Family and Buddies


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

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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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Meet Arnold

by Carol Browne on May 17, 2015 · 0 comments

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This is Arnold

After a lovely day of sewing (pincushion shown below), we went for a visit to my Aunt’s place in Langley. Lots has changed since the last time we were there – they have several new kitties they rescued from the street. Yah. Someone dumped them. Cruel. But thank goodness she and my uncle rescued 2 adults and 3 babies = 6 cats in total plus the 2 they already had. 8! They had 8 cats at one point. Happily, after they cleaned them up and got them healthy, some nice people adopted the babies, so they only have 5 cats now.
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Quilting Bee and The Great Zipper Pouch Swap

May 14, 2015

Quilting Bee member, Sherri, had THIS modern quilt for Show & Tell tonight. She called it Watermelon and even sewed in a few grey pieces for watermelon seeds. Delicious! Sherri always picks the loveliest, brightest colours for her quilts. She’s got great style. Tonight’s meeting was filled with quilty goodness and tonight was extra special […]

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The Art Show is back!

May 7, 2015

All art is open to interpretation, but I think the theme is jellyfish, flowers and ponies. Maybe it’s an underwater theme? I’m not sure, but I approve. I’m hopeful that the little girls that live across the way from us will continue to make art shows for the neighbourhood. Due to the amount of rain […]

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Throw Back Thursday – The Fancy Hat Club

May 7, 2015

My mom sent us some photos of us way back in the 1900’s this week. And both photos include excellent head coverings. Clearly, the man in the middle wins this competition. That’s a lot of buttons and shiny pins on his hat and jacket. I don’t remember having this photo taken, but I know we […]

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Quilting Bee night with the Tardis

April 10, 2015

Tonight we saw THIS! The first Tardis quilt I’ve seen in real life. It was lovely and soft. Christine makes a lot of great quilts. So many, actually. And big ones, too! And The Best Reaction to the Tardis Quilt goes to…

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The Pork Man found us!

April 1, 2015

Poor Art. He was driving and driving around trying to find our place for ages before he found us and dropped off a great big bag of pork. He’s our pork dealer from up North. He owns Savory Farm – where they grow the pigs we’re going to eat. I know. The cycle of life. […]

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Maybe I will.

March 30, 2015

Ever since I bought the magazine that Lysa was published in last month – Patchwork & Quilting, Issue 17 – I’ve had this package of diamond shapes just sitting in my sewing room in their package. Every time I see them, I think I want to do something with them. My buddy, Cathy, has been […]

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