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Vancouver’s Back Side

I'm privileged to live in one of the world's most beautiful cities and I try to take advantage of that. I spend much time roaming the streets, particularly on the west side of the city, walking my dog and smelling the flowers (the lilacs are insane this season). But when I'm done analyzing the new builds and admiring the Mazeratis parked on the residential tree-lined streets, I like to become an alley cat. — Read More —
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What to Watch on Netflix

A world of TV shows and movies and nothing to watch. Am I right? You've probably seen all the obvious choices - the Netflix originals, the new release, the big TV series that finally made it online. Now what? — Read More —
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The Year’s Top Headlines

2015 has had no shortage of spectacular news stories. As I look back on the year that was, there are a few headlines that stand out of events that may change the course of history. Not to be dramatic. These are the ones most worth remembering (even if we wish some of them never happened). — Read More —
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Worth Every Penny

I love getting a good deal and don't believe that paying more necessarily gets you more.  I buy drugstore skin creams and hair products; love my Zara jeans and Old Navy tank tops and swear by generic cleaning products. — Read More —
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Not Okay Computer – A Tale of Suspense

If I had to rescue three things from my burning building, what would they be? That's easy - my jewelry, for sentimental reasons not financial ones, and my two trusty companions: Ruby and my computer. — Read More —
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Buying and Selling a breez?

I donate things to charity, take things to local consignment stores and sell stuff on both Craigslist and eBay. I luuuv getting rid of stuff, and if I can make a buck or two to put towards a future purchase, so much the better. — Read More —
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Cooking With A Charcoal Grill (and other death defying activities)

There are certain things in life I avoid due to a fear of failure. And I don't mean big, death defying challenges like skydiving (check) or entering a rodeo (double check. Got the belt buckle to prove it), but rather small everyday things like cooking over a charcoal grill. — Read More —
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Flower School

I have few talents. I can play myself on TV, string anywhere from 2 to 1000 words together and maybe have them make sense and I can ski. (Skill or talent? Potato, pot-at-toe.) One thing I absolutely cannot do is arrange flowers. My soufflés are better than my bouquets. Basically, they both suck. — Read More —
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Life Simplified – A Shopping List

While I am a lover of beautiful things, I despise clutter. I would much rather pay through the nose for exactly the right thing, which gets used and cherished, than have several sub-standard stand-ins, none of which is quite right. I feel at peace when everything has it's purpose and I don't own any two items that replicate each other's use. — Read More —
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Seeking (Non) Parenting Advice

Children are funny little creatures. Between the ages of around four and six they are, in my eyes, hilarious, easy to fool and easy to impress. Once they pass about 8, things get much more complex. Especially if said children aren't your own. — Read More —