Monday, February 28, 2011

Day 19 - Something you miss

School! I miss it so much! I love to learn, and I miss the classroom environment, I miss student life, and yes, I even miss spending hours upon hours set up at a random table on campus studying for 3 finals and writing 20 page papers. Crazy? Maybe. I would go back if I could, but it is expensive and I already have a hefty student loan that I am paying back. Maybe one day though. And the thought makes me happy!

Go Dinos!

Friday, February 25, 2011


(via weheartit)

Joe and I are both sick - sore throats, congestion, fevers. Just being in our home feels so yucky because I can just feel the sickness floating around. I want to open all the doors and windows and get some new air in here but it is soo very, very cold. Time for NeoCitran and sleep.

Hope you all have a great weekend! What are your plans?

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Day 18 - Favourite place to eat

My favourite place to eat is Jonas' Restaurant on 6th Avenue SW in downtown Calgary; a small, family owned Hungarian restaurant. When Joe and I first met back in 2005, we went there to eat because his family is Hungarian and I had never tried Hungarian cooking before. Boy, if you want to go out to eat, have a fantastic home cooked meal, and feel like you are part of the family, go to Jonas'. Try the chicken paprikash - so delicious! On Friday, they have a tasty special of potato pancake stuffed with beef and paprikash sauce. Oh my goodness - it is so good you have to call in to reserve a plate because it goes so quickly! Yum yum!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Day 17 - Something you're looking forward to

In May, Joe and I are off to Las Vegas for 2 weddings! My dear longtime friend (and practically sister), Lindsey, is marrying her love Jesse (they have been together for years and years and years!). I am so happy for her! Then, 2 days later, I will see my friend Jennie marry Lawerance - they are such a cute couple! It is going to be an amazing weekend and so much fun!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Day 16 - Dream house

My dream house is not anything too fancy or big. All I want is to live on the water (the ocean, or a pretty lake). Whether it is a cottage, or even a houseboat. I just love the water so much.

2 summers ago, I went to a family reunion on Pender Island off the coast of British Columbia. My mom's cousin, Murray, has the most beautiful home there and I could have stayed forever. You can sit on the dock and watch the orcas swim by and watch the seals sunbathe. It is so peaceful and so beautiful.

Murray's front yard

The view

His home (we were on his boat when the photo was taken)

Or maybe a houseboat...

In Amsterdam
(via So That Happened)

In Vancouver, British Columbia
(via TrekEarth)

Or maybe on a hot beach in a tropical location. I'm not picky about the actual house, it is allll about location for me!

Love your kidneys

How cute is this little guy? A life sized plush kidney. I want one - actually, I want two! He is a kidney after all, and they come best in pairs.

Over 2 million people have chronic kidney disease in Canada. That is about double the population of Calgary - the fourth largest city in the country by population. That is a huge amount.

So make sure you take care of your kidneys, and for a little fun, take the kidney quiz! (I'm proud to say I got 100%). And if you really want, head over to The Kidney Foundation of Canada's website.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Day 14 - A picture of you last year - how have you changed?

Haha, I love this fuzzy, snobby photo of Marley and I (she may hate me for posting it). This was almost a year ago at her graduation. I don't think I've changed too much in a year. Last year was a tough one so I guess I have just learned to take things as they come and be patient. And my hair is longer. Years seem to go by so fast and in such a blur!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Day 13 - Goals

Buy a home
Find a job that I love to go to every day
Get my PADI
Start a family
Drop some very unwanted pounds
Complete my intermediate paragliding
Travel more

What are some of your goals?

Happy Valentine's Day!

(via Tara Put)


Saturday, February 12, 2011

It's a....

My sister had her baby this afternoon at 4:35! 6 pounds, 10 ounces, 19 inches long!

My niece, Ainsley, went into the room with my mom. A minute later she came out to get my sister, Marley and I and said, "come in, come in! I have a new baby sister!" She was beyond happy and so excited she had a little sister!

Her name is McKinley Lauren and she is super cute! I'll post a picture soon!

So happy for Kelli, Graeme, Ainsley and Gavin! What an amazing little family!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Day 12 - Something you don't leave the house without

On Monday morning, I drove Joe to the CTrain because he had a doctor's appointment downtown and it had snowed about 30 cm. When I got back home, I realized I didn't have a house key and was locked out. Then I realized I didn't have my cell phone. Then I thought I would get some breakfast at a drive-thru but, oops, didn't have my purse either. On top of all that, it was early in the morning and all I did was roll out of bed and put on my coat. I was wearing pajamas and my hair was alll over the place. My only option was to go back to where I dropped him off and wait for him - about an hour and 15 minutes later altogether. So I left the house with nothing.

But, on a regular day, I would probably take my purse, my phone, my keys, and a quick swipe of mascara.

(via Sephora)

What do you never leave the house without?

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Yummy dessert

One of my favourite desserts is 3 easy ingredients:


= Deliciousness!

Prepare the lemon pie filling as directed on the box. Let it cool completely and then mix it with the whipped cream. Cut yourself a piece of angel food cake and top with a spoonful (or 2, or 3) of the lemon whipped cream. Yummy and so easy!

Day 11 - Favourite tv shows

Mad Men - my favourite!

Lost - I know it isn't on anymore, but it is the only show I started watching from the pilot to the very end.

Anything on the Food Network - especially Chopped.

America's Next Top Model - it is my guilty pleasure. Joe usually watches it with me too.
30 Rock - I love Alec Baldwin.

What are some of your favourite shows?

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Day 10 - Something you're afraid of

I am scared of a lot of things. When I was little, there wasn't much I was afraid of, now I'm grown and a wuss! I'm scared of my house burning down, being buried alive, not being successful, my family or friends being hurt...and spiders. The sight of them is enough to get me sweaty and nervous and leave the room. I would always get my little brother to kill them if I found one in my bedroom, and then I would be too scared to even sleep there. Ugh, I hate them.

But, my sister, Kelli, doesn't. These photos are of her spider, Tobey. She is a tarantula and her and I are not friends. I don't know where Kelli has her stashed in the home now, especially with her 2 kiddies (soon 3 - her due date is today, c'mon baby!) around. I don't remember seeing it in her living room last time I was there, which is where it used to be. Gross, I just don't like her. Sorry, Kelli.


She shed her skin! The top left corner is her old skin (it looks like another spider!) and she is at the bottom in that web. I am not really sure why she did it. I know Kelli was pretty excited when it happened. Yuck. It looks like 2 spiders and that = not cool.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Day 8 - A place you've traveled to

It wasn't hard to pick a place I've traveled to to talk about. I've been across Canada, spent a lot of time all around the eastern United States, I've been to England, France, and Ireland. But my most favourite place I have been is Oahu, Hawaii. Each time we are there we discover something new, we have our favourite restaurants, our favourite parts of the island, and we are getting pretty good and knowing our way around. We step off the plane, breathe in the air, and just let everything go. Make sure you go one day. Maui soon (probably with an Oahu side trip - love it)!

Waikiki Beach with Diamond Head behind me.

Hanauma Bay - one of my favourite places ever. I love to snorkel and here is a little friend I found (I found many more, there are all different kinds everywhere).

On the east side - near Kaaawa

There are lots of cool shops and shrimp shacks along the North Shore.

View of Honolulu from the top of Diamond Head. Worth the climb (which isn't so bad).

Around Kualoa Ranch

I don't remember where this was...we stopped and took a photo.


Waikiki - home of the ABC store