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Updated: 2017-08-23T00:40:31.860-07:00

 



From Sea to Sky - Landscape photography

2010-05-10T21:12:35.036-07:00

(image) Check out my latest photobook "From Sea To Sky". You can get a sneak peek at my photobook here.

It contains some of my landscape photography from around Vancouver, BC and a few pics from Ireland and Trinidad included.






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Project Slimnules - Day 17

2009-04-12T17:34:39.124-07:00

Just a quick check in. I've been pretty much on track with my exercising. I've really been enjoying it. Been using some home workouts that have a lot more dancing in them so they are keeping my entertained and the fun factor keeps me motivated. Not too much has changed measurement-wise, still the same weight but I have lost an inch around my belly. It's tempting to be discouraged at the fact that nothing else has changed but it's only been a couple weeks and one inch off so far is a step in the right direction. It definitely helps motivate me to keep going and feel like I can accomplish more. Since starting to exercise, it feels like I have more energy and surprisingly, have also felt more creative. I've been knitting and drawing quite a bit. More drawing than I have done in a long time. I did a couple watercolours last wknd and did some pen and ink sketches this wknd. I knit a beret last Sunday, finished pk's Slocks this past week and planning on starting a new project - though haven't decided what it should be yet.



Project Slimnules begins! - Day 1

2009-03-28T15:03:30.558-07:00

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It's been way too long since I was here last but that's gonna change. I'm coming back to the open arms of my blog to keep myself accountable and on track on my new project.

Project Slimnules

In the past year and a half, I've gained about 30 lbs. I've become sedentary and feel like a giant blob so it's time to do something about it. My goal is to lose at least 20 lbs by August 1st. I'm not so much attached to a particular number, just that I get more active and look and feel healthier. I'd be happy even if I stay the same weight but gain more muscle.

I took "Before" pics and my measurements. I won't post the pics yet... but I'll document my measurements. These numbers may not look too bad but it's quite a bit of extra flab being carried around on my 5'2" frame.

Weight: 124.6 lbs
R. Arm: 12.75"
L. Arm: 11.75"
Chest: 33"
Waist: 27"
Lower Belly: 33"
Hips: 38.75"
R. Thigh: 23"
L. Thigh: 22.5

I'm putting it out there that these numbers will be going down in the next few month. I plan to measure myself every month and track the changes.

The Plan:
Daily exercise - using a combination of workout DVDs I will be exercising at least once each day.
I already have relatively healthy eating habits but there's always room for improvement. Being mostly vegetarian, I've got the veggie thing down. I love them all. What I will be cutting back on is my portions when I eat out as well as cutting down to one beer or alcoholic bev an evening.

So there it is.. for all the interweb to see. I'm asking you all to be supportive and to also hold me accountable. If I'm faltering, I need to be called out... in a nice way ;)

I'm quite excited to see the results!

To a fit and healthy lifestyle :)

N:)



It was the first real day of summer weather, so...

2008-06-29T23:48:17.179-07:00

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I decided to jump out of a perfectly good plane for FUN!
Check out my adventure here!

It was a somewhat spur of the moment decision. Pk and his friend were going - a birthday gift from his friend. Initially I was just going to go for the drive and to take some photos of pk's landing. The morning of, I decided to just join in fully as it's always been on my "bucket list".

The drive there was an adventure in itself. What was supposed to be an hour drive out to the Abbotsford drop zone turned into a 4 hr trip when we got stuck on the hwy behind an accident. There was a part where the cars infront stopped suddenly and we had to break pretty hard. Fortunately for us, pk's not a tailgater so we had lots of room to slow down, and the car behind us did too. The car behind us wasn't so lucky, as the tailgater behind them didn't have enough time to react and after a screech of tires, I saw a red bumper fly into the air from my view in the side mirror. whewww!

After a short stop and an impromptu detour, we finally arrived in Abbotsford where Skydive Vancouver operates. Once we signed up, we got a quick intro and safety talk and we were in our jumpsuits and heading for the plane (a 10 pax Pilatus Porter).

