Friday, August 31, 2007
i am in love with these converse high tops. Designed by CamillaEngman for Converse as part of the ongoing project red efforts. You can think whatever you want about consumption-based efforts to help with social issues, but you have to like these shoes.
Other than that, I wish you all a fabulous Labour Day weekend. I for one have gloriously few plans and hope to keep it that way. Here's some highlights:
- setting up my vintage Singer and fixing some clothes
- Replacing the lost buttons on my flats with cute songbird ribbon
- Cleaning and spraying all of my shoes for fall
- Cleaning, spraying and stuffing all of my bags for fall
- Organizing our sun porch
- Organizing all mittens, scarves and hats for winter
- long real estate bike rides with LB
- going to our favourite breakfast spot, the Lieutenant's Pump, on Sunday
- Short runs each morning
- last chance to wear fun summer stuff
- flip flops
- a 'beef potluck' with my family to rehash our time at the ranch. (and although LB and Patricia came up with the wonderful idea that all dishes should have beef in them, my appetizers WON'T.)
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
If I could run away to New York and work for them, we'd be gone in a heartbeat!
But just between you and me dear internet, the leopard print skirt with the pockets at Banana Republic really floats my boat. It would be such a statement piece, can you imagine!!! Black tneck and tights, my prada boots...wowzas!!!
Monday, August 27, 2007
Although I'm not a huge fan of this dress (Shannon, here's some argyle for you!), I do love this photograph. And the tote with the two baguettes poking out. I want to say that this is shot from the Pont-neuf, but I might have it wrong.
so my experiment, while deeply flawed in its execution, remains in progress.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
It was just over 9 years ago that LB and I first started dating. We've been married for two, and he says that the dating anniversaries don't count anymore, but I still like to honour them. Without those first seven years we wouldn't have the rest of our lives to look forward to. I love him even more now than I did then, which I never would have thought was possible as a head-over-heels in love 18-year old. but I'm glad that i was wrong about that one. i love him and our life together and what's yet to come.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
This is our family picture from the ranch, what a great clan!
And this is me, with my new best friend, Grif, the 13-week old Border Collie pup. She'll be trained to herd cattle in the spring. We had an amazing time, I'll post more later!
Monday, August 20, 2007
Plus, who doesn't love the train? It's like going to Hogwarts!
Sunday, August 19, 2007
But what's most important is that although I am sequestered in the office, I am certainly not alone. We live on one of downtown Ottawa's busiest streets, and I've thoroughly enjoyed the distractions of kids and parents, the guy blaring "teenage wasteland" from his minivan (and I can totally appreciate the ironic juxtaposition of those two things), the people currently going through my recycling for empty bottles (someone in our building must have had a party!), and the clearly inebriated man shouting about how he doesn't need to get a job because he already has one.
Now to finish my work, just in time to get ready for bed and then go to work. Oh well, c'est la vie, non?
Hope that you're all enjoying your Sundays!!!
Friday, August 17, 2007
I also love this one, the deer place. It would work so well in my eclectic canadiana house, but I guess that I don't need any more indoor umbrellas, as I already have parasols.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
It poured rain today, during the exact time that I would normally be running...I took it as a sign and went back to bed until 7am. then I walked to work in the sun at 8am -such bizarre weather!
I had a fabulous lunch with Brooke at one of my favourite lunchtime haunts, the Green Papaya. Try the combination platter - 2 spring rolls, the curry of the day, the stirfry of the day and aromatic sticky rice -- just the right amount of food and you don't feel like you should have tried something else!!! We decided that dessert was definitely in order, so we hit Laura Secord for some ice cream. I absolutely recommend the crème brûlé, it was a stray away from my usual mint chocolate and the gamble paid off.
Bad work day, no bloggy about it though....happy Thursday everyone!!!
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
We went up to Whistler and chilled on the Beach at Alta Lake (a glacier lake, so cold but refreshing!) and took their adorable dog Lily to swim at the Canine Cove - except she really refuses to swim, it's quite hilarious!!!! While we had a lovely picnic of brie, baguette, salami, veggies and hummus, Pat was getting his sleeve tattoo worked on - needless to say, I think that we lucked out in terms of afternoon activities, but his tat is coming along and starting to really take shape! We headed home for a delicious dinner of steak and veggies and watched The Office and laughed so hard we could barely breathe...man, that show is just fantastic, but Steve Carrell needs to stop spreading himself so thin - save it for the Office!!!!
Tuesday morning we visited Squamish, walked around town, went to a really cool ocean inlet where people were windsurfing, wakeboarding, etc... - it was cold but they didn't seem to mind! Then Pat took us to the everglades, which were just amazing, and where adventure white water rafting tours take their clients. We visited and Lily played, and we saw the cutest little field mouse! And there were waterfalls everywhere - it was like "oh, there's one, and there's one, and oh yeah...there's another!" Then we went home for a lovely dinner of jambalaya and the boys played video golf while Gen and I had time to get silly.
