Comin’ Down The Pipeline

I’m packin’ in a lotta kms this summer. Not kiddin. It’s resulting in a lotta photos … but not so much time to get em all up! They’ll come as soon as I can squeeze it into an evening. For a taste, this is one of the sadder things that has happened to us … the poor Corona finally gave up the ghost and left us stranded. And I am still in mourning because I loved her.


But lots of good things have happened too! Which I will share as soon as possible. Right now I’m in dire need of zzz’s from a busy little weekend. Chow for now!

Turn Your Face Toward The Sun

Might as well start with the food. To-Go barley and kale salad.


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I’m just so happy to be in a kitchen where I can cook my simple one-person meals. My energy level was taking a beating trying to survive on the healthiest items from fast food places (12 grain bagels at Tims, salads and wraps at Mackers, Booster Juice smoothies). Nothin’ like real food.

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Ohh I love you baby Royal ❤

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Even with your cellulite bum … ;)


Mosaic in Regina – I love-loved the Ukranian pavillion.

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Costume after costume … this isn’t even all of them. Soo cool ❤

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Keeping Number 11 Hot

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Morning Stretches with this beautiful light ❤

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A random shot from dirtbiking weekend. Poor V was wiiiped (fallin’ asleep at the comp).


Wedding Season is here ❤


These two special people ❤


“One-shot wonder” does not describe us.

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Coffee at Le Macaron with a very special old friend ❤

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Energetic little Milan ❤ ❤

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Always good to be reunited ❤



Don’t ask ❤


Oops. How could I forget. We also had a lovely weekend in Red Deer recently.


Dane took me on a big walk of the perimiter of this golf course he worked at most of his youth ❤

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So beautiful.

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We cycled down some of RD’s amazing paths to Ramzi’s birthday party …

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And then Sunday was the annual Father’s Day Lobster Feast ❤

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So fun to see these two soon-to-be-weds ❤ Such a sweet duo.


We’ll have one more reason to visit TO :)

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There. That’s all. For now.

Vintage Dirtbike Weekend

This was a pretty hilarious weekend overall. Attendees were to bring a bike older than 1986, in order to compete for first prize (below).


This is one of the cutest little ladies I have ever met. She is SUCH a little darling personality.


This is me giving a wee ride to another one of my favorite little ladies.

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Love this little mouse ❤

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Two little tomboys rippin’ up the yard ❤



This is the bustling shop.


This is a redneck helmet in the works.


Meticulously designed by these creative minds.


Been awhile since these two graced the Affleck homestead with their presence!

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This is a classic shot of dad and Zeus ❤


Puttin’ out the vintage vibes …

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This is my big brother, channeling Super Mario …

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This is one heckuva couple ❤


This is Raegan realizing mid-mud race that his phone is still in his pocket …

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One of the many wipeouts to be had by father Affleck in the mudhole …

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Quite the balloon shirt ya got goin’ on there …


This is my boyfriend.


This is my father.

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These are some deee-licioius homemade donuts (I ate way more than was socially acceptable).

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And these are some terrible Sunday photos (super over-exposed) of the ladies.


And this is a link to my little sister’s video of the weekend:

On The Line

Last week (or the week before, I can’t member, everything’s blurring together) … I jumped at the chance to do a project that would allow me to get some promotional snaps for the biz. I love Big Sky Rail country.

Getting there is half the fun. I ❤ gravel roads and fresh, country air.

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This is your fair warning. There’s going to be way too many pics of my favorite spot in the entire world coming up.

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What did I tell you! I couldn’t get enough … in love with this place.


More back road scenery ❤

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Glidden Oil Transloading

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After a full day on Big Sky, I spent the next day between Saskatoon and Regina, and popped in on yet another transload day.


I was literally crawling up and down and in between every inch of the locos (which are grease covered). After wrecking 2 sets of clothes, I learned my lesson and picked up the only pair of coveralls that fit from Peavey … they just so happened to be pink :)


But they did the trick. I felt much better under the locos!

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And that’s my little field trip. Actually I put on almost 900kms so it wasn’t all that little!

PS – I have an excess of photos from life lately. I just have to get time to blog em all! Don’t give up on me … someday I’ll get my flow back :P

Medley of May

As usual, this post is heavily polluted with food pics ;) I’m a fat kid at heart.


There’s a new eatery in town ❤ and it’s called Nosh and I love it.

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Leopold’s (used to be Fainting Goat)

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Regina Symphony ❤ Loooved this.

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We made mom a lunch on Mother’s Day …

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Salmon looked a little sad :S

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Supper at Greko’s so she didn’t have to cook!



Worked out of Regina one day last week on a special project. Regina = lunch date with my missing boyfriend ❤

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Helping out at the Transload in Aylesbury ❤

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And then off to Invermere for a weekend at the cabin!

