I'm running late. I forgot to buy an advent calendar.
What's been happening lately?
In my world...
I'm working part time at the Vancouver Christmas Market. Because everyone works during their vacation.
Tate and I spent three days in Disneyland for US Thanksgiving.
I've been able to catch up with several friends during this vacation.
Back to work on another ship at the end of this week.
Last week before I had my hair cut and the 7 months worth of grey roots coloured.
Wasted 10 minutes looking for my name tag before I remembered I don't have to wear it.
Not long after remembering I don't have to wear a name tag anymore I put my lanyard on before I left the house! Seriously it was the same day. Luckily I realised I was wearing it before I actually left the house.
Tried to pay for a beer at the pub with my sail and sign card. Not sure why it was even still in my wallet.
Spent 15 minutes and a lot of swearing looking for my BC care card only to finally realize I don't have one anymore. It's incorporated into my drivers license that I renewed in May 2013.
When the barista at the airport Starbucks asked my name I answered Raquel.
Went to make a phone call and dialed 58 first. (On the ship we had to dial 58 before entering our phone card # to make an outside call).
Greeted an English speaking Canadian friend with Hola, como estas? And wondered why she looked at me weird.
Tried to use my debit card to open the door to my bedroom which doesn't even have a lock on it.
Waking up early, about 630am and thinking there was no point in getting up yet because breakfast didn't start until 7am. Ummm yeah, I'm the only person making and serving my breakfast, I can have breakfast anytime I like. Besides, why was I awake at 630am.
Having a whole double bed to myself, I could sleep spreadeagled across the whole damn thing. But no I continue to sleep in a space about the width of a crew bunk bed.
At a Mexican restaurant in Kansas City they had a beware of Tasmanian Devil sign. How odd!
Remember those? I haven't had a banana boat since I was in Guides some 30+ years ago. Maybe as a Ranger, but I think it was way back in Guides.
Andrea and Sean are in Sechelt this weekend, camping on the inlet. Yesterday we were talking about smores, hot dogs, marshmallows, all that fun stuff you eat when you're camping and banana boats came up. Sean had never had one. So tonight I met them at their campsite and we had banana boats. Gourment banana boats.
Bananas (1 per person)
Chocolate squares - Andrea had fancy Taj Masala chocolate from Mink, hence the gourmet
Mini marshmallows (we only had regular size ones, but mini work better
Slit banana (with peel still on) lengthwise
Stuff chocolate squares and mini marshmallows between banana and banana peel and down the middle of the banana
Close peel up and wrap in tinfoil
Place in coals of campfire and cook until chocolate and marshmallows are all melted and gooey
<a href="http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/visions-of-earth/visions-earth-2012#/0412-largest-raft-kayaks-adirondacks-714.jpg" _mce_href="http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/visions-of-earth/visions-earth-2012#/0412-largest-raft-kayaks-adirondacks-714.jpg" target="_blank">Image by Nancie Battaglia for National Geographic</a>
The image for April 2012 was taken by Nancie Battaglia at the One Square Mile of Hope event to raise money for breast cancer research. At the some time they broke the record for the largest rafting of canoes and kayaks.
<a href="http://www.onesquaremileofhope.org/" _mce_href="http://www.onesquaremileofhope.org/" target="_blank">Image by Nancie Battaglia for One Square Mile of Hope</a>
1/2 of me thinks it would be cool to be part of something like this. The other 1/2 of me thinks I'd be terrified that I'd flip my kayak, get stuck under all those boats and drown. Cheerful, huh?
Recently I received a parcel. From Jo. It's my birthday present. My belated birthday present. I love when my May birthday carries into July.
Jo always sends great gifts. So what did she send? Series 1 of Phryne Fisher on DVD, I've read the books and am looking forward to the TV series. Coconut ice and rocky road treats both of which are long gone.
And? And two pet birds. Not real ones. That would be too much work.
Pets - need watering Garden - needs weeding Guests - need feeding
My new pet birds? Need none of the above. Also, they don't argue with you.
They sit in their little myrtle tree on my bedside table and make me smile. I think they need names.
They are designed and made in Tasmania by Otekah. www.otekah.com.au
In the process of cleaning up the house, I found an old piece of paper that had been folded many many times, it had holes in the fold, and the ink was almost worn away.
It was a To Do List that I started way back when. Given some of the items on it, it was started when I was a cute little kid at Lindisfarne North Primary School.
I have added to it over the years, but not recently. It hasn't seen the light of day for years, I didn't even know I still had it. It was stashed inside a book, that I was about to giveway.
I think at one point it was going to be 100 things to do, but I never added anything past 59.
