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Dec. 17th, 2008 | 01:17 pm
mood: pleasedpleased

  • Carry-on bag stuffed with clothing for 10+ days in true winter, and as large a 'personal item' bag as I can sneak on with for entertainment and sundries.  Down with checked baggage!  Down with long waits at the carousel!
  • Knitting - bamboo needles to appease the security folks
  • Books: a biography about Leonard Cohen, and maaaaybe the library book I put on hold that just came in today (Andrea Zittel, <I>Critical Spaces</I> (didn't have time to go to Britannia!). 
  • New Magazines: Air travel gives me an excuse to buy magazines.  Entertaining, and a good way to while away pre-boarding time.  Economist and InStyle came to Toronto with me.
  • Food for plane-- still need to get food!  They give you nothing but juice and coffee these days -- no food, not even a peanut. Eh, who needs peanuts anyway?  The lowliest of snacking-nuts, if you ask me.
    • My plane food of choice, suitable for a 5 hour flight eastward: two green apples, tamari almonds, chocolate bar (Ritter Sport or Denman Island are the perfect size), and a container of arugula, grated carrot and pomegranate seeds for frequent snacking with no need for cutlery or the drop-down tray. 
    • But okay, usually I'm pressed for time, so I'll grab a Tim Horton's sandwich and a regular coffee instead.
  • Passport, just in case.  New York is so close, really.
  • Notebook and nice pens. I love airports, they inspire drawings and funny observations about people.
  • Presents, in various stages of doneness (see knitting, above)
Got in pretty close to the ETA -- I was lucky, every flight to Toronto leaving after mine was delayed for hours.  I'm sorry to be missing the snow in Vancouver, but I'm told there is plenty to come here. 

My dad and younger sister picked me up from the airport.  Rebecca took one look at my jacket - my warmest fleece-lined long coat -- and said, "Is that the only coat you brought? Boy, you are going to freeeeeze!"

Vancouver has made me soft!

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radio radio

Dec. 8th, 2008 | 11:58 am

I bought a great second-hand radio for my kitchen the other day -- it's awesome. White, battery-operated, and in the shape of the word RADIO. Sans serif, of course. I put in the batteries as soon as I got it home, let it warm up, and the first song that came on was Etta James', At Last -- a song clearly made to be listened to on the radio.

Speaking of radios -- I'm thinking of taking a 10-week basic amateur radio course starting in January. Aside from the communications geekery it entails, I also like the idea of being potentially useful in the event of a wholesale disaster. In the event of an emergency, I will be the one knitting socks and contacting rescue teams from outer space.

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Jul. 2nd, 2008 | 06:52 pm

A month ago, I felt stuck in such an enormous rut it was unbearable. I wanted something to change -- one thing, one change, some movement forward or backward or sideways. Well, forward or sideways, anyhow.

I've been obsessively searching craigslistings for new places to live, job listings for new places to work, and dating sites for new people to meet and fall madly in love with. Or more likely to have a mediocre coffee with. Hey, change is change, right?

All that searching resulted in surprisingly little action: I went to see two apartments, applied for one job, and emailed back and forth with a bunch of people online, but ended up with one real-life meeting (Date Zero) -- a last-minute decision to one quick late-night beer on Main Street with someone from OKCupid that I'd e-chatted with for about 3 minutes without actually looking at his profile.

I'm moving into a small, adorable one-bedroom apartment near the Drive. ETA: August 15th.
I've got a job interview on Monday for that job I applied for.
I've also been given more responsibility and more interesting projects at my current job.

I've had a couple of marathon hangings-out with the last-minute beer guy who, as it turns out, seems pretty cool. He was a potter for 10 years, and now teaches digital photography and other media arts in a high school, is left-leaning and thoughtful and has a solid analysis of racial politics. He plays a hand-crafted guitar and a shitty banjo with equal finesse, and can identify the modal structure of songs without thinking too much about it.

Plus he makes no bones about how much he likes me so far -- this typically spells a short duration for the commitment-phobe in me, but I'm in the process of getting over myself and learning to pause long enough to evaluate situations as they come.

