Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Our Porch is Alive and Sunny!

So nice to have our little outdoor space back in play again. I can spend hours out here on a sunny day.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

My Birthday...

....I guess my own birthday is taking on a new kind of meaning as I draw closer to Moonbeam's birthday...the miracle of it all. I had a super nice day, went into work late, as has been my pattern all week...arrived to find a beautiful bouquet of flowers from my co-workers. I had so many phone calls, emails & well wishers, it made me feel really special. Sandy took me out for a great Japanese lunch and brought a decadent cake to our Production meeting. I basically slacked the afternoon away and left early - and got a ride home. It was great! At home, Adam gave me the coolest present which was a new digital camera that makes mini movies. It is something I have wanted for a while! we had some time in the sun on the porch, I did some planting while he made little movies of me. Now all I need to do is figure out how to post them on my Blog! We went out for a fabulous dinner at one of my favorite restraunts, Clove. It really was a special birthday - my last birthday as a 'single' person.

Saturday, March 31, 2007

Monday, February 19, 2007

Modern Grandma

This is very cool. My Mom reads stories to my little niece Artemis over Skype. It may be hard to be a long distance Grandparent, but the internet and some modern adaptations can make storytime completely real.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Perdida Lola

On February 7th at 11:00 am, Perdida Lola Dick Brown was born into the world to our good friends Lola and Dot. She is a beautiful little girl weighing 7 lbs 6 oz. We have visited them a few times now and I can’t keep my hands off her, she is so sweet! When we left the hospital from our initial visit, the first this Adam said was “I wish our baby was here right now!” It is great to see what may be in store for us in five more months!

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Always Do the Right Thing

I am a firm believer of doing the right thing in life. I guess I believe in Karma or just the idea that whatever you choose to do in life will come back to a thousand fold. So far, life has been pretty sweet to me, with some minor bumps and bruises, so I must be choosing well, at least most of the time. Yesterday my theory was reinforced for me yet again. I was walking to work on a rainy morning and I found a wallet on the sidewalk. I paused and gave it a little kick and noticed that it seemed recently dropped. I picked it up and saw that it belonged to an ESL student, I figured, I would take it to work and call the guy's school to let him know that he could come to the Roundhouse to pick it up. I also noticed that it had $125 in it. I would be totally lying if I said that I wasn't contemplating what that money could buy. Eventhough Adam and I are both working, it always seems that the last couple days before payday the money is all spent. When I got to work I showed Sandy and joked to her that we should go and buy $100 worth of lottery tickets. Of course she just said "Do the right thing" and I knew it too. This is no time in my life to be tempting fate, I say! Well, Alvin, the owner of the wallet showed up and was very grateful to have it back in tact. So grateful that after he left, he came back in and dropped off an envelope for me at the front desk with $100 bill in it. He wrote on the outside "Thanks so much. Enjoy your day." I tell ya, I wasn't expecting that whatsoever but what a positive bit of reinforcement that was. The moral of this story: Don't ever fall into the mode of thought that doing the right thing never pays off because that is just niahlism at it's worst. The truth is that we get many opportunities everyday to do the right thing, to extend ourselves through positivity and Love and it is always pays off!

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Now that the word is out....

I guess I can and should be posting in here more often. I had such a good, quiet, relaxing holiday. I spent many lazy days on the couch reading, working on new crochet projects all baby related, of course. I suppose for anyone who may not know, I can now announce that yes, Adam and I are pregnant. I actually did the general anouncement at work right before Christmas holidays. Now we are 15 weeks along. I set up another blog called Moonbeam Baby, for the little one, which is listed at the top of the links section to the right. I will post more pregnancy details there and see what happens. Evenutually it is likely that I will merge the two together.
Many things have been happening in the last while, of course, this by far being the biggest. But Adam has started a new job with Family Services which he is really enjoying. He is working with street youth at a drop in centre and also at a detox centre. It is amazing to see him finally finding his work rewarding after the soul sucking corporate experience he had a West jet. I can see how Adam is very well suited to this kind of work. He is kind, patient and compassionate and has a great sense of humour. He goes through life with an innate respect for everyone, from the grocery store clerk to the spare changers who line the Drive. I am glad that he has found something that we likes and love the fact that it pays way better that Sweat Jet!

