Monday, February 28, 2011

Happy Birthday NICOLE!

Happy Birthday to my fabulous friend Nicole - for always being herself & speaking her mind, for being loving & caring and for working hard & pursuing her dreams - I wish her all the best for many more years of our fun friendship to come! xoxo 


PS - hard to believe its almost been TEN years since we met as little nervous lifeguards at the Y! Remember our pet Oiseau?! 

Wiki Wiki Web

Ever wondered what a wiki was? Well let me tell you! If you require further information, just holler and I will send my paper on over to you!


A wiki is a website that allows the creation and editing of any number of interlinked web pages via a web browser using a simplified markup language. Wikis are typically powered by wiki software and are often used to create collaborative works. Examples include community websites, corporate intranets, knowledge management systems, and note services.Wikis serve different purposes. Some permit control over different functions (levels of access). For example editing rights may permit changing, adding or removing material. Others may permit access without enforcing access control. Other rules can be imposed for organizing content.

Ward Cunningham, the developer of the first wiki software, WikiWikiWeb, originally described it as "the simplest online database that could possibly work." "Wiki" (pronounced [ˈwiti] or [ˈviti]) is a Hawaiian word for "fast".

[adapted from Wikipedia...such a reliable source!] 

Monday Dinner

Tonight I made enchiladas...veggie for the herbivores and chicken for the carnivores.

Blog changes...

...like them?

Sunday, February 27, 2011

In Loving Memory...

I went to Alma Yodogawas funeral this afternoon. She was a great woman with a loving husband and 4 kind hearted children. She will truly be missed by everyone who met her. It was a lovely ceremony; Eliza did a eulogy and did a great job! Who knew our Eliza could speak in public so well?! Also, I learned a new fact about Elizas mom today: she was the first woman in British Columbia to earn her black belt in judo! How cool is that to be able to say about your mom?! 

xoxo

Cooking with Shannon

I was making bruschetta yesterday and pretending that I was hosting my own cooking show. In reality, it was just Jen & Mitch in my audience, but for serious, how cool would it be to have my own cooking show! I just really enjoy cooking; I'm not amazing or anything, but being passionate about it should count for something, right?!

If I had a cooking show, what would it be called?? 

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Therapy

What is the world coming to?!

Be prepared, I feel like I have a lot to say! So pull up a comfy chair, grab a cup of tea and read on.

I am mad at the Surrey Fire Department. They took away my work buddy from me!! I shed a few tears over the past week about Dylan leaving his current role at the Y because I have worked with him for almost 10 years; the past 5 of that side by side in an office every day. It was fun to work with someone I was so comfortable with and now that will change. It's just going to be so weird on Tuesday when I go to work and he doesn't. Not sure I'm going to like it. But, it's great for him that he has a career that he really wanted and I wish him all the best!

Last night I went to the Foggy Dew with some peeps from the Y, Pants and our cousins Gina and Danielle. We need to hang out waaayyyyyy more - they are so fun.





Today, I had to work & taught a first aid course all day. Then, amongst the blustery snow storm, little sister and I went for dinner to Milestones. It was lovely to spend some solid sister time together. I had a yummy veggie burger with curly fries and she had a chicken burger. Now, I don't know why this bothered me so much, but it did so I'm blogging about it. That's what blogs are for. We noticed, sitting to our right, that there was a family of 4 beside us for the duration of dinner and the younger child of the family was playing on a laptop the ENTIRE time. I know in this day and age that probably isn't shocking to anyone anymore, but it got us talking about how our world is evolving into a society that relies so heavily on technology and so little on social, human interaction. Obviously this is a very bold statement and doesn't reflect everyone out there, but it got us discussing that if my husband and I were taking our two children out for dinner that we would want to put emphasis on family time and talking to each other rather than zoning out on reality. I don't necessarily think this is the most positive habit for children to be picking up. I do understand that 4 year olds are very difficult to entertain for long periods of time, and that they have short attention spans, but I don't think electronics 24/7 are the answer to that. Thoughts?

Speaking of snow, my car doesn't fare too well in the snow. I did a bit of slip and sliding on the hill leaving work today. Emma isn't too much of a snow fan either...but she is a trooper and does what a puppy's gotta do.


