Saturday, April 30, 2011

Movies to See!

1. Kung Fu Panda 2 (out May 26)
2. The Hangover 2 (out May 26)
3. Fast Five (out now)
4. Cars 2 (our June 24)
5. Bridesmaids (out May 13)
6. Water for Elephants 

I really don't know which order I would put these in because I want to see them ALL sooooon!! Bridesmaids will be hilarious because I adore weddings....check out the movie trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrRd2QSsGc4

How do I become a socialite?

I'm in love with everything to do with the Royal Wedding! I mean, I love weddings to begin with, let along huge, fancy ones with fabulous head pieces!

I am seriously going to look into how I can become an English (or British? Or Scottish for that matter?!) socialite. I'd like to be in this group of people. I can drink tea with the best of 'em, right? Kate looked gorgeous at her wedding today - she is drop dead gorgeous and her smile could make anyone weak the knees, probably not just Will. I loved the back of her dress with the bustle at the waistline. I also loved Pippa's bridesmaid dress - very classy and flattering on her.

I could find a million photos that I enjoy to post, but alas, I will limit myself. I really think the hats are so fun! I know some of them look a little ridiculous and are a little extreme, but I think it's a neat tradition and I'd like to do it one day. I love how all the hats (well, head pieces!) are all so unique and match the outfits perfectly. 



I love the blue dress & hat!!

A pregnant Victoria Beckham with David

Probably the wildest hats - Beatrice & Eugenie!


The ladies - Kates mom, the Queen & Camilla




Haha, I couldn't resist posting this one I found! 

For more photos: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/big-pictures-the-best-photos-of-the-royal-wedding/article2001944/?from=2003787

Friday, April 29, 2011

royal fever.

Its so exciting to see -  laying in bed watching all the wedding guests arrive at Westminster Abbey and the Beckhams just arrived - Victoria Beckham is preggers again! There are some fascinating hats. Blogging material for weeks!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

won. and summoned.

So, my jumping onto the bandwagon paid off! Our boys won game 7 tonight in a tense OT after a 1 - 1 tie with the Hawks. Wow, its amazing how scary and nervous you get during hockey games - I think I speak for everyone when I say it was a nail biter! I don't have any crazy in depth thoughts about specific players or anything, but I love any reason to have a good social get together and have some fun!

The restaurant I was at this evening (Browns) gave every table a card with a hockey player on it - if that player had scored during the game, they buy you a round of drinks. Kinda neat idea I thought!!


I'm proud of our boys & it always seems to bring a city together so well when hockey is a common goal. We are all Canucks!!


Another exciting event of my day was when I got summoned for JURY DUTY!!! I have always wanted to be on a jury. I think it would be so, so, SO interesting and ever since Lindsay did it last year, I have wanted to do it so badly. So, when I got this envelope in the mail from the Sheriffs office...it was suspicious to say the least since I am such a law abiding citizen...


And then I opened it and BAM! Summoned.


I am super excited about this since I am so fascinated with the legal system. It is a criminal case & apparently it is supposed to last 14 - 19 days. I am going to obviously have to look into how work will be with it etc...but I am really hoping that I get the chance to do it. I will defs keep you posted on the outcome of me being a juror. I can already see the headlines now: Shannon A. Spier, Juror on the ______ case has come out with her all-telling novel! (hahaha)

Off to bed to work early tomorrow morn...xo

Monday, April 25, 2011

bang.

Lil' sis & I got our hairs did today. It was a nice relaxing day; we had breakfast together & then went to the hairdressers. Lil' sis got front bangs & is uber blonde - it looks awesome. I just got a regular cut - no dye. I'm goin' "au naturel" for a little while. Just until July-ish.Then my 10+ years of hair dying will live on!

Didn't do much other than that...heading to bed early - yay for sleep!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

!!!!CoNgRaTuLaTiOnS!!!!

A big, huge CONGRATULATIONS to my buddy JC who just officially got her DEGREE!!!! Holy smokes, such hard work. She put so much effort into school & DID IT.
Hip hip hoorayyyyyy!


