Go Fish!

For the past two years, I have been wanting to take my son out to the Go Fish! program that is put on by the Regional District:

On Sunday, May 4 join program staff and volunteers at the special fishing area in Shannon Lake Regional Park. The program then runs each weekend until June 16, between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

The program offers youth ages 15 and under, a chance to catch one rainbow trout each day without a fishing licence. A limited number of rods, reels and bait will be available each weekend for youngsters to use and try their luck!
District of West Kelowna

Unfortunately my social anxieties, his age, and my fear of him coming home with a hook in his nose has stopped me from taking him the prior two seasons.

I have been wanting to get back into fishing since we moved to the Okanagan.  Growing up, we used to go salmon fishing at Deep Bay every summer in Bowser, BC.  I always looked forward to Spring when softball started.  As softball drew to a close, my birthday came and went, school ended and I would spent most of my Summer up at the trailer with my grandmother, cousins, aunt and uncle fishing and playing in the ocean.  Oh how I miss the ocean and long for the day that we move back to it!

This year, I finally felt he was old enough at the ripe old age of six to take him fishing.  We went for the first time last Sunday hoping it had not been canceled because of the long weekend.  We were thinking it would not be that busy between it being the long weekend and the weather being a bit dismal.  Given those two factors, we were surprised at how busy it was!

I had taken two rods & reels with us.  One was a rod I had bought for $5 on sale and with a store coupon for him to use with his kite.  The reel busted within a few casts and needless to say, I was not impressed.  I quickly set up the other rod so he could get back to fishing.  After failing to cast even remotely okay with the cheap fishing rod, I was thankful to get to using a reel that I was more familiar with and could actually get out into the middle of the lake and past the weeds.

While we did not come home with a fish, we certainly had a few bites and had to re-bait because of it.  He seemed to enjoy himself and we will head to the lake again today to fish for a couple of hours in hopes of bringing something home for dinner.

Getting Back on My Feet

While it was certainly not an easy decision to resign from my Office Manager position, the pros certainly outweighed the cons in terms of what I was needing in my life.  I wanted to be working downtown, closer to home, a transit pass, off earlier in the day, a schedule that worked with school and to get back on my feet for more exercise while I was working.

The downsides of having left are that I worked with some amazing people, witnessed amazing transformations in their clients lives and my having finally put my business skills to use has come to an end, at least, for now.

The worst part is the Biology class I was wanting to take over the summer was at an absolute crap time (right in the middle of the day!) which unfortunately would not have worked with either work schedule.  Biology will have to wait until September when I am hoping to get an afternoon (if not evening) class.  

For now, I am quite happy to have secured a morning shift that has me working Monday to Friday and I am off by 12:30pm.  I start my regular shift tomorrow morning and rode transit to work on Friday for the first time since before my son was born in September of 2007.  It felt great to be back on transit for my ride that was a whopping seven minutes short.  

Being back on my feet to work has felt great so far!  Even though my body has ached in protest.  I know it will take a few weeks for my body to adjust to having to wake up so early, be on my feet for so long and of course, the 15 minute walk up to the bus stop on what has to be at least a 30 degree incline.

Because I will not be taking any classes over the Summer, I will focus back on studying and working with the holistic healthcare classes I have taken.  I am excited that should everything work out, I will finally be getting Reiki training next month!  Reiki is something I have been wanting to learn for years.  I have several friends who are Reiki Masters willing to teach me but the timing has never been right.  Ever since taking my crystal healing courses, I have wanted even more to add Reiki to my tool belt for use with the crystal healing because the two pair really well together.  

The space is now cleared in the office for me to set up my massage table.  I have put the “door” back up that I took down a few years ago and the baby gate to see if they will stop the kitten from getting into the office.  I am fearing if either of our cats gets into the office, they will tear my massage table to shreds.  I want to be able to set up the table and not have to take it down with each use.  So far, so good and fingers crossed that it means they are officially kept out of the office.  My goal is two practice sessions per week.

Now to find a few bodies that I can practice on!

Bought a Master Chef E500

We finally bought a new BBQ a couple of weeks ago!

Last Spring, I priced out how much it would have cost to fix up the old BBQ.  When including the igniter (which I could care less if I had), the cost was going to be higher than what I paid for the BBQ five years earlier.  Because of the state of the burner in the BBQ, we did not use it much last year.  We were holding off on buying a new one because we were hoping to have moved last year and did not want to have to move it.

This past January, my partner and I were eager to get a new one due to the types of food we do (and don’t) eat when BBQ’ing.  During BBQ “season” (in quotes because I BBQ year round), we tend to eat a lot more vegetables and a lot less carbs.  Apparently January is not a good time of year to go BBQ shopping!

I have always bought the brand of BBQ that I grew up with.  Dad always got the Master Chef with a side burner (which I rarely use but is nice to have just in case).  A lot of the fancier BBQ’s that you see now are the same price (~$300) Dad used to pay for his which are now closer to $125.

We spent more money on a BBQ than we normally would and I stepped outside my comfort zone in choosing the one we got.  I have been wanting more cooking area because the amount of food I cook had me layering to get it all “on” the grill!  I also have always wanted a rotisserie.

I had really been resisting cast iron grates.  I cooked on one before and really did not like the way it unevenly heated up (I only had 2 of 3 burners turned on) and then the meat stuck to the grate.  

The first time I used our new BBQ, I ended up phoning Dad about the meat sticking to the grill and then again the next day on how to clean the grates after reading conflicting information online.  The manual said to use a normal BBQ brush but someone in the review of the BBQ had said they had to replace their grates at $80 a piece because the ceramic coating was peeling off from using the BBQ brush.  I bought a BBQ brush which is working well.  My Dad says to heat use the brush when the grill is hot and not to bang the grates with it because it will cause the ceramic coating to break.

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Cooking for the first time with marinated chicken might not have been the best choice (I hate and almost never char my food!) but the chicken tasted great!  Even the charred parts.  I had remembered from some of the cooking shows that they say if the meat is sticking to the grill, it is not ready to be turned.  When it is ready, it will lift off easily.  This is something I will have to trust because as I said, I hate charring my food and start to panic when I cannot get my meat off the grill to check that it’s not burnt.

The BBQ we bought was the Master Chef E500:

Specifications
Main BTU 48,000
Side Burner BTU 10,000 (Infrared)
Rotisserie Burner BTU 8,500
Burners Four stainless steel tube burners
Side Burner Ceramic Infrared
Total Cooking Surface 650 sq in
Primary Cooking Surface 480 sq in
Secondary Cooking Surface 170 sq in
Cooking Grates Porcelain cast iron
Heat Plates Porcelain coated
Ignition Type Electronic
Temperature Gauge Yes
Assembled Dimensions
(L x W x H)
53.5″ x 25″ x 47″
Warranty Limited 1-Year
Rotisserie Kit
(sold separately)
85-1850
Barbecue Cover
(sold separately)
85-3669

We also bought the Rotisserie Kit because it was 40% off which I am eager to try out with the Rotisserie Burner that is built into the BBQ.

So far, I am loving the new BBQ even though I feel as though I am having to start over again in learning how to use one and know it will take time for me to adjust.  The one noticeable difference is that the food is cooking faster than it did with our old BBQ which cooked at a cooler temperature.  

Even better, it is now asparagus season!  I will have to pop over to Quality Greens to buy some for the grill on my way home.  I might even have to pick up a chicken to rotisserie.