Monday, January 19, 2015

rock climbing...

yesterday we met up with a couple friends to try out rock climbing for the first time. we went to true north climbing and started off with an introductory lesson for about an hour. we learned how to put the harness on, tie the proper knots, and how to be a good belayer (the person on the bottom controlling the rope). after that, we got our little cards proving we know what we're doing and we were free to stay as long as we wanted. i stuck to the easier walls and colored rocks, but i think i did pretty well for my first time, even though i never made it to the top. it's scary up there! dylan, on the other hand, was basically a pro right away and scaled the walls no problem.
and he's off.

he also managed to shimmy his way up this weird wall in like, 1 minute.
look at those muscles on me! (kidding)

 i think the more challenging part for me was being the belayer for dylan. there's a rather significant weight difference between us and it took some time getting used to bringing him down from the top and not feeling like he was going to lift me off my feet! i just have to trust the ropes and the lever and go for it. overall, it was a pretty fun experience. if it wasn't out in the middle of nowhere (35 minute drive from us downtown), i would easily say we would go more often, but we'll see. 

Friday, January 16, 2015

this is us...

sometimes you just have to stop and take a few selfies. lately dylan has been starting work early (at 6pm), which means he leaves our place around 5. with me getting home around 5:20, it means we've been missing each other. it also means that all the dinners we planned on sunday for the week have either been put on hold or eaten solo. hashtag sadface.

thank goodness it's friday. yes, the week has gone by quickly, but it has also been exhausting and i'm ready for the weekend. 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

chicken potpie...

for the longest time now, i've wanted to make a pie crust from scratch. that said, i had always heard that it was kind of difficult to master so i just never did it. that changed once i got my kitchenaid for christmas. we really had no plans saturday so i figured i would make myself a slave to the kitchen and make a chicken potpie from scratch.

i used this recipe for the crust and it came together so easily and quickly that i was impressed with myself right off the bat. ha! next i cooked up my chicken, shredded it, and left it for later. i used martha stewart's potpie recipe, but she doesn't put the crust on the bottom of the pie. that was kind of a must for me, so i cut the dough in half, rolled the first half (or rather, dylan did), put it in the bottom of my pie pan and cooked it about 10 minutes. after that, i put the filling in and covered it with the rest of the crust. once the entire pie was all said and done, i realized that the bottom could have been cooked slightly longer on its own to make it even better, but it was fine.

the filling came together very easily and before i knew it, i had a pie in the oven and we were just waiting for the minutes to pass.
here we go!
let there be dough.

looking good.
a little egg wash is a must.
there she is in all her glory.

i made that!
nom nom nom.

we let the pie sit for 15 minutes once out of the oven as instructed in the recipe, however, it was still runny when we cut in. i was pretty disappointed, but the taste was certainly delicious. once we went back for seconds, it was much more firm, so i guess we just didn't let it sit long enough. some of the comments on the recipe said that the filling was blande and tasteless, but i completely disagree. i thought this pie was pretty amazing. it was flavorful, easy (though a little time consuming), and the crust was flaky. for my first shot, i give myself an 'A'.

Monday, January 12, 2015

christmas 2014...

so christmas! i'm about 3 weeks late, but still putting these pictures up for my sake. after travelling to various houses on christmas eve to see everyone, we finally made it back to my parents' house for the night. the next morning was full of exchanging gifts and stockings, a big breakfast, and finally a delicious dinner.
lots of stockings.

opening his gifts from me - bluetooth speaker, gopro case, a leather journal, stone shot glasses, and beer (he was adamant about getting these particular beer steins...boys)
a kitchenaid mixer! i had always wanted one. along with a few cake accessories and a book.
pretty stoked. also pretty happy about my mini straightener to keep in my desk at work for bad weather days.
we gave my parents their individual gifts first, earrings for my mom, and a wallet for my dad. they thought that was it, but nope...
surprise! an ipad! they were shocked and thrilled to say the least.
breakfast time.
cheers with mimosas.
he gets a little spoiled from my parents.

alcohol, gift cards, video games, card games, socks (of course)...he does alright.
and then of course the stockings.
this is christmas as a 27 year old only child. my mom loves gifts and giving. clearly.
everyone focused on their own little things.
coffee, coffee, coffee.
everyone loves the little blue bag.
tiffany atlas bar bracelet. love.

and a few shared gifts, like grocery gift cards, wine glass set, steak knives, and a dog gopro harness which dylan is opening in this picture and oh so happy about.
the harness fits perfectly! we actually used it for the first time yesterday while taking her for a walk and it's hilarious to watch.

as usual, christmas was over far too fast. it was nice to spend a few uninterrupted days with family, but now we're back to reality and back to busyness at work. until next year, santa.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015


back in mid-november, i was moved from my 'overflow' position at work to a new area of law working for 3 partners. since my co-op ended in september, i've been on a 4 month contract. my contract is coming to an end at the end of next week, but i had a feeling that i would be safe since one of the assistants in my grouping has gone back to school (she was a co-op student for 4 months) and the other goes on mat leave in 2 weeks. i had heard from many people who work there that it's now common for people to go through two 4 month contracts before becoming permanent. i mean, that was fine; while i would like vacation time, i figured i could wait another 4 months to find out.
while working away yesterday morning, i got an email from hr to go visit when i had a chance. i thought, 'oh good, no more waiting, i'll finally know i have another contract!' but nope, they surprised me by skipping the second contract and making me permanent!

so let's hear it for 2 weeks paid vacation and 10 paid sick/personal days! i feel pretty lucky to have a job i like (legal assistant), working for and with awesome people, and being able to secure this job at a big downtown firm right from school. it certainly wasn't a short road to get here, but i finally made it and that's what matters!
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