Thursday, June 30, 2016

Thankful Thursday #202

This week I've been thankful...
  • ...that things in my garden are growing
  • ...for fresh vegetables
  • ...for accident free, limited stress, city driving
  • ...for early mornings (never though I'd say that)
  • ...for encouraging emails
  • ...for girls days
  • ...for my Aunt Beth

Daily Salad #17

We were out of apples so for today's salad I tried adding pear. It was a nice refreshing addition.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Wednesday Weekly Art: June 29

My Vegan Adventure #3: Navigating the Food Court

Today, Mum, Sister, and I had a wonderful girl's day of shopping. It was one of those big malls with multiple levels, this is a big deal/trip since we live in the middle of nowhere. It also meant lunch in the food court. Mum was worried there wouldn't be anything for me and we would have to leave (giving up our great parking spot) to find food.

Thankfully that was not the case.When we first arrived I walked around the food court seeing what options were available. So when it was time to eat I had a good idea what I wanted.

I started at A&W. I've heard really good things about their veggie burger. I also like that you can substitute the bun for a lettuce wrap which I quite enjoy. Unfortunately when I got up to order I asked if the veggie burger was vegan. The first girl didn't know what that was, which is fine, I wouldn't have really known a few years ago. The manager handed me a binder with all the ingredients in each thing. The veggie burger contained milk in the seasoning so then it was to option two.

After a bit more reading, option two became a veggie stir fry from Thai Express. I was impressed. It was some of the most enjoyable food court food I've had. It might not have passed with a true vegan, the veggies were cooked in the same wok as the rest of the dishes, and I didn't ask about whey in the sauces. I was happy with my choice, I will make it again. And the smells from the other food options only made me a little temptation, that's progress.

Daily Salad #16

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Daily Salad #15

Today's salad was the hardest to make. It wasn't that I'm tired of eating salads (my dad calls it rabbit food and sister "the food my food eats"). It the preparation this morning that almost me skip the salad. I am glad I didn't.

Speaking of rabbits, this little guy startled me when I was out in the garden:

Monday, June 27, 2016

The Simple Woman Daybook 176

FOR TODAY: June 27, 2016
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Blog.

Outside my window...shadows and mosquitos

I am thinking... that it is almost time for bed

I am thankful... for rain

I am wearing... shorts and stripped top

I am creating... a my first vegetable garden

I am watching... Midsommer Murders

I am geeking out... Pandemic Legacy. I have a copy of the game and three other people interested in playing.

I played... Tokaido

One of my favorite things... public libraries

Verse of the week... Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Song of the Week:...

In the kitchen:... I made my own take on stuffed veggies. There was a meat option for the family and a vegan mix for me. It was a hit with everyone.

A few plans for the rest of the week:... I'm working Tuesday and Thursday this week. Wednesday is a big girls shopping trip. And Friday is Canada Day.

Happening On The Blog:... New this past week was the "My Vegan Adventure" which will be continuing sporadically, when I have things worth sharing. I still love the Daily Salad; I look forward to making my salad ever day now.  Thankful Thursday is also going strong. And the biggest post of the week was the Birthday-Bucket-List Challenge: 35 While 35

This week Wednesday Weekly Art will be happening: I'm almost finished a doodle I started at Mark East in May.  I have half a "Chubby Girl Diaries" written but not sure if I'll finish it, it's not going how I had planned.

A picture to share:... I was helping move a family. They had 20 birds, these are three of them:

Daily Salad #14

Today's salad feels like summer. I wasn't very hungry and didn't want a lot of fuss or preparation. Baby spinach is my only greens and the toppings are strawberries, blueberries, fried mushrooms, red cabbage, and alfalfa sprouts.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

35's Birthday Bucket List

It's been two months since my 35th birthday and I've finalized this year's set of challenges. For the last few year's I have had a tradition of setting goals for myself to enrich the year, help foster memories, and develop areas of my life. This year the challenges are group into seven categories: spiritual, relationships, adventure, hobbies, culture, health, and second-chances.

