Family and Buddies

Following the path

by Carol Browne on August 18, 2014 · 0 comments

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On the path

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 in safety of Circus Circus and winning Pink Panther toys. My sister and I both won one each. FUN! Can you still do that today? I doubt it. A kid section in a casino? I’m not sure. I’m guessing it’s not the Vince Neil Eat-Drink-Party department. I can’t even imagine that.

We will be staying at Treasure Island, apparently an ideal location as it is right in the middle of the strip. I’m learning all the lingo now. It turns out my coworkers are very familiar with this city – they know the ins and outs of the place. I’m just checking out the website and the restaurants are looking a little Spring Break-ish, but I think the pools will be divine.

Things I’d like to do include seeing a Cirque de Soleil show (done. We were able to book a show in with our hotel and flight!), see one of those waterfall shows – I remember seeing them when I was a kid. It was just water fountains, lights and music, but it was entertaining (when I was 10. Maybe it won’t hold up?) and take all the photos.

I think renewing our vows is off the table for this trip. I’d like to renew our vows with an Elvis impersonator while wearing a pink wedding dress and veil and Mike will wear a powder blue ruffle tuxedo. I’m not sure we can finagle it this time. But next time? It’s happening.


The view from up here

by Carol Browne on August 17, 2014 · 1 comment

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The view from up hereMike & I headed over to the North Shore today to visit a pal who just bought a lovely new place in Lynn Valley. His place was very close to the Suspension Bridge, so we toodled up to the park, along with many, many other people. I hate to sound like an old person, but that place is not what it used to be. It’s busy, crowded, and has a restaurant now. SAD.  Stupid progress!

I have to admit, despite the crowds and the cafe, it still smells fresh out there – kind of like camping air. Way to stay positive, me! YES!

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“Just Like Grandma’s”

by Carol Browne on August 16, 2014 · 1 comment

in Edibles, Family and Buddies, General

I think Johanna and I are becoming afternoon tea connoisseurs. Today we went on an adventure about 15 minutes away from where we live – all the way to Delta. I thought the tea house was actually in Surrey, but it is not. It’s located right across the street from Surrey in Delta.

Of course I documented this occasion, but not with my big camera. I used my phone as I didn’t want my big camera bag to wrinkle up my tea party dress. SNORT! Also, I got my toes done for the event. I went all out.

Totally worth it. Look how our table greeted us.

China teacups (not matchy matchy = adorable) and sprinkles in the sugar. Clever! I’ve not seen this before. I think I will steal that idea for home. On Faturdays. When we eat sugar. YES. Might as well be cute about it.

We each had the afternoon tea which included some savories and some, “dainties” AWWW! Dainties! I felt like I had just been invited to luncheon at Downton Abbey.

They brought us tiny mushroom pies – smaller than tarts – and I could have eaten about 5 plates of them. The pastry was whole wheat as well. So dreamy.

For the scones, we had a tray that contained a bit of raspberry jam, clotted cream and LEMON CURD.
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Serious art is serious.

by Carol Browne on August 12, 2014 · 0 comments

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Art is serious business

Last Saturday we visited our pal, Tami, up at the top of Queen Elizabeth Park – right next to the Conservatory. We also went inside and took photos of the birds in there, but I’ll leave those photos for another day. We were really busy last Saturday. Bands, birds and art all in one day. Oh, and Mike worked, too. Probably explains why we spent the entire day of Sunday on the couch.

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August 12, 2014

Full disclosure: I’ve never been to Zumba before today and the reason why I am blogging about it is because I had a great time! And that’s the truth. I actually remembered to bring my gym strip to work today and I joined my coworker for a free Zumba class under The Sails at the […]

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Celebrated Full Metal Jacket style

August 4, 2014

Even though Mike’s birthday is tomorrow, we celebrated today since we both had the day off together. I sang happy birthday to him EXACTLY like this while Mike marched in place. Good old, Full Metal Jacket style. As per Mike’s request, I made him a box cake. Yup. That’s what he wanted. Not a scratch […]

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An Assortment of Projects

July 30, 2014

Photo by Mike! I realized today I have a few projects on the go. Time to write up the list. 1) Finish this roll of film. I’ve only got 4 or 5 photos left. I just haven’t found the exact right subject to take photos of for some reason. I have to take a few […]

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This has started a chain reaction

July 29, 2014

Yesterday I hit the jackpot when I found this delightful dress FULL of skulls and guns. Guns? Yup. It’s in the pattern where you’d expect the cross bones to be under the skulls’ jaws. I was pretty sure I was never going to take it off, and I have to tell you that putting on […]

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What did you do this weekend?

July 28, 2014

Today at the office: Coworker 1: What did I do this weekend? I went camping in Chilliwack! Coworker 2: I went to a Buddhist Temple in Kamloops! Coworker 3: I went to Kelowna and stayed in a B&B by the lake! Coworker 4: I went to the race track! Me: I sewed all day on […]

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The Three Ps

July 27, 2014

Pancakes, pizza and popsicles. That’s pretty much all I ate today. Oh Faturday, you are so delicious. Today’s menu reminded me of this illustration my friend, Jade, made for me on her last day at the office a couple of weeks ago. I put this little drawing in a frame near our front entrance. I […]

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