I think the spur of the moment decision and efficiency of Skydive Vancouver didn't give me time to get nervous at all about jumping and free falling from 12,500 ft. I was so excited, there was no room for the jitters. My tandem instructor was really cool and when we jumped from the plane we free fell for about 40 seconds, he made sure that I looked at the camera (third party jumper) and had a good time. Once the parachute opened (thank goodness!) we went for some good spins.
The best part for me was when he'd pull up a little and then you got to experience something similar to weightlessness. It didn't feel like I was falling, just floating, without anything to think about but the beautiful scenery. It was fantastic! We landed smoothly and it was only after I got out of my gear and was walking back to my car to get my camera that my brain said "holy shite! You just jumped out of a freakin' plane!" I had permagrin all the way.

Back in the city, pk and I had a celebratory beer and then headed to our friends' house for a summer evening BBQ.

All in all, it was one of the most exciting days I've had in a long time. What a rush.

Until next time,
to freefalling and permagrins,

take care.
N



One word

2007-04-28T21:27:18.518-07:00

You.
Can.
Only.
Type.
One.
Word.

Not as easy as you might think...

1. Where is your cell phone? Charging.
2. Your boyfriend/girlfriend?: Hot
3. Your hair?: Middle
4. Your mother?: Sweet
5. Your father?: Funny
6. Your favorite item?: Yarn
7. Your dream last night?: Unrememberable
8. Your favorite drink?: Water
9. Your dream car?: Lamborghini
10. The room you are in?: Bedroom
12. Your fear?: Failure
13. What do you want to be in 10 years?: Fun
14. Who did you hang out with last night?: Boyfriend
15. What you're not?: Tall
16. Muffins? Yummy
17: One of your wish list items? Camera
18: Time?: Late.
20. What are you wearing?: Nothing
22. Your favorite book?: Unread
23. The last thing you ate?: Pizza
24. Your life?: Adventurous
25. Your mood?: Content
26. Your friends: Bestest
27. What are you thinking about right now?: Cleaning
29. What are you doing at the moment?: Typing
30. Your summer?: Anticipating
31. Your relationship status?: Cohabitation
32. What is on your tv?: UFC
33. When is the last time you laughed?: Tonight
34. Last time you cried?: Unknown.
35. School?: Art



It couldn't really be any other way...

2007-03-10T16:14:33.539-08:00

You Are a Mac
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You are creative, stylish, and super trendy.
You demand the best - even if it costs an arm and a leg.



101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life!

2007-02-07T22:16:11.804-08:00

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I have some great news! My dearest Pk is officially a published author.

Paul is co-author amongst 101 contributing writers for the new book "101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life: Volume 3" which is a compilation of 101 articles with practical, solid advice on how you can take action and improve your life.

He is a contributing author along with Ken Blanchard, Les Brown, Mark Victor Hansen, Byron Katie and many other leading Self Improvement experts.

To find out more about the book and how to purchase it please check out his site at www.paulkeetch.com.

I also highly recommend signing up for his inspirational and motivational weekly Monday Mentor emails. Check it out at www.themondaymentor.com.

Congrats Paul. I'm very happy and proud of you.



Overheard @ the mall

2006-12-23T17:36:21.132-08:00

Sitting beside pk and I at the food court was a teenage couple. As they were talking to each other, a girl walked passed their table and as expected, the boy watched her pass by. The following conversation ensued:

Girlfriend: I saw you checking out that girl!
Boyfriend: No I didn't.
Girlfriend: You checked her out! I saw you!
Boyfriend: I didn't.
Girlfriend: I just saw the hottest fireman at the door when we came in but I never looked at him!

Advice for the youngins:
Girls: Accept it. Boys will always check out girls.
Boys: Just admit it. It's obvious and just looks dumb if you say you didn't.
To the specific girl at the mall: Saying that you saw a hot fireman and didn't look at him makes no sense and just makes you look dumb.



3 Things I Miss About Toronto

2006-12-10T17:39:05.533-08:00

1. The Subway (Yes, I said it. I miss the TTC - Gasp! - but only the subway and streetcars; not the bus)
2. The Rivoli
3. Chinatown


Of course, friends and family are always at the top of the list...



It's snowin'!! It's really snowin'!!!

2006-11-26T15:51:21.106-08:00

Weehee! It's snowing. Not just in the mountains this time but here in Vancouver too which is quite rare for winter so I'm very excited. It's so nice to see it falling outside the window. Pk and I went for a walk last night in it. It's not staying on the ground though... I can't wait to go skiing.