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I made some bad calls so most of the weekend my camera was dead :(

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Sleeping Beauties …


Supper out with my roomies at Congress :D

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We be movin’ … can’t wait for a spacious room, ahhhh!


Run around the river, such a pretty route ❤

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All Over The Map

Brace yourself – this is a long one.
I’ve put on a few miles lately :) At the beginning of the month B and I were down to Eston, SK to train some fine folks on rail billing software. On the way home, we stopped at the latest oil site in Plato and the latest grain cart loading site in Elrose (towns on one of our shortlines). It’s so exciting to see it all in real life!


Little bro’s were packing the site after the spring melt-off had made it a mud hole …

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Lunch one day with this beautiful, blue-eyed babe and her momma :)


It’s not all roses and sunshine in the rail business – this was one of several washouts where the track runs through the valley that was caused by spring melt. It took a team of excellent men almost a week to get it back into shape.

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Morning breakfast with my boy at Earth Bound Bakery – one of my favorite places in Saskatoon.

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Swiss chard, proscuitto-wrapped asparagus (a Pinterest fail), and burgers with PC Thins and major toppings – I’m already missing suppers with my boyfriend (he moved to Queen City for the summer).

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Look who won Rookie of the Year on one of his hockey teams


There’s a new cafe in town … The Local :)

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I adore these lovely ladies :)


Set up shop in the Coworking section of 220 one day to do a blitz on a reaaal boring re-formatting job …


This view had me stop and snap.


These 3 are a breath of fresh air on a bustling work day ❤

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Implementing Safety Management Plan for our railroaders ❤


Oh my word, I love this boy ❤ ❤ ❤


More cuties ❤


Velare Rossi tearin’ up the farm on his little quad :)


My handyman switching the Buick to summer tires.


Nothin’ like leaving house hunting til the eleventh hour :P


Succulents at 13th Ave Coffee House ❤

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Back at the farm, the boys were busy making a track for their upcoming Vintage Dirtbike Party. Yes that’s a car buried in there :) And yes, someone’s already biffed hitting it.


Family supper at Rock Creek ❤


Freshly washed engines ❤


Little darlings ❤


Ahkk ❤

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A mid-week, late-night trip to Regina …


And back to Saskatoon before 9 :P


At times, working with all men, it is all I can do to hold my tongue and tell them to grow up. But then there is this one sweet fella who is older, wiser, doesn’t complain about petty things, and brings me chocolate :)


Another Earthbound lunch …


If you haven’t checked this place out, you definitely should. It’s my go to. Can you just smell the fresh bread!


I turned 23! Was so impressed with my boyfriend who whipped up a delicious cake with whipped cream n berries ❤ ❤ ❤


Has anyone else been going into withdrawals from only wearing boring winter shoes? I can’t wait to get the f u n shoes out again!


I insta’d a pic of the back 40 where I used to run all the time. I just don’t know if it gets any prettier than this and it was in my own backyard! I knew I’d miss it and I do … it’s always prettiest early in the morning or just before dusk, so that’s my fav time to run.

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Friday we were off to Calgary. Suit shopping for my little lawyer ❤


And then a birthday date night at Market in Calgary ❤

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Food was dee.lish.


Let’s pretend that this chive covered salmon was mine (not the burger n fries that follow) …

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I don’t know why I was craving a burger so bad but foodie places always have the best burgers anyway :)


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We spent the rest of the eve catching up with friends and Saturday, before heading off to RD, we had breakfast at Nellies. (Seriously, all my picks were jam-packed so this is where we ended up, but it was kind of funny.)

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Nothing like a greasy platter to get your heart pumpin’ …

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Later in RD, I was treated to a facial and manicure! Seriously spoiled this year!

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While we were cozied up getting pampered, these boys were fighting through the storm whilst getting some great exercise (biking). Dane has to work pretty hard to keep up with his pops! Poor thing was an icicle when he finally got home.


Sunday Feast


Sweet Ramzi Boy ❤ Missed this little gaffer ❤

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Ohh I was looking forward to cuddles with this wee babes ❤ A bundle of precious.

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She sure likes to snooze!

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Waking up momentarily, and then Zonk, back to sleep :)

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Kisses for Uncle ❤

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Little helper :)


Zahra doesn’t care that her daddy has been in Canada for 2 years, but the rest of us do :)


The world’s best cheese cake and coffee are right here in this home ❤

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Drivin’ home on a pot-holey road with beautiful views ❤


This is a little project at the office. These are old chunks that I got my brother to collect from the railroad. I put the boards together, rusted the wire, and then got my handy-dandy boyfriend to secure them to boards and hang ❤

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And this was my joy today. Kombucha and stripes ❤


One more thing – my dream of getting a blogger camera came true on my birthday too!! I now have a beautiful little Sony RX100 to capture all the moments that I don’t want to haul around my 5D for. so far. Soo I am hoping that that helps the lack of postage that has been happening around here :)

La Modern Memoire

Alright folks … this is my big “here goes nothing” moment. For several years now, I’ve been kind of annoyed that no one has invented something like this. I kept thinking if I waited awhile, surely it would show up on the market. But it hasn’t. So I decided to upload my idea to Quirky, and see what happens. Now’s about the time when I could really use YOUR vote:


So what is my idea? Well it addresses something I see as a problem …

The Problem
When’s the last time you printed off a bunch of photos, filed them in a photo album, had a bunch of friends over and flipped through them, fondly remembering the experiences? 
No matter how many versions of online photo sharing are invented, it is hard to replace the old-fashioned combo of a good photo album, the intimacy of your home, your dinner company, and the story-telling aspect of showing your images.

