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The grass is always greener on the other side...

Working full time, having a baby and living somewhere half decent – it seems the three don’t go together entirely well.A friend of mine suggested we move back to the island so my parents can essentially raise our child for us while we work, because two incomes is better than one.
First of all, my parents own their own business and still work, so it’s not really fair to ask them to drop everything and raise our kids for us for free!And that aside…Can you put a price on the quality time spent with your own child?What about all the ‘firsts’ that we would be missing out on as parents?I can’t stand the idea of anyone raising my kids for me, including my own parents.It’s true, that the harsh reality these days is that unless one person is making a six figure income on their own, it’s next to impossible to make ends meet AND live comfortably without both parents working.You can’t really work and be spending time with your child at the same time (unless, maybe, you run a daycare, although even…

Don't do drugs kids!

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Or you'll wind up looking like this...and trust me, you don't want that!

Picture Mania!

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In no particular order, but for your viewing pleasure:

Think about what you are doing to me, because it hurts, it hurts

I went to feed the kitty cats and realized they were almost out of food.It seems they know when their jar is almost empty and they start acting up.So off I went to the pet store to get them a fresh supply.Along the way, I passed by a street person sitting outside the liquor store.As I got close to him, he did the usual bit of asking for change.I shook my head and said, “Sorry” and then he looked me up and down and said, “You’re hot.”I ignored his comment and kept walking and as I passed him he said, “It’s okay to be hot!”Apparently he could tell I was offended…Sure it can feel good to have a person say they find you attractive, but there’s a time and a place.In that situation, I was made to feel awkward, because I knew darn well once I walked past him that he would be checking out my backside.I just wasn’t feeling amused in the least by his comment.After getting the cat food, I didn’t even feel comfortable going back the way I came because I didn’t want to hear what he’d have to say t…

Life happens so fast...

Me: “I just feel great!It’s so bizarre.”James (smiling): “I love you bebe!”Me: “I love you, too.”This morning we went and looked at the condo.It was absolutely beautiful, I loved it.Everything was brand new, the layout was fairly perfect and the rooms were very good sizes.It was a reeeally nice suite, with in suite laundry in a quiet area with good insulation so we wouldn’t be likely to hear the neighbours at all…We were given an application and as far as I’m concerned, if we fill it out and give it to the guy by Monday, we’d probably have it for March 1st as of Tuesday.But after humming and hawing about it for the last couple of hours, I’ve decided I don’t even want to fill out the application to try to get it.Which seems bizarre given the fact that I can’t seem to wait to get out of this building…and it was such a beautiful suite, I mean really!But I guess it was in the wrong location for my liking.I just didn’t ‘feel’ the neighbourhood, does that make sense?I just didn’t feel like …

I love Ms Maude! She's such a cute puppy!!

Two more sleeps till I find out if we’re moving March 1st or not.The suspense is seriously killing me!And I don’t know if I have a bug or what, but I haven’t been able to eat properly for days.This morning I threw up and I’d barely eaten anything.I don’t know what it could be…and I have no appetite whatsoever.I know I have to eat something so I do, but I’m just going through the motions for the most part.It’s one of those phases I go through where nothing whatsoever appeals to me.I wish I knew already if we were going to take this place on Saturday…I found some pictures of it online and it looks amazing, although I know pictures can be deceiving, so I’m trying to keep my hopes down.I have to be honest though, they’ll be dashed if this doesn’t work out.On the other hand, I know if it doesn’t, it just wasn’t meant to be.We’ll find something soon, I just want it to be right away ;)James is off to San Jose on Sunday for a week.As always when he has to go, I don’t want him to.He doesn’t wa…

Tag, you're it!

Taken from Emily Kate's blog.

A post about my hubby...
What’s his name? James.Sometimes I call him Jet…or Schmoopy...or Lovebean =)How long have you been together? 9 years, one month and 16 days!
How long did you date?We were together for just over 8 ½ years before tying the knot.How old is he? 28 – he will be 29 in April.