Happy Egg Day

Today is Easter - we had my grandparents over for a turkey dinner that my wonderful mom cooked all by herself. She didn't have her sous chef there to help (me) because I was teaching today, and my assistant (lil sis) is not so helpful in the kitchen...she makes a mean muffin though!

My Oma & Opa are moving next weekend so we have accquired a new dining room table set. It's been a long time since we've had an actual dining table in the dining room; our dining room has slowly turned into a computer room over the years! Apparently SOMEONE is supposed to be moving out so their room can be used as a computer room and there can be a dining room once again...who my parents think that is I have NO idea...

Then, my dad, mom, bro & I played a riveting game of Scrabble. My mom gets a little impatient when you take more than 0.3 seconds to take your turn; so playing with her gets a little intense...she also thinks that we try to make up words. So not true. Geer is definitely a word! ;)

Tomorrow is FINALLY a day to sleep in!! I've been working in the mornings for the past 5 days, which is great, however I am definitely one who likes the ability to sleep in late without having to set an alarm clock. That, my friends, is a fantastic feeling!! Hope everyone else gets to enjoy a sleep in as well.

At the risk of sounding really flaky, I love my family. Couldn't ask for anyone better; every single one of you :)


Our dining room table

The chef du soir!

L-R: Oma, Opa, Grandma & Grandpa getting dinner

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Cool!

On my morning drive to work, on the 160th overpass where they are doing major construction, this appeared! They actually had one a couple weeks ago that read "There is beauty in the breakdown" and I always meant to stop & take a picture of it but kept forgetting. Alas, today was this new one! Kinda neat hey?

I didn't make the cut...

The following are all confirmed attendees at the Royal Wedding as of April 23, 2011. Please note how my name is not on the list. I may have to make a phone call or two to see if my invite got lost in the mail...it must just be because it's a small wedding with only 1900 attendees...
I know this list is a tad long but I found it so fascinating! There aren't a lot of Canadians on here; Galen Weston made the cut though - way to go Superstore! Also, Mr & Mrs Simon Fraser are on the list?!

Members of the British Royal Family
The Queen
The Duke of Edinburgh
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall
Prince Henry of Wales
The Duke of York
Princess Beatrice of York
Princess Eugenie of York
The Earl and Countess of Wessex
The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Phillips
Miss Zara Phillips with Mr. Mike Tindall
Viscount Linley and Viscountess Linley
And The Hon. Charles Armstrong-Jones
The Lady Sarah Chatto and Mr. Daniel Chatto
And Master Samuel Chatto
And Master Arthur Chatto
The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester
The Earl and Countess of Ulster
The Lady Davina and Mr. Gary Lewis
Lady Rose and Mr. George Gilman
The Duke and Duchess of Kent
Earl and Countess of St. Andrews
Lord Downpatrick
The Lady Marina-Charlotte Windsor
The Lady Amelia Windsor
The Lord and Lady Nicholas Windsor
The Lady Helen Taylor and Mr. Timothy Taylor
Prince and Princess Michael of Kent
The Lord and Lady Frederick Windsor
The Lady Gabriella Windsor
Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy
Mr. and Mrs. James Ogilvy
Miss Marina Ogilvy
The Lady Saltoun

Members of Foreign Royal Families
The Prince and Princess of the Asturias
The Crown Prince of Bahrain
Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium
The Sultan of Brunei and Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha
King Simeon II and Queen Margarita of the Bulgrarian
The Queen of Denmark
King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie of the Hellenes
Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece and Prince Constantine of Greece
Sheikh Ahmad Hmoud Al-Sabah of Kuwait
Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso and Princess Mabereng Seeiso of Lesotho
The Grand Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg
The Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Raja Permaisuri Agong of Malaysia
Prince Albert II of Monaco and Miss Charlene Wittstock
Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco
The Crown Prince and Princess of The Netherlands
The King and Queen of Norway
Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq Al Said of Oman
The Emir of The State of Qatar and Sheika Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned
King Michael I of Romania and Crown Princess Margarita
Prince Mohamed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia and Princess Fadwa bint Khalid bin Abdullah bin Abdulrahman
The Queen of Spain
The King of Swaziland
The Crown Princess of Sweden and The Duke of Västergötland
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand
The King of Tonga
The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi
Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Yugoslavia
The Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia

