Chapter 26: Butterflies Go Free!

So this week is supposed to be Steven's week, but I have him working on something more important. You get me! Unfortunately I don't have a ton to say about this week. I've mainly been working a lot of over time!

I came home super hungry Thursday night, and Steven had some mac and cheese on the stove. I don't know the last time I had that stuff, so I was pretty excited, until he said it wasn't done, he was trying something he had seen online...

Instant scepticism.

This was what he was attempting: craft dinner, and cheddar cheese waffles. Sounds intriguing right? Well DON'T LET IT LIE TO YOU. This was vicious trap. drawing us in with promises of golden crispy cheese. We were powerless, and It made such fools out of us. The cheese instantly bonded with the waffle maker, and became near impossible to remove. When we opened the waffle maker, instead of a waffle, we had two half waffles, glued - nay - cemented to the waffle iron. We felt hunger and shame as we chipped it off, and will be more wary of food that sounds too good to be true in future...

Well that was the low part of our week, but this is definitely the high point: BUTTERFLIES GO FREE!

We went to the botanical gardens with Amber and Devin Saturday morning to go see the butterflies in one part of the greenhouses. It was just on a whim, and even though I was working that afternoon we were somehow able to squeeze it in last minute. I was determined to see those butterflies! We didn't get to stay as long as I would have liked though. I would have happily stayed all day long. We spent way too long in the other parts of the green house before we finally found the butterfly green house. Its a two story building with plants around the walls and a courtyard in the centre. As we walked through the doors my jaw literally dropped open. The air was thick with all different types and colours of butterflies! Tiny black and green ones, ones with wings that beat 4 times faster than others, massive brown ones, white ones, golden monarchs, and azure blue ones. Amber and I were in such heaven. I didn't think I would be quite as excited as I was, and when we had butterflies landing on us of their own will, we pretty much had gone to heaven. We think the key to it for next time is wear red, orange or hot pink (the colour of flowers) and cover yourself in fruit juice. We will be irresistible to those beauties! Muahaha...

Eventually I pulled myself away to get to back to work, but I definitely feel like I need to go back!

https://youtu.be/m4BRFGsUkX0

Today after church Steven saw a recipe for home made fried chicken in a cast iron pan, and decided he had to try it. Luckily we had vegetable shortening for some unknown reason, and he went to town. It was crispy and delicious! As we were eating it he kept saying "Wow! This is great!" I'm like: "Yes sweetie it is, you did a great job." "I know! I'm so surprised and impressed with myself!" haha silly guy

We decided to make cookies after dinner, but had no chocolate chips. We had no oatmeal, no coconut, and no nuts. So... We now have raisin spice cookies. They were really yummy, but they might have been yummier than they deserved credit for. We have been off refined sugar all week. Mostly we just felt really bloated and nasty and wanted a bit of a detox. A month was the original goal, but one week nearly killed us. Maybe one week is doable, if we get cheat days. Maybe we can have sugar on weekdays, or if it is in something we have made ourselves? I'm not sure. We will see how we feel tomorrow.

love,

Heather (and Steven. The video is his contribution!)

Chapter 25: "My heart is beeping!"

The big news this week is probably the giant blizzard! For some time we had no snow at all and I was gloating. A lot. Thinking we were maybe getting into springtime... Silly me. I should have known better that's for sure. Steven warned me about the snow we were expecting, but as I left for work  there was no snow falling, no snow at all. I thought maybe the weather man had been wrong! I work in sort of a cave at work, because everything I do is so colour and light sensitive we work in a very dark room with no windows at all, I had no idea it was snowing, and snowing HARD. literally, the snow was going sideways. actually horizontal. Steven wisely chose to come home around 2 pm because He was starting to think he might not be able to get home if he waited much longer - the visibility was so bad. By the time I left work, we had almost a foot of snow, and the next day when it finally stopped snowing, we were left with probably more than 2 feet of perfect, fluffy, snow. I felt like we were living in a ski village on a ski hill somewhere! The cars parked on the road were completely buried in snow, like giant street marshmallows haha. Because of this blusteriest of weather, we felt like it called for a hearty soup. It was so perfect!

So Steven posted about my terrible disappointing no good haircut last week. Well this week I faced my fears and went back, to show the owner the terrible haircut. It was so traumatic and stressful going back that Steven decided I needed a pick me up. so... Kittens! We visited Le Café Chat L'heureux. Its pretty much heaven!! We got soup and cheesecake to share, and played with the three kittens and 8 cats who live in the cafe. We were pretty much in heaven!

