Didn't leave the house today except to go to a neighbour's place to get an egg. I definitely enjoyed an "inside, lazy" day. Did some knitting, spent some time on the internet lookin' stuff up (wedding stuff, for example), replied to some emails, watched some movies (including American Graffiti, which showed the same "Light&Fit" yogurt commericial at lease three times each commercial break which drove us crazy), and then decided to make soup from scratch. I'd never done that before, but it seemed easy enough: brown an onion with a little oil and garlic. Add the soup stock and carrots. Simmer. Add the other veggies (whatever I had in the fridge) and a little leftover chicken and some noodles. Simmer. Done. Oh, and for kicks, I simmered the onion originally in a little ginger and cumin. Good soup! I served it with toast with a little brie on it. om nom nom.
And I have chocolate-chip banana bread in the breadmaker for dessert later. I would consider this a productive lazy day, wouldn't you?
the picture of the soup is not my soup. But I'd like to learn how to make it!
I don't yet have anything real important to write about. I just wanted to write. But I'll figure it out while I'm here...
I guess I'll start by asking if anyone has any ideas about travel to Vancouver Island. M is going to visit some friends in Edmonton for the long weekend, but alas I cannot go with him because I have to work. But I DO have a couple of days off, so I thought I'd go on my own mini-vacation. Maybe to Gibsons? Has anyone been there? Anyone have any ideas? hmmm...
So now that the summer of 2010 is almost over I've started doing a lot of reflecting. What have I done with the time? Was is memorable? Did I do the things I wanted to do? Moreso, though, I've been thinking about how I've experienced this summer in relation to what last summer was like. I've already determined that last summer was wonderful and 100% memorable (and you can read about snippets of it in previous blog entries), so I guess it would be unfair to compare last summer to this in some ways...
But I'm blathering. What I was getting at is that on some level I feel like I've wasted this summer because I haven't done something totally awesome, but then I realize that one can't do awesome things all the time, and that there are waves in our lives where sometimes we are full of energy and drive and do crazy things, and sometimes we enjoy simpler, more relaxed things. Of course I wish I could work short days and go to see theatre every week and live where there aren't nearly as many expectations of me, but that's not where my life is right now. Hmmm, I sound like a Debbie Downer....All I mean is that I'm quite content with the way things are. Besides, next summer (with the wedding planning and all) will be plenty of excitement!
Now, let's post some photos!
Went to Kelowna in July with friends. There was a massive accident just east of Hope and we got stuck on the highway for hours...so we had to find things to do...like climb on top of signs!
Massive spoon at Pier 1 Imports. Reminds me of the Robert Munsch book "David's Father," where he has a giant for a dad. Otherwise, I'm not sure that the spoon is all that useful.
A friend took me sailing at the Jericho Sailing Club in Vancouver. This is where he let me be the skipper and drive the boat! Once, I got flustered and spun the boat in three or four tiny circles. This picture was taken just before the camera got wet and died. Boo.
The "Moment just after the engagemt" photo, taken in the Alps near Interlaken, Switzerland. I personally love this photo.
It's 10am and already it's 25 degrees in Vancouver...and today's the day I'd invited my friends over for a big supper which I have to make, which includes baking and crock-potting. Me thinks that it's going to be warm today!
On the menu:
crock-pot ham coleslaw potato salad green salad hollowed 1/2 watermelon with vodka slushie! corn peach cobbler
I'm going to start baking the cobbler now so I don't have to do it when it's really hot out!
It's August. We're midway through the summer already. Can you believe it!?
My city apartment has been great because I've been close to pretty well everything; Festival of Lights, live music, live theatre (the Lion King, Cirque du Soleil - squee!), and general hustle and bustle. I certainly wish that there was air conditioning, though. Summer nights are hot!
But what's the news lately?
I'm happy to report that there isn't really any news. I'm quite enjoying going about my non-newsworthy business. Like watching a cheezy, live-action, sequel version of The Flintstones with M on a rainy Sunday afternoon. I have plans for some sewing and perhaps some knitting this afternoon.
Actually, over the last two days I've really enjoyed the cool, rainy weather. I've enjoyed bunkering down on the couch and putting in some relaxation time. Cuddling up in a blanket and wearing a sweater, too. mmm. The summer sun has just been sucking all of my energy. I never thought I'd look forward to Autumn, but I am! Bring it on!
Tonight, I think I'm going to make pizza with corn and BBq sauce (to share with all the boys, of course...) What are you going to make?