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for valentines day…

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It is more than halfway through January, and I am finally popping in to say hello.

To recap my holidays (2 weeks, split over Victoria, Portland, and Squamish):

  • the socks were well-received as gifts by both recipients
  • I went snowshoeing (twice) – it was really fun, and easier than I expected
  • I went skiing once – it was also fun, but harder than I remembered
  • I finished a sock that I am now having trouble getting motivated to work on the second one (for the record, that makes 2 half-finished pairs in the lineup now)
  • I saw a helicopter taking off pretty close by on Whistler
  • I managed to overcome by laziness, and saw all of my friends while I was out west
  • I made a bet with my sister that we would not eat ice cream all year. Do I need to tell you how much ice cream I ate before midnight on December 31? The important thing is that it was delicious, and that popsicles and gelato are still ok.

That is all!

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how canadian

 

 


 

Wandering Toronto when the parents were in town, I spied this lovely hockey goalie statue at Ryerson. As far as I could tell, the building is not an arena – it seemed a little incongruent, but so very Canadian!

 

 

 

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portugal, abridged

I am back! Two weeks is hardly long enough for a holiday, but it was so so so good.

There were lots of cool little towns, plenty of wine and sangria, a running of the bulls festival, a surfing lesson, many hills, exploring Lisbon, beaches, swimming, hot weather, flamenco dancing, bikes jammed onto the train, and the End of The World.

6 days of riding, covering 480.3km in a total riding time of 24:03:46. Average speed: 20km/hr, max: 52km/hr.


Best meals were grilled chicken, beans and octopus, fish rice, Soleros… hell, just about anything. It was 2 weeks of eating well and, thanks to the cycling, eating a lot!

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photo friday

Paris, July 2006

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Since my blog has recently become more, well, public, it seems traffic is picking up. I am starting to feel bad about my pathetic little “I am a bad busy person who must neglect her blog for a brief period” post.

And so, in an effort to keep you entertained while I neglect the blog, here’s a random post of photos. Photos of my full breakfasts, from a two-week cycling trip in Ireland last August. How random!

First, an admission – the set is incomplete. I didn’t decide to take breakfast photos until Day 2 of the trip, and I also decided to forego the photo session when I was having breakfast in a restaurant with people I knew and was camping with. I mean, I clearly don’t mind taking odd photos and announcing my random proclivities in an anonymous-internet kind of way, but it just would have gone to a whole new level with real people sitting at the table, and a waitress bringing tea, and all that.

Second, I have been thinking a bit more about this particular photo set since I am preparing for another bike trip – Portugal, for two weeks in September. Should I continue to take these photos (even though my older sister will also be on this trip, and will likely think I am crazy for doing so)? How far can I take the theme? (It’s like my own version of this book, personalized to account for my love of bicycles and breakfast.) Musings… I’m sure I’ll figure it all out in Lisboa.

And onto breakfast!

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photo friday

Palo Alto, 2002

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