Little sister & I also had to stop at Safeway tonight. In the fruit section, while looking at avocados, I saw this sign that I thought was hilarious:


The part that especially cracked me up was the picture of the avocado wearing a scarf!! Does anyone know why avocados are supposed to be refrigerated?! I had no idea. Are these ones special?!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Yum x 2

I love breakfast! My favorite is eggs benedict, especially from Rickys. I also had a pretty amazing eggs benny in Hawaii at the Kountry Kitchen.

Currently I am making a breakfast burrito - those are my new fave breakfasts. It's quick & easy and so yummy!! I put refried beans, eggs, cheese and salsa in a wrap and its delish. I am off to watch Regis & Kelly, drink my coffee and eat my breakfast burrito! Yummers.

Whats YOUR favorite breakfast?

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Gaping Void Gallery




Some fun photos I found on a website via a wicked blog I follow: http://everythingontheinternetistrue.com/ . The artists name is Hugh MacLeod & I think they are very original and have really neat messages in them. His website is: http://gapingvoidgallery.com/.

Word of the day: Panacea

pan·a·ce·a

[pan-uh-see-uh] 
–noun
 

1.  remedy for all disease or ills; cure-all.
 

2. An answer or solution for all problems or difficulties: His economic philosophy is a good one, but he tries to use it as a panacea. 

The Story of Stuff


"The Story of Stuff Project was created by Annie Leonard to leverage and extend the film’s impact. We amplify public discourse on a series of environmental, social and economic concerns and facilitate the growing Story of Stuff community’s involvement in strategic efforts to build a more sustainable and just world. Our on-line community includes over 150,000 activists and we partner with hundreds of environmental and social justice organizations worldwide to create and distribute our films, curricula and other content." 

I heard about this from a girl at work; "The Story of Stuff" is an interesting concept to me. I don't know too much about it yet but from the sounds of it, it's totally up my alley in terms of being environmentally friendly. I am going to read the book soon and am excited to see how much "stuff" we use nowadays & how that can be reduced.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Rrrroll up the rrrrrim to win!

Roll up the rim at Timmy Hortons is baaaaaack! It's like a season all in itself to me: summer, fall, winter, roll up the rim and spring. I am 1 for 1 and won a coffee this morning on my first attempt. Lovely way to start an early morning.


I had a relaxing weekend and didn't really do too much at all; attempted some homework, hung out with the siblings and went to Mitchs hockey game yesterday. JC & I did a photo shoot because we really liked the colors of sweaters we were wearing together. Turns out our sweaters and us didn't make for very great models unfortunately:

















Today I went to court! I la-la-love going to court - it makes me want to be lawyer so badly. I only went to traffic violation court, so it wasn't anything too crazy, but still so interesting. I love the structure and formality of it all. I went to fight a ticket with a friend - he ended up getting it reduced by over 50% and more time to pay it in. My suggestion was to fight it entirely (like I did with a seatbelt ticket a couple months back...and won!) but that didn't happen. Then I hung out with some of my fave kids Jenna & Janessa. (Jenna as a ninja turtle below...) We watched Dinner with Schmucks - quite a funny movie actually! I think Steve Carell is so hilarious!

Counting Sheep

That is what I am going to have to resort to soon - counting sheep. I have been laying in bed for almost an HOUR trying to fall asleep. I really do not enjoy this feeling. I think I just have way too many thoughts running through my head right now and I don't know how to turn that off! It rarely happens to me that I can't fall asleep - usually my head hits the pillow and I'm out, but not today apparently. Grrr!

1 sheep...
2 sheep...
3 sheep...

Sunday, February 20, 2011

My heart...



...goes out to you Eliza. I don't expect you to be reading my blog during this time, but if you happen to, please know that I am so sad for your family. I wish I had words to make it better or actions to make it go away. I know you are probably bombarded with phone calls and texts right now - don't let that stress you out. I love you to the moon and back. I know that you took such good care of your mom and that she is so happy because she got to see you marry your boy :)

Love you.

Ming & Sing

We had a staff meeting (also known as an inservice) this weekend. I took a few photos to keep me entertained! We got Chinese food from a new place in the shopping center by the Y - Ming & Sing. It was really yummy & tasted a tad bit healthier than the usual fast food Chinese.




