April 29, 2011
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April 26, 2011
I am posting this between the second and third period. We are leading 1-0. I'm so proud of the way the team is playing tonight: spirited, aggressive - this is the team we needed to show up tonight. And Lou looks calm in net. My only wish is that he'd stop puck handling behind his net and just stay put already. So whatever happens in the 3rd period - I think we should be proud of the way we're playing tonight. That being said, I want them to DESTROY Chicago and end this already. My middle aged ticker is having a hard time with all of this stress. Go Canucks Go!
April 25, 2011
When we got home from doing errands today, there was a lovely bouquet of white gerbera daisies wrapped up, leaning against the front door. No card. No phone message. An amazing surprise.
I put them in a pretty jug in the front window to say thank you to the mysterious sender. Don't you love random acts of kindness?
April 24, 2011
April 23, 2011
April 22, 2011
April 21, 2011
Tonight I went to Campagnolo Restaurant for the first time. (1020 Main Street, Vancouver) It was de-lish. I would definitely go back. The atmosphere is very eclectic and casual. Meals ranged from $15-$22 and everyone really enjoyed their dinner. There's a nice selection of pastas, pizzas and mains. I was definitely happy to be having some great face time with friends instead of stuck in front of the tube watching the Canucks get pummelled 5-0.
April 20, 2011
April 19, 2011
Pictured from top to bottom: delicious breakfast to energize, beginning our hike up Mt. Norman, Niamh and Caroline at the top of Mt. Norman, the payoff view for our hard work, Magnolias at Poet's Cove, paw prints at Poet's Cove, Mooring's Cafe at Poet's Cove, Janet and Karen at Hope Bay, Morning Bay Winery barrels, Morning Bay Winery, steak and salmon feast night.
Friday-all arrive at the house, spaghetti feast, moonlit walk, dance party.
Saturday - hike Mt. Norman, spa time at Poet's Cove, feast at home, dance until the wee hours while screaming 80s lyrics enthusiastically
Sunday: Hope Bay cafe, Morning Bay wine tasting, Port Browning pub feast, moonlit ferry home
Ten women descended on Pender Island. It was a dynamic group of women - a physician, an occupational therapist, a child psychologist, to name but a few in the mix - who all balance families and demanding careers. The conversations were amazing. I love the simplicity of island living. We hiked up Mt. Norman and had a delicious picnic on top, soaking in the amazing views. For $12, the girls went to Poet's Cove steam cave and then sat in the marina-side jacuzzi while sea planes flew by, relaxing the afternoon away. It is such a spectacular setting. We went on moonlit walks, full of deer sightings who aren't afraid to graze a mere foot or two away. We sat on the deck and watched as porpoises and seals swam by. When there are ten women involved, you know the food is going to be incredible. For $25 each, we split groceries for the weekend, took turns cooking and feasted like queens (who in turn drank like sailors and danced like no one, and I mean no one was watching).
When you're travelling with a group of women, you get to sample a lot of great food. I loved the simplicity of this recipe:Put turkey or ham slices in a muffin tin to form a nest. Crack an egg in the middle. Add a sprinkling of your favourite cheese and thyme. Bake in the oven at 350 for approx 15-18 minutes - check, as you can see I burnt the edges of mine. Then, once the eggs are cooked, remove from the oven and top it off with a few spoons of delicious Hollandaise or Bearnaise sauce. (I just used the Knorr packet of Bearnaise sauce). Serve over English muffins. Add some fruit salad on the side and voila, a delicious breakfast! This recipe lends itself well to cooking for a large group.
April 18, 2011
Friday: Arrival at Pender Island
Saturday: My reading spot at Poet's Cove
Sunday: Morning Bay Winery - Pender Island
Monday: First tulip to bloom in my garden
I had a busy weekend away on Pender Island with a gaggle (maybe it's a giggle?) of ten women. I'll post photos tomorrow of our mini adventure. When you have ten women in one room, the volume gets cranked so high that I'm sure wild dogs were gathering round. It definitely was a blast. I hope you had a wonderful weekend!
April 14, 2011
While doing laundry today, I realized that all the clothes I buy lately are pink. I think I'm trying to will Spring here, even if the weather hasn't been cooperating. I lied down in the laundry pile and snapped this photo. Good thing photos aren't scratch and sniff :)
I'm heading off tomorrow morning for a girl's getaway weekend, so I won't be able to publish any 365 photos until Monday. I can't thank you enough to all of you who check in and see how the 365 is going.
One of my jobs is to make some playlists for the weekend. What are you grooving to these days?
I welcome any music tips! Here's a few songs that I downloaded on itunes today.....
Foster the People Adele ok go. Have a wonderful weekend!
April 13, 2011
I always knew the world needed more people like Alex and Alicia - positive, enthusiastic, encouraging, warm hearted, the list goes on and on - and now the world gets Jacques - their beautiful son. It's a great feeling watching your friends interact with their new baby. Their pride and excitement is so heartwarming. He's a lucky boy.
April 12, 2011
First place in the Western Conference.
President's Trophy for top team in the league.
Team captain has the Art Ross Trophy and the Hart Memorial Trophy on his mantle.
My Grandma has been a lifelong fan and is now 100. She deserves it.
It is time to bring....it.....home.
Playoffs begin tomorrow.
There's nothing like Vancouver at playoff time.
Go Canucks Go!
April 11, 2011
Sun is a precious commodity these days, so when it hits, I have to get to the beach. We went for an amazing sunset stroll. The thing I love about the beach, aside from the jaw dropping beauty of it all, is that you never know what you will find. In the top photo, I love how the dog turned around at just the right moment. (If only I had photoshop, I would have cropped the random legs out of the photo). As for that trio of cat photos, I just loved how her colouring blended with the texture and tone of the wood. Looking at the forecast this week, I think we'll have to savour ever last ounce of sun we got today.