Friday, June 30, 2006

Growing postcard collection...

Check out the new additions:

My parents are navigating their way across Scandinavia and filling my mailbox with lovely postcards.


Ö–land - a pretty island in Sweden. Where my Mom said it was very sunny.


Then on to Stockholm...this postcard makes me want to go there NOW!!!

norwegian trolls

The most recently dated postcard come from Norway and its trolls.

My parents should be somewhere in Denmark now - either in Haderslev or close to it.

I also got this gem in the mail, but I've been forbidden to discuss here I am, not discussing it.



I got mail and I'm not allowed to open it.


So it's sitting on the telephone table, taunting me. Of course, the top piece is a postcard and was handed to me last week by the person who wrote it, so it's okay that I saw it already. It actually told me about the lovely early birthday present I got last weekend from Chandra - part of my new deck garden.

Appropriate isn't it...

birthday garden card

So, until Monday, I'll just look longingly at the little pile...and be really excited on Monday morning when I get to open it all!

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Busted Update

My source tells me that various local animal protection agencies (maybe the SPCA and the Humane Society, my source couldn't confirm for certain which agencies) had been in to check out the reptilian zoo in Kits. Apparently the owner of the reptiles is a Zoology student and the various local animal protection agencies who visited were happy with the living conditions for the reptiles in the apartment.

The crocodile survived its fall with minor injuries - some minor bruising and a dislocated digit.

My source also told me that the fate of the human inhabitants of the apartment was still undecided. The building manager didn't have a problem with the large number of pets even though the building has a no pets policy, but the building owner wasn't so sure.

photo captioning party...

okay, so it's not a party, but Chandra would love it if you'd caption the photos she took on our beautify the balcony day last weekend....

More Busted!

crocodile part two
click for larger image

Close to 30 reptiles including one Florida soft-shelled tortoise, were discovered in a Kitsilano apartment following the capture of a five-foot caiman outside the apartment on Tuesday.

Seems this story is a very popular one with the papers and the local radios at the moment.

From CKNW:

Just how exotic is Kitsilano?
Jun, 29 2006 - 12:30 AM

VANCOUVER/CKNW(AM980) - After nearly 30 exotic reptiles, including a five-foot alligator, were found at a Kitsilano apartment, a Vancouver City Councillor is hoping the incident will rally support for a bylaw to ban exotic pets.

Councillor Kim Capri says a bylaw is needed because the general public doesn't always know how to care for exotic pets, "The environment appeared to be sound and it was somebody who I believe was studying zoology who was keeping them, and yet you have situation where an animal has fallen off a building and they were probably trying to escape a situation where they were in distress."

Capri says City staff are studying several options for a possible exotic animal bylaw, but the options won't be presented to Council until the fall.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

warm stone massages followed by bellinis and silly laughter equals one good day

For Christmas Alex gave me a gift certificate to a local day spa. (THANKS ALEX!!!) And now, in June, I've finally just had the opportunity to use it. I went in today for a warm stone massage and it was super! It was so cool and the stones felt so good. After a few minutes you forget the stones are the ones between my toes...and they just feel nice and warm and toasty. I haven't been that relaxed in ages. It was so calming and when I left I felt like I was going to melt. All I wanted to do was get myself a cold drink and lounge on the deck for the rest of the afternoon.

But that was not meant to be. Because, as often is the case, I had a Guide meeting...this one was a fun one - our wrap up for the summer at the Macaroni Grill. And it was great. I did get my cold drink...who can refuse a bellini on a warm summer evening? was so much fun...we made a ton of noise, laughed ourselves silly and ended the evening by leaving silly crayon notes to the waiters on the table cloths (yes, you're allowed to do that, they cover the table with paper and GIVE you crayons).


kitsilano crocodile

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A crocodile fell 10 metres out of the window of a Kitsilano apartment yesterday. Neighbours called police. The animal was taken to UBC for a veterinary exam.

Apparently this little guy and his owner, a UBC Zoology student, made all the local TV news and the Island news last night. Hmmm...

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

"Canadian Food" for Hiromi

I was chatting with Hiromi tonight and we were both getting excited about her upcoming trip. Our friend Megan is getting married and Hiromi is coming from Japan for the wedding and will be one of four guests staying at my house before the wedding. We were discussing food and what we might eat while we're here. We're going to go out for sushi at least once so that Hiromi can tell us if our sushi is *real* sushi and we'll maybe make Japanese food one night...