Dignitaries
The Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda
The Governor-General of Australia and His Excellency Mr. Michael Bryce
The Governor-General of The Bahamas and Lady Foulkes
The Governor-General of Barbados
The Governor-General of Belize and Lady Young
The Governor-General of Canada and Mrs. David Jonhnston
The Governor-General of Jamaica
The Governor-General of New Zealand and Lady Satyanand
The Governor-General of Papua New Guinea and Mrs Michael Ogio
The Governor-General of the Solomon Islands and Lady Kabui
The Governor-General of St Christopher and Nevis
The Governor-General of St Lucia
The Governor-General of St Vincent and the Grenadines and Lady Ballantyne
The Prime Minister of Australia and Mr. Tim Matheison
The Prime Minister of The Bahamas and Ms Delores Miller
The Prime Minister of Barbados
The Prime Minster of New Zealand and Mrs. John Key
The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea and Lade Somare
The Prime Minister of Saint Lucia and Mrs. Rosalia Nestor King
The Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and The Grenadines and Mrs. Ralph Gonsalves
The Premier of Bermuda and Mr. Germain Nkeuleu
The Premier of The British Virgin Islands and Mrs. Ralph O'Neal
The Premier of the Cayman Islands and Mrs. Kerry Bush
The Hon. Sharon and Mr. Rodney Halford (Falkland Islands)
The Chief Minister of Gibraltar and Mrs. Peter Caruana
The Chief Minister of Montserrat and the Reverend Doctor Joan Delsol Meade
The Hon. John and Mrs. Vilma Cranfield (St. Helena)

Members of Government, Parliament and Devolved Administrations
The Prime Minister and Mrs. David Cameron
The Deputy Prime Minister and Ms. Miriam Gonzalez Duantez
First Secretary of State, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Mrs. William Hague
The Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Hon. Mrs. Osborne
The Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor and Mrs. Kenneth Clarke
The Secretary of State for the Home Department and Minister for Women and Equalities, and Mr. Philip May
The Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport and Mrs. Jeremy Hunt
The Rt. Hon Ed Miliband, M.P and Ms. Justine Thornton
The Speaker of the House of Commons and Mrs. John Bercow
The Presiding Officer of the National Assembly for Wales and the Lady Elis-Thomas
The Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament and Mrs. Alex Fergusson
The Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly and Mrs. William Hay
The Lord Speaker and Mr. Martin Hayman
First Minister of Wales and Mrs. Carwyn Jones
First Minister of Northern Ireland and Mrs. Peter Robinson
First Minister of Scotland and Mrs. Alex Salmond
The Mayor of London and Mrs. Boris Johnson
The Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor and The Lady Mayoress
Sir Gus and Lady O'Donnell
The Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor of Westminster and Count Paolo Filo della Torre
Mr. and Mrs. Simon Fraser

Representatives from the Church and other Faiths
The Most Reverend Gregorious, Archbishop of the Greek Archdiocese of Thysteira and Great Britain
The Archbishop of Canterbury and Mrs. Rowan Williams
Rabbi Anthony Bayfield
Mr. Anil Bhanot
The Archbishop of Armagh, Cardinal Archbishop Sean Brady
Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, The Most Reverend David Chillingworth
The Right Reverend John Christie, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
Mr. Malcolm Deboo President, Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe
The Rt. Reverend Doctor Norman Hamilton
The Archbishop of Armagh, The Most Reverend Alan Edwin Harper
Monsignor Philip Kerr, The Convener, Action of Churches Together in Scotland
Commissioner Elizabeth Matear, Salvation Army
The Archbishop of Wales, The Most Reverend Doctor Barry Morgan
The Reverend Gareth Morgan Jones, President of the Free Church Council of Wales
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-Connor
The Archbishop of Westminster, The Most Reverend Vincent Nichols
Cardinal Keith Patrick O'Brien, Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh
Rabbi Alan Plancey
Imam Mohammad Raza
The Chief Rabbi (Lord Sacks)
The Venerable Bogoda Seelawimala, Acting Head Monk, The London Buddhist Vihara
Maulana Syed Raza Shabbarm, Muhammadi Trust
Mr. Natubhai Shah, President, the Jain Academy
Dr Indarjit Singh, Director, Network Sikh Organisations (UK)
Canon Chirstopher Tuckwell
The Reverend Martin Turner
The Archbishop of York and Mrs. John Sentamu

