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.

We had a good time snowboarding at Mount Seymour on Monday night. Rose came too which was good for me because Scott stayed on the bunny hill. Rose and I checked out the rest of the hill but the more challenging side was very very busy so we only did a few of those runs. Scott improved a bit and is looking forward to not having to use a rope tow ever again. (Although I’m the one who did the most embarrassing wipe-out on the rope tow… just ask Rose.)

I’m worried about Whistler this weekend though. The main Whistler village gondola is broken and they’re not sure how long it will take to fix. Also right now the forecast says up to 30 mm of RAIN over the weekend. :(((((( Although maybe that forecast is only for the base and that means SNOW on the mountain??! I hope so.

It has been a very busy week. I am tired!

Natasha stayed with us for a few days after New Years. We had a lot of fun with her, playing Settlers and dragging her around to different parts of the city to buy shelves, and cooking a lot of delicious vegetarian asian food.

Our New Years Eve was very low key. Natasha, Parry, and his fiancee came over. The last time I saw Parry was like 4 years ago… on New Years Eve in Toronto! Anyway it was really good to see him again, he’s pretty much the only one I still keep in contact with from Maastricht.

At about 1:00 AM Nat, Scott and I decided that doing the New Years Day Polar Bear Swim in English Bay was actually the greatest idea of all time. We got pretty pumped about that, and then went to bed. But we followed through! There were SOOOOOOO many people there. Apparently there were something like 2,300 swimmers, and probably just as many spectators. It was insanity.

I reckon I was only in the water for about 5 seconds. We had decided that you had to dunk your head to make it ‘official’ so I ran two steps in, ducked under, and then ran out. Wrapped up in our giant towels and then got dressed up in the massive amount of winter clothing we packed. It actually wasn’t that bad! The sun shining definitely helped. The only bad part was our feet… the beach was painfully cold.

After the swim we walked up and got hot chocolate and by that time we were all pretty much back to normal! If I’m here next year I would do it again. Unless it was raining.

After the long weekend Scott and I were back to work, Natasha headed off to New Zealand, and then Rosemarie came back (bearing gifts and snowboarding equipment)! Of course we squeezed in another game of Settlers.

Both Scott and I feel pretty run down after all this activity. I need a long weekend after that long weekend. :/ Which I do not get, at all, because I’m going in tomorrow to do overtime at work! The money will help though… a lot of snowboarding in our near future!!

Mount Seymour on Monday for a practice session. We are renting a car because it is actually cheaper than paying 4 one-way shuttle tickets and 2 add-fares, plus then we don’t have to leave work early. Girls are free on Monday nights too, which is awesome! Then Whistler next weekend!! We originally planned on just going for the weekend, but Scott suggested I stay Monday too with his friends, which I am now very much considering (Scott can’t stay because he actually must be at work that Monday). We shall see. I am excited!!

About time for another food post soon. I’ve had some successes lately. Mmmmm.

Woooo only 1.5 more days of work, then a 4.5 day weekend!!

I haven’t been sleeping well lately. The kid upstairs screams for her mom for 20 minutes once per night, and I get hyper-focused on Scott’s breathing sounds, and my brain keeps going a million miles per hour… and I’m up for hours. :(

Looks like we’re going to Whistler mid-January. Two of Scott’s friends from Kansas are going and we are meeting up with them there. He says the last time he saw one of them was 2008 and the other 2004! I just hope it’s not toooo crowded (since we’ll be going on a weekend) and we get enough time on the mountain, because it sure is expensive! Hopefully we can also squeeze in a night session at one of the local hills before then too because I feel rusty and Scott is still very much a beginner!! I’ve been keeping an eye out for coupons.

Last January I made a whole bunch of stupid New Years resolutions. I don’t have the exact list anymore because it was on my ‘craptop’ which is now in the garbage. :/ I really can’t remember them except for “invent teleportation” and “eat a grilled cheese hamburger”. Anyway I did the latter on the weekend and it was glorious.

So way back on the 17th we left for Hawaii. A car ride, two planes, two buses later, and a lot of sweating later, we arrived at our little room in Kailua. Instead of staying in Honolulu we opted to rent a spare room in a much quieter town. We had no idea what it would be like but luckily it was OK.

We spent the majority of our vacation relaxing in different places. Oahu is BEAUTIFUL with its lush green forests and huge interesting looking mountains. Plus sunshine every day and very little rain.
We also spent lots of time looking for the perfect food: cheap, tasty, different, vegetarian options.

We went to Waikiki beach a couple times, and beautiful Kailua beach right near where we were staying almost every day. It was very windy there though.

Us at Waikiki.

We snorkeled in Hanauma Bay. It was good, lots of fish, but pretty crowded.

We went to Wet N Wild Hawaii for a day and had A BLAST. So many slides and so much fun. Also Scott is an excellent person to go to a waterpark with because he carries the raft!

One day on our way back to our room we stumbled upon a farmers market with lots of produce and nice food. We bought some chipotle taro dip, and I had totally yummy ahi (seared tuna) with 8 pounds of garlic. There were also some Hawaiian music players and a bunch of local hula dancers! Neat! It was really cool because it wasn’t tourist oriented, just their normal market.

One night we ended up at a really fancy sushi restaurant. We sat at a bar and had our own sushi chef in front of us who would make us anything we wanted. It was pricey though so we didn’t get anything too crazy. I had delicious tuna rolls, and a thai shrimp one. Scott had weird vegetarian sushi with 8 million types of veg. Oh and the sushi chef let me try this cool eel sushi roll that had thinly sliced cucumber instead of rice. Yum!

Most of our trip we took the public buses around everywhere. They were pretty unreliable, but we were on holiday so it wasn’t the hugest deal. We rented a car for the last two days though and that was really fun. We drove all the way around the island each day, up to the North Shore via Giovanni’s shrimp truck and a bakery for chocolate haupia pie, checking out new beaches and LOST filming locations. We went to Waimea Bay expecting huge waves and surfing, but apparently in the summer it is flat as. Like as flat as a lake. It was crazy.

Super flat North Shore.

One beach we stopped at had heaps of giant turtles close to shore, munching on the stuff growing on the rocks. We could see them really clearly and it was really special.

We also stopped at THE WORLDS LARGEST MAZE… in 2008. I was pretty excited about this, since I did this big project on mazes back in grade 12 and still hadn’t actually been in one. We had a card and were supposed to go around and find 8 different stations. Scott and I went our separate ways… wandered for about 10 minutes and bumped into each other. Neither of us had found any! We separated again. I wasn’t really having fun any more. I found two, mostly because of loud children with parents who had maps, and then bumped into Scott again. He had a couple as well, but neither of us were having that much fun at all so we left, haha.


Scott’s impression of the maze.


Delicious delicious shave ice with ice cream and beans.


Awesome Hawaiian sunset.