Thursday, April 6, 2017

lists

I looooove making lists. Do you? Here are some random lists I thought I'd share with you!

5 things we are watching on TV/Netflix right now:
1. Suits
2. Better Call Saul (if you are a Breaking Bad fan, you need to watch this)
3. Departures (season 3 just got put on Netflix!!)
4. The Young Pope
5. Designated Survivor

3 of my favorite places you get a decent birthday deal from every year:
1. The Bay: $10 off when you spend $50
2. Forever Your Lingerie: $20 off when you spend $75
3. Sephora: a free birthday gift! (no purchase needed)

3 things that are on my list of things to do:
1. Book massages for Edwin & I
2. Buy a snow shovel (we were stealing my dads this winter...)
3. Get holes fixed in 1 pair of pants & 2 shirts

Lastly, 2 fun things you may not have known!
1. Did you know that dogs can donate blood? Chucho had a consultation yesterday!
2. Did you know that Purdy's has a no sugar added line? Christy-Dawn got me some for my birthday!

Hope you are having a great week!

T minus 3 days....!!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

32 continued

Here are a few photos of things I did for my birthday, and other things as of late. A continued birthday post, if you will!

Last Saturday, I went out for dinner with Edwin, Amanda, Rob, Eliza & Justin. Sadly, this is the only photo I took. After dinner, went to Amanda & Rob's place - this is me and Kesler, their cat!

My birthday morning. Yummy Tim's breakfast, yellow roses, a fancy new watch, and a pickle card. He knows me so well.

My mom made lasagna at my request for dinner last week. She is so good to me! (she made both a veggie & a meat one)


I love this picture! Grandma & Grandpa with the doggies.

My sister & Nenad came home this week! They had a wedding to attend on Friday so they came a few days earlier to hang out with us. They stayed at our house, and Chucho got lots of extra attention with them here! I got sent selfies all day long at work :)

I took one day off work to hang out with the gang. We went to Metrotown, had sushi, and went to see the new house in Aldergrove. This was 5 adults plus Chucho in my tiny Honda Fit. It was super fun!

Last night, we went to Famoso Pizzeria for a birthday dinner. So yummy!! I usually get the funghi pizza. (bottom)

After dinner, we went back to my parents and played Trivial Pursuit. It got quite competitive, but it was super fun! I love our family time :)

This week has been fun with our out of town visitors here. This week, things are back to normal. Then, next week, we are off on an adventure! I am super excited and need to start getting things organized. (And get a pedicure...) I am looking forward to the sun!!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

a birthday thing post

Today I turn 32. It is pretty handy when your birthday falls on a weekend - I got to sleep in, have breakfast in bed, and have not gotten out of my pajamas yet today. (it is 2:30 pm) We are going to my parents for dinner tonight and I got to pick what my mom is making. (thanks mom!) I have been showered with lots of happiness this weekend from everyone!

Before we go, I am laying on the couch doing some laptop-ing, as I like to call it. (aka internet browsing of random things) Alas, here are some fun/cool things for you to check out if you are having a lazy Sunday as well.

Amanda just started using SPUD for her groceries. I am curious to check it out!

This site has the coolest patterns for everything!! (this one is too cute for a kitchen)

My friend Lisa is having a Norwex party this week. I found a few things online I think I will purchase!

How to avoid the "Sunday night blues"

This is so awesome: Sesame Street has a new character

Do you know the Pioneer Woman? She has some super fun new sets of dishes!! (and pitchers, pie dishes, etc)

Lastly, I worked with a lady named Nichole who was recently killed in a car accident, as well as her daughter Brooklyn. The Langley Times wrote a nice article about them. I can't imagine the awful feeling her family is going through.

I'm going to go have a nice long shower, switch the laundry over, and then continue with my laziness before heading to my parents soon. Happy Sunday!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

a thing post (finally!)

It's been a while, so I think a thing post is needed! Here are some fun things around the web these days to check out. Enjoy!

Trying to get more protein in my meals (that is not meat-related...)

Did you know that when you buy bras here, they send you a $20 off coupon in your birthday month?! How exciting! Now...what to buy?! 

I reallyyyyy want these Guatemalan Toms. I just don't know if I can justify $75 for them with shipping; so expensive for a casual shoe.... bummer.

Heidi sent me this rainbow veggie pad thai recipe  - I will have to try it!

I bought a Social Shopper coupon for the next Make It Vancouver fair and I'm pretty excited! Amanda & I have gone to 2 of these events now and love them. They feature local vendors! 

My Spanish teacher told me that there is a new Mexican restaurant in Langley: Quesadillas & Chilaquiles. Has anyone heard of it, or been?!

I want to get Chucho this for his next birthday! (and Odie for his)  

And finally, this is what Edwin & I have been checking out lately... more to come!

