Thursday, April 3, 2014

What to Wear: accessorized

I love accessorizing! There is nothing better than putting together the perfect outfit with the perfect scarf, earrings, tights and belt. So today I thought I would highlight some of my favourites of those items. The ones that manage to make it into my wardrobe time and time again.

Let's start with earrings, shall we!?




I adore wooden earrings. I have been collecting them for years and I find myself reaching for them more than any other accessory. The ones pictured in the middle are a pair that I have owned for six or so years, and they are probably my most worn accessory.

Ah tights! I love that colourful tights are an acceptable accessory these days. The days before colourful tights were gloomy ones. For me, there is nothing better than picking out a dress or skirt and then searching through my collection of tights for the perfect pair to wear. I especially love those red ones. They're just so rich! They're the perfect colour for fall.


I am also a huge fan of scarves. I own about 25. They are unruly and take up a whole heck of a lot of space, but I love them. No outfit is complete without a scarf, whether it's dangling from your purse or your neck, it's a must.

 
Finally, I would be remiss if I didn't mention this amazing belt. I wear this belt ALL the freaking time. I bought it here in Jasper at the same time I bought the floral dress and since then it has become a staple feature in my wardrobe. I hardly go anywhere without it. I even make it a priority to wear it when I go thrift shopping, so I can see how everything looks with a belt!

How do you accessorize? Do you have go-to items that make it into your outfits time and time again?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Jasper Pride Weekend


Last weekend, Jasper was taken over by rainbows for the fifth annual Jasper Pride Weekend. This year was by far the best one yet. I feel like I can say that with authority since I've attended the last three. Yeah, I guess you could say I'm a champion for this event. I bloody adore it. I get to take photos of the best drag show you'll ever see. I get to mix and mingle with the community and folks who travel in from the surrounding area. I get to dance to the best tunes! And I'm given an excuse to get into costume.

This year the theme was "jungle fun" and Ian immediately came up with the brilliant idea of dressing as a carpenter ant. That guy is just so darn clever... actually, he might be too clever for his own good. Most of the night he received confused stares and comments. No one got it! My costume, on the other hand, was a huge hit. After some thought and a few dreams of dressing as a monkey, I decided to dress as a plant and by the end of the night, I had decided that I was more than a plant, I was the entire jungle!


Well, anyway, here are a few snaps from the drag show! Enjoy.



Thursday, March 20, 2014

What to Wear: favourite caridgan


If you've been following my outfits for awhile, you should know by now that this orange cardigan is by far my favourite. I wear it with everything. Half the time I don't even care if it matches. I just want it on my body at all times. It's super soft. It's bright and cheerful and it has the perfect fit. I truly love everything about it. I'll admit, since I got my yellow cardigan, I have been wearing this one less, but it is still in regular rotation.


Do you have a favourite cardigan? Then why not share it with us and link up below. Wed' love to see it. If you can't make it to this week's What to Wear, you can always join us next time. On April 3, it's What to Wear: accessorized. See you then!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

We know how to party


Who says getting old has to be boring and depressing? In my book, a birthday is something to celebrate, whether you're turning 27 or 62. And a celebration isn't complete without your pals, good food, good drinks and some silly costumes, preferably with moustaches.

Two of my friends celebrated their birthday's last week. They're the two smooshed in the middle of the photo: Sam and Mishelle, and I was tasked with throwing the party. Mishelle had said she wanted it to be just like a kid's party, with loot bags, plastic table clothes, streamers, hats and the whole bit. So, of course, I took that request to heart and had a little fun. And the result was a super fun party that included costume changes! (These photos were taken early on, but once our friend Julie-Anne arrived, dragging with her a tickle trunks worth of goodies, things got even more nutty, with wigs and vests and hats and other silly things rotating their way from one guest to the next.)


