Monday, May 31, 2010

June 101 in 1001 update

It is time for my monthly 101 in 1001 update. I am now 11 months into this adventure, and feel pretty happy with myself for the things that I have accomplished.

2. Read a book every month- I just finished reading I <3>

3. Watch every episode of Lost- This was completed after watching the series finale this May.

18. See a Movie every month- I got to watch Up In the Air on my way to NYC. Loved it, and had been waiting a while to watch it too!

29. Take a girl’s trip somewhere- NYC May 2010

30. See a Broadway performance in NYC- In the Heights, May 2010. It was so good!! I encourage anyone to go see it

42. Have another Marcus type adventure- Crystal in NYC, you can read all about it here

Not bad for 10 month of things!

There are a total of finished and started items:

101 items total

12 items started

28 items finished

62 items that need starting or finishing.


So I know this is a little late, but I have been trying to get you all caught up from our trip to NYC. You can read all about it here.

While we were in NYC the series finally of Lost happened. Although I missed it airing live, I was able to catch up as soon as I got home.

It was kind of neat actually. Every time that we were in Times Square there was a countdown to the finally. I think the closest that I seen the countdown was 61 minutes away!

Anyways, back to the finally. Lost and mine relationship started late in the show. It was about ¾ of the way through season 3 when I discovered the show. Of courses it made no sense, but seemed really cool. Over the summer I got all caught up and became addicted.

The series finally was bitter sweet for me. Yes the show needed to end. There were so many unanswered questions, and time can only go on for so long before people want those questions answered.

In the final season we got a bunch of those questions answered. Even the final episode did not clearly reveal all the answers we had looked for. It will forever be a mystery…

I really quite liked the finally. I thought it was smart, faced paced, and left some room for mystery and interpretation, which stays true to the nature of the show. I think that if every single question was answered half the fans would have been mad with the answers and the other half would still have more anyways.

I highly suggest going back and watching all of the episodes. It is really easy to get caught up in this show, and watch 3-4 in a row. Just beware that you need to pay close attention when watching. There are lots of little details and twists and turns that are vital to the show!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Name These Landmarks

So I figured it was time for a game and prize here on my blog.

Below are pictures of landmarks around New York. The person who correctly guesses the most landmarks will be the winner. It some cases it will be the actual name that we are looking for, and in other cases it will be where a film/tv show that it is featured in. You will know which one you should be using.

If we have a tie, the person who submits the fastest will win. The contest will close Monday at 9:00 PM MST.

You can either leave a comment with your answers or email me at

Have fun!! The winner of the NYC prize will be announced on Tuesday.

Stanley Cup Playoffs- Final Round

Ok so that time has come, the last round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

We have the Chicago Blackhawsks representing the west and the Philadelphia Flyers from the east.

It should be no surprise that I will be picking and cheering for the Blackhawks to win. They are my #2 team after all (Oilers are and always will be #1).

Although I am picking the Hawks to win, Philly does have a neat story of how they got to the Finals.
  • Won in OT to even make it to the playoffs
  • Won 4 games in a row in the 2nd round to knock off Boston. This is only the 3rd time in hockey that this has ever happened.
  • Defeated the other underdog Montreal in the 3rd round to advance to the Finals.
I think it should be a good series. I am predicting Chicago in 6 games. Good Luck Boys!!

Friday, May 28, 2010


Well another milestone has been hit here on my blog. This officially is my 200th post!

Seems like just yesterday I started this thing as a place to share some thoughts, not really caring if anyone read it or not.

Now I have 15 followers, and over 500 views each month, no so bad for a place just to share a few thoughts.

I just wanted to say to all my readers thanks for staying with me all this time. We are growing this to bigger and better things each month!!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Mixed Messages

This morning as I got to work and passed by the stack of newspapers for guests, I seen a story and picture with cattle. This sparked my interest especially with the story being on the front page of the Edmonton Journal.

The story was about a woman who was attacked by a cow who had recently calved. She was badly hurt, and she says that if it was not from her dogs chasing the cow away, she would have been dead.

I really have mixed feelings about this story. Yes it is a feel good story about how animals save humans, and it talks about our health care system, and what a great job they did. However, it also shows cattle in a very negative light without more explanation of the situation.

