Thursday, June 27, 2013

Fort Langley

I had a dinner date with my lovely friend Nicole a few days ago and she suggested we go to a cute little place in Fort Langley for dinner. I seriously hadn't been to Fort Langley in probably six years? Seven years? I have no idea!! We figured it'd be fun to go there, plus try out a new place that was different from the usual Cactus Club's and whatnot we all too often frequent. We went to Beatniks Bistro and it was a really great little place! Our server was super helpful and kind, the atmosphere was cute and relaxing, and the food was really yummy. There weren't a ton of options food wise, especially since her and I both don't eat meat. We did sit inside for fear of it getting cold, but we both had the same thought that a small wedding would be really great on the patio and the interior of this restaurant.

We both had the yam veggie burger. Yup, it was a yam patty! Then it had avocado, onions, and garlic on the burger. I really enjoyed it! Nicole thought hers was a little dry, and I could see that too, but I did like the flavor. Plus, after eating a million veggie burgers in my life, it's nice to have some variety in one. I had my burger with the tomato basil soup (good, but not as basil-y as I would have liked) and Nicole had hers with yam fries. (she was in a yam mood!)
Afterwards, we walked through the neighborhood that is by the river. I honestly had NO idea there was such development there!! I fell in love with this little area. Nicole carried my purse for a while so I could take photos nonchalantly of people's homes since I was so enthralled. I would totally live in this little area!! (except I fear it is out of my snack bracket...) Speaking of real estate, I drive by these townhouses (that are currently being built) on my way to work every day and am also in love with them. They have the absolute prettiest view of the mountains you could ever want.

To the left of this photo is the river and a lovey tree backdrop. So pretty.

All of the gardens are immaculately kept. They are gorgeous!

I am a sucker for hydrangeas.

Condos that are directly facing the river. (well, if you purchase one on the river side of the building I guess...!)

Nicole & I testing out a selfie on her new iPhone 5!! :)

Monday, June 24, 2013

sunday

Amanda & I went for a little visit yesterday to see Eliza & baby Kalan in Chilliwack. We went for a cute little nature walk by a pond near Eliza's house and topped it off with sushi for dinner. My trusty iPhone took some dashing photos if I do say so myself!





This tree was a really pretty lime green color.



Love this picture with the reflection!

Attempt #1 of all four of us on our walk...

...and attempt #2! Successful with a sleeping baby. (This was literally two seconds later - he just needed his soother!)


Kalan was so indecisive picking what to order at sushi. Geez!

The most delicious ebi sunomono salad - with a strawberry in it!


A happy bouncing Kalan! And a momma who will get a workout bouncing day in and day out :)

Saturday, June 22, 2013

sleep

We all know I love my sleep, but haven't been able to sleep in lately. But today I accidentally slept until 1:15 pm!! I did wake up for about an hour around 8:30 am, and just laid in bed and caught up on my overnight social media, and then fell back asleep thinking I'd only sleep until 10:30ish. I was shocked when I woke up and looked at the clock!! I did go to sleep around 3am, but still...1:15 pm?! I must have been a tired girl!!

I signed up for an online course through Coursera today. Have you heard of it? Any interesting thoughts or experiences on it? I really have no idea what it will be like, but it is a public speaking course and it's 10 weeks in length. It says it's 3 -5 hours of work each week. I am somewhat excited for this, however I feel like if I want to take courses I'd much rather take courses that could result in some sort of credential or certification. I may do my CHRP at some point, or look into something else...not sure what?!

As much work as school is, and as much stress, I really, really love learning and feeling like I am doing something with my life. I'm not sure how else to fulfill that feeling without taking more courses? Or getting a second job that is super challenging? I'm not sure what is missing in my need to fell rounded.

I was watching Eat Street today, and saw a perogy truck. They make a dessert perogy: carrot cake perogies!! Wild!!