What's your ideal birthday celebration? 
I know that Amanada over at Little Lady Little City had a pretty amazing one recently! She went rollerskating with her pals. It looked super fun.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Project Life: January

Well hey there, pals. Welcome back to the world according to my Project Life binder. Here for you today are images from the first few weeks of the year. The week of January 8th was a quiet one. I found myself sick on the couch, attempting to work, but not accomplishing much. I also found myself sick and in bed, accomplishing even less than I managed on the couch. Otherwise, there was a ton of snow. Like, holy man, a TON! So much, in fact, that one morning, well before the snowplows had made it onto any of the secondary streets in town, I found myself trudging through calf deep snow on my way to an interview. Ick!

The week of January 12th was ever so slightly more eventful. After being sick, I was finally feeling hungry again, so I was gobbling up a bit of everything, like snack plates and HOMEMADE Vietnamese food. Om nom nom. I also received my 2014 Project Life goodies in the mail... although at that point I hadn't even finished 2013.


In mid-January, the Jasper in January event began, which meant events galore, both for pleasure and for work. There was Winterstruck at Pyramid Lake, where I finally went on a horse-drawn sleigh; there was the Loud and Proud drag show at the Whistle Stop; and a canyon crawl at Maligne Canyon. Busy! Oh, and at this point, I'm still not drinking. Remember? I took a vow of sobriety for the month of January.

The week of January 20, there were a bunch more festival events, like the annual street party and fireworks, and the chili cook-off. This is also the time when my friend Katherine came to visit, so there are plenty of amazing memories.

This spread includes a ski adventure, ice climbing adventure and an evening with Stuart McLean, all of which happened while Katherine was visiting. Seriously, this was the best. I still get giddy thinking about meeting Stuart McLean and interviewing him. That will certainly go down in history as one of the coolest experiences EVER.

Well, that takes us through most of January. I have one more half spread for January 31, the day I finally got to drink a beer! I'll show that off soon, along with a few spreads from February. I'm still truckin' my way through the month, so I'll wait until the spreads are all done and then do another mass posting. Stay tuned!

Friday, March 14, 2014

"Things I don't understand" makes a comeback

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If you've been hanging around these parts for awhile, you might recall this little series of mine. It's something I created in order to deal with the frustrations and "are you effing kidding moments" that happen every day. Although I haven't written one in awhile, that's not to say those moments and frustrations have ceased to exist. In fact, they have been alive and well. So, here for you today, are a few of the things that have recently had me shaking my head in total confusion.

Things I don't understand...



1. People who each and every day feel the need to spam my social media feeds with photos of their children. Even worse than that, people who then write a status update as their children. Tell me you've seen this! "I had the best time with Grandma today! Thanks for the bath and the cuddles. I love you!" Um, excuse me, but I'm pretty sure that three-month-old has never spoken a word in its life and I'm almost certain it hasn't figured out how to type. So, seriously, parents, quit it. Just cut it right the hell out. Now, to be fair, I am honestly stoked for all of my friends with babies—(and I thank Mother Nature every day that I'm not one of you)—but after the fifth photo of the day, I lose my enthusiasm and I just get downright annoyed. I know you think I do, but I really don't need to be right there with you through each and every outfit change. One photo a day would suffice. Please, just take as many pictures as you like and then, at the end of the day—preferably when I'm already in bed—post your favourite. If I saw one a day, I'm sure I could muster up the finger power it takes to "like" your photo or even comment. But when you take it to the next level and force me to see your child every hour on the hour—yes, I'm on Facebook that often... but this isn't about me!—I will lose interest and I will become annoyed and I'll start thinking "are you fucking kidding me" and then I'll end up ranting and raving about you on my blog. Do you really want that? Do you?

