Street Art Sunday - Rue Jean Calvin

Sunday, March 27, 2011

We loved the Latin Quarter in Paris. Next time we'll have to stay near there so we can explore it more.

Mad Love

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Another show I watched while I was sick a few weeks back was Mad Love, a new sitcom staring Sarah Chalke & the guy from American Pie. The show seems to have borrowed a little from Gavin & Stacey, with the young couple in love whose best friends hate each other. And like Gavin & Stacey, the best friends are the more interesting characters. Mad Love has a laugh track, which I can't stand. I think it will really appeal to the 'how I met your mother' crowd, but not to the  Scrubs lovers or people who don't want to be told when to laugh.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Today I'm heading back to Australia for a two week visit. Sun, friends, family, drinks, a wedding & maybe a trip to the beach.

Posts may be few & far between during this time. 

Street Art Sunday - Rue Jean Calvin

Sunday, March 20, 2011

While exploring the Latin Quarter in Paris we came across this great set of street art on Rue Jean Calvin. It has a really playful edge to it.

Road Trippin' - Rossvale and Nelson

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Last Wednesday we hopped in the car and headed out of town for a quick road trip to Rossvale so we could ski Red Mountain and to Nelson so we could ski Whitewater and to celebrate our friend's birthday.  
 As we left town the traveling conditions were not the best.
 We arrived at the the ferry just as it had taken off and had to wait a hour of the next one. We've learnt our lesson, check the ferry times. Nick wondered why they hadn't just built a bridge and I said that maybe they'd been warned off by the situation at Hindmarsh Island

We drove through the town of Fruitvale, in the heart of the Beaver Valley (I kid you not, these places are real) and not too long after we pulled into Rossvale. It was well past dark, but you could still get a feel for this quaint little town. It reminds you of something from an old western movie.  

Red Mountain has chairlifts that are not for the faint hearted. Fixed lifts that have the steepest descent I have ever seen.  We made it off the lift in one piece and found a winter wonderland.
 Like something out of Narnia...
 Hot mocha with extra marshmellows kept me warm (free marshmellows & you can help yourself - the joke is on them), while Nick's beverage of choice was a beer. 

 Then it was time to hop back in the car and make the journey to Nelson via Trail.

 We partied the night away with the help of an 11 piece reggae band, Idlers at the Royal.
 We were up fairly early the next morning to ski Whitewater. The lifts at Red Mountain had nothing on the death lifts at Whitewater. Without the steep descent, Whitewater lifts have a bar in the middle of the chairs to smack you in the arse each time you try to sit on them. Am sure there is a knack to it, but by the end of the day I hadn't got it. 
 We stayed another night in Nelson so we could explore the town a little more. It really is a great town, though we are glad we didn't do the winter there. There are just too many nice places to eat out and shop. We'd have been broke within a month! They also have a Pharmasave. Nick never ceases to be amazed at how much time I can spend in the Pharmasave. 
It was a beautiful sunny day. After a few months of below zero temperatures, it was great to feel that plus zero warmth. No coat, just balmy. 
 On the way back to Revie we toured Slocan as Nick's Uncle has a block of land there and we were keen to check it out. Slocan is on the edge of the most beautiful lake and we were quite taken by the motel and their excellent signage.
 That ends our road trip for this week. Tune in next week when we....

Blue Bloods

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Blue Bloods is a crime drama with an element of Brothers & Sisters/Parenthood thrown in. It revolves around Police Commissioner Frank Reagan (played by the ever handsome Tom Selleck) and his three adult children, who are also in law enforcement. Shot on location each episode deals with a new crime, solved within the hour. The family drama, however, runs through each episode and like the Walkers, the Reagans will always be there for each other.

I liked this show. I'm a sucker for crime drama, add a bit of family drama and you've got a good mix. That being said, the Reagans do tend to be on the stoic, serious side. If you're looking for quirky characters and a bit of emotion, a la Crossing Jordan, you will have to look elsewhere.

Weekly Frock Up

Friday, March 11, 2011

This is my outfit from last Friday. I'd been sick all week, but that day I was on the mend. My hair had been washed and I was out of my pjs for the first time in days. We stayed in, ate some homemade pizza and laughed at the antics of Hamish & Andy in Caravan of Courage. 
Shirt - Topshop
Leggings - Target
Shoes - Toms
Lipstick - Revlon Blase Apricot

And this is my outfit from Tuesday, a day where I stayed home to blog, read and do other such delightful indoor things. Since it's not my pjs, it counts for a frock up.
Top - Gap
Trackies - F21
Ugg Boots - Jay Jays
Glasses - Ray Ban

Australia does it better

Thursday, March 10, 2011

When you're all the way down there on the other side of the world in Australia, you often think that the rest of the world has got it right & that somehow, through distance and time, that we are missing out. 