But I asked Hiromi what she likes/dislikes/is allergic to and she can eat everything and wants to have "Canadian Food" while she's here. So of course we'll have pancakes, but Hiromi, just for you I thought I'd show you what we had for dinner tonight.

It started out looking like this (no, we weren't going to ingest the propane, it's for the bbq)

food before cooking

And ended up looking like this...

food after cooking

We've got carrot salad from Morocco, chicken with a decidedly Asian influenced marinade, potatoes and onions done in foil on the bbq, grilled zucchini (does its Italian name make it Italian) and, typical Canadian meal, influenced by a number of cultures but with nothing that's really "typical" of Canadians...

So Hiromi, there you go...a Canadian meal. I promise we won't just go out for sushi while you're here! Mexican food is good too and Irish tea and Baileys are yummy....

Middlesex and breaking in the deck

Yesterday was book club night for me. The woman who was supposed to host it was unable to at the last minute. After a number of emails back and forth, we decided against rescheduling it...again...and moved it to my house.

Alex and I had already spent an evening on the's so comfortable and pretty and with the new lights we bought for it, we didn't realize what time it was. I had great plans for going to bed early on Sunday night and then we realized it was 11:30 and we were still hanging out on the deck...yeah, no going to bed early.

So last night four of the book club ladies showed up at my house and we sat on the cool (although quite windy) deck and discussed Middlesex. And I just realized we never talked about the title or its significance or its multiple meanings...hmmm.... But we did discuss Chapter Eleven's name and Tessie's monitoring of her children's bowels at great length. It was too hot to knit and talk, but it's been too hot to knit for quite some time. Thank goodness those babies aren't coming until October/November!

The deck will be quite perfect...when I finally figure out how to transport the pretty patio set to our house. Why don't they make things like that to fit in cars??? WHY???? Oh well, what we have out there is working quite well right now, so we'll make do with it for a few more days.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

prettying up the deck

Heddy had a great idea for a deck beautifying party, but by the time I saw her idea, the plants had been bought and planted!

Chandra arrived around 11:00 this morning and took me down to Southlands to two nurseries where we picked out a large number of plants. We met four very friendly, very nice dogs at the first place we went to. There was one I definitely wanted to bring home. She was a pretty Golden Lab who was so nice and friendly and my kind of dog!

We bought soil and came home to happily plant what we had purchased. I tried in vain to fly (NOT SO VERY) gracefully, just for a bit of excitement...I have the battle wounds to prove it. I still have a few pots to fill with pretty flowers of some type, but the planters were all well tended to this afternoon.

look all the pretty plants!

plants everywhere

plant us, plant us!

We made a bit of a mess...yes, those are beer bottles, what's better than a cold beer on a hot afternoon!?!?! I know it looks like not a lot has changed, but there is a planter full of herbs and two full of pretty flowers back there at the end of the deck...and the ivy growing out of the deck is GONE too!

what a mess!

But when we were done, we had a pretty looking deck. My landlady came down this morning and told us there was a table in the shed we could borrow for the deck and I have a funky table cloth that my Mom gave me a few years ago that looks just superb on the table, so it's all good. And yes, I am wearing a Girl Guide hat. It was hot and sunny and that was the only hat I could find...and I don't have sunstroke now!

aren't we pretty?

chandra relaxing

I have a pretty deck now!

And now, when you look up from down below, we have pretty flowers just like Kathy!!! I can't wait to get our furniture, it will look so super and be such a great summer space!

blue house from the back

Oh, what a great day. Thanks for the early birthday present Chandra!

punk, we're not seeing things...

Look what I found on the For Better For Worse website this morning:

Animated Strips:
You're not seeing things! We began animating the strips on the 19th of June, 2006, and will continue to animate selected strips when the artwork accommodates it. We're pleased this feature has added some extra interest to the strip - thanks for all your feedback!'s still creepy!!

Friday, June 23, 2006

rival to Paperchase!

I have found a rival to Paperchase.
And I can buy it in Canada.
And I can buy it online.
And I'm happy!!!!!!!!!!!

And I'm silly because Kelsey gave me very pretty paper for Christmas and it wasn't until I was on the website today that I realized I had already discovered it by accident!

The company is called Galison and I had to buy more than one box of their note cards.