I am still plugging away at the Roundhouse but am not nearly as into it as I have been in the past. In fact, I can't wait until my maternity leave begins! I know it is crazy to look at it as a vacation, becasue it won't be. However, I am seeing it as a well needed gear shift that I have been desiring for some time. I am very open to change in my life, and this is a really exciting one!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Adam and Me

Here is a picture form our trip to Moscow when it still looked like Fall. Adam has been working like crazy at his new jobs and he is really enjoying the challenge. He is getting awesome feedback from his supervisors and comments like, 'It seems like you have been doing this kind of work for a long time,' and 'you are really fitting in around here.' are coming his way. Seems like he has really found his niche. I guess the only bummer is that he has to work on Christmas day, but I guess it's even more of a bummer or the street kids who have no where to go except the drop in centre.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Such a Cutie!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Sweet Cousin

She came into the world at 7:30 pm on Saturday, 18 November 2006, after 20 hours of labourious labour. She was born naturally, a healthy 7 pounds 14 ounces. Congratulations! Blessed be the new Scorpio baby of the family!

Monday, November 13, 2006

The end of a good little vacation...

Last night Adam and I got back from our little ten day excursion to Ontario. We stopped by Ottawa fro a couple of days to visit with Chris and Tal and Artemis. We had a great time. Artemis is such a little cute thang! She loved playing ball with Uncle Adam and reading books with Auntie Nikki. After a much too short visit we headed off to Kingston to visit Adam's Mom and Dave. We had a really wonderful visit with them. We spent much time cozying up by the fire, visiting and catching up and I made lots of headway on my crochet projects. We spent a day wandering around Kingston and another day wandering the countryside, collecting pine cones and other wreath makings. The visit was so relaxed and such a welcome break from our totally hectic Vancouver lives. We headed back into Ottawa for one more night and had a nice dinner gathering with the Ottawa branch of the Greaves family.

Now today, I am trying depserately to get some order back into my lazy bones and gear up for the busy month ahead.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Last Night a Craft Session Saved my Life....

I don't usually comment too much on my weekly crafty escapades with the Firey Ladies of East Vancouver. Yep, that's right Fire Signs only allowed. And not just any Fire Ladies, either. You have to be of the 'Sweet Sister' catagory to apply. No Meanies Allowed! Nothing is quite as riotous as having a hang out session laced with tea and brownies, where the main event is crafting and Halloween costume constructing. I have never seen a bustier made of duct tape before - thank you Heather. I know you will make a gorgeous Rennaissance Ms. We laugh and share our life's stories for the week. Sometimes there are some doozy's. Sometimes the master story-telling takes over and the scene just creates itself. And since early August, we haven't missed a week! We Fire Ladies depend on one another and it's so cool. Tonight we talked about gay babies and childbirth videos and mean people and Halloween. We are quite the motley crue, us Sweet Sisters. We aren't perfect and we wouldn't even bother trying to be. Just being who we are is enough. So, yes, in a world of strange tales and even stranger people and dramarama, I can say that Last Night a Craft Session Saved my Life.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Another Sick Day....

Geez, it seems like I have been sick alot lately. I guess the Fall is always bad for that sort of thing for me. I think that most of it is due to lack of sleep, which compromises the 'ole immune system. Then, give me one fly by little bug and WHAM-O! It is great to have sick days form work, but I would rather be saving them up and not waste them actually being sick! I spent the entire day in bed (again) which is so boring. At least I worked on some crochet projects and sent my beautiful man-slave out for Echinacea-Ginger-Lemon juice, my favorite sicky system booster. At this rate, I am not going to be partying very much for Halloween...darn it. I had the best idea for a costume....the Corpse Bride! Hahaha. I think I know the perfect dress to wear!
I guess I just need to focus on getting more sleep, which is difficult with Adam working night shifts and this noisy house we are living in. Auugghhhh - Calgon , take me away! When do I get my own quiet home??????

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Often Imitated but Never Equaled

Ok, so I am putting and end to my egomaniacal rant. I just want to say that I am over it. Now, in the wise words of my Mom, I will "get on with my fabulous life".

Monday, October 16, 2006

A Doozy of a Rant.....

