Monthly Archives: January 2015

How Old Do You Act?

How Old Do You ActAnother fun quiz to see how old you act. I was 22. I’m not so sure that is a good thing…

Take the test

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Netflix Addiction Day 4 – Happy Valley

Happy ValleyAnother British series with this one about a tough cop named Catherine and the murder she is trying to solve. And the good thing is it is only 6 episodes! Because it is binge worthy!

Watch the trailer

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Day 129 –  A Tourist in Your Own Home Town

Butchart GardensWhen is the last time you did something touristy in your own hometown? Did you visit a museum, or take friends to see a site?

I cannot remember the last time I really did something touristy at home. On all my travels we always do the touristy stuff. But when it comes to home, I don’t even think about it.

For instance, we have the world famous Butchart Gardens here in Victoria. I think the last time I went and walked the gardens I was still in university and went there on a date. That is crazy.

When I was in grad school, I was surrounded by foreign students. They came from all over the world and Canada and they were so good about showing people around the city. I used to bug them that they knew more about Victoria than I did. I even had a student work for me once from Australia and when he first arrived he got a job as a kabuki cab driver and cycled tourists around the city telling them about Victoria (he had lived here a week). He knew more than I did!

We so often take for granted what we have in our own back yard. I don’t bat an eye about paying some crazy fees for attractions around the world, but I squirm at having to pay those same prices here in town. And why is that?

The blog challenge from Natalie for Day 14 was to write about the one thing we would do in our hometown that would make us feel like a tourist. Which is interesting timing as each year our city hosts “Be a tourist in your own hometown”, so think this year I need to study that list and get out and do some of the attractions. If nothing else, I need to commit to going to Butchart Gardens this year and seeing what everyone else loves about it.

Because I know I live in the most beautiful spot in the world, so I need to ensure that I am thoroughly enjoying the beauty of it.

What are your favourite things to do in your hometown? How long has it been since you have visited those spots.

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“Cool to Be Kind” by Val Litwin, Chris Bratseth, Brad Stokes, Catherine Ryan Hyde, Erik A Hanson

Cool to be Kind I met these four men back in probably 2003 or 2004 after they had been on this journey. I was thoroughly impressed and actually had them speak at a couple events I was involved with. There Extreme Kindness Tour was probably one of the first such tours, before they became trendy. The did some wonderful things on their three month adventure. Published 2004.

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Barbacoa Beef Bowls

Barbacoa Beef BowlsI saw this recipe and wondered what a barbacoa was… this recipe has a link to making the barbacoa beef and then adding it to the beef bowl for a great variety on what I would usually serve this beef with, which would be a stew. This looks great.

Recipe from Wanderlust Kitchen

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