15 Things I learned in 2014

Motherhood is the most difficult thing I've ever done. There is no possible way to fully prepare for the worry, fear, joy, pain and love that consumes the heart. No matter what you think it will be like, you will be wrong, and it's not a bad thing.

What NaNoWriMo is teaching me about balance

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) started just over 4 days ago. While I feel like I'm not doing too badly with my word count, I know from last year's attempt that it takes very little to lose the contest by not having enough words at the end of the month. Last year I was a newlywed, …

The Paperboy at TIFF: A First Experience

On Friday, September 14, I got to attend the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), something I've wanted to do for years. My husband received tickets from his coworker, who couldn't attend the premier screening of The Paperboy. We jumped at the chance to see a screening at the Elgin Theatre. I thought I was prepared …

Hiatus

Thank you to those reading my blog. I've heard that "we can have it all, just not all at once" and I'm learning how true that is. My dreams are in competition, and the blogs are 1 item I can let go of while I try to re-balance my life. Because work is transitioning to …

Update: Merged Blogs

All, Since I haven't done any reviews lately for My Quirky Reading Room, I've decided to merge it with My Quirky City. I hope any of you reading it don't mind, this is the first in a few blog moves. I will be posting a review of Sabrina Furminger's book the Healer here soon, so …

FIFA World Cup Qualifier: Canada vs St. Kitts

Tuesday, my husband, brother and I took in a game at BMO stadium at the CNE grounds in Toronto. Canada played against St. Kitts and Nevis, and had a distinctly home ice advantage. I should say home field advantage, but with dropping temperatures and increasing moisture both teams slid all over the place. It was …

Delay

I've been ridiculously busy for the last month, and will be for the next month as my life shifts completely. I promise to have new content in November. Thank you for your patience.

My Favorite Places in Vancouver

I may have moved to Toronto, Ontario, but I've been thinking about my Vancouver. As I watched the riot destruction of the city I called home for almost 4 years, the scenes made me cry because my all the familiar buildings on my walk to work were destroyed. I'm so happy people came to help …

Apologies

Life has been in turmoil for the past little while, and my reasons for lack of posting had to do primarily with studying for my NCARB ARE exams to get my licence with the AIBC. I have one more (out of 7) to do - provided I passed my structures last week.Hopefully some new posts …

Vancouver Fitness Day

Yesterday as I waited to meet up with my friend Sylvie for lunch I watched some demonstrations for Fitness Day on Granville near Robson. My favorite was the Skippers from Jump Rope for Heart from the Heart and Stroke Foundation who put on a spectacular demonstration, and even got the audience participating and learning how to …

Chiliwack Mennonite Choir

http://www.youtube.com/get_playerAs I was out running errands in between chores and studying I saw some dressed up Mennonites in a parking lot prepping for something. I wanted to stop and chat them up, since I saw a sign on the vehicle they arrived in that said "Chilliwack Mennonite Choir." I was curious to know when and …

All in Together: Hulahoop Contests

Its the kind of weather that has our office windows open, with the heat and air conditioning off. From below our office drifts up the occasional "Woo!" Screams of joy and fun in unison that occur every couple of minutes. Curious I ventured over to the window of my office, and witnessed in all its glory: …

My Olympic Experience – Video/Picture Version

It was a blast.  Here's my photo/vid experience highlights.  I might have some thoughts I'll put down later.  In the meantime...GO CANADA GO!!!!Random Hockey Game (Red vs. White):http://www.youtube.com/get_playerGranville Street:http://www.youtube.com/get_playerRobson Square:http://www.youtube.com/get_player

Its Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

I love christmas, especially around the area I live in downtown. Vancouver can be really depressing this time of year, and it seems like we've had nothing but downpours for the last 2 weeks.  The rain we've gotten isn't breaking records, but it is above normal. Since the weather today was so fabulous (thank you …

Sky Dancing

This post is a bit delayed, I really wish I'd known about it ahead of time. I saw this "rehearsal" on the way to a friends place on Monday October 5th. I think its pretty darn amazing. The director was lying down on the ground with a megaphone shouting directions at the aerial acrobats, and …