We did it! On Friday, August 29th, we’ll have been married 16 years.

And yes, we DO pose like this all the time. At home. On the Skytrain. Everywhere. When we go out for our anniversary dinner tomorrow night, we will pose like this until our dinner is served.

Also, CHEAT MEAL! Woohoo! I feel a double baked potato in my future.

Other than having the whole long weekend to ourselves – who knows what adventures will follow? Maybe none. Nah. We’ll go take photos somewhere.

So tomorrow’s extra special, indeed. I’ll get all shmoopy with Mike in private, not to worry. I will not be using my blog to tell him he’s my favourite person in the whole wide world and that I love to laugh with him every single day – even on the crappy days. And he’s the best pancake pal I could ever ask for. Nope. None of that here.

Instead, I’ll be keeping myself busy until tomorrow night after work making more of THESE:
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Mission accepted

by Carol Browne on August 27, 2014 · 1 comment

in Photos

Tonight after work, I recognized this man at the bus loop. Excitedly, I grabbed my business card out of my purse and happily walked up to him. I introduced myself to him and asked if he was at the Fusion Festival earlier this summer. He said that he was. I explained to him that I had taken his photo at the festival, and I really liked how it turned out and would like to send him a copy. I handed him my card and he would not take it. Instead, he asked me to please call the Rabbi who was working in the tent with him at the festival and to send it to him instead.

I found this a little strange, but took the Rabbi’s phone number and his name. I’ll call him tomorrow to see if he will give me an email address where I can send the photo. Maybe this way, the subject of my photo will be able to see it.

I didn’t realize when I took this shot that I would like it so very much. I would have to say it’s one of my favourite photos I’ve taken all summer and put it in my portfolio on flickr.

I just hope that the Rabbi and this man like it, too.

I’ll let you know when this mission is completed.

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A couple of NOOOOO!s

by Carol Browne on August 26, 2014 · 0 comments

in Festivities, Photos

CRAP. It's happening.I tried to ignore it, but I couldn’t. See that tree turning orange in amongst the green ones? NOoooooooo! It’s happening all right. Time for Autumn. Also of note, the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival is happening September 8th. Just over a week away. NOOOO! But mooncakes! YUM. Time to hit up TNT Grocery store for treats.

In addition to Fall starting (too early), I did boring things like renewing our insurance and putting in my passport for renewal. Unwilling and unable to stand in a huge, long line for over an hour (half hour lunches don’t really bode well for the long line up at the passport office) I threw my application, new photos (where I look very tired) and my nearly expired passport in an envelope in and sent it in to Quebec where Passport Central is located. You know what that means? No passport for about 3 weeks. No Trader Joes. No Kohl’s. NOOOOO! What have I done?

AND, to wrap up the day of Noooo’s, THIS:
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Planning shmanning

by Carol Browne on August 25, 2014 · 1 comment

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I’m not much for planning things in advance. Not even a little bit. For work, I like to show up and see what the day has in store for me, which is probably why I find the portfolio shows tough to take care of. You can’t really do that all in one day.  Same with the weekend. Same with dinner. What’s in the fridge? Oh. I hope you want eggs tonight. In fact, if I had thought about this even a little bit, I would have used this photo for yesterday’s post and yesterday’s photo for this post.

But today, it dawned on me. Mike & I are celebrating our 16th wedding anniversary on Friday. This week! For some reason, I started thinking about what I should wear on Friday.

Really? On Friday?

Since it is a celebration, I should definitely bring out the blue dress. My blue toenail polish is still in excellent shape, so I will wear my sandals, too. I will also wear the pink lipstick and my rose perfume. This is great. Wardrobe planned. HOWEVER…

I wore my blue dress LAST Friday for a fashion show. Now what do I do?

What would Kate Middleton do?

After much thought, I think she’d wear the blue dress.

Must be Friday! I’ve got the skull dress on.

Skull dress it is.

Thank goodness. This is back to NOT being a fashion blog again.


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Love and mushy stuff at the hatchery

August 24, 2014

I went off the beaten path today out in Surrey and found a very cool venue. It’s The Semiahmoo Fish & Game Club. I’m not sure if this place is open to the general public (I was there for an event). It doesn’t look like it. I think it’s only open to members. There’s a […]

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From my seat

August 24, 2014

Mike and I went to Evan‘s fashion show last night and I took just a few photos from my seat. We had great seats! Right up front. As a general rule, I’m not too keen on black and white photos – I really prefer colour – but since there seemed to be a black and […]

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Lysa drew my birthday present

August 21, 2014

My buddy, Lysa, draws all sorts of pretty things and somehow, I got lucky enough for her to draw me this birthday present. I hung it up in the kitchen so it’s the first thing you see when you walk in our place at the front door.

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Tamaters and flowers

August 20, 2014

Meanwhile, out in the garden… I know. I haven’t been paying much attention to the garden this summer. But, that neglect is paid off. Look at the roses!

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Bokeh in the Trees

August 19, 2014

Tuesday’s usually a later night for dinner and stuff (we stay in Vancouver to hang out with friends). Tonight I will attempt to make some kind of cooked meal in the crockpot to take to work for lunch tomorrow. Now that we’ve got a trip to go on, I feel I should make every attempt […]

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Following the path

August 18, 2014

I was just on this path for a little while yesterday in Lynn Valley. It looks as though we have booked a trip to Las Vegas in November. The last time I was there, I was with my parents – that was before the 5th grade. What were kids doing in Las Vegas? Playing games […]

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