We have to remember that cattle are animals. They have animal instincts and will act of those. This animal instinct is at an all time high after a mother calves. As kids growing up we were always told not to trust a cow who had calved, even if she was our favorite show cow.

I just hope that people remember that as they read this story today.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

New York- Day 4

Day 5 in New York was maybe one of my favorites. It was a little bit more low key and not as busy as the other ones.

We started off by doing a little bit of shopping... or trying anyways. The stores in NYC do not open until noon on Sundays. I guess we should have double checked before heading out onto the streets.

We did however come across one store that was open... Kleinfelds!!
You may recall my love for the show Say Yes to The Dress. Well Kleinfelds is where it all takes place. Although we could not go into the store it was neat to see the place, and the window displays.
We then headed into Times Square to get some lunch. All week I had been wanting to go to ESPN Zone... so where do you think we ate lunch that day?

This place is filled with TV's and cool little sports pictures and art.
After lunch we headed to the TKTS office in Times Square to get tickets for a Broadway that night. This place offers discounted tickets for shows happening that day. We had a list of 3 shows that we wanted to see and we ended up getting our first pick!!

We went back to the apartment, got all dressed up and headed off to see, In The Heights.

This musical is really popular right now. Not only is the story great, and the acting and singing and dancing, but they have a higher profile actor in the lead role. His name is Corbin Bleu. He has acted in a few TV shows, as well as all 3 of the High School Musical movies. Paula Abdul is also joining the cast later this year.

This is as close to a celebrity sighting as we got in NYC

After the Musical, we headed to a little piano bar called Don't Tell Momma. It was a great place to spend a Sunday night.
We headed back to Times Square for one more picture before we said good-bye to the bright lights of NYC

New York- Day 2

Day 2 in New York was pretty cool. We played tourists all day in the city, and learned how to ride the subway. It only took us about an hour to figure it out!

Once we got into the Financial District we headed straight for Ground Zero. It was really neat to see the new buildings going up, the plans for the space as well as pictures and i

Out side the church next door to the World Trade Centre. It was not damaged at all.

Model of what the new buildings will look like

This cross was found in the ruble. It now stands on the next block over

Our next stop on the tourist train was the Staten Island Ferry. We decided that we would not go to Ellis Island or to see the Statue of Liberty, but riding the ferry gave us a great view!
The third stop on the tourist train was to Wall Street. We went scouting for the bronze bull, NY Stock Exchange, and hot single extremely wealthy men!

After a long day of touring we thought we deserved a night out on the town. We decided to hit up The 40/40 club that is owned by Jay-Z. The manager really liked us so we got a full tour of the place, including all the VIP Rooms!
Chillin in Jay's favorite room. The game on the right is his favorite to play. He holds the 5 highest scores on it!

New York- Day 3

Day 3 of our trip brought even more walking. However, it was totally worth it!!

We started the day in Central park. We walked through about 2/3 of the park. It is one of my favorite things about New York. It is truly amazing how a large man made park that beautiful sits in the middle of the concrete jungle!

Everything was so picture perfect. It was a beautiful morning and we had a lot of fun taking pictures and hanging out away from the business of the streets.
After we finished in Central Park, we took in some of the things to do in NYC. This included pictures with the Statue of Liberty man, and stopping to see the Plaza hotel.

Outside the Plaza was this car. The men probably know what car this is right away... the ever elusive Phantom!! I have always dreamed of seeing one of these cars, and there it was only steps away from me. Notice how the back doors, the handles are on the wrong side... that's because this car has suicide doors. They open the opposite way of a regular door, just like in the really old cars.After Central Park we did some more touring, and even more riding the subway. We were pros by this time!

Our next stop was to the M & M store in times square. We never got a chance to go when we were in Vegas, so we definitely wanted to stop this time. I could not believe how many kinds and colours of M & M's there were!After spending some time in Times Square we ventured down to Rockefeller Centre. Although we never went inside it was neat to see it.

New York: Day 1

We are officially back from New York City. The trip was a blast we have come home with our eyes opened and blistered feet.

The first day we were there, we checked into our apartment. We were lucky enough to stay with a friend of a friend, and got an apartment for free. It sure made things much cheaper!
Afterwards we headed out to Tao for our dinner reservations. I love this place!! To start off the atmosphere is great, a really cool crowd, and pretty reasonable for what you get.
The food was unreal. If you ever go there try the Pai Thai and the doughnuts... they are to die for!
Afterwards we headed down to Times Square, the heart of the city.
It was a great way to start the trip!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


In the next couple of weeks I will have a different look. I am in the process of perfecting this look before a show the world, so stay tuned for the big reveal!!

