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V is for…

Vancouver.

I thought I would share with you some photos about where I live, in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (technically I live in Burnaby, a suburb, but whatevs).

Me in front of the Vancouver Olympic Rings

Aerial View of Downtown Vancouver

Vancouver Canucks Fans

BC Lions Fans

Beautiful Kitsalino Beach

Lord Stanley Park

Beautiful Vancouver Sunset

There’s my ABCs for this week, hope you all have a great week, XO!

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U is for…

Um…

It is a dark and dreary Monday morning… yes I though about ‘umbrella’ as well, but when I was abruptly awoken by the doorbell this morning, I just had to share with you the reason:

I received my scrap yarn swap package! Yahooooooooo!!!! Look at all these goodies! Yarn, notions, notions bag, peppermint tea, chocolate oh my!

The package traveled all the way from Wisconsin, a big thanks goes to Danielle for being a wonderful swapner! I can’t wait to start using my new goodies!

There’s my ABCs for this week, stay warm and dry everyone!!

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T is for…

Time.

Or should I say lack thereof. I am not complaining. Being busy is a blessing, not a punishment, but sometimes I like having nothing to do. I like making my own schedule, sitting in front of the TV and maybe getting a few things on my list completed. Or not…

Lately time has been of the essence. Since Friday it has been go go go go go go go go go! I went shopping with my mom for desperately needed work clothes. Then I hastily packed and hit the road to Whistler for a great 2 nights. Then early Sunday morning, BF and I headed back for 9am mass, had breakfast, and then I did laundry. Yesterday I taught Kindergarten, which was exhasuting, then had a 1 hour power nap, ate dinner and went and played some intense volleyball. I then came home, showered and headed back down to BF’s house… where I felt like I got 35 minutes of sleep. Then back up again early to come here to work at an office that I’m not comfortable with, but making the most of. I never look away at earning money.

That’s not even including the crocheting I need to do… my September square was supposed to go out on the 15th… I am still working on my Critron shawl, and I need start a hat.

Did I mention I am also sick?

There’s my tardy T for this week, check out the others here, XO.

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S is for…

STASH!

I have decided to share with you my stash. Am I crazy? Perhaps, but it’s all I could think of for the letter, and plus, I’ve never actually pulled it all out and looked at it :-S

Here it is! It is not including really small scraps or thread, both of which are small and scrappy. Also, no yarn that is currently attached to a project. Those giant blue and white skeins are for my waves afghan that I haven’t touched since January… Considering I have only been crocheting seriously for a year (yes, ONE year!) this is quite a reasonable stash. I try and use up yarn so I don’t have a lot of scraps lying around, I can be efficient when need be. Some of the scraps are from the coworker who gifted me which 2 giant bags. Most of it has been used/given away, but I have a little bit left over. Those 4 skeins of RH Super Saver I received in swaps and I think I want to make an afghan with them, the colours are very nice. 

So there’s my ABCs for this week, only 7 more weeks to go, lol! 

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R is for…

RUNNING.

I love it. I really do. It’s such a high for me. I love the challenge of pushing myself ‘just a little further’. I sleep better and night and have way higher self confidence. I took up an old job at a gym recently and now I have access to it anytime I want. Hopefully I make use of the time and run, run run! 

This is something I think might help. A cute water bottle that says exactly what I’m thinking. It’s pink and lovely and might just do the trick. I hope. I’m hoping this fall I can get off my lazy bum and git`r`done. Go me! 

On a less cheery note, my time with Chico and Tia has come to an end. I had such a great time with them and had to let go last night. I got a little teary eyed on my drive home. They are seriously the cutest and most well behaved animals I have ever spent a serious amount of time with. I know itss not goodbye forever, merely see you soon. *sniff. It was nice to see them be happy that momma and poppa had returned, and to see the feeling returned. Made it easy to walk away. And I`ll always have the copious amounts of photos I took 🙂

So there`s my ABCs this week, hopefully I`ll have something for WIPW, XO.

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Q is for…

QUINOA!