Who eats more? James eats more at meal time, he can really pack the food away and often (pretty much always) eats what I can’t finish, since I don’t like to eat big amounts at a time.But I tend to like snacking more than he does…I prefer to graze!Who said I love you first? I did, and I was a bit horrified when James failed to return the sentiment.But he said it the next day, on his own accord.He wanted to be sure before he said it, because he knew once he said it he’d be in it for the long haul!! (And he is!)Who is taller? James is taller.There’s nothing wrong with women being with shorter guys but I myself couldn’t do it.I don’t know why, but I like my man being …

House Hunting and Other Stories

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Apartment/condo/house hunting feels like a full time job, one that doesn’t pay and has no real prospects!Well, maybe some prospects, but it’s hard to get our hopes up when everything we’ve seen so far has either been ugly or too small… I’ve been checking postings from every nook and cranny on the internet as well as the newspaper classifieds.Something grand is out there, I just have to find it!I’ve discovered one in New West that sounds pretty decent.It kind of sucks, the idea of living all the way out in New West…but it’s close to the skytrain so it wouldn’t be too nasty a commute.I just have to be sure it’s not too close to Columbia St, since it’s a pretty seedy area and I’m not really down with moving to a seedy area when the plan is to have a baby in the next year or so…But the pics of the place make me think it’s a good candidate.We won’t know for sure till we see it, which will hopefully be within the next few days.It’s stressful looking for a new place because this time we hav…

Expect cute puppy pictures soon!

This weekend we started apartment hunting with no luck.First we wandered the westend looking for something on a quieter street than our current area.We looked at some condos but they were insanely small and so expensive for so little.It reconfirmed that it’s high time we left this area entirely.M&N adopted the cutest little French Bulldog (who they've named Maude) yesterday so we went to visit her but she was so sleepy!So we decided to let her rest and become accustomed with her new living arrangements before bombarding her with aunt and uncle love =)

Yesterday afternoon we went to The Mill for lunch (well, appies, really) – just James and me.Ooh and we had Granville Island Winter Ale, which has to be drunk while it’s still in season!We walked home and watched Heroes and started a really cool puzzle I got for Christmas.This morning we went to Kits where we were viewing a floor of a house that’s up for rent.I was really hoping that when he said ‘newly renovated’ he meant it woul…

I've got the world on a string, I'm sitting on a rainbow

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What a weekend! On Friday night we went to Cardero’s for my brother’s belated birthday dinner with my parents, since they didn’t get to see him on his actual bday.It was good, despite that I generally don’t care for Cardero’s since they don’t have much in the way of vegetarian eats.I had a big salad though and it was huge!And it had tons of goodies in it, such as olives and potatoes and beets, don’t forget the beets!(It’s an inside joke).We went back to M&N’s condo for dessert and had a nice visit there.I took lots of cute pics of their cats, who seem to love the camera.Then on Saturday my parents picked me and James up and we drove out by the PNE area and found the building where they film Robson Arms.Of course the show is set in the westend but in reality its not even close.The building is empty and the area around it looks completely different than they make it look on the show (the hi-rises behind it are super imposed, for example) but the building itself looks exactly the sa…

This n' That

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I absolutely love my new camera.It takes amazing pictures, with bright colour, easy point and click, large screen.It doesn’t have all the features of our bigger camera, but it has every feature I myself would ever use – and more.It’s perfect for me. The only thing I need is a sunny day so I can get out there and take some pretty nature shots!Unfortunately, there seems to be no end in sight to the rain we’ve been having.Lucky for me, I haven’t had to go out in it much.Working from home 3 days a week has its perks =)Although I do sort of feel like a hermit lately…Not that there’s anything wrong with that.Right?!Good times ahead, more on this later…In the meantime, I’m searching high and low for a new place for us to live.It’s soooo hard.I’ve found some amazing places but we can’t afford any of them.Anything in our price range is too small or in the wrong area.Arg.It’s so hard trying to decide where we should live.I’m not giving up though.I can’t.Difficulties with our neighbour persist, …

The Vancouver Aquarium

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On my brother's birthday last Saturday, we went to the Vancouver Aquarium. It was so much fun, far better than I ever would have thought. I definitely plan on going back!

Here are some of the pics I took there. In completely random order...


An interesting frog...
This monkey had the cutest face ever! But it whizzed around so fast, I wasn't able to capture an image of it.



This was the best pic I got of a shark...(I was thinking of you, Chandra!) Wanted to get one of the face but the lighting wasn't the best and they kept swimming away every time I thought to take a picture...Maybe they were camera shy :P

This was the most bizarre fish ever. This pic doesn't capture it but whoa was it ever weird. And HUGE, probably about 5-6 feet long I would say. And it had strange scales and giant lips and almost metallic eyes...I would die of fright if I was swimming along and came across one of these!


They had so many different, interesting varieties of jellyfish. I had no idea…