Tuesday, November 29, 2016

On The Move!


Well November is pretty much over and I haven’t blogged (or even had a chance to read blogs) in oh about 5 weeks……. I do however have a fairly valid reason for it! Dhugal and I are moving to Texas in February next year. Wait… what?!....Backing up a bit we found out early October that there was a potential for both of us to be transferred down with our jobs. At that point everything was still on the down low (minus telling our families) as we didn’t know about work visas or really any concrete details yet.


We decided to list our house (yes the one we literally just finished renovating) mid-October before the mortgage rules changed to see if there would be any interest. We weren’t in a rush or pressured at that point to sell so we weren’t too concerned (we didn’t even have our visas yet). Well the house ended up selling the first weekend. Selling the house was a huge relief but also added another interesting element to everything as we have to be out by December 15th.  So in the interim we have rented a furnished condo downtown for the last few months we will be here.

The last 6 weeks have been an absolute blur of packing the house (moving across the country is a whole different ball game!), selling stuff, finding a rental here, finding a realtor in Houston (you need one to even rent) and trying to sort all the moving details out. Everything else has pretty much got put on the backburner until we at least get the house packed and we move out. Once that happens things should slow down a little (hopefully).

Moving to Texas is something we have wanted to do for so very long. It’s a place that captured our hearts many years ago and the desire to be there has never really gone away. Coupled with the fact two of our closest sets of friends live down there make it even better. I am excited beyond belief, overwhelmed and also sad to be leaving so many things I love here in Canada.


My intention is to get back blogging (writing and reading) including posts on our newest adventure!

 

Friday, October 28, 2016

Friday Favourites

Happy Friday!! I am not sure if it is the weather turning or the fact I feel like it is dark so early but this week seemed to take forever and I was exhausted.

Here are a few things that made me smile this week

Massages! Not only for the massage itself for the messages they always have randomly around the office. The 'reflective listening' message was especially important to me this week as I know I have a tendency to read in-between the lines and create a whole other scenario in my head.





It's snowing today which made a perfect excuse to break out my fleece scarf from Urban Cowgirl.

 It's a busy time at work right now so I have been working lots of later night and weekends but the other night I decided to bring things home with me.  Being able to change into comfy clothes and have wine made it a bit more enjoyable


What were some of the favourite things from your week?



Thursday, October 27, 2016

Thinking out Loud Halloween Edition



Good Morning! Another edition of Thinking Out Loud link up with Running with Spoons




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  • I had every intention of blogging more in the last week than what actually happened but then between being extra busy at work and a very full weekend I never got a chance to sit down and actually start to type anything till Wednesday night.  Really just in time for this post!

  • Anyone else a stress eater? I stress eat (sugary stuff mostly) and with all the extra Halloween candy around I have been finding it extra challenging to reach for almonds or fruit instead of those delicious little chocolate bars. And to top it all off during our busy times at work they always stock up on snacks (aka junk) for when we work late. So on top of the candy I have free access to chips and cookies.
  • Speaking of Halloween – it is so not my thing. It is probably my least favourite holiday. I enjoy the candy (see point #2) and I absolutely love seeing all of my friends’ kids in their costumes and handing out candy but everything else about does nothing for me. Not decorating, not scary movies and definitely not dressing up.
What about you - are you stress eater? Do you like Halloween? Do you dress up?

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Local Love Pizza and Pints


The other week was both YYC Pizza Week as well as Alberta Beer Week so naturally when I saw that there was a pizza and pints afternoon tour offered, I jumped at the opportunity to attend. When we are travelling, food tours are something we usually try to do but I have never done one in the city I live in. I’m totally missing out!

YYC Pizza Week returned last week for its third year with partial proceeds from every pizza sold, from over 50 Calgary restaurants, benefiting two charities: Calgary Meals on Wheels and 100 Men Calgary. I had the chance to chat with some of the members of this club during the afternoon and they have a pretty cool concept! The 100 Men Calgary is the men’s only portion of the charity, but they have a link on their site to the women’s version as well. I recommend checking them out for yourself or your significant other!

For our afternoon tour, we met first at Beer Revolution (which I had no idea was part of Brewsters Brewing Company) where we heard a brief history of both Brewsters and Beer Revolution. The fact that Brewsters was started in my home town of Regina was a neat little fact I didn’t know before. There we got to sample 3 of their beers along with their signature pizza - Sayulita Surfer – a thin crust pizza with enchilada sauce, chorizo, caramelized onions, banana peppers, roasted poblano’s, tex mex cheese, avocado lime crema, romaine, and topped with tortillas. Not normally a pizza I would order but it was delicious!


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From there we got on a bus and continued onto to Cravings Market Restaurant, down in the South, and had their signature pizza - Cravings Bianca.  This one was a thick crust pizza with house made b├ęchamel sauce, bacon, spinach, basil, and traditional . Paired with this pizza was a pint of Big Rock Cider. This pizza was by far my favourite one of the tour and this restaurant is one I would go back to try some other things on their menu.



