Where’d you get that slice?

I was treated to yet another day of birthday dinner surprises. The intended restaurant of choice was at Assiniboine Park, but we discovered that the restaurant at the duck pond wasn’t open to the public for dinner service. 

After a bit of driving around, we decided to make our way over to Carbone Coal Fired Pizza located at 1580 Taylor Ave, Winnipeg, Manitoba. This is the second location to be opened here in Winnipeg with the original store located downtown.

 The staff was friendly and greeted us at the door as we entered. The restaurant was clean and well decorated. Our service was prompt and the menu was very easy to make a quick selection. The pizzas are available in either 12″ or 16″ on traditional or glutton free crusts. They have several menu pizzas or you can build your own. 

  
We decided to try the Calabrese Pizza which features Calabrese Salami, Roasted Red Peppers, Kalamata Olives & Spicy Eggplant. The pizza was incredibly delicious and I definitely got to eat more than my half (it was my birthday dinner after all, right?). The flavours provided by the coal oven are incomparable. 

Based on our visit, I am certainly looking forward to trying more of this menu on a future visit. I would give Carbone Coal Fired Pizza a rating of 4 super stars out of 5.

Take 2

  

Day two of being 29 was equally relaxing as the first. There was also a lot of recovery that happened from the bonfire. It was apparently way more fun than I remembered. 

I was supposed to do coffee with a friend who forgot to write our “date” down in his calendar. As a result, I rolled over and went back to sleep after not receiving a confirmation text message that he was awake. 

It ended up being a blessing in disguise to be able to lounge around and not have to take on the responsibility of getting out of bed before noon. I didn’t do anything until mid-afternoon at which point I had to get ready to go meet my family for the annual birthday dinner. 

It was a great evening sharing dinner at Montana’s. I even earned a $20 gift card from them after our server made an error on our bill that I didn’t notice until after we had paid. The food was delicious and the time shared with my family was priceless as always. 

My youngest foster brother then invited me to join them at his lacrosse game. We all piled into the truck and headed off to Fort Richmond. It was amusing trying to give my parents, who live outside of the city on a farm, instructions on how to drive in the city on multi-laned roads that add and delete lanes without much notice. 

We ended up taking a bit of a scenic tour around the University of Manitoba since my instructions weren’t clear enough about which lane my dad needed to be in. The important part is we made it to the arena without getting into an accident. 

I only stayed through the first period of the game since I was tired from being old and staying out the night before past 10pm. I got to see my brother score a goal before I departed, so that was pretty cool. The score was 2-0 when I left so I’m assuming they won.

So far I have had two quality days as a 29 year old. If things keep up like this, it is going to be an awesome year. Stay tuned for more adventures. 

Exactly the Right Way to Party

 Yesterday, I celebrated my 29th birthday. My poor phone was exploding with messages from all my wonderful friends posting greetings on my Facebook wall. I am also on holidays from work right now which made it the perfect opportunity to celebrate exactly how I wanted. 

I woke up and was taken by my roomie to get my free birthday coffee from Starbucks and cake pops for breakfast. I always love coffee, especially when it is free. We came home and I had the opportunity to post my birthday video which if you missed it is here

Then I was told by my roomie that I needed to be in the car by 11:30am because we were going for lunch, but she wasn’t telling me where we were going. So I jumped into the shower at 11:33am to get ready to go for lunch (because I’m super good at showing up on time like that).  I managed to get ready in 10 minutes and we headed down to the car and hit the highway. 

So after about 120 million annoying wrong guesses of where we were going, I guessed correctly that we were going to the Half Moon Drive In located about 20 minutes north of Winnipeg near Lockport. It was totally worth the drive, lunch was delicious. It was a super fun surprise and I got to meet her brother and his wife for the very first time. We also got to share lunch with another friend from work. 

We came home feeling incredibly stuffed and had nap time. I think that naps are officially one of my favourite activities in the world. The nap lasted about two hours before we had to wake up, have a quick dinner, and get back into the car. 

 

We headed over to my coworkers home to have some snacks and s’mores. For those of you that haven’t had a s’more, it is a marshmallow that you roast on the fire and then squish it between two graham crackers with a piece of chocolate. It is messy and delicious. I have to give my friend C a kudos for finding biscuits that had chocolate already on them so legit got just the right amount of chocolate to marshmallow to cookie. 

Then I was surprised with a chocolate cheesecake for my birthday. It was super yummy and I for sure feel 100lbs fatter today after only one piece. 

 

I am still planning on doing something on a bigger scale to celebrate with all my friends, but I just wanted a relaxing birthday celebration on my actual birthday since it was my first full day of holidays. 

