Monday, January 30, 2012

1/2 OR 183/365

Six months.
183 days.

However you look at it, I am half way there!*

* Admittedly, as I'm posting this, it feels like less of a "half way!" and more of a "ONLY half way?"

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Saturday, January 28, 2012


Needed a head shot for a photo contest. This is not the one I submitted, but "leftovers" sure make my day's blog work easy.

Friday, January 27, 2012


Tonight's Skype conversation: PD Days, new outfits, and vegetable metaphors.



Layer up; it's snowshoe time!


"But I don't wanna take a photo today!"


Time to start organizing those papers...

Monday, January 23, 2012


"Because I'm trying to type, that's why."

Sunday, January 22, 2012


Of course, the indicator of any good party is how much cleaning up there is to do the next day.


When I host a party, I also tend to become a walking Dyson advertisement.

* By the way, I am fully aware that days 173 and 174 are out of order in the list of posts. I accidentally "published" the draft of 174 before 173, and Blogger won't let me switch them. Trust me, it's harder for me to accept than it is for you. ;)


Birthday celebrations concluded last night with a gathering at my house. I always enjoy having company over. I love my space, and I love fellowship in it. Certainly not a wild or crazy evening, my party was nevertheless a lovely evening of laughter, food, and fun.

It was also one more thing that reminded me of how blessed I am in my friendships and community. As I mentioned previously, the birthday celebrations started two weeks ago. My family in SK took me out for a lovely brunch. My six-year-old niece, ever-purposeful in so much of what she does, wore an entirely-red outfit in my honour. This really touched me as a reminder of the intentionality with which I am considered by those close to me.

The following week--my actual birthday--I was spoiled again. I had suggested a simple Birthday-Grey's Night, but the girls took that idea and ran with it.

I sat in JP's kitchen, watching the three of them move animatedly around pots, cutting boards, and appliances, piecing together their fondue creation. I know that they were having fun creating simply because they were creating. But I also know that this idea had come about as they had considered me. Just me.

This--at this point, right here--was a wealth of blessing.

Last night, my friends continued to pour the light of celebration and love upon me. And all I really had to do was take it in. (That and the rum-chocolate mousse!)

(As a side note, I had ten people in my house for this event, and my anxiety-disordered cat remained upstairs for the entire evening. She also stayed in the living room, where everyone was gathered, for at least half of that. She enjoyed cuddles from more than one person, and did not hiss at anyone. This is a birthday miracle, if ever I saw one.)

Thursday, January 19, 2012


About a year ago at this time, there was so much snow on the ground that when my friends and I snowshoed around the city's parks, we were flush with the tops of benches and large garbage cans. This year's precipitation levels have been the complete opposite. In some ways--particularly ways that involve a driveway and a shovel--I am grateful. That being said, I have missed the snowshoeing. As have my friends.

Currently, we are on Day 5 of a deep freeze stretch. But on day one of this stretch, it snowed. Enough to actually cover stuff. And enough to justify snowshoeing, -30C or not.

Sure, we could have tromped around the field in just our boots and actually been just fine. But that's not the point. It's half way through January in Alberta and we hadn't yet been able to break out the snowshoes. That's just not right. We were chomping at the bit.

We did pace ourselves, voting for a half-hour trek instead of our usual hour. It took us about half an hour just to get ourselves dressed and geared up. We are poorly out of routine. But now afterwards, as I rehydrate and have a bite to eat, I am awash in that endorphin-driven, post-outdoor-activity feeling of satisfaction.

Could it be that I actually find myself wishing it would snow a little more???


Around 8:15 this morning. It actually got a bit worse before it got better (and by better I mean -26C). On the plus side (ha, ha), it was bright and sunny all day long.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


Hot bath on a super cold day: lovely.
Hot epsom bath after a deep tissue massage: relaxing.
One bath serving both purposes simultaneously: awesome!


The ASL sign for "cold." I've been using it a lot today.

Sunday, January 15, 2012


I can either snow blow my driveway in the cold, or I can snow blow my driveway in the cold. So I chose in the cold.


Who says chocolate martinis are just for Christmas?

Saturday, January 14, 2012


Birthday celebrations continue; first [non-chocolate] fondue!*

*(Don't ask why I waited 31 years--I don't know that, either)

Thursday, January 12, 2012


And the crossover process continues...

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Work: where it is not unusual to find blue ice cubes in the freezer.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


Amongst the fun--built-in webcam. :)




The long journey home...

Saturday, January 7, 2012


Let the birthday celebrations begin. :)

Friday, January 6, 2012


Movie night. I can taste the butter and salt as I type :)

Thursday, January 5, 2012


If you put the dreidel song in their heads, they will want to make a dreidel. When you ask if they have clay, they will say they can use play dough. When you ask if there is currently play dough made, Mom will say no, and she will make a new batch. They will ask what Hanukkah colours are. You will say "blue and white" but when the food colouring actually comes out, they will want every colour. You will show them how to mix the food colouring into the play dough; you will end up with a rainbow all over your hands.

In the end, you will make three unique dreidels.

You will be so touched that your niece and nephew enjoy a custom from your own culture. And you will have rainbow on your hands to remind you for the next several days. :)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Rock You Like a Hurricane! OR 157/365

Hurricane simulation at the mall--SO worth the $2!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012


Each engaged in our own screen; oh, technology.

Monday, January 2, 2012


Friends, tunes, coffee. We are good to go. :)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Create for 2012 AND 154/365

So, if spontaneity was my guiding word (not to ever be confused with my Guiding Word) for 2011, what have I chosen for 2012? Again, I didn't have to think hard, but it isn't a word I necessarily chose as intentionally as last year--this one more just sorta came to me.

Cre·ate (kr-t): (v) to cause to exist; to bring into being. To produce through artistic or imaginative effort.

This one has somewhat of a broader scope to it. While I think it will definitely focus around my photography, I do not want to limit it to just that. I want to take advantage of opportunities to create in any activity.
  • To create relationships--with people at work, with people in my community, short-term or long.
    • God calls us to be in relationship with others. I have purposely paid attention to this calling for a few years now, and continue to seek growth in the way I connect and interact with others.
  • To create my own -- my own space, my own food, my own comfort.
    • I am moving swiftly through Year Two in my house. I filled rooms with my colours, the garden with my vegetables, and the whole house with my essence. I look forward to taking the best parts of last year and continue to create in my home.
  • To create for the eye -- ah, the photography.
    • I am very excited about finally purchasing a Macbook Pro. It should arrive in the mail sometime next week. In short turn, I will load Photoshop and Aperture onto its hard drive to work in conjunction with the great graphics hardware that the laptop will have on its own. After recently looking back on some older photographs, I was surprised to see just how much skill I really have gained since expanding my photography beyond just snapshots. Both in pure images, and in my ability to artistically and/or aesthetically enhance images. I can't even start to imagine the new things I will learn how to do with my images through new programs (and continued practice in the field, of course).
Because the word "create" implies something that currently does not exist, there may very well be other areas in which I create--for myself, or for others. As with every new year--every new day--2012 is an unknown. I feel like the words 'create' and 'discover' may end up going hand-in-hand.