Monthly Archives: September 2016

Royally Perfect

This week was a good week. Nothing of great importance occurred during the week.

Friday after work, a few co-workers from my group and I went to Cinema Public House in Vancouver. Our firm was holding the annual Post-CFE Party and all staff are invited to attend. I didn’t attend last year because I had only been working at the firm for about 6 weeks and didn’t really know anyone.

This year was nice – we had some drinks and a bit of food. Then headed to Republic Nite Club for a couple more drinks. It was actually the first time I’ve been to a night club in Vancouver! And holy hell did it ever make me feel old!

I totally remember being in my early to mid 20’s and going out almost every weekend. We’d hit up the night clubs in Kelowna and stay out all hours of the night. We’d drink and dance and get smokies from the vendor outside the night club when the club shut down.

This Friday was different. I was old. The music was loud and I didn’t know 99% of it. And it was crowded. I am just old. LOL

Saturday was a mellow day as I was slightly hungover. Nothing like I used to live through in my early to mid 20’s, but definitely enough to need bacon & eggs, and an afternoon nap!

Sunday (today) was different. I let myself sleep until I’m ready to wake … something I do as often as possible on weekends … and today is was about 6:15 am. I had hoped to be up by 7:00 am so that I could shower and dress for the big morning. I wanted to be down at Jack Poole Plaza by 8:00 am. We were having big guests in town …


Yes … the spot I secured was PERFECT! I was about 4 feet away … this picture is not zoomed or anything! I was THIS CLOSE to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge!!! OMG such an amazing experience!

Granted … I (and others around us) did let a young girl with flowers stand in front in order to coax the Duchess towards our area! And at first, it was the Duke on my side of the walking path … the Duchess was on the other side. But the location where I was standing was right near where the motorcade was parked … and the Duchess came over to my side just in time to greet the young girl, receive her flowers and pose for a split second for me to get this shot!!!

This afternoon was mellow. I am sort of binge watching Grey’s Anatomy … again. So I have had it on while I puttered and lounged around. I’m planning my October … the health and fitness aspect of my October.

And then the day got bright and I got out for a nice walk. I walked around Lost Lagoon … 4.55 km round trip (00:52:31 total time) … and was able to capture this lovely shot:


So it’s been a great weekend … and the next week will be great … it’s the last week of September and I’m getting excited and geared up for a very successful October!

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Forgot … Completely Forgot

My two lovely fur babies let me sleep in today until after 7:30 am! I was up just before 6:00 am for a quick bathroom visit, but was luckily able to get back to sleep.

I have to get up early (5:30 am) tomorrow so that I can be at work for between 7:00 am and 7:30 am. Our group is doing a 1-day “Boot Camp” event, updating everyone on the happenings of the past year and the future year. We’re also doing 4 breakout sessions to provide insight to some new standards we’re rolling out.

Anyways back to the past week …

Sunday. What happened on Sunday? I’m going to go with “nothing”. Nothing happened on Sunday. It was a very relaxing day.

Monday. Yes Monday. I got up with my alarm. Went through the basics of getting ready for work, all the while still battling the headache/migraine I had Saturday. Around the time I was supposed to leave to walk to work, I decided to take a personal/sick day. I binge watched Grey’s Anatomy … right back to the beginning. I was also able to get crush some of the bookkeeping I had been procrastinating on. Yes, I wasn’t well enough to go to work, but I worked at my own business. In very sporadic periods. No specific hours.

Tuesday. Wednesday. Nothing much … back at the office. Back to routine. The migraine nicely subsided so that I was able to get back to life.

Thursday. I opted for a really not healthy lunch and got Chinese Food from the food court next to our office. This day is also one of my best friend’s birthday. I sent her a beautiful card, a $50 Lululemon gift card, and one of each of the 3 new types of tea I recently bought. She has 3 kids (aged 6 1/2, 2 1/4, and 9 months) and we’re planning on an adult-only vacation next year to Vegas. I got her the Lulu gift card so she can get herself something workout-y, something that makes her feel good, and gives her the want to get healthy and fit again.