Oh yeah...they're gonna give Paperchase a run for its money...if only because it's far more accessible!!!

creating a living space on the deck

...that is the weekend goal.

The deck is not such an appealing place at the moment.

my sad deck

There are even plants growing up and out of it....


But I weeded the planters...they had lots of weeds....

lots of weeds

lots of weeds

I found a small rose and a Rubeckia and tomorrow Chandra and I will buy lots of pretty plants...I watered the almost empty planters too. I think I found a strawberry plant, but tomorrow I might rip everything out and start from scratch.

weed free

weed free

And by July 8, I hope we'll have the oh-so-nice furniture we picked out...we just need to go buy it and set it up...I hope they still have some!

pretty furniture

my world traveller parents

My Mom and Dad are off somewhere in Scandinavia right now...yeah, I'm just a bit envious, but really, I shouldn't be.

They started travelling a lot about five years ago...strangely, that seemed to coincide with a time when their children became more self-sufficient...hmm...The first trip they took was to visit me in London, our French "sister" and her family in Paris and my aunt, uncle and cousins in Geneva. It was a very cool trip...but that's another story all on its own!

Now they always seems to either be travelling or planning their next trip. Last November they went on an amazing trip to Cuba for my cousin's wedding and then they did some travelling around with two other February they're going to Belize. My parents get around.

My parents (and now you know where I get it from) sends endless postcards when they're away. I love getting them...postcards are great - they have pretty pictures, they have a little note on the back and they make a good collection...see number 32...

The postcards this time have been interesting...from Frankfurt airport came a World Cup card (on the back there's a picture of the Olympiastadion Berlin where the final will be held).


And from Copenhagen came this one with a note from Mom: Don't know anything about this postcard - it was a freebie. Will send a real one from Sweden. By real, I assume she means a postcard with a picture of Sweden on it, because the one with the revolver and weird Muppet like creature definitely felt *real* in my hands...

denmark post card

It came with the following inscription, maybe my Danish sister, raceface, can translate. By the way raceface and punk, did you get the same strange freebie, or did you get a different strange freebie?

Bliv skudt i Malmø

Malmø er et sandt juleparadis kun 35 minutter fra Københaven. Tag ؘresundstoget og ankom i centrum af en by med hyggelige gågader, stemingsfyldte torve, butikker og cafeer. Toget kører 3 gange i timen hele natten mellem Københaven og Malmø. To voksne og tre born under 16 år rejser from og tilbage med toget for kun 280 kr. på en Familiebillet. Hør mere på 70 13 14 15 eller Danish (I know how to say hello and thanks...) but my guess is this...I don't know why the picture is a revolver...or what the muppet-like creature is doing, but I do know that dsb (address at the end of Danish blurb) is the railway. Malmø is in Sweden and I'd say it's 35 minutes from Copenhagen and maybe if you have three kids under 16 you can travel on a family pass for 280 kroner?

It's all yours miss raceface...who is the scary muppet???

Thursday, June 22, 2006

summer blah...

ugh...that's all I can say.

I got my summer clothes out and ugh...

I think I'll be going to the gym more often!

This is a yearly event...why does my body think it's a bear and go into hibernation every winter?

But the sun is out and it's supposed to get up to 26 this weekend and I'm going to rid the deck of weeds and decorate it with pretty flowers instead....

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

sorry state of my refrigerator...

Look at how pathetically empty my fridge was this morning.

fridge in the morning

A lot of beer...

more fridge in the morning

A few condiments, but no breakfast.

I went shopping this afternoon...and I got veggies at the veggie store and lots of food at the big grocery store and now we have three kinds of cereal so that means...BREAKFAST!!!

I also discovered that the produce store is CHEAPER by far than the big grocery store...okay, so I didn't really "discover" it cause I've known about it since I was a student, but I did actually do the price calculations and what I got at Tim's place cost me $20.46. I checked the prices at the big grocery store...and the same food, same quality, in some cases smaller quantity, would have cost me $50.43!!!!!! Oh my oh my oh my...that right there is incentive to walk the extra half a block when I'm feeling lazy and get my produce at the produce store!


All this for $20ish from the produce wallet is $30 happier for SURE!

Now that I have some food, my fridge is happier

happy non-pathetic fridge

and the beer and condiments are less prominent.

more happy non-pathetic fridge

Sunday, June 18, 2006

my Dad's day...

