Sunday, March 30, 2008


Nope, that's not a spelling mistake. Huxley, is going to be a part of our wedding!

We weren't sure if he'd be allowed, but the event coordinator at the DAC just emailed us and gave us the go ahead to include him. YAY!

If you're wondering why we need permission to include someone in the ceremony, it's because that "someone" happens to be a 2 year old Chocolate Labrador Retriever and the "apple of our eye".

Our whole lives pretty much revolve around him, and so of course, it only seems natural to include him in our big day! We're not sure how he'll be involved, but we've got lots of time to figure that out, and start his "lessons. We'll have to find him a spiffy outfit to wear, hence the Huxedo!

Some recent pics of our big baby:

Aren't I a handsome fella?

Walking on a tree.

Throw the stick dad!

Big jump!

My favorite little creek in Robert Burnaby Park.

One more for good measure.

Spring has sprung!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Oh Heavenly Day...

Anyone who knows me, knows I'm not a "Pachabel's Canon in D" kinda girl. With that in mind, I've been searching for the "perfect" song to walk down the aisle to.

Heavenly Day by Patti Griffen is currently a top runner. The only problem is, I kinda like it as a first dance song too! haha

PS. This was the best sounding youtube version, so please excuse the "inspirational" pictures that go along with it ;)

Monday, March 3, 2008

10K is how long?

As part of Project Sexxxy, my plan is to sign up for the 10K Sun Run with the BC Cancer Agency team. As a prelude to this crazy idea, I've been running about 3 times a week, slowly building up my endurance, in the hopes that I'll be ready for 10K by April.

So why haven't I signed up yet? Well, until this morning, I had some doubt as to whether I'd be capable of running 10k without keeling over . I didn't want to embarrass myself by passing out half way through the race! So far, I've been doing 4 and 5k runs, but that's HALF of what I'll have to do in April.

So this morning, I sucked it up, and decided to see what 10k felt like. The burnaby conservation area is made up of a network of paths, with one in particular that winds all the way around it for a total of 11k. I had lots of time, a dog that needed exercise, and the motivation to see just how LONG 10k really was.

And guess what? I DID IT! Well, essentially I did. I stopped to walk for about 0.5K due to some very nasty blisters (the rest of my body felt fantastic). I soon discovered that the blisters hurt less if I ran, and finished off the rest of the run. It felt soooooo good! Not once did I get a stitch, or a cramp or a "oh my god I can't breathe" moment, and I wasn't even dead at the end of it all. Obviously I had a good running day, and I know that doesn't happen all the time, but at least I know what 10k looks and feels like, and I know I am capable!

As you can tell, I'm pretty proud of myself today :)

(picture of burnaby lake from here )

Sunday, March 2, 2008

My first ballet.

My friend Johanna and I went to see the Royal Winnipeg Ballet perform Sleeping Beauty at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre this past friday; it was simply amazing. I've never seen a ballet in theatre before (on tv sure, but never in the theatre) and I am so glad that I finally had the chance.

(all photos by David Cooper)

The dancing was just breath taking! They tell the story with such graceful movements, it was honestly incredible. I can't wait for the next one!!

And best of all, there was a wedding in the final act. Hmmmm bridesmaids in tutu's with frilly lace on their bums, I kinda like it! Just kidding girls, although filly underwear is always fun ;)

Thanks for the awesome experience Johanna!

PS. There were so many little girls in the audience wearing tutu's and sporting rosettes in their hair - so cute!

The 'moon!

Planning our wedding (aka big awesome party) is ever so exciting for a crafty, DIY, decor-loving lady like myself. Unfortunately choosing colours, creating centrepieces, and mocking up invitations just doesn't hold the same allure for my fiance!

Planning the honeymoon, on the other hand, is definitely something BOTH of us are looking forward to. The hardest part so far has been deciding where we want to go! There are so many possibilities; it's hard to know where to start.

In anticipation of making such a "difficult decision", I signed up for a year's subscription to Conde Nast Traveller hoping it might help to narrow things down. We received our first magazine in the mail on Thursday, aaaaand I think it might actually make the decision HARDER!!

So what do we know? Well, we'll want a chance to relax and spend some much needed time alone after all the stress of the wedding, so a somewhat secluded beach would be nice for at least a couple days. However, we're not really the "laze around sunning ourselves for 10 days straight" kind of people either, so we'd like the opportunity to explore our surroundings, do some adventuring, and learn about the local culture. That still doesn't really narrow things down too much does it?

Let's see, what else? As I mentioned, learning about the local culture is important to us, so we'd like the chance to visit an area that has a very different culture from our own (being the relatively untravelled Canadians that we are, this still doesn't narrow things down much!).

Since it's our honeymoon, we'd also like to luxe it up a bit, because really, when else will we get the opportunity to do so? I suppose after we win the lottery, but that's not bound to happen for another year or two yet ;) So, what do I mean by luxe?

Mmmmmmm private plunge pools,

or private hot tubs,
or rooms with just 3 walls and amazing views,

or outdoor showers,
or stunning decor,
or overwater buras!and of course, the requisite spa.
(photo credits: from top to bottom, maravu resort - fiji, ladera resort - st.lucia, kona village resort - hawaii, ladera resort - st lucia, next 3 photos from likuliku resort - fiji, last photo from Tabcon Grand Spa resort in Costa Rica)

Seriously, I can spend ALL DAY gazing at the picture galleries of luxurious resorts on far away islands!! However, many of the above pictures are from very high end resorts, which means, with our budget, we'd only get to stay for a week (if that). We'd like to spend 2-3 weeks in wedded bliss if possible, so while we want luxury, we also want bang for our buck! Thus if we can spend a few nights living in the lap of luxury while pretending to be Chace and Muffy from Beverly Hills, and the rest of the time like the regular folks we are it would be ideal!

As far as adventures go, we're fairly open to anything. From tennis to jetskis, ziplining to jungle hiking, volcano climbing to snorkeling, hang gliding to cave get the picture!

So to recap we would like to honeymoon in a place that:
  • is somewhat secluded
  • is not too touristy
  • has a beautiful warm beach
  • has the opportunity for varied adventures
  • has a different culture than our own
  • has both luxury and not-quite-luxury hotel options
  • offers relaxing spa packages
  • is affordable enough to allow us 2-3 weeks vacation
And the top 3 spots (for this week) are:

1. Costa Rica
2. St. Lucia
3. Europe (yes we realize this is rather broad and vague - heh).

Stay tuned for more from our 'moon planning adventures!