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2. I don't understand what goes through a person's mind when they stop you on the street, realize you've just been to the dentist, see that you're drooling all of yourself and and then, rather than saying, "Oh, there, there, sweetie. You go home and rest." they proceed with the conversation. This seriously happened to me a little while back. I was a frozen mess, I was in pain, I was hiding behind a massive scarf and I was power walking back to my office to pick up my things and go home. But, before I could get there, a lovely community member stopped me and asked, "Are you in a rush?" Unable to speak, I gestured to my face and, without a doubt, she picked up what I was putting down. She even gave me a sympathetic head tilt. But, then, rather than letting me go on my way, she carried on for the next 10 minutes! Like, what the hell, bro? Put the shoe on the other foot for just a second, would you? If you had bloody droll dripping down your chin and you were stopped in the middle of downtown Jasper for a chat—but you can't talk because the gauze in your mouth is so monstrous—would you want to listen to someone else yammer on and on? I think not! So, please, next time, back the hell off and let me go home to my popsicles and Project Runway. I promise to do you the same courtesy if I ever catch you in such a predicament.

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3. How could a plane just disappear. Like, poof! Now you see it, now you don't styles. It just doesn't make sense. Considering the amount of technology we have these days, shouldn't we have some sort of doohickey to tell us where this massive projectile ended up? I'm seriously so baffled by this story. I don't understand how we don't have a GPS system or SOMETHING. And, how, in that small piece of water have we not found a single piece of the plane? Where the hell did it go? I need to know! The suspense is killing me!

What's been making you say "WTF" lately? I'd love to know.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Succulent sequel: the loss of a plant


It's been a rough winter for some of our beloved succulents. It seems the chilliest months of the year didn't provide enough sunlight or heat to keep our sun soaking, heat loving pals going. So, today, with a heavy heart, I mourn the loss of Baby Toes. When we brought him home from the grocery store last summer, he was a sad little plant, with just a few toes sprouting out of a tiny plastic pot. But over the summer, as we neglected him, left him in the sun and watered him once in a blue moon, he thrived, growing toe after toe after toe. Then the cold came and the days grew shorter, and ol' Baby Toes was sucked dry, and now all that remains of him are his dried out limbs, spread out flat on a pile of crusty dirt. 



As for the others, some continue to thrive—specifically our cacti—while others are struggling for their lives. But, all is not lost. There is still hope! The sun has returned and the days are growing ever longer. So, each day I will watch and wait, and hope and pray, for our saddest of succulents, who need all the warmth and sunlight they can get. Oh! And I'll also open the blinds, 'cause I hear that helps.

Did your plants survive the long, harsh winter?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

For the love of tea

Lately I've been thinking: It seems to me, the way Ian feels about his collection of pipe tobacco is about the same as I feel about my collection of tea. Like him, I love basking in the glory of each and every tin and box, and picking the perfect flavour for the occasion. Really, there's nothing quite like moseying up to my desk or my cupboard to peruse each and every flavour, before landing on the perfect one. When Ian's ready for a smoke, he's much the same. He ventures into his office, selects the perfect pipe (he has about 20 at this point) and then he takes a gander at his mason jar-lined shelf, searching for the perfect fit. We both love having options.

At work each morning, I'll ask myself, "What shall I drink today? Will it be pumpkin chai, chai rooibos, Tekarra evening, coffee cake, or perhaps alpine punch?" I keep nearly all of my tea at work, as that's where I do most of my steeping and sipping. But, I also have a small stash of my favourites tucked in the cupboard. Of course that stash includes the red velvet cake black tea from David's Tea, and it also has lemon ginger from a local shop in Jasper, as well as some straight up rooibos. Yum.

Usually I'm a pretty heavy coffee drinker. But as of late, I find myself reaching for my tea ball and some loose leaf goodness far more often than I reach for the coffee pot. I'm not sure when or why or what made the change, but I'm enjoying all of my flavour options these days.

What's making its way into your morning cup these days? Any flavours I need to explore?