What are the chances of us printing our shots nowadays? The everyday photos? Not a chance! Holiday photos? Well, upon arriving home from our incredible vacation in a tropical Cuba, we eagerly get going on shutterfly, designing a beautiful album that we plan to display on our coffee table … but halfway through the design progress, work/kids/laundry/real life gets in the way and the creation sits stale in cyberspace.

The reality is, we need simple. Really simple.

Enter La Modern Memoire ... The Solution.


La Modern Memoire is a hybrid/inspiration of the following:
-the iPad photo system (simple, clean, flick through images with your finger)
-the gorgeous iPad covers from BookBook (
-the Kindle (in the sense that it is a tablet created with one purpose, NOT a multi-functioning device)

Why wouldn’t I just buy and iPad and a BookBook case, and call it a day?
a) because La Modern Memoire is more affordable than an iPad
b) because I don’t want people snooping through my emails, playing games, or surfing the web on this device. It is a conversation creator, and it’s sole purpose is to display photos (but in a more modern, accessible way than printed albums)


I can’t stress enough that the device is meant to be a conversation creator … not just another distracting gadget that stifles true connection.


Do not be mistaken. La Modern Memoire is not the place to DUMP all 700 of your Jamaica photos, only to bore your poor guests into the wee hours. No – this device is for the 75 carefully-selected images that you would willingly spend $0.29/each to print (if you had the time to wait in queue and fart around at your local photo lab).


Can’t you just picture this beautiful little book sitting on your coffee table?


If you want to see this idea come to fruition, I need your vote!!

Click here to vote!

Find the thumbs up, click it, and then either Log In with Facebook or make a Quirky account. I will love ya forever if you help me make this a reality!

April Fool’s

I hope you got somebody good today ;)

Monthly updates are (apparently) where it’s at … for now. I’m currently puttin’ lotsa time and energy into my job. Although my lack of updates might portray the dying of my creative side, I actually don’t feel that’s the case. I still have many ideas up my sleeve, some of which come out into my work and aren’t really shareable :) And sometimes, art is just working through challenges and not stressin’ your life away. So as far as photos go, it’s mostly healthy/yummy food that excites me enough to snap … and a random day off with my long lost and very-much-missed friend …

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Mmmm mmmm mmm – I love Leydas.

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I’ve been drooling about the memory of this carrot cake for weeks after. It was so different than other carrot cake … made with pumpkin and carrot (obviously) and some carmalized pumpkin seeds, and the topping was made from goat cheese (tasted nothing like goat cheese, but was way lighter than regular icing).

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If I knew I was going to live in Regina for the next 5 years, I’d buy these 2 old buildings and turn them into something delightful! They have so much character and so much potential.

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Sporadic date nights are the greatest.


2 of my favorite items from Dad’s ever – chips made from beans and lemon kombucha!


Oh my word … I found a 1920’s book and I loooved every moment of it. So. Good.


Finallly we had a date at The Hollows. It was lovely.

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Another weekend at the cabin :) So cozy and relaxing.

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An evening at home home with my roomies … sat by the fire and talked into the wee hours …


Photo Creds: Lizzie

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Artful Dodger is becoming a must-stop every time I visit the queen city.

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Cajun Spiced Scallops with Avo on Pita Bread – Mmm Mmmm!



Kale/Beet/Salmon Salad


Sometimes when the sun lowers, it glimmers so nicely that I have to drop everything I’m doing a take a little look …


See? Would you want me to bore you with work photos all the time? Don’t think so :P

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These great chocolate combos deserved a mention – raspberry/Lindt dark chocolate and hot chocolate/peppermint tea.

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Once in awhile, I get to dust off Photoshop and mess around a bit …

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Slow Morning Saturday’s just might be my favorite thing ever …


And Ombre Bacon … whoopsie!


This local fro-yo place is quite delish, just sayin’…


Did you know Co-op has a salad bar where you can throw together your own salad in a matter of minutes? Excellent in a pinch!


Today I was attempting to rust wire with peroxide and salt for a side project! Should be interesting.


And because I promised some baby pics from before … here’s the lovely little doll who is named after an Arabic word for flower. Baby Zahra.

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That’s it schmidt :) Have a good week.