Friday night, we started our search for the best fried chicken in Montreal. The place we went to was pretty hole in the wall greasy spoon eating, but the food was really good. Just exactly what we were hoping for in our chicken and fries. On our way back to Amber and Devin's after dinner, we stopped at McDonald's for some St. Patty's day treats! Everyone kept pointing at our McFlurries cups and wishing us a happy St. Patrick's day after that, we aren't sure why McFlurries have that effect on people haha. Is it a traditional St. Patrick's day treat now or something?? To really get in the St. Patrick's day mood, we watched some Irish dancing (yay!) and then a movie called "Brooklyn" about immigrants from Ireland to Brooklyn. All in all a festive day we think! I guess the fried chicken might not have been the most festive meal, but... no regrets here!

I was working all day Saturday, but Steven had lots to do! He spent the morning at a friends house, and did a bunch of chores at home. When I finally got home at about 7 pm, he was really wanting to make pizza. He found a pizza dough recipe, and started throwing it all together really confidently while I was cleaning up before our friends came over for a games night. I walked into the kitchen to see him kneading the dough, and took one look at it and said "Hmm. That might be looking a little dry huh?" He was like "I don't know.. Is it not supposed to look like this?" So long story short, Steven spent the next 45 minutes trying to kneed more water back into this rock of dough. Finally it was ready and we put it aside to rise. The pizza turned out great somehow! We made yummy pizza and played a bunch of games with some friends. All in all a really nice evening! We Definitely want to do more of those, and all this snow makes it hard to do anything outside... so we don't have a lot of choice in the matter anyways haha!

Anyways, This week flew by, and now that the show I'm working on is just about finished, time seems to be speeding up.

love, Heather

ps. One of our friends kids said the cutest thing today. He was running, and felt out of breath afterwards and said "My heart is beeping!" and when his mom said hers was too, he said "Oh good! That means you're letting someone in." Cutest. Thing. Ever.

Chapter 24: Where NOT To Get Your Hair Cut in Montreal

Hey guys, apologies for the absence the past week. It's been a very full/emotional couple of weeks. I'm gonna start with a rant; last Saturday, Heather went to get her haircut at a salon in town called Fanny O and got the worst haircut of her life. Her and Amber went to the salon for an 11:30am appointment and her stylist didn't even arrive for an hour and a half. She was supposed to be at work between 1 and 2pm and she told them when she arrived and they assured her that it wouldn't be much longer. The only reason she stuck around was because Amber was there and was already being helped. At about 1:30pm she was finally helped and she brought reference photos and asked to have a little off the front and a lot of texture in the back. The appointment didn't finish until 3pm and she was devastated when she realized her haircut looked like a 1980's shag; lots of layers in the front and a little off the back. She called me in tears and I was livid. I begged her to come home and call in a sick day but her lead was panicking cause she wasn't able to get ahold of her and they're in the final days of production so she went to work regardless.

I was fuming. I couldn't believe how mad I was about the whole situation. I went into this protective mode where I would not let this slide. I called the salon and demanded to speak to the owner and when they told me she wasn't in on the weekend I began drafting a formal complaint for the appalling service she had received. Since then I've spoken to the owner and we're waiting to receive a full refund for the atrocious service. If you're in Montreal and are looking for a salon, DO NOT go to Fanny O!

Rant over.

This week has been really validating for me at work. We've been working on a really large project and I've been receiving a massive amount of positive feedback and praise for my work. I can't say much on it but it's just been a huge blessing finding this job so quickly after moving to Montreal especially the fact that I don't need to speak French. Heather and I decided to celebrate with cha siu baos(I think the spelling correct, Google says it's correct, I think) and other tasty Chinese treats. And to top it all off, we saw Logan this week and it was AMAZING!!! No spoilers but if you haven't seen it you should see it!

Tonight Heather and I got to prepare a lesson for a Standards Night for the youth in the church here. We got to speak on friends and dating(ooooooooo). It was a lot of fun. This is the first time Heather and I have taught a lesson together and it didn't turn out half bad. We started by bribing the children with chocolate to participate, which is always a great idea, and then compared choosing your friends to choosing a good chocolate bar. Not really, but we talked about how we develop tastes and preferences throughout life and we need to know what they are when choosing friends. We also told the kids that they shouldn't even consider marrying someone until you've had a really good fight with them. When my mom asked me how I knew I wanted to marry Heather I told her, "we know how to fight."

One of the highlights of the lesson was a comparison chart of infatuation vs. love. Let us know what you think.

Infatuation

Love

  1. Worry and suspicion
  2. Rushed - someone might steal them away
  3. Always wanting to be alone together
  4. The physical desire to be together is a priority.
  1. Trust
  2. Calm - No hurry
  3. Able to enjoy group/family activities
  4. Friends first, sweethearts second

It's also gotten really cold here again. I was bragging the other day about how there was no more snow and then it dropped to -20 c. Let's hope if doesn't get colder(knock on wood). Till next week,

- Steven