Thank you to everyone for being a part of making my birthday just a little bit more special. Now I am going to go take my afternoon nap because that is totally becoming a thing.   

Happy Birthday to ME!

Today is a really exciting day for me.  I am celebrating the first day of the start of the last year in my 20’s… aka I just turned 29.  I am pretty excited about starting another year and have set some new goals for myself.

I wanted to start this year by looking back at some of the crazy memories we have made over the last year.  It has been a lot of fun and I wanted to share them with all of you.

Check it out below!

Eating on Ice

I know that today is February 7th, but I literally just realized that it is already February. Where is time going?

I have been enjoying a relaxing week of catching up on sleep and working long days. I also managed to finish making my second scarf which I gave to my aunt for her birthday this past weekend.

We had the opportunity to enjoy sharing a meal on the middle of the frozen Red River at a pop up restaurant at the Forks in downtown Winnipeg. We braved the freezing cold weather and went for brunch on Sunday morning with her, my parents and my cousin.

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It was the perfect way to celebrate together with family. It was definitely cold outside, but nice and toasty inside. Each weekend they host a brunch on a first come first serve basis. They also have a different menu for you to experience.

On our visit, brunch was being prepared by The Tallest Poppy which is located at 103 Sherbrooke Street in the West Broadway neighbourhood of Winnipeg. They served a fixed menu three course breakfast consisting of Red River cereal with fruit, a Belgian waffle with bacon, and an egg on a bindaetteok with coleslaw.

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It was an amazing experience and I am so glad that I was able to share it with my family. The price of admission was quite reasonable at $25 per person. The meal is always something different so you can keep coming back for a different experience every time.

Have you had the opportunity to get brunch yet on the Red River?

I survived a month of vacation



The weekend is rapidly approaching and I am falling behind in writing yet again. This time I am blaming it on returning to work.

Having a month off was perhaps a bit too much time away from the desk. I didn’t make any safety errors, but certainly was feeling a little rusty upon my return. It is wonderful how quickly our memory is able to retrieve skills and put them back into use. After a few small errors, I totally am back into the swing of things feeling refreshed.

The night shifts have been a bit more challenging to come back to. My sleep pattern has strayed very far away from staying up until 5am; and wasn’t helped at all by spending the weekend on time zone ahead in Winnipeg.

I had an amazing visit with friends, and thoroughly enjoyed celebrating my gay mama’s 50th birthday with his friends. On Sunday before I left, I also found myself able to enjoy a dinner party hosted by Désiré. Moving away was hard, but being able to take part in some of these events makes the experience that much more special for me.

I am also working on a new video project that you can look forward to being posted on YouTube as well very soon. I just need to take an hour to record the necessary audio component which is missing and then it will be ready to share with you.

I hope you all are amazing as always and I look forward to sharing the pictures from my vacation within the next few days with you. Until then stay fabulous.

Happy Anniversary to Me!



Yesterday, WordPress informed me that my blog celebrated its first birthday!  I am a little disappointed that I didn’t remember that it was coming or planning a party, but alas one year of blogging has come and gone.

The last year has been filled with many changes and most of those I didn’t see coming.  I am lucky to be sharing a life and home with Mike in Calgary, I am glad to have accomplished my goal of returning to work for one of the two major airlines in Canada, I am happy to be driving bus again and seeing things that I wouldn’t have if not for this hobby made into a job, but most importantly I am blessed with amazing friends that I am able to share my story with.

I will admit that I had hopped that I would have been more dedicated to writing, but life got in the way and it is impossible to change the past.  Writing is one of my favourite creative outlets as it allows me the opportunity to organize my thoughts, share my experiences, and hopefully benefit you as the readers in one way or another.

Over the next year my blogging goals include to share more travel stories with you as Mike and I, along with friends, travel around the world and hopefully make some amazing memories together.  I would also like to be more dedicated to writing as I love sharing my thoughts, ideas, and experiences with you.  Lastly, I would like to make time to create video memories along with the written ones to share with you.

What a wonderful party!

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Photo by Mike Charles

On June 1, I had the pleasure of celebrating my 27th Birthday with some amazing people I have the honour of calling my friends.  I am glad I have such wonderful people in my life that I am able to celebrate mile stones with.

International Bingo.jpgClub 200 were wonderful hosts to my party.  Thank you so much for the wonderful decorations, food, balloons, and the gold leaf headbands for my guests that matched the Mediterranean theme of my party!

The party started at 7pm to accommodate plans other people had during the evening who disappointingly were unable to attend.  However, Mike B. and I were joined by Clif for International Bingo which is hosted by Anita Stallion every Saturday at Club 200.

