Lost in Vancouver

A thirty something single woman pretending to be a grown up... Mary Richards with liquor and attitude. Hell, I might just make it after all.

Location: Vancouver, Canada

Sunday, August 31, 2003

Laughs and hangovers

Went to see the incredibly intelligent, fabulously funny Eddie Izzard last night. I don't think I've laughed that hard in ages - my cheeks and my stomach are still hurting. I love intelligent comedy and Eddie is an absolute master at it. I would love to be able to tell you the details of his act, but I guarantee that it won't be funny if I tell any of it. It included discussions of the Doppler effect, Greek mythology, the Koran, and horses wearing children (as opposed to children riding horses). I'm going to be smiling for days just remembering it. I love that.

After the show R and I went to meet some friends for a drink, which turned into many drinks and eventually led us back to Miss M's place along with B for some very expensive after hours drinks. I decided to call it quits around 4 am and woke up this morning afternoon with a slight headache and a very fuzzy mind.

I've decided that I'm going to spend the day lounging, tidying up and watching The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers back to back. Yes I am a bit of an LOTR geek...I must have read the books about a dozen times and I seem to get something new out of it everytime.

I think it's going to be a very relaxing day, if not very productive. Hell, that's what long weekends are for... right?

Thursday, August 28, 2003

Oh my

Did I just see Madonna kissing Christina and Britney? I think I did. Madonna is HOT!

Update and random ramblings: Do you think that 50 Cent has a prosthetic penis? It's the only explanation that I can come up with for the fact that he constantly has his hand on his crotch - he's trying to stop the prosthesis from falling out. Wave hand in the air, grab crotch, wave hand in the air, grab crotch. Repeat as necessary. That's gotta be the reason.

On a non-crotch grabbing note, Dave Navarro is very, very hot.

I love that 50 Cent, Justin Timberlake and Johnny Cash were nominated in the same category... even if Justin did win.

I sound like a 15 year old don't I? Oh well, it's my blog so it's my prerogative.

Entertainment tastes

Friday night I'm heading out with Miss M to see the uber-fabulous Eddie Izzard at the The Vogue and I can't wait. I'll post a review Saturday and let y'all know how it was. Miss M didn't initially want to come, but since I have an extra ticket (that I'm not charging her for) she's decided to accompany me.

Lately I've noticed that I'm having a hard time finding friends to attend some of the events that I want to see. It seems that I have completely different taste in entertainment than most of the people around me. Example: I'd love to drive down to Seattle to catch Fountains of Wayne at the EMP on September 7th, but no-one wants to go. I want to go see Peaches when she's here in October... no-one wants to go.

How is it that my interests are so different from those of the people I'm closest to? Is it unusual? I think it must be. In any case, it means that I do a lot of things (shows, movies etc) by myself, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but sometimes it would be nice to have company.

One show that I will have company for is the Bard on the Beach presentation of The Comedy of Errors. My folks are taking me and a friend for my birthday next month. I sent them to it for my mother's birthday earlier this month and they want to see it again so the 4 of us are heading out to catch closing night. It should be fun.

Gotta run now...gotta make some popcorn to watch the MTV video awards.

Random observations

Hills are bad when you're learning to drive a standard.

People should just butt out and allow those around them to keep secrets if they need to.

An overflowing toilet does not get your day off to a good start.

Being in control of yourself is good; trying to control others is bad.

Skunk spray doesn't come off your car, even after you wash it.

It can be hard to ask for help sometimes, but you'll be surprised by the number of people who step up once you do.

Buzzing mosquitos can keep you awake all night long.

Being awake all night long definitely impairs your performance in the office.

Wednesday, August 27, 2003

It's been a weird few days

I'm not going to get into all the boring details, but in the last few days I have re-injured my sprained ankle, ripped hole in my pants, got into my car to find that my battery had bit it, been jump started twice (and not in a good way), replaced the car battery, dealt with a plumber and found that the problem still existed after the plumber left.

On the up-side, I was presented with a copy of The Two Towers yesterday, which cheered me up immensely, I got some laundry done finally, and my mom got me an amazing deal on my battery. Okay, actually she paid for it and then wouldn't accept any money from me. She works at a place that we'll just call "The Tire" and leave it at that. You Canadians know the place I'm talking about.

