Friday, January 30, 2009

25 Things About Me

1. Yesterday was my 10th anniversary of living in Calgary. I moved here from Victoria in the middle of a snowstorm. When I went out the next day, my damp hair froze to my ears...definitely not something I'd experienced in Victoria!

2. I hate 'maple flavouring'. I often don't order pancakes when we go out for breakfast because I can't stand fake maple syrup. When I was a kid in Nova Scotia, we used to make our own, and I guess I got a little spoiled. :)

3. I love tea. Especially Second Cup's Earl Grey and Tim Horton's steeped tea. When I got to work today and opened my Timmy's cup, I realized they gave me a double double coffee, not tea. Sad day!!!

4. I have three floor-to-ceiling bookcases of books, and I have a big spreadsheet where I keep track of them all, especially the ones that are vintage editions. I love books!

5. In general, I don't find movie adaptations of books as good as the originals, but I think I might possibly like the recent Disney version of Prince Caspian better then the book. Mostly because CS Lewis wrote such wussy girl characters - not his fault, that's The Way Things Were, but I liked seeing Susan kick butt in the movie.

6. In 2003 I spent the summer on a VBS team, travelling around Canada on a Greyhound bus. If you ask me if I've been somewhere, often I can remember the bus depot, but not anything about the town itself.

7. My earliest memory is my first Christmas - I was just a few days away from being a year old, and I got an orange plastic tea set. I can also remember my first portrait sitting, but I'm not sure if it was before or after Christmas...I do remember thinking the photographer was crazy! Mom said he eventually gave up on trying to get me to smile.

8. When I was swimming in the Sea of Galilee last summer, a fish bit my toe and scared me half to death. I've never had that happen to me in any other body of water I've ever swam in.

9. I get excited when I think about going to Pearl Harbour, because one of my favourite Adventures in Oddessy episodes was set there.

10. My current desktop wallpaper is a shot I took of two plastic chairs watching the sun set over the Sea of Galilee.

11. I looooove to play Scrabble. Yay Scrabble! I also like Monopoly, Apples to Apples, Taboo and Balderdash.

12. I used to read the Encyclopedia Britannica for fun (the illustrated children's version, but still...)

13. Fruit is one of my favourite foods. Mandarins, pomegranates, kiwi fruit, grapefruit, watermelon, honeydew melon, plums, peaches, nectarines, strawberries, blackberries, cherries, grapes, cucumbers, tomatoes, blueberries, cantaloupe...sooo tasty!

14. My career goal used to be to open a cafe by Parliament Hill where all the MPs would come to eat lunch and gossip about politics.

15. I like to write. I write a lot. Mostly letters with big words for my boss, but also songs and stories. I have several books on the go - they always start out really well, and then I get a new idea and head off on a tangent. Maybe one of these days I'll actually get a book finished!

16. Gravy is my favourite comfort food. Gravy on potatoes, gravy on schnitzel, gravy on spatzle, gravy on bread (with meat!), gravy on meat, gravy on stuffing. Yummy!

17. When I was a teenager, I used to win blue ribbons at the country fair for my baking. My roses and my sunset photography won ribbons too.

18. Also when I was a teenager, I took French classes with a Welshman who learned to speak French in South Africa so he could teach agriculture. There was a lot of "your goat is in my hut"...

19. I parallel parked perfectly on my driving test, and haven't done it so well ever since.

20. I'm on the planning committee for the 2009 Lutheran Church Canada Alberta British Columbia District Youth Gathering. A long title for a job that involves trying to get more people involved so I can delegate stuff to them. :)

21. My favourite spot in all of Canada is Taylor Beach, in Metchosin on Vancouver Island. There are also lots of blackberries there, which also makes me very happy.

22. Trevor and I will have been married 7 years in June. That went really fast!

23. My pink and brown kitchen gives me much joy. When I get home from work, walking in the door makes me smile. I love my house!

24. I suck at Wii. Trevor's Mii does this really annoying happy dance all the time, which doesn't help. I need to play Wii with someone who's worse then me so I can boost my Mii's self esteem.

