Sunday, November 25, 2012


I am in lovely Miami currently waiting to board a giant boat. I have free wifi which is exciting since I am trying not to rack up the data/text charges on my phone but its challenging to fully disconnect from this darn phone!

We had tons of fun in South Beach and now are off to the Caribbean... First stop is the Bahamas! (Nasseau - my daddio taught me that's the capital!)

Miss you all!

Ps - just tried uploading photos to this post and for some lame reason it won't work :( ..... check out my twitter for photos!!! @shanspier

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

au revoir mes amis!

My fun adventure starts bright & early tomorrow! Our flight leaves at 11 am and we get into Miami at 11 pm - long day of flying however it will be worth it when it is lovely & warm stepping off that plane. Here is where I will be for the next two weeks:

I am just going to start packing now since I am have been consumed solely with work & finishing the huge school project. I am going to go hand it in at 6 pm - YAY! (it's done - just needs to be submitted) Check out how giant it is: (the report is 110 pages & there is about 220 worth of appendices)

This will get submitted, then I present it on December 6th & 7th and then I will officially be DONE school and have a degree. Wild. 

I am going to try to blog whilst away a little bit, since it's a fun way to recount what I did for my own personal sake, but also put to up photos for you lovely folks! Remember when my family was in Hawaii for Christmas and I blogged? That was fun!!

Until soon, farewell!

Monday, November 19, 2012

arm candy

Love this stack of bracelets - seen here #RKOI

fave commercial

This is my absolute favoritest commercial right now. I love Usher AND I love dancing, so that helps. It just cracks me up when they get to the political debate part! Enjoy :)

best jobs in America.

My sister sent this to me today because she thought I'd like it. I love it!! It is so interesting - you may need to click on the infographic to make it bigger and able to read. As per the article, the following is what denotes "best jobs" vs "non-best jobs": (for more info, read the article associated with this)

"What makes a job best or worst? Sometimes it comes down to “brain power vs. brawn power,” said Tony Lee, publisher of’s 2012 Jobs Rated Report. Many of the worst jobs on the list are physically demanding, have difficult work conditions and often don’t pay well. The jobs that top the list are often a bit cushier, require a degree of some sort and pay higher wages."

PS - I am at 107 pages of my final report...excluding any appendices!! Longest assignment of my entire school career. Also, LAST assignment of my entire school career!

PPS - I sent this to my sister earlier when I felt like my eyes were hurting from being on the computer... hahaha!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Jack's birthday party

Why don't they call baby showers birthday parties?! That's what it is! I am going to start that trend...

Today we had a lil' birthday party for Mr. Jack Rietkerk. He is officially five weeks old tomorrow and also officially insanely cute. It was really fun to see some gals from high school that I haven't seen in forever but love to hang out with it; plus there were babies galore which is totally up my alley. Jack has lots of ladies who love him already! :)

Lindsey, Alicia, Sara, Christina, Dana & Linday in front

Heidi's friend Jocelyn made these - not only were they adorable but SO GOOD. (sugar cookies!)

Champagne flutes on my new gold serving tray that I'm in love with - it makes everything seem fancy!

Heidi & Lindsay

Sara & baby Jack (man of the hour)

I had these caprese bites at a party a few weeks ago and was dying to try them. They are just boccincini cheese, a piece of basil and a cherry tomato on a toothpick! So yummy. There's some green olives in there too since I've learned to love them.


Heidi & her school friends: Jocelyn & baby Kennedy, Lani, Hope, Heidi & Jack

Lindsay & Lindsey with Jack


Saturday, November 17, 2012


Oh man, those little stick figures on vehicles drive me crazy.
This is TOTALLY little sister - can you see her?!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Not soon enough....

Only ten days away....TEN DAYS! I'm excited because this trip means I will have submitted my ginormous project that is due the day before we leave. It's a major cause of these late nights & stress lately but it'll get done... I always find a way to get everything done!

Friday, November 9, 2012


I saw the new James Bond movie tonight - totally recommend it! I love a good Bond movie though, all the action, cars, exotic entertaining! Definitely see it. Plus Mr. Bond isn't too hard on the eyes...

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

I have been feeling extremely under the weather the past few days & went to the doctor this morning. Turns out I have bronchitis; and he said it looks like it's on the path to becoming pneumonia. Lovely. So, I am on antibiotics. And resting. But it sucks when you're sick because life, school and work don't go on hold when you're sick!! Can we change that please??  