UPDATE: Caitlin just posted this video in the comments and I feel it is necessary to include it in this post. It is far too perfect and far too hilarious to leave hiding down there. So, enjoy! And, thanks Caitlin. Like seriously, this is amazeballs.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

What to Wear: 100% thrifted

Friends, I failed. When I set up this prompt, I thought to myself, "no problem, my closet is CHOCK FULL of thrifted finds." But I forgot about one important staple in every outfit: shoes! You see, I can hardly ever find shoes in thrift stores. The truth is I have unfortunately shaped feet. I wear a size five in length, but kids shoes are just WAY too narrow for my fat feet and you rarely find a pair of five wide in a shoe store let alone a thrift shop. So, please forgive the footwear today. I promise you I have tried to find shoes in thrift shops and I assure you the only wide shoes I've found are made for grandmas—velcro and all!

In other news, the rest of my outfit—including accessories—is from Value Village. In fact, I bought each and every item when I was in Edmonton last month. Did you know that city has multiple VVs? It's amazing. I always hit at least one while I'm there, but this time, I managed to rummage through two (and a Goodwill!).

I am in love with this top and I love it even more combined with this gorgeous cardigan. Isn't the colour divine? I seriously can't get enough of it.

So there you have it: my 90% thrifted outfit. I hope the other ladies did better than me. I can't wait to see what they've put together. And, if you-out-there—hi!—have a thrifted outfit to share, please link-up, we'd love to see it. And if not, we'll see you back here on March 20 when we show off our favourite cardigans.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

February in photos

1. One night I came home after a LONG day and all I wanted was a creamy bowl of Kraft Dinner. But, as I was making it, I managed to destroy the cheese packet, sending orange powder flying around my kitchen, onto the stove and the floor and all over me. Ian felt the need to document the moment. This is what you get.

2. A couple of weeks ago we went for a road trip to Edmonton specifically to stock up at an Asian grocery store. On our adventure, we discovered Lucky 99, which is basically like an Asian super store! We walked out that place with bags and bags of fish sauce. Score.

3. I finally restocked on soap from The Hive Botanicals this month and I'm just loving the smell of the Wilderness Adventure soap. I leave the shower smelling outdoor fresh. Yum!

4. On Sunday night, while I was chilling out on the couch, my neighbour popped by with dessert: vanilla cupcakes with orange chocolate icing. Omnomnom!

5. While I was in Edmonton, I visited the lovely Lisa and we rocked out to some Papa Don't Preach. I love me some 80s Madonna, like whoa.

6. On treat yo'self day, I hit up the secondhand shop in town and found five new records, including a new Billy Joel album and the best of Bob Dylan 1 and 2!!

7. The month, although mostly sunny and warm, had a few cold snaps that sent me running for my parka and thickest accessories.

8. This mural was on a building across the street from our friend's place in Edmonton. I absolutely love the colours and the cityscape. So beautiful.

How did February treat you?

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Help a sister out!

If you were given the opportunity to speak to a group of young girls about how to use social media in a positive and safe way, what would you say? I'm not asking out of pure curiousity. I'm actually asking because I need your help. You see, I've been asked to be the keynote speaker at a girls' empowerment conference in May, and they've asked that I talk to the girls about my approach to social media, whether that be for my job or my personal life or my blog.

So, I thought, who better to ask for advice than the social media experts out there. 
So tell me, ladies, what would you say? What advice would you give?

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Two-year blanket


Two years ago I pulled out a ball of wool and a crochet hook with the intention of whipping up a blanket to bring to festivals. Well, two years later, it's finally finished. Now, to be fair, I didn't work on it on the regular. I probably finished a quarter of it and then put it down for a year, picked it up for another week and then put it down again and then finally I decided enough was enough and got it finished last night.

I'm so pleased with the outcome. The colours are so bright and cheerful and it's the perfect size for curling up on the couch for a cozy night in. Although I'd love to keep this beauty, I've decided to give it to my girlfriend who just moved into a new retro house that could totally use a crocheted granny blanket for its 70s couch. It only seems fair to fill the void. Plus, is there a better housewarming gift than a handmade blankie? I think not!