Get Scuba certified
Ride a camel(I did this at Ayers Rock and at the Pyramids in Egypt)
Pyramids at sunrise or sunset
Hot chocolate and croissant in France
Drink a pint of Guiness at a pub in Ireland
Go on a multi day kayaking trip
Hike the overland track
Blow bubbles off the Sydney Harbour Bridge
Learn to roll a kayak
Be conversational in another language. Greek? French? (At one point French, Spanish and Japanese. I wish I had continued to study languages and actually become fluent in a second language)
Live in a foreign country for a year (I lived in Japan for a year, England for 3, Mexico for just under a year, and Canada for 15)
Set foot on all seven continents
Stand on the Great Wall of China
Stand in the Taj Mahal
Ride the Rails - Trans Siberian Express
See the ballet in St Petersberg
Give $100 to a busker
Live in a house with a view of the ocean
Wear a fancy dress and hat to the Melbourne Cup
Attend a service at Westminster Abbey or St Pauls Cathedral (Both were Christmas Eve services)
Roast a chicken
Sleep in a tree house
Adopt a wombat or a penguin
Run a half marathon (The Victoria 1/2 in 2003, Disney World 1/2 in 2005 and Disneyland 1/2 in 2006)
Learn to use my camera
Spend a night on the Great Barrier Reef
Fly a plane (who knew that one day I would marry a pilot)
See a Broadway show in New York
See a musical in London
Buy a christmas decoration from the Christmas Markets in Germany
Sing do rei mi on the Sound of Music steps
Eat sushi in Japan
Ride on a double decker bus and in a black cab in London
Drink a stein of beer and eat a pretzel at Octoberfest in Munich
Cheer loudly for Aussies at a Summer or Winter Olympics (live, not on TV)Barcelona 92, Lillehammer 94, Sydney 2000 as a spectator and Vancouver 2010 as an employee
Learn to do a flip turn
Design a piece of jewelry
Dance to a Mariachi Band in Mexico
Have champagne and chocolates for breakfast
Ride the Matterhorn in Disneyland
Buy a house
Ride a horse along the beach
Write $1000 cheque to charity
Go skinny dipping in the ocean
Sew an outfit and wear it in public
Knit a jumper
Use chopsticks on a regular basis
Get my driver’s license
Swim with stingrays
Get my ears pierced
Watch fireworks on Sydney Harbour
Stand up on a surfboard
Step foot in every State and Territory
See the Aurora Australis
Visit all 4 World Centres - Olave House (London), Sangam (India), Our Chalet (Switzerland), and Our Cabana (Mexico) Olave House no longer exists but I did visit in 1984, Pax Lodge is now the World Centre in London, and I have also been there. The only World Centre I have not visited is Sangam in India
Earn my BP and Queens Guide Award
Meet my pen pals in real life. Heather in England, Jenny in US, Scott in Brisbane and David in Goulburn. Heather and David I lost contact with before I finished high school, Jenny is now Jen and I still keep in touch but I have not seen her since she spent a year at primary school with me, I met Scott and his family in 1988 but have since lost touch with.
Learn to walk in high heels
I can't believe I've never had champagne and chocolate for breakfast. I know I've had champagne, and I've definately had chocolate for breakfast but not together!
Carlea took this video of me back when we were counting transit. That's her and her husband Andreas you can hear in the background. We were so cold, we were coming up with stupid things to keep us amused and warm between skytrains.
I don't really follow astrology or anything like that, but it is fun to see just how true my star sign characteristics are.
I am a Taurus. Taurus - The Bull. Taureans typically:
Hate to be rushed or hassled
Hard to beat in an argument
See where it says stubborn? Loyal? Hates to be rushed? Practical? Arrogant? Dislikes Change? Yep, all me. You've heard the saying, "stubborn as a bull"? It's not wrong.
Taurus is an Earth sign. Apparently Earth is the most stable, consistent and rigid of all signs. Once we make up our minds, we cannot be moved without huge efforts. Sound familiar?
Practical, patient, reasonable, and persistent are Earth signs. If you want to make sure a project gets done and gets done "right" call, on an earth person. Earth people are not much one for the limelight. If it can be done, an earth sign will do it without the need for recognition.
I was born in 1970, which makes me Year of the Dog. People born in the Year of the Dog tend to be:
Friendly and Playful
Extremely protective of loved one
Very private, you think you know a lot about them, but really you don’t
Perceive things in black and white. No in-betweens.
Good judges of character
See stubborn and loyal are mentioned again?
My name - Rachael Jane
Rachael means Ewe or Gentle as a Lamb or One with Purity (take your pick)
It's a Hebrew name
Rachael was a popular female first name from the 1960’s to the 1980’s (along with Allison, Jennifer, Karen, Melissa and Michelle)
The more common spelling is Rachel. Try finding all the kids stuff with the Rachael spelling on it. Almost impossible.
Some of the ways friends and even family have spelt my name - Rachel, Rachelle, Raechel, Raychel, Raquel, Rachyl, Raychl, Rachal, Rachele, Rachale and so on.
Jane means God's Gracious Gift
It's also a Hebrew name
Jane is often used as a middle name or as the second element of double barreled names such as Sarah-Jane, Mary-Jane.
I'm not sure that anyone has ever described me as gentle as lamb or one with purity or as God's gracious gift!