Yesterday Afternoon

I had my final visit with my plastic surgeon. He said everything looks good and to make an appointment to come back in 6 weeks, but I could cancel it if I felt that I am with the results. So far it looks great to me. I think the skin will heal nicely. Like Gregg says, my boobs were so swollen when the surgery was first done that the skin had stretched too much. This time there is no swelling. Time well tell how good it looks, but just from what I can see now, it will look 100% better.

After the doctor, we headed to Langley. We both hasn’t has lunch so we stopped at a neighborhood pub on Fraser hwy and 188st ave. in the Hillcrest area. Now for some reason I cant remember the name of the place…let me look it up….Dublin Crossing Irish Pub.

Its really a nice looking place and I could see it being a great place to hangout on weekend afternoon. We each had a beer and ordered 1 appy between us. It was a spinach dip with chips and bread on the side. It was tasty. We sat for a bit and then finally back on the road. We stopped at Costco and then made a stop at Old Navy to see if I could find any jeans. No luck. We continued up 200th ave to another pub close to the highway exit.

The Water Stone Taphouse and Grill is more of a restaurant than a bar. You walk in and you go to the left for the eating area or the right has the bar. We went to the right and sat at the bar. It kind of reminded me of a Denny’s restaurant. Nothing that impressive. The beer was very cold which was a pleasant surprise. We ordered an appy. Crab and Gouda dip with bread, yummy.  I don’t think we will stop there again anytime soon. Afterwards we headed home.

That was our adventure for the week. I think this weekend we will be checking out the new pub downtown Abbotsford. The Bull n Raven. It used to be called the Yorkshire cafe. They had the best fish and chips. I wonder what the new place will have? I’ll post a review about it soon.

Mexican Day

Yesterday was a busy day. We were up and out the door by 10am. Gregg dropped me off at the hair salon (Hair Masters) down by Zellers. I know, people tell me not to go to the cheapy places, but I have found the girls there are actually really good. Just ask for Anna or Judy. I like the fact that they cut my hair when it’s dry. I have very fine hair, but lots of it. While I was getting my hair cut Gregg drove down to Sumas to pick up 2 parcels we had shipped to a company that receives parcels for Canadians. “Ship Happens” is just across the Sumas border. We have used it a few times and it saves us money to get things shipped there rather than getting it in Canada. Gregg got his GPS logger and we also got our “Nerak beads“. What are Nerak beads? Well, click on the link silly!

Once I was done getting my hair cut I was just going to head over to Zellers, but Gregg showed up just in time to stop me from maybe spending money…LOL. I hopped into the car and we were off again. Now to Wal-mart. We needed fake fur for our costumes. I found some for Gregg. He is going to be a dog. We then zipped up to Milestones for a quick lunch, yum. After we stopped at Fabricland and found some black fur for my cat ears. Just so you know, we have a Halloween party to go to in Mexico. We made another stop at Valhalla Pure to see if they had any cargo shorts for Gregg. We were not will to pay 100 buck for shorts. We moved on.

We hit a couple thrift stores in town and Liquidation World and found a few things, but no shorts. Once we were home we relaxed for a bit and then called Glen to see what time he wanted to go for dinner. We headed to his place at 6pm. We first grabbed a 6 pack of Mexican beer. Once there we sat and talked and decided the evening events. We left and headed to the “Eagles” to see the renovations and to have a quick beer before dinner. It really looks great in there now. We recognized some of the regulars that we have met there the few times Glen has taken us for a beer and said hello to them all. We left and headed for dinner.

W e decided to go back to Sumas and have Mexican food. There is a great restaurant called “El Nopal” that Gregg and his dad have talked about many times. So it was time to finally go and taste it. It was very good. I really enjoyed my food. The cost for the 3 of us with beer was under 50 bucks. Now here is the reason why we did a “Mexican” theme day with Glen.

The first time we went down to Mexico for our honeymoon 5 years ago, we used Glen’s credit card to buy the tickets since our card had a 1000 dollar limit at the time and the tickets were 1034. Thing is, we forgot completely about the money(yes we feel bad) and never paid him back(he forgot too). So, as we started our meals and enjoyed our beer, Gregg said “you should come with us this trip” Glen said “I just don’t have the extra money” Gregg said “well you do now, your coming with us”. He looked a bit shocked. We explained about the money we hadn’t paid back and also gave him the choice if he wanted to just have the money instead of going on the trip. Glen said “I dont have vacation booked off”. Gregg said ” well maybe I already talked to the Boss and have you booked off for a week”. Knowing that, he smiled and said “Let’s go!” He was so happy.

