Monthly Archives: August 2010

I’m still alive… just been extremely busy of late, and it looks like this week is kind of crazy as well! I suppose that’s what happens when you are done your holidays and back at work?!  I will be posting photos from Columbia…sooner than later.. (need to sort out a few logistics, they are now all edited…)  but here’s a ‘teaser’ until then!

Finally decided to sport the head-brella…
(that is after I spent time dancing in the rain in the street of Arjona, Columbia!)
Good Memories!

R.I.P. iPhone…

iPhone smashed screen :(
This happened about a week ago, on my trip coming back to Canada from Columbia…
I was so upset about it, I couldn’t talk about it…I still am pretty upset.  But have decided to post this memorial for my phone…I’m just not sure what to do about this problem.
(Even tho the screen is smashed.. it still works–though using sunglasses and txting sometimes can be tricky to see what you are typing or receiving!)

>Wandering around the the ‘hood…

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It was another ‘hot’ day… we had a bit of a lazy sleep in.. and after a quick bite of lunch.. we headed out to take a walk around the ‘legislative building’…
Our first stop was to see the Polar Bears!!
They looked harmless enough.. so Meg went in for a hug!
I also decided it was ‘safe’ enough for a hug!
…Meg decided to help hold up the Inuksuk!
But she looked VERY cool doing it!
Good old Louis….
A view from the south side of the building.. (or as I like to say.. the BACK!)
A view from the ‘side’…
Meg took this one!
..at the ‘front’ or the North Side of the building… Meg is striking a pose on the steps… can you see her?
..tryin to stay cool in the heat!
Another shot of Meg at the front of the buildings…. (can you see her?)
We decided to see if we could ‘enter’ the buildings.. and we could! There was no cost… and we were able to ‘wander’ as we pleased…(I like Manitoba because I think the rules at ‘Queens Park’ are slightly different!) We were told that there was a tour that was going on.. which if we ‘bump’ into.. we were welcome to join…(which we did.. and ended up getting to see INSIDE the chamber–where the members sit and all the ‘magic’ happens!)…but I’m getting ahead of myself…
Here’s Meg, she’s sportin’ our ‘visitor’ badge.. there’s one per group!
This is the dome that is below the tower..
(above the tower is a second dome..and above that is where the “Golden Boy” sits!)
This is also below that dome.. looking down.. this star is freaky.. it follows you around  (no matter what side of the circle you are on!) AND if you stand in the basement.. and start to talk… it’s like you are using a microphone… (I tried… Meg did too.. but it didn’t work the same for her as it did for me…)
Just looking at the cool architecture..
Meg in the Chamber…

 

Me in the Chamber…
The Mace… on display for the summer in the chamber.. usually it’s kept in the Speaker’s office when the house isn’t sitting!
The other really cool thing we got to see was the Magna Carta…
On a rare trip from England, where it is kept!!
…this old, old document…
Meg was pretty excited to see it in person…. 🙂
Also on display was the ‘corner’stone that the Queen unveiled in her visit on July 3rd to Winnipeg… it is going to reside at the Museum of Human Rights when it opens in 2012! But for now it’s on display here…
Just chill’n… (we enjoyed the air conditioning of the building!)

..a quick self-portrait…(excuse the ‘wide’ angle look of the shot)

I couldn’t take enough photos of the inside of this building.. it’s really really really pretty, and also was pretty empty and quiet!
…Me striking a pose..
Outside Meg, met the 5 women responsible for getting the vote in Canada.. but they were pretty busy signing paperwork.. so there wasn’t much conversation that happened!
One last shot of the two of us outside on the lawn… (we almost got blown away!)
After doing some running around… we came home and I cooked dinner (yes, I do cook at times…) and then Meg really wanted to head back over to Baked Expectations for dessert.. and well I wasn’t one to say NO! 🙂 We decided to eat there…
Meg ordered the ‘Apple Raisin Pie’ with EXTRA whipped cream!!!

..that thing was GINORMOUS!!!

I ordered… the “crazy chocolate cake”
 (which had chocolate cheese cake, chocolate cake and chocolate mousse in it.. as well as being ‘covered’ in choc. icing…)
 can we say CHOCOLATE over kill… but it didn’t kill ME, I killed IT!!!!
mmmm root bear float… (one of the first times I have remembered having one!!)
That was the perfect way to end an amazing day! Thanks so much for suggesting it Meg!!  I have so enjoyed spending time with you this past week… it was fun to have someone along for the ride back to Manitoba!  It was also awesome to be able to show you my house.. and where I live!!  Thanks for an awesome road trip/vacation… I’m going to miss you!!! (can’t wait til you come back again!!) 
Safe travels home to Ontario tomorrow!!
luv ya, Sar

Two different directions… one day!

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This morning we found ourselves at “St. Norbert’s Market”… most people go to a farmer’s market and come home with fresh fruit and veg… well Meg and I did not come home with that… BUT some new necklaces!!

There was a llama in a small cage with some goats!

The ‘button’ necklaces… they were SOOO cool… I’m so loving my long one I got!!
Meg modelling her new ‘button’ necklace… (I got one too!)
I was talking to this woman at one both and she commented on my ‘jade’ New Zealand necklace… and she looked at the cord and saw how ‘woren’ it was…(I got it about 6 years ago.. and its a favourite necklace of mine… and wear it most days since I got it…partly because of what it represents!)… she offered to make me a NEW cord.. for free! (I said thanks so much.. but also ended up buying one of her really cool wooden necklaces..)  Some people are so kind… she wanted to let me know that I didn’t have to buy anything, or even pay for the new cord…
Meg and I got some perogies for lunch… we had 2 ‘saskatoon berry’ ones.. and a cottage cheese one… (they were sooooooo yummy!!! (I had never had either kind…but well we were pleasantly surprised…and they filled us up so much!!)
We got back to my house about 1ish.. but because it was so HOT outside.. and sunny… we decided to get our ‘beach’ gear and head NORTH of the city to “Grand Beach”… (it’s about an hour’s drive north located on Lake Winnipeg!!)

It was so worth the drive… and there were quite a few others that got out of the city as well!!! We walked thru this crowd.. until we found a spot for our gear…. (the view to the left of us…)

..and the view to the right of us… a little less crowded!
Chill’n on the beach….

It was a great couple of hours… and so worth the drive, even if the water felt like ICE!!!

On the way home Meg caught a few more awesome photos out the window…. We both thought that this place… was HILARIOUS!!! (but we didn’t stop in to try our luck!)
..a water tower!
…Grain towers…
This is a fav of mine that she took… because it captures HER in the process of taking the shot!! Meg you have a great eye.. and have figured out my camera!! (I’m just sorry that yours hasn’t been working!)

…after dinner we settled down for a night in and a movie…(which I fell asleep in about 1/2 way thru oops!)Thanks for an awesome day Meg!

>Sushi and Cheese Cake….

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Meg and I both LOVE Sushi… so we went to Meiji Sushi it was soooo darn good!! After filling our bellies full of sushi.. we took a walk down Osbourne…popping into shops..(partly due to the RAIN that was pouring down…) but also because we wanted to head to Baked Expectations…  I seriously love this place… and well a good friend Ryan introduced me to it… and it’s darn good… too good in fact!
Since there was a ‘clearing’ in the rain.. we took ours to GO.. and headed home for a movie, (Australia) and well cheese cake!
Me and my Carmel Pecan Cheesecake!
Meg and her Dark Chocolate Cheesecake!

Mmmmmmm so good… and it tastes even better in front of the TV in our PJs!!

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