1) Choose My One Word for 2017
I found the process of choosing a word and the year journey with my word useful and something I want to repeat this year. The idea of the movement (project) is that by choosing a word to focus your year around and making it a lens to see the world through, it can change your life. I have had two words so far, abide and seek, I am excited to discover my next word.

2) Read the New Testament
I was given a copy of Biblica's New Testament "The Books of the Bible" a few years ago which I plan to read cover to cover this year. The differences with this version is that it removes all the added formatting and orders the books/letters in a more historically.

3) Explore Contemplative Spirituality
At Mark East this past I felt challenged to learn more about the contemplative spiritual practice and add new habits and disciplines into my life.

4) A Day of Silence
As part of the previous challenge I am going to go on a silent spiritual retreat for at least a day.

5) Be Thankful
Life is more enjoyable when I am giving thanks. I have noticed that I have not been as faithful to practice gratitude so the blog series Thankful Thursday will return. I also plan to send thank you notes and say thank you.

6) Time with My Dad
I haven't had much time with my Dad the past few years. My Mom has been able to visit me when I was still in Nova Scotia three different times and we've had great adventures including riding in a hot air balloon. Now that I am home I would like to have some grand adventures with my Dad.

7) Friend Reunions
I am closer to most of my friends from high school and youth group now than I ever have been so I hope to be able to reconnect and visit a few of them.

8) Attend a Family Reunion
Cause family is important.

9) Send Christmas Cards
Last Christmas I bought one Christmas card, the recipient received it in May. This 2016 Christmas my goal is to give/send 16 Christmas cards before 2017.

10) Go on a Date
The rough draft of this list was "fall in love" that seemed a bit to hopeful. This goal still allows for a platonic date to happen. Either way it is going to involve getting into pretty clothes and doing something fun.

These next set don't seem to require any explanations:

11) Take a Risk

12) Go on a Road Trip

13) Go Camping

14) Be Upside Down

15) Be Outside Canada

16) Try Something New

17) Join a Club/Group

18) Cosplay as a New/Different Character

19) Try Bullet Journalling
A friend sent me a link to a video about an analog organizing and life planning method called bullet journaling. I really liked it and so I want to try it. What I like about the videos I have watched is the system is flexible and adaptable to any need and even works with other productivity and leadership methods.

20) Create a 40 Before 40 Challenge List
Forty is just five years away. Instead of waiting till 39 to have a "40 before 40" I want to make a list of goals and challenges that I can accomplish over the next years that might take more effort to make happen than just a year.

21) Visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site

22) See a Musical

23) Participate in a Reading Challenge 

24) Go to a Ballet

25) Attend a Convention

26) Be a Vegan for 40 Days
Thanks to my friend Jessica I've done a few vegetarian challenges. Inspired by her, a few documentaries, and books I am going to be a vegan for six weeks (42 days).

27) Keep a Food Journal

28) Complete a Pull Up

29) Dance

30) Run 5 km
This is just to run that distance, does not require participation in a 5km race but that would be nice. I just find that most races happen on Sundays when I am at church.

This set of challenges were all on last year's challenge list but remained unaccomplished; this is my second (or fifth) chance for success.

31) Finally Paint This Canvas
So this has been on every challenge since 2011. I bought this canvas for my 30th birthday. My intent had been to add something every month. It didn't happen. It will be used before the end of the year.


32) Finish Four Children Stories
Eleven years ago I made up three stories about a polar bear name Pogo for my sister. I have started to write them down, but haven't finished. The other story was one my mom wrote in college that she has given to me to finish and tweak to send off to an agent. This is a separate goal from "write more" because it is about editing more than actual writing

33) Make a Video
I've modified this challenge. Last year it was to vlog (make a video blog). That is a bit ambitious. I am thinking about just a simple video. We shall see.