New York City!!!

The count down is on! Tomorrow we will be jetting off to the Big Apple for 5 days. I promise to have lots of pictures to show you when I get back, and hopefully a few posts for when I am away touring.

Thursday night we are heading to Tao restaurant. Most of you have probably heard of Tao from its Vegas location, however, everyone says the NYC version is way better!

We also have plans to visit Central Park, Times Square, and all the other hot NYC tourist spots. As promised we will also be doing another Marcus type adventure! You never know who it will be or when they will pop up.

This year Crystal can't come with us, she will be hanging out in Iowa instead. But I have a feeling she may make a surprise appearance when we are there.... Stay tuned!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Drinks with the Girls

Last Thursday I got a chance to go for drinks with two wonderful women, Laura and Jackie. It had been extremely overdue as Laura and I only live 20 mins away from one another, but see each other more at events where we have drove 2-3 hours to get to!

Jackie was in town for some meetings, and we decided that it was time to have a girls get together. That day Jackie had lost her 40lbs that she vowed to shed before a big birthday coming up. Great work on doing it Jackie, and 4 months early too!

Laura filled us in on the happenings at the Mader baby shower, her adventures as a home owner and a few of her adventures when it came to shoe shopping.

It was so nice to just get out of the house, sit on the patio and have a few drinks. A great way to spend a Thursday evening!


Last week I quickly mentioned that I had went to a Zumba class. My roommate Brett had been going for a few weeks, and kept saying how much fun it was.

Now you have to understand, I hate working out. You will not find me going to a gym just to have "fun". Unless someone is forcing me there, I will not be going!

So I figured I would see what this Zumba thing was all about. The class was 1hr long at the Spa Lady close to our house.

Zumba is a mix of hip hop, latin dancing, and arobics. The classes are a mix of fast and slow paced dances that burn a tone of calories, and give you a really good workout, especially for your legs and core.

I will say that the class was actually really fun. It was kind of like dancing, but an awesome workout. It was easy to follow along, and the class flew by.

If the classes continue though the summer I will definetly be buying a gym membership!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Don't Worry I'm Still Here

I have been doing so good lately with my blogging.... until this week! Things have been a little crazy the last couple of days. Here is a little recap. I will have more later next week.
  • Huge Sales presentation for work with all of the Sales Managers for Delta Hotels in Alberta
  • Possibly a new roommate, we will find out on Sunday
  • Drinks tonight with 2 wonderful women
  • ZUMBA!!
Check back for updates and details on all this tomorrow and next week

Monday, May 10, 2010

Finished Product

I had previously told you about one of my new favorite places in Edmonton The Beauty Lounge. Now that the place is finished it is even more beautiful! Here are some of the pictures of the place finished.

If you are in need of a girls day at the spa, or an amazing cut and color definitely take the time to stop in!


Over the years we have had many dogs around the farm. Some have been most special then others, and others not so much!

Almost 2 years ago we got a female named Cass. She was 3 or 4 when we got her, trained, and ready to start producing puppies at our house!
No one really didn't like Cass when she showed up. She was tri-colored (brown, black and white) and the rest of our dogs were Black and White. She was a female, and the rest of the our dogs were males. She made mom really mad when she chewed on her brand new siding, and was not working great for dad as she had been abused before and extremely scared.
After a few months Cass became my dog when I was home on the weekends. I would take her out to work cows with me, and she would listen! She always came and greeted me at the car door when I got home on the weekends, and best of all she would play fetch! This winter her and I had fun playing hockey outside and her catching the pucks!

When I went home this weekend Cass did not come and greet me at the door. I couldn't find her anywhere on the farm. Dad then told me that he thought the Coyotes had killed her, as they had tried many times before (she liked to chase them away at night, and gets extremely outnumbered)

For now I will have to play with Kurt and Bud until I get a dog of my own.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

One Year Ago...

This time last year I was returning from a 2 week adventure in Thailand. It seems like yesterday that I was there!

Thailand is definitely a place that I will go back to during my travels. The people are amazing there, and the food is even better!

Here are some of the posts that I did this time last year about my daily travels!