12.30.2014

Four Things I Accomplished in 2014



At the beginning of the year I set four things that I wanted to accomplish this year. Instead of the usual not so fun resolutions I choose some things I had wanted to try from a creative standpoint. Here is how I did:




Try NÃ¥lebinding. 


After searching for tutorials on youtube (after many, many tries) I managed to make the ear wrap pictured above. I then feel really deep into a knitting rabbit hole and haven't resurfaced since. I may have moved on from nalbinding but I certainly gained a whole new hobby this year so I would call this one a success!



Take a Pottery Class.


Not only did I take a pottery class... I took two! This was such a great break from the work week. I too it on Wednesday night for 3 hours so just as the week stress was amping up I was able to get some pent up creative energy out. Taking a class also really forces you to get out and stick to it. I really would love to take another one in 2015 but we are saving our pennies for the wedding so perhaps next fall I will take another.



Create More Movies.


This one is kind of successful. We only were able to squeeze in two trips this year and I take plenty of video footage to make a a little 1-2 min movie out of each trip. I haven't decided to post them here though because they are so shaky...SO shaky!! The actual content is quite nice but I am just not impressed with my camera handling. Hmmm.... Should I post them?




Make Some REAL Decisions.


This one was about whether or not we will move across the country. We've kinda made a decision. If David can get a teaching job there we will move but it doesn't make sense for him to give up his job here and me to give up mine to move somewhere where there aren't a ton of jobs. At least not yet. Was this one accomplished? I say yes. I am waaaay more comfortable/excited about someday moving than I was a year ago!

I am in the process on deciding on what to try to accomplish for next year but come January I will definitely have a few more goals for myself. Happy New Year!

12.25.2014

Christmas Times


Merry Christmas Everyone! What better way to spend the day sitting around the wood stove and keeping warm with kitties. Of course our day was also full of food and get togethers but nothing beats relaxing by the fire. This is actually my mom's garage, also known as the cat's house. They spend the winters curled up next to the roaring fire trying to avoid fighting (not very hard though might I add). It's a nice place to carry on your outdoorsy activities when the sun goes down and the cat's don't mind the extra cuddle time! 













12.23.2014

Oh, The Places I've Seen - 2014


This year seemed to be the year of Alberta's lakes. We didn't get to take too many trips this year between saving and work being outrageously busy but we managed to get a few in. 2015 is going to be a good one. I can just feel it! You can check out all the places I saw in 2013 here.

Top photo: Jarvis Lake








hey... that's not me!

12.18.2014

Wedding Thoughts On: Marriage Prep Classes



I know religion is a sticky subject but I wanted to talk about taking the marriage prep course that is required when getting married in a Catholic Church. David is Catholic and I am United. I don''t want to go too far into religion here but I can't say my family ever really went to church while David's family were extremely committed. We are kind of on opposite sides of the spectrum. It really meant a lot for David to get married in the Catholic church. The same church his parents got married in, he was baptised in, and ultimately where his father was layed to rest. It really was the obvious choice.

One of the requirements to be able to marry in the Catholic church is to take the marriage prep course. I was a little nervous about that one. That was quite a bit of church time for me. I was worried about everyone there judging me as I wasn't Catholic or that there may be lots of traditions that I just didn't know about and would seem really lost partaking in. I was also worried that there would have to be lots of talk about our feelings (I am notoriously shy...punny) or even worse....speaking in front of the whole group!! I am happy to say this couldn't have been further from the truth.


12.16.2014

Lake Louise, Alberta


Oh Lake Lousie...Dare I say one of the most photographed lakes in the world. I am too lazy to google but based on how busy it was here the day we chose to visit I am going to say that's a safe bet. It was the most perfect conditions for a canoe ride. The water was so still. Not a single breeze hit us which made me feel less guilty about sitting back and relaxing in the front while David paddled us around. Ok, I helped a bit. Because it was so calm, I decided to brave bringing my camera in the canoe. Usually I am too chicken but it was so worth it to get in some pictures away from the hoards of people that lined the walking paths. I can't stand crowds and even though I knew this is a popular spot I didn't think it would be as crazy as it was that day! The only other time I had been there was years ago in the middle of July and it was absolutely dead that time. I don't know what was going on this August day! Either way we paddled to the end where it is nice and shallow and I scooped up some soft mud and rubbed it on my hands and face. Free spa day, right? I can't say it really did anything for my complexion... just seemed like the right thing to do at the time!








12.11.2014

A Herd of Mountain Sheep


These little guys were munching away near a Canmore road. The ram was extremely suspicious of my stopping to take some photos. He was up much higher on a ledge to keep an eye on his ewes and lambs and stare down at me to make sure I wasn't up to any funny business. No one else even bothered to look up at me though. 



12.09.2014

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas


Phew, the last few months have been so busy! Last week I wrapped up some loose ends and finally had a week of no commitments. It was wonderful. I am excited to get the Christmas season going in full swing now. We have our annual work potluck and gift exchange this Thursday and there is nothing more I love than food so I am looking forward to it! I also hope to finish up the last bits and bobs of my Christmas shopping on Friday. Then I plan to sit back and relax until the new year. 

I put up a few Christmas decorations. We don't really have that many and what we do have is all second hand but our apartment is so small that the thought of even more clutter to store makes me want to cry so simple it is! If Davis had his way we would be swimming through a sea of tinsel everyday. Hope everyone had a great weekend!





11.27.2014

Pottery Lately



My pottery class came and went in a flash this season!! It's a little sad because I probably won't be able to do it again until next autumn so it will be a long wait now before I get to throw some more pots. I've only gotten a couple of items back so far but I tried to focus more on my glazing and painting this time around. Taking more time to make patterns and use a variety of glazes. Oddly enough my first few creations came out having a very similar colour scheme so they have made a bit of a liar out of me!

One thing I love about pottery is that very rarely does anything turn out perfect so right at the beginning you need to let go of any expectation for creating perfection and embrace mishaps. It's kind of freeing to let go of the pressure and just focus on creating.






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