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Canadian Thanksgiving…

Canadian Westcoast Thanksgiving dinner. Baked sockeye salmon with cream cheese, chives and shrimp, mashed sweet potato and grilled asparagus…  And some nice wine.


Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Canadian bloggers 🙂



Days 46 & 47 – Godzilla, IHOP & extreme bargains..

Lastnite I went and saw the movie Godzilla with my daughter 14, we were stoked to go see it, it looked awesome. It wasn’t. It’s not that it was horrible but it was disappointing. I say if you want to see it save your money and watch it when it comes out on DVD. So the movie was meh, but the company was terrific.

This morning I went out for breakfast with 14 & 16 & one of 16’s friends. We went to IHOP. Till today I had not been to an IHOP here in Canada. I was not really impressed. We had to wait 15 – 20 minutes to get a seat. My coffee cup was dirty… 😦 . The food was OK, not great but. And I found the portions to be ridiculously huge. I mean seriously who can eat that much? I can’t. No wonder there is an epidemic of obesity in North America. Anyways the food may not have been great but I had fun going out with my girls and friend. They were funny, and we got to be goofy, and I enjoyed it anyways.

Once we finished stuffing our faces, we headed to the mall. I didn’t really have much in the way of spending money but I needed a new pair of pants. I decided to pop into Ricki’s – I don’t know if you have Ricki’s where ever you are but they are a decent mid range women’s clothing store that carries casual thru to dressy and has a decent selection of business wear. I could not have gone in on abetter day. The store was moving inventory for the new summer line coming in next week. All spring stock was already marked down but for today only everything was 50% off the last ticketed price. I bought a pair of jeans, a pair of olive green cargo pants and a light weight knitted hoodie/sweater for $42 including tax. When I checked the original prices I would have paid over 170 for the same 3 items just 2 weeks ago.  This weekend so far has made me very happy! 🙂


Running Virus…

It has been a long time since I have suffered from so-called ‘running virus’, but I can feel it itching away at the soles of my feet. Causing a restlessness in my legs, that seems to be buried in my very bones. This infectious virus has absolutely nothing to do with jogging, New Year’s resolutions to get healthy or lose weight, or running marathons… in fact it isn’t about that kind of running at all. Some of you may associate it with the term ‘travel bug’.

This ‘running virus’ has hit me full force! It is tickling my ears with whispers and promises of distant elsewheres. When it comes and invades my blood stream I tend to get a bit edgy. My heart rate can become elevated, my mind will tend to wander, holding thoughts is suddenly hard. I get wistful and poetic, and have a far away look in my eyes. I feel as if my very soul is on fire… and nothing can make the burning stop except breathing in hot, dusty, spice laden air from distant lands.

I often try to escape via books when I feel the virus coming on. But they can only carry me so far. The accents, and languages want to dance across my tongue not just echo in my mind. I long to be caressed by the wind, while singing foreign lullabies, and eating strange intoxicating foods. I want explore and experience things that I have only imagined. I want to get lost in adventure. No hindrance, no fear holding me back, no ties keeping me still. “Soon” I whisper to myself, “just a little longer, soon enough”.

I want a life full of “I can’t I believe I actually did that! wow!” instead “I wish I had done that… Sigh…”

When I was young and foolish I traveled around BC quite a bit and even visited the Yukon, mid winter. But this is not what my heart longs for. Now don’t get me wrong BC is beautiful territory and should any of you ever get the chance I recommend getting lost here for awhile. I confess it was some of the most breath taking scenery around. Mountains, wildlife, oceans, big cities, and vast areas of nothing but forest… it’s all here. But this is my home territory, and so it seems to be the far away places that I find myself dreaming of.

I am thinking that perhaps part of what has brought the virus on is re-establishing of my freedom via a car. Perhaps another contributing factor is that my one year anniversary in the townhouse I am in is coming up, or maybe it’s more due to the shift in weather, longer days, more sunshine  – I can feel spring once again around the corner. I can’t say for sure what is fueling this bout of running virus, but I am definitely burning up with it…