Vancouverites were treated to an almost 90% eclipse of the sun today. Two of my colleagues and I played hooky for an hour or so this morning to visit the park and check out the phenomenon. My eclipse mindset got a kick-start this morning when I saw Fatima's post at Stacks and Ranges. Her Music … Continue reading Vancouver Eclipse Viewing
I know many of you are thinking about Richard Armitage's birthday coming up on August 22. In my household, however, we are celebrating two other birthday's this week! My husband's birthday was this weekend and, at his request, I cooked chili for dinner and we finished off with his favourite dessert, vanilla ice cream with … Continue reading August Birthdays
We have a day off here in British Columbia. It's one of those holidays that exists in some of our provinces and territories but not in others, making it hard to sync up the banking and business systems across the country. In any case, I'm glad to have the day off! On Saturday, we went … Continue reading Happy BC Day from the New “Big Smoke”
Before we get distracted by August birthdays (I have two in my family), I'd really like to share some pics of the cool stuff I got for my birthday a while back. First, some gifts to support my movie habit -- a Cineplex gift card and the extended edition of The Hobbit movies (which I … Continue reading My Birthday Loot
Arrived back home from vacation late this afternoon. Good to be home, but sorry it's over. After my previous post, the winds changed direction and the smoke blew away. (While the area near the Princeton fire is still under evacuation order, today's reports showed the fire to be 35% contained.) A few of my more memorable activities … Continue reading More Vacation, Books, Wine, Richarding, etc.
Started with Starbucks, of course. (Yeah, it should be Tim Horton's but what can I say!) Stopped by the rugby field, where they were having the Provincial Regional Championships for boys and girls age-grade 15-a-side rugby. Out to Surrey, where I had a few minutes to read Daphne Du Maurier in the sun... ... before … Continue reading My Canada Day
My family played a lot of card games and board games when I was a kid. In fact it was a Friday night ritual to play cribbage, hearts, or progressive rummy. Later, when I was first married and then when the kids were young, we tried to keep some of that family game-playing going. Gradually, … Continue reading Geeky Games for a Non-Gamer
This week, I reached the milestone of 50 posts! I hope you don't mind indulging me as I look back over the 5 months since I started my blogging adventure. Let's start with some general stats: 26,091 words written, with an average of 522 per post, but ranging from 62 to 1,279 words - When … Continue reading Milestone: 50 Posts!
I am shocked and horrified by the devastating attack on the patrons at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. My heart goes out to those who were there in the middle of the terror, both those who made it out and those who did not. The families and loved ones of those victims have my … Continue reading Monday
I like to tell myself that the reason I'm not wearing my Fitbit and trying to up my level of physical activity is because of the way the bracelet looks. A bit like I've been let out of prison and this is the monitoring bracelet, right? So, I decided to invest in a more blingy … Continue reading Bling for Fitness and Fangirling