I think I'm going to tear apart the toilet myself this weekend and play plumber in an attempt to get it fixed. How hard could it be really? I'll talk to the folks at my local DIY store and go from there. Anyone have any experience with this type of thing that you'd be willing to share with me before I dig in (so to speak)?

Ink... for Buntz

Sunday, August 24, 2003

Decisions, decisions...

I had a very relaxing day yesterday, which essentially means that I did nothing. No house cleaning, no laundry, no dishes... nothing, so today I still have all of my standard weekend chores to do. Strangely I don't feel like doing any of them. Okay, it's not so strange since I really hate doing that kind of stuff. My problem is this: if I don't do it today, I'll have to deal with it after work during the week, which means it won't get done, which will stress me out. On the other hand, I really would like to get out of the house and just chill out somewhere. See, if I don't get out of the house I won't feel like I did anything for me this weekend and then I'll be burnt out at work.

I shouldn't feel guilty about taking my weekends to relax right? I mean I work hard all week and I'm entitled to do nothing if that's what I feel like... right? I'm going to feel guilty either way, so I'm going to leave the decision up to you: Go out and have some fun or stay home and clean up??

You decide.

Saturday, August 23, 2003

Best recipe ever

Friday was girls night and we all hit BK's tiki palace for some wine, food and tons of girl talk. Since we all had to bring something I called up B and asked him for recipe suggestions for something easy and delicious (besides me of course) and I decided to share his recipe with you: No cooking required!

About 3/4 lb shrimp ( I prefer the hand peeled)

One each smallish red and yellow peppers chopped

One or two green onions (scallions) chopped

2 tbsp sweet garlic chile sauce

1 1/2 tbsp mayo

Mix it all together and then roll up in rice paper(pre-softened in warm water of course) and voila: sweet chile shrimp rolls!

They were a huge hit and absolutely yummy if I do say so myself.


I spoke with my friends in Kelowna last night and let out a big sigh of relief: their place is still okay, at least for now. About 30,000 people have already been evacuated because of the fire and I'm scared for them. J has some boxes packed and ready to go by the door just in case they have to leave suddenly. I've got my fingers crossed that it doesn't come to that.

Right now it seems like half the province is on fire. It's not really, but an area 1/3 the size of PEI has already been destroyed and there are still at least 5 major fires still burning. If you want to do the math, PEI is 5620km². That's a lot.

Locally, a large number of hiking trails and campsites have been closed to reduce the risk of any new fires starting. Everything is just so damn dry. We need some rain....a helluva lot of rain.

Update: last night on the news they said that there are currently 850 fires burning in BC right now...

Friday, August 22, 2003

Undies galore

No, not mine. Finally hit the Vancouver Museum last night to check out their new exhibits, including undies through the ages (which is what I call it) and no I can cross something else off my to-do list. I was quite impressed with all of the exhibits and plan on going back to spend a little more time digging through the Vancouver history portion. Very cool.

No more skunk attacks to report and it looks like its going to be a very relaxing weekend... well, except for that whole toilet thing, but I'll write more about that later.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, August 21, 2003

Bada Bing Bada Boom

Just like that, it's been added to the Oxford English Dictionary, along with such conversational favorites as 'bootylicious' and 'egosurf'. Do people really say this stuff?

Link via Fark

Wednesday, August 20, 2003

Questions for Steve

(See interview game post)

If you could chose any profession and be guaranteed that you would succeed at it, what would it be?

What is your favorite memory of childhood and why?

Tell me something that no-one knows about you.

What is the one key thing you want to accomplish in your lifetime?

What is your all-time favorite cartoon character?

Don't forget to leave me a comment once you've posted the answers on your site!

These boots were made for walking

Since I took the day off today, I decided to do some of the things that I've been meaning to for ages. I was up early and headed off to the VAG as soon as the door opened to catch the Drawing the World exhibit. I highly recommend it.

Afterwards I wandered down through China town and checked out all the very strange food. I'm not exactly sure what you do with most of it but people seemed to like it.

Now I think I'm going to have a little nap and then maybe head to the park.

Do you write like a boy or a girl?

Some folks have developed an algorithm to determine the gender of an author based on a passage of their work. According to The Gender Genie some of my regular male reads are women. Hmmm... it correctly identified me as female... I wonder ...

