Love List #2

Here are some things I have been loving in July. 

1. Fresh berries! 

This is my favourite time of year at the Farmer’s Market.  I have to go in with a budget or I’ll end up spending $20 on berries in one go.  I’m starting to freeze berries for smoothies and ended up making a delicious smoothie tonight with raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, banana and avocado.  I added a little vanilla protein, almond coconut milk and some water.  Yeah, it was a bit of a mash up of items, but it tasted great!  

I’m also improving my pie making skills.  A tip for beginners, don’t start with raspberries! They are a difficult berry to get right and I’ve had some delicious, but runny pies.   I’ve heard nectarines are a good starter, so might give that a go.

2. Masterchef Australia

I love cooking shows, so when I was caught up with the American Masterchef, I realized there was an Australian version and it is much, much better.  No cat fighting, better challenges, interesting new foods, kinder judges and they don’t repeat the last minute of pre-commercial footage when they come back from a commercial break!  Whoot, whoot! Oh, and it’s on 5 nights a week, so I have a lot of catching up to do.  Dave is always amazed at how much I can fit in each night, but I’m a pretty amazing, little multi-tasker.  This is also a great connection to my Aussie friends, as some of them are fans too, and we can chat about what is going on.

3. Summer in Vancouver

The summer weather in Vancouver makes up for the rain the entire rest of the year.  Low humidity, mid-20s, and sunny everyday.  Perfect for patio sitting, frappachino sipping, beach lounging and outdoor runs.  Every night I want to go to a cafe, or a restaurant and hang out with friends, Dave or just on my own to read a book or knit.  I think those little breaks are what is keeping me sane while I’m wedding planning.  We are getting so close, and there are lots of things to do, but no stress has befallen me yet.  Things seem to be coming along well.  It doesn’t hurt that I can sit and send emails, organize guest lists or call my mom while the sun streams into the condo through the big front window with the breeze coming in the patio door.  I love this place!



Angry Feet

Hello Family, Friends and Completely Friendly Strangers, 

Apologies for the delay in posts, I have been dealing with some very angry feet the past two weeks after an allergic reaction to some fake leather shoes.  They have been very itchy, painful and have caused a great deal of sleep loss, resulting in a very tired Dana.  The good news is they are finally on the mend after some serious prescription topical ointment and insane patience to not itch them (very often).    I will spare you a photo, but just know they were very ANGRY and I’m hoping they don’t leave scars!

I am currently working on knitting a little girl’s dress for a co-worker who is going on mat leave in September.  It is a pattern called Little Sister’s Dress by Tora Froseth.  I’m really hoping I can get it done one time.  Normally I just fly through projects, but lately I haven’t had as much time.  Summer in Vancouver is filled with endless things to do: weddings, festivals, BBQs, street parties.  One could be busy every night of the week with something going on. Me, I’m doing the things I enjoy while on the wedding countdown.  Less than 5 weeks to go before the big day, and even less than, less than 5 weeks (I’m bad at math) before my family arrives, all of whom I am missing and can’t wait to catch up with.  Sloan sister reunion!

I’ll leave you with something fun.  Dave and I went to ArtBattle a couple weeks ago where a friend of ours, Brian Liu, who created my logo, competed.  This was the painting that got him through the first round and on to the finals.  It’s fun, quirky and very YOLO. He is a super talented artist and has a broad range of painting skills, I never know what he is going to do next.

Keep enjoying summer everyone! 

A Little Everyday…

Dave and I have been working on things a little at a time for the wedding and the condo.  And even though it is a lot of work, things are going really well and we are still managing to enjoy the summer with all its BBQs, parties and beach activity.  In fact, I’m sitting at Bean Around the World sipping on a blended latte while the breeze blows through the open wall window.  (Vancouver has so many places where the walls completely open up to let the air in.) Just what I need after a busy weekend and a busy week to come. 

Some of our accomplishments this past week:

1. Washing and laying out all the bunting to shape and dry.  They looked so pretty all laid out.  Next, I need to figure out how to link them in an attractive way and if I’m short on any colours.

2. Fixes around the condo.  While I have been doing more of the running around for the wedding, Dave and been doing some upgrades on the condo that involve more patience than I have.  He put up towel hooks in the ensuite bathroom, fixed the master bedroom door, which wouldn’t close, and put in shelving in the storage room.  It makes such a huge difference to have everything up and off the floor.  So much more organized and so much more space.  It feels great to be able to do something like this ourselves.  It was a reinforcement of how we work together, or maybe better, apart.  Basically, I assign Dave a task and then stay out of his hair until it’s done or I’m asked to help.  It might take Dave a while to do something, but I know that it is going to be done with care and precision.  

3. Patio upgrade. We also found a great deal on a little patio set at London Drugs and set it up outside.  I won’t post a picture of that until we get a BBQ in place, which we are working on as well, but I did have a lovely sit outside today while I worked on Donald Millar’s Storyline for my small group study and did the laundry.   I’m sure I will write more on Storyline later.  It is an amazing, motivating, life changing activity.

4. Neighbourhood discoveries.  Dave and I discovered a great 24-hour variety store two blocks from the condo.  You would not believe the number of beverage options!  I was looking for a kombucha beverage to help with digestion, after my friend and holistic nutritionist, Heather, turned me on to it.  I found them here in a variety of flavours along with about a dozen different root beers, yerba mate tea drinks, etc.  It just went on and on, fridge after fridge.  I’ll definitely be stopping in here when I want a specialty drink.

This week we organized many other things, including a beautiful surprise we will be having at our Bothwell reception, booking Christmas flights (let’s not even talk about the price!), catching up with my sister in Germany, and finding out news of a good friend’s exciting journey to begin in September. 

Much is going on and I’ll be updating again soon!  Enjoy your Monday, I hope it is a sunny one like here in beautiful Vancouver, BC.


Colour Affection

The latest project off the needles:  Colour Affection.  It has been a while since I’ve posted a finished product and it feels good to have one done during all the wedding planning and knitting.  I purchased the yarn in Portland back at the start of April, and it has been a perfect, mindless knit to do while listening to a podcast or watching TV, giving my brain a break from more stressful things. 

I still need to wash and stretch it, but I like the way it turned out.  I was concerned about how tight it was along the top (though I tried my hardest to be loose when I started a new row), but I think it is supposed to be this way because the tightness makes it curl over your shoulders more.  When I wear it with my pyjamas, Dave says I look like an old lady…won’t be doing that much! 

Pattern: Color Affection by Veera Välimäki

Yarn:  Madeline Tosh Merino Light

Colour:  Antler, Wicked, Duchess

Needles: US 6 or 4mm on a 32″ Circular

Knit for: Myself

 *Side note:  Remember that Oaked pattern I did for my little neice Gwennie last year?  Well her mom accidentally put it through the dryer and it shrunk, to doll size.  When asked what she wanted me to do, she said she wanted another one in the same colour for next winter.  Looks like I have a work order from one of my favourite munchkins, good thing she pays in hugs!