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Jul. 2nd, 2007 | 05:59 pm

Rented a cottage up in Sooke for the weekend with friends. I was skeptical -- hot tub and large deck for bbqing and beers is not generally the way I would choose to schedule a weekend away, but it was lovely from start to finish.

I woke up early-ish the first morning we were there, and decided to go for a run. I quickly hit the end of the road, and turned around for more of the same, when the couple I hello'd on my way by asked, "You're not going to the lighthouse?" So I took the hidden trail to a lighthouse, climbed under a couple of fences and found myself on the deck of a lighthouse with an unobstructed view of the ocean. The couple caught up with me, and we chatted a bit -- a social worker and social policy researcher from New York, nice folks -- before a pod of orcas showed up. So close to where we were, I was floored -- the dorsal fins and tails looked so big. And the seals swimming under us all cute and graceful in the water, all waddly and awkward on the rocks.

BC is really quite ridiculous with its beauty.

The next two days were more of the same -- the hot tub was on the deck of the house, and gave us an amazing view of the ocean. We brought more food than 9 of us could possibly eat, and spent the three days gorging on gourmet foods, from homemade truffles to japanese bbq, to from-scratch polenta and poached eggs, cedar-plank salmon...good lord, there was food. And drink.

Last night we walked down to a tiny patch of beach, drinking, smoking pot, skipping stones and swinging from the rope swing (and occasionally slipping and falling from the rope swing) under a ridiculous moon, beautiful and bright and nearly full.

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Hii and Mitchell present: PARTY!

Feb. 4th, 2007 | 11:54 am

The night before my actual birthday, there will be pints shared and grooves gotten on. It's a joint party with my friend Amanda, fellow this-week-in-1977 birthdayite. And by the end of the night, the Age of (this) Aquarius will be 30! The party starts at Six Acres, where the beers are yummy and the brick is exposed. If you can read this, you should come.

Technically, I won't have passed 30 years until 1:13pm has come and gone, but details, details.
Speaking of details...Collapse )

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boil your water, Vancouverites

Nov. 16th, 2006 | 03:51 pm

November 16, 2006


GVRD residents are being advised that the turbidity of the drinking water supplied to homes through the water distribution system has reached levels unprecedented in recent years. As turbidity increases, there is a potential for increased risk of gastro-intestinal illness. Until turbidity returns to acceptable levels residents may wish to use an alternate drinking water source (for example: bottled water) or boil their drinking water.

Discolouration of drinking water is a very good indicator of high levels of turbidity. If using boiled water use a kettle and ensure that you allow it to cool before decanting to another container or moving it to the refrigerator.


GVRD Staff will continue to monitor water quality closely. This advisory will remain in effect until the Medical Health Officer is satisfied that drinking water quality has returned to an acceptable standard.

Turbidity levels in the GVRD’s Capilano and Seymour reservoirs are very high, and less so in the Coquitlam source, as a result of the extremely heavy rainfall experienced in the past several days. The region is currently discharging water from the Capilano and Seymour lakes in an effort to release as much of the turbid water as is possible. Inflow to the reservoirs is, at the moment, experiencing much lower turbidity, although additional impact can be expected from storms forecast for this weekend.

Disinfection of the source water has been increased, as has sampling and testing.

“We are working closely with the medical health authorities and will be updating them as the situation progresses,” said GVRD CAO and Water Commissioner Johnny Carline. “At present, turbidity is an unavoidable consequence of the very heavy rains we have experienced. Completion of the Seymour-Capilano Filtration Project in 2009 will provide a long term solution. In the meantime, residents should be aware of the steps suggested by the Medical Health Officers.”


For Information:

Bill Morrell

Corporate Relations

604 451-6107

604 788-2821 (cell)

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see post below

Oct. 4th, 2006 | 03:11 pm

The emails came in fast -- I knew I could count on my peops for this one. I'm compiling the recommendations for the CanCon CD. We'll sort through them later. Keep the comments a-coming, too please and thanks.

