Thursday, August 28, 2008

Much to the ridicule of almost everyone I know, last night I took in SOTTP2. And I liked it. For all of you naysayers and non-romantics out there, you don't know what you're missing.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

This is Insanity

Might I just remind whomever is in charge of the weather that 7 degrees Celsius is not an acceptable low for AUGUST. September, maybe. But not for August. August is for swimming in lakes, and sunbathing on the beach. August is for tank tops and ice cream, sunscreen and bug spray. Far be it for me to criticize the Lord, but perhaps there has been a mix up? I am just not ready to get my "winter" box out of the basement yet.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Bed of nails...

So lately, my sleeps have been subpar. Actually, less than subpar, if I'm being honest. My mattress, which is 13 years old this summer, has given up the ghost. It creaks. It has lumps. It is hard as a freaking rock, and quite frankly, I don't care much for it. It leaves me sore and stiff in the morning and I think it's time has come for it to go to the "big Bedset in the Sky". That being said, does anyone have any recommendations as to what a good mattress should consist of? Are those flashy "bowling ball" mattresses any good? Because although Darryl doesn't snore, he can be a real squirmer. A little help please.

Monday, August 25, 2008


Darryl and I would like to congratulate Lori, Dave, and Caleb on the arrival of Hannah Arlene Reid on August 22, 2008! Way to go guys!!!

On a brighter note...

While my pumpkins are having no luck at all, my herb garden is doing fabulous. I culled it of mint, oregano, thyme, parsley, and chives the other day. I should hopefully get another harvest before the first frost, depending on when fall decides to rear it's ugly head....

Death to all Pumpkins...

As many of you know, I am an avid gardener. However, this year, I've encountered some difficulty getting my pumpkins to grow. I thought at first it was just bad luck. Then I considered it was my lack of experience growing gourds. However, some startling evidence has presented itself recently. My pumpkins aren't dying on thier own - they've all been murdered.

I found the above evidence upon arrival in our back yard one day last week. You see, it wasn't that the pumpkins were just dropping off of their vines when they reached approximately 8 cm. My dog (who is surprisingly still alive) rips them off and eats them. Below is the place where this newest sacrifice used to be.

Note to Self: Get electric fence for garden next year.

Friday, August 22, 2008

The Secret Life of Bees

I'm really looking forward to seeing this movie - here's the trailer for those of you who haven't see it yet!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Rockin' the Anniversary

Darryl and I celebrated our third anniversary yesterday. After receiving a dozen roses at work, he surprised me by taking me to Gunther von Hagens Body Worlds at the Telus World of Science, and then out for supper at the Blue Pear Cafe.

I must say that Body Worlds was not what I pictured it as. What does it say about me that I didn't find a display of "plastinated" corpses at all disturbing? And the thing that bothered me the most was that they left the pubic hair on some of the male models?

Truly though, the most surprising and awe-inspiring thing there was the various embryos at their stages of development, from one weeks' conception to 9 months. Anyone who says that life does not begin at conception clearly has not seen what I saw yesterday. At four weeks' gestation the embryo already looks human. Props to those people who donated their bodies in the pursuit of furthering science.

The Blue Pear is a wonderful little place downtown, and has one of the most creative and unique menus I've ever seen. My meal consisted of:

The best bread I've ever eaten
Squid ink pasta with garlic and Calamari
Asparagus Kale soup with Creme Fraiche
Yellow Tomato, watermelon, cucumber, and Crouton salad garnished with julienne mint
Roast rabbit and char grilled lobster tail with polenta garlic gnocchi, fava beans, and zucchini
Flourless chocolate cake with port wine reduction and mint reduction, finished with POP ROCKS

That's right, I said POP ROCKS.

Anyway, if you're interested in their menu, which changes monthly to accommodate seasonal ingredients, check them out at

All in all, it was an awesome night to commemorate an awesome year.

Okay, so this is freaking hilarious. I know a few people out there who kite surf, and this is what happens when you screw around kite surfing in a tropical storm.

I was once slammed face first into the ground by a giant kite on a not-so-windy day, busting up a pair of sunglasses and more to the point, my nose. So with gale-force winds, this is what happens...

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Seven Deadly Sins...

While we were in Cape Breton, we took in the Murder Mystery at the Fortress of Louisburg. Starting at 7 pm and going until around 10 pm, we visited different buildings within the fortress and observed the period-clad actors playing out their sadistic plot. At the end of the evening, we, along with Louisburg's "inspector" were charged with the task of finding the Murderer (The Baker, for those who care...)

Really good time, although it was pouring and visibility was limited due to the lack of electric lighting. A lantern can only do so much, after all. If you're ever in need of something to do when you're in Louisburg, take it in!!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Iron and Wine Debacle

So as much as I enjoyed our two weeks away, we totally let down our guard. Iron and Wine tickets went on sale in July and we had no idea. They've never come here before, and I'm fairly certain it won't happen again anytime soon. I'm pretty choked about this whole thing, because the tickets are (understandably) completely sold out. The Calgary show is sold out too, so no luck there. Where were you on this one Jill? Jordan? The Dave? I'm so desparate to see this show, I may even go and try to buy a scalpled ticket at a riduculously overpriced fee. We'll see just how desparate I am come October.">

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Stuck in another airport...

Well, my temporary absence from the blogisphere ends today - we're waiting in the Halifax airport to come home. All in all, our trip to Cape Breton was awesome; a bit too short as always, but great nonetheless. I'll be updating my blog for the next few weeks with tales from the east, but for now I'll simply attach a photo of what we're leaving behind. I'll tell you, it's tempting to just move out here for a few years to experience a change of pace...

Friday, August 8, 2008

Stuck in the Airport...

I sit here, in the Kelowna airport, waiting for my delayed flight to NS. It interests me to watch people waiting to go on planes - some of them are clearly freaking on the inside, and some, like myself, can't be bothered. I especially love those who hover around the desk a half hour before boarding time, in hopes of boarding early. Do they think the plane is here? Are they willing to push the elderly, young, and infirmed out of the way to get on first? And if so, do they not realize that the very person they push to the ground may in fact be sitting beside them for the next 7 hours? Curious. Today marks our last day in Kelowna, and it is with sadness that I leave the balmy western coast for the rainy east. However, there's much to look forward to in Cape Breton, and I'm excited to see Darryl's extended family. Stay tuned for more tales from the East....

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Water Water Everywhere!

Well, while our east coast seems to be experiencing some of the worst weather they've seen in years, we're enjoying a balmy 35 degrees Celsius here in Kelowna. And what better to do when it's stinking hot out than go boating? Today we took to the lake on a powerboat and good times were had by all - Ogopogo especially, since he managed to take home Darryl's sunken sunglasses and Jenn's toe ring as trophies of the day.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Kelowna Bound!

Well, we arrived safe and sound in Kelowna yesterday after a brief stop in Revelstoke and at the Enchanted Forest where I stopped for tea with an old friend(pic attached). We got right down to the business of "relaxing" today and went to a goat cheese farm, a winery, and then Mini golfing, where I anhailated the rest of the family. Well, not really. I tied with Darryl, but I didn't lose terribly, so that's something.

Tomorrow I think we're visiting an orchard, another winery :) and who knows what else. Forgive the infrequency of the blogs the next couple weeks, internet access is sketchy.