Sunday, November 29, 2009


Taken from my office on the 35th floor on Friday. The buildings in the front are downtown Vancouver, and the tiny building tops in the background are Burnaby.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Friday Fill-Ins# 152 & NaBloPoMo Apologies

NaBloPoMo? What? Did I sign up for that? Your kidding right?

Ok, so I suck at posting every day for a month. So what? Real life got busy. I am doing a new job at work and had to learn my new position while teaching my old position at the same time. Then to top off all that we are getting a new computer system and are having some computer down time. This meant that I had to be completely on top of all work. A little hard when you are training or being trained. Today was the last day at my old position so I'm glad to leave that part behind, hopefully all will go smoothly with the new one!

Here are some Friday Fill-Ins to make up for my previously lack of posting....

1. Wait! Wait, don't forget to bring your passport if you are one of the lucky/crazy ones going shopping in the states this weekend!

2. My promotion at work followed at once by more stress.

3. The trouble is hopefully far from me.

4. Italy (my dream vacation) is many miles away.

5. With a faint pop the Christmas lights burnt out.

6. Sunday through Thursday has been shadowy and ominous. (and just down right rainy!)

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to doing nothing (maybe watch a movie and knit at home), tomorrow my plans include spending time with my Little Sister and Sunday, I want to visit with my sister and nephew!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

FO: Bamboo Cloth

Pattern: Bamboo Cloth

Yarn: Bernant Handicraft Cotton Ultrasoft - Neptune Ombre

Now I have 3 matching dishclothes to give to my sister for Christmas. :)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

WIP Wednesday: One Row Scarf

Yarn: Moda Dea Tweedle Dee

I've just cast this one on so not much to show so far. The scarf will be knit on friday nights at the craft night at church. The scarf will be given to the youth who will give it away to someone downtown who probably needs it more than me. Even though I kinda like the fact that the yarn is supposed to have a shaded effect. If it turns out well I may want to make another one just for me!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Friday Fave Five

Every week Susanne from Living to Tell hosts Friday Fave Five. A time to be thankful for the good things of the week. To join go here.

1) I got promoted: A lady is leaving my work and I get to take over her job. I started with the company 3 months ago and currently do a bit of accounts payable and lots of accounts receivable. In 2 weeks I'll be doing straight accounts payable. I like AP much more than AR so this arrangement works well for me. Plus it comes with a pay raise!

2) Butter Chicken: My co-worker gave me a bite of the butter chicken she bought from the store just down the road. Yum! It tasted delicious! I will have to go buy myself some in the near future.

3) Online TV: Ok, confession time. I am a TV addict. I fully admit it. *hangs head in shame* Now if I am out and miss a favourite show I can watch it online.

4) Bible Study on Thursday night: This past Thursday we had a guest leader in our bible study. He was a great leader. Clear and interesting speaking voice, but more importantly he had a passion for his faith that spead to me. Our study was on Romans 14:1-12.

5) Meeting new people: Expecially guys that you like. :)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Nelson Mandela
1994 Inaugural Speech

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to?

You are a child of God.

Your playing small doesn't serve the world.

There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.

It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


In Flanders Fields

By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

For some interesting information about the author Lieutenant Colonel John McCrea and the story of how the poem came to be click here. (scroll past the poem)

I'd encourage you to read the poem out loud. Often things mean more and are remembered more when we hear and see them at the same time.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Teaser Tuesdays: The Kite Runner

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser:

"The tension in the air was a taunt as the glass string I was tugging with my bloody hands. People were stomping their feet, clapping. whistling, chanting "Boboresh! Boboresh!' Cut him! Cut him."


The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Monday, November 9, 2009

Group Project: The Oddball Blanket

I cannot claim that I knit all of this blanket. It's being knit by a bunch of people from my Monday Night Knitting Group. The pattern is found here. The yarn is all from the stash of one our memebers. So far I'm the third person to knit on the blanket. I've done the (small) peach section at the top. (What? You can hardly see it? Give me a break I just started!) When the blanket is complete it will be donated to some charity - I'm not sure which one yet.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Friday Fill-Ins # 149

1. Plans and schedules tend to change often .

2. I'm happy when things go my way .

3. The last thing I drank was water .

4. One of the most valuable things in my life is my family .

5. I like ham and pineapple on my pizza.

6. Dear November, please don't be affended that I don't like you. It's just to grey and wet during your month. I am much more of a summer person.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to learning about weaving, tomorrow my plans include seeing my Little Sister and Sunday, I want to go to the Ronsons shoe sale!

Hosted by Janet. To join go here.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

FO: Baktus Scarf

Yarn: Cherrry Tree Hill "Northern Lights"

Finished: Maybe last month? I can't really remember I just remember I didn't have my laptop yet.

Hints: If you make it make sure you knit alot of increases. I wish mine was just a bit bigger.

A better picture? Sure. :)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Book Review: Knit the Season by Kate Jacobs

Last month I had a marketer contact me to see if I would be interested in reading and reviewing Kate Jacob's new book Knit the Season. After reading the first 2 books in the series of course I said yes!

Knit the Season starts about a year after the last book in the series Knit Two, and follows all the characters through the next stage of their lifes. There are new relationships, career moves, and big trips to follow. Plus more of one of my favourite characters, Gran. If you liked the first two books in the series then you're sure to enjoy this book as well.

It did seem that knitting took a bit more of a back seat in this book. However, instead there were some really interesting flash backs to when Gorgia was growing up, and had first arrived in New York.

Knit the Season hit bookstores yesterday, but you can check out chapter one here. Or for more information on Kate Jacobs and her other books check out her website.

**Plus like the rest of Kate's books there are a bunch of recipes and patterns at the back of the book. Dakota's Thanksgiving Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins sound really good to me!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Lets go for a walk....

With the sunny weather we had on Sunday I decided to go for a walk and take my camera along with me.

Destination: Garry Point Park in Richmond, BC

Make sure you take some good tunes with you!

I parked along the road one block away to make sure I got some exercise!

Looks like I'm not the only one who though today was a good day to get outside. This trail is called the dyke and goes almost all the way around Richmond, which is an island.

Here's Garry Point Park, where you will almost always find a kite or two. It's not too windy today so there's not too many kites.

This is why I like the park, the beach. Its high tide today though so not much beach.

At the begining of the park you can buy coffee, ice-cream, or fish and chips. Store hours dependant on season. Looks like fall/winter hours have already started 'cause it mostly closed. I'm not stopping but continuing on to Steveston village.

Steveston Village is where Richmond first began, and it still holds some historic buildings. The Gulf of Georgia Cannery used to process fish, but now its a small maritime museum.

You're sure to see fishing boats when you come to Steveston!

Down on the docks you can buy straight from the boat! There's salmon, tuna, salmon row....

...and my favourite shirmp!

I passed this store on my way out of Steveston and couldn't pass by without checking out the yarn inside.

I headed home after this but had to snap one last picture as I passed through Garry Point park again.

Thanks for joining me!

Sunday, November 1, 2009


The Challenge: Post everyday for 30 days for the month of November.

And boy will it be a challenge! Even if I don't post everyday I will make an effort to post more often than normal.

Want to join in? Go here.

Wish me luck!