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Chapter 34: Cheese and berries!

Hey guys!

So the highlight of our week was by far the weekend! We grabbed some McDonalds and  met up with a big group of friends on Saturday morning, to go berry picking at a nearby farm! Honestly I had no idea what the itinerary was, or what we had really signed up for. We did so much! There were between 15-20 of us I think, so we all piled into cars and drove off an hour out of Montreal to the most picturesque farm you could ever see. It has been pretty rainy here this season, so the ground was saturated and super muddy. We rode this super old rusty cart thingy, like a hay bale ride but instead of bales, you're sitting on slightly rotten wooden benches. I was a bit worried we would break one since there were so many of us piled back there. Steven was sitting on my lap and that man has some sharp bones!

I LOVE BERRY PICKING. I go hard. I get inside the bushes, and find all the hide-y holes where most people don't think to go, so I ended up finding a lot of good stuff. We all had a blast and laughed so much while we ate. I mean picked. haha weird...

While we were nearing the end of our picking, the daughter of one of our friend's decided she and I were new bestfriends. She is so sweet, and took my hand to go find more berries for her little bucket. I am not entirely sure why we became friends, but I love it! Who knows with kids right? 

We took the tractor ride back from the field, and the bench I and two others were sitting on actually did break!!! It was so bad! The wood was rotted through, and the metal supports had rusted through, so really it was a matter of time. We felt awful though, because no one likes to be sitting on something while it breaks... dang..

After we bought the berries we picked (blueberries and raspberries) and we bought some strawberries because I could NOT resist. It was the first day they were being sold since it has been so rainy! They're really late this year, but let me tell you, the taste is well worth that wait!!! All the berries were incredible.

The couple who had the idea for this day trip treated us all to something called "Pet de Soeurs" Which is a classic French Canadian pastry. The name translates to "Nun's farts" what??? Yeup. Like Catholic nuns. farts. What the heck French Canadians! You constantly surprise and delight us. The pastry is like if you wanted to make cinnamon rolls, but had pie crust instead of bread. Which tastes as wonderful as you're thinking it will! They are sticky and flakey and sooooo delicious. It has been confirmed, nuns officially have the best farts (not that I ever doubted this of course) Thanks to Heidi! 

 

After berries we visited Fort Lennox. Parks are free right now for Canada 150, which was great! It was pretty cool, an old British army posting from 1812ish. We went up into the barracks and saw the officer's apartments, and stuff. My favourite part was the inspection, where an actor dressed as an officer came out and inspected the kids as new recruits. Then he demonstrated the firing of a riffle a few times, and actually fired it with blackpowder and stuff! The flames that shot out are so cool. 

Steven and a couple other people did the challenges around the park (spot two american soldiers hiding in the far tree line, load a cannon etc. ) and won a Shilling! He tricked Magnus by pretending to pull it out of his ear. To be honest, Magnus is too smart for that trick, but then his dad joined in and Magnus totally believed after that. It was kind of hilarious. Steven would put the coin back "in" and later pass the coin to Magnus' dad Mike. Mike would later pull the coin out of Magnus ear and blow his mind haha. He was like "how did you do this?? how did you make it stay there??" trying to put the coin back inside his ear hahah... classic

We visited an awesome cheese shop, and bought way too much cheese after we left Fort Lennox. We took our fruits, and cheese and bought baguettes and meat and made a picnic of it out by the river. It was truely lovely. Afterwards, we all felt the need to visit an icecream shop back in Montreal. We drove home (Devin stayed awake like a champ!) Our car was all pretty sleepy and fighting it bravely with different degrees of success. 

The icecream was incredible. I got rasberry icecream DIPPED IN ORANGE CHOCOLATE. It is my new favorite flavor combination. Good thing that shop is super far from our house haha. 

We went home shortly after this and practised a musical number we had been asked to preform at church. Its a french hymn called "Souviens-toi" and its really quite lovely. We have attached a recording for you if you wanna hear our nervous voices haha. Anyways it was a great weekend!! We had another picnic just with me, Steven, Amber, Devin and Pam today. It was the perfect temperature, and we just ate and then all lounged around under the trees talking and laughing. At one point point Pam said "Right now, there is literally no where I would rather be" and I think it was exactly what I was thinking. I will definetly cherish this weekend, it was one to remember for sure. 