Last but not least, I will leave you with a photo of Mr. Chucho :)

He doesn't love the snow...

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Things Lately

Hola blog-world! Here are some things we have been up to lately in photos. What have YOU been up to? Do share!

(I apologize in advance that the majority are dog photos...)

We are crazy dog parents and got a dog-cam. The app sends up images when there is movement; this one is by FAR the best image I have seen on it. Chucho might be on to us...

His first bath.

I am not a morning person, but I have been semi-enjoying the sunrises while taking Chucho out before I go to work. My step count has majorly increased since getting him!

Heart shaped pizza from Boston Pizza for Valentines Day. The best tradition. We actually ordered it as take out from the BP near our house and walked (with Chucho!) to pick it up. Then we ate it on the couch in our pj's. It was a great evening!

One of our better selfies

A family selfie in our new spot on the floor. Who needs a couch when you sit on the ground with the dog to watch tv?!

I attended a bridal shower for my coworker, Nazia. Her wedding is in March at the UBC Boathouse - which was a close contender for our wedding! Can't wait!

My sister & Nenad were in town for about 8 hours on Friday evening (overnight!) but we managed to get together for some appy's before they flew home. Edwin & I also had some family over on Saturday night and I made this spinach dip for both evenings. It's so easy and so delicious! Just sour cream, mayo, spinach, and soup mix. Easy peasy.

I haven't been drinking coffee lately (not often, anyways!) but I do love Roll up the Rim season at Timmy's. I won a donut on Friday!

Odie came for a visit to our house recently. The dogs get along well which is great! 

This was our blood donation crew on Friday evening. Unfortunately, my iron was too low to donate, so hopefully I will have better luck next time...

Edwin & I attended a cooking class at Well Seasoned in Langley. It was a pizza demonstration with chef Carl Sawatsky, whom I went to high school with! (I knew this when signing up for the class) He is super talented in his cooking skills, and his pizza dough was amazing. He showed us how to make 2 doughs, 4 pizza sauces, 3 types of pizza, and some focaccia bread with the leftover dough. I am excited to try making the dough with the recipe we got! In this picture, he is throwing the pizza dough up in the air! (look carefully - you can see the dough just barely!)

The margherita pizza. One of my faves, a classic.

Edwin & I with Carl. He is currently the chef at Beatniks Bistro in Fort Langley; we will have to go check it out!

Chucho getting way too much attention from my mom & aunty Coralee :)

We did the 4k loop at Tynehead today! Next weekend we may try the off leash dog park.... it makes me a bit nervous but I really do think Chucho will be fine. (I just worry about him running off or losing him!)

Lastly, a dog funny! I thought this was quite cute ;) 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Chucho

As you may know by now, we got a dog! We've named him Chucho and he is an awesome dog so far. Here is some quick history on him and lots of photos:

We have been talking about getting a dog for a while, but just in the new year decided to start actively looking for one from a rescue company. It turns out that the rescue companies are all very hard to get a hold of! I get that they are all run by volunteers and don't have a lot of resources, but we sent (long!) applications to multiple places and didn't get much back from them. It was a bit discouraging! Then, we went in person to the SPCA. Did you know that the one in Surrey doesn't actually have dogs there?! Nor did we! They sent us to the Surrey Animal Resource Centre, where we ended up meeting Mr. Chucho there.

Now, we had thought we wanted a small to medium size dog that shed minimally. We basically figured an Odie look alike would be perfect!

Odie - from the photos taken by my cousin Gina to put into a book for my mom for Christmas. They are awesome pictures!! (and Odie is pretty darn cute)
Then, we walked into the dog part of the shelter and there was only one dog up for adoption, "Charming" was his name. There were other dogs there but they were not up for adoption yet; they  were waiting their allotted time after being picked up to hopefully be reunited with their owners.

Charming came right up to the door of his kennel and shoved his whole body as much as he could against it so we could pet him. Then he'd switch sides. This went on for quite some time; he clearly was so lovely and just wanted to be petted!!


After doing this for a while, we were sold! We took him out to the yard for a bit, played, and the girls told us more about him. We then filled out a form and were approved to adopt "Charming!" (the shelter had named him) He had been picked up in South Surrey about two weeks ago wandering the streets. They think he is about 2 or 3 years old, and is a cattle breed cross with maybe some German shepherd. They scheduled an appointment for him to get neutered the next day, and then we could pick him up the following Wednesday! (which we did, and we also went to visit him on Tuesday night at the shelter)

In the car right before leaving the shelter to go home
We renamed him Chucho, which is a Guatemalan/Spanish slang word for dog. He has been insanely good since we brought him home. He is clearly house trained and has not had any accidents inside. He knows how to sit, lay down, shake a paw, and go to his bed. And the best part is that he is just so loving! He always wants to be petted, loves to get his belly rubbed, and gives us kissed on the face all the time. He has gotten along with everyone we met at our house and during our walks, and so far seems fine with other dogs.