Hey all, hope you’ve been well, I still have not got my crojo back but September is soon upon us which means the start of new swaps. 3 so far 🙂 

Anyways, onto this week’s ABCs. I love love love quinoa (keen-wah). It’s a seed and it’s yummy! High in protein, it has a really cool texture and takes no time to cook. It’s so versatile too. I usually have it as a side, or in a salad, but it can be used to make pudding or hot cereal or to crust meat, et cetera, et cetera!! 

When I discovered it, it was still not mainstream, I introduced it to my family and BF and now they love it too! On top of it, quinoa has exploded as a new popular food and can be found everywhere. Here is my favourite way to have it:

Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Salad

1 cup dry quinoa

2 cups water

Combine the above, bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.

1 zucchini

2 bell peppers (any colour)

1 red onion

Chop the above into bit size pieces, place on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper, and roast in a 375 F degree oven until vegetables are browned (~10 minutes). Feel free to cut into larger pieces and BBQ instead.

Combine cooked quinoa and vegetables in bowl. You can either dress it with lemon juice and oil, or balsamic vinegar and oil, any combo that you like or even your favourite store brand salad dressing. Feel free to add fresh basil, cilantro or parsley, salt and pepper to taste, and maybe some dried cranberries, feta or bocconcinni cheese, pumpkin seeds, orange segments, use your imagination!

Have a great day, XO!

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P is for…

PURPLE!

Anyone who knows me, knows what my favourite colour is. Also, if you were to see me on the street, you might be able to guess. I am not shy when it comes to sharing my favourite colour. It’s so bright and cheery, looks great in every shade, and just puts a smile on my face all the darn time.

Need some proof? Well, for one, I wear purple clothing. Shirts, dresses, scarves, patterns, solids, any purple!

I even wear purple shoes! (Altho I should point out that also wear every other colour of shoe, I love shoes!!!)

I even carry purple accessories. This is my new travel bag, it just got back from Whistler with me 🙂

I even use it to crochet. I love purple yarn. Light, dark, solid, verigated, self-striping, baby, worsted, thread. You name, I love it!

So there you have my ABC post for this week. What is YOUR favourite colour? Would I know it by looking at you? Head on over to the Accidental Knitter for more ABCs, XO.

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O is for…

Om.

I have found that I can get stressed out easily, and need activities to keep me relaxed and calm. While laying on the couch watching TV and eating popcorn is an easy way to be calm, it’s not very healthy. That’s why I absolutely love to do yoga. I fell head over heels for it a few years ago and haven’t stopped. I love that it can be challenging and calming at the same time. I love that it’s personal but connected to others.

There a million and 1 different poses and each have their allure. Some are balance oriented (like dancer, on the right), others are stretch oriented. I love the feeling after a class of being sweaty but calm-minded, it makes for a great day!

What does this have to do with crochet, you ask? Well, a lot of the appeal of yoga can also be found in crochet. It can be challenging but calming, it can be done anywhere, it’s personal yet very connected to others. 

So there is my ABCs for this week, check out the others here, XO.

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N is for…

No comment.

I have such a big case of writer’s block. N should be an easy letter but I just can’t be bothered to be creative right now, how depressing.

I went away this weekend, to the cabin in Whistler and it was a lovely trip. I crocheted quite a bit (stay tuned for WIPW), and I meant to take some photos to share, but forgot. And now I feel like I have nothing contribute to the ABCs this week. Maybe O will be better.

Please go check out the significantly better ABCs over at the Accidental Knitter. Happy Monday!

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M is for…

MARVELOUS!

Hey all, I am back from my long weekend, it was SO wonderful!! The weather was nice and warm, the company was lively and the food was yummy. The only problem was the mosquitoes. 

Clearly my M is all about my weekend! 

This pretty much sums it all up. Yesterday everyone but my Bf and I left very early in the morning, but I couldn’t go back to sleep. I decided to pass some time out on the porch working on the bag. It was soooo warm and lovely! Some things you can see in the photo, my Ipod, I was listening to some podcasts, a cold beverage, and my new cabled tote that I bring everywhere with me now. 

I have realized that I am going to run out of yarn shortly (notice that little ball at the bottom?), so I’ll have to go grab a new skein soon, darn 🙂

So now it’s back to reality, ugh. I have some new swaps I am getting ready for, should keep me busy for a little while anyways.

So that’s my tardy ABC for this week, hopefully I’ll be back with a WIPW tomorrow, XO.

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