 

Love,

Heather

Chapter 33: Our home and native land

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Firstly - as a heads up, our blog will be moving and the format will be changing in the next few weeks! We are starting to do more design and film freelance in our spare time, and are building out a website. We will be moving the blog over there so we aren't dealing with two different platforms and hosts and stuff. Anywayyyyss will keep you posted. sooo... I CHOPPED MY HAIR! Its been so hot and heavy, and I finally couldnt handle it. Ill probably go even shorter in the future, but I am LOVING it sofar :) I'm pretty impulsive when it comes to huge haircuts, and have done them myself a time or two. I just gotta do it before i loose my nerve! And after the fiasco with that hair salon here last time I was more comfortable doing it myself than if i had gone somewhere. Poor Steven was asleep and I woke him up to make sure the back was even. He was like "...what? wwhat? man this is alot to wake up to" hahah!

This week my department went out and did some laser tag after work one day. We had pizza and played some games and then went and shot each other for an hour and a half haha. I had never played laser tag before and it was a blast!! More fun than paintball because 1. you have unlimited shots 2. lots more hiding places 3. IT DOESNT HURT I was feeling pretty good about it by the last round, and afterwards looking at the scoreboard I was shocked to see I had ranked 4th out of 33! HOW. just how. haha, I brought home the scorecard because I suspected (correctly) that Steven would have reservations believing I had done so well.

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Steven did some filming for a wedding this weekend. He had a blast, and was super inspired by the couple. Apparently he teared up during the vows, because the groom said "Thank you for showing me the purest form of love I've ever experienced." swooooon! What a lucky lady is that bride! And I'm pretty lucky too to have a guy who tears up at stuff like that or gets the feels during the movie Little Women. (I was practically sobbing during that movie. Seriously watch it its amazing. I had nearly forgotten how much I loved it)

So last week we were too tired to write because Canada Day! Since it was Canada 150 we decided what better way to spend it than by driving down to Ottowa and spending it near parlament hill! It was a pretty crazy day, full of people and noise and RAIN, and we didnt get to bed until about 3am, but it was worth it!

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We spent the day eating delicious sandwiches, and having a picnic with the friends we had driven down with Janelle and Ben. There were characters everywhere, which makes sense because there were HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of people there! yeah.

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We saw the changing of the guards or something? I dunno what it was but it was very funny because Steven was so intent on taking these pictures, and i was intent on putting my poncho away in its tiny bag that we didn't notice the police had asked everyone to stand back about 5 meters from the guards in a semi-circle. Steven and I were the lone people right up close haha!

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Over where the stages were set up, the grass was so saturated with water from how wet it has been here that all the people walking on the lawns just churned it into super deep mud. We had set up our blankets a where we found some dry ground, but i still ended up with muddy chucks dang it.

We listened to music and wandered around. I got a tiny sunburn somehow. We were watching some threatening clouds roll in around 8pm, and I was marveling over how fast they were going! It was insane. They were looking pretty menacing too, but when they got to us and nothing happened, no rain or anything, the boys decided to go find a bathroom. not 5 minutes after they left, the heavens opened and suddenly we were under water. We scrambled to get our rain poncho's on (yes we had ponchos and they were the best money I've ever spent. shout out to Janelle for that stroke of genius) We got all our backpacks and camera gear in a pile and then we strategically tented ourselves in our ponchos so everything was under us. Like we were a two headed poncho chicken roosting on some very expensive camera eggs. We were there for at least half an hour until the rain slowed some, but the rain didn't stop for close to two hours we think. Steven and I ran off to find some hot chocolate and a beavers tale to feel better about the wet and the not having anything to do until fireworks. the fireworks were well worth the storm and the rain. We had an incredible spot thanks to Janelle and Ben! Ben went to the car early, for a catnap, and we eventually made our way over to him too. I LOVE FIREWORKS. They are such sparkly magic.

Anyways, that was our Canada fun, and then the rest of what we have been up to since!