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Photo by Mike Charles

We were then joined by many other friends including Mama Mike, Shannon, Nadine, Tracy, Reno, Chad, Scott, Bryce, Laurie, and Sheldon.  I shared my favourite cake from Costco, which by the way is FAR too large for anyone’s health, but it is delicious!

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Photo by Mike Baker

After cake and drinks, we headed over to Fame  to dance the night away.  It was great seeing more friends there!  Unfortunately, by this point the liquid birthday presents started to take effect and the night becomes a little hazy.  I do remember that someone attached balloons to me so that they could find me in the crowd, because being 6’4″ isn’t easy enough to find me.  I had a lot of fun sharing time with everyone that was there including Tracy, Jason, Luke, Brent, Mike M. and Garrett.

Thank you to everyone for taking time to celebrate with me.  It was an amazing celebration made even more special by the people that I was able to share it with.  I look forward to celebrating with you next year!  Check out the pictures below.

Special mentions go to Mike B., Shannon, and Nadine for dressing up in their finest Mediterranean outfits for the party.  Next year, I’m thinking super hero’s will be the theme.  I can’t wait to see who will make an appearance at my party!

Mike B. and Me getting ready for the Party!  Thank you for everything that you did to put the party together and make it a wonderful night!

Mike B. and Me getting ready for the Party! Thank you for everything that you did to put the party together and make it a wonderful night!

Bingo with Clif at Club 200.  It should also be noted it was his second time going to Club 200

Bingo with Clif at Club 200. It should also be noted it was his second time going to Club 200

Tracy and Me at Club 200

Tracy and Me at Club 200

Shannon and Me at Club 200!  Cute dress!

Shannon and Me at Club 200! Cute dress!

It was a fun night indeed!

It was a fun night indeed!

I’m Back to Reality

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One of the perks of my job is the schedule.  I am full time, but I get 29 days off in a 49 period.  As a result of this, I was able to trade three shifts in order togive myself a two week vacation (not that I am certain I earned it since I feel like I hardly work as it is).

I spent the entire time in Winnipeg celebrating my 27th birthday which occurred on the same weekend as Winnipeg Pride.  I also got to catch up with many friends that I don’t see nearly often enough now that I am living out in Calgary.  Plus two visits with my parents certainly left my Mother feeling a little spoiled that she got that much time with me.

It was so much fun to reconnect with the people that have had a huge impact on my life and to share new moments and memories with them.  To those of you that I was able to spend some time with, thank you.  To those of you that we weren’t able to make plans connect, I look forward to seeing you next time I am in town.

Coming home to Calgary was a mixed bag of emotions, but generally a great feeling though.  It was such a whirlwind of activities that I was left totally exhausted upon my return yesterday.  After a good night sleep, I am ready to tackle the task of writing the stories to be shared with you on my blog.  I promise that there is also a vlog coming this week of another amazing trip that I did a few weeks ago, but I just haven’t had time to slow down to share it in a way that would do it justice.

It has also been two weeks since I have had a wonderfully brewed Keurig coffee, so I am going to indulge myself with some caffeine before I start my day.  I hope everyone had an amazing weekend!  Happy Monday!

Passing the Mile Marker

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I am very excited to celebrate my 27th anniversary this Saturday. However, I want to share a moment with you as I reflect on the things that have happened to me over the past year.

This has been a major year of change and growth for me, and though it hurt at the time, I am so incredibly appreciative of everything that has happened. I have used these life lessons to become a much better and stronger person.

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In August, I moved away from my home, my family and my friends. With my job, I am able to return to visit Winnipeg often. However, with each passing day, Calgary feels more like home as I create new friendships in this wonderful new city.

I also have had the opportunity to return to the aviation industry as a flight dispatcher. I have had the chance to follow many different career paths during my short existence, but the fast pace and different challenges presented by my current position will provide me with a multitude of opportunities to learn more about this industry. I am working for a great company that encourages growth and supports their people. I look forward to employing my skills and abilities with this company for many years to come.

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The most important lesson that I have learned this year is the importance of friendship. I am blessed with such wonderful people in my life, some who are still a part of it, as well as the lessons taught by the friendships I have lost. I am eternally grateful for the ways that people have impacted my life and helped to support and inspire me to become the person that I am today.

The upcoming year is filled with opportunity. I am still in the process of discovering who I am, who I want to be, and how I am going to get there. This journey will have many highs and many lows, but nothing that I can’t overcome. I am excited to share this journey with you all.

I look forward to this being the first of many celebrations, holidays, activities, and events that we get to experience together.