34) Draw More
Starting next week the Wednesday Weekly Sketches will return as a bi-weekly feature. I've been having fun with zentangles, doodles, and word art. So I am looking forward to trying some new things. My goal for the year is 20 sketches, bonus XP for 35 pieces.

35) Grow Something to Eat
Last year's challenge was to "keep a plant alive". After I had killed the eco-cube tree, Jenn gave me a tomato plant which stayed alive in spite of me. It was a weak pass. This year I don't just want to keep something alive I want to have a vegetable garden. It might be too late in the season but I am going to try.

So that is this year's 35 While 35 Challenges. Through out the year I am going to have a check in to share my progress. I plan on the updates to be on 26th (or as close to that date as possible) of each month. So the first check in will be July 26th.

It's exciting and daunting. I am not sure why I always include challenges I think are impossible. I guess it is because every now and then I actually complete them and I need to redefine "impossible."

My Vegan Adventure #2: Confession

I am not a great vegan. I just had a bite of Sister's bagel, when she looked at me and asked, "can you eat this?" Turns out the answer was nope. I read the package; the bagels had eggs and dairy. This isn't the first slip either. At the end of my first of six weeks as a vegan, I confess there have a few failures.

Day two I was treated to DQ. I went with an strawberry Julius, fully planning to make it "lite" so that it's made with ice not dairy and couldn't find the option on the menu. I felt guilty for a moment and then enjoyed my delicious drink. Great vegans even eliminate honey. I still haven't really stopped that. I've had peanut butter and honey a few times.  The biggest incident was Thursday, when making the family meal a bit of cheese on my portion by "accident." It wasn't much but after the faux cheese taste test the day before I didn't mind having a bit of cheese.

Really, these are minor moments. I try not to sweat the small stuff and allow myself grace.  I've had a few close calls. I almost agreed to KD last night but remembered "cheese" (can you really call that cheese?) also really wanted a hamburger tonight when my veggie dog did not measure up. I was trying a brand strongly recommended; again I've learned I don't like faux meat. Overall successful week, only five to go.

Daily Salad #13

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Daily Salad #12

It's a successful rainbow salad! We have red tomatoes,  orange carrots, yellow beans, green leafy food plus cucumber and broccoli, blueberries, and purple cabbage! The salad was also huge. There was enough for mom and me at lunch, supper, and still a serving for tomorrow.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Thankful Thursday #201

This week, I'm thankful for...
  • Sunrises
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Long distance phone calls
  • Public libraries
  • Movie time with my Sister
  • Hospitals and ERs; I stepped on a rusty nail Monday and am very grateful that after a tetanus shot it is healing well
  • Nerf guns; we found four of mine in the first boxes we unpacked. They have given Sister and I many hours of fun
It's been a good week.

Daily Salad #10

Today's yummy salad included broccoli, which is still not my favourite vegetable but I no longer hate.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

My Vegan Adventure #1

Monday I started a six-week vegan challenge. It is one of the 35 Birthday-Bucket-List Challenge (that will be up Sunday.) Going vegan is new, stretching, and probably good for me (I've watched the documentaries on Netflix.) I have completed three 30-day vegetarian challenges in the past but this is something else. The first two days were fun and the cooking isn't that much of a leap from vegetarian. However, today is the third day and things are getting a bit arduous (I thesaurused that because I felt like I was using challenge too much.)

I'm the only one in my home on this adventure, which is a challenge. The smell of meat hasn't bothered me, thank you Jessica for preparing me with the first veggie challenge. It's the new eliminations that are hard. Sister offered me chocolate but I had to pass and then as a consolation she offered me a different treat I also had to refuse -because vegan.  I am missing dairy, specifically butter and cheese. In the previous veggie challenges, if there was a food/dish/vegetable I didn't like I would solve the problem with cheese, or butter, or both. With this vegan challenge that isn't an option. Also I enjoy the favour combinations of certain foods with different cheeses. I miss the cheese.

