Friends are like Flash lights

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I am going to start by saying that I have the most amazing friends in my life and I’m eternally thankful for all of you!

Having such an amazing group of people to share my life with is a great feeling when things are going well, but the most important ones are like the batteries in a flashlight. They’re always there with you, but when the lights go out and things get dark they are there to light up the path and guide you until the sun rises again.

I’ve relied on a lot of my friends so much in my life. I love you all and wanted today’s blog to be all about you! Thank you for being amazing.

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Stuck Between Two Strangers

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As more and more aircrafts roll off the line in a 3 and 3 seat configuration, the battle over the window and aisle now includes the dreaded middle seat. Add to this the fact that airlines are trying to maximize profit and decreasing your leg room, the middle seat is truly the least desirable place on the plane.

This weekend I flew home from Winnipeg and found myself stuck in between two complete strangers. Both people had their headphones on watching TV, so there was no awkward conversations, but I want to discuss the etiquette surrounding how your should treat your middle seat neighbour.

Let’s start with the battle over the arm rest. If you are at the window, your privilege is the great view from 40,000 feet. Located below this amazing view, you will find your arm rest. If you are seated at the aisle, you get the advantage of the extra space provided by the aisle. Look beside you in that large empty space and you too can find your arm rest. Be courteous to your middle neighbour, give them both of the 2 inch wide arm rests. They deserve the extra 4 inches of space for being the meat in your airplane sandwich.

Now that we have wedged ourselves in together and defined everyone’s space, let’s discuss how we are going to keep ourselves amused. In Canada, we are lucky enough that the two main national air carries have individual televisions on most of their aircraft. If television isn’t your thing, you could try listening to music. Perhaps a book is something you enjoy more, that is great, especially if it is on some form of e reader (which cannot be used during takeoff or landing) as it takes very little space. However, a newspaper is wider than the width of your seat. If you are in the middle seat, this isn’t an acceptable form of inflight entertainment.

Finally, we are in the air and had our light snack and sip of refreshments when all of a sudden the seat belt sign will go off signalling your body that you need to go to the bathroom. You look beside you and one of your airplane seat sandwich buddies is sleeping. How long do you resist waking them up before you take a tour of the aircrafts luxurious washrooms? My opinion is that being woken up is the price of selecting your seat. In the age of paid seat selection or 24-hour checkin, avoiding the middle seat is possible if you plan ahead and select your place on the plane.

What is your middle seat dilemma? What do you do to avoid the middle seat?

Hope this clears up some of disputes about space on the plane. Special thanks to Lisa M for this blog idea. You should follow her on Twitter by clicking here.

Happy travels!

What a Week!

Hey Friends,

It has been far too long since I last posted anything. I want to start by saying “I am alive and well.”

I had 7 days off work which I used to spend time with friends. However, that unfortunately left far less time to share the mischief I was causing with you. I apologize and promise to do a better job of including you in the future.

On that note, I want to share with you a quick video of my week. You can watch it by clicking here  or below.

Love ya always,

-M

My Yummy Spaghetti

Pasta seems to be my go-to comfort food. This week, I want to share with you one of my favourite lazy pasta dishes that takes minimal effort, but tastes amazing.

Ingredients

  • 1 Red Onion
  • 1 Red Pepper
  • 1 Yellow Pepper
  • 1 Orange Pepper
  • 1 lb extra lean Ground Beef
  • 4 servings of dried Spaghetti Noodles
  • 1 Jar Spaghetti Sauce
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese to Garnish

1. Wash and chop all the vegetables. Slow cook over low-medium heat in a frying pan with a dash of oil for about 10 minutes.

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2. Cook pasta according to directions on the box.

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3. Since I’m putting minimal effort into this, I cooked my ground beef in with the rest of the vegetables. Probably not the healthiest choice, but it sure did taste good.

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4. Drain the pasta, put back in pot, add the vegetables and beef, and top with tomato sauce. Mix well and serve. Top with shredded cheese and broil in oven until cheese melts.

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Hope you enjoy this weeks recipe.

What are your favourite twists on this classic pasta dish? Let me know in the comments below.

Why Is Airline Travel So Stressful?

Travelling by airplane can be an adventure of its own between weather, mechanical problems, and a million other delays. Here are a few suggestions about how to make your travel experience far less stressful for yourself this year.

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1. Don’t plan your travel last minute

If you have an event that you have to be at, give yourself at least a day to get there. Flight delays and cancellations happen all the time, and I promise that the airport agent will be much more sympathetic to your concerns when you tell them you need to get there by tomorrow, rather than saying you’re going to miss your best friend’s wedding that starts moments after you were scheduled to land.

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2. Bring a fully charged iPad or laptop

Most airports now have wi-fi, and in most places it is free. If your flight is delayed, you will be able to keep yourself amused during the wait with your fully charged electronics. Finding a plug can also prove to be quite challenging, especially when lots of flights are delayed as everyone else is going to be using out these outlets as well.

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3. Causing a scene won’t change the weather

The airline didn’t decide to intentionally ruin your day, and I can promise that whatever agent you have found to yell at had absolutely nothing to do with the delay or cancellation of your trip. Let’s think about this one reasonably, would you go drive your car in a blizzard, fog, hail storm, tornado or whatever else mother nature throws at you? Likely not, so if you wouldn’t drive in it, why would you ever suggest that we should go flying in it?

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4. Airplanes come from somewhere

Just because it is sunny here, doesn’t mean that it is sunny wherever that plane came from. Airplanes look best in the air, which is why most airlines keep them there between 13 and 18 hours a day with approximately 30 minutes or less scheduled on the ground at each stop. If the plane does start to run behind schedule, your crew and ground handlers are doing everything they can to get the plane back on schedule safely because they want that bird to fly just as badly as you.

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5. Bring snacks for your children

Airport food can be expensive. If you do get delayed, there usually isn’t a whole lot for your little monsters to do aside from add to your travel frustrations. Bringing dry snacks from home are allowed to be brought through security provided you are travelling domestically. Some food may be brought through customs, but most fruits and veggies are not allowed so check with the international laws of the country you are headed too before you select those items.

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6. The bar isn’t a good place wait out your delay

It is against the law for the airline to allow boarding to passengers who are intoxicated. While it is perfectly acceptable to go and have a drink or two while waiting for your flight, missing your flight cause you were drinking isn’t a good reason at all. Being denied boarding can be not only costly as you may be subject to fees or fare forfeiture, but it is also embarrassing as you will have to explain to a lot of people why you missed your flight. You may also be watch listed on future travel depending on your attitude if you are denied.

Let’s all have a great vacation this year and do our part to make airline travel a little easier on everyone! Happy travels!

Kalan Restauraunt – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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Who would have thought that rice and eggs would end up on my plate for breakfast? Well it does here at the home of Phillipines cuisine at Kalan Restaurant in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Located at 1449 Arlington Avenue, this little restaurant delivers big flavour and taste.

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Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you can find both traditional and North American flavours on this menu. Kalan serves your standard bacon and eggs, but you can get that anywhere. The part of this menu that you have to try is certainly the Fillipino Breakfast Menu.

All dishes are served with fried rice, 2 eggs prepared to order, and you chose of meat. Choices include carmelized pork or beef, salted herring, or fried egg plant to name a few. Just a fair warning, that isn’t ketchup in the red bottles.

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Don’t forget to stop by the counter and pick up your treats for the road.

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