My 3rd Beautiful: Versatile Blogger Award

•May 18, 2010 • 12 Comments

Look at that, my first blogger award, I’m pretty friggen excited!!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you to The Pretend Writer who has honored me with the Versatile Blogger Award! We’ve shared some pretty great gut busting laughs over the past week, she’s truly hilarious!! I can’t wait to sit down, put my onesie on, grab a glass of wine and finish reading her blog.

Now for the fine print:  There are some things you/I have to do to accept this award:

  • Thank the person who gave you this award.
  • Share 7 things about yourself.
  • Pass the award along to 15 bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic!

7 things about me…

1.  Sweets vs. Salt:  I don’t like ice cream, hate doughnuts and I’d pass up chocolate for a bag of Chips.  I’m a bit of a self proclaimed chip/salt-a-holic.  When I go to Dairy Queen to get Mike a Peanut Buster Parfait I come home with hot greasy French fries for myself.

2. I asked Mike to marry me.  I didn’t get down on one knee but I did have a ring and it was a beautiful sunny day in Stanley Park.  I proposed on March 6th 2010.  We don’t have any immediate plans to get married, we’re just having fun! We’ve also been together for almost 6 ½ years, so really, what’s another couple years?

3. I was a carnie for 5 years.  On weekends when I was in school I would work at local fairs, corporate parties and birthday parties too. I made cotton candy, snow cones, managed the Bouncy Castle, Bouncy Slide, Sumo Wrestling, Bouncy Boxing, the Bungee Run, and the Joust. It was so fun!! When we had free time we’d set them up for a good old fashioned battle (see below). I also worked at the PNE for 3 years making Fischer Scones and doing sand art with kids.

4.  My Brother and I are the best of friends.  I love my brother, he’s an amazing guy and a good friend.  He was the best part of growing up. Thanks for always being there big bro! : )

5. I love beer.  My first beer (that my parents knew about anyways) was with my grandmother at the age of 16.  I came home from school, she told me to grab her a beer and get one for myself too.  We sat at the kitchen table, sipped Coors Light, and chatted.  I’ll never forget that.

6. I love Wednesday’s because that means it’s ladies night!!  Since February 2009 myself and 6 other wonderful lady friends have been getting together to Eat, Drink and be Merry! We rotate houses, everyone brings an appetizer, and their alcoholic beverage of choice. I can’t give away too many details as I’ve been asked to guest blog by Brandee about ladies night!

7. I walked my cat, on a leash. Stella was the best cat EVER! She was an adult cat when we adopted her, she was so loving and very chill.  Every weekend in the summer I would take her for little walks.  As soon as I put her harness on her she would go and wait by the door. We’d go chill on the grass, she made sure to greet everyone that came by, she chased the butterflies and occasionally she’d roll around on the concrete for a good scratch.

There you have it… 7 things about me! Now it’s time for me to let all those listed below know that I’ve passed on the Versatile Blogger Award to them!

FUN!

(there’s 16 of you because I couldn’t do just 15)



My Second Beautiful – Mike

•May 5, 2010 • 27 Comments

Here we go with the “yucky love stuff”:  The story of Mike and I.

Meet Mike, he’s my other half, sometimes by better half if you will.  We met a little over 8 years ago but offically started dating just a little over 6.  We met while working in the same office, he was the lab guy and I was the young receptionist. Hot, right? We used to go out for coffee and lunch together and when I was broke he’d sometimes buy me coffee and lunch.   We were both involved in serious relationships at the time making our friendship grow.  Then one day his relationship ended and the one I was in shortly after.

He invited me over one night for beers and chips (the only thing he had in his apartment) we stayed up until the wee hours of the morning, 6am to be exact, just chatting and laughing.  I remember that day like it was yesterday 🙂 We drank Canadian Beer and dined on chips and salsa, he smelt yummy, he wore jeans and this sexy Harley Davidson jacket, hair combed, big blue eyes and a smile to die for. He was sweet, kind, warm and  lucky for me, he’s still that person to this very day.  The next morning he dropped me off at the skytrain so I could spend the day with my mom, who was having surgery on her knee. That evening I packed another bag and back to Mikes place I went. This is where is gets good – the night I came back would be the night I never left. We have lived together since the first day we started dating.

We had decided not tell anyone we worked with that we were dating.  A secret we were able to keep for about 11 months.  We broke the news to everyone at the end of 2004 to tell them “we” would be missing the company Christmas party because we were off to Florida for Christmas.  This trip was amazing, I got to meet his dad, his 84 year old grandfather and it was the first time he told me he loved me.

