2016 in Review

Another year gone, and it's time for my annual blog post!

I've made many wonderful memories this year, including this trip to Sparkling Hill with Megan...

...finally climbing the Chief...

...and making out with my boo all around New York.

In the summer, I caught the Pokemon craze and enjoyed many long walks with Derry.

But we took time to do non-electronic things too - like the time we cycled 34 km in one day!

We went on a fantastic trip with our friends to Half Moon Bay as well.

We added a new family member with Macho, our feisty little gerbil who proceeded to nom on his foot in the first week he was adopted so that we would take him on our family trip to Salt Spring Island.

Derry loved the little guy, but he also loved spending some alone time with his humans.

In October, we went on a road trip to Whistler for Woof Weekend. We spent the entire weekend catering to Derry and his friends, including a gala dinner in which the dogs were served their meals alongside the humans.

A month later, Derry passed away, leaving a hole in my heart. In his memory, I got my first tattoo.

We realized we had room in our home and hearts for a new love, and adopted our sweet girl Aurora. Despite our great loss, we know Derry is watching over us from heaven, and we are looking onward to 2017 and making new memories.

2015 in Review

Happy New Year! Looking back on 2015, I think it's safe to say this year was one that went to the dogs. Late in 2014 I started an instagram for Derry, and have since built up the page to over 10,000 followers. The best part however was meeting the great people behind the instagram community, and Derry has gained tons of new two-legged and four-legged friends (okay, so it's also a great excuse for me to play with other people's dogs). With some of our new friends, we participated in fundraising for the BC SPCA Paws for a Cause in September, and our team raised just over $6,000!

Mike and I started online studies toward obtaining our MBAs, which of course meant that I felt it was an appropriate time to pick up a dozen hobbies. For instance, I learned to knit, I made a mug, I participated in some painting, I did a mini photo project, and I bought a bike.

In June, Mike and I went to Japan and explored Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto, where we had tons of great food. We took Japanese lessons earlier in the year, but it's pretty safe to say I have forgotten most of it (sorry, sensei!). I won't forget the great memories though, like visiting a bunny cafe, dressing up as a maiko, and hiking to the Monkey Park Iwatayama. In the summer, we also went on a few small side trips to Leavenworth with the Crew, a beautiful log cabin near Merritt, and I went on a girl's weekend trip to Kelowna with Megan.

As a joint Christmas present to ourselves, we started sponsoring a kid through World Vision. Her name is Leyli, and she is my motivation toward learning more Spanish through Duolingo.

Over Christmas, we visited Mike's mom, who moved to Kelowna, and it was a great time with family. We can't wait to see what 2016 has in store!

Stayin' Warm this Winter

I recently learned to knit, so Derry's getting all sorts of goodies to keep his neck fat warm! It also makes for some super fun Friday nights.

I mean, it's study season... I had to find some new hobby to distract myself with.

Derry was very unimpressed with my measurement techniques.

Finally, another wedding!

I love engagements. Primarily because I now have an excuse to buy a gorgeous new dress, but also because of true love, celebrating with family and friends, and all that. Congrats to Damien and Ani for finally putting a bling on that finger!