Senior Members of the Defence Services
Major General and Mrs. William Cubitt, Major General Commanding Household Division and GOC London District
Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen and Lady Dalton, Chief of the Air Staff
General Sir Nicholas and Lady Houghton
Air Vice-Marshal the Hon. David and Mrs. Murray, Defence Services Secretary
General Sir David and Lady Richards, Chief of the Defence Staff
Admiral Sir Mark and Lady Stanhope, First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff
General Sir Peter and Lady Wall, Chief of the General Staff
Amongst the guests at The Wedding Service are all Heads of Mission in London representing countries with which the United Kingdom has normal diplomatic relations and Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenants for the United Kingdom. These individuals will not be accompanied by their spouses or partners.

Other guests at The Wedding Service, who may be recognisable to television viewers or whom have an official link to Prince William or Miss Middleton include the names below. Please note that this list is not exhaustive of any of the categories of guests – charitable, military, friends or any other category – invited.
All the following individuals have been invited with their spouses or partners if married or in a civil partnership:
Mr. David Allan
David Allan is the Chairman of Mountain Rescue, England and Wales. Prince William has been Patron of the organisation since 2007.
Major Tom Archer-Burton
Major Archer Burton was Prince William and Prince Harry's Commanding Officer in the Household Cavalry. He also led the Burnaby Blue expedition to southern Africa – an African community project supported by Sentebale, in which Prince Harry was involved.
Mr. Charlie Mayhew
Charlie Mayhew is Chief Executive of the Conservation Charity, Tusk Trust. Prince William and Prince Harry visited Tusk-funded projects in Botswana last year. The visit to Africa was the first oversees Royal tour that Princes William and Harry undertook together.
Mrs. Alison Moore-Gwyn
Alison Moore Gwyn is Chief Executive of Fields in Trust. In 2010, Prince William became Patron of The Queen Elizabeth II Fields, an initiative to protect and create hundreds of playing fields throughout the UK in honour of The Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The project is run by Fields in Trust.
Mr. Seyi Obakin
Seyi Obakin is Chief Executive of Centrepoint. Centrepoint became Prince William's first Patronage in 2005. His mother, Diana, Princess of Wales was also Patron of the Charity. Seyi slept rough with Prince William in London to highlight the issue of homelessness.
Mr. Peter Cross
Peter Cross is Chief Executive of the charity SkillForce, of which Prince William has been Patron since 2009. Earlier this month, Prince William officially launched the SkillForce Prince's Award, in recognition of the contribution that young people make to their communities.
Miss Amanda Berry
Amanda Berry is Chief Executive of BAFTA. Prince William has been President of BAFTA since 2010.
Mrs. Ann Chalmers
Ann Chalmers is Chief Executive of the Child Bereavement Charity. Prince William has been Patron of the Charity since 2009. The Child Bereavement Charity educates professionals and supports families both when a child dies and when a child is bereaved.
Mrs. Julia Samuel
Julia Samuel is Chair of the Child Bereavement Charity and also a family friend of Prince William. Prince William has been Patron of the Charity since 2009. The Child Bereavement Charity educates professionals and supports families both when a child dies and when a child is bereaved.
Mrs. Tessa Green
Tessa Green is former Chairman of The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. Prince William became President of The Royal Marsden in May 2007 having undertaken two days of work experience there in 2005. The Prince helped out in a variety of departments, including medical research, catering and fundraising.
Mr. Simon Johnson
Simon Johnson worked closely with Prince William as Chief Operating Officer of the FA's 2018 World Cup bid.
Sir Trevor Brooking
Sir Trevor is the Football Association's Director of Football Development and is responsible for youth-coaching standards in England. Prince William has been President of the FA since 2006 and has met Sir Trevor on several occasions at FA events.
Sir Clive Woodward
Sir Clive Woodward is a former Coach of the England Rugby Team and the British and Irish Lions. Prince William was invited by Sir Clive to join the British and Irish Lions rugby team on their tour to New Zealand in 2005.
Mr. Gareth Thomas
Prince William met Welsh Rugby player Gareth Thomas several times in his role as Vice Patron of the Welsh Rugby Union.
Mr. Ian Thorpe
Australian Prince William met the Olympic swimmer, Ian Thorpe, on a visit to Australia in 2010. The Prince has since supported Mr. Thorpe's charitable organisation Ian Thorpe's Fountain for Youth, which focuses on improving health and education for children.
Mr. Barty Pleydell-Bouverie
Barty Pleydell-Bouverie led the Cycle of Life charity bike ride across Africa in 2008, which raised money for the Tusk Trust.
Rear Admiral Ian Corder