Our relationship grew and grew, we fought, we cried, we laughed but most importantly, we loved.  On our year anniversary we received the sad news that my grandmother had past away 😦 Off to my parents house we went to spend the evening with my family, we spent the night reminiscing about my grandmother and all the wonderful time we spent with her.  Because of this night we are very fond of making our year anniversaries about my grandmother and the half years about us.  On our year and a half anniversary Mike adopted for me my first pet, just for me, one to call my own. (note: I grew up with cats, and when I moved out of my parents they had recently purchased a dog, but the cat Mike adopted me was just for me, every part of her, even the litter box) He adopted our beautiful Ragdoll cat, Stella. She was amazing, beautiful, wonderful and loving.  I will leave it at that right now only because she’s so special she will get her own post – here she is.

Summer of 2006 we went on our first big road trip!!! We decided to head to the US of A – Shout out to my twitter friends in America! We drove the coast highway, Washington, Oregon and California, ending in San Francisco where we spent 3 days and I fell in love.  If I had to live anywhere, it would probably be San Fran, it reminds me so much of Vancouver it’s ridiculous! After San Fran we went to Reno for 4 days – had the time of our lives.

Summer of 2008 we went to Ottawa for Mikes big family reunion and to say a sad farewell to his 96 year old grandfather who had recently passed away.  I was so happy to have met his grandfather in 2004, he was a kind soul, who was funny and enjoyable to be around.

We’ve been to Calgary to visit friends, camping in BC, done overnighters in Whistler, had camp-outs in the living room, gone on bike rides, long walks and haven’t done many of these things without each other.  We’ve even been to our fair share of costume/theme parties 🙂

In 2008 we had the opportunity to “foster” a dog 🙂 something we’ve always wanted to do, not because we wanted something to take care of then give back but because our apartment isn’t dog friendly.  Any excuse for us to have a dog was a good excuse and our landlord was very understanding of “special circumstances”.  Mike went and picked up Magnum on September 12th 2009 and much like myself he came and never left.  Our landlord allowed us to keep him if we promised he wouldn’t be a problem. Here we are, a year and a half later with this little critter – he’s awesome.

I would like to take a moment and thank Magnum. Magnum has been nothing but an amazing dog – he’s brought us closer together and helped us make some of the most amazing friends we have today (they will also get their own post) mostly, I have to thank Magnum for Brandee (aka @Babe_Chilla) I met Brandee February 2009 and because of our dogs and some special circumstances, they brought us together – Brandee is an incredible person, I’m so thankful to know her – thank you Magnum and thanks for being such a great friend, Brandee.

I skipped a lot of stuff, but this is a blog, not my memoirs. I’m speeding us up to 2010.  We’ve had an amazing 2010 (minus the month of January – I also save this for another post) we hit 6 years, the Olympics came to Vancouver, Brandee had a baby, I reconnected with an old friend, made some new ones, had some laughs, some cries, but most of all had a great time. My biggest news to share for 2010 is that I asked Mike to marry me! It was a beautiful day in Stanley Park, a place where we spend most of our time, I had a ring and it was perfect, minus the fact I forgot what I wanted to say I was so nervous.  We have no plans to get married anytime soon, we’re thinking 2012 and probably in Vegas – we will marry in a small chapel with an Elvis impersonator and probably have our reception at Pink Taco – why you might ask, I respond with why not?  We will have fun and the day will be about us.

Mike is the person who makes me smile, makes everyday worth waking up for, he has always been there for me – I can’t imagine life without him and if you knew him you’d know why.  I love him.

That is our story, well most of it and I think it’s beautiful.

My First Beautiful!

•May 2, 2010 • 19 Comments

Today I started a blog.  It took me a good hour and a half to find a name, one that I was happy with, and well, here it is: My Beautiful 604.

I plan to make this a fun blog, one with lots of photos, and stories of my adventures around town.

My fiance recently purchased me an iPhone which I’ve become very fond of.  I was quickly attached to the camera (which you can tell by by the 1, 468 photos it holds) and instead of puking photos on twitter like a bad cold I thought I’d put them down in a blog.

I would like to start with yesterday, May 1st.  It was a beautiful day for many reasons.

Reason 1. It was Saturday and I got to sleep in – note: there will be no photos of me sleeping because it’s not beautiful.

Reason 2. We went to the beach with our dog, Magnum.  The tide was out and it was a beautifully sunny, windy day. 

Reason 3: We celebrated my fiances birthday, we did a little bowling and a lot of drinking.  We started out at the Commodore Lanes and Billiards on Granville street.  It’s rustic and old inside, as you come down the stairs  you feel like your walking into the past.  All the bowling balls are chipped and I’m sure the lanes don’t lay as straight as they once did.  Note: it’s so old school you actually have to keep your own score.

After bowling, we went to Taf’s (also on Granville) for laughs and cheap beer.

I look forward to dressing up my photos via: Tilt Shift Generator, Hipstimatic and Picnik or just leaving them raw and untouched for all to view.

Today I started a blog, beautiful.

xo
G