So, Sister and I went on a mission to find a substitute. The area's natural foods had one option, pictured above. It is "non-dairy cheese shreds" and free of dairy, gluten, and soy, and "melts great." The bag also promises it is "mozzarella flavour."

I used it for the first time tonight melted on top of tomato-eggplant stacks. As a cheese substitute it didn't measure up. The smell is a bit nutty and I don't really have a word for the taste. It's just not mozzarella. Sister tried a bite and just made a face. The thing is when we both stopped thinking of it was "mozzarella" or a cheese alternative it wasn't half bad. I can't compare it to other vegan cheeses, since it is the only brand I could find. I will be using it again and not just because there is still a bag leftover. The texture is similar to cheese which is nice. And if I think of it was a new ingredient I enjoy it.

I learn this every time I try a veggie challenge. I don't like fake foods. Nothing is going to be bacon so I am no longer going to look. I need to make delicious meals I enjoy with good whole ingredients. It works better than trying to eat a faux something that almost matches bacon/beef/cheese, if I plug my nose and I forget what the real thing was like, but never really measures up. Why do I keep having to learn the same types of lessons?

Daily Salad #9

I tried eggplant today

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Four Answer Tag -Because Donna Asked

Donna-Lynne tagged me to answer this set of questions going around Facebook. Thought it would make a fun blog post, so here goes:

Four names I go by:
1. Elizabeth
2. Liz
3. Zizzy
4. Sister

Four places I've lived:
1. Nova Scotia
2. Ontario
3. Swaziland, Africa
4. Osaka Sayamashi, Japan

Four things I love to watch on tv (or puter):
1. Doctor Who
2. Firefly
3. Death in Paradise
4. Voltron

Four places I have visited:
1. Rwanda
2. China
3. Tokyo
4. Disneyworld

Four things I love to eat:
1. Bacon wrapped scallops
2. Korean BBQ
3. Fresh Avocado with butter on toast
4. Sushi

Four favourite drinks:
1. Tea
2. London Fog
3. Water
4. Chocolate Milk

Daily Salad #8

I'm so sad we only had frozen blueberries at home. Minus the missing blue today's salad is a rainbow. Red is the tomato. Orange and yellow the sweet peppers. Green is the mix leaves, kale, cucumber, and green apple. Purple is the purple cabbage. And the walnuts at a nice tan/brown.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Daily Salad #7

Today's salad is a mix of greens topped with cucumber, yellow and orange sweet peppers, and yellow beans. After the photo I added cooked mushrooms and onions.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

The Simple Woman Daybook 175

FOR TODAY: June 19, 2016
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Blog.

Outside my window...dusk

I am thinking... about

I am thankful... my Sister!

I am wearing... white capi pants and purples and white diamond patterned shirt with a black cardigan.

I am creating... a bullet journal

I am watching... Midsommer Murders

I am geeking out... on Finding Dory

I played... no games this week

One of my favorite things... cookies

Verse of the week... Psalm 27:13-14 (NIV)

I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.

Song of the Week:...

In the kitchen:... I've been making salads most days, you can see the efforts here: Daily Salad. Mom, who doesn't like vegetables, has is even enjoying my efforts and asks to share my salads. For my night to cook I made "tomato chicken," a family favourite from Campbell's soup

A few plans for the rest of the week:... Tomorrow I start a 40 day vegan challenge (it's part of this year's birthday bucket list which still hasn't been published.) The rest of the week is filled with general routine activities and errands with the odd task required to be recognized as a person residing in my new province.

Blog plans:... I've been enjoying the Daily Salad posts so those will continue this week. It helps with the eating healthy. Thankful Thursday is going to happen. I am also thinking of trying Wednesday Weekly Art again. Of the three ideas I've shared last week I started a "Cubby Girl Diaries" but not sure if I'll finish it. We shall see. The ideas are too sporadic. If I make sense of what I am thinking I'll post it tomorrow or Tuesday. The Birthday Bucket list challenges have been finalized. The hold up is writing each goal so that it makes sense or has obtainable goals. I'm considering posting it June 26th.

