Christmas time and my new job!

Merry Christmas Everyone!! Hope you had a fantastic holiday time. This year we went down to Calgary to visit with some friends and also went to Lake Louise for some snowboarding. We brought our furry family member with us for the trip and she got to spend some quality time with her kitty friends. For Christmas Eve I decided to make a gingerbread dinosaur themed nativity scene. All our dinosaurs ended up being amputees but luckily the royal icing I made for decorating turned out more like glue than icing so we were able to put them all back together. We finally finished decorating the tree too and since it took so long I’ve decided to leave it up for a while, at least till after New Years. I got spoiled for Christmas this year and got a set of Cuisinart knives and an 11 piece Cuisinart stainless steel cookware set! I immediately ran to my kitchen to throw out all my old pots and pans, well by throw out I mean some got downgraded to camping cookware, and the rest will go to the secondhand store in town, but it was still very exciting! I can’t wait to try them all out!

Snowboarding at Lake Louise, beautiful day!

Snowboarding at Lake Louise, beautiful day!

Our beautiful Christmas tree!
Our beautiful Christmas tree!
Gingerbread dinosaur tracks.

Gingerbread dinosaur tracks.

Dinosaur Christmas! So much yummy candy..

Dinosaur Christmas! So much yummy candy..

I’ve been neglecting my blog lately and having nearly a week of work for Christmas has given me the perfect opportunity to catch up. I’ve been loving my new job so far but it’s been hard to get into a routine which involves me getting everything done that I need to get done for the week instead of collapsing on the couch after work and trying not to fall asleep before 9 pm.. (Which will happen when working at 6 am). Granted most things that I need to get done I’ve made a lot harder for myself lately. Supper and packed lunches mean cooking whole meals from scratch, and making homemade granola bars and other tasty snacks. We don’t have a dishwasher so having to do all the dishes I messed up to make these meals takes quite a while. Also instead of buying an energy wasting clothes dryer we built a drying rack and put up some lines in the basement. Having to hang up every individual article of clothing adds so much more time to laundry time.. Not to mention having to always wait at least 24 hours before clothes are ready to be harvested (it feels a little like harvest time collecting all the clothes lol). I’ve almost been tempted to go out and buy a dryer, or dishwasher numerous times but then not only would I have to spend money on these appliances our energy bill would go up too so I guess it’s worth the extra effort. I need to get into a routine of making large freezer ready meals on my days off. That would save so much time during the week and reduce the number of pizza nights at our house lately.

Kitty cuddles, I love how close they all are to each other even though there is a whole couch available.

Kitty cuddles, I love how close they all are to each other even though there is a whole couch available.

But enough complaining! I’m really enjoying being back at work and for once working somewhere that I’m proud of and using my science degree. I got hired on as a QA Specialist for Champion Petfoods a little over a month ago. If you haven’t heard of them they make the dog and cat food brands Orijen and Acana. Pretty much the best cat/dog food on the planet (yeah I’m biased cause I work there). But really, I get to see exactly what goes in the food and trust me, it’s all good, nutritious food, even good enough for people to eat. As QA I run around the place making sure all the formulas are testing within nutritional standards before packaging, analyze all the ingredients in the lab for food safety, and get in everyone’s way as much as possible lol. It’s a pretty important job ensuring that the food we produce is safe especially since Canada has zero guidelines in place for food safety in pet food.. Which is pretty hard to believe and one of the reasons why we follow Canada’s guidelines for human food production instead of non-existent pet food ones. It’s been really good so far, lots to learn, and lots to do. I’d like to move into Research and Development within the company one day to get involved in that side of things but for now I’m happy where I am ensuring the quality of our food! If you haven’t heard of Orijen or Acana I’m urging you to check out their site or google “what’s really in your petfood” to see what kind of garbage food other brands make for your pet. If you have heard of them you probably know that it’s pretty pricey. Honestly I think my pet is worth the extra money and the food being a little on the expensive side allows for use of superior ingredients. Like anything, when you cut the cost you can guarantee you’re also cutting the quality and the integrity of it’s production.

Enough for now, I’m off to make some butternut mac and cheese for supper! I’ll post the recipe after and the results =)

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