Monday, May 28, 2007

Last Sunday's Run

Running's been pretty slack since the half marathon for me but Brent and I are going to try to do more together exercise-like tennis and walking and biking and such...but I shan't give up running because I'm addicted to the runner's high. Love it.

So here's some pictures. It was way cooler this year than the two past years which made it more enjoyable...and I was fifteen minutes faster than my previous best time.

Arggg Matey

Last night, Brent and I went and saw Pirates III with Euk and Beuk and one of their co-workers.

As a former prof repeatedly pointed out, pirates have a severe case of stickittothemananitis. Jack Black would be proud. I am proud. I want to be a pirate (incidentally, so did that former prof).

Soooo all this to say that I REALLY enjoyed Pirates and if I could convince Brent, I would go see it again in theatres, like my lucky brother-in-law Kevin (hint hint, Brent)

Future goal of me: become a crazy woman pirate and live on the high seas with my gregarious mate, Bootstrap Brent, sleeping in a hammock at night, practicing crazy swordhandling skills, owning a monkey AND a parrot, getting a fantastic tan, supporting ourselves off of Spanish gold found on Shipwreck Island (ok, ok, maybe stealing from the wickedly rich sometimes too). We'd be like a Robin Hood, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor.

This be me mighty attempt to persuade thee to give way to all doubt and go see the movie. Arrrrrg.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Kirstin's Visual DNA

We'd love to see other people's answers too!

Brent's DNA

Finding Farley Update

Karsten and Leanne have posted their first update with pictures. I am so excited to follow their journey.

Check it out at Follow the links to trip updates. Their little boy's name is Zev and he's so cute. He's wearing MEC baby clothing as a product tester. How cool is that!

Monday, May 14, 2007

Variations on the flower(s)

Some pictures of our flowers.

Ok, ok, here comes another one.

Ablogging I shall go...or as from a recent Corner Gas episode: glogging...or blerbing.

So many things on the go real life and in my mind. I won't go into details on everything but some highlights:

Spent the weekend with Brent's parents. It was fun to be able to help out and spend some much needed and much desired quality time with them.

Babysat for a Church family Friday night. Two little boys. We had such a blast with them. I very much look forward to the day when we can be REAL parents. :)

Have come to the conclusion that I love our Church. Thornhill Baptist is truly a Godsend to us, giving us friends, accountability, inspiration, insight, and so much more. Praise God for that!

I've been thinking a lot about the idea of pilgrimage lately. Will post more about it later, but for now check out Finding Farley to see an example of a pilgrimage undertaken by a couple of my greatest role models.

Work at MEC is going well. Definitely a summer job, not a career but busy and stimulating (in a totally non-school way) nonetheless. There are many many things I would like to buy but so far I've limited myself to buying cloth grocery bags (our latest step to being more green) and a pair of long john pants (expedition weight) for wayyy less than normal cost.

Transit strike: still looming on the horizon after two weeks of up-in-the-airness.

Got a haircut on Saturday. For once from someone who knows how to comb long hair. I hadn't had a haircut in eight months. It was time.

Euk and Beuk are in California. You can check out their adventures here.

So much more on my mind than this but this is all I'm brave enough to post online. Oh--except for some pictures of our quickly growing garden. How I love growing plants!
Our seedlings:

Our rhubarb the first year after transplantation:
Our newly planted perennials: Columbines and Lemon Thyme.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

About time for an update

I figured it was about time for an update...and since pictureless updates are not very much fun, here's some visual aid as well. :)

These are from a trip we made in March up to Nose Hill Park. It was absolutely beautiful up there.

The evening sun over the grass.

A self portrait. We are much taller than previously measured.

Just in case you forgot how close Calgary is to the mountains...a great temptation for us every day as we went to school.

So the real news: I've got a MEC (woohoo!). Should be good summer work, really neat experiencing a co-op work atmosphere. The staff room[s] are fantastic. and they recycle EVERYTHING...which I really appreciate.

Also: Rachel and Trev are coming home this summer!!! (Just for a visit). We've been scheming up all kinds of hiking trips to do with them...

To be honest, we've been scheming up all kinds of hiking trips in general. One is for certain, an eight day backpack trip following in the footsteps of David Thompson from exactly 200 years ago. How's that for cool! My parents have also expressed interest in coming with us on a trip.

What else is new...oh--Brent and I spent a large part of Sunday working in the yard, cleaning out leaves and weeds and edging and adding a big bale of peatmoss to our horribly sandy dry soil. Almost all of the perennials I planted last year are back! The rhubarb, the delphinium, the lupins and shasta daisies planted from seed...even the pansies are back! It's a joy to watch things grow. :)

Oh--I'm running a half marathon in Red Deer in a couple of weeks. I haven't been training as hard as I should be but I enjoy the time spent outside and it should be fun. Brent's probably going to volunteer for the event and he's been my faithful cheer squad, biking with me especially when I go at night.

Life is really good for both of us right now. Brent's glad to be done and working fulltime, I'm anticipating a summer full of things more or less unrelated to school and I am also looking forward to starting again in the fall. I have all kinds of books I plan to read, Brent's been planning our hiking/scrambling trips. We have an amazing and very blessed life together!

Lastly, if you haven't read Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller, I highly recommend it. Very insightful into Christianity of today. It certainly has affected my perspective on life...and I hope from this perspective change will follow a change in my daily interactions.

That's it, I think. Ü