Just another day…

Oh. Hello.

I got to go out to Maple Ridge today to take photos for Lysa Flower‘s website. We had a great time. We did some portraits and shots of her studio. And we went for pizza at a Maple Ridge locally owned pizza place called, Papa Leo’s Pizza.

Side note: That was the most delicious Cheese Pizza I’ve ever eaten. Just plain, old cheese. Yum.

ANYWAY, as we’re ordering the pizza, the Pizza Man said, “Hey! You’re that lady in the paper. I saw you on the paper at the gym. I remember the glasses.”. HA! Celebrity sighting! And I was there.

Just in case you missed it, Lysa was on the FRONT PAGE of the Maple Ridge Times as she has a quilt in Quiltcon in Pasadena and the show is next week. SO AWESOME! This is a very big deal in the Modern Quilting world. The conference is huge. Very exciting for her and for our guild. We know someone famous now.

I just hope I don’t get all nervous around her now. You know how I get around famous people.

The day ended with many photos of beautiful quilts and cupcakes.

It really doesn’t get any better than that.

Spring in the air

Oscar breathing in the fresh air

We spent a low key long weekend in these past few days – except Mike worked a couple of them.

BORING! But we watched a show all day yesterday and this morning called, The Affair. It’s very intense and has eaten up a good chunk of my, “AWAKE” time. We finished season 1 and must move on to the second season. Immediately.

I went into Vancouver for a meeting today in my interview clothes and it felt like spring. I think I can lose my job interview scarf for the next interview. Spring was definitely in the air.

It was so lovely, I swept off the backyard in bare legs and flip flops! I opened up all the windows to let the freshness in. The kitties were right by the windows as soon as I opened them. The air actually felt warm. What? CRAZY! It’s not even Valentines Day yet!

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Three little, one big.

3 tiny blocks, 1 big one.

I knocked off 3 teeny blocks – that one on the bottom left? WHOA. Those were teeny pieces. I had to cut 1 inch pieces to start with for that block. Yay! Getting them done!

And to get a break from the tiny, squares, I finished up the great big fox from last weekend. He’s an Arctic Fox in a field of strawberries. I haven’t decided yet if I want to put another row of yellow stripes around him, but I just might. This would be a lap size quilt if I go that route. I’ll think about it for a bit before I commit.

In other news, good thing I checked to see what time the Chinese New Year parade starts tomorrow because we’d be a week early if we did show up tomorrow. I could just picture us, standing in the rain, waiting for the Lion Dancers to come, and waiting…that would be sad.

But then I remembered that time the Olympics tried to bump/cancel the Chinese New Year parade in 2010 and the Chinese parade people were all, “HA! The Chinese New Year Parade stops for no one. Not even you, The Olympics!” and The Olympics was all, “Okay. Fine, Chinese New Year Parade, but you have to start at 9 am on Sunday.”. Then the Chinese New Year Parade said, “DEAL!” and high fived The Olympics.

At least that’s how I like to think it happened.

So, yah, Chinese New Year parade is NEXT Sunday at the very civilized hour of 11 am in Chinatown.

Tomorrow? I’ll sleep in a little, finish the laundry, and go see some friends in Burnaby.


Today on Granville Island

Today at Granville Island

Today I ventured out to Granville Island. It poured rain for the majority of the time I was there, and, even though I left at 3:00, I was stuck in rush hour traffic all the way home. STILL! It was a nice visit and I enjoyed some fresh fruit from a far away land (I think it was California) and visited the quilt store. I refrained from purchasing any more fabric, books or patterns, but I was very tempted to buy some shiny, turquoise Italian thread. Somehow I managed to stay strong and didn’t buy it.

I came home and made another 3 inch block with the fabric I do have. At this rate, I won’t need to buy thread or fabric for YEARS!

Our current TV show of choice these days is called, Fresh of the Boat. It’s a show about a Chinese family that move to Orlando and run a steak house. It’s hilarious. It’s full of rap! And two, cute little Asian kids. They are adorable.

AND I cleaned the top of the fridge off. Wow. It was dusty and hairy up there. The cats love laying up there, I think because of the heat. One more thing ready for Chinese New Year. Chinese New Year is next Monday – February 8th. On that day there is no:

– taking out the garbage,
– brooming (vacuuming) or
– washing your hair that day.

I am all over Monday.

Let’s have a proper brew

Yorkshire Tea

We are spoiled for any other tea. I tried to give Mike some dirty old tea I found in our cupboard and was met with strong disapproval. I had to agree with him. After the taste of Yorkshire Tea, crappy cupboard tea was just not tolerable. Happily, the British Store is just up the street from us, so I was able to rectify our tea mini-crisis. Crisis averted. And I had 2 cups today. Delish.

In between all my delicious tea drinking, I sewed up another 3 inches. It’s the first 3 inches I’ve sewn in like 2 weeks. I am pretty far behind in my daily block sewing party.

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Christmas lights are down.

The lights came down today.

