• CityGirlStuff,  CityGirlTravels,  Scotland,  Stuff and Things

    Jet lag and counting coins

    I’ve become fond of adding quotes to posts in recent weeks so I’ve decided to just go with that and use a quote for every post for a little while. Keeping with the theme of jet lag… Jet lag last night was like bad ‘shrooms. When my dad asked what that meant I told him its like being in a musical you don’t want to be in. – Lady Gaga I can honestly say I know nothing about “‘shrooms” (good or bad), and I certainly don’t travel as much as Lady Gaga does, but I get where she’s coming from. As much as I love to travel, I am not fond…

  • CityGirlBakes,  CityGirlEats,  Dessert,  Recipes,  Stuff and Things

    100 and The Scent of a Cookie

    WordPress informed me last week that I had posted my 99th post, and I went on the thought path of wondering what my 100th blog post should be about. It seemed daunting – ridiculous, I know. I had a few draft posts but they weren’t milestone worthy. After a couple days, I decided I was thinking about it too much and let the thought go. And then while I was baking cookies last night, that distinct aroma hit my nose and the lightbulb went off; this is what 100 should be about: COOKIES. A few years ago, I first posted this recipe and as it was then, it is still my go-to…

  • Asia,  CityGirlEats,  CityGirlTravels,  Something Different,  Stuff and Things

    Tokyo – Asakusa Market and Temple

    I’m finally getting photos organized from our Japan trip. Finally. Day 3 got off to a lazy start. There wasn’t really a plan aside from being at a certain place for dinner that night. We were originally going to go the National Museum of Japanese History, but it’s a couple hours away from the apartment. By the time we got ourselves together with a plan, it was later than we thought… Oops. 🙂 So the museum was tabled to later in the week and we got on the subway to go across the city to Asakusa for a visit to Sensoji Temple (also called Asakusa Kannon Temple), and nearby Skytree…

  • Feeling Good,  Stuff and Things,  Wellness

    #100happydays

    Wednesday started out as a bit of a crap day. I woke up feeling like I hadn’t slept, and if you’ve ever woken up feeling like that, you know it’s not great. At all. But as with 99% of crap days, it got better. But the highlight of day – the ultimate pinnacle? An email of the best kind that contained this: After a final payment this month for my yoga teacher training, I got my instructor certificate! It’s officially official! I am ridiculously proud of and humbled by this achievement, and I don’t think I stopped smiling for the rest of the day. And I, of course, posted on…

  • CityGirlTravels,  Stuff and Things

    Valentine’s Day & Packing

    I’ve just finished packing my suitcase for our trip to Japan (more on that to come later), and now, I sit here with a nice glass of Pinot Noir and a glutenous pizza, watching Olympic highlights. (Hooray, Patrick Chan!) I’m on my own tonight as Miley Cyrus decided to start her tour in Vancouver. On Valentine’s Day. Which means I haven’t really seen Sean for the last few days as he’s been rigging the setup. We leave bright early for the airport tomorrow so lack of sleep will be the nice way to describe my husband tomorrow. (Tee-hee.) Yesterday was our “togetherversary” (six years!), and while I made flourless chocolate cake, and he happened…

  • Stuff and Things

    Photo Fun with Tia Vath

    I’m home sick today with a cold – yuck – and Sean is working. It’s been a really hectic few weeks and I know my body is telling me to sit still. A chance to take care of myself, catch up on the PVR, and nap. Can’t remember the last time I napped, so today is a blessing in disguise. And a chance to organize photos from the summer. My friend Tia recently left the corporate world to go back to art school and follow her dreams of being a full-time artist. She also officially started her photography business. She is super talented and I am beyond proud of her…

  • Stuff and Things

    Success My Way and Missing Jean

    Friday was International Women’s Day and I spent the day at an offsite event (if you need an event space, the Jewel Ballroom is great) with work colleagues, both men and women, at a lovely venue called the Jewel Ballroom. My company holds annual IWD events globally and this year’s theme was “Success My Way”. Social media has increasingly become a component for events like this, particularly at our Vancouver events throughout the year – due to the efforts of a social media savvy colleague. And so with the hashtags #successmyway and #IWD13Van we (I think the word is) trended and tweeted our definitions of success, photos and thoughts for…

  • Stuff and Things

    #hockeyisback and #warehousesale = Happy Me

    Today has a been a really great day for two main reasons. The first being what many people are all happy about: NHL #hockeyisback (to use the trending hashtag the NHL put out in to the Twitterverse)!!! I’m so excited about this because I love hockey and while WHL and AHL hockey were obviously still around, the games we not all televised and I’m not going to lie, I’m partial to my West Coast Canucks and East Coast Canadiens. So I’m sitting watching Montreal rather unfortunately losing 2-0 on “Hockey Night in Canada” (I missed you Ron McLean and Don Cherry! Happy 60th HNIC season!) to Toronto halfway through the…