My Weekly Adventures # 47

My Weekly Adventures

We are halfway through July and at another Weekly Adventures update!

As you may have noticed in the last update, I was on vacation and it overlapped one week into this time. I can’t say that I did a whole lot or went out a lot but I did end up doing one stupid thing, a few cool things to share, small achievements here and there and if you follow me on letterboxd, then you know that I watched a ton of movies that I haven’t reviewed yet. In hindsight, that wasn’t such a great idea because of what is happening now, which if you don’t know, I’ll update you here as well.

Let’s go!

Vacation: New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island


We took a 4 day vacation overlapping Canada Day. It was rainy and a lot of driving but a lot of fun and incredibly beautiful. The scenery was breathtaking. You check out the 4 days recap below:

Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4

Marche Publiques at Place Ville Marie

I met up with my Battle of Ingredients co-host, Phoebe from Starry Traveler’s Road and her bun bun to go check out this public market at Place Ville Marie. There were a good few local businesses selling fresh foods, drinks and snacks. There was a lot of choices. Phoebe picked up some bread and macarons. We got some lemonade. I picked up some spiced nuts and gluten and lactose free oat bars.

Haircut…Finally!

With the encouragement of Phoebe’s company, we both went to get a haircut. It was the final push that got me to my hairdresser after around 15 months. My hair is thick so it was heavy and fell down to my butt. Definitely a record and why I didn’t have the heart to cut it for so long. Anyways, its done and sure feels good to have such light hair again.

Montreal Comiccon 2017


Game Warp’s first press badge and it is fantastic to have it and cover Montreal Comiccon. It was a tiring weekend. Luckily, I strategically overlapped my vacation so that I would be well-rested.

You can read the recaps over at That Moment In and other posts here.

Fantasia Festival 2017


Tranquil Dreams first press pass! I’ve covered Fantasia the last 3 to 4 years out of my own expenses (much like everything here) however, I decided to give it a shot. Why not, right? What have I got to lose? Nothing. So here we are! My badge is with me and I’m typing this Weekly Adventures as I wait for a film to start. While I don’t have vacation for this, I am trying to work in about 15 movies, adding in screeners and such, it might turn out to be quite crazy! Bear with me if things get out of hand. If movies aren’t your thing, regular programming resumes after this. I will try to keep things versatile but I honestly can’t promise anything.

Cute Kitty Pic


Thats it for this Weekly Adventures! 
What have you been up to? 

Montreal Comiccon 2017 Haul!

As I try to sort through some more of my Montreal Comiccon 2017 pictures, after I’ve wrapped up coverage for Game Warp Podcast, I am here with a haul post (shortly after my vacation haul). Montreal Comiccon is incredible and very crowded. Pretty much a different experience from Toronto Comicon which was much less busy in comparison. However, there were artists that were at both shows but with almost 4 months span of time, they have more work. Plus, there are a lot of other things to see as well.

I’ll talk all about the rest of Montreal Comiccon in tomorrow’s post but today, we’re just focusing on what I picked up at this fantastic event. I mean, it can’t just be all “work”, right? 😉

Let’s check out my Montreal Comiccon haul!!

Johnni Kok – Brush Ink Slinger

Johnni Kok

Johnni Kok

Johnni Kok

Johnni Kok‘s art is absolutely amazing. His recent stuff is more in the form of the last one for Nier: Automata, which he also had a great talk telling me about the game and some of the endings. While that was what drew me to his booth, seeing Mulan in the armor was what tipped me over, along with steampunk Ariel. Amazing creativity. He has a bunch of really beautiful Overwatch art as well.

Igneous Art by Ogi Grujic

Igneous Art

A walk down the Artist Alley this time lead to find this artist’s booth, Igneous Art. This was the exact picture that stopped me in my tracks. I love cute iterations of superheroes and this one is so pretty. My picture of it doesn’t do it justice because the color is so vibrant.

Claire Gary

Claire Gary

Claire Gary

Tell me that seeing a giant Hobbes holding a Calvin doll isn’t the most adorable thing ever! Claire Gary has some pretty nice spins. There’s also one of Snoopy and Woodstock where it looks almost like a real dog. That one was pretty cool too. But then, I also can’t give up on an adorable Stitch art either.

Chasing Artwork

Chasing Artwork

Remember in Toronto Comicon when I got that Howl’s Moving Castle artwork that’s just hanging over my work desk at home right now? Well, he had this one of Highwind from Final Fantasy 7 art and its wonderful. There was also one from Alien and The Thing which also looked cool but I went home to discuss with my husband he decided this one was the one that he wants.