Have you ever crocheted a blanket?
Now that I've done one, I'm inspired to make another for myself. 
My couch could definitely use one, as well. Now the question is: what wool to use?

Monday, February 24, 2014

Project Life 2014




Well we're two months into 2014 and already my Project Life binder is a month behind. BUT, that's OK, because I have new and improved approach to this project that will ensure I am always a month behind. You see, I found myself getting discouraged last year because I wasn't able to get my photos printed regularly enough to keep up. So instead of stressing over it, I'm waiting until the end of each month to print all the photos for those spreads. Once they arrive in my mailbox, I spend a few evenings putting all of my spreads together for the month and then I, yet again, wait for the new month to end, so I can repeat the process.
So far this method is working for me and I'm hoping I'll keep it up all year.

Pictured above is my title page. It's still a work in progress, but I'm happy with the start. To finish it off, I plan on filling in a few details on the bottom right once the year is up and I also hope to take an awesome photo of Ian and I to replace the old one on the top right.


For my opening spread, I decided I wanted to share my intentions for the year. In January I doodled up a list of things I want to do and ways I want to live my life this year and I thought there was no better place to keep those intentions than in my binder. Originally, I had put my doodle in the book, but I didn't like how that turned out, so I grabbed some journaling cards for a do-over. I'm happy with the result and I hope that having my intentions in my book will keep me true to them all year long. The other side of the spread is the beginning of 2014. It talks about my goal to stay sober for 30 days and our New Year's Eve repeat party.

I have completed spreads up to the end of January and am getting ready to send in my order for February so I can get cracking on those spreads. I'll be sure to share some more in the near future, so you can see how everything is shaping up in 2014.

How's your binder coming along?

Friday, February 21, 2014

Project Life swap



Last month Lisa of the Not Ladylike variety organized a supply swap with a bunch of Project Lifers, and, of course, I jumped at the opportunity to not only put together a package of goodies for a fellow memory keeper, but to receive one myself.

Marci from Like a Small Fire put together the above parcel for me. (If you don't know that girl, you really need to head over to her blog—she's full of hilarity and adorable outfits.) When it arrived on Wednesday, I was super stoked to open my fancy stripped envelope and I was even more excited when I found a bunch of goodies that I otherwise would've never found! My favourite items were magazine clippings and homemade stickers. Marci also included some blank labels for me to turn into my very own stickers. Such a great idea!!



My swap partner was Elyse of Life Without Lemons. Above is one of the photos she took of her supply haul. I had so much fun going through my things and picking out the perfect items for her. It was even more exciting when she posted about it and gushed about being super happy with her new swag.

After the success of this swap, I definitely think another is in order. Maybe not this month or next, but definitely in the not-so-distant future. (Hint, hint, Lisa!!)

Thanks so much to Lisa for organizing the swap and to Marci for sending me such a wonderful package. This has been super-duper fun! (And, Marci, I got down to work last night and managed to use some of my new goodies. So, keep your eyes out for a PL post in the near future, you might just see some familiar accents making an appearance.)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

What to Wear: pop of colour


I love colour. I love it so much that this outfit was nearly impossible to put together. You see, it's rare that I just have ONE pop of colour in an outfit. Usually I'm swimming in it. I love putting bright colours together, no matter the season or the weather, because I always feel like a million bucks when I look like a painters palette, just smeared with beautiful shades of reds, greens, blues, yellows and purples. But for this ol' outfit, I reined myself in and went with just one POP!


From head to toe:
Earrings: Etsy
Glasses: Firmoo
Cardigan: Value Village
Shirt: Value Village
Belt: Ardenes
Pants: Value Village
 Shoes: Value Village

So there you have it, a single pop of colour! Do you have an outfit that features such a pop? Why not link up with us then? We'd love to see what you're wearing. And if you can't make it this week, be sure to join us on March 6 when we post What to Wear: 100% thrifted. See you then!


