Ten New Things 2013 – 1

It has been a crazy year to say the least.  I did some major new things this year that will effect my life for a long time.  One was getting married of course.  I’d say this year was a year of life changes and commitments.  Here we go!

1. Taking professional cooking lessons – Jan – Mar

It would be hard to list all the new cooking techniques I learned and tried in this class, but a few include, pasta making, killing a crab to make crab cakes, deboning a pork chop, learning knife skills, making all kinds of French dishes I’ve never made (coq au vin, duck confit, ratatouille), shucking oysters, making pizza dough.  

Over all it expanded my food horizons greatly, and with these classes and the copious amounts of Masterchef Australia I have been watching and food books I have been reading my cooking has improved immensely.  Just ask Dave, he’ll vouch for me.  I think the biggest thing I’ve learned is that, I can make anything I set my mind too. 

2. Publishing my first knitting pattern

In January, I designed and published my first pattern called Adera.  It was a lot of work, but I enjoyed most of it.  I put a second pattern out shortly after in February called Keefer.  I sold both on Ravelry, which adds over 200 new patterns a day (kind of crazy and easy for your pattern to get lost).  To date I sold 20 of the paid pattern (Adera) and have had over 400 downloads of my free pattern (Keefer).  What can I say people like free stuff.  Will I continue to make patterns?  I don’t know.  You really need a collection to make any impact in sales, so people can get to know your designs and style, but I don’t know how much I really loved it.  I do have some more ideas in my mind, so we’ll see what happens in 2014.

Adera – left, Keefer – right

3. Getting engaged – Feb 19

I knew at Christmas last year that this was going to happen, but I didn’t know it would be before March.  Dave loves a good surprise and surprise he did.  It was a well thought out proposal and it involved some of my favourite people (the Men of Marpole).  This, of course set off a whole long list of new things to do, including wedding dress shopping, designing invites, and working together to get the day planned how we wanted it, and it was awesome. More on this later.

4. Learned to ski – Jan/Feb

I had skiied a couple times in Ontario, but nothing like what I did out here.  My friend Trudy and I signed up for Never Ever Days and we ended up spending three days on the slopes getting the basics of skiing down at Whistler of all places.  How blessed we are to live so close to one of the best ski destinations on the planet.  There were falls, tears, cheers and aches, but I can’t wait to practice what I learned this year.  Dave and I bought new equipment (he had been borrowing and I had been renting) with some of our wedding money, and now we can share this activity with each other and several of our friends.  It’s going to be a great winter!

5. Bought a home – May

I knew with a wedding date looming that it was time to get a bigger place.  My basement apartment had served me well for 4 years, but it was really time to move on and move up (from a basement).  I really didn’t want to have to live in my little apartment once Dave and I were married.  It would get crowded fast.  So we started looking in April with a deadline of the end of June.  After that it would just be too much to take on with the wedding planning.  Thankfully, it didn’t take very long at all to find the perfect place just 7 blocks from where I was before and still on Main St., the location we both love.  Funny enough, we are only a short walk from where I was, yet I have an all new coffee shop, bakery, deli, grocery store, etc. to go to.  

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