Friday. I made 2 smoothies … one for breakfast and one for lunch. But my lunch smoothie stayed in the fridge. I decided to get a Sweet Potato Wrap from Creme de la Crumb.

Saturday. My plan for this day is shopping. Clothing shopping. At work, we’re allowed to wear jeans/be a bit more casual all day every day. So I wanted to find some more versatile items that could be worn to work, and during my weekends. I headed out to Metropolis at Metrotown in Burnaby. It’s a great big mall! I think I was there for about 3 hours … spent a shit-tonne of money … but got some awesome items! I have a few favorites:

I’m so excited to make all these new outfits! Especially since the weather is TOTALLY changing and Fall is definitely upon us here!

I also stopped by the Superstore at Metropolis to pick up some Larabars because they are on sale for $16 per box (works out to $1 per bar!) but they didn’t order the full boxes!!! I used to work for the company and was the person who did this part of the ordering … you look at the flyer for next week to know what you need to order!!!! C’mon people!!! *Fail

Last night I did one last trip out and picked up some new gel pens from Michael’s … they had a 50% off one item that was ending yesterday. After grabbing the pens, I headed to Joey Burrard for dinner. I ordered a Budweiser and the Spicy BBQ Chicken Sandwich. Please do check out this post … it was one of the better experiences I’ve had.

Sunday. Today. I went out for breakfast to Red Umbrella. Afterwards, I decided to look up the next closest Superstore for Larabars. It was going to take me 45 minutes each way on the bus so I decided to grab an Evo car share instead. I also decided to call the store first, to make sure they had stock! Since there was a limit of 4 boxes, that is what I limited myself to. This afternoon, I’ve been binge watching Season 2 of Grey’s Anatomy, and also made a big batch of some fantastic chili!!! Can’t wait to have lunches and dinners this week!!!

Oh and the title … I totally forgot to weigh myself this morning!

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Social Media

I should start using my day planner as a bit of a diary or “what I do each day” journal. Right now, I look back through my Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat to remember what I did all week!

Monday was a holiday and I did NOTHING! It was absolutely splendid!

The week consisted of work. Not “hard” but work. I (still) have a ton of bookkeeping to do and should really get on it … I’ve been procrastinating for upwards of 6 weeks now!

Friday after work I headed to BC Place to take in the BC Lions vs. Montreal Alouettes CFL football game. It was a nice evening.

Near the end of the game, the announcer comes on to indicate which player would be going to a local taphouse … and Friday was Jonathan Jennings (BC Lions QB).

I decided to head to the taphouse and just have a drink … not ready to head home.

I was sitting at a table and this decent-looking guy came and asked if he could sit with me … sure, why not!

We ended up having a great time! Seemed to have a lot in common. The bill came and he pulled out his card and said he’d pay the bill (how nice, right!?) I headed to the bathroom before heading out, and when I came back to the table, the guy was gone … to the bathroom? Gone home?

I waited a few minutes, guessing he was in the loo … but nothing. So I took the bill (that was on the table) to the waitress and asked if it was still outstanding.

Yup. Unpaid.

What. The. Fuck.

So I paid the bill cause I couldn’t just walk out … and headed home. What an asshole!

Saturday was a mellow day. I didn’t do a ton … had to go to Adrenaline Tattoo on Granville as I have an appointment near the end of the month, but I’m having second thoughts on the artist, etc. … so I wanted to cancel the appointment and have my deposit refunded. The receipt clearly indicates that deposits for custom tattoos are non-refundable. So I was already prepared to fight LOL (I have only made the appointment 2 days prior).

Thankfully, there was no problem. Appointment cancelled. Refund issued.

I had a ticket to the Keith Urban concert Saturday night, with Maren Morris and Dallas Smith as openers. I had been battling a bad headache most of the afternoon, and thinking it was because of the beers the night before … had a drink to combat the headache – you know, “Hair of the Dog”!