Chucho with his "grandma & grandpa" - hahaha :)

Chucho & Uncle Pants (Pants is getting some kisses here)

It is amazing how easily it is to fall in love with a dog once you meet it in person. This is how we ended up with a 55 pound shedding dog! (definitely not an Odie duplicate)

This is where he sleeps at night. We clearly underestimated his size and need to get him a bigger bed!!



Neighbourhood watch. Although, we have only heard him bark a handful of times.
I'm sure you will be seeing many more Chucho pictures in the near future ;) Also, if you are interested in adopting a pet, the shelter has many types of animals: cats, bunnies, guinea pigs, etc. You should check them out!!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Jasper

As we were having our out of town visitor here for the month of December, we thought it would be awesome for her to have a truly snowy experience. So we booked a train trip to Jasper for a few days & had plans to do lots of snowy things. As it turns out, we did not need a trip to Jasper to experience the extreme snow!! However, it did end up being a super cool experience taking the train and seeing & exploring a new place. Here are some details of our trip!

I've never been on a train before - have you? I had no idea what to expect! Our train left Friday evening and we were to arrive in Jasper on Saturday afternoon.

The dome car where you can sit higher up and see tons of scenery through the glass top


Here are the pros of train travel in my opinion:
- TONS of leg room
- seats recline a lot and have a leg rest
- power outlets in every row so you can charge devices 
- the bathrooms are twice as big as airplane bathrooms
- you can walk around & hang out in other areas of the train anytime you want
- beautiful scenery along the way

Here are my thoughts on the cons:
- the TIME: it took ~22 hours to get from Vancouver to Jasper)
- the stops: passenger trains are low on the totem pole in the train world, so sometimes they just stop in the middle of nowhere to let cargo trains through
- the delays: we were 3 hours delayed in getting to Jasper. On the way home, our train was supposed to pick us up in Jasper at 2 pm. It didn't come until 11 pm. Plus, we were 3 hours delayed again. Not fun, plus my poor mom waited in the train station in Vancouver for over 3 hours for us! (her cell phone had died so we couldn't reach her)

I do think it was a really neat experience but I'm not sure it would do it again, unless I have all the time in the world....


I took a knitting class a few weeks ago so thought the train would be a perfect place to finish my scarf. I did about 5 rows and it is definitely not done, FYI. Not sure knitting is my favorite thing to do at all...

The train station in Jasper

Our hotel in Jasper was directly across the street from the train station which was really convenient. We thought that winter was busy time in Jasper, but we were wrong! Apparently summer is their super busy time of year. Go figure.

One day we had planned to go snow shoeing. However, the lady at the rental shop told us there wasn't enough snow to snowshoe and that we could easily just walk all the trails instead. That was nice of her to be honest with us and not just rent us the gear! We took a cab up to Pyramid Bench and did a long walk in the snow. The return trip was all on the frozen lake. Then, we learned that the walk back to town (downhill) was only about an hour, so we walked back! (it ended up taking about 2 hours, for the record) We walked just over 15 kilometers that day. I was impressed. The whole thing was so beautiful!


I love this picture of Edwin & I - it was so beautiful there - I felt like we were somewhere super exotic! (and cold)

This was on the frozen lake walking back; it got really windy and extra cold!

Stephanie made snow angels for the first time

The next day, we went ice skating on a frozen lake at the Fairmont Jasper. (beautiful hotel, by the way) This was super fun as Stephanie nor Edwin had ice skated before! I hadn't ice skated in a long time, but was able to do a few loops and help them. My ankles were so sore after taking off the skates!




Other than that, we relaxed in our hotel room and watched some movies. Our hotel also had a rooftop hot tub so Edwin & I did a soak in there one night. It was so nice!

I wish I had some really amazing food stories to tell about Jasper, but nothing stood out hugely. We ate at some local pizza places, Smittys for breakfast a few times, and Earls for dinner once. (they did have really good fish tacos on their happy hour menu for a great price!!) I must say, the Tim Hortons there was super adorable! (Stephanie also LOVED Timbits!)


We did some shopping too and picked up a few fun souveniers. Oh and we saw some wildlife! Mostly elk & deer. We were hoping for moose, but no dice.

These elk were just hanging out at the train station!
We thought it would be colder there than it was. We were prepared for -20 kind of thing, but the coldest it got to was about -10 at some points. It really wasn't much different than Vancouver in all honesty! Overall, it was a really fun trip and felt like an adventure going somewhere cold & snowy. (usually vacations are to warm places!)

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all of you!