Father's Day...and I was even early with my Dad's card after the late fiasco of Mother's Day.

My Dad is in Denmark (or maybe Norway or Sweden, I'm not entirely sure when their itinerary took them out of Denmark) and so I don't even get to call him to wish him a Happy Father's Day. But he got his gift before he left so that he'd have something to entertain him on the long plane and train rides.

Just like my Mom knows everything, I think my Dad knows everything too. Amazing how parents can be so incredibly knowledgeable! I remember as a kid, my Dad was the one who got up to make us breakfast on the weekends...he had a delicious repertoire that included pancakes, oven pancakes, waffles, french toast, fruit sauce, fresh fruit, eggs, and in more recent years cinnamon buns and special coffee. One Father's Day, my Mom got up and made pancakes and fruit for breakfast and my sisters and I stood and stared at her...seems we didn't think our Mom (who knows everything) knew how to make breakfast!

We were lucky kids...our Dad was self-employed and that meant he was often able to attend school concerts, soccer games and field hockey games, pick us up after school, piano lessons or Brownies and generally got to hang out with us a lot more than some of our friends' dads. But, being self-employed also meant he would come home and eat dinner with us and three or four nights a week (and some Saturdays in January and February) he would have to go back to work. I think I was about 13 or 14 before I realized that a lot of dads came home from work and stay home...but those same dads didn't get to go to many games or concerts because they were during work time...yeah...we have a special Dad...I could do on and on about my special parents, but I'm not going to...not today anyway!

Happy Father's Day!!!

Saturday, June 17, 2006

moving is a comedy

Got up early this morning and went to a meeting and then went straight to Fifers so we could go meet Alex at his house. Commercial Drive was insane - it was Saturday and the Sunday walkers were out early, the really *smart* bicycler types were trying to ride up and down the sidewalk and Italy was playing in the World Cup...People were crowded around restaurant and cafe windows trying for a glimpse of some football action.

Today would have been a great day to go for lunch on the Drive. Just pick a restaurant with no tv and you'd have your pick of tables!

Anyway, after battling the crowds, Fifers and I moseyed on over to Alex's where we took charge of the stuff and managed to pack him up and out into two cars in an hour and a half...ever seen a dust farm? We got everything except one piece of furniture. After a quick unload, we got ourselves some much deserved sushi and then Alex and I came home to do some rearranging, dish washing and organizing.

I can't believe we've done the big move already...sometime next fall was the original plan and then July 1, but I hate being alone in this house at night, so here we are...It's kind of nice and this place it soooooo big that everything fit with room to spare!

Friday, June 16, 2006


His name is Herman.

He's cute and friendly and kind of tan coloured. If you look closely, you'll find his picture on this site!!!