Link found on Richard's site

What is happening to my neighbourhood?!

Last week there was a shooting literally a block from my home. What is going on? I live in a safe neighbourhood... or at least I've always thought so.

A few weeks ago I forgot to close my windows and someone climbed in while I wasn't home, leaving a nasty footprint on my sofa. It appears that the intruder noticed the eye for the alarm and made a rapid exit which my upstairs neighbours witnessed and called the police. I'm thankful I wasn't home and I'm thankful that my place is alarmed.

I've always left my window open in the summer time, but I'm locking them tightly these days. I'm concerned and I don't want to be.

Some people are blaming the clean up efforts on the downtown eastside for the problems in the West End - Nelson park has become a needle hazard zone, which is disturbing since it is adjacent to an elementary school - I don't know if that's the reason or not, but I don't like it.

No, I don't have any magical solutions but I think that we have to do something about it... I don't want to be scared in my own neighbourhood. If I wanted that I'd live in the 'burbs.

Tuesday, August 19, 2003

Le Stink

I believe that I've mentioned in the past the profusion of small furry creatures that wander my neighbourhood: squirrels, raccoons, skunks and even the odd coyote. As a rule none give you any trouble as long as you don't threaten them or box them into a corner... they're really quite civilized. Or so I thought.

It seems that my parked car has somehow threatened a skunk - or perhaps it was the site of an altercation between a skunk and a cat or some other four legged creature - in any case, a skunk has retaliated against the evil done to it by my car. Yup, it retaliated all over (and I mean all over) the driver's side, leaving the always intriguing 'eau de stink' from one end to the other. It reeks and I wouldn't be surprised to see the paint beginning to peel. Damned parked cars, picking on the poor defenseless animals... there ought to be a law!

Slacker chick

I'm taking tomorrow off work. My boss is having knee surgery on Thursday and will be out for a few weeks, so I need a relaxation day before I have to take on all her stuff (on top of my own of course). Don't know what I'm going to do, but it's going to be fun and relaxing.

Sunday, August 17, 2003

The best intentions

I traded a museum day for a beautiful sunny day shopping with my mom. I checked the hours at the VAG and they are open late on Thursdays so I decided to spend this wonderful day with my mom instead. We had a fabulous breakfast (way too early at 10:30) at Zin. I had the Zinfull eggs benny, which was wonderful, although the hollandaise did get a little goopy, and then we headed out to get mom some capris and tee-shirts. We had good success shopping and wound up at Cascades Lounge at the Pan for a few bevvies with my dad. It was actually a great day and now I'm a little buzzed and looking for a wonderful way to spend the rest of this wonderful evening. Have a wonderful night all.

Saturday, August 16, 2003

The weekend

I love the weekend. You just can't beat that feeling of not having to do anything. Well, actually it's that feeling of not having to go to work.

Spent most of last night sitting on Miss M's deck sipping wine and enjoying the wonderfully warm evening. B called on his way home from work so we went to meet him for a beverage or two at our local and a good time was had by all. I wound up falling asleep on his sofa watching a movie and woke up to an alarm going off at 8am. Yup... 8 am. Too bloody early for a Saturday in my opinion!

I've been very lazy today and I'm enjoying every second of it. Tomorrow it's off to either the VAG or the Vancouver Museum. There are also about a million movies that I want to see so maybe I'll do that to. We'll see.

Happy Saturday all!

Friday, August 15, 2003

Black outs

I'll admit it...I'm glad it's the east coast and not me. I found out tonite that the battery on my laptop is dead. I'll have to speak with my help desk tomorrow to get a new one. Okay, I'll admit it ... I don't own a home computer. I have my laptop from work and I can dial in through my work network so I don't have to pay for my internet connection. It's an easy way out I know, but I live on very little disposable cash so it works for me. Okay, I'll admit it, I have a lot of bills. Mostly because I have a lot of shoes and bags and hangovers :). I'm willing to accept that. My admissions are done. No blackouts here, unless they're liquor induced.

Thursday, August 14, 2003

Oh and I almost forgot

My brother forgot my mom's birthday yesterday... nice one Ron (since you're reading me) boy oh boy did it put me in the good books after being on the shit list previously. Thanks baby bro... love ya!

