Pitatayo is me! That's how I pronounced my first and last name when I was really little and learning to talk. This blog is about me, my life, my experiences and other things I want to write about.

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Tuesday, November 30

Tired Little Doggy

Lucy and Kayla
Originally uploaded by Patricia102696.
I went for a walk this morning and took Bailey with me. I think I tired her out because she's been sleeping since we got home. It was only a 30 minute walk. But she is 8 years old.

This is a great place for dogs! My younger sister's dog, Kayla, would love it. She's the one one laying down. She's a cold weather dog with lots of fur and loves the snow. My older sister's dog, Lucy, would love it too but not so much in the winter when it's cold. She has short hair and gets cold right away. She's the one standing up. They are both really cute dogs.

Anyway, there are a ton of outdoor activities all year long that people could do with their dogs, like hiking and camping. And for dogs that like to swim there a lot of lakes and rivers. If we lived here, I'd definitely get a dog.

Sunday, November 28

I Won, I Won!

I won a bottle of wine at a Christmas party, in November, hosted by people we had never met before!

Last night we went out to dinner with Dave and Claudia upstairs and then went to their friends Christmas party. Let me just say that while dinner was great the best part was dessert - a warm chocolate souffle with chocolate sauce inside and a scoop of ice cream. I really enjoy fine food.

The party was good even though we didn't know anyone and had just met the host. They had games during the party and one of them was to guess type, country and year of the mystery wine. I won the red wine! It was a 2002 Shiraz from Australia. The funny thing is that I'm not crazy about Shiraz. But I do love winning!

Saturday, November 27

Thanksgiving Dinner

We went to a wonderful restaurant, Horizons on Burnaby Mountain, for dinner on Thanksgiving. It wasn't the traditional food but it was still great! We had a great view of Vancouver and Grouse Mountain which is the local skiing mountain. I had the maple glazed Salmon - it was SOOO good! Yum. Rob had salmon also, but I think mine was better. We're not doing much today. We were going to go away for the weekend to Victoria on Vancouver Island but I've been way too tired. So we're watching Va Tech play UVA. Go Hokies!

Thursday, November 25

Happy American Thanksgiving!

We took the day off today to celebrate American Thanksgiving today. It's kinda weird since here it's just another day. But we've been taking it easy and hanging out, watching football, bumming around. Rob's eating Thanksgiving nachos for lunch and I'll have Thanksgiving chicken salad. So exciting!

We are going out for nice dinner tonight to celebrate Thanksgiving. It won't be the traditional food but that's okay. I don't have the energy to cook a lot especially just for the two of us. And after all, we did have two Canadian Thanksgiving meals in October! So I'll count one of those for today. Hope the rest of you in the States have a great day and have lots of good food for me.

CBC Diagnosed

On Thanksgiving Rob diagnosed me as suffering from CBC. It only bothers me every so often, but when it does it can be such a pain. It tends to flare up mostly when I’m sitting down. Even Rob suffers from it occasionally. It really intrudes on our freedoms making CBC more of an annoyance than a problem. Thankfully the cure just involves changing habits, but some habits are harder to change than others. You may suffer from CBC too, but don’t know about it. It probably affects millions of people worldwide!

CBC stands for Cross Browser Compatibility and affects my computer and not my health. So don’t worry, I don’t have any new health issues! I started using a new browser, Safari, instead of Internet Explorer because it’s supposed to be better with a Mac. But this morning I discovered it doesn’t always work properly so I have to go back to using Internet Explorer with some websites. That’s when Rob informed me that my problem is Cross Browser Compatibility.

Happy Belated Birthday Susie!

Originally uploaded by Patricia102696.
Okay, so I did call my older (but not by much) sister on her birthday this past Sunday and left her a birthday message. Sorry I didn't blog about it on time Susie, but I didn't forget you. Hope it was a good day!

Wednesday, November 24

Coffee at the ATM

Last week while I was driving around I saw a Starbucks drive-thru and a bank drive-thru, together. They had the same entrance, but the left lane was for cash and the right lane was for coffee. I'd never seen that combo together! To bad you can't get both at one stop without having to drive around again for the other.

Monday, November 22

It Feels Like Christmas!

It feels like Christmas time already! Normally it wouldn't feel like Christmas until December but not now. Rob wrote why here. I agree with him. It's already cold, much colder than it would be in Orlando, and Christmas stuff has been in the stores since we got here mid-September! Plus we've already celebrated Thanksgiving (Canadian) in October. The Christmas lights came out a few weeks ago - and I laughed last year when our neighbors put out Christmas lights the first weekend of November. So it's cold, Thanksgiving is passed and Christmas lights are out. That can only mean that it's Christmas.

Honestly, I think it's nice having the Christmas season start a little earlier here. It doesn't feel as rushed as normal. Instead of having less than a month to get ready for Christmas, starting after Thanksgiving (American), you get over a month to prepare.

Now it just needs to snow before we leave. It did smell like snow the other day.

Wednesday, November 17

Our Car

Rob and carHere's the car that someone so graciously and anonymously lent to us while in Canada. We have a friend who's father is a pastor in the Seattle area. Someone from his church donated the car to the church so we could borrow it. It's been a great little car. It's an '89 Honda Accord. It has a few quirks, but nothing we can't live with. The car likes to lock the doors at random times, sometimes the driver side door locks from the inside and sometimes is doesn't, and the passenger side door only opens from the outside. So the passenger either has to wait for the driver to walk around and open the door or they have to roll down the window, reach out and open the door from the outside and roll the window back up. We've gotten used to it. We're just glad we have something to drive.

Last night we got another car that someone at Crusade has let us borrow. We were fine with one car but having a second car wil make my life much easier. It's a sporty little car and it's only 2 years old. God has provided for us in amazing ways on this trip. Thanks God!

