Saturday, December 29, 2007

Girls' Night Out

Four of the girls from our regular group stayed here for Christmas, so we decided to have a girls' night out. Marie-Helene, Melanie, Jennifer & I went to a local nightclub for a evening of fun.

Melanie dancing Like a Prayer...

Tequila shots, served by one of Jennifer's students. That's one of the problems we have with going out here. There's too much risk of running into students. We have to go out in the off-season for that reason.

I had 7 martinis, which is more alcohol than I've had in the last 19 years put together. Fortunately, I didn't feel any ill effects.

Melanie was recreating an accident involving a young girl in 4 inch heels.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas 2007, part 2

That's Molly's new toy, a plaid beaver from John's friend Hanna. Those are John's Yorkshire puddings on the right.

Our Christmas dinner.

The leftovers from the present opening.

Why is my kitchen always a mess?!

Christmas 2007, part 1

Thank you to everyone for the wonderful gifts. We love everything. Here are some pictures of us opening our gifts. We didn't have an actual tree this year, so the little gold one stood in. In case you are wondering about the picture of me, I have a cut on my thumb, and I stubbed it opening the box. And the green silicon cups John is modelling are actually egg poachers!

Lazy Poodle

Molly has been pretty tired lately, if you judge by these photos! We took her for a walk in the coulees today, which is her favourite thing. She had a great time, running in circles, and running between John & I. It was her Christmas present. We hadn't been into the coulees since before my accident in September. We were a bit sad to see that they are developing the area that used to be a great nature walk though. Hopefully we'll still be able to get into the coulees despite the new housing.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Truffle Heaven Party

Today some friends came over for the first annual Truffle Heaven truffle making party. It was great! We made chocolate peanut butter truffles, chocolate caramel truffles, and plain chocolate truffles. We also made caramel chocolate truffle cookies, which may be my favourite of all the things we made.

For lunch I served chocolate chunk scones, plain & pepper biscuits, a cheese tray, savoury bread pudding with goat cheese, and mushroom cheesecake. I really liked the goat cheese bread pudding. There was enough left over for John & I to have for dinner as well, so no cooking was involved thankfully. We were out last night and didn't get to bed until 2am, and I was up at 5:15 to get ready for the party. It's only 8pm now, and I think I'm going to have to go to bed shortly.

Here are some pictures from the truffle making. We know such an amazing group of people here. Everyone is so wonderful. The party attendees were Jennifer, Carly, Melanie, Marie Helene, and Michelle. We're all going to go out dancing over the holidays as well, which should be an amazing amount of fun!