Teeturtle

Teeturtle

The final thing I picked up was a t-shirt at Teeturtle. Something that matches how I feel a lot nowadays, just playing video games more.

Thats it for the Montreal Comiccon haul!

Gardening Update #4: Rain & Harvests!

Welcome back to a long overdue Gardening update! It keeps getting bumped back and finally, now its time to report back after vacation.

Its been a rainy and gloomy summer. We can’t complain much because we live without the luxury of air conditioning in a bungalow so that means, when its hot, its boiling inside most of the time. Compared to last year, this is somewhat a heavenly situation especially on days where I need to record podcasts. However, plants and flowers aren’t like us and most of them need the sun and bees to pollinate in order to bear fruit aside from just water, which it also needs a lot of, of course. With that said, the garden is still doing pretty good. We started to have some harvests and the vegetables and flowers are all coming around.

In-Ground Garden

Gardening

Gardening

Gardening

zucchini

No blueberries or asparagus in these pictures as they are waiting for next year to have any harvest. However, they are so far doing quite well.

Here is the in-ground garden. Zucchinis are coming out now. The lettuce is actually doing worse than in the containers. You’ll see later. Cucumbers are also not doing as well as in the container however they are starting to form some cucumbers. Hopefully it’ll work out especially with all the rain. If only, there was more sun. One of the more solid plants are the Ground Cherry. The challenge so far is still actually getting it to ripen before it falls down. I had planted it two times before in containers with that same issue. Now I’m hoping planting it in-ground will do the trick so we can harvest some ground cherries soon. Its definitely looking strong.

Raspberry

On the other side is our trimmed but somehow still overgrowing raspberry shrub. Strawberries had their season and I would have shared the harvest but like a loser, I deleted all my pictures this past weekend off my phone when I was lining up for a Comiccon panel. Long story short, I don’t have it anymore and the season is over. We did have decent harvests but nothing as epic as what raspberry will be. We had two tupperware bowls already in the last two weeks, which is pretty impressive. As you see, there are still raspberries ripening so the rain and sun balance seems to work beautifully for it. Plus, raspberries are great to have as it also helps out the bees, which Canada has been acting on to encourage Canadians to plant more bee gardens. I got my bee garden kit, just trying to get the garden ready as it’ll be a raised garden that I’m trying to get ready.

Flower garden

In my flower patch, the flowers right now is my mini rose shrub and these yellow flowers. I have to remember to keep these in check as they spread really fast although they are super pretty. My cone flowers are also starting to bloom however, they are also super depressed because the rabbits now can’t access the vegetable garden and they decided that they’d snack on the cone flower leaves instead. They looked miserable for the longest time. And now there another one that I moved and suspect will have to move again. The flower garden needs to be restructured and organized. I’m pondering that at the moment.

Container Gardening

Herbs are doing fantastic. We’ve harvested some basil mostly and added it to our recipes. The others we keep fresh in the fridge. It gives us a reason to use fresh basil and make foods with it. As you may notice, my pineapple sage lost the fight with the storm and is not just one stem struggling to stay alive. At least it survived. I almost thought it was a total loss. The kale and cucumbers are doing great here. Pots do cucumbers miracles as they are growing well although, it won’t be successful until we actually get some cucumbers to harvest. Finally, there’s the eggplant. The over excessive rainfall and lack of sun seems to be affecting it the most as it gets more yellow everyday and its not really having anything yet.

Our lettuce harvests were probably the earliest. While they are growing slower now, they are still doing quite well. Especially since we have them in-ground and in two hanging baskets.

Finally, the last thing is our kale. Its been doing fantastic. We’ve really only been making kale chips out of them. I should really post up the recipes for it that we use. I promise I will soon. The kale has been treating us well. As this post goes up, I’ve been thinking of harvesting my next batch this evening and making some more chips.

That’s it for this gardening recap!
How are your gardens doing?

New Brunswick/PEI Vacation Haul!

Sorry for the later than usual post, if you don’t follow up Game Warp Podcast, we got our first media pass ever and its for Montreal Comiccon and basically, that took up the entire weekend and I managed to get everything ready, except for today’s  post expecting to be at home to get it done, except everything piled up and on top of that, I was exhausted from the last two days so between doing stuff, I was just napping on and off.

Without further ado, let’s get back on track. As we hit the midpoint of the vacation recap and now that we’ve given our family their souvenirs earlier today, here is our haul!