It's a beautiful thing

I visited with my mom tonight. It was her birthday yesterday but I wanted her and my dad to have a nice romantic night together so I didn't join them. I gave her tickets to go see A Comedy of Errors at the Bard on the Beach on Saturday.

After I left my folks' place I went to meet the girls down at Spanish Banks for a picnic. It was a ton of fun. As I was leaving my headlights illuminated our picnic site (it was dark) and I got a fabulous send off - all the girls dropped their pants to moon me! They thought that we were the only ones still on the beach, but apparently they were wrong! The hoots and hollers were tremendous. The girls were only very slightly embarrassed and actually got a bit of a kick out of it. It was a helluva good night... and for you single guys out there, they had some nice butts too!

Some people

Just know how to push your buttons. I just had a telephone conversation with one of them and am trying desperately not to get pissed off by it. Once you reach a certain point in your life you (or at least I ) assume that the nit-picky game playing part of your life is well behind you - let's face it, it's been a long time since I was in highschool - but apparently there are those around me who despite their years still indulge in that type of behaviour. I refuse to be drawn into it. Really I do.

Wednesday, August 13, 2003

I don't have a fricken clue

I'm trying to update my links to reflect who I'm actually reading and it's not working for me at all. Things I've deleted are still there... things I've added aren't. I don't know what's going on. Maybe it's just blogger. I'll check again in the morning... sigh.

Tuesday, August 12, 2003

Aww crap

Well, I had this very long intense post about my feelings about being single again and how I felt kind of lost without the expected telephone and personal contact, but the damn system crashed and I lost it all. Trust me it was good!

So, now that it's gone, I'll give you something else.

Here it is:

interview game: THE RULES
1. leave me a comment, saying you want to be interviewed.
2. i will respond; i'll ask you five questions.
3. you'll update your website with my five questions, and your five answers.
4. you'll include this explanation.
5. you'll ask other people five questions when they want to be interviewed.

Here are Michelle's questions for me:

1. what's the greatest expectation you have of life?

Probably that it never ceases to surprise me. I would not want to live a life that I could be certain of... I like to believe that there is always something unexpected that will shake things up... whether good or bad.

2. what moves you, emotionally?

Family, children, a sad story, a beautiful sunset or sunrise, someone confiding in me. To be honest, it doesn't take that much... I'm a bit of a mush.

3. best day of your life, so far?

The day I flew to London to meet a man I had known in person for all of 3 weeks. I felt so incredibly strong and brave and adventurous... it was amazing and thrilling and fulfilling all at once.

4. what's the biggest misconception people have of you?

A lot of people think that I'm really tough and really bitchy, but I'm really a massive suck. I build walls around myself and I'm careful about who I let through, so a lot of people have absolutely no idea what I'm really like. Some people are afraid of me and that makes me sad and makes me laugh at the same time, because it's so not me!

5. favourite place in the city?

Lost Lagoon without a doubt. I love it at all times of the day. It makes me feel like I'm away from everything and just at one with nature. I know that sounds corny, but it is completely true. I think I'm at my best when I'm connecting with things that are far greater than myself and since I'm not big on organized religion, nature is it for me. I love the lagoon.

Monday, August 11, 2003

Officially unattached once again

B and I called it quits yesterday. We have totally different ideas about what we want from a relationship and it wasn't working for either of us. He's a wonderful guy and I think that we'll be great friends, but... I'm still a little a lot sad.

Friday, August 08, 2003

I'm an adult now...

Well, I don't hate my parents
I don't get drunk just to spite them
I've got my own reasons to drink now
Think I'll call my dad up and invite him
I can sleep in 'til noon anytime I want
Though there's not many days that I do
Gotta get up and take on that world
When you're an adult it's no cliche, it's the truth

'Cause I'm an adult now
I'm an adult now
I've got the problems of an adult
On my head and on my shoulders
I'm an adult now

I can't even look at young girls anymore
People will think I'm some kind of pervert
Adult sex is either boring or dirty
Young people they can get away with murder
I don't write songs about girls anymore
I have to write songs about women
No more boy meets girl boy loses girl
More like man tries to figure out what the hell went wrong