The snow reminded me of my trip to the mountains back in August. It's hard to believe that it's been almost 4 months since Outward Bound. Hiking up the side of a glacier with a 50lb pack on my back. My knees are pretty wrecked from it still, but they're getting better. I've got "find a physiotherapist" on my List of Things To Do.

It's been another busy few weeks at work. I have a great new Creative Manager at work so I'm happy to be part of a Creative Team. I'm so used to being the only one to do everything - ideas, design, pre-press, all the way to final print. I'm enjoying being able to give and get ideas from others on the team who I can use 'design speak' with. We can talk about type faces and kerning and all that fun stuff.

A co-worker of mine, Suz, took me to a women's gathering last week. It was Dream Board making night. I finally got a chance to create a dream board for myself. PK and I had been planning for a while to do it. We went out and bought tonnes of magazines and picked out some bristol board and glue. I spent a couple evenings after work cutting out images and words and phrases to use and then Suz invited me to go with her. I brought all my clippings and was able to hang out, meet some people, and paste to my heart's content. I'll take a pic of it and post it this week. I posted it up at work so I could look at it throughout the day and remind myself of my dreams.

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When Suz and I drove into the parking lot of the building before the dreamboard night, we could see a big flock of crows hanging out at the end of the parking lot and we remarked on how many there were. When we got out of the car, I looked up and realized I was in a scene from the movie Birds. There were crows EVERYWHERE!!! Every tree that lined the parking lot was filled with crows, more crows than leaves. Every inch of the surrounding power lines were covered with crows. It was quite an extremely creepy and surreal experience. We walked quickly into the building to avoid getting attacked. When we came out at the end of the night, poor Suz's car had been bombed. Giant white splats draped her formally red car. ICK!!!
- end of side note - Photo of crows found on this site



There's snow in the mountains!!!

2006-11-16T20:45:32.396-08:00

So I haven't been on a hike yet since August... and I have no real excuse. The past few months have been insanely busy but I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel...

I do have some good news. I am finally back to being creative and getting paid for it. Effective November 6th, I became the Graphic Designer for Peaks. I'm working for the same company but have moved to the marketing department. I'm really very excited about this new opportunity. I just got a new Creative Manager last week and we are now starting the process of redesigning our entire brand. So the next few months is going to be busy researching, re-defining our brand and re-designing everything our company puts out. Creating logos and new website and the like.

Whistler is opening for the ski season - earlier than expected. It's been raining non-stop for a week - which means snow in the mountains! I bought a new pair of ski mitts a couple weeks ago and found my ski pants and long johns... I can't wait to go skiing!

Below is a belated Happy Thanksgiving Day message that I recorded and haven't got around to uploading until now... It was recorded in the lovely town of Brackendale - near Squamish, BC. It's a little late though I guess it's in time for the American Thanksgiving... The sound is a bit fuzzy... it was pretty windy... but the view is nice!

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Whale Watching in Vancouver

2006-09-09T08:39:13.670-07:00

On Saturday, Pk and I went whale watching with JL and EL. We saw all 3 pods that hang out around Vancouver - which is about 90 whales altogether.
Check out the video of just a few of the whales we saw.

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Sailing in Victoria BC

2006-08-27T09:27:53.946-07:00

Last weekend PK and I took our first trip in the ferry over to Victoria. My friend CD had invited me to her stagette so we thought it was the perfect opportunity to check out the island. CD and her fiance MB took us out sailing for the day. It was a gorgeous day. Thank you so much CD and MB for a fantastic intro to Victoria.

Here are a few pics of our little sailing trip.

Sailing in Victoria BC
Aug 19, 2006 - 21 Photos



On Top of a Mountain!

2006-08-26T17:01:42.410-07:00

From August 6th to 12th I experienced the Mountain Ascents Course with Outward Bound Canada.

I had the most amazing time. I learned so much, both technical skills and about myself. Even though I'm wee, I'm one strong mofo! I climbed, I hiked, I camped, I cooked. I carried a 50lb pack around for 6 days. It was awesome.

I'm still processing it all.
Here are a few pics of the trip.

Outward Bound Aug2006
Aug 6, 2006 - 60 Photos



Lil' Sis...

