Monday, 1 September 2014

PNE visit

Summer just wouldn't be complete without a trip to the PNE.
This year we checked out the mini chuck wagon races. Look at 'em go!
And I ate. A lot. Including this rotato! It was more chip-like, not as potato-like as the one at the night market. But still delish.
Noah made me play some games with him. Or rather, pay for him to play games. He won this turtle on the water shooting game and he was so, so, SO happy!
We also went to see my niece Brianna perform with Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance - it's the organization's 20th year anniversary!
Here I am with the superstar.
And this other superstar, my niece Leyna.
I didn't get to do a lot of things, like visit the Game of Thrones exhibit or see Knit Social's yarn bombing display or stay to watch one of the summer nights concerts. I'll see if I can go back for another visit before the end of the fair. Oh summer, where did you go?!

Friday, 29 August 2014

Stay-cation activities: Winery Tour

We went on a field trip out to Langley to visit Backyard Vineyards.
I got the time wrong (d'oh!) so we started with the tasting and the cheese plate first.
Mmm-mmm!
Then we had a little tour of the vineyard.
They grow their red grapes up in the Okanagan, and they white grapes at this location.
They also do sparkling wine! It was very bubbly and fruity. We went home with a nice bottle of gew├╝rztraminer. They have a lot of cool events that they host out there, so I hope to return :)

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Stay-cation activities: Yarn cleanup

Last week my niece Bri came over to help me clean out my yarn stash. This was WAY overdue. Doesn't she look happy?? We pulled out all the bags and boxes of yarn and unfinished projects. This isn't ALL of it, but it's about 90%.
Bri on a phone break. Progress! We can see the floor again!
We packaged most things into project bags and "like" yarn. It's way more organized, that's for sure!
Two bags of yarn to donate, and two bags of clothes to donate (I tackled my closed the day before).
That's one giant vacuum bag full of yarn, and one plastic container of organized supplies and smaller balls of yarn. Feels GREAT to be so organized, let's hope I can stay organized, at least for a little while.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Blue baby knit

I finished this summer project that I had on my needles for a while. It's for my friend who is expecting a baby boy in November!
This is the pattern I used - but I shortened the sleeves.
I made a wee owl too!

Monday, 25 August 2014

Meditation

I'm back to work after a week off! I had a lovely stay-cation and am pretty glad to be back at work to get into the swing of things before the back to school madness begins. I'm feeling fairly calm about it all, thanks in part to this series of meditation classes I have been taking at work. It was a 4-week Learn to Meditate course with Wendy Quan, and it was great! I should be able to lead my own sessions soon, isn't that cool??

One of the things Wendy talked about is walking or moving meditation. She pointed out this labyrinth at UBC, which is very close to my office. I checked it out one day on my lunch break.
Here is the plaque with the instructions. It really was a great experience and a good way to practice mindfulness. I will definitely go back!

Friday, 22 August 2014

A Bit o'Baking

A food post, because I love food! I made some blueberry muffins that were super moist and yummy, because the recipe calls for yogurt and less oil. I used organic blueberries and they were SO sweet and relish!
I also made some date balls. Very simple, just dates, almonds a bit of water, and chocolate chips, all ground up in the food processor. The trick is to chill the "dough" for a half hour or so in the fridge before you roll them into balls. I flattened a bunch to look like cookies and sprinkled cinnamon sugar on them. They're still fairly healthy - I hope.