oil, water etc.) seems like it could work, but I may have to make them from scratch. And other than that I’ve got no ideas except jello. Doesn’t help that I don’t like coconut or cooked fruit.

Same old story, the longer I don’t blog the more of an effort it seems like it will be and the more I put it off, proliferating the cycle.

Been busy. Did more overtime last weekend, went to a Chinese New Year parade, a mega shop at Metrotown, hockey game, doctors appointments, visitors, free concerts, and soon Granville Island and playing Settlers with new friends.

Work has been profitable lately. Lots of overtime and I’m getting faster every month so my bonus goes up every time. I guess I will just stay there. I’ve been there for 5 months now and I’ve heard whispers about a 6 month raise.

The Chinese New Year parade was pretty cool. But it was raining and cold and people kept poking us in the eyeballs with umbrellas, so we didn’t stay for the whole thing. Still came home with a pocketful of red envelopes though.

Last Monday we went to a Canucks vs. Sens game with a couple of our friends. We all met up right after work and drank a bit and went to the game. It was a lot of fun, even though the Sens lost. I must have drank a bit too much actually though because I felt really horrible the next day and barely made it to work. Scott’s a real trooper though, he’s been starting work at 6:00 AM this week and still made it.

I really like my new doctor. Yet another reason why I hope I miraculously get into BCIT so I can stay in Vancouver and stay with this lovely doctor. Anyway the news from the last appointment was not so great, he’s narrowed it down to two (crappy) possibilities. I have to go off dairy for a week to see if that helps, starting the day after Valentines I guess. Anyone who knows me know this will be torture for me.

Jarrod and Taylor are staying with us right now. It’s been a mellow visit, which is good. We went to a free outdoor concert last night which was good until our feet turned into muddy icicles. We’re off to Granville Island market in a bit. Yeah I’ve been there twice already, but I like markets!!!

I finally got around to getting a photostitch program (free and legal I LOVE LINUX) and made up a few panoramas from the past year or so. Check them out.

The MCG in Melbourne


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On the West coast of Australia


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From the lookout between Kailua and Honolulu, Hawaii


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A beach in the North part of Oahu, Hawaii


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Sorry for not writing in so long. The Whistler weekend totally exhausted me and I spent the whole last week recovering. So happy that this is a proper weekend.

I worked 13.5 hours of overtime last week and was just go-go-go right up until our Whistler trip. Scott’s friends arrived at 1:00 am at our house and then we woke up EARLY to drive up on Saturday morning.

The weather was total poop all Saturday and Sunday. I could tell when it was pouring rain in Squamish that things weren’t going to be good. Plus apparently it was College Weekend which meant Whistler was TOTALLY OVERRUN with American college kids. I felt like I was the only person there who actually came up for quality boarding, and was really disappointed with all the rain and crowds and broken gondolas.

Scott had a lot of fun with his friends though and that was a lot of the point of going up so at least that was good. And our hotel was very nice.

I had an ok day on Saturday. It was very rainy at the bottom, but the clouds were fairly low so once you got above them the weather was ok. I had quite a good session and got very very sweaty.

Sunday morning we woke up and saw that is was totally pouring rain. Scott and I decided to not go up because it felt like it would be a waste of money, especially for Scott who would have gotten SOAKED. We decided to go tubing instead, but that turned out to be broken too. Instead we just relaxed and got a Beavertail and went in the hot tub.

Scott had to leave on Sunday night but I stuck around. Monday was a lot better. No rain and much clearer skies. I went right to the top of Blackcomb and had fun in the great glacier conditions. But then I crashed on a very narrow flat trail with a huge cliff on one side and tweaked my foot. It hurt but not that much because my foot was so tightly wrapped in my boot. I spent the rest of the afternoon working my way down the mountain and then got poutine and relaxed.

Was too bad that I didn’t actually get a chance to meet up with Robyn, even though I was using her snowboard!! Both of us had quite a crazy weekend and it just didn’t work out.

So the (very complex) way our passes work means that I have one more day left on my pass (Scott does not). We’ll have to do some budgeting to see if we CAN actually go up for one more day trip, or maybe I’ll just sell my pass to Rosemarie. Depends on how much Scott’s teeth stuff costs, I guess.