Happiness Is…

Can I be honest with you?

Of course I can, this is my blog and I’m always honest with you. Why should that change now?

I hate these “happiness is” posts, for no other reason than I just think they’re cheesy, even if they do express all the good stuff (as they should!). I can’t help it, cliches annoy me… however tonight I’m going to write a “happiness is” post anyway, because it’s called for.

Happiness is…

1) (Let’s get this one out of the way first.) A conservative majority government in Canada. FUCK. YES. I’m so happy about this- I can’t even tell you. I knew the PC would get at least another (sigh) minority, but while I hoped for a majority, I was skeptical. Today, Canada voted right (pun intended!). Way to go! For those of you who wonder “OMG HOW could she be a conservative?!!”, let me give you a few brief reasons…

a) I live in Alberta- a conservative province whose entire economy is reliant on our energy industry which would falter under a high-tax left leaning government. Say what you will about “big oil”, but you need it too.

b) I work in said energy industry, and I like my paycheque. I work my ass off for it, and I don’t believe in handing out free rides to people who abuse the system, leaving funds unavailable for those who really need it.

c) I’ve lost a family member to violence and therefore I’ve seen first hand what this does not only to families but to communities. It’s unacceptable and Canada needs to toughen up and quit being known as the nice guy. (Sorry CH- we’re going to have to agree to disagree on this one! *breathe*)

2) I just spent 2.5 weeks on vacation.

3) I got to go to wine country.

4) I got to spend time with my BFF.

5) I got to meet Inris and TBHHH (more on this coming!)

6) I get to sleep in my own bed tonight.

7) I’m drinking Okanagan wine as I type this.

Life is good.

17 Days

In my new job, pretty much all of my work revolves around one program. That program is being a piece of shit today, so it affords me the chance to write up a quick post!

I’m still seriously so glad I got to meet msbrookie last night! It’s got me even more excited to meet Inris and TBHHH though… as if I wasn’t already jumping out of my skin in anticipation!

Actually, my mind switched into full on vacation mode about a week ago. It’s all I can think about. I wake up thinking about vacation, I day dream about it as I’m punching data into my computer during the day, and I think about it in the evenings and right up until I fall asleep at night.

Have I mentioned, that I haven’t been on vacation since the end of last June? I had a few days off at Christmas, but I was sick through that and it’s not quite the same as a real get-out-of-the-city-and-see-sunshine kind of vacation. It’s been almost a year. And it’s been a long, tiring year, so if I can’t stop squealing about it (eeeep!) over the next couple of weeks, you’ll just have to get over it. I earned it.

My friend T called me a few days ago to say that she’d decided to drive with me as far as her Mom’s place, which is right in the heart of BC’s wine country (remember last June’s wine tours?), which means I get to spend a few days collecting wine and enjoying the sunshine and girl chat with T. Her family was also incredibly welcoming the last time I visited so I’m looking forward to that part of vacation now, as well.

Then I’m off to Vancouver island for a week or so to visit with one of my besties, M, and her boyfriend ghostbuster (haha, inside joke) and his brother and sister in law, as well as visiting with some of M‘s family who I know.

Picture this: the ghostbuster’s house is on a bit of a hill and his patio & kitchen windows overlook the ocean. It’s the greatest thing in the world to be able to sit on the patio with a summer salad and a glass of something slushy that M and I concocted in a blender.

*bliss*

And of course, my trip ends with a bang… a weekend shopping, sight seeing, and eating in Seattle, with great company.

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All of that said, I’m seriously hoping that this sore throat I’ve had for the last couple of days is due to the green tea that I’ve been drinking and not to an oncoming cold. I’ve been eating really well and swallowing vitamins like a junkie so I’d better not get sick prior to vacay!

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Speaking of eating… I’ve been weighing myself every couple of days just out of curiosity (but just weekly to measure actual weight loss), and I am so unbelievably thrown off by the amount my weight changes throughout my menstrual cycle. (Sorry guys.) There’s at least a good 5lb variance from one end to the other and it’s really difficult to figure out my actual lbs dropped.

Oh well, I’m trying. Like I said, I’ve been eating fairly well (though I did indulge in a couple of cosmo’s with msbrookie last night, but cranberries are antioxidizing so those are healthy, right??!!!!), and though I haven’t been working out consistantly I have been getting to it more often than I was before. Progress, at least.

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Life is good, friends.

Adventures of Spontaneous Sarah!

What an exciting weekend I had in the Vancouver area! I have to say, I’m very proud of myself for having the courage to drive all the way out there on my own- but it turned out to be no big deal (even the snow-capped mountain in the dark was no obstacle for Spontaneous Sarah!). I had a blast, and my hosts were the best! (Thanks Christy and Ryan, you guys rock!!)

We spent our Saturday being tourists. We ventured up to North Vancouver to check out the English Properties (multi million dollar homes) which were absolutely insane. We wandered out onto the beach and we took a drive through Stanley Park. We got pictures of the Olympic rings and a lot of other really cool things.

M caught the first ferry to the main land on Sunday morning and we headed straight to Schanks (sports bar) in New Westminster. Luckily we got there when we did (8:30 am) because there was already people lined up outside and by the time they started letting us in at 10:00 the line up reached all the way around the building (pictures don’t do it justice). We were the first to be let in so we had an awesome table in front of the big screen- it was like we were at the game. The bar was crazy but everyone remained really friendly and in good spirits- and how about that game!! Christy kept telling me how nervous she was and I kept shushing her, telling her that they’d come out guns a’ blazing- and they DID! My heart sunk a little when the USA tied it up in the last 30 seconds- but when Sidney Crosby (assisted by my home boy Jerome Iginla) scored the overtime goal to take the win- I jumped right up out of my seat! We screamed, we laughed, we cried, and then my favorite part- we sang the national anthem. What a proud moment for hockey loving Canadians. I won’t ever forget it.

All in all, Vancouver 2010 was a great trip. I left home questioning my sanity, but I returned with a smile on my face. I love my life.