A picture to share:...
Dad and me at my first CFL football game. It was an exhibition game but we won!

Daily Salad #6

Friday, June 17, 2016

Sister Movie Review: Finding Dory

Sister and I just got in from seeing Finding Dory. There was so much love and joy for this movie. We laughed, I cried, Sister mocked me, good times.

Important Information: there is something at the end of the credits so if you are going stay till the end. Also, know that we discuss the movie and there could be spoilers ahead.

Sister: There were so many great lines. Also I think the septopus is my soul animal.

Me: The Pixar short at the start was beautiful and everything got better from there. The whole thing was fantastic. It reminded me of when Toy Story 2 came out. I did not expect it to be good but the sequel was equal if not better then the original. I liked the adventure, the mix of new and old characters, the funny stuff and the heart warming (tear producing) moments. It was great to see Marlin still learning how to relax. The "what would Dory do?" made me smile. And Dory's parents are much love for the writer's who created these characters. Also cuddling otters are adorable.

Less Than Good:
Sister: I thought the short was the movie and it felt pointless but then I realized what it was and everything got better.

Me: There are a few animals I had hoped to have cameos, like the seagulls. I started to feel antsy near the end and felt they could have wrapped up the story but there were still crazy stunts that felt unnecessary. The restless feeling could also be explained by the large pop and my growing need to visit the washroom. So the cause of the drawn out feeling might have just been me, however it might not have been.

Favourite New Character:
Sister:  Hank the Septopus

Me: Dory's parents, Jenny and Charlie

Our Favourite Line (that we could remember):
Sister:  "Open Ocean is next to I don't care." -Hank (as best we can remember)

Me: “Sigourney Weaver is going to help us.” –Dory
Image Source: Enza's Bargains: Finding Dory Quotes
Final Rating:
Sister: 5 cuddling otters out of 5

Me: 4.9 purple seashells out of 5

Daily Salad #5

The daily salad eating is going well, five days in a row! I think that's a first for me. For this salad I added walnuts. I'm looking forward to lunch.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Thankful Thursday #200!

I've been putting off writing the next Thankful Thursday for over a year. Back in February of 2015 I realized that next post would be the 200th Thankful Thursday post and I wanted to do something big. My plan was summing up all the blessing listed in the first 199 posts. Turns out that eight being thankful filled pages and pages with a few thousand unique blessings. I got overwhelmed. And in getting overwhelmed I paralyzed myself. I got so focused on how celebrate the milestone that I stopped writing Thankful Thursdays, waiting for the allusive day when I could "do it right."

The waiting ends today. It might not be what I originally envisioned but if I don't write today I don't think I ever will.

My first Thankful Thursday was published almost ten years ago (9 years, 4 months, and 23 days to be exact.I used duration calculator). I was inspired by my blogging friend Amy, who now does Multitude Mondays. The series became a way for me to practice gratitude. There were so many Thursdays I was feeling down, lost, or lonely and I didn't want to write but I did because it was Thursday. And the act of counting my blessings and recalling the joys of the week turned my whole focus around. Looking at the whole I have this beautiful record of all the people and things I love about my years in Nova Scotia. So this post is for my Nova Scotian friends and family, I love and miss you:

If we ever had a meal together -thank you!
If we ever watched television or a movie together -thank you!
If we ever played a board game together -thank you!
If we ever went on a road trip, hike, camping, or another grand adventure -thank you!
If we ever shared a cup of tea or a chat -thank you!
If we ever did something silly together -thank you!
If we ever make cards, crafts, or anything creative together -thank you!
If we ever geeked out, quoted, or loved anything together -thank you!
If we ever prayed together -thank you!
If we ever hugged -thank you!