Rear Admiral Ian Corder is Rear Admiral of Submarines. Prince William was appointed Commodore-in-Chief of Submarines by The Queen in 2006.
Brigadier Ed Smyth-Osbourne
Brigadier Smyth-Osbourne was Prince William and Prince Harry's Commanding Officer in the Household Regiment and acted as their military mentor. He was also Prince Harry's Commanding Officer when The Prince undertook active service in Afghanistan.
Major William Bartle-Jones
Major Bartle-Jones was Prince William's Squadron Leader in the Household Cavalry Regiment based at Windsor.
Wing Commander Steven Bentley
Wg Cdr Steve Bentley is Prince William's Search and Rescue Force Squadron Leader at RAF Valley, Anglesey.
Sergeant Keith Best
Sgt Keith Best is a colleague of Prince William's at RAF Valley, in Anglesey, North Wales. The Winchman was awarded the Queen's Commendation for Bravery in the Air after playing a major role in the rescue efforts in the Cumbrian floods in 2009.
Squadron Leader Paul Bolton
Sqn Ldr Paul Bolton is a colleague of Prince William's at RAF Valley in Anglesey, North Wales.
Wing Commander Kevin Marsh
Wing Commander Kevin Marsh met Prince William through his service in the RAF. He will be one of the Path Liners outside Westminster Abbey on the wedding day.
Lance-Corporal Martyn Compton
Martyn is a Lance-Corporal in the Household Cavalry. He was injured in an ambush in Afghanistan in 2006, which put him in a coma for three months and left him with 75 per cent burns.
Miss Holly Dyer
Holly is sister to 2nd Lieutenant Joanna Dyer, who was killed by a bomb in Iraq in 2007. Joanna was a close friend of Prince William's at Sandhurst. In a statement released by Clarence House at the time, Prince William said he was "deeply saddened to hear the tragic news and he is very much thinking of her family and friends right now and they will remain in his thoughts and prayers."
Mrs. Susie Roberts
Susie Roberts is the widow of Major Alexis Roberts, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2007. Major Alexis Roberts was Prince William's Platoon Commander at Sandhurst. In a statement released at the time, Prince William said he was deeply saddened to learn of Major Robert's Death. The Prince remembers him with 'great fondness and respect'.
Mr. and Mrs. Bryn Parry
Former soldier Bryn Parry and his wife Emma founded the charity Help for Heroes to assist wounded service men and women. Both Prince William and Prince Harry are supporters of the charity and Prince William previously opened a new swimming pool at Headley Court in 2010, which had been funded by Help for Heroes.
Mr. Edward Gould
Mr. Edward Gould was Master of Marlborough College whilst Miss Middleton was a student.
Dr. Andrew Gailey
Dr Andrew Gailey is the Vice-Provost of Eaton College and was Prince William's Housemaster.
The Hon. Edward Dawson-Damer
Australian Ed Dawson-Damer is an ex-Irish Guards officer, who was Equerry to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in the 1980's. He hosted Prince William for a section of his visit to Australia in January 2010.
Mr. Sam Stevenson
New Zealander Sam Stevenson was Prince William's New Zealand equerry during his visit to the country in July 2005. At the time, Sam was a Captain within the New Zealand Defence Forces. During the visit, Prince William undertook official engagements representing The Queen in Wellington and Auckland at events to commemorate the end of the Second World War.
Sir John Major
Following the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997, Sir John Major was appointed a Guardian to Prince William and Prince Harry with responsibility for legal and administrative matters.
Mr. Rowan Atkinson
Actor Rowan Atkinson is a close friend of The Prince of Wales.
Mr. Tom Bradby
The journalist and news reporter Tom Bradby has known both Prince William and Miss Middleton for some time. He conducted their first joint interview together on the day their engagement was announced.
Mr. Ben Fogle
Ben Fogle is best known as a travel writer, television presenter and adventurer and has met Prince William on a number of occasions.
Sir Elton John
Sir Elton John is a singer-songwriter, composer and pianist. He performed at the funeral of the late Diana, Princess of Wales.
Mr. and Mrs. David Beckham
Prince William, as President of the Football Association, has met footballer David Beckham on a number of occasions. They recently worked together as Ambassadors of England's 2018 World Cup Bid.
Mr. Guy Ritchie
Guy Ritchie is a friend of Prince William and Miss Middleton. He is a well-established filmmaker, who directed Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch and Revolver.
Miss Joss Stone
Joss Stone is best known as an English Soul singer and songwriter. She performed at the Concert for Diana at Wembley in 2007 and at City Salute in 2008.
Mr. Mario Testino
Photographer Mario Testino took Prince William and Miss Middleton's official portrait photographs to mark their engagement.
Miss Tara Palmer-Tomkinson
Tara Palmer Tomkinson is a friend of The Prince of Wales and his family.
Mr. Sam Waley-Cohen
Amateur jockey Sam Waley Cohen is a friend of Prince William and Miss Middleton.
Mr. Galen Weston
Canadians Galen and Hilary Weston are friends of The Prince of Wales and his family.