It was lovely, and great to see Gen, but now we're off to Kelowna for wine tours!!!
Saturday night we took Phil to dinner at a local restaurant karv, where we had the best fries I've had in a long time - hand cut potatoes, dipped in a lemon pepper beer batter and served with garlic aioli, and a delicious gooseberry crème brûlé. Then it was time for the finale of the Celebration of Light competition, where different countries compete in a fireworks competition. Update: I just checked the site to link it, and it turns out that Canada won this year! Yay us!!! They are set off in English Bay, which just happens to be in perfect viewing range from Kits beach. Phil's friend Jay invited us up to sit on the roof of his building and watch, and it was spectacular!!!! By that time, our poor bodies were so jet lagged that it was all we could do to walk the few blocks home and throw ourselves into bed.
Sunday, we were up bright and early, and we had breakfast at Sophie's Cosmic Cafe on West 4th where we had one of the best breakfasts we'd both had in a long time, thanks to Daph for the recommendation! Then, we grabbed a bus (the girl next to us had the most beautiful Goyard tote, I kept wondering whether it was real or not - how I covet one!) to downtown and walked up to Denman Street, where we rented a tandem mountain bike to ride around Stanley Park on! Now, one of the ladies whose blog I read regularly, emilystyle, has a tandem bike and she makes it sound like a lot of fun. And since LB and I bike 3 or 4 times a week, we figure that it would be a piece of cake. It was NOT. It was awkward and wobbly, and things weren't looking good for the first 10 minutes...but then we hit our stride and we had a beautiful ride around the park, the devastation is terrible, I'll post pics when we are back to a computer with a card reader or a USB port. We stopped at the totem poles, and the beaches, and then headed back after 2 hours. They were shocked at the store that we lasted the full two hours- they said that most couples last 10 minutes and then come back to get single bikes...they didn't know what stubborn people they were dealing with! Thanks to Shannon for the idea, and to emily for the courage to try it and stick it out!
After all of our walking and cycling, we decided that ice cream was certainly in order. On Phil's recommendation, we headed up Denman towards English Bay to check out the Marble Slab Creamery. It was quite possibly the best ice cream we've ever had. First, you pick a flavour - I picked birthday cake, and it honestly tasted like one!, and then you pick a fixin', including all sorts of candies, chocolates, fruit and nuts, and they mix your scoop with your fixin'. I had mine with a Reese's peanut butter cup, and LB had praline with coconut mixed in. We both got giant waffle cones and can't say enough things about it - I'm having a love affair with this ice cream sandwich!!!!
Then, it just so happens that we landed in Vancouver at the same time as Pride. And the parade went across Denman to English Bay. So we partied it up, walked around Vancouver's Gay district, and celebrated with style. Everyone was in such a great mood, and it was fabulous to be in a city that actually celebrates its gay community, unlike Ottawa, with its Draconian approach to festival funding and ridiculous demands on non-profit community groups... Of course there were a ton of gay people there celebrating which was amazing, but what struck us far more was the number of families and people who just came down to show support and have a good time - it was heart-warming and lovely. A great day.
Friday, August 03, 2007
I visited Vancouver two summers ago and didn't really like it. But it's a city that I will have to learn to like, since it's likely that my brother and his girlfriend will end up there (she's from Vancouver but we love her anyways...) and it doesn't look like Gen's coming home anytime soon so we'll have to keep trekking across the country -that's going to mean a lot of carbon offsets!!! But I am determined to give Vancouver another really fair shot. It's a very active city, great shops, restaurants, fresh seafood, art, etc... it seems impossible that I not like it, but yet, here we are. I just didn't feel like it was a cohesive city, one with a feeling or a palpable vibe. Montreal has one, New York has one, Paris has one, even small towns like Guelph have one, so size isn't the only indicator. I'm really hoping that it sticks this time. We're going to eat at White Spot and ride tandem bikes around the seawall in Stanley Park, so it sounds like I could be back on track.
I will post while we're away to keep you in the loop...I will miss you, but not work!
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Update: Just talked to LB - he rinsed out the dress and it appears to be fine. phew!
I'm trying this for two reasons: 1- we are saving for a house, and my clothes habit is a bit crazy, especially the purses...2- I am trying to consume less in general, and this is a way to remind myself of all the great stuff I already have.
I have made a complete inventory of all of my clothes and accessories, and realized that I have tons of great stuff that I never wear, in part b/c I'm always buying new things and cycling them into my wardrobe. We'll see how this goes - I shop for many reasons - happiness, boredom, sadness, Mondays, Tuesdays, etc...you get the picture. I'll keep you posted.
PS - I've just re read this and I am worried that I sound like a middle class girl having an eco existential crisis of sorts - poor me, I have so much stuff that I have to stop buying. I'm doing this for me, to help me take a deep breath and a step back.