There are more memories than I can express,
     shoulders to cry on and danced of happiness,
     laughter and world saving (Pandemic),
     advice and support in adulating
     love and community.
Thank you my friends
     Thank you!

Daily Salad #4

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Daily Salad #3

Today's salad started with a base of purple cabbage, baby spinach, mixed greens, and a handful of kale. I then added cherry tomatoes, cucumber, yellow beans, and some feta. Last I cooked up two mushrooms, red onion with a clove of garlic and voilĂ :
There was more than enough for Mum and I to share the salad and have a bit left over for supper tonight. Eating salad is so much easier when they are fun to make and look pretty.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Daily Salad #2

Since I was home I was able to top today's salad with warm mushrooms, onions, and garlic. The rest of the salad consists of a mix of greens, yellow beans, cucumber, and cherry tomatoes.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Daily Salad #1

I learned something last year during the 30 Day Vegetarian Challenge, I am more likely to eat salad if it's "pretty". So, in attempt to make a new habit of salad eating I am going to share my a picture of my salads in this ongoing feature called "Daily Salads".

This is today's salad, it's going to be a feat if I eat it all. This is my first attempt at eating kale.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

The Simple Woman Daybook 174

FOR TODAY: June 12, 2016
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Blog.

Outside my window...a garden

I am thinking... where all myself is going to go, turns out packing isn't the biggest challenge of moving, settling in is.

I am thankful... Quiet Pools ministry and the new friends I met yesterday at their woman's contemplative conference.

I am wearing... white capi pants. a red tank top with a plaid and floral blouse (looks better than it sounds).

I am creating... no crafts at the time but I guess a new life in my new area.

I learned... more about the spiritual practice of Examen at the Quiet Pools Contemplative Conference I attended yesterday.

I am reading
... The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing and Contemplative Youth Ministry: Practicing the Presence of Jesus

I am watching... the new Netflix Voltron!

I am geeking out... the new Netflix Voltron! Oh and nerf guns. There have been some small scrimmages and a few epic nerf battles the past three days.

I played... Fairy Tales and Dino Dice this week.

One of my favorite things... new friends.

Verse of the week... Psalm 23:1-2 (NIV)
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters
Song of the Week:...

In the kitchen:... this week I made chicken quesadilla, pasta with a meaty-veggie sauce, and tonight made a white bean and kale soup

A few plans for the rest of the week:... I am still working on establishing a routine. The exciting this for the week are: tomorrow I go to my first CFL game and Saturday is Sister's 16th birthday.

Blog plans:... Thankful Thursday returns this Thursday (for realsies this time). I almost have finished my Birthday Bucket list challenges so that should be up soon. The trouble is I'm finding it hard to fit writing time into my days. At the end of the day it is always pushed off till tomorrow.

Even with that struggle, I am thinking about starting a few new blog series. The first would be reflections on organizing and tidying starting with my thoughts on the magic tidying book I am reading and/or about life and staying organized with ADHD. The second would be reflections on spiritual/faith books I am reading. And the last is the hardest to explain, so it would be called something like "Cubby Girl Diaries ." I've been thinking a lot about my weight, body image, being healthy, and how all those things relate. Sometimes my thinking about my body is positive other times its not so helpful. It would be interesting if/when I do share because I normally wait to post ideas or things that I've already finished processing and this topic is still very fluid for me.

A few pictures to share:...
I shared this picture last week, but I really miss these friends and all my Nova Scotia people. Thanks again to Claire Evangeline Colville for taking the picture.

Monday, June 06, 2016

Sister Movie Review: Captain America - Civil War

Saturday Sister and I finally saw Captain America: Civil War. Turns out my family lives the middle of nowhere. The closest theatre is 45min. So we made it a whole event including shopping and a meal out.

I tried to convince her that we should see X-Men or Ninja Turtles; she did think those were good options. She's been wanting to see Civil War for awhile and this was her first chance. Maybe next time; the distance will making seeing movies a bit of a challenge.

