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Just Going for It with Paint

I painted a painting today. I know, I find the whole thing weird too.

I’ve been casually looking for an abstract seascape or something like that for over my bed. Right now I just have a blank wall. I’ve only been looking for the past several months (or years if you’re actually keeping track), but I have never found anything that grabbed me enough for me to buy it. Mostly the ones I found were not the shape I was looking for.

So today, I had some time on my hands and I decided to just go for it and see what I could do. Now, I didn’t buy the size canvas I want as I thought I should do a “test” painting first to see how it turned out. So I headed to the Dollar Store and bought paint, a canvas (16×20) and brushes; I think I splurged and spent $8 on supplies. Anyway, I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it, and I’m not sure if I’m going to go for the big canvas or not, but I’m pretty proud of myself for just doing it. I know I won’t be in any galleries any time soon but for a first painting I think it is A-OK.

I’m sure you are wondering where this wondrous painting is, so here it is in all it’s glory 🙂

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Dreaming of Photography

I woke up this morning from an interesting dream.

In it, I had met this sexy, young Italian man at a conference that I had helped organize. We were extremely attracted to each other and became lovers. Within a few days he had fallen in love with me and asked me to come back to Italy with him. I wasn’t sure if I wasn’t falling in love with him too so I said I would for a month. I took a short leave from work, moved to Italy and stayed with him while I pursued my writing and photography. I desperately wanted to photograph him.

I’m not sure what this dream means but it was HOT, and when I woke up it made me want to find an Italian lover and move to Italy for a month, lol.

But seriously, I’ve been thinking about photography a bit more these past few days. A friend of mine told me a couple of days ago that I had an eye for it. And then when I talked to my Mom on Friday she asked me if I had been taking any pictures recently. So I dug out my camera yesterday and went to a Pow Wow to take some shots. It was my first Pow Wow and it was pretty cool. I also took a few pictures of a crow in my backyard today.

I’m not saying I’m going to become a famous photographer but I do enjoy taking pictures so I should probably do more of it. I also need to dig out my photography book to read about taking better pictures. If you’re gonna do something, you might as well figure out how to do it better than before.

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Hung-over From Vancouver Jet Lag

Apr 27 - I'm grateful to be heading to Vancouver!!

Apr 27 – I’m grateful to be heading to Vancouver!!

Last week was pretty spectacular!! On April 27th, Sven and I jetted off to Vancouver. Actually, the first plane we took had propellers but it was still pretty exciting to be heading out West.

Our first flight was delayed which meant we missed our connector but that did not dampen our spirits. We still managed to make it to Vancouver in the same day so everything was good (even if it did feel like 4am by the time we got to the hotel).

The next day was a vacation day, woo hoo!! Sven and I stumbled forth from our hotel room and went to awesome Stanley Park where the trees were in bloom and the grass was green and it felt like Spring. We walked and took a horse drawn carriage and saw totem poles and went to the aquarium.  DSC_0831DSC_0848DSC_0840DSC_0880

It was just an all around great day. By the afternoon, the sun came out in full force and we were able to take off our coats while watching the water antics of the beluga whales and dolphins.

After a day filled with walking we needed to find something to eat. And what better thing to eat than sushi in Vancouver? Sven pulled out his iphone and asked Siri where we should eat that was close by and inexpensive. She pointed us to Sushi Mart. It was just a tiny place that didn’t look like much but it had a line up out the door by the time we left. Thanks Siri.

IMG_20140428_184406On day 2 I had to go to work 😦

I went to my work conference after breakfast with Sven and then he was on his own. The conference wasn’t too bad and I think I did a pretty OK job of networking. I came home with quite a few business cards so I’m satisfied with my performance 😉

IMG_20140430_134405 Tuesday evening was a networking event. It was fine, I stayed for a couple of hours and then snuck out about half an hour before it was over. They had a few fun things there like a photo booth, a guy doing caricatures and some video thing. I had my caricature done and I have to say, I think it looks a lot like me. Plus, I’m fairly skinny in it so I think it’s my favourite picture of me, lol.

