Hey internet strangers!

Oh hey there, internet strangers. I almost didn’t want to come back from my one month hiatus, but my iPhone sent me this stupid reminder saying I should probably post something. Boo. (just follow me on Instagram, it’s WAY easier 😉 )
But if you must know the goings-on over here the past few weeks, here’s a summary:
STAMPEDE: Oh my gosh, it was so fun this year. We went to the rodeo, the grandstand, AND I won VIP tickets to the chuckwagon tent where my friend Susie and I indulged in all you can eat/drink/pet (the horses, not each other). I wore boots and drank Bud and split a fried snickers with my mom at one point.
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GUESTS: Tyler’s mom and my parents came to stay with us. It was a packed house for the week we were all together, so the staggered parts of the visits were a little bit more sane. Lots of food, wine, and sightseeing type things.
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MY BIRTHDAY: I ate poutine.
MANICURE: Got my first shellac and now I’m sold. Only crappy part is that it’s $$. Still a nice little splurge, and I’ve figured out how to cut elsewhere to make this happen.
HONEYMOON: Meh, I guess a roadtrip 2.5 years after you get married isn’t really a honeymoon, but whatever. We took the Mustang on a 12 hours ride through BC to Seattle, then rounded back to Kelowna, BC before heading home. Highlights include:
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  • Beer (holy crap, Seattle has a ton of breweries. And even more holy crap, they’re all so dang HOPPY. I got so many tummy aches from trying so many. Tip: Take the Road Dog Tour if you’re in town.
  • Seattle Aquarium. Best part: Fur seal scratching his ass for a good 20+ minutes. We watched the entire time. Worst part: not a single sting ray or shark or whale or dolphin.
  • Seattle Duck Tour: Learned a bit about the history of the city.
  • Mariners game: Can’t beat a baseball game with $11 tickets.
  • Public Market: we bought cherries and hot sauce, so….WINNING.
  • Wine tour via Uncorked in Kelowna: loved the wineries and the WINE, but the driver from the tour guide company was terrible. One of our stops was at a vineyard that won the award for the best white wine IN THE WORLD. So obviously we bought 2 bottles
  • RauDZ regional table. SO MUCH GOOD FOOD.
  • Okanagan Distillery: I BOUGHT ABSINTHE. The end.

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WHOA. Too many couple pictures. But……#PROOF.We also managed to duck 2 fatal accidents on the BC roads, saw a bear and a bunch of baby Big Horn Sheep.
Hmmmm… what else? Oh yeah, discovered Calgary radio stations are crap and play the same 5 or 6 songs on repeat all the time and managed to finally throw together a new playlist:
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Oh man, there is just so much to share now that I’m getting into it. I probably should’ve kept notes because I know I’m totally forgetting about 50% of the last month.
 We bottled our wine! 60 bottles….and it’s like….half gone. Ok, ALMOST half gone. Sangria and pinot grigio. PS: everyone come to my house for a drink!
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That’s it for now. See you next time (hopefully sooner than a month!)

Don’t You Forget About Me

I hope you didn’t forget about me. I didn’t forget about you!

There have been several instances over the last 11 days where I have told myself there were good things to blog about. BUT: 1) I wasn’t in the mood to blog; and 2) I sort of had social media burnout. Sure, I was on vacation for about a week, but I was just in a moment of being fed up with blogs. And not just my own. twitter got annoying too. I suppose what really got me flustered was all the shameless self promotion. Who knows. Anyways, that’s over with and I am back in Calgary in my old routine of being a Betty who Bakes and Blogs and works out and walks the dog. Exciting.

So let’s have this post be a catch-up of what I have been up to lately.

I flew to Seattle to see my best friend. My connecting flight was on a teensy tiny plane.

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But, I had my own aisle, so there was a bonus.

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And I hung out with a baby

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And I drank my FAVORITE beer, Pyramid Brewery Ale. 

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And I made Skinny Banana Blueberry Muffins

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And I ate a lot of them with almond butter

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And we went to Seattle for a Living Social St. Patty’s Day Cruise…and it was so much fun. Three of us drove up late in the afternoon, checked into our hotel, had dinner (and beer) and then boarded the ship where plenty of additional beers were consumed and promptly burned off with copious amounts of dancing. I think that night was the most fun I’ve had in about a year. 

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…and there are approximately 190 other photos that I won’t put on here from that night 😉

I also only worked out ONE out of the SIX days I was there. (3 mile run) I don’t think I gained any weight, but it sure as heck affected my attitude. Goes to show you HOW MUCH I need fitness in my life! My flight back to Calgary landed around 2:30PM on Wednesday, and I was on a treadmill by 4:30PM.

Speaking of fitness.. I joined a new gym! Granted, this gym isn’t as convenient as the Y-which is right across the street- but it is only about a 3 minute drive. The best part: ALL classes are included in the regular membership fee AND…there are two sides of the gym: one is co-ed and the other is women’s only. The women’s locker room connects the two sides, and I have already found myself flip-flopping from side to side to use different equipment or to have a different atmosphere. AND…their peak hours consist of no more than 10 or so members in the gym at the same time. Probably the best thing ever.

So that’s pretty much it as of late. I’ll check back in with my recent eats/recipes/workouts soon! (Because long posts are terrible!!)