My car didn't start yesterday morning before work. That was special. I haven't been late yet for the job I've only been working at for a few months, and it was so stressful! It totally wasn't a big deal but I just felt bad. Turns out my car battery had died. I ended up getting a ride to work from Raj and then he got me a new battery and installed it as well. It's a good deal having friends who are good with cars, and willing to help. Then my brother picked me up from work. Such an ordeal!!

I had to hook up the battery charger all by myself! I surprisingly didn't get electrocuted.

I saw Hangover 3 last night - and laughed my ass off! Of course, it does feel a little overdone at the point of the third movie, but it's still quite entertaining. And seriously, Alan is way too funny. I laughed out loud for the first 2/3 of the movie. The last 1/3 got a little slow, but decently funny still. Oh! And I saw it at the Hollywood 3 cinemas, ya know? The cheap one on 72 & 138 in Surrey? It's only $5 per person I believe (maybe not even?) AND if you bring your movie stubs to Boston Pizza after, you get 2 for 1 appies. Good deal!! It made for an all around cheap evening.

Pants and I are going to make dinner this eve. He requested homemade chicken cordon bleu & ricearoni. Classy hey? I will probably also make some grilled veggies of some sort. That's my big plan for my Saturday night. What about you? Do you have wilder plans than me? Do share!!


Friday, June 21, 2013

reading time!


Twitter is getting a Vancouver office! How do I apply?!

Kim & Kanye named their baby...

This is absolutely insane: A Vancouver police officer did the Grouse Grind ELEVEN times in one day for a good cause. Speaking of the Grouse Grind - my poppa did it yesterday in one hour flat! Such an athlete he is! Remember when I did it? And almost died?

A good article on cruises for food lovers. (aka my dream come true!)

I've seen this trend a few places now - getting food boxes/packages delivered? I've seen it here, here and here. 

10 fave glitter guide bedrooms

What grandmothers cook around the world  

Debating getting Netflix...

The economics of eating out 

I had a lovely coffee evening with Heidi, Binzy & Christina at Matchstick

Monday, June 17, 2013

How was everyone's weekend? Here is a synopsis of what I did. (I feel like writing in point form right now...)

Friday:
- went to the States with Amanda.
- didn't buy much.
- ate Indian food in Bellingham for dinner - not too bad actually!
- got gas in the States. So much cheaper! A full tank was about $33 for me compared to $45ish here. 

Saturday:
- went to my Aunty Daphne's for a family barbeque.
- they are selling their house in Coquitlam that I have known all my life and it is a little nostalgic for me!
- I asked my dad what he wanted me to make him for dinner the next day (Father's Day), and he replied, "curry." 

My daddio's side of the family - everyone was here! Even my cousin Meryl was home from Ontario for the weekend.
Sunday:
- went to Art Knapp with my Aunty Coralee in the morning.
- did you know this plant store sells CLOTHING?! It practically has an entire department store in there! We went to the one in PoCo and it was fantastic.
- I bought a sweater that my aunt owned it first - she is wearing it in the picture above but you can't see it sadly. It is really great and I had to have it.
- I also bought an infinity scarf that I also really love.
- I drove a friend to the airport. It was a gorgeous day for a drive!
- I slaved over a hot stove all afternoon by painstakingly ordering Indian take out for my poppa ;) (as per his curry request for dinner)
- I figured that way there was more variety anyways, plus it's so delicious and I am not necessarily a pro curry chef. He really enjoyed it PLUS he got to have leftovers for dinner tonight. Good deal if you ask me!
- Happy Father's Day daddio!! My mom decided on Mother's Day that we all had to go around the table and say what we appreciated about her. (it was semi-funny; semi-serious) She then made us do the same for our dad. It ended up being pretty comical :) Regardless, I appreciate them BOTH equal amounts any day of the year!
- I saw This Is The End with my siblings. It was super, super funny, like laugh out loud 90% of the time funny, but also equally dumb. It's about the end of the world from a bunch of Hollywood actor's point of views. Enough said. But so funny!