25. When I moved to Calgary, it was the first time in my whole life I'd lived somewhere landlocked. It still sucks - after 10 years I miss the ocean just as much as I did when I got here. I'm really looking forward to going to California this summer and seeing a bit of the ocean I haven't seen before.

Wow...this was really hard! Hopefully this was interesting enough that you persevered to the bottom. :)

Monday, January 26, 2009

Wild Roses

I've been watching this new show on CBC that's really growing on me, so when I got this message from the Facebook group, I thought I'd pass it along...

"I've sent this message along to help promote "Wild Roses", a new prime time drama that airs Tuesday nights at 9PM nationwide on the CBC. It's a great new show that is being described as the Canadian version of Dallas.
The CBC is making decisions about whether or not to renew the show for a second season based on the first FOUR episodes numbers so it's crunch time. I would like to help support the show so I'm sending this e-mail to those who I think will enjoy it!
Episode 4 airs on Tuesday the 27th at 9:00PM on CBC!!!
Can you please forward this message on to as many family and friends as you can and ask them to tune in?!
All the best and many thanks,The Cast and Crew of "Wild Roses"
CBC Website:
You Tube:
P.S. If you liked the show, make sure to let the CBC know!"

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Stargate Lego

Wow...really? I mean, I looove Stargate, but wow...

Although a Stargate Lego game would be super cool! I'm not a huge of of playing Star Wars Lego, but it is really cute to watch. It would be fun to see what they could do with Stargate.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Quote of the Day

"A pen in the hand is mightier then a bush."

-Oscar from Corner Gas

Don't ask me why, but that was about the funniest thing I've heard all week... :)

A Blustery Day

Despite the weather forecast calling for only 'light flurries' today, what's going on outside my window is definitely not what I'd consider 'light'! I really wish I hadn't worn a skirt to work, and I REALLY wish I was at home, bundled up with fleece, a book, a cat and something nice to snack on. It's just one of those days...

Trevor and I are planning our 7th anniversary California! We're going to go to Legoland, San Francisco, and Napa Valley. Have you been to California? Any 'must see' recommendations?

Back to work dream about sunny California while the snow blows past the window...

Monday, January 05, 2009

Year in Review

I love these things, because they make me think about stuff I might not have otherwise. Here's a look back at what 2008 meant to me...not surprisingly, Israel features quite highly. :)

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before? Bought a house, went to Israel (which included too many firsts to list!), joined the District Youth Gathering Committee, got the car stuck in a snowdrift, played video games (I gave Trev a Wii for Christmas), hosted Christmas dinner for the family...

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I don't even remember what they were...probably to eat more healthily and get more exercise, which I did ok with, and hope to keep up this year

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? a couple of friends had babies

4. Did anyone close to you die? no

5. What countries/cities did you visit? Lots of travelling around Alberta and BC, as usual, and ISRAEL! And Jordan...

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008? More time with God

7. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? July 1st...Canada Day in Israel! And September 23rd...the day we took possession of the new house.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Going to Israel, working my butt off in the dirt, and loving every minute of it. Buying a house was a pretty big achievement too - we've been working towards it for over 6 years!

9. What was your biggest failure? Getting sick at Christmas :(

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? See #9...

11. What was the best thing you bought? A house!

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration? Trevor painted a pink stripe around my kitchen :) He actually worked really hard at doing all the things I wanted done to the house. It made me very happy!

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed? That's a pretty dramatic statement...I don't tend to get THAT bothered about things!

14. Where did most of your money go? Travelling and house-buying

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Israel! New house! Having company in the new house!

16. What song will always remind you of 2008? My "Liberated Wailing Wall" cd I listened to a lot in Israel, and the songs from the Prince Caspian soundtrack

17. Compared to this time last year, are you…
i. happier or sadder? Happier
ii. thinner or fatter? About the same
iii. richer or poorer? Depends...we're more in debt, but we've got more invested!

