La Ronde

Chapter 20: Potato Donuts, Pirates and Pervy Mustache's

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These last couple of weeks have been packed! First off, I shave my face and like most men who haven't shaved in a long time, I tried several styles before cutting it all off. I mean, when else do I get to have a moustache and not feel like a perv. Below are the many looks of Steven's facial hair. Let us know which is your favourite facial hairs. What do you think of the mustache? Heather says no but I say, one day.. But honestly, it is so cold when I go outside. New goal: don't shave for the rest of the winter. After shaving Heather cut my hair and she did a great job! She was so worried about it but she was so quick and it looked so good! She's got such a good eye for visual arts so I wasn't worried. Apparently, I was pretty fidgety at the beginning but she gave me an iPad and Netflix and I was as subdued as a pacified kitten.

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At work we just launched a big video marketing campaign for one of our subsidiarity companies named Outro where we're going to be releasing one video a day for the month of February. Outro is a new online music collaboration software which enables musicians to collaborate across the globe. It's been so much fun doing this campaign because I've been able to meet some amazing musicians, producers and performers and have been shooting both at Outro HQ and other studios and locations around the city. I don't think I have been in this many studios even when I was playing music full-time. If you want to watch the videos you can check them out on the Outro Facebook page.

Ethan in visiting!!! He arrived Monday and has been travelling around to Quebec City and all over Montreal but it's been such a blast having him here! Yesterday we went to Fete Des Neige which is Montreal's winter festival with Amber and Devin. One of the highlights was the potato donuts. I know they don't sound incredibly appealing at first but they are fluffy and fried and delicious! We had them when we were at La Ronde, the Six Flags amusement park, back in October and they were to die for! Every time we go somewhere with food trucks we always talk about these potato donuts so when we arrived it only took a few moments to find/smell the truck on the other side of the park. We got a dozen to split between Ethan, Heather and myself and that was too many potato donuts.. #worthit.

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Fete Des Neige was so much fun! They had so many different activities like life-sized foosball, ball hockey and an ice skating path through a forest-like area. I really wanted to do the skating but we don't have any skates. One of my highlights though was a sport called dodge bow which is literally dodge ball but with bows and arrows! If you ever get a chance to play I highly recommend it. You wear ski masks and shoot each other with foam-tipped arrows. They also had a pirate ship made of ice and instead of planks they had ice slides! That was Heather's favourite. She could have ridden those slides for hours and not get cold. I had a chance to share my inner Captain Hook at the helm of the ship shouting things like, "Shmee!" and "Dirty Bilgerat! Good times.

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Today we watched the Super Bowl for the very first time ever! It involved an excessive amount of junk food and veggies and hummus (I brought the hummus. It's my mother coming out in me). We were rooting for the Falcons. They lost but we were honestly only watching it for the Lady Ga Ga performance during the half-time show. If you haven't watched it, go watch it. She's fabulous!

In other news, it's Heather's birthday!!!!! HEATHER IS OFFICIALLY A QUARTER OF A CENTURY OLD!!! It's always a treat to treat her especially cause she's so hard to surprise so it's so satisfying when I can pull it off. She's so pretty. Isn't she so pretty. She's my wife :) and I love her.

Till next week,

-Steven

Chapter 10: Why did the chicken climb the wall?

So this week was an awesome week! (I say as I am trying to remember what we did...) We got back in the climbing gym for the first time in two months, and Steven couldn't be happier. I'll admit to dragging my feet a little.. or a lot... because I knew how rough going back might be. Turns out I was being pessimistic. It wasn't as painful as I anticipated, my hands aren't torn up, and neither are my muscles! (much) The gym we frequent is called "Allez-Up" and it has these giant 125ft. old wheat silos outside that during the summer you can climb. For some context, a standard wall size is anywhere from 30-50 ft., so 125 ft. is way beyond anything we have climbed. We missed the season that they're open, but Steven is itching to go next year. We live nearby so we bike to and from the gym. This is not my favourite.

15007687_10154047135236824_1213739884_oSomething about Steven. He has been dying to get back to climbing for WEEKS. We were going regularly in Vancouver, but what with wedding planning and moving we couldn't find the time. He has missed it tremendously and talked about it often. I on the other hand, will never love it like he does. It is fun, I enjoy it, but when I don't climb I sometimes forget about it. But because I love Steven, I am trying to rediscover a love or sometimes even a liking for it. It's all in my head though, because often when I don't want to go I still end up having a great time. I feel like I often hear "true love is taking someone as they are, and not asking them to change." I couldn't disagree more. I think the best kind of love pushes you to be more, to do more, to learn to love better. I love that being with Steven pushes me to do things I'm afraid of. I constantly feel that I am running to keep up with him. Sometimes I physically AM running to keep up.. especially when I am in heels. Man he has a long stride! But most often I find myself trying to keep up with how much love he shows me. I really am so incredibly well loved. He is the most selfless man, who doesn't hold the fact he does 95% of the cooking in our house over my head. He is always taking care of me. Making sure I'm eating properly, he packs me lunch and takes off my glasses when I am too tired to do it myself. Anyways, what I am trying to say is sometimes (all the time) I don't want to go climbing. But I love Steven, and Steven loves to climb. So now I will re-learn how to love climbing. For love.