Amazing thing of the day: DRAKE is coming to town in September!! Remember when I saw him in concert in Arizona last year? That was fantastic.

My boy Drake.
Hope everyone has a great week!!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

ten years already?

Did you know it is my ten year high school reunion this year? If that is not wild, I don't know what is! What the heck do we do?! I am part of the planning crew (self appointed/voluntary - I like to plan things!) but am afraid that it's going to be literally impossible to make a day and time that everyone can attend, which sucks. It's a little bit of a weird concept because I have pretty much everyone I graduated with on Facebook, so I feel like the "typical" purpose of a high school reunion is no longer the purpose. It's more so to have actual face-to-face interactions with people and conversations; not simply just to catch up with people. I am cracking myself up as I type this; I am making myself sound like an anti-social loser! But do you know what I mean? In "this day and age" with social media, we interact much more with people than we would have without it, which is a good thing, in my opinion!! Anywho, any suggestions of things to do? So far the though is to possibly do a barbeque on a beach in the summer or something low-key like that...

To sum up the above paragraph, I am old. Oh how I miss those high school days... your schedule was pre-planned for you, things were so black and white compared to post-high school, and every hour and a half, you got a new social circle to chat with! (oh, maybe that was just me?)

I don't have too much else to report in life these days. Tomorrow, I am going to a pub night fundraiser for work that is raising money for BC Women's Hospital. It's right after work and right down the street - so that will be fun! Oh, and I'm debating applying for this job. I wouldn't mind something part-time for evenings and/or weekends 10 - 20 hours a week on top of my current full time job. I just want something more to fill time and make me feel like I have a purpose in life! And making some extra money would be fantastic....

I thought I blogged about the garden I tried to start in our backyard a few summers ago, but I couldn't find a post on it for the life of me! Oh well. It was a garden that my Opa had started years and years ago; and then it got left alone. For an excessively long time. Like, we were talking weeds taller than me. By a long shot. I had to call in the big guns to help with those suckers. (my dad). I planted a few random things two summers ago and last summer, and lo and behold, strawberries & blueberries popped up recently! Without me even having to do a THING! Quelle surprise. 

I got a whole bowl of strawberries to eat! And blueberries are getting there.

I love our backyard. It's nice in the summer time to sit outside and lounge in. We are trying to convince my dad that we need a pool and/or hot tub...who agrees?!

ALL of the trees that are in our backyard used to be Christmas trees that we had many, many years ago. Cool hey?! We used to get live trees and then my dad would plant them. We have lived in this house for about twenty years, so some of these trees around about that age and quite big now. I like that these trees have meaning! We still get real Christmas trees now, but usually just cut ones. I don't think there is any room to plant more trees in the yard!

Happy Thursday! What's everyone up to this coming weekend?

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

a thingy post

I saw this group on America's Got Talent tonight - you HAVE to watch this performance!

I bought this Essie Good To Go top coat since I've been painting my own nails lately and it's a MUST HAVE if you're in need of a top coat.

A new Bridget Jones novel is coming! I love her and her crazy problems.

The least helpful chopstick instructions ever...

The chances are pretty good of a doctor being on your flight to help

My amazing friend Christy-Dawn is donating 8 inches of her hair to BC Children's Hospital through the Wigs for Kids Foundation! 

Albeit long, an interesting article entitled "what's individuality, and where does it come from?" (as seen via a facebook friend!) 

The perfect Pinterest picture...curious? 

If companies had realistic slogans...my fave is Geek Squad

Come to Citizen Grace's pop up shop this Friday & Saturday! (I love love my earrings from them)

Binz & I went to Heidi's for an impromptu Indian takeout dinner tonight - we tried a new Indian restaurant in Maple Ridge called GM. It was pretty good overall! We had samosas, butter chicken, shahi paneer, channa masala, and all the fixin's. Everything was great, but I didn't love the channa masala. It was a lot darker than it typically is and maybe had more cardamon (?) in it that I'm used to? I'd recommend it for everything else though! It's lovely how it stays light out for so long these days!!!


