Well, 2018 is off to a…slow…start.

This year was not so slow. It included a lot of visitors, work and school, skiing, travel, climbing-related stuff and vegetables.

Natalie from NZ visited and we went to Revelstoke. Kevin and Cam from NZ visited and we hiked the chief and saw dirty Vinyl Cafe. Natasha visited and we went to Victoria to visit Leslie and Kyla. I saw Wilson from Ottawa a bajillion times. And Daniel visited from Moose Jaw!IMG_20170924_141257149Lots of ch-ch-changes for us in the work/school departments. Starting in fall 2016, Lauren started going to night school at BCIT to learn how to machine with mills and lathes. This year in the fall, he signed up for a six month Machining course. He likes it so far. He left his Arc’teryx job and got a new part-time at… Arc’teryx! He works early shifts at the Downtown store now.

I took a Tableau course at BCIT in the winter, passed my first Tableau certification exam, and took on the Corporate Citizenship role at work. In March, I went to NYC for a business trip and also got to squeeze in the School of Rock, the Book of Mormon, the Staten Island ferry, 100 food items and a visit with Wilson. Then, Eileen convinced me to come to Japan for the winter…. and here I am!

Lauren is now the bombdizzle at skiing and has admitted he likes skiing more than climbing (gasp). He wanted to ski every month of the year for 2017, but he missed two months. He skied Mt Baker twice so I guess we can forgive him? Lauren bought a Whistler student ski pass this year.

We did a big road trip to the Kootenays to check out Nelson, Trail, Rossland and Castlegar. Verdict: Excellent. We visited family in Ontario and I visited David and Appnovation’s Montreal office in Montreal. That was a fun trip. I have PTSD from riverboarding and also I consumed so much food and drink that I felt sick for a couple of weeks…. bagels + biere + butter ice cream + more bread = yum. The ‘Armchair’ did not break down too much this year after we replaced everything the year before, so we did lots of trips to Leavenworth, Whistler, Squamish etc etc. We also went to Saturna Island and I went to Salt Spring Island.IMG_20170603_123203502IMG_20170702_185933691img_20170527_130306060.jpgI started off 2017 with a pretty bad shoulder injury and have been doing physio and training almost all year. I even started doing “cardio” before I left for Japan. Early fall was definitely the healthiest and strongest time for my muscles/body, and we were eating really well as well. I can’t say the same about now. We got really burnt this day:IMG_20170520_130743632And last, but not least…veggie update! Our apartment balcony doesn’t get that much sun, so I was only able to grow strawberries, kale, chives, dill, cilantro and arugula this year. The garden didn’t do so well because I was gone so much. We did share a CSA veggie box with Kirsten and Max which I thought was amazing, but I’m not sure if anyone else liked it. Lauren and I ventured quite far in vegetarianism.. I definitely can’t say the same about what I am eating now. As I was writing this, I was eating a pork bao and pork (??) gyoza.

Otherwise, life has been pretty good in Vancouver and I look forward to the shenanigans we get up to in 2018 (…after today). Here is a picture of Lauren in the summer, likely after a day of climbing:IMG_20170902_143542033


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