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The Royal Wedding

Ok, who stayed up all night to watch the Royal Wedding??

Well, I would have if I did not need to work today. But I did record it and watched it first thing this morning. And I admit, I totally teared up a number of times…starting with Kate getting into the car with her dad, her (very looong) walk down the aisle, not to mention the beautiful, ethereal music… The wedding had all the pomp and circumstance we expected, but was so elegant and relatively understated.


As has already been noted on every fashion website out there, Kate’s dress was simply perfection. It was classic, timeless, romantic, and so, so beautiful. I loved the lace and the simple veil. And those gorgeous earrings!

Other favourite moments and thoughts I had while watching:

  • The Queen totally rocked her yellow dress!
  • The unbelievable crowds outside!
  • Loved one of the signs someone made that read, “Checkmate. Kate — you’ve taken the King!”
  • All the crazy hats! Or better yet, every time Peter Mansbridge (I was watching the CBC broadcast) cracked jokes about all the fascinators.
  • The music was glorious. My favourite of the day was Elgar’s arrangement of the Jerusalem hymn.
  • Loved it when William saw Kate at the altar for the first time, and said to her “I love you. You look beautiful.”
  • And also after the wedding, when they got into the carriage, Kate turned to William and said “I’m so happy.” 
  • Those little bridesmaids were so cute! I totally melted.
  • Speaking of whom, my favourite photo from the day, which I still can’t stop cracking up when I see it:


Bwahaha! 😀 Oh goodness, that photo is just priceless on so many levels! That poor little girl… 🙂

I’m totally a closeted hopeless romantic at heart, and this Royal Wedding just played right into that part of me. I had such a fun time watching it this morning! And it also brought back memories of my own sacred wedding day with Len. I am no princess, I didn’t wear a tiara, and there was very little pomp and circumstance, but, as the Lord Bishop of London stated in his address, at the essence of every wedding day is “a day of hope.” I loved when he said ” in marriage we are seeking to bring one another into fuller life.” What a lovely way of putting it.

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In other news, I attempted to make bagels for the first time this morning while I watched the wedding. Yah, I blame my being distracted by the nuptials for the epic FAIL that was that baking experiment.

I forgot to flour the board that I put them on, and so they stuck like mad. When I attempted to pick them up and drop them in the boiling water, they totally deflated and became deformed. I eventually was able to save a couple so that they looked somewhat like bagels:

But while they looked better, they were tough and chewy, and just not that tasty. My mother told me we should just buy bagels from now on. sigh.

And it’s been a lovely, fun week. We had a great visit with Kathleen!

We tried a new-to-us restaurant, Me and Julio. It was a great Mexican restaurant, and we had wonderfully fresh, delicious ceviche:

and plantain “ribbons”:

The day continued at Kanata’s for more good eats:

And Jen brought a fantastic game, “What?”, that was just a rip-roarin’, side-splittingly hilarious time!

And then there was this stunning rainbow earlier in the week:

That was the night the Canucks won game 7 against Chicago! 🙂

And we have a new world champion!! Congrats to Patrick Chan on winning his first world title!

It’s been a good week. 🙂


Posted by on April 29, 2011 in Thoughts

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Scenes from a Sunday

The first thing I noticed when I opened my eyes this morning was the golden sunshine peeking through the blinds. So I started my day with a photo shoot around the house, snapping pictures where the light was beaming through.







The sunshine made me happy. 🙂

Then I picked up my aunt and uncle from the airport; they have bought a place and are officially moving here! They get their new place in a few days and are staying with us until then.

After lunch, Len and I set out on a lovely walk to the library to pick up another Peru guidebook that we’d requested.

I was excited to see some of the first blooms of the season!

Are these crocuses? I know virtually nothing about flowers. But seeing them, especially this early in the year, sure puts a smile on my face!




The mountains were spectacular in sparkling splendour today! My point-and-shoot camera just doesn’t do them justice…




We came across this really cool gate; it’s made entirely of tools!

We eventually ended up at a Starbucks, where we drank frothy caffeinated drinks and PERUsed our Peru books. (I stole that one from the Lenterainmentmeister)

And then this handsome fellow came and waited for his master right next to the window where I was sitting…

Yes, I need my own pet.

This evening, we went out for a scrumptious dinner at Fortune House Restaurant with my mom, my aunt and uncle, my cousin Steven and his fiance Linda, and our real estate agent Virginia. We had some very tasty and interesting dishes:

This was a whole stuffed fish. As far as I understand, it had been filleted, keeping the skin intact; the fillet was then minced and mixed with some other ingredients, then stuffed back into the skin, and steamed with a flavourful sauce. It was delicious! And definitely something that is to try on my own at home. Here is what a slice looked like:

And we had Roast Peking Duck!



Mmmmm… 🙂

And lots of other delicious dishes, but I got too distracted with all the eating to remember to take pictures.

And for dessert, we had one of my faves, Baked Tapioca pudding with Lotus Paste:

Again, I was too busy eating to take proper pictures, but I assure you, that crust was to die for…



It’s been a fun day! And now I’m beat and my bed calls my name… Good night!


Posted by on February 21, 2011 in Hanging Out

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