I also picked up a sari from Rita today that I will be wearing to her baby Aliyas 1st birthday party.  (it's a big soiree! I'm excited!) I love wearing saris - they are so elegant and fancy.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Keen-wah

Quinoa (play /ˈknwɑː/ or /kɪˈn.ə/, Spanish: quinua, from Quechua: kinwa), a species of goosefoot (Chenopodium), is a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds. It is a pseudocereal rather than a true cereal, or grain, as it is not a member of the grass family. As a chenopod, quinoa is closely related to species such as beets, spinach, and tumbleweeds. (Wikipedia) 


Mmm....quinoa is super yummy. I first ate it at Coralees for dinner a while back; in lieu of rice. Then, JC made a super fab chocolate cake with it not too long ago. She made it again today so we put raspberries on it and ate it for dessert. Tres deliciouse. I will post the recipe once I locate it...it's also gluten free!

On another note, JC & I are being quite productive & studying right now. We take study breaks because otherwise we would be dead, hence the cake :)

O Canada

In remembrance of the Olympics last February...such fun!

Wandering downtown & going to a Matsiyahu concert

Wandering downtown & shopping with Harj

In Whistler to see a medal ceremony & USHER!

In Whistler

At a hockey game

Robson street when Canada won GOLD for hockey

Google Blogs!

Google itself WRITES a blog!! How cool is that?! Posts are written by Marketing Managers, Business Directors, Engineers etc. I think it's pretty nifty. I think it's pretty much a pump-up Google thing, but still, pretty nifty in my opinion.

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/

Here are some interesting things I learned from reading the blog by Google:

1. Google is selling wedding products. They are also having a giveaway to win $25,000 towards your dream winning! (Go to: google.com/weddings )

2. Google had a big kafuffle in China about two years ago. The Chinese government allowed Google to enter their search engine market only if they agreed to sensor certain topics. For example, Tiananmen square was to be blocked. So they did this, in order to fulfill their company mission of "providing the most information to the most amount of people." It ended up being this big ethical dilemma and people were accusing Google of being an awful company for agreeing to censor searches made by Chinese citizens. (This was actually a case study in my info tech class that we discussed on Tuesday night & how I found out about Googles blog!)

3. In July of 2009, Google launched SMS & Internet services in Uganda! (who knew?!)

Baby, Baby, Baby, Oooo

Tonight Heidi & Lindsay dragged me out to see Justin Beibers movie "Never Say Never" - I have to apologize to them because I may have been a bit snarky about going to see it.  (may I also add it was in 3D?) I really had no interest whatsoever in seeing it, as I have never had any sort of interest in the teenage musical wonder, but I still went. Turns out, it was quite entertaining! I definitely didn't catch the "Beiber fever", but maybe a Beiber cold with some sniffles.


His life story is quite interesting: He was born to a young mother and his parents had split up before he was even one, therefore his grandparents helped raised him quite a bit. Since he was a couple years old, he had major rhythm. He was playing the drums by age 6 (I think) and was awesome at it nonetheless. He was essentially discovered on YouTube by signing covers of famous songs for fun. Now, at 16 years old, he sold out Madison Square Gardens in 22 minutes on a recent tour!

This did make me think: what would you do if you were a single mom, your 10 year old son had  incredible talent & you get a call from an agency to fly down to the States and try a recording label? At 10 or 12 years you aren't really able to make your own decisions about your life, so his mom was forced to make life altering decisions for him. How do you make choices such as pulling your elementary school aged child out of school to pursue a potential singing career? Also, look at Britney Spears. She is the prime example of what could do wrong with becoming famous so fast when you are so young. Obviously not all singing sensations will fall into the category that Britney does, but I feel like when there is so much money and fame involved it would be extremely difficult to not.

Thoughts?

Monday, February 14, 2011

Pomodoro & Alfredo

As a single gal, I'm sure I don't need to elaborate on my thoughts on V-day. Besides the fact that I ate a heart shaped appetizer at Boston Pizza AND a heart shaped pizza, I barely even noticed that it was Valentines Day! My Valentine (Amanda) & I had a fun dinner & shopping trip this evening that masked the stupid day. 