100 things

This is post random things from Shannon...maybe you'll learn something, maybe I'll bore myself...who knows!!!
  1. I was never ever ever going to have a blog
  2. I have learned than I shouldn't say NEVER
  3. I was born in Kelowna
  4. I was the third generation of the Stewart family to be born in KGH
  5. I miss my tiny bedroom from the house on Hobson Crescent
  6. Last night I slept about 5 hours, which is a few hours more than I have been sleeping
  7. I love strawberries
  8. I want a real puppy
  9. Chandra is going to help me make a balcony garden
  10. Doing dishes is therapeutic
  11. I hate the travelling part of travelling. I just want to be where I'm going
  12. I used to think I was impatient, but this year I learned that I can actually be very patient
  13. Saturday is my favourite day of the week
  14. Doughsee was my first pet
  15. My grandma and I came home with her one day
  16. She got hit by a car and I was very sad
  17. I went "deaf" when my sisters were born
  18. My first Cabbage Patch was named Pauline Jane
  19. I wanted a brother
  20. My favourite books include Little Women, the English Patient and Harry Potter
  21. I love writing letters and getting letters in the mail makes me smile for days
  22. I hate renting
  23. Somedays I wonder why I do my job
  24. I've been in Girl Guides for 22 years
  25. I've known Fifers for 22 years
  26. I've known Michelle all my life
  27. I still love going "home" to my parents' house and I get sad when it's time to leave
  28. I'm scared of being lonely when I get old
  29. I've been to 13 countries
  30. I've lived in four countries
  31. I have sent more than 100 Christmas cards in one year
  32. I have a postcard collection that I started when I was seven
  33. I used to get carsick thinking about long car trips and on every single family trip we took; now I only get carsick sometimes
  34. Of all my butterflies, all but one were gifts
  35. I am an obsessive knitter
  36. I am an obsessive paper collector
  37. I was totally stunned and completely amazed when I got my Silver Merit award
  38. I still don't think I deserve it
  39. My "book" from Pax Lodge can make me homesick for somewhere that wasn't home and make me happy at the same time
  40. I have more photos in boxes waiting to be put into albums than photos in albums
  41. I love drinking coffee
  42. I hate aspartame
  43. I don't wear any jewelry except a watch and sometimes a necklace
  44. Some days I hate taking a shower because I hate being wet. Most days I love taking a shower and have to force myself to get out of the shower so I'm not late for work
  45. I am on a crazy naturopath diet (I cheat sometimes) but as hard as it can be, it's working (except when I cheat more than one day in a row)
  46. My current bed is the most comfortable bed I've ever owned
  47. I refuse to buy cheap (as in poorly made/poor quality, not necessarily low priced) shoes, linens, toilet paper/facial tissue or cheese
  48. Telemarketers who won't leave me alone drive me nuts
  49. Sometimes I give people too many chances
  50. Vinyl Cafe + coffee + The Globe and Mail = great Sunday morning
  51. I'm a Cancer - I'm a homebody and I really don't like clubbing or parties where I don't know anyone
  52. I turn red when people look at me and I have to talk to lots of people or people I don't know and when I laugh and when I get angry or upset and when I get flustered and pretty much I'm red MOST of the time
  53. Fifers says I have an incredible memory and probably remember more of her childhood than she does...sometimes I agree with her, but lately, it's beginning to fail
  54. Even though I can remember most things from our childhoods, I can't remember meeting Fifers, all I know is that I have this memory of talking to her on the playground one day, and it's my first memory of her and I know that I'd known her for a while by then
  55. I did grade one 1.5 times
  56. I met Alex a year ago
  57. I still need my parents
  58. I talk to my parents at least every Sunday unless I'm out of the country or they're out of the country
  59. My favourite cities so far have been Copenhagen and Geneva (London's not so bad either)
  60. I really really really want to go to Italy, to the East coast where my dad's family came from
  61. I hate Paris, but I always dream about going there
  62. When I get there, I always remember that I hate it
  63. I love Paperchase
  64. I love the stretch of Charing Cross Road from the Paperchase at Tottenham Court Road to Leicester Square
  65. The smell of Pax Lodge makes me happy!
  66. I was happier than I'd been for a long time when I first went to Pax Lodge
  67. I finished my degree so that I had a finished degree, not because I knew (or some days even liked) what I was doing at university
  68. I learned more from life outside the classroom than from the classes I paid for
  69. I lived in Hawaii for two years
  70. Boarding school is both nothing like the books say and everything like the books say
  71. I thought maybe I was going to boot camp, the rule book had so many rules in it, but somehow all those rules gave me a ton of freedom
  72. Boardgames are a great way to spend an afternoon or an evening
  73. I hate moving
  74. I love cooking
  75. I don't know what I want to do when I grow up
  76. My family is the most important thing in my life, followed closely by my friends
  77. Alex's family has already become part of *my* family
  78. I feel extremely lucky to have the friends I have
  79. Sometimes I think that I have more than my share of friends and feel bad because maybe I'm a friend hog
  80. Alex is one of the most important people in my life
  81. I miss the house at Christina Lake
  82. I miss my dog Rex
  83. I miss my grandpa
  84. I'm glad my friends are here - I needed them to help me out and take care of me this week
  85. I liked Australia but I would never go back except that three good friends live there
  86. I want to go to Ireland for an extended period of time even though they think it's strange that I'm named after a river
  87. I want to do a road trip across Canada
  88. I want to move back to Kelowna one day
  89. It hurts to see how much Alex's mom is suffering
  90. I can't believe how supportive people can be when they don't even know someone
  91. After my family, Guiding is my safety net and my support
  92. My sisters are amazing people and I think I'm lucky to have them
  93. I take too many pictures with my digital camera
  94. I'm addicted to books
  95. I would love to live overseas again, but only if I can take my whole family with me
  96. I don't like zoos
  97. I'm afraid of birds
  98. When I run into Sammy, the woman I assisted in a former life, I always leave feeling grumpy and slightly sick to my stomach
  99. I enjoy my current boss - mostly because he is very flexible and accommodating and treats me like a real person
  100. Today I feel totally at ease, really happy and I think I'm content!

