“There's a race of men that don't fit in, A race that can't sit still; So they break the hearts of kith and kin, And they roam the world at will. They range the field and rove the flood, And they climb the mountain's crest; Their's is the curse of the gypsy blood, And they don't know how to rest.”
- Robert Service

Friday, 14 December 2012

...I Can Do Better!

Though I was a bit worried, I have to say I'm extremely satisfied with the outcome of my "outlandish" photoshoot at Wreck Beach yesterday, because it earned me First Prize!

...I did think to wait until I had a positive result back before I posted this gem - mostly because it would have been slightly embarrassing to swim in my skivvies and take a picture of it if I wasn't completely sure it was worth it!

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Anything You Can Do...

I spotted a contest recently where I could win tickets to the opening night performance of Romeo & Juliet at the Stratgord Shakespeare Festival. We all know how much I love this place, so of course I'm going to enter! But how?

All I have to do is submit a photo of myself reading Shakespeare in an outlandish location! After browsing through a few of the posted submissions (a little unfair, if you ask me - because it makes the "one-upping" game too easy!), I realize that I can do far better than a cat photo. Granted, I might feel a little bad for snatching the prize from the little ballerina or those cute kidlets reading in a canoe from their snowy backyard, but I'm sure it'll pass....

I took a friend to the Van Dusen Botannical gardens this evening for their Festival of Lights (a must-see at this time of year!) and brought along my camera, hoping to get some inspiration.

I met some Gnomes who were interested in my little book....

...and the Abominable Snowman was thrilled with my readings! (but don't tell  the gardeners...I most definitely had to cross the Yeti's fence to get this close to him. Though he was a great listener, his halitosis was abominable, too....) 
But you see, although I very much like these photos, I have a plan to do something erven more outlandish tomorrow. You'll have to wait and see!

Sunday, 2 December 2012

December The Two

Here's a little preview of my Christmas Cards, still quite in rough form. I must love you people to do so much folding....It's about 1100 folds amongst all of the cards, not including the folds necessary to turn 25 pieces of square paper into 25 pieces of hexagonal paper. I think they'll be quite satisfying to complete, though!

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Third Time Around

This week was the third week Mike came home from Sudbury. Yay! Despite my obligation to show up for work three times, we managed to have several fun times - thoroughly important. HIghlights:

Attending a Xavier Rudd concert immediately following his arrival home. I had him chug a beer before surprising him with the tickets. Also, I decided that it was important to push the limits of my youth by staying out well past my bedtime on a work night. Good show, though!

Trying (and failing) twice to see the new James Bond film. Apparently it's quite popular and prone to selling out. But the good part was that since we were at the theatre, we opted to just buy the popcorn and go back home to catch up on all of the missed episides of Dexter!

Visiting family. Mike hasn't seen his parents in rather a long time, so I was happy to visit them a couple of times since they've been staying in Abbotsford lately. Family is always a reason for cheerfulness!

We set up the Christmas tree, too. It's a bit early for my liking, but we had to do it this week, or not until Dec 22 when he comes back home. I'd much rather do it now! Funny enough, we both had the same ideas about the advent calendar. I made a fabric calendar with 24 individual pockets and I'd planned to send it back to Sudbury with Mike, but he'd brought along his own goodies to fill it up for me! So we split up the pockets and I sent him back with all of the even numbered days. I can't wait until Dec 1!

Riding down the slopes at Cypress Mountain and Mount Baker! I'm thoroughly tired and several of my muscles are sad and achey, but we had some decent snow (for early season snowboarding) and the skies were sunny at Mount Baker. There is nothing so inspiring as a perfectly white, epic snow-capped mountain to keep you smiling even though you've just completely done a cartwheel over a rut and aren't sure which way is up!
Mount Baker, USA

Saturday, 17 November 2012

In Yaletown...

I spotted this in Yaletown yesterday. How many "Bills" can you name in this picture?

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Things I like about Home

I've noticed that lately when I visit my parents in Kamloops, I've been getting increasingly nostalgic. There are a lot of things about home that I love - things that I miss since living in a postage-stamp sized apartment in the city.....

Like these oddities:
"Sometimes I think we're all nuts"
Miniature chest of drawers on the kitchen counter with a few little interesting miniatures (and two baskets woven by mum)
minitaure sculputure of my grandfather sitting on the fireplace
And these curtains...which were original to the house when we bought it 13 years ago and never thought to change
mum's wall of curios in her workroom. It reminds me of a game of "eye spy." I spy a cookie, a die, a little pink flower; a key for turning and a lighthouse tower....
 And then the really nice things about home:
the willow tree in the backyard
Mum's garden (which was overflowing this year!)
an excellent collection of tea tins
a neat little row of garbage bins, recycling bins, and a composter. Oh! How I wish I could compost!
Of course, I'm in no frame of mind to actually own and maintain a house much bigger than the apartment I'm in now (it's only 560 sq ft), but it is nice to think that at one point there was room to grow, and no fire department next door keeping you up!

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Where in the World...?

For the most part, over the last few months I've been holed up at home either trying to wind down from work, or catch up on school work. Neither is terribly appealing at the moment, especially when I'm trying not to think about how much work has been stressing me out but coming home and having to read about work-type things. It's been rather a battle. Amongst that, Michael's also moved to Sudbury for a while (a year+, "depending on how much [I] like it there." So generally I've been at home alone. Now of course in some wasy I'm sure I'd be far less productive if Mike was home (why study/do errands when I can do fun things or chill out with my sweetheart?), but I certainly wouldn't mind the company once in a while.