About a year ago, I read an article in the Province that tugged my heart strings. It was about an organization called Cinemazoo in Surrey that was home to over 300 endangered species, however the rent had been hiked up making it unaffordable for Cinemazoo to remain on the property. The article was pleading for donations & stated that if they could not pay the rent, they would have to euthanize the animals. I was very sad about this, and even looked into having them come to our YMCA summer camps as to help them increase revenue, which turned out not to be super feasible but I was really gung-ho about helping. Anyways, long story short, as I was driving today I saw that they had moved locations and are still happily up & running! I feel very relieved that they appear to be doing ok and that they did not have to shut down. Below is the link if anyone feels like checking out some pictures of some unique pets or finding out any more info.

http://cinemazoo.com/

This picture was on the website - the animals are happy to have a home still!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

How do I love thee weekend - let me count the ways!

Ahhh...the weekend. So far mine has been quite productive: after work yesterday, I went to my friend Amandas house and we ate pasta, chatted & watched random things on tv. We drank a bottle of wine that I brought back from Hawaii - pineapple wine! It didn't smell all that great at first, but I liked it because it was really sweet & did actually taste like pineapple. (not sure what else we thought it was going to taste like...) It was super cheap too - I think this bottle was $6 and I purchased it at the Wal-Mart in Hawaii! Gotta love the convenience factor.























Today, I slept in (one of my favorite things in the entire world to do) and went on a family trip to Maple Ridge. My mom, dad, bro & I went to my pick up my Oma & took her for a high end lunch at Tim Hortons and then to the bumpin' Maple Ridge casino! (I think it's the size of my house) She had a good time & enjoyed getting out of the house. Then we stopped by the hospital to see my Opa and it was a party in his room so we just said hi for a few minutes. He is feeling much better than a couple days ago when he had a severe infection; he will likely still be in the hospital for a couple more days though.

We came home and I made dinner; where my dad patiently waited...I think he was hungry.




















And now, Grammys & homework. Farewell!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Untitled

I made a big trip to Winners today to buy hangers! Yup, I am a bit of a closet organizer freak. I have to have all the same hangers (except for the ones for pants; they are all the same) and my clothes all have to be in rainbow order. To me, that's normal but I'm not sure if that is to the average person...I started to accumulate more clothing than hangers hence my trip to Winners. I also bought a cute sweater for $15 - they have all their winter stock on sale currently!

Red to grey in my wardrobe...missing black in this photo! It's the largest section.
JC & I ordered Indian food at work tonight - it was sooooo yummy. We had shahi paneer and pakoray - it was so filling & delicious. She is turning pretty brown herself & is actually quite the good lil' bhangra dancer:

Thursday, February 10, 2011

I want.

Its payday tomorrow so naturally my mind goes into purchase mode. Not that I have money to spare, but a girl can dream! I really like these lulu pants - kinda funky...not sure what I would wear them with though?

4

This evening my sister had to pluck FOUR grey hairs from my head - it's official; I'm getting old. So, I did some research and it was good news! 

MYTH: If one grey hair is plucked, it generates a number of grey hair. 
TRUTH - It is true that hair plucking is not all a healthy act for the scalp and could arise several hair problems like hair loss, etc. However, it is totally a myth that plucking one grey hair generates several other grey hair on its place. It is possible that when one grey hair is replaced could generate another grey hair on its place but not more than that.

Monday, February 7, 2011

S is for Stuffing

Tonight I tried a new recipe for dinner. Heidi, you will majorly appreciate this: I found it on the back of a box of Stove Top stuffing! Heidi & I used to make a box of Stove Top stuff after school and eat it straight from the bowl we made it in - classic for us. This recipe is called "The New Classic Casserole" & it wasn't too bad actually. It was nothing fancy or amazing, but I thought I'd give it a whirl. I thought it would be me, my dad, my mom, Jen & Mitch all home for dinner so I made a big casserole dish of this recipe as well as some potatoes. Then, my mom calls and tells us she is working overtime, then Mitch calls and says its his Nana's birthday and Jen & him are going out for dinner! So, I slaved over a hot stove for just my dad and I to enjoy dinner...I digress, I digress! Back to the recipe: it's basically just meat and/or vegetables (I did chicken, cauliflower & red peppers) with cheese sauce, stuffing on top and then baked.

http://www.kraftcanada.com/en/recipes/the-new-classic-casserole-87560.aspx

The casserole - easy to make, decently yummy.

Seasoned potatoes
 My favorite TV show is Outsourced right now - they sure know how to make me laugh!

My friends on "Outsourced"
 Alas, I am left to study again against the coziness of my fireplace. I have a midterm tomorrow...wish me luck...