We went trampolining while in Ottawa. The girl who was checking us in asked if we had ever been there before. We said “YEAH!!………. in 1999”. Jeeze it has been a long time since grade 9. I remember all those afternoons busing downtown, picking up a taco at Taco Bell or a samosa from the market, and then doing our hour of trampoline lessons with Sean.

Sean wasn’t there this time. Also trampolining was a lot more tiring than before!! We still did alright though, cautiously trying our old tricks.

Super Strong Sarah Swan

I bounce so high.

Hehe this is a funny picture of Helenka.

Leslie has good form.

Show off David. I’m just kidding, I made him do these flips so I could take a picture.

What else have I missed.

  • Rosemarie and I went over to our aunt and uncle’s house and ate yummy thai food. I would love to have that soup recipe HINT HINT HINT.
  • Rosemarie left Ottawa to go to Toronto and I got lonely. It is weird being home without her.
  • Went out for a girly lunch with Cassia and her mum and Jane and Brenda. Our burgers were enormous.
  • I went to Ikea with Leslie and Cassia, and had meatballs for dinner.
  • My flight back was delayed and longer than usual because of headwind.
  • School starts on Monday. A 5 month long semester of 8:30-3:30 school. This one is going to be tough, I can tell. I am going to work really really hard though because although I did very well last semester, I want to do BETTER!

I know that is not the most appetizing picture in the world, but I just wanted to share that cooking macaroni and cheese in milk, instead of water WORKS. It was creamy and delicious. I followed this recipe.

Rosemarie left her syrup in the fridge so this morning I made pancakes. They were very fluffy. Who needs pancake mix!!

Today I am trying out my new slow-cooker that I got for Christmas. I’m making slow-cooker jambalaya. We’ll see how it goes!

OK I’ve got a whole hodge-podge of pictures and stuff to show you from the last couple weeks.

Here is me, trying to figure out how to play Wasabi, after receiving this game for Christmas. Luckily it is not too hard to learn.

After Christmas dinner I made sourdough turkey cheddar grilled cheese sandwiches for our lunch. Mmmmm sourdough bread is so nice. These sandwiches were delicious.

I painted picture frames to bring home for gifts. I got the frames for $1 and painted them with acrylic paint. I also had some varnish left over from something so I got to make them nice and shiny. Here are my bunting frames.

I also made a Settlers frame for Natasha and Richard.

And this is the chevron frame I made to match Cassia and Pablo’s apartment. I am really pleased with how this one turned out.

I forgot to give out the little sticks to put in the back of them to stand them up. I will mail you guys the sticks, ok?! Oops.

Here is the Ace Gang, at Leslie’s house. The first time we were all together in several years.

After New Years we all trekked out to Jac and Laurie’s house. They live 75 km from us!! It had been a long time since I had been to their house. It was lots of fun, we ate yummy tacos and talked and laughed and told old stories. We even Skyped with the Monnon’s in Florida. Laurie showed us some funny pictures of all the animals she took care of, and we even found a bunch of pictures of our parents. Even Natasha and I were in some of the pictures, as little babies.

Here is the painting I did for dad’s Christmas present. You can click on the picture to see it a bit bigger. It has all sorts of elements (past and present) from our cottage. Little funny things from all the years we spent building.

It’s pretty large, 16″x20″ I think? Acrylics on canvas.

I started to hate it a bit when I was painting because I was struggling with painting something that is in a FORREST and also on a huge CLIFF, but dad calls it folk art style and really seems to love it. He’s shown it to everyone that has come over, so that makes me feel pretty good. I’m glad it ended up turning out ok.

Yesterday was really really fun and delicious.

It started off with dim sum with the family. I got to have all of my favourite things, including (don’t laugh at my spelling!!!) ta siu bao, shrimp ha gou, that noodley thing, tons of turnip, eggplant with shrimp, shiu mai, and more!

After dim sum we came home and bummed around for a little bit. Then Rosemarie and I picked up David and Stephanie and we went rock climbing at Coyote Rock Gym.

i'm pretty sure i fell off right after this picture

rose and david bouldering

I was really terrible. I could only do the really easy walls. Any of the rated walls I would get about half way up and then fall off 5 times. My arms are soooooo weak! Rosemarie was excellent. She looks really good up on the walls, very strong and flexible.

I don’t think rock climbing will really be my thing, unless I somehow get bulging biceps.

After rock climbing we stopped by Taco Bell. I love Taco Bell for some reason. I think it’s mostly because I only get to have it every six months. I had a crunch wrap and that satisfied my craving for another long while.

Then we started talking about bubble tea and decided we might as well stop by My Sweet Tea again because it was “on the way”. Rose and I both got the same yogurt-y bubble tea, mmmm. Rose was not really a bubble tea fan before, but she loved this one!! Hooked!! Now we just have to find it in Vancouver.

Shortly after I got home I got picked up by Helenka and her bf Chris and they brought me out to their place for New Years Eve. We ate a nice dinner, drank wine, talked, watched Youtube videos, watched Midnight in Paris, and then counted down to 2012. They drove me home and I felt really wide awake so I stayed up and chatted with Scott for a while. :)

Quite a decent New Years Eve, actually!