Saint John’s City Market 

Souvenirs

Taking a walk in the city market to pick up some fruits for the road, we came across this RCMP Santa Christmas decoration and the two suncatchers. I fell in love with the hummingbird one and we chose the butterfly  for my mother-in-law. The Santa decoration is for my father-in-law as he has a fantastic collection of santas.

Alcool NB Liquor

NB Liquor

NB Liquor

So why two pictures? Because I simply forgot about this bottle until afterwards, as we only found it as we cleaned the car. We were trying to find wines from New Brunswick but the second picture with Jost Vineyards is the only one from New Brunswick. The others are all from Nova Scotia, however, we wanted to get wines that we don’t get in the province of Quebec so we are still trying out the wines and ciders.

PEI Liquor

PEI Liquor

I have this thing about visiting the provincial liquor stores, mostly because our own usually doesn’t carry alcohol products from other products. With that say, my husband found a honey wheat Ale which is from Prince Edward Island and we found a wine as well.

That’s it for the haul!

A short and sweet one! Nothing really much! However, fitting for such a late post!
Things get back to normal tomorrow.

Music Obsessions: Canada 150 Special [July 2017]

Music Obsessions

And we’re in July ALREADY!

For those of you following me, I  was on vacation and was on my way back home on Canada Day! That also meant that I couldn’t celebrate Canada Day the way that everyone else was. Instead, we had the chance to enjoy Canada’s beautiful landscapes as we traveled back from New Brunswick back to Montreal. It was a fantastic few days away and now I’m more relaxed and with the next week of staycation, I’m ready to really get back into gear and maybe hopefully create some backlog. Of course, I couldn’t give up a chance for my own Canada Day post. Its a day late but Canada 150 wasn’t something to pass up on.

With that in mind, this Music Obsessions is all about Canadian music artists and some of my favorite songs from before and now. The list really does go on but I had to make choices from what popped up in my head right away.

That Don’t Impress Me Much – Shania Twain

S’il Suffisait D’Aimer – Celine Dion

I Believe in You – Michael Buble

Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen

There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back – Shawn Mendes

What are some of you favorite Canadian artists? Which songs do you like?

My Weekly Adventures #46!

My Weekly Adventures

 And we are back to another Weekly Adventures  segment! If things have gone as I wanted and you are seeing this post, I am currently away on vacation and have managed to keep up with posts. I’ll be home soon and will have another week of staycation so it will be fantastic to catch up on everything from personal projects, blog backlogs and Game Warp. 

Lets not get ahead of ourselves and look back at the second half of June. 

Pointe-Claire Half Marathon & Bakery Visit


My friend who runs all these half marathons I go to had his next one at Pointe Claire Village. It was by far the hottest weekend we had, hitting the high 30s Celsius in the late morning with the humidity. While I waited for him, I went looking for some much needed tea because I had an early 2am airport dropoff and found the bakery I went to the year before called La Mie Bio.

La Mie Bio is a cute and friendly bakery with a nice selection. There are lactose free and gluten free baked goods. I ended up taking these spelled croissants. They were really delicious. 

Magog Day Trip & Haul


We had our St. Jean Baptiste holiday (pretty much our provincial birthday). As it was on a Saturday, my office had Friday off so my husband and I headed out to the Eastern Townships. If you remember, we went to Festival des Vendanges last year and got a coupon book so we wanted to start checking out. Our first stop was Bleu Lavande, one of the first places we went to when we started dating. Above is our haul. Two of the sprays was a promotion free with our purchases. We bought the hand soap for my mother in law and kept the vase and soaps for us. It was rainy and the cooler weather meant the lavender hadn’t bloomed yet so onto the next stop.

Next stop was a free tasting of two chocolates at Chocolats Vanden Eynden. My husband tried two milk chocolates and I had these dark chocolate selections. 

We ended up picking up a few other chocolates. I even picked up a bag of dairy free chocolate chips for future baking projects (probably next week).

A few quick stops but still a lot of fun. Plus I had to get back for a dinner with my girl friends.

We had dinner at Zibo at Quartier Dix30 in Brossard. It was pretty good. We took a quick walk afterwards.

Family Hangout


Long weekend and birthday celebration for my husband’s nephew meant a family gathering. They wanted to head to our place so we hosted a quick afternoon and dinner gathering. There were hamburgers and hot dogs, some wine and beer for the adults along with soda for the kids. We had a passing downpour which was quite the adventure but the sun eventually came back.