2006-07-16T23:49:38.250-07:00

Get better soon Mymy.



June - goodtimes

2006-07-16T22:52:47.706-07:00

Yet another month passed by. My bad.
In early June, Pk and I checked out an internet marketing seminar in Los Angeles. It was a three day seminar. Didn't actually get to see the city other than the trip from the airport to the hotel and back.
A week later, Pk and I went on a whirlwind 10 day trip back to Ontario to visit family and friends. Flew into the swealtering humidity on the red eye Saturday morning. Drove to k-town to see my family and friends. It was great to see everyone Saturday night. Monday afternoon pk and I took a drive to Elora for lunch and headed to Collingwood to see Pk's mom. Enjoyed a few relaxing day. Went to the beach. Visited Paul's family and headed to Toronto for more visiting. It was great to finally meet Paul's dad who flew in from Newfoundland for the wknd. While in Toronto I decided to chop off the locks again. Much lighter and easier to deal with.
It was an excellent week. Went by much too fast. Next time we will see you all for longer.
Here are some pics from the trip.


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Pog mo thoin

2006-05-31T17:46:58.926-07:00

I didn't realize I was so aggressive...

Take the quiz:
Which Random Irish Gaelic Phrase Are You?
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Pog mo thoin
Pog mo thoin - 'Kiss my ass.'You're one tough bastard, and if anyone doesn't like it, they can kiss your ass. You enjoy fighting and causing grievous bodily harm. Hey! What are you lookin' at, punk?

Quizzes by myYearbook.com -- the World's Biggest Yearbook!



I am most likely a member of the New Aquarians

2006-05-16T22:18:07.263-07:00

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I came across this survey on Fella's blog. Apparently, like my dear cousin, I am most likely a member of the New Aquarians.



brand spankin' new

2006-05-16T21:28:31.933-07:00

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This wknd, pk and I went walked out our front door, along the water, and followed the Capilano river all the way up to the Cleveland Dam at Capilano Lake. It was a good 3hr or so hike.

On our walk back home, we stopped off for a cold beverage and fuel on the patio. We then continued to head back home and we passed by a local bike shop. I've been thinking of getting a bike for the longest while both for exercise and mode of transport. Since pk was going to be in LA all this week, and I needed a nice easy way to get to work, I thought it was the perfect time to buy a bike.

So this is my brand spankin' new shiny silver bicycle. I don't think I've had a bike since I grew out of my last one back when I was 13 or something. I haven't been on one for almost as long. It's a pretty nice ride, and as they say, it's just like riding a bicycle. It's been great riding to and from work so far... as long as it doesn't rain :P


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Hiking The Chief

2006-05-09T21:28:42.493-07:00

This weekend, pk and I hiked the Stawamus Chief in Squamish. It's about a 2hr hike up 550 metres to the top... crazy uphillness all the way. It was quite the workout. I'm definitely not as fit as I'd like to be. Had to take it slow on the way up but the view from the top was awesome. While at the top, eating my blueberry cheesecake powerbar, a bold little chipmunk jumped on my knee! (See photo below for the little jerk) It's a good thing I was sitting down or I may have fallen off the edge of the Chief! Hopefully we can do the same hike again very soon. Loads of fun. To see the view from the top, check out this video.

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Smrt customer service

2006-04-30T17:39:47.880-07:00

Last wknd, pk and I went to pick up some things at this store. While at the checkout, we decided to pick up a coupon book. It was advertised with the $20 sign crossed out and a big sticker that said

"$14 GST included".


So the cashier scanned it and it came up to $16. Hrm. That's not $14 GST included. When it was pointed out to the cashier, this was the conversation:

Cashier: "Well, like, GST included like means like it's extra."

PK: "No it doesn't. GST included, means, GST is included in the price"

Cashier: "I can call my manager and he can tell you that's what it means"

PK: "OK"

Cashier calls the manager on the phone "That coupon book, it says like $14 GST included. That means that it's like $14 plus tax on top right?"
Cashier to us: "Yeah, so it's $14 plus tax extra"

PK: "Tell the manager to come here"

Manager comes, he scans the book. "It's $14 plus tax"

PK: "That's not what the sign says"

Manager says that it's maybe the PST and tries to adjust the price on the computer.