It’s February 2nd and I pulled the Christmas lights down today. I have to say we hadn’t turned them on since January 2nd, so that makes it okay. Mike stapled them to the car port and that was a great idea because they hardly required any effort to pull down. They just popped off!

I was thinking we could keep them up until Chinese New Year, but that’s pushing it. Hey! That’s this week! Year of the Monkey coming right up. That reminds me, it’s a long weekend coming up. Yay! Oh wait. I’ve already had the whole week off.

AND, we got mystery mail today.

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Tulips already!

Woohoo! Today I got flowers! YES! And delicious Mexican lunch in New Westminster! My buddy, Viki, took me for lunch to Taqueria Playa Tropical. I will go back there again! I had enchiladas with the green sauce (not the red sauce) and it was SO. GOOD. I don’t think we have to cross the border now to have great Mexican food. This place was great.

The job hunt continues and this is why I don’t really want to blog these days. indeed.ca has become my new Facebook. Yup. I am applying and applying and have a job interview this week, so the hunt continues and that’s all I want to say about that. For now. I think I had better come up with a theme or a word a day thing so I have a nice distraction from the, “today in looking for a job…”. I’ll find some sort of task of the day to do for the next little while. Yah. That will help! I do like to do daily updates, keep using my photo skills and writing stuff. I just need a different focus for the next little while.

Another LEGO advent calendar? HEH. Count down to spring? Hmmm…How many Christmas cards have I sent out? Valentine cards? There’s plenty to do.

I’ll figure out something.

Thinking Cap is on and I’m off to do a google search next!

Sewing animal heads

Fabric Fox Faces

So, that was fun! I picked up my buddy, Cathy, and we headed into Vancouver to sew up some foxy faces at the Croatian Cultural Centre. We rented a room in that very busy venue and were super lucky to have booked the same day as some kind of Lunar New Year celebration. This means there were food vendors right next door, so we grabbed some delicious salad rolls with prawns and peanut sauce and continued on sewing. We never made it to Relish, which is a bummer, but it was POURING rain and YUCK. Who wants to walk in THAT? EW. Nobody. We all had Chinese New Year lunch! And that reminds me, Chinese New Year parade is next week. We’ll be going to the parade this year, I think.

Anyway, I got 1 regular fox (shown above) and 3/4 of a huge fox done today. I’ll show you that one when I’m finished it. I made him white. He’s an Arctic Fox. I really got the hang of this pattern. This is the pattern we used. I didn’t put glasses on my foxes, but some people did and they looked adorable. And more than one person completed her quilt top. That means they made 4 quilt blocks in one class.

I can only wish that one day I can quilt that quickly. However, I’m just super happy that I didn’t cut off any ear tips or nose tips today! YES!

I had another early morning today. I’ve had plenty of early mornings these days. And this morning, I wandered on a beach in Tsawwassen.

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I don’t remember it being this gloomy when I took this photo.

Really. Not that gloomy today!

I was up with the sun this morning. I know. It’s Daylight Savings time, and that means the sun is not up all that early. BUT, I was up at 7 am and I think the sun was up after that. I headed out to Ladner and had a coffee. I think I’ll do the same thing tomorrow morning. It was really nice out there and the eagles were all around me. I could visit the eagles all day. Actually, I can’t really do that. The job search must continue.

Good news on that front – I got my test results back and I can type 57 words per minute and I got 83% on my word test. I know. I shouldn’t be bragging about such mad skillz. But seriously? *FIST PUMP IN THE AIR!*

Today on the Facebook, it reminded me of a quote that I put up 7 years ago. I have no idea what was happening that day to make me put a quote up by Joseph Ford Newton (I had to look him up just now.)

“We were not created to be eaten by anxiety, but to walk erect, free, unafraid in a world where there is work to do, truth to seek, love to give and win.” – SOURCE

I’ll be sure to walk erect tomorrow AND to seek my work to do.

And take more photos, I think.

My new office mates

The boss is watching.

Whoa. I got it. APPLY FOR MORE JOBS! Jeez. Oscar is quite the task master. Well, kitty’s gotta eat!

I had a good day of job searching and a teeny bit of schmoozing. I also ran some errands and cleaned the bathroom. I had dinner ready by 6:30 and we were in our pyjamas watching TV by 7:10. Woohoo! Early birds!

Talk about a Gratitude List. I read somewhere that keeping a Gratitude List keeps you positive in times of change, so I might as well start now while I’m feeling positive to begin with.

Tomorrow will be more of the same. And probably on Friday, too. Wait. Haircut on Friday. Mike and I are going together. Adorable, right? Heather will cut our hair assembly line style.  And then this weekend? I’m taking a quilting class with the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild and we’ll be making this adorable fox quilt block with a bunch of people from that guild. And, I’ll be going for lunch at a place called, Relish. Apparently they serve the best burgers in town. I’ll be the judge of that! Too bad Mike’s going to miss it. He’ll be at work. The burgers, I mean. I don’t think he’d be into sewing foxes.

Hopefully Oscar won’t mind me having a good time on the weekend.