Sunday, November 14

Book Before Movie?

I was in a small independent bookstore this afternoon looking for a good book. After flipping through a certain book I finally asked the lady at the counter if she had read it. "Oooh nooooo. I'm waiting to see the movie first!" Really? I think I said that aloud. But then I thought to myself, she works at a bookstore and doesn't want to read the book until after seeing the movie!

I love to read and I've found that when a book is made into a movie, it's not nearly as good as the book. The characters on screen are different than the ones I created in my mind. Usually the story has to be shortened and bits cut out to make it fit into a 2-3 hour movie. Even The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, believe it or not, didn't include all that was in the book even though it was pretty close. If it did it would have been a 20 hour movie all together!

I ended up buying i, Robot by Isaac Asimov. I love sci-fi. And I haven't seen the movie yet. What do you think, book or movie first?

Friday, November 12

Food Cravings

I've been craving gourmet Spanish tapas for the last few weeks. I don't know what my deal is, (and no I'm not pregnant). I love appetizers and I especially like Spanish tapas. I want all my meals to consist of a ton of different flavorful, rich, tasty tapas, TONS of them. A little bit of this and a little bit of that, not just one main dish with a side salad and veggies. I think I'm just tired of the same old food I've been making. I need some new fun, easy, gourmet recipes but the problem is I don't want to buy a bunch of ingredients that I'll have to leave here when we go home in December. It's too expensive.

I did buy a small recipe book for tapas and tomorrow hopefully I'll have the energy to make some of them to fulfill my current tapas craving. And if that doesn't work out I found out online that there's a tapas restaurant downtown in Vancouver that's supposed to be good. And if that doesn't work out, I'll just have to consider going back to Spain. That's the only way to be sure I'll get the real thing. I'll use any excuse to go to Spain. Maybe I should just skip the first two options and just head to Spain. Anyone want to come with me?

Thursday, November 11

Remembrance Day, November 11

Thursday, November 11 is Remembrance Day in Canada and it's a holiday! It's Veteran's Day in the US and it's only a government holiday there. So we get an extra day off. For the last two weeks people have been wearing poppie pins to commemorate Remembrance Day. Rob told me that's what the red pins were for. Amanda, his coworker told him what the poppies were for. She has a good explanation on her blog here.

Here is a good explanation from the Veterans Affairs Canada website:
"Poppies are worn as the flower of remembrance, a reminder of the blood-red flower which still grows on the site of battles fought in France and Belgium. Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, during the terrible bloodshed of the second battle of Ypres, in the spring of 1915, wrote of these flowers which lived on among the graves of dead soldiers.

In Flanders Fields
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders Fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
- John McCrae, 1915

Tuesday, November 9


This morning at 8:30 am the price of gas was 99.2 cents a litre, which is $3.72 a gallon. A few hours later at 10:15 am the price of gas was 74.6 cents a litre, which is $2.80 a gallon. That's almost a dollar difference! What's up with that? Apparently the price of gas changes continually during the day with it being higher in the morning and in the evening. Interesting.

The Incredibles

Rob and I saw The Incredibles last Friday. It was really good. You should go see it. You can see what Rob wrote about it here. The next Bridget Jones movie comes out this Friday!

Monday, November 8

One Of Those Days

Yeah, it was one of those days when I don't know what to do with myself. Those kind of days don't happen to me very often. But I got up late this rmorning and laid in bed while I thought about what I could do with the rest of the day. I can't bake all day because then I end up making tons of sweets that I eat which aren't good for me. Then Rob eats a lot of sweets, gains weight, and then complains about gaining weight. I can't go to the mall because:
1) I wouldn't be able to buy anything because no money
2) I can't buy more stuff that needs to be mailed home in December
3) Nothing ever fits right because pants are never long enough for me
4) I'm just not in a shopping mood.

So I bummed around for awhile and then decided to go window shopping. I baked cookies when I got home.

Friday, November 5

My Sunshine

I'm used to almost everyday being a sunny day. And I love being outside. Today was a beautiful, crisp, sunny (but still cold) day. No rain at all. It was probably the same temperature today as on rainy days, but there's something about the cold rainy days here that are miserable. It feels so much colder when it rains. So I decided this afternoon that I needed to take advantage of the sun as much as possible. Or what was left of it because it was 3 PM already. I went to the Wired Monk for coffee and to do my Bible study homework, and I decided to sit outside. It was nice to have the sun shining on my face, even if for a little while in 50 degree weather. Ahhh...I'm remembering it right now.

3:05 Sitting down outside with my drink. It's nice out here.
3:15 I zip up my hoodie (for you Americans, that's a hooded sweatshirt) and button up my coat. A little chilly.
3:23 I put my gloves on. Do you know how hard it is to write with gloves on? Getting cold.
3:30 I pack up to go inside. I'm just too cold.

Tuesday, November 2


The polls are almost closed on the east coast. I hope you voted. If not, go do it quick! I voted by absentee ballot and mailed it a few weeks ago. I hope Florida got my vote. You know how Florida is. Thanks to Rob for the graphic!

Food and Cold Weather

What is it with cold weather that makes me want to eat and bake more? And not just normal food, but sweets and breads and all the bad stuff. It's been cold, rainy, cold and rainy lately. These days I just want to turn on the fireplace and sit with a cup of hot chocolate. Either that or bake. A lot. Or bake and then sit by the fire with my cookies and hot chocolate. I should do that tomorrow.

Monday, November 1

Wiped Out

Okay, so we were only out for about 6 1/2 hours yesterday and today I've been wiped out! Dragging all around the place. We got up early for church and then spent the day at home. I haven't been able to fall asleep until 2 am this past week. So I pray I fall asleep quickly tonight. I just have to finish stretching, then I'm off to bed. Good night.