I had a couple of beers at the concert and enjoyed Maren Morris. Then bathroom break … bit of a line up … probably 5 minutes in and out.

Up next was Dallas Smith. He’s awesome – just love him! Then bathroom break … and the line was HUGE! I waited in line for a stall for almost 20 minutes! Not to mention I had to go for about 15 minutes before!

So now I’m all annoyed and still have a headache that keeps getting worse. So I actually opted OUT of staying for the headliner, Keith Urban. I have seen him before and he’s good … but I was NOT feeling well.

Home I went. And to bed I went.

This morning I feel better … but still feel a tightness in my neck.

I did some books this morning, but should really do more.

I’ve returned from getting groceries … going to make some salads this week:

  • romaine lettuce
  • black beans
  • peaches & cream corn
  • avocado
  • homemade tomato salsa
  • sour cream
  • cajun chicken

I decided to create an Instagram account for my health journey. You can find and follow me @gonagethealthy

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Busy Weekend

Today is Monday September 5, 2016.

It’s Labour Day (in Canada) meaning it’s a bank/government holiday and a stat holiday at work! It’s the last long weekend of the summer and school starts tomorrow for students in BC.

The last week was good. Work was work. Felt like it went rather quickly.

I went for lunch with some co-workers on Thursday … they picked a Japanese restaurant (specializing in sushi) … and I’m not a sushi fan. But I figured I’d find SOMETHING to eat there!

I ended up ordering the Avocado Mango sushi roll, a veggie cone, and veggie tempura. The tempura was delicious, but I ended up giving away 3 of the maybe 10 pieces of veggies because they were “gross” veggies (mushrooms and peppers) LOL

Here is the roll and cone … both really tasty!

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Then that night I had plans to meet my nephew for dinner, along with his grandma, aunt & uncle and their 2 kids, at Famoso (delicious pizza!) The grandma and aunt are on his dad’s side and they reached out to me while Lukus was in town, as his mom (my sister) keeps him from seeing/contacting me (and other family members). It was so nice to see him, but he’s 15 (will be 16 in late October) and a boy … so he likely could care less to spend time together LOL dinner was awesome and it was so great to see him and his grandma, aunt, uncle and cousins! I have always really gotten along well with Lukus’ dad’s family.

I even tried a new pizza at Famoso … this is the Spicy Thai pizza – delicious! Meatballs were on special, so I have a few of them along with a few mozza balls for an appy. Then was really already full … so just had a couple pieces of pizza. I took the rest home, along with another full Cavoletti pizza, for future meals!

Then on Saturday I headed off for a day trip tour! We spent 4 hours “speeding” atop the water to go whale watching and were fortunate enough to see about 10 different Orcas! We even saw a large male Orca hunting (salmon, likely) … he was coming up often, quick, and very flip-floppy … that’s a sign they’re hunting. When they are simply coming up “for air”, it’s more in a straight, controlled line.

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Then we were dropped off at the Inner Harbour of Victoria … and this is a big deal for me because at 34 1/2 years of age, and having spent about 33 1/2 of those years in BC, I’ve never been to Vancouver Island! So I was able to spend a couple of hours walking around and exploring Victoria, then took a shuttle bus to Butchart Gardens.

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Unfortunately, I took the last shuttle, so I only had about 30 minutes at the Gardens and it would have been nice to have more time … just means I’ll have to take a weekend and go back to see/do more!

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Then we took about 2 hours to boat back to Vancouver!

Yesterday I made my way out to Bowen Island to visit my besties and check out their new house. They started building it last September (maybe August!) and it was supposed to be done in March/April, but it just passed permits for them to move into about 3 weeks ago!

We spend time just hanging out, and had a BBQ dinner. Then I came home and now it’s today!

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I have a ton of bookkeeping to do today, and I also need to do laundry, clean the apartment, meal prep, etc. today!

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