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101 List – My Birthday Surprise

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Settle in, this is going to be a long one… About two months ago my friend Penny told me her husband was going away for a weekend in May, she was unloading her son with her sister-in-law and asked if I wanted to have a girl’s day.  I’m always up for a girl’s day so I promptly marked it on the calendar. Fast forward to this past Saturday morning.  The plan was that Penny was going to come here before lunch, we’d go meet her friend at a restaurant in town so that she could give her the cupcakes she ... Read More »

101 List – Go Ice Skating!

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I’m Canadian. It goes without saying that people assume that we glide out of the womb on ice skates. Girls doing a fancy little twirl and boys ready for a fight, right?  Well, I guess that’s sort of true. Starting at a very young age, we are put on ice skates and are taught to stand on our own two feet. If you are me, it doesn’t matter if you fall anyway because your mother has so many layers of protection on you that you wouldn’t feel it anyway! We would go skating as children with our parents, at any ... Read More »

101 List–Swim in the Mediterranean

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One thing I didn’t mention in my recent post about my trip to the south of France was that while I was down there, I finally got to swipe another item off my 101 list! To swim in the Mediterranean! It has been on my list during two of my previous trips but we just never did get around to it.  When we got together with Xander’s mother for the day, we decided to go to the beach.  It gave us a nice relaxing way to spend time and chat with her and also the chance to see some place ... Read More »

101 List – ONE HUNDRED POUNDS LOST! (4.5 Month Update with Pics!)

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Yup, you read that right!  I have lost ONE HUNDRED FREAKING POUNDS!! Well, 100.7 to be exact!  I thought about waiting a day or two so I could make the title 101 lbs for my 101 list but I just couldn’t wait! I don’t believe it! Years ago when I made my 101 list one of the things that I made sure was on there was to lose 100 lbs, even though deep down I didn’t really feel like it was ever a possibility for me… but it has happened! Now?  I feel like anything is possible, and that’s not ... Read More »

101 List – Learn to Knit Socks

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I DID IT!  After years of saying how much I want to learn to knit socks I finally sat down and started trying to learn how. With the help of my friend Staci from VeryPink.com I have followed her wonderful tutorials for learning to knit socks!  You may (ok probably not but whatever) remember Staci from years ago when I used to doggy sit for her and hang out with her two beautiful dogs Gus and Ike.  I loved those dogs so much, I will so totally own a Basenji one day. Anyway, I am now kicking myself for not ... Read More »

101 List–Join a Book Club

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Number 16 on my 101 List was to join a book club.  It’s something I’ve wanted to do for quite a while but never really bothered to look into.  So when some friends of started one, I was all over it! I’m not actually in the above photo, as I had forgotten my tripod and was busy taking the photo myself, but you can see the friends that are currently in the club with me.  A great group of ladies who are a lot of fun to sit around gabbing with.  We do chat about the books quite a lot ... Read More »

101 List – Submit a POTY Photo

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For the past two years I have belonged to IMAGES Photo Club, an English speaking photography club in Den Haag.  I’ve really enjoyed being a part of the club, especially the outings that I’ve been on with them, like the sailing trip and the trip to Texel.  One thing I’ve always wanted to do (but been too afraid to) was to enter a photo into the monthly POTY (Photo of the Year) competition. Each month there is a themed competition that the members of the club can enter.  During the break the photos are hung up with a number attached ... Read More »

101 List – My First Pedicure

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Last week my friend Penny and I got together for pedicures.  It was my very first pedicure ever, can you believe it?!  It’s something I’ve always wanted to do but either I didn’t want to spend the money on it or I was freaked out about people messing with my feet. Penny kept pushing me on it, so I finally gave in and decided to give it a go.  Another friend told us about a place in Zuidplein where she goes, so we decided to go there. First, let me say I was  little wary.  After my experience with getting ... Read More »

101 List – Learn To Make HDR Photos

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One of the things I’ve been most determined to do from my 101 List is learning to make High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photos.  I’ve seen some amazing HDR photos on Flickr and really wanted to learn to do it myself, but on first examination it seemed really difficult.  This was when I first got my DSLR camera and I already had so much to learn that I figured I’d save the HDR for later. Today I was messing around and decided to download Photomatix and see how it all works. I hadn’t already taken photos for this purpose so I ... Read More »

101 List – Fly Home To Canada Alone

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No, even though it may seem like it, I have not fallen off the face of the earth.  I’ve just been laying low and getting back into the swing of things after returning to the Netherlands.  I’ve not been feeling particularly bloggy and I figured I’d wait until I did rather than trying to force it. Anyhow, this is about my 101 List entry about flying home to Canada by myself, which I DID! Yay me! For many of you this probably doesn’t seem like the biggest accomplishment in the world, but for me it’s been all about getting over ... Read More »