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New Toys

New Toys
It’s time to nerd out with some new toys. I picked up a Kobo Touch e-reader from Chapters and a Samsung Galaxy Nexus cellphone from Wind Mobile. I’m really impressed with both.

The Kobo is my first e-reader. I decided on the Kobo over the Kindle because it supports library e-books. The e-ink is easy screen is easy to read and the battery life is awesome. I thought about getting a colour one, but it felt like a cheap iPad, and Emily already has the real deal.

I needed a new cellphone – the screen on my old phone would routinely stop responding, making it impossible to use. So I decided to upgrade to the fanciest phone on the market. It’s a little too much for what I need, but I hope it will last a few years. Since it’s a Google branded phone, I’ll get the latest OS upgrades. And the Android 4.0 operating system has some nifty features – like the data monitor and voice commands. Plus it has a good camera, which I’ve already taken advantage of.
Vancouver food carts on a sunny day Trout Lake Farmers Market Farmers Market and Tool Depot bike trip

Our Perfect Wedding

Rocky Mountain Bride & Groom
The toughest question for any recently engaged couple is Who do we invite to our wedding? When Emily and I decided to get married last fall (it was a mutual decision, sorry no YouTube engagement video), we knew we didn’t want a huge wedding (with the logistics of guests spread out all over North America) and we didn’t want to elope (stress-free but not much of a celebration). We wanted a small wedding, and that didn’t mean under 100 people.

Our perfect wedding was an intimate weekend with 18 guests in the Rocky Mountains, complete with snowshoeing, board games, and hot springs. Because we kept it small, it was relatively stress-free to plan and we had more time to spend with our family and friends. One of the main reason we decided to get married was to give our families an opportunity to spend time with each other. Emily and I dated for over 5 years, but before the wedding our parents had never met each other.

After the wedding, we had a bigger party in Vancouver to celebrate with our friends. We also made promises to our extended families that we would visit Toronto this summer and Winnipeg for Christmas. I know my aunts have been saving up embarrassing stories of me, and I feel bad for denying them the opportunity to share them at my wedding.

Weekend in Banff
Wedding Guests go Snowshoeing
We chose Banff as our wedding destination because it has great natural beauty, it was somewhere Emily and I wanted to visit anyway, and it is relatively easy to get to – or so we thought. Emily and I almost didn’t make it because of the ongoing labour dispute at Air Canada. We woke up on Saturday morning, and were about to leave for the airport when we found out our flight was cancelled. The situation was nerve-racking and comical, and everything worked out in the end. We had to shuffle the car rentals around, and rush to pick up our marriage license, but we arrived in Banff 4 hours late to find our families hanging out in the condo, drinking wine, and getting along splendidly. Any anxiety we had about them not getting along was quickly dispelled.

The wedding wasn’t until Monday afternoon, so we had a few days to spend with our friends and family before. We booked two multi-bedroom condos at the Inns of Banff, so we had a large living room to hang out in and a kitchen to cook meals in. The Moms cooked two fabulous dinners for us – no small feat considering how many vegans, celiacs, and food sensitivities there were in our small group.
Visiting at Condo

We spent most of Sunday ice walking and snowshoeing in the Banff National Park. In the morning, we hiked up the frozen Johnston Canyon. Then after a hearty lunch in Lake Louise, we snowshoed the Lakeshore trail. The two hikes were reasonably flat, but still a light workout. Not everyone made it for both, but I think most people enjoyed themselves. I was happy to get out into the fresh air and introduce snowshoeing to some of our city slicker friends from Toronto and New York.
Lake Louise Snowshoers jump for joy
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Wordle of Common Search Terms

Search Term Wordle
A wordle of the common search terms used to find posts on this blog. It’s always interesting to see what people are reading on your blog. In my case:

  • Anni Friesinger drives the majority of my search traffic to this post.
  • My Vancouver hiking and snowshoeing posts are popular resources (full list here).
  • Searches on vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free eating go to posts like this or that.
  • There’s a lot of interest about housing at the Olympic Village going to this post.
  • Searches for cycling and bikes often end up here.

Nerdgasm

A Song of Ice and Fire
The TV series is good, but the books are even better. It’s difficult to describe what makes this series so amazing – but I like how the characters grow, evolve, and the suddenly die. George R. R. Martin has no problem killing off main characters, which was alarming at first, but as a reader it does keep things interesting. I just started book 4 – A Feast for Crows. If you’re looking for other good fantasy or science fiction books, check out this handy flowchart of NPR’s Top 100 list.

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
This game looks awesome! It comes out on 11/11/11. I’ve already pre-ordered my copy and am prepping for 3 days of non-stop dragon-slaying action on the November long weekend. I haven’t been this excited about a video game since Mass Effect.

Quantum Levitation
Hot damn that’s cool.