I have been combatting this by spending my free hours (ha!) doing wonderfully fun things, such as:

In November:
Seeing a Charlie Chaplin silent film in its most wonderous form! The Orpheum is 85 years old, so they held a special concert where the Vancouver Symphony played the music to go along with the film on the big screen. As added bonuses, an organist played a special tune on the original hydraulic organ (FYI, the Orpheum is still "wired" for sound and the organ pipes blast music from the  walls!), and the concert master played piano accompanyment to a short film "making it up as he went along." It was a real treat, and totally worth staying out a bit late on a work night!

Attending a Neil Young Concert with a good friend. Michael bought the tickets long before he went to Sudbury, and they couldn't go wasted! I sure wish he was there, though, because there was a whole lotta music that I didn't understand - but the crowd was great!

Walking for ages around the Circle Craft Christmas Market! My mum came to vancouver for the occasion and we were there for hours and hours! I'm still not quite in the Christmas mood yet, but I'm sure it will come!

In October:
Alanis Concert at the last minute - totally worth the price of admission
Dressing up as a Nurse for Hallowe'en! I worked that day, and rather than picking out a costume that might well get in my way all day, I managed to secure myself a white nurse's dress, starched white cap, white cardigan and tights! Many of the other nurses working that day wore jerseys to look like a soccer team, so it was a nice little boost to my self-esteem (it was my first couple of days past my orientation shifts with a buddy holding my hand) to have a patient and his father say when I walked in the room "well, it's nice to finally see a real nurse today - so far we've only had soccer players taking care of us!"
My little jack-o-lantern! He was so happy!
Touring my cousin and her colleagues around Vancouver for a day! My cousin was in town for a physics conference, so I made sure we hit up the hot-spots: sushi (too mad she's not into fish), the steam clock in gastown (where they all giggled at people standing around to wait for the steam, and then sheepishly wanting to stay themselves), and a drive around Stanley Park! Too bad the weather was wreched.

Mike and his dad helping family friends move out of their farm to Chilliwack
Watching the premiere of a Friend's Brother's documentary film at the Rio! The film was The Occupation, and it chronicled the rise and fall of the Occupy movement in Vancouver last year. Good film. Good audience!

A bonus of the Rio theatre: you can buy a beer with your popcorn!
Going home for Thanksgiving! It was good to be home. I didn't have to cook, my sleeping quarters were quiet (no city noise for this girl!), and the weather was exceptionally co-operative. Plus I was able to see some good friends, go to a new farmers' market out on Tranquille, and I might have got lost in a corn maze! I also tried my hand at sweet potato pie. It was excellent. nom.
We got a little lost in the maize maze.....
...lost and hungry.
But we emerged triumphant!
Family Thanksgiving at the Ball House.
Bert really wanted to help make sure the turkey was carved properly.
In September:
Tofino!!! I've been meaning to blog about this for ages (obviously....it's from September) because this trip was totally rad. We drove up to Tofino for a weekend, camped out at Green Point and rented some hardy wetsuits and surfboards with a large group of extended friends. Evenings were spent trying not to be freezing (the wetsuits were excellent for keeping the frigid water at bay until you took them off and any remaining moisture chilled you down. It didn't help that Mike and I forgot to bring towels. That was a mistake), and incresing our intake of alcohol to increase our sense of not caring. I was stiff each morning I work up, but thoroughly happy. I had a moment while standing in the surf on our last morning - 15 really happy novice surfers all "Yeah, Life!" around me. Sunshine, surf, and freedom! I could barely keep my eyes open on the drive home - I'd been staving off surfing exhaustion with getting high on life and it rather caught up on me once I finally took time to sit down!

Kaan and Tess - our fearless leaders!
No place like a lean-to on the beach!
We took a hike up to a Bomber in the woods....
The plane can't be removed because it's now in provincial park lands. Neat story, too

Surfing Victory!

Visited the old forests on the way home...
I thought it could use some hugs!

Just some of our merry gang of wild adventurers!
And other miscellany....

After Mike moved, I bought a small potted tree (Renior), and two gnomes, straight from the Netherlands. They've been named Ilse and Pepe. I don't have a name for the hummingbird. any suggestions?
I took this picture while taking a break from volunteer duties at Bard on the Beach...not so bad
I took a sausage making course a while ago from Save-On-Meats. I woudn't necessarily reccomend the course because they sent me home with a pound of bacon that I had to smoke....in my oven? I doubt the landlord would have appreciated that... The picture above shows different styles of sausage casings. mmmm. Only the one on the far right is non-intestine.

Stuffing sausage!
My little piggy babies! They tasted yummy
and all wrapped up in brown butcher's paper!
but mostly I've been dreaming of more evenings like  this: a coupla friends over for knitting, fresh muffins, a glass 'o wine, fine china, and some smelly candles. Perfect.

Re-Start! Re-New! Re-Adventurize!

Welcome to my new adventures!! I would have loved to keep  the old blog, but apparently I exhausted it's photo capacity. I don't mind the refresh, so long as you keep coming to visit!

I'll soon be posting ebout everything you've missed in the last month (or two....), so come back soon! I'll also post a link here to connect you to the old blog if you're feeling nostalgic.

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