Love,

Heather

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Chapter 32: I hopped off the plane at L.A.X With a dream and my cardigan

So Steven is going to be mostly writing this post, as his week was much more interesting than mine. Short recap of my week though: Steven left for a work trip to LA on Monday, and I suddenly had a ton of time on my hands! It was kind of awesome. I went shopping Monday after work and then walked around the city to get home rather than take metro, which was lovely. I listened to some great audiobooks, practised flute for the first time in a decade, had dinner with Mendenhalls on Tuesday and watched the Bachelorette haha, Wednesday I had team bonding drinks with work people, and Thursday I spent watching Moana while I painted. Its been a long time since I had the time to paint, and It was great to get back to my roots. Painting and watching a movie about a little girl who loves her island and the sea, it was a good reminder of the things that I love and where I come from. My new favourite song is "Shiny", it's really the most amazing thing. I spent my long weekend day Friday painting and watching like half a season of Friends haha! I pretty much wanted so many of their clothes, its funny how much of it is back in style. Could their clothes BE any cuter? Haha! anyways, I waited up and Steven got home around 12:30 am, and it was so good to see him again. His beard is HUGE! A week in the California sun seems to have made it spring up like a weed. Anyways, I had a ball on my own, (the house was so clean!!!) but I missed his shaggy kisses and funny stories. He gives me a lot of courage and confidence to try new things and I'm so glad he's back beside me. Heather

PS ("the audiobook I loved this week is called "100 year old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared" by Jonas Jonasson. Super funny and cute, like Forest Gump meets Dirk Gentlys wholistic detective agency. Read/listen to it)

This week was a pretty incredible week as it commemorated my very first business trip! As Heather said before, I was in LA for a business trip. I left Monday flying business class with Air Canada and I've gotta say, flying with leg room is a completely different experience! I mean, RLS is a thing of the past if you can stretch out while watching Parks and Recreation and eating salmon as your in flight meal. I can die happy knowing I've flown business class once.

I was down in California with my bosses, Andy and Mich, and my colleague Donnie. The purpose of the trip was to film a music video or two for Mich (his project is entitled Oh Mic! You can see some of the lyric videos I made for him here) and some lifestyle videos for Andy's brand. We've been looking at new gear for our production company for a while now so we decided to rent a bunch of it for the trip. We rented the Sony a7sii mirrorless camera which is amazing at shooting low-light photos and video (because we were going to be shooting in the evening/night time) along with a couple lenses and a stabilizing gimbal (which really came in handy).

We were shooting a video for Mich's song WTH? and for the video we had him driving around LA in a 1965 Blue Mustang. To get the shots we wanted I saddled up in the back of a jeep with the gimbal and filmed poking out of the trunk. So I'm filming from the trunk of a jeep carrying nearly $6000 worth of camera gear filming Mich in a vintage Mustang and funniest part was that it really didn't seem odd to anybody. Classic LA. I guess it's totally normal to see stuff like that in Hollywood hills. Stay tuned, the video is gonna be coming out shortly.

We filmed a bunch of other stuff during the week including part of a second music video, a boat and of course the beach. I love the ocean! We hit up Venice beach as well as Malibu beach. We met up with an awesome photographer named Jacob Fischer who joined us for our boat shoot as well as Malibu beach. On the way down to the beach there were a bunch of clouds that blew in so by the time we got to the beach it was completely overcast and the tide was right up to the cliffs. We had planned to film in the caves at the base of the cliffs but they were flooded but we decided to head down to see what we could find. Jacob took some drone footage of the cliffs which looked incredible so that alone made it worth while but as we were walking down to the beach we stumbled upon a marriage proposal. Just as we rounded the corner the guy was kneeling down and we just happened to have our cameras on hand so we snapped a bunch for them. He had a GoPro set up to capture the moment but he got lucky that a couple of pro photographers happened to stumble upon their special moment.

The waves were crashing so hard at the waterfront so we got some epic footage for Andy's stuff but as we were filming Donnie's sandals got swept off of the stairs and we spent a good 15 minutes searching for his sandals amongst the waves. He would have given up pretty quick but he found the first sandal so he was flooded with a moment of hope. Within a few moments we spotted the second sandal but it kept getting pulled out to where the rocks were. After a few minutes Donnie caught sight of it and made a break for it but when he reached it he realized it was a different sandal and it was roughly 5 sizes too small. He never found the second one but it was hilarious while we stood back and watched.

All in all, it was an awesome adventure and I'm really looking forward to editing the

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Till next week, Steven

Oh! Yesterday we bought a house plant and a basil plant and the basil plant is GORGEOUS!!!!! It's BAE day!