Sister also, somewhat begrudgingly, agreed to contribute to the blog review along with the commemorative movie us-ie*. I am sad with the picture quality. All of the movie posters were backlit. But that's neither here nor there.

Movie Review Disclaimer: There are SPOILERS ahead. Read on at your own risk.

Sister: I LOVED IT!!! The way characters were introduced was great! I also liked the fights, the humour, and the motorcycle stunts. I have to own this movie!

Me: Civil War is what I expect and hope for from a Marvel movie. They seem to have found the right balance between humor and tension as well as action and slow moments, even character screen time and development seemed the right pace. The only time I was antsy was because I drank too much iced tea during the previews and had to slip out to the little girls room but didn't want to miss anything.

I didn't think I would like the movie. A few months back I watched an animated synopsis of the comic civil war to understand what people at work (I worked at a comic store) were talking about. I wasn't that interested in the story. I might be in the minority, but I am glad this was different from the comic book.

I think one of the best parts of the movie was Black Widow. She had some great moments but there is something else I can't quiet put it to words. I was happy with the character development; this is my favourite time seeing her on screen. I also liked the inclusion of Ant Man and Spider Man, both were perfect comic relief. I'm excited to see more of them in the future.

Less Than Good:
Sister: There were times the camera angles gave me a headache. It also seemed to start slow and not very funny, it was bearable because I knew it would get better. I also feel bad for liking it without reading original comic story.

Me: This might not fit; I think they got the title wrong. It didn't feel like the next chapter of the Captain America story. It felt more like Avengers: Civil War. I was also sad that Thor and Hulk weren't in the movie, totally get why they wouldn't be, but missed them. The mentioning of them was a nice touch. In the same vein, no Pepper Potts! I didn't expect Paltrow to be in the movie but they have her and Stark broken up?!? Did I miss something?

Favourite Moment:
Sister:  The whole movie was great and you want me to pick one moment? That's not fair. I did like the interactions between Sam/Falcon and Bucky/Winter Solider. The first is when then are in the car and Bucky asks Sam to move his seat up and Sam just says "No." The other is when they are fighting Spiderman. Bucky makes a quip and Sam responds with "I hate you."

Me: The conversation between T'Challa/Black Panther and Zemo while Cap and Iron Man are fighting. And T'Challa/Black Panther says, "Vengeance has consumed you. It's consuming them. I'm done letting it consume me. Justice will come soon enough."

Saddest/Hardest to Watch Moment:
Sister:  The final fight between Captain and Iron Man.

Me: The Wanda/Scarlet Witch fighting Vision to escape.

Which Side Are You On?
Sister:   Sister had a long explanation that almost parallels Black Widow's arch in the movie. After the ramble she decided that in the end she'd join Captain American, with the preface that Iron Man had some valid points.

Me: I'm with Cap

Final Rating:
Sister: 5 GIANT Ant Mans out of 5

Me: 4.4 vibranium shields out of 5

*An us-ie is similar to a selfie because it is a picture normally taken on a smartphone. The difference is that an "us-ie" includes two or more people. I first heard the term from Cinderella in 2014.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

From Birthday Till Now

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of activity and emotions. I've been so caught up in to do lists, goodbyes, and major life changes that I haven't had the time or head space to blog. I thought it would be good to share a bit of what has been happening.

As I've been remembering all that moments big and small what I am revealing in most in the wonderful people I am honoured to call friends. Friends, you make life a joy, thank you!

April 26:
Was the best of birthdays. Five years ago I began celebrating the day watching the sunrise. It was cold but beautiful.

There was breakfast with bacon at Donna's
And Jamie, Duane, and I played Firefly: The Game (with many expansions) while watching Firefly. It took all of the table many decks.


April 30-May 6
Janna and I drove to the middle of nowhere NB where I could only find service in the middle of the sports field. Last year we had both been in the same group studying the first eight or so chapters of the gospel of Mark. This year Jana was teaching a group and I was studying the second half of Mark.