Isn't Jack just getting even CUTER with time?!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

living the gown life

On Thursday, it was my convocation from finishing my degree in December. You are probably sick of hearing me talk about being done school, but seriously, it was such a huge part of my life for the past seven years that it really does feel incredibly great to be done.

Even though I have been actually done attending classes since November, and have had my actual degree for a few months, the ceremony felt nice to actually celebrate and formally acknowledge being done. I am not going to lie, I wasn't super gung ho about going to my convocation. I just kind of felt like I would be a bit older than everyone, and that school wasn't thaaaaat important to me. However, in retrospect, I am definitely glad I went. I have realized in the past little while that I have learned a lot of valuable life lessons from school, and I truly value the life experience I had while going.

Just in case you missed the first time I posted this ol' thang - here it is!

Let's go down my educational memory lane...

I think I had a slightly different school experience than others. First of all, I didn't decide that I even wanted to get a degree until a few years after high school, so sometimes it felt like I was a little behind comparatively. I worked a full time job at the YMCA that was pretty demanding most of the time. My work schedule was always changing due to special events or meetings. I was on-call 24/7 and got calls & text messages at all times of the day. I went on work trips randomly. I also worked another part time job for a while teaching swim instructor courses on Sundays and I housesat quite frequently. I went on trips, trips, trips, and more trips; I had major surgery, I did jury duty for three weeks, I planned several weddings...are you catching my drift here? On top of a full time job, I had full time school that FELT like a full time job, PLUS I did all the above things. Oh, and I tried to have a social life. I was insanely busy for those seven years. More than insanely busy sometimes. I remember having meltdowns where I seriously thought the world was crashing down around me and that I didn't have a single second in my life to breathe. Don't get me wrong, I loved life. But sometimes, school just pushed me over the edge a little. The thing with school is that it was always there. You always had something else to do. More reading, more studying, more writing...it was never ending. Choosing classes for your next semester was stressful, and I did more homework on Friday & Saturday nights than I ever wished to have done. One time, I was insane and took 4 courses in one semester. The last project of my final semester was a doosy. I spent so much time on that and it felt ah-maze-ing to be done it. And now, here I am, on the Kwantlen graduation roll...

(As a preface to these photos, I am fully aware how unflattering both the hat and gown are. Yikes. A note to future graduates: your hair will NOT look good when you remove your hat. Don't do it.)

Walking the stage

Like my cool new hat?

My life would not be nearly as fantastic as it is without these four!! Without sounding too cheesy, I couldn't have done everything I've done in life until now without their help. I can't even begin to tell you the amount of times I've called each and every one of them in tears over a poor mark on a midterm, or stress about a final exam. They each help in their own unique way, too. Which is why I love them so :) 

Just me hangin' out at Kwantlen with the Chancellor.

My friend Dave's sister threw him & I an after party and also made this cake. Is it not the most amazing thing you have ever seen?! She throws one great party!! It was some awesome Spier & Gorgichuk family time with friends.

I got some beautiful pink roses from my parents and a colorful arrangement with lilies from Jessica
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In conclusion, I would not change anything I have done to date at all. I think that everything happens for a reason, and that if something isn't as great as you think it is, you can only choose to learn from it. School was a great learning experience, educationally and vocationally, and I hope to continue learning; just in different ways! (or in more school ways; who knows...) I thank everyone who has been super supportive of my crazy busy lifestyle - seriously, y'all know who you are! And my dear blog readers who were my anonymous support for the many, many times I complained about school, or life in general.

People kept asking me on Thursday "what's next?" And I could honestly say, I don't know!! I had a great experience working at the YMCA for the past 11 years and I like my job at BackCheck right now. I feel proud that I have a degree. But I do want to be challenged in whatever I do and want to continue to learn, so, we shall see where that takes me! Onwards and upwards from here. Care to join on the next journey?