We enjoyed the rest of our evening and afterwards dropped him off at home and told him to start packing. The smile on his face was priceless.

So the 3 of us will be sitting on the beach in 3 weeks, drinkin beer and havin a great time! While you all enjoy the nasty cold weather here….hehehehe

Last Night

Our evening started with Gregg coming home 2 hours early from work. Sneaky guy, never said a word to me. Gregg walks in with an assortment of roses. They are beautiful. We then continued our search online to find out what restaurant we wanted to eat at. We narrowed it down to 4 different ones. The great thing about the internet is that you can check out menus and see what foods each restaurant serves. We decided to go to the BluStone. Its a fairly new place here in town. We actually tried it out on father’s day. The food was delicious and the price was less than going to The Keg. Plus it’s better food. Best steak I’ve had in a while.

After dinner we checked out the smallest lounge in BC. Just off of the Mt.Lehman exit is a new liquor store and next door is a small 10 seat lounge. It was cute and comfy. We finished our drink and headed home. Once we were home we got ready to eat some cake.

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Oh it was yummy! Even after 5 years it tasted great. This will take a weekend to eat…lol! Its so sweet and rich that I can only eat a bit at a time. I am not eating that thick icing, its like pure sugar. I’m sure this will put on a couple pounds!

 

Caffeine…good or bad?

I love my coffee. I remember as a child my mother would give us a cup of coffee every night before bedtime. It was very weak and made with lots of milk and a spoonful of sugar. I loved it and looked forward to it. As I grew up I used less milk and made the coffee stronger. Now since I’ve been with Gregg, he has gotten me to skip the milk and drink it back with 1 teaspoon of sugar. I really enjoy having that first cup of java in the morning. Waking up to the smell of fresh coffee brewing is the best.

Over the years we have heard that caffeine is bad for us and yes I agree that in some ways it is.( I can tell you right now that I will never give up my morning coffee). Here are some facts…
There have been many studies done over the last 100 years. It’s generally believed that moderate consumption (no more than 4 or 5 average-strength cups of coffee a day) won’t harm most people, and may even have some benefits, but people vary in their sensitivity to caffeine. Caffeine is the world’s most widely consumed behaviour-modifying chemical. It’s also one of the most thoroughly studied food ingredients. It’s present in coffee, tea and chocolate as a natural ingredient – and it’s added to cola and energy drinks because of its stimulant effect. You’ll also find caffeine in over-the-counter medications, including some painkillers and cold and flu remedies. And in painkillers it’s used to enhance the action of the active ingredient.

Over 60 plants contain caffeine in their leaves, seeds and fruits – including the coffee and tea plant species. It’s actually a poison created by plants to protect themselves from being eaten. Most animals can’t stand the bitter taste.

Caffeine in the body

Caffeine is absorbed by the stomach, metabolized by the liver and eliminated from the body within two to 10 hours. Generally speaking, smokers metabolize caffeine more quickly than non-smokers, and pregnant women take longer to metabolize it. Oral contraceptives also slow the rate of caffeine metabolism.

It acts on the central nervous system as a mild stimulant, it relieves drowsiness and fatigue and speeds up reaction times. It’s also often been claimed to improve mood and mental performance though recent studies suggest that these apparent benefits may be the result of relieving the symptoms of overnight caffeine withdrawal!

Caffeine also acts as a mild diuretic, working on the kidneys to decrease the re-absorption of water and salt. While it can make you urinate more frequently, there’s debate about whether or not caffeine has a dehydrating effect.

Are there any health benefits?
  • It’s been argued that because caffeine is an antioxidant, it may help prevent the development of some types of cancer. Antioxidants are found in many products derived from plants, and it’s widely believed that they help protect against diseases such as heart disease, cancer and cataracts.
  • It’s been found that coffee contains flavanoids, which have antioxidant properties. And recent research suggests that the roasting process generates other antioxidant substances.
  • Its role as a stimulant has also been shown to have benefits in specific situations. The amount of caffeine in two cups of coffee has been shown to improve alertness and concentration, and studies have argued it helps some night-shift workers to maintain concentration, potentially reducing the chances of an industrial accident. It may also play a role in reducing driver fatigue and preventing road accidents. And there’s good evidence that caffeine enhances sports performance for elite athletes – but not for the average athlete.

There are some more facts if you would like to continue reading about caffeine effects and studies. Just click on the link. (clicky). I know I will keep on having my caffeine be it in coffee or sodas or in my tasty dark chocolate. My mom wasn’t concerned about giving it to us as kids so therefore it must be good! Since mom is always right, and who wants to argue with mom?