Wednesday was more work but afterwards Sven and I went for a walk. I told him there was a beach on one side of Stanley Park and I wanted to go there. His phone gallantly provided directions and I was able to put my toes in English Bay. I’m sure it was pretty polluted but I wasn’t the only one in the water. After the beach we headed back towards the hotel and stopped for dinner in a pub. We were lucking out with the food so far as everything was delicious.

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On Thursday the conference ended early and Sven and I set off for Chinatown. One minute everything was lovely and the next minute we were in a pretty sketchy area. Luckily we turned a corner and things got better again. We went to Dr. Sun Yet-Sen’s Classical Chinese Garden and then had Vietnamese food for dinner. My friend Jess recommended the restaurant so it was a winner yet again.

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Check out the fish Sven ordered! It was totally not what either one of us was expecting and once it arrived I could not stop laughing. It was so funny when Sven was cutting into it. But even with the head still on, we persevered and ate it. It was excellent!

On Friday we boarded a bus and went to the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain. Sven backed out of the ziplining but we still had a good time. I think Capilano was my favourite part of the trip; the big trees in the coastal rainforest, the smell of nature. It was very nice. The swaying suspension bridge was not so nice and caused me some stress on the way over it, but I sucked it up and went anyway. You only live once and it was part of our Vancouver adventure.

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For dinner we went to a Greek restaurant (also great food) and then took the seabus to Vancouver North. It wasn’t exactly the boat cruise that I wanted to take but it was the only substitute I could manage. (I thought we might take a boat cruise on our first day but it was too chilly for most of the day.) On the north side of Vancouver we found a small market close to the ferry terminal. Unfortunately we ate too much Greek food to partake in any of the edibles from the food trucks but it was still pretty cool.

Finally we crashed in the hotel and flew out on Saturday morning.

Overall, it was a big success. Sven and I walked and walked and walked, and we ate gelato 3 times, and we had a favourite breakfast place, and it was warm enough to wear shorts on more than one day, and we just hung out and enjoyed each other. It was a great trip and I didn’t want to come home.

In fact, it’s Wednesday and I’m still a little hung-over from Vancouver jet lag.

Cheers to Fantastic Weekends!

Sven and I spent the weekend together. It was pretty fantastic actually.

On Friday night we went out to dinner and then a play. On Saturday we walked around town enjoying the beautiful weather, hung out and talked. During the conversation, it came out that once upon a time he found my blog…. and read some of it. (Just now, I went through some of my old dating posts and most of the recent ones are me complaining about Sven. Oops. I mean things weren’t all bad, we just had a LOT of communication issues.) Hopefully, he isn’t holding anything against me, it doesn’t appear that way. He said he hasn’t read any since January.

Once I learned that he had read some of my blog, I decided that we should talk about some things before he just happened to read some more of my blog. Basically, I was feeling pretty crappy about how many times I wrote about breaking up with him and I also felt concerned with how he would feel about my posts on Dan.

I prefaced the conversation with the reassurance that Dan and I are not getting back together. (In fact, I haven’t talked to Dan since the break up and I unfriended him on Facebook. I wasn’t interested in all of his posts on which cars are for sale.) Then I told Sven that I had been planning to break up with him since before Christmas. I tried to probe and find out how he felt about the two months of our break up. He didn’t really want to talk about things in-depth but we started the conversation which is good. In fact, we talked about it a bit more today.

If nothing else, I feel like Sven and I are communicating better this time around. He’s not good at sharing his feelings, and neither am I, but I’m trying hard to fix that problem and so is he.

Anyway, back to the rest of the fantastic weekend… Saturday night Sven took me to an Art Battle. It was lots of fun. I think part of the fun was the good company and the wine but I enjoyed the evening immensely.

Basically the Art Battle was 4 artists painting for 20 minutes and then the crowd picked a winning painting. There were 3 of these battles and then the 3 winners painted in a final battle. The winner of the finale won $100 and the chance to compete in the regionals in June.

When it was all said and done, Sven actually bought one of the paintings. (The one with the yellow background and green buildings.) We are going to try to go to the upcoming Regional Art Battle. The painting and judging is fun and it is also a great venue for interesting people watching.

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I’m pretty happy with the way things went this weekend. And both of us are looking forward to Vancouver. I think we’ll have a fantastic trip too!

Benefactor of Craziness

So Sven is coming to Vancouver with me. It’s true. I still find the whole thing surprising.