As it turns out, Australians aren't missing much. In fact, we are ahead of the curve in many, many ways and it is Canadians who are missing out. This little list contains a few of the things that Australia does better:

  • Cheese - While they do have cheese here it tastes like plastic and is an orange colour. Do they not have dairy cows here? Have we kept our cheese recipe to ourselves? I miss good cheese. 
  • Mobile phone numbers - mobile phone numbers are linked to each provence and each town. If I move from Revelstoke to Vancouver, people will know I'm from Revelstoke because of my phone number. Calling a Vancouver number from a Revelstoke phone number while in Vancouver counts as a long distance call. Confused yet?
  • Ring pull tins. You have to open all tins with a can opener.
  • Spray deodorant. There is no spray deodorant. Also roll on deodorant is especially dry. 
  • Shake & Bake. No shake & bake pancakes or muffins here.
  • Sara Lee - nothing even remotely like Sara Lee here. You have to make your sticky date pudding from scratch.
  • Tampons - Libra you need to start exporting. Only one brand doesn't have applicators and they've been out of stock for months. Plus they don't have mini.
  • Dove summer glow - Nothing like this here. In England there was a while isle in each pharmacy dedicated to such tanning products. Here you'll be lucky to find a single product.
  • Vegemite & Milo - the obvious. 
  • Triple J - the radio stations here are woeful. I miss you Triple J
Are you living away from your home? Missing anything?

Mr Sunshine

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

In a previous post I mentioned how much I love watching tv, but since then I've been fairly quiet on the subject. For the last week I've been at home sick and this time off skiing has given me the opportunity to watch more than my fair share of television. So over the next few weeks I'm going to tell you about the shows I've been watching, the good, the bad and the ugly.
Mr Sunshine is a tv half hour comedy about the runnings of a sports/entertainment stadium. Matthew Perry plays the manager, Ben. Although Perry pretty much reprises Chandler and Matt Albie (his character from Studio Sixty on the Sunset Strip)the character is funny and generally looks bewildered by the people around him. Allison Janney plays Crystal, the owner. Janney is great in this self-involved comedic role. Nate Torrance plays Roman, Crystal's dimwitted son. The funniest scene to date involves a fan, Roman and a rendition of a Cher song. Get into it. It'll leave you with a smile on your dial.

Happy First Wedding Anniversary

Sunday, March 6, 2011

A year ago today we were married. 
 What a year it has been. Adventure plus. It's great to be able to share the adventure with my best friend.
May there be many, many more.

Read about the proposal here
See more photos from our wedding here

Snowboard Barbie - Rail Jam

Friday, March 4, 2011

With all the snow we had last weekend Snowboard Barbie decided to practice her railing on the balcony.

 A warm up run

 Hitting the rails
Oh no
She falls
Recovering from the fall
Deciding that maybe the deep powder is the safer way to go

Frockin' up

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

While this is not really dressed up by any means, I've been inspired lately to mix it up a little and get out of the pjs/ski gear. 
Broach - Pom Pom Lili
T-Shirt - Sportsgirl
Long Sleeve T - Bluenotes
Jeans - Bettina Liano
Not only that, I've started wearing lipstick. Never one to wear lipstick, it's a bit frightening when you first give it a go. You don't quite look like you. But while in Beirut I found a shade of Chanel Rouge Coco that I liked, not too out there and a bit pinky, called Legende*, perfect for the lipstick beginner and now enjoying wearing it. 
My two favourites at the moment are Revlon Moon Drops Lipsticks in Blase Apricot and Persian Mellon. One of the good things about being in Canada is that 'drug store' make-up like Revlon & Covergirl is considerably cheaper than in Australia. I picked up the Blase Apricot lipstick for $5.99 last Friday - $5.99! Paired with a lipstain (a whole other blog post. Revlon has a better colour range, but I've been told Covergirl have a better product), the colour lasts all night. Anyway, as this is not a paid advertisement for Revlon. I'll get back to my main point. Lipstick - give it a go. Oh & Frock Up.
Me with Persian Mellon Lipstick
Broach - gift from AZ
Top - Urban Outfitters
Scarf - Country Road

*this lipstick met an unfortunate end on the night of my 31st birthday when I put the cap on without winding the lipstick back down properly. So sad. A warning to you all.
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