I was off dessert duty so my sister in law got me some dark chocolate and everyone else had the ice cream cake as birthday cake. 

Overcooked Hype!

Following E3 and Summer low season for gaming here, Playstation had a lovely sale and we finally got Overcooked. It finally put our second controller to good use. Good, fun, hectic and awesome fun! 

Vacation!!!

Due to work deadlines, I had to start vacation midweek and only had a few days overlapping my husband’s vacation. However, as I said at the beginning of this post, we are on vacation at the moment and am heading home very soon. I’ll be posting up the travel posts next week once I sort through the pics. 

Cute Kitty Pic


Upcoming:

  • TV Binges
  • Travel/Vacation recap
  • And more…Game Warp, gardening update..etc

My Weekly Adventures #45!

And we’re back!

It feels like I’ve been giving a lot of updates lately so it feels a like that there isn’t a whole lot to talk about. However, it also feels like these 15 days had like 30 days of stuff that I had worked on. I’m sure as with others doing this, everyone wishes there were more hours in the day to do everything. On one hand, I’d love that Tranquil Dreams could get all the love but I also love the Game Warp Podcast so much. Either way, regardless of it all, I’m finding a way to get back to a more healthy lifestyle (workouts and eating better) while still maintaining the garden and keeping the house clean and getting all the blogging duties done while making time for my mom. Its a little crazy at times but I’ll find a balance for it all. A new season just means more tasks than the stagnant winter months.

What’s been going on?  Yet again, a lot behind the scenes or mundane stuff so those didn’t make the list however, these did!

Back to a Workout Schedule

I kind of go on this on and off workout regiment. It isn’t intentional that I fall off it. Usually something happens to hinder it. Being super motivated, I ended up doing three workouts: one arm/abs weight and a 40 minutes of Zumba (that I put together) and then finally, went out for a jog/run for 5km. My time wasn’t great but you know, its a start to getting back. Of course, my luck would have it in this fantastic “unhealthy” year of issues all the time, I had to run up the (luckily) short flights of steps and fell, making my Sunday a day spent with the ice pack watching E3 conferences and drafting posts and watching Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Obviously, that meant that the following days was in the rest zone as my knees feel better. Which they are now! So, back to weights and a run for the remaining days of this week somewhere. I’m getting a little self-conscious of my weight and health so I’m hoping this healthier lifestyle will help, or at least make me feel mentally more positive.

Grand Prix Montreal

This was supposed to be a post on its own but I just can’t and plus there isn’t a whole lot going on that I need to put more content in this one. Either way, lots of fancy and pretty cars. Mercedes Benz, Porsche, Acura and more made their appearance. The event was spread out further and expanded over an extra block where it was more events and food truck vendors. We obviously did the food truck route. Before that, let me highlight that the showstopper was in fact the Cars life size replica. As Pixar and Disney fans, it was something to be excited about.

Now for the food!

Lucille's

Lucille’s Lobster Roll and Taco

Le Smoking BBQ

Le Smoking BBQ: Pulled Pork Sandwich with Fries

Jerry Ferrer

Jerry Ferrer: Pulled Pork Sandwich with fries

We like pulled pork, what can I say? All very delicious. However, if you are to try food truck, my must-have every single year is Lucille’s Lobster Roll. They are to die for! But Le Smoking BBQ is fantastic as well.

We ended the night with a trip to the Casino of Montreal. I don’t gamble but my friend likes to go once in a while to try his luck. Luck was not great until we saw the OMG! Kittens slot machine by the exit and gave that a go. Suffice to say, he doubled what he brought that night. From now on, he believes me that cats are awesome.

E3 Conference Live Streaming Craze

Those are my favorite conferences of this year! We have a ton of recaps for all the shows. You can find them over at That Moment In. I know that I had talked about this before. However this did take up all of my last weekend and we’ve been working hard on doing impressions and lists to come out in the next week or so while working on the featured game as well which I’ll be streaming over the next few nights. I’m trying to boost up some stream time and learn to be better at it.

Vacation SOON!

Finally, I guess the fun thing is that we have our vacation time booked in. My husband and I had conflicts in schedule so we only have a few days overlapping but it’ll be fun to just hang out and do some home projects. We might go away but since I’ll be on vacation, you won’t (or you might) notice that I’m away.  And when we get back, things will jump into vacation recap phase.

Upcoming:

  • Battle of Ingredients (if we could figure out the topic)
  • And a lot more of the normal: movies, TV series and books

Cute Kitty Pic

What have you been up to?