Thursday, June 15, 2006're it! Lisa tagged me

This is for your entire life!

( ) Smoked a cigarette

(X) Drank so much you threw up

( ) Crashed a friend's car

( ) Stolen a car

(X) Been in love

(X) Been dumped

( ) Been laid off/fired

(X) Quit your job

(X) Been in a fist fight

( ) Snuck out of your parent's house (but I've snuck out of my own house...)

(X) Gone on a blind date

(X) Skipped school

( ) Seen someone die

(X) Been to Canada

(X) Been to Florida

( ) Been to Mexico

(X) Been on a plane

(X) Been lost

( ) Been on the opposite side of the country

( ) Gone to Washington, D.C.

(X) Swam in the ocean

(X) Felt like you were dying

(X) Cried yourself to sleep

(X) Played cops and robbers

( ) Recently colored with crayons

(X) Sang karaoke

(X) Paid for a meal with only coins

(X) Done something you told yourself you wouldn't

(X) Made prank phone calls

(X) Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose -

(X) Caught a snowflake on your tongue

(X) Danced in the rain

(X) Written a letter to Santa Claus

(X) Been kissed under the mistletoe

(X) Watched the sun rise with someone you care about

(X) Blown bubbles

(X) Made a bonfire on the beach

( ) Crashed a party

(X) Gone roller skating

(X) Ice-skating?

1. Any nicknames? Shan, Shanny, Shannoon

2. Mother's name? Colleen

3. What is your favorite drink? water

4. Tattoos? No way!

5. Body piercing? ears

6. How much do you love your job? some days I do some days I don't...but never a lot

7. Birthplace:Kelowna

8. Favorite vacation spot? Christina Lake

9. Ever been to Africa? Not yet

10. Ever eaten cookies for dinner? Not yet, but I've had cake for breakfast

11. Ever been on TV? Yes

12. Ever steal any traffic signs? no

13. Ever been in a car accident? no

14 ?no question here

15. 2 Door or 4 Door? 4 Door for sure

16. Salad dressing? not usually...oil and vinegar is good, so is Little Creek

17. Favorite pie? raspberry

18. Favorite number? 13

19. Favorite movie? Love Actually

20. Favorite holiday? Christmas

21. Favorite dessert? strawberries

22. Favorite food? strawberries

23. Favorite day of the week? Saturday

24. Favorite brand of body soap? Jergens...I think that's what is in my soap dish right now

25. Favorite TV show? don't have a TV...haven't had one in a long time, but I used to like ER and Hockey Night in Canada

26. Toothpaste? Colgate

27. Favorite smell? clean clothes

28. What do you do to relax? drink tea, read, knit, get a massage

29. Do you have a message to your friends reading this? I tagged you!

30. How do you see yourself in 10 years? through fuzzy future eyes

31. What do you do when you are bored? drink tea, read, knit, post random stuff on the internet

32. Furthest place you will send this message? the internet

33. Who will respond the fastest? punk but she's not at work today or tomorrow, so who knows....maybe heddy, maybe chandra

34. Least likely to respond? random people who randomly find themselves here reading this (although feel free to respond if that's you!)


It's amazing how small things can make a difference in know, like the proverbial straw that breaks the camel's back and the smile that makes someone's day...

one small change today and all the tension I've been carrying around for weeks just lifted. I could actually probably go take a nap right now. Last night was the worst insomnia so far...mostly because it was accompanied by a brain rattling tension headache...but even that is gone too.

MMmmm...I'm looking forward to actually sleeping tonight!!!

Thanks ladies and gents who had to listen to me whine, moan and complain the last few weeks about the insomnia and related stuff...I appreciate it!!!

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

suggestions anyone? that I finished Middlesex, the other books on my list of started books are holding no real appeal and I'm stuck on what to read next. I made a deal with myself, the infamous book diet, so I have no less than 40 unread books in my house that must (ok, should) be read before I purchase any new books, but I still can't find anything I want to read. I do have a library card and library books are part of the book diet, so if anyone has any suggestions, I'm game!

oh...and if you have any suggestions on how to calm a super fluttery, not quite nausea inducing stomach, I'd love to hear those too!!!

and the ever persistent insomnia!

wedding bells everywhere...

they're ringing like mad! We have been to one wedding already this year and have been invited to three more. We're only able to attend two of those three because the other one is in Australia. I'd love to go, but it's not even worth dreaming about this year...too bad!

