A year in review

Once again, after a veeeeeeery long hiatus, I am back. This year has just been jam packed! I guess you can say that I was busy living life. So many things have happened this year. Some good, some bad. But I’d venture to say that there has been more good than the bad. I’d like to credit that to my wonderful family and friends. I couldn’t have overcome the challenges I’ve faced this year without them.

I have learned a lot this year and continue to do so. I continue to grow personally and professionally. I am very thankful in addition to have a significant other that really is my other half. We have shared each other’s failures and successes this year. I hope that we will continue to find love in everything that we do.

Resolutions aren’t really my thing but I do have a few goals for myself. I will try to be more patient and understanding. To listen first, talk second. And to give a little more. So now, I will post blast. How productive I feel at the moment will dictate whether the posts are picture heavy or not. Hopefully this year will bring more regular posts.

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Fort Lauderdale in December

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So I do realize that the title says ‘Fort Lauderdale in December’ and it is now March…2013. 3 months overdue, not bad, for me anyways. I’m going to use my usual excuse that it was just crazy busy. Which it really was and still is. I will try to make more of a conscious effort to post regularly and hopefully gain some sort of readership. Dunno why anyone would want to tune into my oh-so-boring life but hey, people have done crazier things.

L and I went to Fort Lauderdale last December for about a week after Christmas to spend some time with his lovely grandparents who don’t live there. They just happen to have this super awesome place there. We would have gone for longer but a week was about all I could muster up since I just started a new job just two months prior.

Anyways, here are some pictures. *WARNING – this is going to be a very long and very picture heavy post. Don’t say I didn’t warn you*

Sun bugggggs
L and I at the airport. Holy crap, I definitely packed on the pounds at that time

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I am a boring person

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I have come to realize that my life is incredibly mundane. A series of the same old, same old. It’s just been eat, sleep, work. I don’t have the chance to do anything remotely interesting cuz I’m working so much now. Not that I’m complaining about work but when I do have the time off, I use it to run errands and the like. So I really don’t have anything worth blogging about. Sad? Yes. Buuuuuut, L and I were in Florida during the holidays so I will post about that….soon. Hah, procrastination at its best. In case you can’t tell, today is my day off. And what am I doing? Well, I am snuggled in my bed under my fantastically warm duvet. It snowed over night and the streets haven’t been plowed yet so that nixes any idea I had of going out. Plus, I really don’t feel like driving when the roads are bad because drivers here suddenly regress back to 2 years of age once snow hits the ground. My day is now at the mercy of the snowplows. Cross your fingers for me!

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My dog is now freaking out barking at some poor schmuck walking in front of my house

It’s the heat, I’m telling you

I don’t know what is wrong with me today… But I’m gonna blame the heat. I guess my voice of reason has had enough of this heat and left. JUST LEFT.

Exhibit A.
L and I will be camping in bear country in two weeks. Guess what I’m doing? I’m reading about fatal bear attacks! WTF?! Why am I doing this? Reason please come back! Anyways, what ever is left of my sensibility is telling me that the chances of me getting attacked by a bear are slim to none if I observe bear rules.

Exhibit B.
I willingly ate not one but TWO creamsicles. Why the big deal you ask? I’m lactose intolerant. I’m gonna regret this later.

Exhibit C.
Well, I don’t have one yet so this remains to be seen. Hopefully my voice of reason comes back before then.

Camping gear

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Here is the post I said was going to put up with regards to what gear we chose. If you know of any equipment that has worked for you or is better than what I posted, please let me know. Price isn’t that much of an issue as long as the cost is justified but if there is a cheaper alternative for the same quality or better, that’d be great!

***All photos have been found on google and prices have been pulled from Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC) and are in Canadian dollars. I am not being paid in any way by the store or the brands and I have not received any products. Though it’d be great if they did ahem.

MSR Hubba Hubba Tent $319.00

20120816-212944.jpg This is a lightweight (2.04kg) 2 person, 3 season tent that is usually used by backcountry campers. While this is in the upper end of the price spectrum, this is not the most expensive tent of this class available at MEC. We chose this because it had a higher fly and floor waterproofness than other like tents by Big Agnes. We also looked at the 2 person lightweight tents that MEC produce but they had a lesser waterproofness rating and denier rating, which means it’s thinner and the coating used was silicone and polyethylene vs the silicone and polyurethane that MSR applies. Polyurethane has greater adhesion, hardness and chemical resistance and for an additional $10-30 we feel that it’s worth the splurge. Although, if we weren’t going to eventually use this for our cross Canada trip with the constant set up and takedown every other day for about a month and a half (and who knows, maybe even a few storms), we’d definitely buy a tent by MEC for the better value. There is also a matching footprint for an additional $34 and is highly recommended to prolong the life of the tent. Continue reading

Camping trip, planned.

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After years (approx 3) of trying to persuade him, I’ve finally broken L down and got him to agree to go camping! WOOHOO for this outdoorswoman at heart! The great thing is, he’s actually excited about it and wants to do this repeatedly! Part of the reason he’s agreed is because he wants us to do a cross Canada motorcycle ride (I’m a passenger of course) and camping will be a good part of it to keep lodging costs down and also because we can’t really bring tons of luggage on the back of a bike. Ignore that massive runon sentence. So now, it fell on me to plan this camping trip since I’m the only one between us two who has camping experience. My family used to do tons of camping when I was younger, so I’m banking on that to remember a thing or three about it.

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Simple pasta sauce is the BEST pasta sauce

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Tomatoes, onion, parsley, basil, olive oil, salt. That’s it. That is the best tasting pasta sauce ever! And if you need to have a meat sauce…tomatoes, onion, celery, carrot, parsley, basil, ground veal or pork, olive oil, salt. It tastes so medicinal when you add all these herbs and spices into it! My fiancĂ©’s nonna makes the best sauce ever and she uses the simplest ingredients! She has hands of gold. What ever she makes is to die for! I’ve gained some weight since I first started dating L. Oh well. I have good food, good family, good friends and a good life. What more can I ask for?

Aging

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Looking at the pictures from my previous post, it seems that L has the dad belly starting to go on and I have the 45 year old mom upper arms. Funny thing is….we don’t have kids! I’m torn as to whether or not to bring this to L’s attention. I don’t want to hurt his feelings yet I don’t want him to say “why didn’t you let me know?!”. As for me, I gotta work on my biceps and triceps. Wahhhhh, I hate doing arms at the gym! Much prefer torso and legs day!