Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Holy Shit, My Husband Rules.

I have always known how talented my husband is.

When Microsoft recruited him to come work at their studio, Black Tusk here in Vancouver, I had never been so proud. He had worked his ass off for so long and deserved the recognition he was getting.

Last weekend I was a beaming wife and I just wanted to share this little story with all of you.

We went to our local brunch spot, Chewies and as we sat at the bar, Kyle noticed a guy he knew walking towards him.  He mentioned to me that he was the actor he had told me about and had worked with.  I turned to see this very handsome man walking our way.  I'm pretty sure every girl in the restaurant noticed knew who he was as well.

I turned and said to him that he should say hi, so I of course could say hi and be introduced.  But Kyle being as modest as he is, felt that he wouldn't remember him as they had only worked together for a short while and he meets tons of people all the time. Just as he said that, Adrian (we're on a first name basis now) walked up to my husband with a greeting that you give to someone you have known for years, not just a short while.

He told Kyle what a great time he had on set, how much he loved the project and the people he was working with. They talked for a bit as I just sat there with a grin from ear to ear.  It was great listening to these two talk about something they were both passionate about.

His new role as Cinematic's Director was a big career move for him and seeing him talk to someone who clearly respected him and was happy with the work he did was a very proud moment for me.

Moving to a new country isn't easy. But it's experiences like last weekend's that make it all worth while.

I'm a lucky lady...

~Mrs. G

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Going, Going, Not So Gone.

Garage sales back home are super popular.  Every time I've had one, people show up at 5:30 am and are waiting for you to get started.  You sell most your crap within the first hour.

I'm not so sure they are a big deal here.  Maybe it was the gloomy weather this morning?  I asked one of the six people that showed up and she admitted that we would have had more luck had it been a warm, sunny day.  Warm and sunny?  So in July.

Where is everyone?

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Spring Has Sprung

Spring has sprung! There's so much great stuff happening and although I miss beautiful Southern California, I know how lucky we are that we get to live in an amazing part of the world.

This sh*t makes me happy...

This amazing art sculpture is finally here for the TED talks:
Unnumbered Sparks by Janet Echelman and Aron Koblin  

And this massive spinning chandelier by Rodney Graham is being installed soon under the Granville Street bridge:
Find out more about it here.
Vancouver is going to look like this soon:

These are my favorite spring flowers and they are everywhere:

My Husband and I are moving here next month:
Welcome to "The Drive".
Which means we will be in a prime location for this:

It's stays lighter later-much later, in June the sun goes down around 9:30! I can take Maggie to one of the many parks in Vancouver and have this views just like this:

And the best part...
Spring Skiing!!! (photo cred:

Happy Spring!


~Mrs. G

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Today In Vancouver.

How I felt when I heard that grocery stores in Vancouver were going to sell alcohol.

When I read the story today that only two stores in Vancouver will actually be able to sell alcohol.

And then....

~Mrs. G

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Bacon Rents Houses

I like to think that I was a Realtor in a past life.  Truth be told it's a profession I always thought about getting into and kick around the idea of getting my licence.

Kyle and I are showing our house that we have lived in for our landlord since we will be moving into our new place on the East Side next month.

Me: I am going to make bacon this morning before people start showing up.

Kyle: I like bacon.

Me: Well, it's not really for you.  I mean, we're going to eat it but I want the house to smell like bacon because bacon rents houses.

Kyle: You know you sound crazy right?

Later that morning, just before our first appointment, it dawned on my that you know what else rents houses? Freshly made chocolate chip cookies.

Kyle: What are you doing now?

Me: Umm, making cookies.

Kyle: For people to eat? You're going to serve cookies?

Me: Nooooo, but I want the house to smell like cookies and I want people to see the cookies displayed on our kitchen table (next to the flowers I bought).

Kyle: (rolls eyes)  You know this is a nice house-in Kits, right?  This place will rent itself.

And he may or may not have been right, but that didn't stop me from lighting candles all over the house, getting the fireplace going and getting all of the lighting right.  It's raining (big surprise) so I wanted the house to be as cozy as possible.

When the first couple arrived, I walked them through the house, talked up everything and answered all of their questions.  Then it happened - right in front of Kyle.  The woman asked me if I was a Realtor and commented on how she loved the what??? That's right, the cookies, flowers and candles. No mention of the bacon, maybe she was a vegetarian?

That couple left and called our landlord to fill out an application!  Now, I am not saying my staging worked and it didn't work on everyone who came to see the place, but I am saying that having a bacon/cookie/vanilla smelling house doesn't hurt.

~Mrs. G

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Your "Pins" Are Hurting My Eyes

I love Pinterest.  I have tried countless recipes, decorated rooms and made tons of holiday crap.  I love all of the art and fashion pins and let's not even get started on the jewelry. I find tons of cool stuff on here.  No need to invite me to your pyramid scheme jewelry party, I'm doing just fine.

One of my favorite boards on Pinterest is my "Words" board.  I love finding inspirational quotes and words of encouragement.  I've seen a few however that in my opinion, people need to stop pinning:
When is this going to end?  And now there are 10,000 different variations of this crap.  
First off, this is a HUGE fire hazard. Secondly, I refuse to take advise from my staircase. Thirdly, you would be surprised just how many pins come up for "Quotes on Stairs." It's just wrong.

Really, you need to get a life dear :)

Never like a quote that one of the girls on The Bachelor has said. And yes, it is not lost on me that some of you may be wondering why I would even know this bit of information. Like I have always said, I know a little about a lot of things.
What?  I also hate this graphic.
I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say this is probably going to land you in some sort of anger management course or jail. I'm all for the ice cream part though. And drinks, lots of drinks....
Unless of course you are Phil Connors.  Then this day will happen approximately 3,176 more times. 

~Mrs. G