that perfect hand…

In Ocean's 11, Danny said that "the house always wins. If you play long enough, never change the stakes, then the house takes you. Unless, when that perfect hand comes along, you bet big… and then, you take the house." Here's the hand I've been dealt, sometimes it's risky and sometimes it's safe, but all the time… it's perfect. It's mine.

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I know… date sequence isn’t exactly obvious here as I went to Victoria long before I knew I was going to Smithers… but I guess that’s half the fun.

Nov 9-14 I jumped on a WestJet plane and flew down to Vancouver Island for U of C’s reading days. It’s the perfect place to go… as not only does Jocelyn live there, but Nadina, Suzanne, Jess, Rachel, and Hilary do too! Sue and Brad also took the ferry across and what was supposed to

be just a weekend to visit and do homework (yea?), turned into one grand reunion. It was in a word: unreal. This picture was Nadina, Suz, Joce, and I out for a romantic dinner on my last night in town at the restaurant, Glo, that Joce works at. The other was at Legends, adding Jes and Sue to the mix. The rest of the weekend was hanging out, seeing family, and getting Bobbi to do my hair. Oh and finally meeting the girls’ coveted BL boys! 🙂 These pictures don’t do justice for what a fantastic weekend it was! Makes the thought of going home just THAT much sweeter.

Other highlight: My pops drove in from Powell River on Sunday to hang out with me for the day. That just made it boderline perfect!

Except when Jes lost her toenail, I think we could all do with out that… especially Suzanne.

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home … and stuff

Apparently we are heading up north BC for Christmas. I don’t have much more to say on the subject other than that… it is exactly one month today until the festivities begin. There is not much more special than the thought of the whole family back in Smithers for the annual Christmas Eve evening with my mom’s family. Or snow, something lacking in the Okanagan Christmasses. I am crossing my fingers inside that my uncle can create the snow maze in his farm fields and Lake Kathlyn’s water is frozen in to a beautiful skating rink. Maybe there will be brunch with the crafts group or salmon patté at Hawse’s. I know Hardy’s will still have a place to lounge (and pie) and the ski hill just might see me on it. And if it’s really cold, I will catch a flick at the Roi and a drink at the Alpenhorn, before bundling up to sled all the way down L’Orsa’s driveway. Hay ride singing Christmas carols? And are we old enough yet for Adult Games Night?

I guess I had a bit to say… but mostly, I can’t wait for a Christmas, finally, at home.