Monthly Archives: June 2008

Jen + Sewing Machine = Fun Purse

I’ve made my first creation with my HuskyStar sewing machine, a Christmas gift that I have longed to use (even stockpiled fabric and patterns since before I received the sewing machine) but have never actually gotten around to using it. That doesn’t matter now because the HuskyStar and I are now well-acquainted!

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Mmmmmm…Calories!

No…really. This dessert shop we visited last night was called Calories (nothing like truth in advertising).

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Another Saturday Adventure!

For the past week, the weather has consisted of a series of freak thunderstorms mixed with bits of sunshine. So in honor of the wonderful weather today, Jen and I set out on an afternoon adventure through town.

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Food Adventures in Montréal

Last night, Jon and I ventured out to Plateau (a trendy district in Montréal with lots of shops and restaurants) to eat. We ate at a little Crêperie called Bistro Fruits Folie. I got crêpes with salad, and Jon got a chicken dish. The restaurant got good reviews online (I looked it up after the fact, trying to find a picture to post), and I enjoyed my crêpes and the sangria was good that Jon and I shared. However, Jon’s chicken was noticeably undercooked on one side and the other piece was overcooked on one side. It didn’t impress Jon or I, but the evening was still relaxing and enjoyable, despite the food scare. Jon sent the chicken back, even though both of us are uncomfortable with sending food back on most occasions, and they finished cooking the chicken and it was fine. Jon hasn’t gotten sick either, which is DEFINITELY a good thing. We were a bit concerned after dinner.

Today we grabbed breakfast at my favorite little croissant shop, a few blocks down on Rue St. Catherine. We then hit some of the malls in downtown Montréal. We wandered through multiple malls, many of which are connected, and poked around until we found what seemed to be Montreal’s version of T.J. Maxx/Marshall’s, a store called Winners, where we both found some good bargains on clothing. We split a dish of gelato at a little gelato shop inside the main mall in downtown Montreal, called the Eaton Centre. Tonight for dinner, I made guacamole and Jon and I made fish tacos together, and that’s an update on our eating thus far in this “eating city” of Montreal.

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Thrifting in Montreal!

Many apologies for the delay in post. I promised Pam a couple days ago that I would start posting everyday, but have vastly failed to keep that promise! I will try harder.

On with the post! Next week, I will take photos on my way to meet Jon for lunch–I’ve been walking to his work to meet him for lunch everyday–so that you all can see more of Montreal through our eyes! Not only do I get to spend lunch with him, I also get the exercise he gets walking 1 mile to work and 1 mile back, which I definitely like (and need!). Some photos to whet your appetite, taken with my new cell phone in Montreal (email me if you want the number):

Jon’s office, located in historic Windsor Station:

Jon's office in Windsor Station

One of my favorite details of the building is the faces on the columns. This photo was taken in the archway over the entrance, which can be seen just above the first yellow cab on the left.

Face on Column at Windsor Station

Click the “more” link to read about my adventures thrifting yesterday in Montreal!

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Travelling!

Work is going great and I’ve been put in charge of creating a pitch for a project we’re trying to win. Picture a TSC (Tractor Supply) but really cool, and located in rural Alberta. I’m getting a ton of creative freedom and chance to explore a lot of ideas. I think I am making a really good impression on everyone with the skills I have to bring to the project. I’ve developed the design direction, a plethora of sketches and written a narrative for the concept.

Steve my boss decided we really need the chance to present our concept in person instead of handing it off (which can cause a lot of be lost in translation) and they secured a meeting for later this month in Calgary and Steve asked me to go with him to present!

I’m definitely excited that I’ve been given so much responsibility and I think I’m responding well to the new role I have been put in.

One of the new challenges I have found is improving my communication skills in the workplace. At work, there are many different languages spoken, or at least many people who’s native language is not French or English. Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, French, and English are the majority of the languages spoken by the people I work with, and for many, English is NOT their first language. So I have to thing of more precise, and less “slangy” ways of describing a thought or idea to my coworkers so my thoughts are not literally lost in translation. Several times people have forgotten that I’m a simple Anglophone and come up to me rambling on in French…then they see the puzzled look on my face then instantly switch over to English. I cannot wait to learn French!!

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Venturing out…

Saturday, Jen and I decided to step away from the remainder of the organizing we have to do and have an adventure.  7 miles of walking later, an adventure was had! Continue reading

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