It was a fantastic week. I have not figured out how to sum up the whole week yet. I encountered God is powerful and real ways. It was a week of healing and renewal and I was so privilege to have had the opportunity to attend. Also between the deep spiritual moments I had a lot of great conversations and late night chats, especially with Janna, my adopted brother Joe, and Jeremy. What an amazing week. 
One of my favourite memories: I was always running into Janna's room (if we had a break at the same time) to hug her and then I'd leave, often without saying anything. Near the end of the week I was talking to an organizer (who was also in Janna's group) and he said "I know nothing about you, except that you hug Janna." I think that is worth being known for and it amuses me :)

May 7
FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! I was working, it was fun. I have no pictures. I also spent the afternoon with Jenn. She got me a Voltron!!! I told her about how excited I am that Voltron is coming to Netflix June 10th. But I don't think my family would approve of me binging it. I loved her response, "Liz you need to look at them and say, 'Mom, Dad, I'm an adult now....let me watch my cartoons!'"

May 10
Trip to the Zoo with Alice and Justine. We were there for feeding time which was not as exciting as we had expected but still pretty neat. Also, the monkey I use to visit on class trips when I was in grade 2 was still there.

May 11
Last night of Games with the Valley Meeple Society (not their actual group name). I got to play four of my favourite games...and I lost them all and had a blast the whole time.
May 14
Mum arrived. I am not sure why I didn't take a picture.

May 16-20
So many lasts and goodbyes along with hunting for boxes and packing. Everyday it was a battle of slaying the "to do list" dragon. Friday was an especially challenging list. Talking about it with gamer friends after we said: it is like it's an extra hard boss so it has to be worth more XP. I'm totally going to level up in Adulting and gain new feats!

May 19
before                                                        after
May 21
Loading the truck day. There were all the unexpected but inevitable challenges that come with moving. The biggest was the size of the truck. We pulled in the driveway and everyone said, "all this isn't fitting in there" It didn't but the promised 95% did. I could not have made it to the end without all the friends that came out to help. Thank you friends for doing what I could not especially Eva who is the 3D Tetris champion. Look at the fabulously well packed truck:
May 22
Picture taken by Claire

And the road trip began. Donna and the caterpillar were in the big truck and mum and I were in the tiny green car. 

May 23
The road trip continued; we were in three provinces in one day. For supper we stopped near (but not in) Montreal for an awesome reunion with Joe and Jeremy (MarkEast friends). It was a nice break before the final two and a half hours of driving.
May 24
Drove Donna to see her brother. There were pictures taken yet sadly none with my camera.

May 25
I tried to get a library card but couldn't because I didn't have proof that I am actually a resident of the area yet.

May 26
I got lost in my new town but figured out how to get to where I need to pick up the sister.

May 28
Family gathering to celebrate my Dad's birthday!

May 29
Sister's very awesome ballet recital. The school did the Little Mermaid. Sister was one of Ursula's eels.
June 3
Yesterday morning I saw a sign for an astronomy night hosted by a local conservation group. Two members from the local science club set up their telescopes so that we could see Saturn. It was really neat. I had never used a telescope. We were able to see Jupiter with the dust lines and four of its moons, Mars, and Saturn with its rings.
It was very fun and I discovered that the science club is free, you just need to show up. So I think I will do that when they start up again in the Fall.

Sister and I had a girls night. We went shopping, saw Civil War, and then out for a late supper. My favourite part of the move is being able to spend time with my family.
Since we saw the movie, expect a Sister Movie Review within the next two days. I am finishing up this years Birthday Bucket List. Also I think this week Thankful Thursdays will return.

For now it is off to bed, I just looked at the clock and it is later than I planned (I apologize for the poor grammar and spelling, I'd like to blame it on the hour but it is just me without rereading.) Night.