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Treat yo'self to Lego


On Feb. 7, for no apparent reason, Ian declared it "Treat Yo'Self Day." To start it off, he texted me while I was at work and asked if I would join him for lunch and a trip to the toy store to purchase Lego, and, of course, I said "HECK YES!" (Lego and deli sandwiches equal a very happy Nicole.) So, off we went. We ate our favourite sandwiches and then perused the Lego, debating back and forth over which kits to buy. Being the mountain adventurer that I am, I chose the Mountain Cabin Creator kit, while Ian picked one from the Lego movie. The day continued on with many more treats, including some new records from the secondhand shop in town and a delicious meal at one of my favourite restaurants in town. Oh! And it was also my second night of drinking since my 30-day sobriety. Yup, lots and lots of wonderful treats.


Because my life is so nutty busy, it wasn't until two days later that Ian and I sat down and Lego-ed it up. We spent the entire afternoon together, hanging out in the living room, listening to our new records and building our kits. I know this will sound crazy, but, this was my first ever kit. We had a boatload of Lego growing up, but we never received kits, so I have never built something from an instruction book. I gotta say, it was awesome! And I'm super stoked with my cabin, which, by the way, has an awesome fireplace and steer head mantlepiece.

Have you ever declared Treat Yo'Self Day? If not, I highly recommend it. And I definitely recommend you include Lego. It's the bomb!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Natural high!


I know, I know. I posted about ice climbing, like, just the other day. BUT! When I posted, I hadn't yet been triumphant. I had only made it 20 of the 30 metres up Tangle Falls. And now, after my latest adventure, I can report that I finally made it to the top. It wasn't easy getting there, no siree. I was a big ol' chicken-shit. I climbed halfway up, yet again, and then freaked myself out and psyched myself out and made myself believe I'd never make it to the top. But, before I could let that become a reality, my pal Melissa—who is uber afraid of heights—powered to the top and she came down beaming with achievement and pride. After seeing that and after receiving a few words of encouragement from her, off I went, straight to the FREAKING top!

Once there, I whipped out my phone for a selfie. But I wasn't quite composed enough to take one, as I was having a wee bit of a mental breakdown at just how high I was. Now, 30 metres might not sound that high, but when you consider that's 100 feet, you might change your tune. Yah. That's high, dude. HIGH!

Luckily for me, our guide for the day—Deryl—happened to climb up at the same time and surprise me at the top. So, as I was hyperventilating, his smiling face appeared and caught me in the act. Not embarrassing at all. Not one little bit. He claims he didn't notice. Isn't he a peach? Anyway, he took the above photo of me and then off I went, back down the falls.

When I reached the bottom, I was equally as triumphant as Melissa and all I wanted to do was hug EVERYONE! Yay. Seriously, it felt amazing to get there.

Two days later, I still feel it. Well, sort of—I feel the pain of the accomplishment. My shoulders scream with aches every time I raise my arms. It's worth it, though. I mean, I CLIMBED A FREAKING WATERFALL!

Friday, February 7, 2014

RIP Mr. Saw-Whet


When we arrived at work on Wednesday, we were met with a sad surprise: a dead Northern saw-whet owl outside our office door. Living in a national park, we knew we shouldn't just "dispose" of it, so instead we put him in a little box and I carted him over to my friend Elliot, who works for Parks Canada. After a quick flip through a bird book, he guessed that it was a pygmy and later confirmed it with a wildlife specialist.

Because Mr. Saw-Whet is in such good shape, Parks is now going to mount him for use in its interpretive programs. As Elliot said, I guess all isn't lost.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

What to Wear: on Valentine's Day


Who cares what I'm wearing, check out my date's outfit—now that's something to talk about!

It's downright chilly here in Jasper. No exaggerating, it's the kind of cold that freezes your nostril hair—or, in the case of my date, causes your genitalia to disappear.