Did you know I am going away on November 23?! I am soooo excited and soooo looking forward to it! A bunch of us girls are going on a Caribbean cruise! Plus, we are going to Miami two nights prior to the cruise and staying in South Beach. I am very much looking forward to experiencing new cities with all their culture, food, people, and mostly SUN! The cruise we are on goes to the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Grand Turks. It seriously cannot get here soon enough, but there is so much to do before that: write the biggest project of my life that will get my a degree (hopefully!), learn all the million new things that come along with a new job, recover from bronchitis/potential pneumonia, have a social life, sleep, eat, etc... I know that doesn't sound like a lot and it really isn't in the scheme of things. Maybe I'm just tired!!

Grand Turks port of call
How about that election hey?! I think we all knew Obama would win, let's face it! I always surprise myself at how interested I am in the American Presidential election compared to the Canadian Prime Minister election... it makes me a little sad for our patriotism & for my own knowledge. I blame it on media. Speaking of, check out all the tweets about #Election2012.  There are some pretty funny ones!! Did you know I saw Obama speak in Portland, Oregon in 2008? My friend Min dragged me with her at 4 am one day to make the drive down there since she's a die hard fan and I am kind of glad I went now for the experience.

This was us in the looooong wait. Us and the trillion other people there!

President Obama!

lessons in life

In light of being slightly overwhelmed with life these days, my friend Amanda forwarded me this cute email of things that we should all keep in mind in life. A nice list to read when feeling like there is not enough minutes in a day!!   

Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio.                                                                
"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever written. 
My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:                         

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.                         

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.                         
3. Life is too short – enjoy it.                           

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.       
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.                                                                                                 

6. You don't have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.                                                                               
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.                        
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.                           
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.                     
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.                       
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.                      
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.                          
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.                        
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.                           
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye but don't worry; God never blinks.                       
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.                         
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.                         
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.                     
19. It's never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.                         
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.                       
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't
save it for a special occasion. Today is special.                                                                                            

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.                         
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.                       
24. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.                          
25. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will
this matter?'                                                                                                                                
26. Always choose life.                         

27. Forgive but don’t forget.                       

28. What other people think of you is none of your business.                     
29. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.                         
30. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.                       
31. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.                         
32. Believe in miracles.                     

33. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.                     
34. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.                          
35. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.                        
36. Your children get only one childhood.                    
37. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.                        
38. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.                   
39. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone elses, we'd
grab ours back.                                                                                                                                 
40. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have not what you need.                         
41. The best is yet to come...                       

42. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.                           
43. Yield.                        

44. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.                       
45. Everything will be alright in the end. So if it’s not alright then it’s not the end."

Saturday, November 3, 2012

around the 'net today...

Now that I work close to here...Oakridge centre is getting redeveloped!

What does your sleeping position say about you?

Are you as intrigued with Google street view as I am?! Check out this map that shows everywhere it's been in the world

Leadership lessons from Batman

A picture slideshow of the "cushiest prison ever" (where Martha Stewart went...)

Remember Boy Meets World? From the early 90's? Check out it's potential sequel

A $1.6 billion dollar casino heist in Vegas recently 

I haven't been following the stock market lately, but here are two great stocks to own currently 

And lastly, meet Ivanka Trump 

gnocchi fail.

Have you ever had gnocchi? The little balls of succulent potato pasta that you order at a fancy Italian restaurant? The ones that make your mouth water and turn you into an awe-inspired chef to say "I want to make these!"? Well, I did. I had them last week and fell in love.

Naturally I wanted to make them and spent forever reading recipe after recipe after recipe. And that wasn't including the creamy pesto sauce I wanted to make to go on top - that required FURTHER recipe investigation. I wasn't as concerned about the sauce, but you get my point here...

I figured gnocchi couldn't be thaaaat hard; it's essentially mashed potatoes and some flour. WRONG! It's a TON of work and NOT easy at all. Needless to say, mine turned out more like mashed potatoes. They didn't taste bad, they just didn't taste at all like my delicious gnocchi from the Italian Kitchen I had last week. I was happy that I did try them, because it's always fun to make something new, but it definitely won't be happening again. Unless I have an Italian sidekick...

The creamy pesto sauce was super yummy & flavorful. I would totally make that again with just regular pasta. It was blended basil, pine nuts, salt & pepper, olive oil and garlic; then I heated it on the stove and added a bit of cream and parmesan cheese. 

Oh well, you live and you learn!!! 

This was my dinner - "gnocchi" with creamy pesto sauce and roasted roma tomatoes; spinach salad with feta, apples, red onions, red peppers and a balsamic glaze. The salad was great!! (haha)

...what REAL gnocchi should look like...