Hockey Over Shopping

After all the preparation, planning and anticipation, I always feel a bit deflated once the whole thing has come and gone. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy every second of it.

On Christmas eve, after watching lots of old favourite holiday flicks with my parents (including Home Alone one and two), my brother and I hopped in a cab (a little later than usual, on account of the snow) and headed to Di and Shawn’s house for their traditional Christmas eve get together and karaoke extravaganza. I almost missed out this year because we were all terrified of the road conditions out in the valley, but we decided that it just wouldn’t feel like Christmas if we didn’t get the whole group together. We had to make it happen. Needless to say, I’m glad that we made it out for a few beers, and tons of singing, dancing and holiday cheer.

After a fun-filled Christmas morning at home, and then a delicious turkey dinner with the fam at my aunt and uncle’s house, my dad, brother and I got in the car and hit the snowy roads on a mission to get to GM Place for the Canucks vs. Oilers Boxing Day game. We met up with my uncle and two adorable, little cousins on the way. The six of us braved the elements and were lucky enough find ourselves, hotdogs in hands, in our seats, in time for the pre-skate. The boys may not have pulled off a win, Oilers took it 3-2, but the third period was definitely entertaining.

We all had a blast at the game- the only down side was that the drive home was even sketchier than the drive in. Thankfully, my dad got us home safely.

For those of you wondering about the incredible deals that this shopaholic got on Boxing Day…wonder no more. I chose not to brave the crowds at the mall this year. I just didn’t feel like I needed anything enough to deal with the snow and the crazy people, no matter how sweet the bargains. I watched the maniacs lined up outside the Coach store downtown on the news yesterday and in all honesty, it made me very happy that I chose not to partake in the madness.

Anybody make any epic Boxing Day purchases yesterday that you’d like to brag about?

This way, I can shop vicariously through you.

One more big family dinner tonight and then I’m heading back to the city tomorrow. I kind of wish that I could stay for another week of relaxing and sleeping in…

I hope that all of you had an absolutely joyful holiday!

Happy Christmas Eve Eve

I’ve pretty much been the worst blogger known to man over the last few weeks. Christmas holidays aren’t what they used to be. Apparently things don’t slow down for me the same way that they did when I was a kid. I haven’t baked a single cookie or wrapped any gifts, nor have I sent out my cards… and it’s Christmas eve eve, so I guess I’m screwed. Work has been insane, my social calendar has been full, and I’ve barely had a second to take a deep breath, let alone write anything worthwhile to post here. It has been the most insane December of my life.


Last Friday night was the company Christmas party. It’s always a fun evening, always a gong show, always a fabulous meal at Provence and a chance to get all dolled up. We started pouring the champers early on. Most of the next two days were spent recovering. Shawna was my hangover buddy- we ate pizza, watched movies and slept a lot before a morning walk to Starbucks in the snow.


Sunday was my best friend Eddie’s birthday. He’s in town visiting from Baltimore so we made our way to Hapa Izakaya on Robson for dinner with friends to celebrate. I’m looking forward to spending some quality time with Eddie over the next few days while we both retreat at our parents’ houses in the valley. It sounds like there’s a good chance we could be snowed in, so that will mean ample opportunity for catching up.


Last night I met up with the lovely Melissa for delicious wine and eats at one of my favourite spots, the Salt Tasting Room. The evening never seems long enough when the two of us get together because we always have endless stories to share and ideas to discuss. She wrote an adorable post about our date here. I can’t wait until she moves to the city this spring.

The snow has pretty much been ruining my life for the last few days- preventing me from doing things that I’ve wanted to do, and adding a certain amount of stress and anxiety to everything that needs to be done, including getting to work in the mornings. Thankfully, Shawna and her sharkfin-mobile came to my rescue. Today, I managed to escape from the city in my own car. I’m home for Christmas, and I’m very excited to be spending the next few days here.

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Photo: Keira-Anne on Flickr

I finally got around to getting into the Christmas spirit this weekend. At the end of a long and draining week, Keira and I spent a fun-filled Saturday together. It was just what we needed. We sipped peppermint mochas, nibbled on cranberry bliss bars, and spread some love at the SPCA Toy Drive for the Animals where we got our photo taken with Santa and fell in love with a dog named Buddy. Then we hit up Holt Renfrew and took advantage of designer discounts (we heart Marc Jacobs), indulged in manicures, indian takeout and delicious red wine…oh, and some back to back Mick Dundee action too. Can you believe that it was my intro to the legendary Aussie? I must have lived under a rock in the 80s. As I walked home, snowflakes landed on my blonde head and blanketed the city around me, turning it into a winter wonderland.

Make sure that you check out Keira’s post and photos of our day.


On Sunday, I pointed my Jetta east and headed out to my parents’ house to trim the family tree. It’s one of my favourite Christmas traditions. Each ornament has a story behind it, so we always spend time reminiscing as we pull them out of the box and hang them on the tree. We also listened to my brother’s classic CD mix of the best Christmas carols of all time. I like to sing along. My family probably wishes that I didn’t.

The whole holiday season really seems to have snuck up on me this year. I can’t quite believe that the big day is next week! Thankfully, I’m finally feeling a little less like the Grinch.

Are you all ready for Christmas?

GIVE

A warm bed and a hearty meal — these are comforts of home which many of us take for granted year round. These are comforts that many people living on the streets are not afforded on a regular basis, if at all. Vital lifelines are being provided by Union Gospel Mission’s Emergency Shelter and Meal Programs, which is an organization working extremely hard to make a difference.

As we become more aware of that nagging, uneasy feeling that there is something not quite right about the orgy of consumerism most of us know as Christmas, we begin to see that it’s up to us to do something.

UGM offers life-changing programs and services: meals, chaplaincy, drop-ins, after school programs for children, family services, outreach, alcohol and drug recovery, employment and education services. Their desire is to give hope and help while creating brighter futures for men, women, youth and children in communities across Metro Vancouver and the city of Mission.

My beautiful friend Leah, an amazing and devoted UGM staff member, sent me the link to this commercial (in which she stars.) Union Gospel Mission offers you some new Christmas gift ideas. Please visit http://www.ugm.ca/christmas to find gifts that matter, for people who need it.

It’s all over now, baby blue


Well, another Christmas is in the books; and a white Christmas no less. I can’t really explain my complete lack of motivation to write anything over the last little while, except to say that I just haven’t been able to conjure up anything interesting to talk about. The last few days have been mellow, relaxing and quiet. Rather than putting myself in the middle of the Boxing Day chaos at the malls today, I opted for one more peaceful day in the country before I head back to the city tonight and work tomorrow.
Christmas itself was, in truth, absolutely perfect. Time with loved ones is something to treasure and that’s certainly what I have done over the last few days. I can’t say that I’m ready to go back to reality quite yet, but alas I don’t have a choice.


I must have ended up on the Nice List because despite expecting nothing at all, I was utterly spoiled on Christmas morning. Plus, Santa must read my blog because he caught my hints and left a Canon PowerShot SD 850 IS under my tree! I was delighted (to say the least) and have been snapping like crazy since I pulled it out of the box.
I hope that all of your Christmas wishes came true! I also hope that I am soon inspired to write an entry that may be somewhat interesting to you all! (I realize that it has been a while!) In the meantime, I’d love to hear how your Christmas was in my comments!