From chold:
"Definitely something by:
Curious George
Thrush Hermit
Mike O'Neill
Joel Plaskett Emergency
so many more…
Truly the best music in the world is Canadian."

from Sarah:
"if i had a million dollars - bare naked ladies
anything by neil young & leonard cohen
perhaps a little chilliwack?
american woman - guess who
moxie fruvous (speaking of gian gomeshi)
barney bentall
rhimes with orange
3 inches of blood (my new favourite band, btw)"

from Norm:
"bye bye mon cowboy by mitsu
logdiver's waltz by the wakami wailers (featured on CBC heritage TV commercial)
summer of 69 by brian adams
Your Daddy Don't Know by toronto
high school confidential by rough trade
Me Like Hockey by the arrogant worms
bud the spud by stompin' tom conners
sunglasses at night by corey hart
magic carpet ride by steppenwolf"

...and from Stephen:
"Well for starters I certainly think you should add “take off to the great white North (it’s a beauty way to go)” which is on the bob and doug mackenzie Christmas album. Geddy Lee from Rush sings it! What a classic. This might have to be a double album..."

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Musical advice requested!

Oct. 4th, 2006 | 01:09 pm

Okay, folks. My friend Lisa's boyfriend finally got his residency permit, after a couple of years of bureaucratic hell. She's throwing him a Canada party, with trivia, Molson, and a cake.

And ALSO a commemorative cd. Our friend Amanda is making the 'good' cd, with contemporary Canadian indie folks. When I heard that she refused to put Loverboy on her cd, I offered to make the 'other' Canadian must-have cd, including such classics as Gowan and the Dayglo Abortions.

I may take some cues from this classic Juno collection, but really, I want your input, my pretties. Lay it on me!

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it's not even a terribly interesting meme, but what the hell

Feb. 25th, 2006 | 12:55 am

LJ Interests meme results

  1. blonde redhead:
    what can I say? Something about radio-tinny japanese-girl-inflected music speaks to me.
  2. cities:
    it's what I do.
  3. david ley:
    I love that this one comes up so often on random "enter your LJ name" memes.
  4. enneagram:
    Personality typologies rock! Some have accused me of using pop psychology for evil, but mostly it was when I totally had someone pinned. I mean honestly, suck it up and learn something about yourself -- besides, you probably asked for it.
  5. fantastic plastic machine:
    Is that on my interest list? The last time I listened to them was when I watched -- I can't remember, either an episode of Spaced! or Shaun of the Dead. Spaced, I think, and it took me forever to place the song - a series of repeated scale fragments, going up a tone with each repeat, launching into a crazy-tempo jazzy tune..Shabuya-kei style.
  6. immigration:
    Let's not be confused -- I am mostly uninterested in immigrating anywhere, though I find immigration and its effects interesting.
  7. metric:
    no! I'm taking this one off. Better yet, I'm going to add "system" to the end.
  8. royal city:
    Toronto band that is cute. They have a weirdly wonderful claymation video for "Bad Luck", which involves the courtship of a doll that dies during a violent storm.
  9. social justice:
    Who isn't interested in social justice?
  10. twin peaks:
    The geek raged strong in my young 14-year-old body. It was the beginning of my, "Hey, 'dark is COOL' phase". I'm over it. The phase, not the show, duh.

Enter your LJ user name, and 10 interests will be selected from your interest list.

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families are sometimes lovely

Dec. 29th, 2004 | 02:10 pm
mood: regressive

I think I'm starting to feel the burn of family friction. The first week or so is always happy warm fuzziness -- and then the cracks begin to show, and all the history of built-up tension begins to make itself known again.

My sisters and I bicker all the time, and my parents drive me insane. I have been told countless times that I speak too loudly in public -- what? And who cares? Ahh! Ahh! Ahh!

After a month or so, we would all become complacent about our differences and stop nagging each other so much, and then we would be safe for another few weeks before one of us -- whoever has been bottling up emotions the best -- explodes.

I'm kidding. Sort of.

Anyhow, I am glad to be back for a while, and while there has been a lot of small arguments, there has been progress in other ways, too. We have discussed my small sister's boyfriend with my mom, for example. That's way more than baby steps, let me tell you.

The only remedy to the frustration factor is to remember that I need to have my own life while I'm here, and not to feel guilty about it. I've gone to the gym, am heading to the gallery tonight, and in the meantime will work diligently on my thesis and knit a scarf for my aunt. And, I will take this opportunity to book my flight back. Yes. I will.

There. That's better, isn't it?

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