MadMenYourself

Posted in Funny, Marketing

We don’t regularly watch Mad Men on AMC (I like it more than Ianiv does), but I have to give them props for building buzz by creating an online app to MadMenYourself!

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Aside from just how much people enjoy making themselves into tv characters (in this one, you choose a body, accessories, etc to make yourselves into a 60s Mad Men character), I’ll give AMC major props for the final process – the download screen has not just the standard wallpapers (above), but also download formats for Facebook and Twitter icons. SMART.

Ultrasound Video

Posted in Arieanna & Ianiv, baby

Along with a CD of images from our 3D ultrasound, we also got the full hour in video! Of course, most of the video was trying to line up frames to look at or were unsuccessful attempts at seeing the baby’s face. However, Ianiv edited the video down to just the best portions:

Pretty cool, hey? The actual DVD they gave us has a lullaby as the soundtrack, which was a nice touch.

We’re Having a Boy!

Posted in Arieanna & Ianiv, baby

If you missed the news on Twitter, Facebook or Flickr, we’re having a boy!! Right after we came back from Victoria, we had a 3D ultrasound. If you’ve been following our story, you’ll know that our little guy didn’t co-operate at the 19-week ultrasound. While we wanted to know the sex of our baby, the umbilical cord was right between the baby’s legs and there was no way to tell the gender!

So, we waited somewhat impatiently for 23 weeks in our pregnancy to go for a 3D ultrasound at the Som Visao Spa. Since we wanted to know the gender, and you need to pay for ultrasounds that are for “entertainment” only (i.e. not for medical reasons), we figured, why not? 3D sounded more fun! Ok, the images are a little weird if it’s not your baby, because they are so clear, in a way.

3D Ultrasound

3D Ultrasound

3D Ultrasound

Our little guy wanted us to know he was a boy right away – his legs wiiiiide open. In fact, his feet stayed up around his face for nearly an hour that we were in there! I think the technician was getting a little frustrated trying to get us a picture of his face. Whenever his feet would move down, he’d put up his hands or he’d be moving too quickly (he is a very active baby!) to capture the picture.

That said, we got a few good shots, and we were excited to see our baby! Check out those lips!! You can see all our ultrasound pics in this set.

Before you ask: no, we have not picked a name yet. We’re working on it. In all likelihood, we’ll narrow it down to a few choices and will pick and/or announce his name after he’s born. :)

Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub

Posted in Arieanna & Ianiv, Events, Food, Restaurants

After our tour in the Royal BC Museum, we took a Harbour Ferry across the bay to Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub. I believe we were supposed to have had a tour of the Bay, but the Ferry lost our reservation or something like that. On our lunch, we were joined by a rep from Tourism Victoria, who helped to set up our lunch and visit at Spinnakers.


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Spinnakers sits on a huge piece of land overlooking the harbour – their property includes the Brewpub, as well as a number of Guest Houses (they operate like a B&B for these) we also had a chance to tour. I was expecting, for lunch, that we’d all just be ordering off the menu. Not so! There was a huge meal planned, with 5 courses of food, 3 wine pairings, 3 beer & chocolate pairings, and liquor and cheese pairing to finish off. Crazy!

The lunch started off with a plate of cheeses & fish, followed by a salad, mussels, clams, and pork & risotto (miss604 has great photos of each dish). If you’re thinking this doesn’t sound like food a pregnant woman should be eating, you’re right! After the plates started coming out, we had to ask that a special meal be prepared for me – I got to eat a cheese-less salad and a mushroom & chicken pasta. Most of the ingredients at Spinnakers are local or organic, and the herbs are even partially grown on their guest house properties!

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While I did miss out on all the fantastic wines and beers, I did have a chance to enjoy the O de Vie, a mineral water that bubbles up from an aquifer 225ft beneath the brewhouse. Delish. And I have to say I probably wasn’t the only one who felt spoiled after such an elaborate lunch – ok, everyone else probably felt it more than I did, what with all the wine & beer consumed, and the fabulous service we had while there!

Spinnakers, as Canada’s first purpose-built brewpub, has a long history of making beer. They produce at least 10 types of ale (no lager) on-site, and take great pride in the process. I know Ianiv had a couple of glasses of their Nut Brown Ale, with the Hefeweizen being a crowd favorite as well.

Sadly, I didn’t have a chance to try their Malt Vinegar, and I swear I mentioned that several times after I left there. Note to self: when pregnant, satisfy cravings! I’m going to need to go back sometime for their fish & chips so I can have one of their naturally brewed vinegars!

Not making the same mistake twice, we stopped at the Spinnakers giftshop on our way out to load up on cookies and toffees and more of the truffles that were served with the beer. Why not, right?

Treasures at the Royal BC Museum

Posted in Arieanna & Ianiv, Events

I have to admit, this is the part of our trip to Victoria that I was most looking forward to! The trip to the Royal BC Museum. We only had 2 hours scheduled, but that’s probably enough waddling for this pregnant woman, despite how much more time I would have liked to have had.

Since this wasn’t our first trip to the museum, we concentrated on the Treasures: The World’s Cultures from the British Museum exhibit, which will be on show until September 30, 2009.


Images: Royal BC Museum

This exhibit contains 309 objects on loan from the British Museum, including a complete mummy that’s never been unwrapped. The whole collection is meant to span human history, from early axe heads and the development of creative forms of expression right up to ‘today’. I could do without the most recent stuff, but I thought they had some great items on display. I’ve always been fascinated with archaeology (even took a course in University, if you can believe it!), and with Egypt in particular.

After spending most of our time in this exhibit, we made a quick trip into our favorite part of the Museum, the Natural History and Modern History galleries.

New Media in New Victoria

New Media in New Victoria

As parents-to-be, we were conjuring up images of taking our family to the museum. It’s only too bad that it’s not in Vancouver, as we could imagine spending many weekends going through the exhibits each year. These galleries, in particular, offer something very tangible to young kids – being able to walk through the HMS Discovery or the city street… amazing. I have a few memories of being there as a kid and I just loved it!

Later in the day, we wanted to return for one of the IMAX shows, but we weren’t able to walk back quickly enough to make the showing we wanted. Instead, we had a nice nap before heading out for dinner.

15th Annual BC Wine & Oyster Festival at Victoria’s Coast Hotel

Posted in Arieanna & Ianiv, Events

The last week just flew by, but I never did finish talking about our fantastic ‘New Victoria for New Media’ trip. With a little time now, I’m going to try to wrap that up!

After our trip to Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse, our bus took us to check in at
Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel & Marina. The hotel is located about 5 minutes walk from the main city center in Victoria, which was a nice place to be. Aside from the easy walking distance, they also have a hotel shuttle that can take you, or pick you up, from wherever you want to go in the city. As you can see, we had an amazing view from our room!

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As if the cider weren’t enough for one day, just 30 minutes after checking into our hotel, we headed out for the 15th Annual BC Wine & Oyster Festival, which was being held at the hotel. Apparently, the website for that festival is already down (permalinks, people!), but it was a great event and very well attended.

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Obviously, being pregnant, I wasn’t able to drink any of the wine or to eat any of the oysters. Well, I’m not an oyster fan anyway. But I did come along to enjoy the view, chow on some cheese (yay, they had pasteurized brie!!) and partake of the chocolate fountain. Ianiv hasn’t been drinking much either in the past several months, so he didn’t go crazy with the free alcohol. I think he had a couple of beers (yes, they had beer there too!) and maybe one glass of wine. If you go to the festival in another year, definitely take the time to read up about the beer and wine beforehand so you know what you want to try – so many choices!

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