Canada 150

There is a great deal to be said about the celebration of the formation of a country. Especially in the times we find ourselves, it’s the true luck of the draw to be Canadian. As I was barely out of the hospital last year not only was it exciting to celebrate 150 years of Canada but that of being still here to do so.

The day brought cheer to my spirit as I pulled out my red and white ensemble. Cleaning my white sneakers and pinning my hair up, I felt the corners of my mouth tilt up in excitement. On to the adventure…

Upon arrival the sweltering heat struck us. We made our stride into the festivities and the crowds seemed to gather and gather. Upon request we made our way to Prospera place to find a point of solace and an atm. I was pleasantly surprised as we made our way into the arena, it had an amazing celebration of culture set up. Tables containing Italian, German, Ukrainian, Hungarian and other set ups of food if there wasn’t so much people I would have stood in line for a tastes of each. From online places I later found out it was also the spot they kept and cut the 150 cake.

On the collection of food trucks outside we spy upon my most favorite delights. The kryptonite that reminded me of so much of home games at the Saddledome and hot afternoons at Stampede aka the mini donuts! A bucket between us we soldiered on into the tents set up in the surrounding area. As a testament to the heat we experience my once ice cold soda had gone from Luke warm to almost tea sipping temperature in its can.

As the heat beat down and the afternoon set in a walk along the sparkling water brought the day into conclusion. The crowds filled every nook and cranny of the downtown area, it was time to return home to the calm silence and the other half of my lasagna.


Reflection: 365 Days Later


It is not the experience but instead the drive for change that turns miniature successes into achievable contentment (in life, self and our own personal version of the human experience.)

In my short time on this earth, I have had many experiences both positive and negative. No experience, however, can compare to that of opening your eyes to the bright stark white lights of a hospital room, family around me, tears streaming from all.

Today marks the anniversary of the day I could have lost my life, one year ago.

The astounding changes that have come to form my new life are nothing short of unbelievable.

Through the tremendous support of my close family, my amazing team of doctors and more recently the newly formed friendships of some awe-inspiring individuals.

I by no means think I am any life expert or think my growing is done but I would like to share some of the lessons I have learned throughout these past 365 days.

The Importance of being comfortable alone
As I was in a substantial long-term relationship from a young age I’d never experience being without a teammate and although I wouldn’t say it’s always fun, I’ve enjoyed my past year as a free agent. It is very hard to build yourself when you’re building a relationship. It’s one of the best lessons I’ve learned and I now quite enjoy my time to myself.

Loving YOURSELF really must come first.
I know I pretty much outlined this in the paragraph above but there is much to be said for this statement. It took me 24.5 years to learn it but I can truly say that although I always have my list of self-improvements to do, I love my weird crazy self immensely.

Be your own cheerleader
Make choices that you are proud of, this gives you license to share. There is no shame in telling others how you can contribute to their lives or how you are improving your own.

The relationships you take for granted are, the most important.
Parents, children, friends, doctors, heck the barista who makes your coffee each morning these are the constants in our life that we very rarely take the time to thank or acknowledge.

In your most vulnerable time, you will know who has really has your back.
This is pretty self-explanatory, when my life and health completely fell apart I found out who cared and who only cared when it suited them best. I think everyone eventually learns this, hopefully not all after a coma.

Someone who takes all your power: does not love you.
Whether it is a family member, boss, friend or your main relationship if someone is making you feel weak, trapped, lost and alone they are toxic. I know it can seem impossible to break free of these types, especially when you surround yourself with them, know that you can break free. When you do, consider getting help. These relationships can bring us down to our darkest points, leaving us with a defeated attitude, low self-esteem and a sense of loss. It’s definitely hard to cleanse our lives of toxicity but it leaves more time to build up our other relationships and ourselves.

I was in pain for two days before I went to the hospital and I almost waited another day which would have for sure killed me. Sassy is cute but stubborn can be deadly.

Overall this experience actually changed my life for the better. I can say I am happier, healthier and calmer than I’ve ever been. I am a strong confident young woman and I am eager to continue to experience all life has to offer me.

Tasty Tuesday: Wasabi 

The sun cast its warm glow onto me as I stepped quickly off the grumbling bus into the heart of Kelowna. I referred to my maps as I stepped onward, tummy grumbling in anticipation. 

I smiled to myself as the green store front met my sightline. In such stark green contrast, Wasabi called out to the potential curiosity of passers by.

“So excited” I thought as I pushed open the door and was greeted by a very friendly young lady who showed me to my seat.

Excitedly I await my fellow diner, peering at the menu weighing all options available. 

As we settle in and place our orders, a giant grin sat on my face. It was a beautiful sunny day and I was about to have my very first ramen from a restaurant.

As the giant steaming bowl was carried toward me I could feel my eyes widen, it was perfect looking. “Gotta take a picture” I remarked fumbling throughout my purse. 

After capturing its mastery I grabbed my chopsticks and began.

Holy man. How had I never tried this before?

It was amazing! The noodles a perfect balanced texture complimenting the prawn wontons, prawns, pork chashu and refreshing spinach, cabbage. The best part? Oodles of green onion! 

Amazing. Just amazing.

Such a simple yet satisfying dish, truly a wonder worth experiencing.

#WomensDay Dinner


The pitter patter of anticipation filled my nerves with little shots of excitement as the elevator climbed each floor.

Balloon bunches strewn across the front doors and room as I stepped through. Smiles filled the air. It was international women’s day and we were here to celebrate.

The Kelowna Women’s Shelter hosted this fabulous event filled with fantastic food stations by chefs from all over the Okanagan.

Now to the food, I’m now wishing I snapped pics as it was both beautifully created & supremely delicious.

First there was this amazing fresh fish tuna sushi portions on a stick… amazing!

Then there were these tiny delectable  cream-ball style pastry bits that were filled with smooth flavorsome cream cheese.

Next to them toasted baguette slices topped with another amazing cream cheese, so good.

Across from that savory chilli like artichokes on a stick mmm they were amazing!

Paired with mini slices of veggie wraps done appy style. Very refreshing.

For the dessert option there was these amazing deconstructed mini lemon meringue pie, zesty & sweet.

Last but not least my most favorite dish of all the farm sausages with cooked spiced organic tomatoes on pastry.
Omg so fantastic!

The speaker Rhonda Victoor was both  stunning and insightful.
Filling in for the poor broken legged Crystal Flaman last minute.


As the evening drew to an end we were given purple bags filled with many wondrous and unique gifts.

A great night for a fantastic cause with fabulous company!

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