Here’s what happened:

When I started hanging out with Sven again (about 2.5 weeks ago) he told me he was planning a trip to Vegas with friends in June. The plan was to go with a couple and a single friend and the four of them would hang out. I was a little jealous at first as Sven was planning on going on a trip and I wasn’t, that was, until I planned my own adventures, then I got over it.

Anyway, yesterday he asked me if I wanted to go to Vegas too.  I was a little suspicious so I asked if he was feeling a little third-wheelish. He said he was since the single friend was now inviting someone to come. However, he assured me that he wanted to hang out with me and that we would have fun. After a little texting back and forth I decided to give him the benefit of the doubt and asked him when the trip was. Unfortunately, the dates corresponded to some of the time my ex is out-of-town so I couldn’t go. He seemed genuinely disappointed.

So half-seriously I told him he should ditch his friends and come with me to Vancouver. Surprisingly, his interest was immediate and 40 minutes later he had booked his ticket!!!

Now, picture me with my mouth gaping open in astonishment.

I’m sure we’ll have a great time and I don’t regret asking him for a second but I was not expecting him to say yes and certainly not so quickly. His reasoning is that he has decided to do more crazy things these days. So I am the first benefactor of his craziness and I get a travel companion for my trip. I’m pretty excited!

I really think we’ll have a great time. Neither of us has been to Vancouver before and both of us really want to go. Seems like a recipe for good times to me.

Adventure is Coming My Way!

I’m uber excited!!! Adventure is coming my way! During the last few days, I decided to take my kids on a road trip to see Katy Perry this summer and my boss asked me if I want to go to Vancouver next month!!

I know, can you believe it?

The road trip was kind of a spur of the moment idea and will cost big bucks but the 3 of us will have an A-MAZING time. I was actually considering not going when I discussed it with Sven and he said I should definitely do it.

I thought he would be all practical and say it was a lot of money, but what he said was, “Do it, you won’t regret it.” And I’m quite sure that I won’t regret it. Plus, it will be so exciting and it will make an awesome memory so I put down a deposit and we are doing it!!!

vancouverThe day after that, my boss asked me if I wanted to go to a conference in Vancouver. First of all, I’ll be working a booth and forced to network which I hate,but the conference is definitely going to interesting and I`ll be exposed to a different culture, plus I get to go to Vancouver and I have never been before! I’m so excited about going that even the thought of exploring Vancouver by myself has not got me down. I’m going to bring my camera, take some pictures and just enjoy.

I have been itching to go somewhere for ages and this trip to Vancouver falls on a week that I can actually go and leave the kids with their Dad. And it will be Springtime and there’ll be mountains and the Pacific ocean and flowers and grass. I am all over that! Can you tell I’m excited?

I was hoping for travel adventures with other people but that plan fell through so I’m just going to suck it up and have my own adventure! And then have another one with my kids. Adventures are good for the soul so I’m glad that I have grabbed both opportunities.

I think there are always the possibilities of adventures, you just have to agree to take part in them. I’m really excited that I said YES!

 

Woo hoo, I’m 45!

I had my birthday over the weekend. Woo hoo, I’m 45!

I don’t feel 45. I wonder if people ever feel their age as they get older. I suppose, on those days when you are creakier than others you probably do. But for me, I still feel like I’m in my 30s.

Some of my friends were organizing a girls night out and it was just the thing I needed on my birthday weekend! The 8 of us had a fantastic time and it was so great to see all of them. We chatted and laughed and drank, it was just what the doctor ordered. My drink of the evening was a waterfall martini and my friend Jess felt the need to keep buying me more. Thanks Jess!!IMG_20140321_224504

And apparently when you are drinking lots of martinis, you feel the need to take bathroom selfies and send them to old boyfriends, lol. Oh well, at least I look pretty good for 45.

So what did I get for my birthday other than lots of martinis?

I got myself new boots and recycled an old boyfriend for my birthday. Sven and I went out a couple of times earlier in the week as friends but last night we went on our first date again. It was good, I like him. Is he a perfect match for me? I doubt it, but maybe we’ll be able to be better together this time. He was on his best behaviour last night and is really trying to make up for some of our previous misunderstandings.

I’m allowed to have fun, I’m not dead yet. I’m only 45.

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