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Monday, July 26th, 2010

Victoria Weekend

This past weekend in Victoria on Vancouver Island was an absolute blast! Lots of amazing food, friends, activities… and best of all… I got to attend my very first wedding!

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The weekend started off Friday night at the Bengal Lounge at the Fairmont Empress where we feasted on their famous curry buffet. I had the pomegranate and cucumber mojito (AMAZING) while we listed to live jazz and enjoyed the fabulous room. Later on a few friends joined us for some more drinks.

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In the morning Allan and I had an appointment for our own wedding next year, so we quickly grabbed some breakfast at Shine Cafe. I had the blueberry french toast and Allan had the classic full breakfast.

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Then it was off to the Bug Zoo with Trev and Crista! It was a lot of fun but also super creepy! I did not hold any of the bugs but Trev, Crista and Allan were all very brave and held some up so I could snap some photos. Be sure to check out the photo with the cockroaches beside the PC Gamer magazine. Haha!

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Trev decided to wear a millipede moustache that day.

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They also got to hold a tarantula which was absolutely creepy! Pretty much my greatest fear right in front of me. Gave me the shivers!

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Later on that day we all got dressed up and ready for the wedding and headed to Veneto Dining Lounge for tapas, dinner and drinks. We ordered the beef short rib tagliatelle which was delicious and the pork tapas (mongolian ribs yes!).

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The boys and girls all looked great! I thought Allan looked especially handsome in his new getup… Huge Boss sports jacket and pants, Etro shirt, Etro tie and Cole Haan shoes… RAWR! He looked so sharp! Don’t worry ladies, we fixed his tie later in the night…

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Here’s Allan and I at the wedding…

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… Amy et moi…

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… Trev and Crista…

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… Ben and Alissa…

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And then it was time for the wedding to begin! The entire weekend the ONLY lens I had was my crappy 1.4 50mm lens… my other lens was in repair so the entire weekend I was pretty limited in terms of any of the shots I could take. Boo!

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Congratulations Mike and Emily! It was a beautiful wedding. I was definitely holding back tears.

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Here’s Emily with her fabulous shoes.

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The night was filled with lots of fun including funny pics in the photobooth, the party bus and line dancing.

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We ended the night at 7-Eleven to pick up some pizza pops to prevent any hangover in the morning. It was a success.

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The next morning we all met for brunch at Ferris’ Oyster Bar. The banana-rum french toast was one of the best french toasts I’ve ever had!

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Group at brunch.

It was a fantastic weekend. It ended with a gorgeous ferry ride back to Vancouver and Amy, Alissa, Allan and I went and saw the movie “Salt”.

What did you do this past weekend?


Friday, March 19th, 2010

Hello everyone… I’m so happy that it is Friday today, that I thought I would make a Happy Friday post.

My weekend plans include cooking, reading (finishing up the Wheel of Time series), playing some video games on the Xbox 360, and maybe even snowboarding depending on the conditions. Let’s hope for some new snow! I’m also hoping to do a photo walk, and may try and pop down to the Olympic cauldron before it goes out since I haven’t gotten a picture there yet.

What are your weekend plans?

In other news, everything Olympic is going to come to a close in Vancouver this weekend as the Paralympics Games come to a close as well. In honour of this, I thought I’d post my favourite Olympic “image” yet.

Go Canada!

This joyful and fantastic piece of art was created by my good friend Alissa Staples. She is a children’s book illustrator here in Vancouver and you can check out her website and Twitter! It makes me happy about everything Olympics and Paralympics… and I’m so thankful that these wonderful events were hosted in our hometown. Thanks Alissa for letting me use your image!

Lastly, I wanted to let you know about a couple upcoming things I’ll be doing over the next few months…

View over the ridge of Kicking Horse, Golden Backcountry

The next couple weeks: Expect to see a video from our experiences in Golden and Kicking Horse with lots of snowboarding footage. And I’ll also be putting together a snowboarding video of our time at Apex with the outdoor hockey tournament.

End of March: Look out for some spring photo posts and maybe even some spring fashion…

April 2-5: Allan and I will be going CATBOARDING! So excited. We’ll be going to Mustang Powder which is in the Monashees near Revelstoke. Catboarding is basically snowboarding but with a group that uses a snowcat to get up the mountain. This is usually done in remote areas and you end up riding powder all day! I’ve never been catboarding before and this is as good or next to as good as heli-skiing/boarding. Wish me luck! I’ll definitely be doing my squats every day until then…

May 21-24: Allan and I celebrate our 3rd year (dating) together! Our anniversary plans include going to Tofino, getting in some early season surfing and maybe a special dinner out.

Summer 2010: We’ve got all our campsites booked from May through to October and we’ll be going surfing in Tofino just about every other weekend in the summer. Look out for lots of surfing photos and videos!

Allie Surfing

What are your plans for the spring and summer?

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