And then this morning I got an email from Leena to say that almost three weeks ago, she and Lasse got married...the pictures are so nice. What a wonderful way to start the day...with a big smile because my friend is so happy!

at the altar

The wedding looked like it was a lot of fun and they look so happy.

aada, leena and lasse

And Aada is so cute and she's getting so big!!!

aada and mommy

CONGRATULATIONS LEENA AND LASSE (AND AADA TOO)...All the very best to all of you!

I'm getting really excited about Megan and Hans' wedding...Edna, Hiromi, Sarah and Sarah's mom are all coming to Canada for the wedding. They're all going to spend a few days with us in Vancouver and we're all planning on staying at the same hotel in Saanichton. Megan has created an amazing brochure of things to do in Vancouver and they have planned a whole itinerary of things to do with all their family and friends in the six days after the wedding.'s getting exciting...I can't wait to see the girls and I am so excited that Megan and Hans are getting married!

Saturday, June 10, 2006

early morning insomnia

Wow...insomnia seems to be a pattern on these things lately...Heddy and I are both seemingly regular sufferers of the evil thing...

Apparently just when you're getting used to the thing and creating ways and routines around it, it mutates. Like mine. Last night I hit the pillow and I was out cold. So tired from everything I've been doing and from the definite lack of sleep due to INSOMNIA that I just completely zonked out.


I've been waiting for that moment for weeks...there was no tossing and turning, no turning the light on to try to read myself to sleep, none of that annoying feeling where my eyelids are so heavy they feel like someone poured cement in them and they'll barely stay propped open, yet they won't let me sleep, just pure and total zonked-outness....ahhhhhh....

until 4:54. And then 5:03 and then 5:08 and then 5:11 and it goes on and finally and 6:17 I gave up and decided that if I was indeed going to be awake, at least I could do something productive with the time...

now the cement feeling is back....and I have a full day ahead of me...

will I ever win this battle?????

Thursday, June 08, 2006

another word about prizes

Shock...surprise...oh no...sounds like some of the prize winners missed the oh-so-colourful announcement of the prizes...

To recap:
"And prizes go to (in absolutely NO PARTICULAR ORDER):

fifers for ovaries and being the first to EMAIL her answers as well as the first to ask if she won a mere 30 seconds later!

punk for her super-duper, CAPITALIZED, exclamation-marked answers, and the especially creative "A FIVE-LEGGED WINGED BEASTY!!!" can't you just feel the excitement?!

heddy for the long, entertaining thought process answers and for almost, but not quite getting Maid of the Mist."

I hope all prizes will be delivered soon and then the lovely photo of punk can grace these pages (joined by photos of fifers and heddy with their awesome, very cool prizes)

feels like winter

Here I am, at the beginning of June, all bundled up in sweats and a blanket. Normally, even cold me would think this was an indication of a cold or something, but no, not today. The rain is coming down in sheets. The rain has been coming down in sheets for hours.

When I woke up this morning, I thought, hey, my alarm hasn't gone off yet, but why am I wide awake? I lay there on my back looking at the ceiling, willing myself to go back to sleep. From the little bit of light sneaking in from behind the blinds and curtains, I knew it was no earlier than about 5:15. Finding this insomnia hard to believe, I finally rolled over and realized that, ooops, didn't set the alarm and the reason it was dark out side was not because it was early in the morning, but because it was 9:15 and miserable outside.

Yeah, I was late for work.

I left the house in a spring jacket, waterproof, but no hood, thinking, by lunch time it will be blistering hot again, just like it was yesterday. BUT NO. By the time I left work to head to an appointment, it was pouring. Thank goodness I had planned to stop by my house to pick up my Guide uniform on the way...not only did I switch from the waterproof jacket with no hood to one with a hood, I also had to change my pants because I was DRENCHED from the rain...and it has barely let up.

I guess Mother Nature wants us Vancouverites to know what it's like in the Southern Hemisphere right now...except we already had winter....bring summer back!!!!!