Cashier to the manager: "It's my break time, can I like go on my break now?"

Manager apparently fixes price, walks away. No goodbye, no see ya, no nothing.

Cashier rings in coupon book and we leave the store.

Ah yes. Another perfect example of how a large company, cutting back on wages, leaves manager positions to illiterate children and creates the most amazing customer service ever....

BTW, that's amazing in a bad way.



It's a beautiful day in the neighbourhood....

2006-04-23T13:27:01.210-07:00

This wknd Pk and I went to Lighthouse Park (just a ten minute drive from us) and went for a bit of a hike. Gorgeous day, sunshine, mountains, water, sailboats, and eagles. Can't get any better than that.

Here are some pics. (pk took the sailboat pics)

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You can see more pics on my Flickr site here



4% of the world. been there, done that....

2006-04-22T22:18:10.863-07:00

Thanks to my dear cousin, I can also share how many countries I've been to:

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create your own visited countries map

So far I've made it all over Canada (except for Nova Scotia and the Territories - but on my list for the future!), The US, Trinidad & Tobago, Ireland, England, Wales, and Scotland, The Netherlands, France, Italy, Spain, and The Dominican Republic.

Next on my list, New Zealand, Australia, India, and somewhere in Africa and Asia... when will I find the time...



Where does the time go?

2006-04-20T12:56:16.470-07:00

I can hardly believe it's April already and that it's been a whole month since my last posting! Thanks to those who've been keeping an eye on my blog and telling me that they miss finding out what i've been up to. Sorry it's been so long.So let's see... what have I been up to? I guess the obvious reason I haven't posted is that I haven't really been up to much, mostly due to procrastination and this lackadaisical mood I've been in. When I did get up off me arse, I've enjoyed some great moments:St. Paddy's Day was spent with pk and I, along with 2 friends, enjoying the evening at a fantastic David Gray concert. We had a great time. The opening band was Aqualung who were also very talented and entertaining. They're definitely on my 'must get albums' list. David Gray's performance was awesome. A full 2hr show covering the songs from his latest album Life in Slow Motion He's got an amazing voice, and he was really into it, dancing around in his typical ragdoll style. I spent the evening tapping my feet and wishing I was a drummer. Good times.A few weeks ago, I signed myself up for a 7 day Mountaineering Course with Outward Bound. It's a shorter version of the 21 day trip pk took a couple years ago. I'm really excited about it and can't wait until August to head off to Pemberton. I have a lot to prepare for though. First and foremost, getting all 96 pounds of me into shape to actually live through a week of carrying a heavy pack while climbing and hiking in the mountains. I'm putting myself through an exercise regime starting this week.My good friend Natasha from Toronto was up here for a week for work and I was able to spend the weekend with her before she headed back. It's been 7 months since I moved so it was so wonderful to see her after so long. We had a great weekend full of good food and good chats. We drove up to Squamish and spent the afternoon walking around. We drove around looking at the properties for sale in the area and had a great lunch at our favourite Squamish restaurant. Thanks for the visit Natasha!So who's coming to visit me next? hmm? Pk is off in Atlanta for a seminar until Monday so I have the weekend to myself.Last night, I went out with a couple of co-workers. We met up at Ambleside Park and ate our sushi dinner on the beach and watched the sunset. After dinner, we headed to a yoga studio for a night of improv. There were 12 of us altogther and everyone had to participate in the assorted improv exercises. It's been a long time since I've done anything like that and I found it quite enjoyable. A group of us had a great discussion over cups of tea about what we learned about ourselves through the imporv exercises. My friend brought up that he realized he sits on the fence a lot, passing on opportunites because he's waiting for the right time, the right price, the right whatever, but he found that the improv exercises worked out great when you let yourself go and try not to think about what you're going to say or what other people with think of you. If you just get up and jump into the activity wholeheartedly, things get accomplished, ideas flow, and you enjoy youself so much more. I saw that in myself as well, realizing that when I just jumped into the game and freed myself from all reserve and hesitation, I enjoyed myself so much more. What appeared to be just an evening of games actually taught us something we could apply to our own lives, outside of that yoga stu[...]



Happy Birthday Mia!

2006-04-08T22:21:27.143-07:00

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Happy 25th Birthday Mia!
Hope you have an excellent day and a fantastic year.