18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Digging in the hot sun

19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Not trusting God

20. How will you be spending Christmas? I take it this refers to Christmas 2008...I hosted dinner for the fam, with my mom and bro from NS and the inlaws too

21. How will you be spending New Years? I was still really sick, and sadly I was in bed by 9.

22. Did you fall in love in 2008? With Israel!

23. How many one night stands? lol

24. What was your favourite TV program? McLeod's Daughters

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? Nope - hating is highly overrated

26. What was the best book you read? I'm really enjoying the "Cat Who..." series...I don't think I read anything life changing or whatever

27. What was your greatest musical discovery? The Prince Caspian soundtrack

28. What did you want and get? A big trip overseas and a house - two major goals accomplished!

29. What did you want and not get? To work TEC :(

30. What was your favourite film of this year? Prince Caspian

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I had a few friends and some family over and had cake...turned 28

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? I don't know what could have made it more satisfying!

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008? "Grubby Archaeologist" :)

34. What kept you sane? God!

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Hummm...not really sure...I'm not super into celebrities.

36. What political issue stirred you the most? ARGH! What a year of absolute CRAP! ARGH! Canadian, Israeli and American politics all annoyed the HECK out of me....grrrr....

37. Who did you miss? my friends who don't live in Calgary!

38. Who was the best new person you met? I met lots of cool people in Israel...I met a few cool people in the Toronto airport on the way to Israel, too. :)

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008. Stop fretting and trust God! We'll see how well that sticks with me this year... :)

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. "This home...I've been searching for a place of my I've found it...this is home"

41. Was 2008 a good year for you? One of the best, without a doubt

42. What were your favourite moments of the year? Having Chris and Kelsey over for a really good visit (I love quality time!), swimming the in Sea of Galilee, having Mom and Simon visit, our big housewarming party, house hunting with Trevor, swimming in the Banff hot springs with the youth and again with my family, going to Lauren's wedding with Heather, visiting Barb in Medicine Hat, seeing Petra, touching the Western Wall, moving out of the basement suite in the NE, the first time we walked into what is now our house, eating popsicles on the kibbutz after a day of digging, hiking Grotto Canyon with many of them!

43. What was your least favourite moment of the year? Dealing with the crappy internet connection at the kibbutz while trying to talk to Trevor, dealing with Israeli border security, getting my RRSP statement after the market crash, being sick on Christmas (I missed church on Christmas day for the first time in my LIFE!), Anne Marie telling me she was leaving DPS-ing

44. What was your favourite month of 2008? June to September

45. What was your favourite song from in 2008? "This is Home", I think it's by Switchfoot

46. What was your favourite record from 2008? The Prince Caspian soundtrack

47. How many concerts did you see in 2008? Quite a with Trevor that I didn't love so much, and a bunch at the CPO. The most memorable one at the CPO was Natalie McMaster, although that was also the most recent one. :)

48. Did you have a favourite concert in 2008? My favourite concert is still the Starfield/Third Day/Chris Tomlin one I went to a few years back

49. Did you drink a lot of alcohol in 2008? Nope

50. Did you do a lot of drugs in 2008? I sure went through a lot of Advil Cold and Sinus! :)

51. Did you do anything you are ashamed of this year? I don't think so...although if I did, I wouldn't be likely to post it on my blog...

52. What was the worst lie someone told you in 2008? I can't think of anything

53. Did you treat somebody badly in 2008? Possibly...I feel that sometimes I come across as rude when really I'm just quiet, so I might have without realizing

54. Did somebody treat you badly in 2008? Not that I can think of

55. How much money did you spend in 2008? I bought a house and took a major trip wasn't a cheap year!

56. What was your proudest moment of 2008? The day I carried two heavy buckets of pottery shards all the way down the hill all by myself, and at a decent pace, too!

57. If you could go back in time to any moment of 2008 and change something, what would it be? I'm not sure that I would change anything. It was a super good year!

58. What are your plans for 2009? Run a youth gathering, go to California with Trevor, maybe go someplace hot for Christmas if it works out, go to Break Forth, read lots of books, write, and cross some more things off the 'house to do' list