Wow, it's suprisingly easy to ramble on about rain when you can't sleep...

oh, insomnia...insomnia...

maybe I'll have an insomnia inspired epiphany tonight just like Heddy did the other night. (Does it count if I have the same epiphany?)

all done!


After a few months of slogging away at the afghan, tonight I finally pulled that end through the loop and finished it. I have just a few ends to weave in and then the afghan will get delivered to its intended owner on Saturday or Sunday. And you know what, even though it took hours and hours (believe me the recipient is worth it) I would totally make another one. Although this time, the afghan is for ME! I guess that means I'm off to Zellers/Stedmans for some cheap(ish) soft yarn in somewhat large quantities.

And of course, since my fingers are always itching for something to knit and since knitting is hugely therapeutic and relaxing for me, I have started another project. This one is a baby blanket for one of the never ending stream of babies that our friends have been producing lately. It's very exciting. I think there are four or five couples we know who are all due in October/November.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

photos are fixed

The photos from the triathlon have been fixed. Kai, Devon, Kelsey and Sandra are no longer little specs/ants and you can actually see the expression on Kelsey's face in some of the other photos.


Monday, June 05, 2006

remember the prizes?

bag o' prizes

Remember, I said there would be prizes....Well, they're here!!! I have them. Punk has hers. Heddy and Fifers need to email me and let me know how the prize exchange should happen. Once the prizes have been distributed, they will be revealed! I got them at Stedmans V&S in stuff I'm telling you!

Sunday, June 04, 2006

GO TEAM HARDCORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A few years ago, Kelsey decided to compete in the Kelowna Apple Triathlon and she was really into training hard(core). Rebecca figures triathlons should be a team event, so Kelsey earned herself the nickname Team Hardcore. Unfortunately that triathlon got rained out by a freak Kelowna storm, so I have never seen Kelsey do a triathlon.

wet supporters

So, in an attempt to remedy my Kelsey-triathlon-spectating deficiency, yesterday Alex and I got up bright and early and drove to Osoyoos to surprise Kelsey who completed her first half Ironman triathlon in Oliver today.

We took the Hope-Princeton highway which I haven't been on for years. It's scary how much the pine beetles have destroyed in there, but it is still a pretty drive. We had lunch in the booming metropolis of Princeton...thank goodness for Subway!

mmm subway

I came very close to finishing the incredible, never ending afghan...

knitting in the car

After, a little shopping excursion to Stedmans in downtown Osoyoos, where I increased my wool stash in anticipation of a number of friends/family members having babies in the next six months or so,

more for the stash

we met Kelsey with my Dad and Rebecca at a restaurant in Osoyoos. We timed it perfectly as Kelsey was in the bathroom when we got there, so we just sat down at the table. She was completely shocked and surprised and the entire section of the restaurant thought it was so cool that we'd surprise...most people were eating pasta, so they were probably all getting ready for the big half Ironman.

when is the race going to start?

This morning was rainy and grey, but we got our coffee and were at the start line to cheer Kelsey on at 8:00 am.

our fearless competitor

alex, dadman, punk

mass start

Kelsey kept us entertained throughout the race, waving, smiling and pumping her fists for her spectators - she had eleven of us out to see her!

fist pumper

Once she had transitioned onto her bike,

wet cycling

we went to downtown Oliver, which is vibrating with activity on a Sunday (ha!), and found ourselves some brunch

mmmm coffee

cock & bull

before hanging out on a street corner,

sitting on the street corner

awaiting the blur of colour as Kelsey sped by on her bike.


The last leg of the race was the run and Kelsey paused on her way past to give our official sign waver, Rebecca, a high five.



follow through

By the time she came up to the finish line that one final time, she had a noisy, participatory cheering squad helping her along. Uncle Mike ran the last kilometre or so with Kelsey and as she came over the crest of the hill to where we were all eagerly awaiting her, Auntie Sany ran onto the course with her and she was joined by Devon and Kai on their long boards.

here they come
here they come
here they come
here they come
here they come
here they come
here they come
here they come

What a fun day, even though it was wet to begin with!

Some numbers (any timing number is so totally unofficial still!):
2 km swim (20/18 split or so)
93 km cycle
21 km run
overall time of 6:39 or something like that
11 spectators
2 long boards
3 bikes (one for Kelsey, two for the relatives)
1 cute puppy
at least 6 cameras capturing the insanity
1 wolf whistling twin sister

all done