7 days before my trip and my camera breaks!!!

Thank God Matt was able to fix it for me. We had “The Talk” about how to take care of your electronics. I thought machines serve YOU but I guess it’s the other way around.

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So here’s a run down of my last week here in Victoria:

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Carla, Andrew, Matt and I saw the band Men without Hats at club 9one9. It was amusing. We sang, we danced and as a bonus, they played ABBA’s S.O.S. song as their encore performance!

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Saturday, May 7th was mom’s birthday and everyone showed up!

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Mamma Kate and Marley stayed for a long time. Marley is the most laid back child in the world. We all loved holding her.

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Ming Ming in all her glory.

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Marie Josee, mom and Sandra all have their birthdays in May.

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Matt and I stayed over night and celebrated mother’s day with mom. We had a Mimosa party and watched the movie Julie & Julia. Love you mom!


The rest of the week has been; work, food, dance parties in the living room and a lot of pre-trip hanging out with both Matt and the Kat. Sweet chili roasted chicken with arugula and feta salad.


Lebanese steak tartar (Kibbeh Nayeh) with home-made hummus. My favorite food in the world!


7 month anniversary and more.

Matt and I celebrate our anniversary every month. It’s silly and fun and a little bit crazy like us. The night before “the big day” we went to The Oyster Bar and consumed 48 oysters and many champagne flutes.


The day of, to keep with the seafood theme, I made shrimp 3 ways.  Black bean scallops with butter shrimp and cucumber mint salad.

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Above(this picture doesn’t do it justice):

To the left: shrimp with garlic and butter and crispy sage garnish.

To the right: shrimp with chorizo, tomato, garlic, onion, parsley and cilantro. Lots of fresh lemon squeezed on top.

6 month anniversary!

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Matt asked me to be his girlfriend (cute story) on Thanksgiving 2010. Therefore it seemed appropriate to cook the turkey that’s been sitting in the freezer for our 6 month anniversary.

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The party started with a friendly game of Wii. Matt rocked Mario World yet somehow his remote became “defective” during our bowling match. Ciders were consumed and a dance party ensued.

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The turkey turned out to be one of the best birds I’ve ever eaten.

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Check out the cat licking his lips!

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What a night!

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Big party in the building last night. 12 am and we were bored (surprise, surprise) so went to bed. By 7:30am we were up and ready for a huge walk to the breakwater and around James bay.

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Attempt number one at a selfie.

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Attempt number two.

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Book club chez Shona

Last Friday night was Shona’s turn to host book club. She lives with her mother in a building very similar to my mom’s building (where I lived before being taken over by Matt’s loving spell). The 55 plus resistance is fitted with psychedelic patterned carpets, lovely plastic floral arrangements and cute elevator signs like the one shown below. 


In true Shona fashion, everything was impeccable. The snacks were delicious, the drinks were at the perfect temperature and we each got a take home a goody bag.


Our next book, chosen by Carla, is Women in love by D.H. Lawrence.


Arek’s Birthday in Vancouver

Arek picked us up from the ferries and zoomed us down to Granville Island to eat at the fancy restaurant Watermark. Next, was an amazing show at the planetarium. Laser timed to the Dark side of the moon album. Truly impressive!

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On our way to all you can eat sushi.

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Found Carmen and Ian and the ferry ride home!!!

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Carla’s Birthday at mom’s house.

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Mom making Chuck Hughes calamari with puttanesca sauce.

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The next day Chewy, mom, Barb and I hiked around Goldstream park.

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It looks like I Photoshoped them in front of a Bob Ross painting!

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Buffy the friendly frog

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