http://www.officialroyalwedding2011.org/blog/2011/April/23/Selected-Guest-List-for-the-Wedding-Service-at-Westminster-Abbey

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Oh, to be a princess!

Which dress would you choose if you were becoming the future Princess? 

I really love the Vera Wang & Valentino dresses. How about you? 
Source: http://www.timelesspaper.com/blog/?p=2399







Debt in the US of A


I found this image on the Globe & Mail website and thought it was a fabulously laid out image of the amount of debt the US is in. I don't know my share of US economics all too well, but I thought this was interesting.

Google Map Maker

"Google Map Maker lets you add to and update the map, for millions of people to see in Google Maps and Google Earth. You can add your local knowledge for over 180 countries and regions. Get started mapping the places you know"  

http://www.google.com/mapmaker 

This is pretty darn neat! It's basically Google Maps but it allows us to create additions of our own stuff that isn't on there. It does say that each entry is reviewed, so no one can add anything too ridiculous. Pretty nifty the things we can do in this day and age. You can even view mapping as it is happening around the world! 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

HOORAY


I'm done school for this semester!!! Such a lovely feeling. Granted, summer semester starts in 2 weeks, but still! Gotta love the little things to be excited about :)

He's still got it...

My car turned 10 this year!! He was born in 2001 but I didn't acquire him until about 2004 or 2005... he's had his share of bumps & problems, but he has done me well. Happy birthday car! For his birthday present, he got a nice long, cleansing bath.

New Fave Breaky

My newest favorite breakfast to eat is oatmeal with cinnamon & apples! Then I add brown sugar & milk. Tres delicious.

Monday, April 18, 2011

One-a-penny, two-a-penny

Been studying and working this weekend...not too much exciting going on! Lil sis, Mitch & I studied at SFU on Saturday:

Yummy Mrs. Vanellis pizza
We made a coffee run as well after dinner. I have a major pet peeve: when the lid of the coffee cup lands RIGHT on the crease of the cup:



It's really not a big deal, you can still drink the coffee perfectly fine, or simply move the lid, but for some reason my coffees always get put like this & it drives me nuts!!!

My grandpa gave us some hot cross buns. To be truthful, I didn't know these actually exsisted!! I was excited to try one; apparently they only make them around Easter time.



It was actually quite yummy. I felt like it was a mix between raison toast/fruitcake/cinnamon buns. I may have another one later today!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Funny e-cards!

http://www.someecards.com

My personal fave


Second fave!

