You’re simply the best!

by Carol Browne on May 23, 2015 · 0 comments

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Yellow rosebud in our garden

Whoa. I’d better lay off the filters on the photos for awhile. I’ve done 3 in a row. What can I say? Sometimes I just get carried away.

The roses in the garden are nearly open. Only a couple of days and we should have full yellowy-pink blooms. We also have tiny red roses and a mystery colour over by the fence. I can’t remember what colour they are. More will be revealed soon.

This afternoon we went to see Mad Max in 3D. This was the best movie EVER! After this movie I wanted to:

1) Put skulls everywhere (well, everywhere there aren’t any skulls already).

2) Shave my head

3) Get a robot arm

4) Have a fire car (or truck) follow us around everywhere with a guy playing a fire guitar on the roof. So. Awesome.

5) Plant the garden. There was a serious lack of water in this movie (apocalyptic scenario) and I was very grateful to have access to as much water as necessary to wash my hands and to do the laundry. In fact, I really hope it rains tonight.

It doesn’t happen too often, but I would love to see this movie again. In 3D. And I really want to see any behind the scenes things that I can get my hands on. But there was 1 thing missing.

Tina Turner.

She was in the original one.



Mike and I shot an event tonight – which was awesome – it was the DigiBC event celebrating the top tech employers in the Lower Mainland. This took place at Science World. So glorious. There were lots of dinosaur bones around Science World. We even found one that looked like a cat!

And, it completely felt like summer today. Warm air in the morning, noon and even tonight on our LONG ride home.

It took us 3 bus rides and 2 skytrains to finally get home due to a fire at the Science World Skytrain Station. What are the chances of that happening? I don’t think anyone was hurt – just incredibly inconvenient at 10 pm.

The night would not be complete without getting panhandled for our phones. This is a thing these days. Nine times out of ten, it’s an unfortunate looking man that asks, “Can I use your phone?”. As my mom would say, “I wasn’t born yesterday, do you know.”. So the answer is always NO and then he will walk away, muttering things like, “See what happens when you ask?!?” and it’s all very uncomfortable.

I did NOT fall off the turnip truck, mister.

Short week! Yay! I am ready for the weekend. And for work, actually. Hearing about all those tech companies was exciting! Things are happening again!


Saying Farewell!

by Carol Browne on May 21, 2015 · 0 comments

in Family and Buddies

Off to Bali in the morning!

Worky work was long tonight – we had a PAC meeting (Program Advisory Committee) with some employers. It went well, so that’s good. After that, I hopped on the bus and went to Alysia’s farewell party on Davie Street. It was a lovely visit and now she’s off to become a Scuba Diving Instructor. DREAMY.

We were out so late (11:30 pm!) that I fell asleep on the drive home. Thankfully, Mike was driving the car.

GOOD LORD. Clearly my days of partying late into the night seem to be far behind me.

Alysia’s setting up a blog of her visit to Bali, so when that’s up and running I’ll share it with you so we can all see her swimming with the whale sharks.

I’ll write more tomorrow. I’ve got to go to bed.



Tomorrow night we’re going to a farewell dinner for our friend Alysia. She’s off to Bali to become a scuba dive instructor. And in a weird way, we helped her get there. Here’s how it happened.

1) In about 2008, I went to a tweet up in Vancouver. I met Robert Scales there and a few others.
2) I made him my friend on Facebook.
3) I looked at his photos frequently after he left Vancouver to work as a scuba instructor.
4) In 2014, I met Alysia through Mike. She worked with Mike and worked at SHAW for more than 5 years.
5) Mike and I took lots of photos of Alysia last year.
6) Last summer-ish, Robert asked me to like his business on Facebook. I did.
7) Around the same time, Alysia told us that she was going to Honduras to take scuba dive instructor lessons.
7) A few weeks later, Robert sent me a very nice message via LinkedIn, thanking me for following his business page and asking me if I knew anyone who was looking to become a scuba instructor as his company was running a contest that would give someone not only a chance to get his/her scuba diver instructor certification, but would be given a job working as an instructor at his company in Bali. Did I happen to know anyone who would be interested in participating in this contest?
8) I got to send him a message that said, “I actually know someone who is planning on going to Honduras to become a scuba diving instructor in September. I’ll tell her about this contest.”.
9) Alysia participated in the contest and is one of 8 people being considered for this opportunity.
10) Alysia is off to Bali on Thursday.


Tonight I dug up some mini photos I took of Alysia with her dog, Abby. Abby’s moved to the Prairies for a few months while Alysia is off on her adventure. I put the photos in a teeny, tiny photo album that I made with tags and washi tape. I think I need to make more of these.

Tiny photo album!
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