14959119_10154047134856824_1550147630_oimg_1591You know what we both love?? ROLLER COASTERS. and the Mendenhalls. (super natural segway, I know!) We went to La Ronde with our besties Amber and Devin Mendenhall, the 6 flags park here in Montreal for the last day it was open this season! It was a blast. We still have not ridden all the roller coasters!! We keep thinking we have, and then we discover a new one we didn't realize was there before! The new favourite from this trip was one where the car goes backwards over the track, so that you are looking where you have come from, not where you are going! so you're basically in an old station wagon. but faster. and green. or maybe station wagons are green? I'm really too young to make that comparison but it's out there now so... deal. It was our last ride of the day, and at the end of it Steven and Amber got off and were so jazzed, loving life, and Heather and Devin stumbled off the ride clutching their spouses arm for support... haha it was worth it though, and I will totally do it again!

So there you have the highlights of this week. In other news we made some amazing french onion soup, made a new friend Paul, also Heather had another review at work and there was nothing but praise! All in all a successful week.

love,

Heather

 

Chapter 7: A Purple Wizard Day

Another week has passed in MTL and it was not void adventures. Thanksgiving Monday we finally got a couch for our little apartment and for the first time it started to feel like home. We love it! It's getting to the point where we've got a place for nearly everything and we're no longer living out of boxes. Well, almost. We still don't have dressers or a bed yet so anything without a home ends up in the bedroom. The couch is from a store here called Wazo, they have been incredible, and we are so happy to have been able to get something that will always be a part of montreal in our home (rather than ikea haha) After cleaning and getting the couch set up, we had our friends Amber and Devin Mendenhall over for thanksgiving dinner with Costco chicken pot pie and pumpkin pie (not Costco); it was a pie day. purple-wizardWith Heather's new bike I've been working to learn more about bicycle maintenance so I can take care of them. But through the process I've realized that I didn't have nearly any of the tools I need. On the way out to pay for our couch, which happened to be a half hour bike ride off the main island of Montreal, I got a flat tire. At this point I was more than halfway there and it just made sense to go the rest of the way. So I walked, with my bike. By the time I made it to the store it was 8:45pm. I bought the couch and walked over an hour home. I hadn't eaten dinner yet and got home around 10pm grumpy and tired and then I remembered that just earlier that day I had bought ice cream. The evening's events definitely warranted some ice cream so I pulled it out of the freezer, cracked open the lid and Heather instantly said, "What is that chemical grape smell?" The name of the ice cream? Purple Wizard. It tasted nearly as good as it sounds. So, tired, hungry and ashamed about my terrible ice cream purchase, I sat there and ate my Purple Wizard. That ice cream has now become the branded as a synonym for a bad day; a Purple Wizard day. But it was all worth it when we finally got the couch. One of the members of the ward let us use his truck to pick it up and we love it! On Tuesday, I went and picked up all the bike tools we needed to change my flat tire and to do minor repairs to our bikes so we're on our way to being bonafide bike owners.

This Saturday we rode our bikes out to the local Six Flags amusement park La Ronde for their Fright Fest. We bought season passes for 2017 and with that we got free passes for the rest of 2016 and upgraded to Gold memberships! We really don't know what that means but we get free parking :D which is also useless cause we have no car but whatever! It cost us less to buy season passes that a one day admission so we're stoked! We rode all the best rollercoasters in the park and Heather got creeped out by one of the local zombies. I snuck my GoPro the Ednör rollercoaster; it's really dark so you can't see much at all but you can hear us screaming in blissful delight. You can also hear the exact point Heather starts feeling sick cause she stops screaming.

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All in all, this week has really been a week of gratitude. We've had some struggles but we're reminded of how many things worked so perfect for us to be here; from Heather's work paying for our flights out here, to our friends Gizelle, Joanna and Gaetan giving us a place to stay when we first arrived here, finding a beautiful apartment in an incredible area of the city so quickly and all of our things being safely delivered by the moving company and all the support of our loved ones in this new adventure of our lives. We may not know what the future holds but we're confident we are where we need to be at this point in our lives.

Until next week, Steven