Stop

Take a deep breath...

I can`t take credit for this fantastic image, Heidi found it and posted it, so I am RE-posting it. I read it and feel that we ALL could stop and smell the roses a little more often. We all rush around in this world; for what purpose?! I just had a little break down myself yesterday because I find my life is very scheduled. I have meetings at work every day, I have dinners, I have courses to teach, I have school, I have scheduled study times, I could go on...I feel like I have no time to simply plan a random coffee date with a friend, go shopping or do something fun. Partly that is because of school, because I really feel that when you are in school you ALWAYS have something more you could be doing. You can always re-read your notes, you can always do more study questions...

Anywho, sorry, this post took a turn for the worst into Shannoncomplainingville! My point was that you should read this; it's inspiring. Thanks for posting Heid :)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Flashback

One of my favorite pictures of us kids from back in the day!

Beginning & End

A lovely way to start the morning...

...and a beautiful way to end it!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

holy SMOKES

http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/tv/extreme-couponing

I was introduced to a show called "Extreme Couponing" on TLC by my brother & mom. I saw my first episode today and it is INSANE. Words cannot express how wild these situations are until you see an episode. The people on this show spend a ton of time compiling hundreds upon hundreds of coupons to go grocery shopping. Then, they plan their shopping trips. Now, they don't plan like you or I would plan. Nope, one lady today had a document that she got from the store manager that listed every single item the store sold and what aisle it was in. She then proceeded to create a computer document with a strategic plan of her shop. This particular shop was huge - her total order before coupons was $1900 and after coupons, she ended up paying $103. Yes folks, that is $1800 LESS than the retail amount. Her check out time alone took TWO HOURS. I know I keep writing in capitals, but that is how I feel like I am speaking! CRAZINESS!!

I strongly encourage you to watch an episode of this show simply to know I am not exaggerating. It will blow your mind.

bhangra bhangra BHANGRA!

JC did a flash mob downtown Vancouver for her SFU bhangra class - super cool!!

Stars & Dogs for the week of April 8

STARS:
Bed, Bath & Beyond
Silver
Canadian Dollar (wooo!!!)

DOGS:
WD-40

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/investment-ideas/features/stars-and-dogs/stars-and-dogs-for-this-week/article1977853/

PL8 PRBLMS

If you listen to song lyrics these days, sex, drugs and fast cars are all the rage on your car radio, but off limits for license plates apparently! You know those license plates that say "DR BOB" or "SMITH" or something else lame like that? Those are called vanity plates & apparently there is a whack of phrases/words that are not allowed to be on them. I read an article in the Province last week about this revised list & I was quite amused as to what is not allowed on them.  I guess having vanity plates isn't all its cracked up to be when you can't even put your country on 'em; some are quite valid in their rejections though for obvious reasons. The list is quite extensive & even gives reasons why the plates were rejected....enjoy!

2BEERS (alcohol-drug related)
BITEME (offensive)
CANADA (political)
ITALIA (political)
IPASSU (speed-racing related)
PSYCHO (not in good taste)

To view the article & see the complete list, click on this link: http://www.theprovince.com/ICBC+rejected+vanity+licence+plates+variety+reasons/4578737/story.html

Monday, April 11, 2011

hubcaps.

I had a productive day today. Slept in, hung out with little sis, studied for an economics final, made dinner for the fam, and studied some more. Oh and went to Staples! I got new highlighters for work - they are fabulous. Oh AND we saw a hubcap fly off a car - that was quite humourous. (not to worry, no one was harmed in the process)

Some random photos of the day...I was bored/procrastinating while studying hence the doggy shots! It's amazing the things I find that "need" to be done while I am attempting to study...

Emma held my highlighters & ruler for me. Very helpful.

Mmmm...Coke & economics.

See, even Emma got bored and went to sleep!

Upside down pictures!! (this NEEDED to be done instead of studying...)


Head shot  - she was posing for me.


Minestrone soup & paninis for dinner.


My minestrone soup: a little on the pepper-y side &  few too many noodles but it was still yummy.