Repeat chorus

I can't take any more illicit drugs
I can't afford any artificial joy
I'd sure look like a fool lying dead in a ditch somewhere
With a mind full of chemicals like some cheese-eating high school boy

Repeat chorus

Sometimes my head hurts and sometimes my stomach hurts
And I guess that it won't be long
'Til I'm sitting in a room with a bunch of people whose necks and backs are aching
Whose sight and hearing's failing who just can't seem to get it up
Speaking of hearing, I can't take too much loud music
I mean I like to play it, but I sure don't like the racket
Noise, but I can't hear anything
Just guitars screaming, screaming, screaming
Some guy screaming in a leather jacket

'Cause I'm an adult now
I'm an adult now
I've got the problems of an adult
On my head and on my shoulders
I'm an adult now

- The Pursuit Of Happiness

Thursday, August 07, 2003

I am a messy person

I'm looking around my cubicle (yes, I work in a cubicle) right now and I can't believe how messy I am. I'm not disorganized... I know where everything is, but I'm pretty sure that I don't need 3 travel mugs, 2 coffee cups, an empty water bottle, an empty plastic juice jug, a glass, 2 plates, a tensor bandage, a bag of english muffins, a bag of loose tea, a can of soup, discount car rental coupons, a fork, a ziploc full of vitamins, the lid for a non-existent water bottle and a stack of napkins on my desk. And that's just the stuff I'm willing to tell you about.

Sure, I know what you're thinking... and yes, the clutter does add to the 'atmosphere' I'm trying to create, but enough is enough. Tomorrow I clean!

Tuesday, August 05, 2003


I went for a walk down to Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park. As always there was tons of people and animals. All the standards like these and these, but I also saw baby red-eared turtles and a baby swan. In all the years I've been coming to the park I've never seen one... the coyotes and racoons usually get the eggs I guess. I was quite pleased.

Tuesdays after a long weekend SUCK!!

Why oh why do they have to suck so bad? It's not really fair is it? No, I don't think it is.

On top of the horrendous workload, the boss is back from vacation and seems to feel the need to review and questioneverything that went on when she was out of the office. It all went fine. Yes, it's all been taken care of... I've been dealing with it for 2 weeks now... go away and leave me alone to get some work done. I've been here 6 years... I know what I'm doing!!

Okay, I think I'm getting a little grouchy now. Is it Friday yet??!!

Monday, August 04, 2003

Tweet tweet Coo coo

A few weeks ago, these guys set up a nest on Miss M's balcony (in one of her plant pots). The female laid 2 eggs, which is what they do, and we have been waiting patiently for them to hatch. They finally did a few days ago and Saturday night mama actually left the nest so we got a peak of the little guys. Okay so they're not exactly gorgeous yet, but in a mere 3 more weeks they will be just as big as mom and dad and then everyone will leave.

I know that they aren't exactly popular birds, but the adult really are very pretty and they haven't left any 'messes' on the balcony yet... yet being the operative word.

Saturday, August 02, 2003

Picture picture

It's Saturday and it's beautiful! I was going to try to hit this exhibit at the VAG this morning before I dig into my housework, but alas, I slept too late. It must be the combination of anti-inflammatories and T3s that I took before bed. Don't worry. it was doctor recommended for the pain in my tailbone. I'll get the X-ray results next week... not that it matters as treatment is the same whether it's fractured or just bruised.

I did however manage to get my 26 things up. I am really pleased with some of the pictures and not so much with others but it was a lot of fun trying to get them together. I really need to work on my html skills so that it doesn't take me forever to put a simple page together. Soon.

I'm off to get some coffee and breakfast. Enjoy the day.

Friday, August 01, 2003

Don't let the sun go down on me...

Last night I took a walk down to English Bay and happened to be just in time for the sunset. This is what it looked like:

Lights in the sky

Wednesday was the first night of the fireworks competition, featuring the Czech Republic. I must say... I was impressed. I snapped a few pictures during the show. Here's a couple of my favorites

Once I finish uploading I'll post a link to the rest.

Saturday is Canada's nite to compete and I may actually deal with the crowds and head down to the beach. There were 350K people out on Wednesday... I shudder to think how many may be there on Saturday. On second thought maybe I'll just hit Miss M's place again, as she has a decent view.