Ok, So this is my blog and I am allowed a good rant every now and again am I not? Well, this one is a doozy. A real doozy. Here is the background information: On July 9th, 2005 my hubby Adam and I tied the proverbial knot in a beautiful outdoor summer wedding ceremony. Me, an event planner and artist, had the most fantastic time that year planning our wedding celebration. In true creative form, I masterminded every exsquisite detail of the happening. If you have ever known an aries gal with a flair for creative micromanaging you can understand what I am saying. So many infinite points to consider....I made porcelain vases, specially designed the flowers, colors, all matter of elaborate decor, fresh stylin' invites, wedsite & design work gifted to us by pal Becca, the meal of wild salmon and organic fare, professional musician friends performed, pro photos, video, italian bakery style cake, etc etc etc. For me, the entire process was a true expression of my Love for Adam and my desire to define that day as truly 'ours'. Of course the centrepiece of the entire day was the same as is is for many brides - The Dress. I tried on dozens and dozens if not hundreds of dresses, looking for that one gown that felt like the unique expression of self that I wanted to envelope myself in as I embarked on this monumental life journey. I was a 32 year old bride, no stranger to the carnal experiences of life and had certainly reached a point of self knowledge that can only happen through true life experience. I knew that a pure white dress just wouldn't do. After months of searching, consulting the opinions of many girlfirends, dragging them along from bridal shop to bridal shop, I finally found it - The One. This was the gown that would carry me over the threshold of my life from single womanhood into the brave new world of married partnership. It was perfect in every way. It was a diamond white A-line, strapless, satin dress, intricately embroidered in black thread and beads accross the bust, with a gorgeous corset back laced in a thick black ribbon - size 6. The corset back was mandatory in my search, for me it epitomized the decade long romance that had led Adam and I to this point with one another. It was unique, I had never seen a wedding dress like this one before. It was classic enough that I knew my Mom and (hopefully) Grandma would approve, yet edgy and original enough that I didn't feel like I was compromising my individuality by adopting the typical image 'bride'. Finally my long search was over. Of course there were still many details to work out with my attire for the day - dress alterations (another long story in itself ) shoes, hairpiece, accessories ( I chose pearl and black crystal earrings which hung elgantly low, I thought ) swarovsky crystal veil (which I customized with a black piping edge to accent the embroidery on the dress) and then, of course, there was the matter of decking out Adam in an equally classic and stylishly handsome ensemble. Details Details Details. Of course it was all worth it, I still look back at it as my most emotional, happiest, most beautiful day of my life so far. And with the amount of effort put into the rest of the day, why wouldn't it be? We must have over five hundred photos of that day alone. I knew that the images us on our wedding day would be carried with us throughout our entire lives. So that's the background, I think you get the picture. Well, with our wedding, as many other have experienced, it is a time when families meet and join together. The week of the wedding was the first time I hade met many of Adam's family, including his Dad, step-Mom and step Sister. Amidst the stress excitement of the week, some friendly connections were made. Now here comes the rant part. The following summer, Adam's younger step-sister was planning her own wedding. She is about ten years younger than me and seemed like a strong individual in her own right. As her wedding approached, it became disappointingly clear that we would not be able make the expensive trip out East to attend. The wedding went off with out a hitch from what I understand and recently Adam recieved a picture of the happy couple on their special day. Now this is the point where I lose quite a bit of my abilty to describe what happend... I think flabbergasted would sum up the first few moments....as I look at my young sister-in-law, she is wearing the EXACT SAME DRESS AS MINE! She is wearing MY dress! Exactly one year after my dreamy trip down the isle. To describe the flood of emotions that I felt after that would be impossible. Dumbfounded! Betrayed! Furious! Robbed! Devastated! It felt like daggers had been driven into my heart, my soul had be mowed over. Why? WHY? Why would she do this? My own sister in law! I still have no answer to that question and every moment I spend contemplating only spawns more questions. I gathered up some of the comments that I have recieved from my friends and families and I thought it would be somewhat cathartic to post them here. So far, this is what I have: "impersonation is the finest form of flattery" : "sad, very, very sad" : "ridiculous!" : "who does that kind of thing?" : "Didn't her Mom give her any guidance?" : "a complete joke": " they must really not like you": " I wonder how your wedding photo looks on their mantle right next to theirs?" : "maybe you don't exist to them" : "devastatingly unoriginal" : "maybe is was a compliment" : "it probably looked like a hand-me-down" : "tacky" : "that's mean" : "it's just plain wrong" : "Maybe your picture isn't even on their family picture wall" : "shocking!" : "Wow! That's just horrible!' : "There should be laws against that kind of thing" : "It's is such a negative gesture" : "Imagination is in short supply for some" : "Deeply wierd" : "I am embarassed for her." If she ever were to read this, I know I run the risk of hurting her feelings, but hey, she could have thought of that before she stomped all over mine. I am an emotional girl - not usually materialistic as we have never actually made any kind of money, or placed an importance on it in our lives. So, it is rather odd for me to react so strongly to 'stuff' or a material item. But this dress was truly a sacred symbol to me. My absolutely once-in-a-lifetime experience. Isn't this girl supposed to be my Sis, my family? Where do my feelings factor into this story? Couldn't she have at least let me know before she emailed Adam the picture? I would never even dream of doing something like this... I am truly grateful that I wasn't at their wedding, because I am positive that there would have been tears - and not tears of joy, let me tell you....I know that this isn't exactly kind, but I am truly disturbed and even writing this post has helped to make me feel better. So, thanks for the ear. Send me your comments because I truly want to know what you think.....This will go down in my mythology as one of the lamer things that has been done to me.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Spooky Numerology

