Ladies and Gentleman! gather round! and now, showing her amazing talents, Dori will perform (and teach all who dare!) the long-legged, gravity defying 6″ stilts! ooooooooooh!
That’s right- I have been busy this weekend teaching a (FREE!) stilt walking workshop to kids during this fabulous (FREE!) festival that I don’t think was advertised NEARLY enough! called Winteruption, it’s toted as Granville Island’s coolest (FREE!) festival. Well, if they mean rain-possibly-snow-and-definately-lots-of-wind kind of cool then they got that one right. Well, nevermind the cool part, I’m having TONS of fun. And did I mention that it’s FREE!?!?!
And my costume? A woodland nymph. (think fuzzy sweater and painted face)
The real objective of today’s post is that I’ve wanted to post some photos I took a couple weeks ago of VANcouver on a warm sunny day. Very different from today (really, it was snowing on Granville Island today!) I played with contrast and stuff, just seeing what would happen. Here’s some interesting shots.
An old hotel just off of Denman/Davie: gorgeous bldg.
Blossoming trees in February. Yes, that’s normal. You’ve got to love Vancouver.
These old trees are all around West End, along the beaches. They are so old and beautiful.
Well, I must go get some sleep, another full day tomorrow of stilt-walking workshops! I can’t even begin to say how much fun I’m having doing it- I’m really in my element- I must tell Public Dreams that I’m up for this even again. Who woulda guessed?
So… The last time I purchased glasses for this face was… too many years to be able to say out loud without feeling really embarassed. And at the time the Walmart optical store was the only place I could afford. ah… yeah.
But now, thanks to supplimental health insurance and a very kind optician who gave me a great deal on new visionwear, I managed to walk out the door with name brand glasses that were affordable! amazing! Lovely, no?
And me again cause I’m so damn charming with my new eyes!
And I now officially look like I belong in Vancouver, complete with cowl-neck sweater and green tweed blazer. And in true Vancouver style, all I need now is either a tiny dog in pink booties OR a baby and a buggy. Your guess which comes first! hahahahahahahahahahAHAHAHAHAHAHAA!!!!
This blog post was brought to you by:
West 10th optometry, Kenneth Cole eyewear, and Greenshield health plan. Oh and that weird dog accessory website.
Dustin- Thanks for giving up curling tonight for dinner with me. (hehe) Thanks for coming home to my last-minute Valentine’s plan. I always start out with such good intentions weeks in advance. I had been dreaming of spending an afternoon flying kites on the beach… or a midnight stroll through the aquarium surrounded by the Beluga whales… But in the end, this was what my desire to treat you with the love and gentleness that you deserve turned out like:
What a handsome guy I spent my evening with:
(Dustin and I take turns “hosting” Valentine’s. It works that every other year the job falls on me to make it all happen, and then Dustin doesn’t do anything but show up. Vise versa for the next year. So 2006 was my year. We really like this system, it has been so much fun. But honestly folks, Dustin is so much more creative than me! Keep reading…)
So this year: I cooked up a late dinner (spicey and delicious) which we ate with lots of laughs and sly looks making for a fabulous, romantic Valentines Day. But it is really hard to match what we did last year when Dusitn suprised me with dinner at a fancy sushi restaraunt and an Omni-max theatre night at Science World- that’s right folks, we saw “the Human Body” for last year’s Valentine’s Day. And we LOVED it! (We are dorks, but proud of it.) As they say, a couple who are dorks together, stay together… isn’t that how the saying goes?
So: woof woof Dust-man. Here’s to 8 years of Valentine’s together.
(And please refer all comments about Darnassus gift pack to Dustin.)
This is Awen. He loves long walks on the beach, wild salmon and roasted potatoes, and is a great dancer. His mom introduced me to him about a year ago… Thanks Yin for sharing your lovely little boy. (The following photos were taken today at English Bay. Next time we HAVE to get photos of Yin, too!)
Happy First Birthday, Awen!
He has such a gentle way of touching and picking up- his little fingers are gentle and soft when he is learning about something new. He talks alot- wonderful ‘G’ and ‘D’ sounds, waving his arms in the air like a little bird as he discusses the endless mysteries of the world…
He has 4 teeth- two top, two bottom. Handy for eating, and I’m sure he’ll discover their use more as his mom and him begin to expirement more with his diet. He’s into bananas, avacados and rice these days. A good mix, I say.
He has a great chuckle that he pours out like syrup, warm and sweet. He is an expert crawler, (soon to be walker!), he loves a good joke, he becomes mezmorized by my “hooked on phonics” exercises I do with him, and his hair- well that just speaks for itself…
I love being a regular part of his life, watching him grow, delighting in his warm herbal smell (oregano, I believe), and he fills in that perfectly child-sized little space in my heart.
Thanks for tolerating me, Awen.
Love ya, kid.
It’s been a nice lazy Saturday here in Vancouver- a sunny sunny beautiful day- grocery shopping with Dustin in the morning, and an afternoon spent in my little backyard…
When we moved into this apartment there was a big pile of ivy in the yard- it had been totally overgrowing the yard and someone had chopped it and left it. So in my desire to clean-up today I went out there and it dawned on me that I had at my hands the perfect material for making… a basket!! of course! So an hour and half later, 2 cups of tea (to keep my hands warm!) and this is what I ended up with: (drum roll please!)
So I’m pretty proud of it- and the theory is that the ivy will keep growing what with the moisture and if I put a plant inside of it, the water will help water the basket. Am I on to something here? I may request of the city to get an ivy chopping permit. (English Ivy is a noxious weed out here in the West Coast)
And the other bit of excitement was watching these lovely babies uncurl throughout this warm sunny day… and that’s Vancouver in February!
And finally… figure out how to silence the upstairs neighbors and life will be even better…