With these freezing temperatures rolling in, chances are I'll be spending Valentine's Day in a parka of some sort. This one is particularly lovely. I bought it at the church thrift shop in Jasper for $5—despite the fact that it's probably worth a couple hundred or more. It's made out of felt and has a fox fur hood. On days when the temperature dips below -30 C, I find myself reaching for this little beauty, along with a thick scarf and a crocheted headband to protect me from the cold.

Ian and I aren't into Valentine's Day—I won't bore you with the details, as I'm sure you've heard all the reasons before—so we're not planning an extravagant date or event to mark the occassion. BUT, I do have something amazing to look forward to that day.

I'll be spending it in the backcountry on the back of a snowmobile!!! The adventure is for both work and play and I CANNOT WAIT. I'll probably trade in the above parka for my Canada Goose to make sure I'm fully equipped for a day out in the elements. But, either way, I'll be wearing the same Sorel boots, with the addition of some Smart Wool socks, three layers of tights and a pair of snow pants.

Well, that's what I'll be wearing on Valentine's Day. Do you know what you'll be wearing? Why not link up with us, so we can check out your V-Day outfit? If you can't make it this time, join us Feb. 20 for What to Wear: pop of colour. See you then!


What's your Valentine's Day plan?

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Snowshoeing up Bald Hills


When I woke up to my alarm on Sunday, I was dreading getting out of bed. Although I had been excitedly planning that day's snowshoe adventure for a week, on the morning of, I was anything but thrilled to be forced from my warm bed and out into the elements. But, knowing I couldn't let Mishelle down, I dragged myself from my cozy nest and threw on every imaginable layer in my wardrobe, preparing myself for a cold day trudging through the snow to the top of Bald Hills.


Bald Hills is a steep hike up to an amazing overlook of Maligne Lake. You start out climbing up a fire road and then find yourself above the treeline, making your way up to the summit. The second half of the adventure is definitely the most difficult, but the reward is the above view and the opportunity to slide down the treeless slopes on you butt. Awesome!



By the time we finished our five hour adventure, I was mighty frosty from heavily breathing all over my hair! I guess now I know what I'll look like when I'm old and grey!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Life in Pictures


1. So Famoso Pizzeria has this Twitter contest going where you put your ID behind a famous painting, take a photo and then tweet it, and Ian decided to take the contest to the next level by creating his own face hole...

2. My girl Katherine came to visit and, of course, while she was here, she was subjected to a year of my life in the form of my 2013 Project Life binder.

3. Ian and I LOVE Vietnamese food, but there is nowhere to get it in Jasper. So, rather than continuing to complain, we decided to make our own. Pictured are our homemade spring rolls, as well as vermaccelli noodles with lettuce, carrots, cucumber, chicken, peanuts and fish sauce. We did good!

4. A couple weekends ago, I found myself wearing inappropriate footwear while trudging through snow to see some fireworks. This led to my friends carrying me to a hard-packed spot in the snow. But, not before they could drop me and leave me stumbling around in laughter.

5. When Ian's not home my go-to meal is always a snack plate. This one was particularly delicious, between the orange and the brie cheese, it was absolutely delightful.

6. Before heading into an event to take photos a couple weeks ago, Ian and I tested out our lighting set up in a hallway in the community hall. I was fortunate enough to be the model and the light stand holder. Let's just say, between my facial expressions and the massive umbrella on a stand, we got some stares.

7. As you already know, Ian makes the most amazing pretzels. Here's more proof.

8. I finally made it up to the ski hill last weekend and lucked out with super warm weather. What a great way to start my ski season.

9. Two weeks ago, I went to see Stuart McLean for a taping of The Vinyl Cafe. It was a night that I'll never forget. He is truly the best storyteller in the world, and he's also a nice guy... and I can say that from experience! I MET HIM! Life made.

So that's what's up with me. What's up with you?