Monday, November 26, 2012

It's back to work today after a full, four-day weekend.  I'm tired, but refreshed in unspeakable ways.

Hopefully they'll be a post later with pictures and details.  But I hope your new week is filled with grace... especially since it is the most wonderful time of the year ;)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

[I can in no way take credit for this]


For any fellow LBD fans out there:

(Fitz)William Darcy - fake texting since 1813

"It's super important..."


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Ok, remember the conversation I posted about literary pet names?

I was talking with our Tax Manager today (he's so funny... I could do a whole post just on the random stuff he's told me!), but anyway, I was talking with him when he mentioned that his big German Shepherd mix is named "Pilot."  Ahh!  He goes, "My wife got that from Wuthering Heights or something--"

"Jane Eyre!" I interjected... apparently too excited for manners :P

But anyway, he showed me pictures while mumbling about how his wife makes him watch all those "coming-of-age, period, romances" (haha!) I was smiling all the way back to my cube.

Friday, November 16, 2012

"Do not spoil the wonder with haste..." - Legolas to Gimli, The Return of the King

Well, I've definitely taken his advice when it comes to finishing this series. Back into the last book I go :)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Found this poem through the dance video a friend posted... to cute not to share

Superman... The Man of steel, Big Blue, The last son of Krypton
He is faster than a speeding bullet
Stronger than a locomotive
He has Lasers for eyes
X ray vision
and can fly without even flapping his arms
But his most notable power... was Lois Lane
The love of an amazing woman is a phone booth
That can turn a man from a spineless news reporter into a symbol of justice
Into the reason why its safe to walk outside while the sun is sleeping
I'll be honest, I don't have a cape... or a costume
I wasn't born on Krypton and its been a really long time since I've been in a fight
But I will fight gravity for you
When you're upset and don't feel like talking I will use my x-ray vision to look inside of you and find out what's wrong
If you need me to I'll use my superhuman strength and put your entire world on my shoulders
If you let me I will do my best to be superman for you....
Because you deserve it.

*Thinking of you, Miss "Lois Lane"

[PS - Superman is my favorite superhero... and I'm stoked for Man of Steel!]

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Today: first bun + bangs combo (Sarah & Melissa - that's 3 weeks!! You should Be very proud :)

Also... My new favorite remedy - we've become best friends the last few days :/ :)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

So, after several very full and rather insane weeks... this weekend is my time to fill up on family!
I had the rare joy of spending the night at my older sister's last night.
I just have to brag for a minute because my sister...
is one of the most inspiring, beautiful, and wisest women I know
has 3 under 3 (yes, all in diapers)
loves her husband like crazy
is ridiculously organized (I mean, what the heck?)
leads their church's youth group
regularly makes her own bread, dish soap, face wash, furniture, etc...

She's pretty much Proverbs 31 meets the Pinterest dream mom!!
I love her so much :)

[Melissa, Ross, Ida, & Jack - Dad is away at a business trip, so they needed me to play Auntie for the weekend :]
So yes, last night after work I headed over, played with these silly kiddos and hung out with Melissa.  We chatted over a scrumptious dinner (did I mention she's a dangerously good cook?) and watched a bbc period drama with dessert.  Sister time is the best!

This morning was a fantasy Saturday come true!
The kiddos came in climbed into bed with Melissa and I before we all went down stairs to make pancakes.
Oh! And there were flurries of snow and we may have listened to Christmas music :)

After lunch, the two oldest came back with me for a "sleepover at grammy's house!"

This Saturday was the right antidote to my recently hectic lifestyle.  So grateful for the Baker family :)

Friday, November 9, 2012

So earlier this week, it was the Quetzel - today, I'm not even sure what it is.  But Bob appears to be enjoying his world travelling...and sharing his finds with us :)

[This was attached to a message with nothing other than the subject line: "Have a great weekend!"]

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

I'm typing up notes from the event I told you about last week (you remember all of those sticky notes on the board - yes, they all have to be entered and sorted in excel).  Anyway, it's fine, but not the most thrilling part of my job. 
I just got interrupted by an email notification from Bob, who is in Costa Rica for the week.  I thought it was some urgent request for a bank transfer or for news on a client or something business related.  No, I opened it up and am greeted by this:

["Quetzals in the wild!"]

Thank God for a break from the mundane, for Quetzals, and for wonder!
Three months on the job today :)

Still. so. grateful!!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Today was somewhat momentous :)

Here's a round-up:

First Red Cup of the year!

Reverse Roles: Dad came down to my office and I took him out to lunch. Great daddy-daughter time!

Got to cheer my sister and her amazing volleyball team - they left it all on the court tonight. So proud!!

I voted! Remember to exercise your right to vote.

and... I'm officially going to the Opera!!!
I bought tickets for my mom and I while we're in Vancouver:

Mozart's a good place to begin, right? Anyway, I'm just thrilled! My very first opera :)

happy weekends, everyone :)

Thursday, November 1, 2012


Today I hosted my first ever corporate event: our annual Leadership Summit.
Venue, catering, supplies--I was responsible for pulling all of it together... and anyone who known me a while, knows that I am not the event planner of the family ;)

But I did it! It actually happened without any major setbacks or glaring mistakes.  The venue was great, there was more than enough food and everyone said how great the day was.

[Putting my (new) iPhone to use ;]

Pictures going clockwise, starting with the top right:

Bob + others organizing our SWOT analysis [Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities Threats]
Breakfast from Specialty's - yum!
The SWOT analysis all done - too me that just looks so cool!
aaand... during lunch I found 5 minutes to indulge in pure happiness*

But after freaking out all week, it felt so good that it actually came together and happened! Ah, yay God! 

And now, I get to start planning my trip to BC with mom this weekend =)


*If I haven't told you about the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, I'm sorry. Anyway, it is a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice in a vlog format... and it is amazing. They've released two "episodes" a week. for the last 6 months. and are half way done. (with today's being a very... significant episode =)
Yep. Every Monday and Thursday is a glimpse into literature and the art of adaptation (one of my favorite things). It is all very well done--professional actors, writers, everything. And the way they able to adapt the details--it just proves how universal Austen's writing is.  Seriously, I have a friend getting his DPhil in English at Oxford right now and even he's obsessed with this series.
Side notes: It takes the first few episodes for them to figure out the tone and everything, but it gets so good. Oh, and skip #6 - while I adore their portrayal of Lydia, she is way over the top here =/
But check them out - you will have a reason to look forward to Mondays!
And let me know what you think!