Feasts for the eyes, the ears…

by Carol Browne on November 26, 2014 · 0 comments

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Chandeliers at the Paris

and for the belly. OOF. Las Vegas is not only the city of lights (or is that New York? Or Tokyo?) but it is the city of buffets. We started the day off with a breakfast buffet at The Paris this morning (chandeliers in the lobby shown above) where I had a berry crepe, an assortment of pastries, fruit, and a tiny ice cream cone. FOR BREAKFAST! Mom! I had ice cream for breakfast! WEWT!

After all that nourishment, Maria and I set out on an adventure out to the boonies of Las Vegas. I think we were in the suburbs, because there were houses (which totally reminded me of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. The types of houses, the stucco, the fences, the palm trees – all ARAMCO style!) and strip malls. Maria and I took THE BUS! Like locals! We went to a store that sold nothing but cross-stitching patterns and aida fabric. The walls were filled with all the samples of work and I picked up a pattern of the old Las Vegas sign to stitch up one day. We then got on the bus again, got chit chatting, and then ended up missing our stop, but the bus driver let us off the bus when we realized what had happened and we were able to get back on the bus going back to Durango Street. We actually got to shop on Durango and Flamingo street. Just a side note: Vegas has great street names. Is there anything Vegas can’t do?

Maria had sourced out this bead store, but I got distracted by a Salvation Army and found a cute little table linen (Christmas, of course) for $1.75. It was half off all linens today. HOT DAMN.

In the afternoon, Mike & I shopped at The Fashion Mall (HEH. Seriously, I shopped there) and booked our Cirque de Soleil show.

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And we saw Tori Spelling!

by Carol Browne on November 25, 2014 · 1 comment

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Day 1 of our trip to Vegas:

We were up at 4:30 this morning and got to the Belligham Airport in plenty of time for our flight. For the very first time in ages, we actually got to walk on the tarmac to get on the plane. This reminded me of getting our flights in Zimbabwe – all that was missing was getting the people and animals off the runway for the plane to take off.

We got into town around 11 o’clock this morning and spent the afternoon taking photos of everything around us. The Venetian is the most amazing place. We spent hours in there and then went back for the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in the evening.

As we waited for the tree to be all lit up, Jason mentioned that he was pretty sure he saw Tori Spelling earlier in the day. Not thinking much of that, I watched the people around me and jostled to find a spot to get a photo of the tree. Then Maria said, “Hey! There’s Tori Spelling right there!”

Hair flick

Sure enough, there she was with her handler. The tree lighting person made the announcement that they had a special guest to turn on the tree, and she brought up the whole family.

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Just another day at the office

by Carol Browne on November 19, 2014 · 0 comments

in Family and Buddies, Photos


There is never a dull moment around these parts. Right now we are planning a graduation ceremony, a company Christmas party and another portfolio show (that will be in January). PHEW! Such parties! Such celebrations!

After a long day of party planning, I came home and cleaned out the front closet. I have HAD it with the avalanche of shoes and scarves that have been falling out every time I try to hang up my jacket. That felt good to get done and I used 2 organizers I found (guess where?) for 2 bucks. My scarves are now manageable and so are the shoes. YES!

I also vacuumed.

I think I am doing these boring, dull chores because:

a) this crap needs to be done before our exciting week next week. I’ve got a kitty sitter arranged, so she can’t see the house in disarray now, can she?

b) I started a Christmas project that I’m afraid to finish. It’s a little display for the front entrance, but what if it looks awful when it’s finished? END OF THE WORLD TIME. Yah. I’ll work on it tomorrow.

Not only is one week from today The Great Vegas Adventure of 2014, I’m meeting some quilty buddies on Monday after work at a nearby Lebanese restaurant. More quilty people before I go? It does not get any better than that.

This week just may be the longest week ever.


Spreading the joy

by Carol Browne on November 17, 2014 · 1 comment

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Cynthia in "the coat"

You may remember that I found the coat of the century at the thrift store last week. Not only was it the coat of the century, but it was the deal of the century as well. Best $25 I’ve ever spent!

I found this on Wednesday and wore it to work AND Quilting Bee on Thursday. Here’s the journey of happiness the coat made around the Lower Mainland and surrounding areas.

1) A man stopped walking toward me at the Newton Bus Exchange. He was facing me and stopped just to look at my coat.

2) Once I got to work, my office mates cheered! “I can’t believe what I’m seeing!” said one person. “Can I try it on?” said another. And so began the trying on of the coat.

3) Males and females tried on the jacket at work. One person said, “Yah. This coat makes me feel like a king!” and another person said, “Wow. You can make some BIG decisions wearing this coat.”. I’ll keep that in mind.

4) Next, we went out to try on perfume and to make the coat smell nice. One person said, “I feel like I’m back in Lithuania! Walking with my Lithuanian friends!”. I look as snazzy as an European in this coat? NICE. I’ll remember that.

5) We got carried away with the perfume and I was really stinky when we got back to the office.

6) I was picked up by my carpool buddy after work to head out to Quilting Bee. She complimented me on my coat, but the perfume was still strong (and strangely seemed to get stronger as the evening went on. I’m not sure how that worked.) and I had to offer to open an window until we got to Abbotsford.

7) Cynthia tried on the coat (shown above). My interpretation? More enjoyment!

And I’m pretty sure that Lysa liked her turn in the coat as well.

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What happens at quilt guild…

November 14, 2014

…doesn’t stay at quilt guild. I just won’t let it. What did the one quilt guild person say to the other quilt guild person? “What a nice knitting bag you made!” Really? A knitting bag? I guess it could be. However THIS is what it’s really for:

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It’s fun fur!

November 13, 2014

SO. MUCH. SHOPPING these days. My gosh. The last couple of days I’ve been thinking about painting some furniture for our place – just to spice things up a bit. We tend to only have wooden things and it’s a little bit boring. Off and on today, I was thinking about finding a small piece […]

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Doug! How could you?

November 10, 2014

This morning I found my sister and Doug the Skeleton like this! SHOCKING! Imagine their surprise. Wait. Don’t. I caught their surprise.

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A day of rest

November 9, 2014

The backyard did not look like this when Mom arrived, that’s for sure. I was ignoring the leaves and other items that had blown in by keeping the curtains shut in the livingroom. Happily, my mom assured me that she loves to help clean up, so we put on our shoes and took care of […]

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Shopping bonanza!

November 8, 2014

Bellis Fair was full of treasures for us all. Many shirts were had today – Christmas shirts and sweaters, a Sasquatch riding a penny-farthing shirt and fancy, rayon, dress shirts for my sister. So many shirts. PLEASE NOTE: The Christmas sweaters for the annual Browne Family Christmas card have been secured. BOY HOWDY! We also […]

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Safety First

November 5, 2014

I took this photo tonight before it started raining. We have been warned! Mega rainfall warning in effect tonight – up to 70 mm. 2.75 inches of rain. Time to batten down the hatches. I like this photo because it looks like the girl with the phone is in perilous danger, but she’s fine. She […]

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