I absolutely need to have todays' date, Friday the 13th on my blog. So this is the date today, right 13/10/2006? Well check this out: 1+3+1+0+2+0+0+6 =13! I guess this hasn't happened since Friday, January 13th, 1520. I got through the day bascially unscathed so I am not convinced that 13 is an unlucky number. I am just crazy about all things esoteric. It fits in perfectly with my Halloween spirit as the darkness of winter creeps in.....

Monday, October 09, 2006

October Days...

Ok, I guess it is October now. I have had such a super great four day long weekend. I am sad to see it go, but I am definitely sure that it is now October! We are having some amazing sunshine still, thanks to global warming, I guess. But the night is coming sooner and sooner these days. I made my last batch of jam for a while on Saturday. This creation was strawberry plum - the plums being from our backyard tree. I do believe that we have enough jam for a while: plum-peach, pear-blackberry, raspberry-strawberry, spicy pear and peach. I don't think my friends mind, though. Everyone who has tried some seems to love it, especially Adam. I say it's pretty hard to go wrong with fresh fruits and seven cups of sugar! Oh Ya!Ummm..what else...we had a really subdued Thanksgiving dinner with Nate and Semi yesterday. Everything was perfect, the dinner, the dessert (champagne truffle cake from Nate's cafe, mmmmm), the company. It was nice to keep it really small this year. After a nice sunny walk in da' hood today with Adam, I tried to spend the rest of day relaxing today but my knob of a landlord seems to think that loud, random, unnecessary house repairs need to be done on a holiday Monday. He was banging away for hours...sooo annoying! I can't wait until we can buy our own house. I don't even care what city it is in, just give me some space of my very own! Soon, soon grasshopper....I will be at the mercy of no one's carpentry whims except my own!

Thursday, September 28, 2006

A lot to Love about Fall

...when the sun is shining as it has been lately, September doesn't have to bring in the blahs....these zinnias keep blasting me with the beautiful richness of fall colors...I got another bike, so I couldn't be happier that the weather is great...it's pretty much the best thing that has happened to me all week!

Sunday, September 17, 2006

September Days....

Fall is flying in now, swooping and flying at jet speed. i try to take time to contemplate....the very last days of summer. I made strawberry raspberry jam and savory ginger pear chutney this weekend. My exploration into canning - part of my domestic arts practise I suppose. A lesson in simplicity. It was a slow moving weekend or rather i was was slow moving, but time was racing against me and I can't even compete with it. I want more time!

Have a look at this tree outside my living room window. It's a beautiful urban condo for crows, squirrels and starlings.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Medicinal uses for Basil...

Part Used Medicinally: The whole herb, both fresh and dried, gathered in July.

Medicinal Action and Uses: Aromatic and carminative. Though generally employed in cooking as a flavouring, Basil has been occasionally used for mild nervous disorders and for the alleviation of wandering rheumatic pains- the dried leaves, in the form of snuff, are said to be a cure for nervous headaches.

An infusion of the green herb in boiling water is good for all obstructions of the internal organs, arrests vomiting and allays nausea.

The seeds have been reckoned efficacious against the poison of serpents, both taken internally and laid upon the wound. They are also said to cure warts.

In common with other labiates, Basil, both the wild and the sweet, furnishes an aromatic, volatile, camphoraceous oil, and on this account is much employed in France for flavouring soups, especially turtle soup. They also use it in sauces. The leafy tops are a great improvement to salads and cups."

Cinnamon Basil Flowers....

I grew these little basil plants from seeds. My understanding is that this type of basil is great for tea. Here is a link to one of my favorite plant info sites - the UBC Botanical Garden site. It's definitely worth the browse.

It is fabulous that the sun is lingering on and we are having warm September days...