Next we visited Midtown Kitchen & Bar. Here we had the Smoked Bovine pizza with smoked Alberta brisket, apple BBQ sauce, picked red onion, mozzarella, horseradish aioli, mustard, and micro greens. We were supposed to try a new collaborative beer created with Banded Peak Brewing Company, Vienna Steam Punk, but instead they substituted several samples from a Lacombe brewery – Blindman Brewing.   Honestly this stop was my least favourite – I wasn’t a fan of the pizza or the beer. The pizza was way to barbecue saucy and didn't really pair with the beer options we got. 



We finished up at Full Circle Pizza and Oyster Bar for their Fritto Misto Pizza. This seafood inspired pizza has a tarragon panna base, with peperonata and potatoes then they top it with beer battered oysters, white anchovy, cod, calamari and tartare sauce. This pizza was paired with a pint of Cold Garden’s East Calgary Lager. This was another restaurant I would like to go back and try sometime. Their pizza was so unique with all of the different seafood on it. 

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Overall this was a really great tour. Tickets were $55 which I was thought was super reasonable considering the amount of food and beer we got all afternoon as well as transportation between each place. We got a brief history at each stop on the background of the restaurant and the beers we were trying. It was fun trying out places that I had never heard of never mind been to! I highly recommend keeping it in mind for next year.

Did you get a chance to try any of the pizza’s for pizza week? Have you eaten at any of these restaurants?

Monday, October 17, 2016

Weekend Recap


Hi everyone! How was your weekend? It's a busy time at work for me so I spent a good chunk of my weekend working.  However, I did find some time in between my work to enjoy a bit of the weekend. 

Saturday I met Ange at barre where we ended up showing up dressed the exact same (not the first time it's happened) followed by a trip to the farmers market.  I missed going to the farmers market so much of the summer and am loving that I have had the time the last few weekends to get here. Produce from the framers market doesn't even compare to what you get in the grocery store. Saturday night we had some friends and their little guy over for pizza and wine. Oh and I made brownies with peanut butter icing (thanks Alison for this recipe!)

Sunday morning I got up and met Brie, Jen, Laura and Ange for brunch at OEB before I headed into work. I had never been there for brunch and needless to say I will be back! It was amazing :) Their menu is huge (which can also be a downfall with so many choices) but had so many unique items that it made me want to come back and try more. They have everything from regular bacon and egg breakfast to things like french toast trifle with lemon curd. I picked one of their breakfast boxes which was potatoes with pieces of bacon and cheese with poached eggs on top.  Almost like a breakfast bowl poutine. After we grabbed coffees from Monogram before we headed out. They have pumpkin spice lattes for month which gave anywhere else that makes them a run for their money. I liked their version since it wasn't too sweet, but wished they made them with their signature nut milk as I don't take in a lot of dairy.  From there I went into work till almost suppertime. 

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That pretty much sums up my weekend. I am sitting here now typing this post and watching Daddy's Home.

How was your weekend?

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Thinking Out Loud

Happy Thursday! Another edition of Thinking Out Loud link up with Running with Spoons


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This week has been short due to having Monday off for Thanksgiving but it sure hasn't felt that way. It's my busy time at work so this week's random thoughts are short.

- For some reason I have fallen out of love with coffee?! I thought it was due to the cold last week that I was fighting and all I wanted was tea but it's carried over into this week. This kind of actually makes me sad. I usually really enjoy my morning coffee :( Lazy weekend coffee time is probably my favourite part of the weekend.

- I finally had some time to read last weekend and sat down and finished Truly, Madly, Guilty by  Liane Moriarty and I was SO disappointed. I mean I wasn't expecting anything life changing but I didn't really like it at all and I usually enjoy her books. Maybe I just wasn't in the right mind set to read it.

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- How has it taken me so long to add pumpkin to my smoothies? I finally did after I had some leftover from the weekend and it was like having pie for breakfast. Since I don't really like pumpkin pie itself but like the flavour (odd I know) this is perfect. I may have a new obsession......

Have you read that book? Did you like it?

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Thinking Out Loud 1st Edition

Hi there : ).  Happy Thursday! It’s almost the weekend which makes me very happy! I’m linking up with Running With Spoons to bring you some random thoughts from my week.
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1.       I am in love with this new song. I am not sure if it is the three songs they used or the fact that there is so many great artists featured in the song but I have definitely been listening to this on repeat lately

            


2.       Tonight Ange and I are going to a sip and spin class at a new spin place by my house. The night starts with a fashion show from local company DNA Dresscode then before we get sweaty, we’ll try on some clothes, followed by a spin class lead by the owner Tyler. The night finishes while we shop and sip some wine.  Dhugal recently did a men’s version of an event here and he really enjoyed it (I will do a full review of the facility after I go).

3.       Dhugal and I are having Thanksgiving at home this weekend and I am stumped on a dessert. I don’t want to make pumpkin pie (not a pie fan) but still want to stick with a fall’ish dessert. Does anyone have any suggestions? I am open to just about anything.

4.       This week has definitely felt like winter is here (My Mom got snow at her place in Saskatoon!). I am not quite ready for winter yet…. I mean, I know it’s coming, but still….
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That’s about all I have. What are you doing for Thanksgiving? What’s the highlight from your week?