Monday, February 19, 2018

Cold!

That is a lot of cold and snow in the forecast for the next week! After the rainy and somewhat mild winter we've had up to this point, I didn't think it would get like this. I was even contemplating taking the snow tires off my car a couple of weeks ago. I'm glad I didn't now!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day
And yes, it snowed today.
I decided to stay home this morning and work from home for a bit, just in case traffic was really bad from the snow. I had a few deadlines this morning, and it just made sense. Traffic turned out to be not so bad, but I got to sleep in for just a bit. Other than that, Valentine's Day was pretty non-eventful. We both worked, and then watched the Olympics on TV tonight.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Curling?

When the Winter Olympics are on, I usually end up watching curling. Yes, you read that right. Curling. I'm not a huge fan. But it seems that every 4 years about this time, I suddenly become addicted. The new "thing" this year was the mixed doubles. One woman, one man, in a shorter game (only 8 ends instead of 10), and a quicker, faster, more entertaining game than usual. Add in the fact that the Canadian mixed doubles team has only lost one game so far, and are now playing for the gold medal, and I'm totally hooked.
Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris are the Canadian players, and I watched them beat Norway to move up into the Gold Medal game. I can't wait to see that! They are going to play Switzerland for the gold at 3:30am Pacific time on Tuesday morning. Wait? Did I hear that right? Did they say 3:30am? Pacific time? OMG! How am I going to get up at 3:30 and still make it to work in one piece?
I really wanted to watch the game, so I decided I would get up early. Not at 3:30 though. I decided I wouldn't be able to watch the whole game, but instead I would get up in time to catch the last part of the game, and then head off to work. But my great plans didn't work. By the time I crawled out of bed sometime before 5:00am, the game was already over. Canada had won 10 to 3 in only 6 ends. So, I went to work instead.
Despite my disappointment, I'm still excited that they won another Gold medal for Canada! And getting to work early wasn't all that bad - I got a lot done before everyone else showed up.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Shameful Tiki Room

Have you ever been to the Shameful Tiki Room in Vancouver?
If not, you should. No, it's not a great restaurant. But you should check it out, just for the experience. It was very dark, and a little humid inside. My glasses fogged up the minute I walked in, and it took a minute or two to adjust to the very low lighting. And I definitely didn't need my winter sweater on, that's for sure.
The drinks were plentiful, very strong, and definitely the focus of the place. In fact, the drinks menu was 3 times larger than the food menu. Some where "shared" drinks, and some came lit on fire. If you are a non-drinker, perhaps this isn't the place for you.
The food was mediocre. It was good, but the portions were small, and definitely not worth the price.
Overall, it was worth it for the experience, and to say I've been there. The fact that we went with a group of people helped. I couldn't imagine going there for a nice romantic dinner, just the two of us. And I don't think I would go back anytime soon. Unless I was looking to get drunk with a bunch of friends. It's that kind of place.

Friday, February 9, 2018

2018 Winter Olympics

The 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang started today.
I predict that we are going to spend way too much time in the next few weeks watching the coverage on TV!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Book Obsession

I have a problem. I buy books.
I want to read so many of them, but I usually end up buying more than I should. I don't ever pay full price for books - I always get them on sale. And I have a discount card with two of my favourite book stores. So, money is not the problem.
The problem is that I usually buy more than I can comfortably read, and then I find myself trying to get through them all. I end up staying up too late on a work night, because I want to finish just one more chapter. At work, I will stay in at lunchtime to read, instead of getting out and going for a walk. I will read all weekend, instead of doing housework. My house is starting to look like this...
Ok, maybe not that bad. But this year I told myself I wouldn't go to the bookstore as often as I have in the past. I have successfully stayed away and not bought any books since my birthday last year! But today, was the day I caved! I've heard so many good reviews about this one...
... so, I picked it up today because it was on sale!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Wind warning in effect

There is a wind warning in effect right now. It started last night around 9:00 or 10:00 and blew all night. I woke up to lots of branches and pine cones all over the yard, but so far, no major damage anywhere, and the power is still on.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Going to New Orleans

At the end of February, I'm travelling to Louisiana for work. On the first weekend in March, I'm stopping in New Orleans for a few days. I'm staying with 2 of my friends from work (one from Houston, and one from South Carolina). We planned our trip today, and booked our flights and hotels. I can't wait!

Monday, January 15, 2018

The January Blues

Monday, January 15th has been dubbed the Saddest Day of the Year.
As people come down off of the highs of Christmas and New Year's, as kids go back to school, and people settle back into a routine, often with 2 weeks of New Year's resolution wins and/or failures under their belt... well, it seems that this Monday has been awarded the distinction of being the saddest (or most depressing) day of the year.
It's not a surprise in our house. The Christmas decorations are down, and the house is slowly going back to normal. Hubby quit smoking on New Year's Day, and I am (as always) trying to eat healthier. So neither of us are in the best of moods. Everyone at work is either sick with the flu, or in a similar bad mood. So, yup -- the most depressing and/or saddest day of the year, it is!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Resolutions

One of my New Year's Resolutions this year has been to try and eat healthier. And one of the ways I'm achieving that is by tracking all my food in My Fitness Pal (MFP). I created an account many years ago, and have used it off and on.
Last year, my Naturopathic Doctor suggested I keep my sugar consumption under 50g a day, and my carbohydrates under 100g a day (all in the attempt to limit the migraines). And MFP is the perfect tool to track all that kind of stuff. And I thought it would be easy to maintain those levels. Until I started tracking everything I ate. I knew that I eat more sugar than I should (I love honey in my tea!). But cutting out all the junk food did not get me under 50g a day. So, I'm not 100% there yet, but I am doing well -- I've been tracking around 80g of sugar a day which isn't far off.
Carbohydrates are a different story. I love carbs. And while I'm over the 100g a day limit every day, at least I'm choosing better options. Whole wheat bread and quinoa instead of white bread or rice. And if I try, I can usually stay under 200g a day.
What is keeping me motivated though is a blog I found on MFP. I don't know her name, but she writes an interesting blog post about once a week. Look for "The Movie Chair's" blog in the Community section of the MFP website. She's funny and "real" and very motivating as a result.