August 2009


Beauty and Beatrice

Beauty and Beatrice

Have you heard about “Pup My Ride?”  It is a program started by my personal favorite charity, Best Friends Animal Society, that rescues dogs from puppy mills, gets them vetted, then transports them to places where they will have a chance at being adopted and find a ‘forever home”.  Read here for a past blog with details on Best Friends.  If you watch the video by pressing “Pup My Ride”, you’ll see some (more…)
Where to go next??

Where to go next??

Last weekend, HK and I were kayaking down the Cartecay river in Ellijay, GA, when we paddled past a couple of (presumed) locals sitting in innertubes with their fishing poles. We were in a very remote part of the river, and HK quietly began humming the chords to “Dueling Banjos”. Remember, from the movie Deliverance? I chuckled under my breath, made a pig squealing sound, when the one with crossed-eyes asked  “Where ye headed?”

“Uh…Down?”  What do you say when your boat is pointed downstream on a lightly flowing river? 

We paddled on past, giving it no further thought, until today.  The question popped into my mind during a morning walk with the puppies.

Where are we headed?

We’re back from any planned vacations for the next forseeable future, it’s nearly Labor Day, and, as usual, I’m trying to think of ideas for next year’s trip.

Being a type AA aires, I plan WAY in advance, in order to get all the research done and airfare booked (remember–cheap), so that (more…)

Julie & Julia

Julie & Julia

Yesterday, I decided to beat the heat and take myself to a matinee.  I’ve been hearing good things about Julie & Julia, so I packed my purse with candy and my BPA- free water bottle and settled in for the afternoon.

This movie first caught my eye when I learned that it was two intertwined stories, one, of course, about the pre-fame years of Julia Child, (Meryl Streep) in trying to “find something to doooooo” , and that of Julie Powell, (Amy Adams) a frustrated writer cum office worker.   You probably already know the story, so I won’t re-hash it all.

The movie is about passion. Not sexy, affair-ridden copulating passion, but passion for finding something you love to do and doing it. And most importantly, sticking with it through trying times, even though you sometimes ask yourself, why am I even doing this–what’s the point??

Throughout this movie, I found myself smiling and nodding my head. Yes, I was one of those annoying people talking (albeit to myself) to the characters on the big screen. I could relate to both Julia an Julie, and I recognized many paralells with myself and Julie. 

First and most obvious is the name. I don’t meet many Julies these days. Her love of  food–cooking and eating –was certainly a draw. She is a writer, albeit a disheartened one. (check). So she decides to write a blog.  A blog!  Julie Powell’s blog has a different core than mine (hers has a distinct timeline with one focus-Julia Child’s recipes), but it is a blog, nonetheless.

One year ago (more…)

 crazy%20woman%2001I’ll preface this post by letting you in on a little secret.  I am NOT a patient person.  No, really, i’m not.  Seroiusly.  In fact, some people have said that i’m one of the most impatient people they’ve ever met.  I try to chill.  I’ve read a plethora of “self-help” books and talked to people about my problem.  I got into t’ai chi and tried meditating (i got too frustrated that i couldn’t still my mind, which made me more impatient, so i quit). Nothing has made a lasting difference.

OK, so the cat’s outta the bag.  So where am i going with this revelation? Well, when HK and i were on our cross-country trip from Atlanta to Vancouver,  our friend Glenn loaned us his mobile XM radio.  Man, that was a lifesaver.  For a while, at least.  After the first day, it decided to get cranky.  Every time i’d try to change the channel (HK was getting tired of listening to ’70′s music all the time), it would just stop working. Seriously, every time i picked it up, i’d get a little static, then the silent treatment.

“AAAAARRRRRGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” i’d scream and shake it up and down, back and forth.  “WORK, damn you!”

“Give it to me” HK would say, rolling his eyes. “You are the most impatient person i’ve ever met”, he said, laying the radio on his lap.

And just like that, Dave Matthews would be singing.  “Crash, into me…..”

“Baby likes to be held”, HK said in a quiet, fatherly tone. So as long as “Baby” was in HK’s lap, (more…)

Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co.

Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co.

Now, let me start by saying that i know that spending just 6 weeks in Vancouver by no means makes me an expert.  Not even close. However, knowing how much people like to hear other people’s opinions on restaurants, (see good eatin’ in Atlanta, which continues to be my most visited blog), i thought i’d share with you my personal favorites (and some not so favorite).

Maenam just opened the week we arrived in Vancouver, and was conveniently located about 4 blocks from our house. Perfectly balanced hot, sour, salty and sweet flavors make this reputedly (and believably so), Vancouver’s best and most authentic Thai restaurant. The chef makes every effort to use what is fresh and in season locally. The vibe is current and bright, with none of the kitch of most Thai restaurants. The service was great and the price moderate. I highly recommend (more…)

Mommy and Daddy really had a great time playing in the mountains of British Columbia. it seems like every day when Daddy got off work (at 2:00, since he was working on Eastern Time), they’d head off on another adventure.

One day while their friends Stef and Glenn were visiting, they went kayaking on the Indian Arm at Deep Cove.  Being a self-proclaimed cheapskate, mommy called all around to find us the cheapest guided trip. She finally found one, but when they got to the outfitters “office”, it was a little trailer in a run-down neighborhood. Two young (but cute) guys were waiting outside for them.

“Nice one, Jules. Real professionals”, Daddy and Glenn teased her.It only got worse when they told them to follow them down a long, windy, remote road. “This is straight out of one of those Kill the Tourist movies,” Daddy said, and that really pissed mommy off.  Finally they got to the put-in spot, and the 2 guides turned out to be very professional.

Mommy couldn’t stop talking about the scenery-here’s her favorite shot…

check out the scenery!

check out the scenery!

hahahahaha! that was their guide- a real “hottie”, according to Mommy and Stef.  Here are some more pictures from their 4-hour kayak trip

Beer break

Beer break

an abandoned hydro power plant

an abandoned hydro power plant

Meanwhile, (click on more to continue the story) (more…)

Beam me up, scottie!

Beam me up, scottie!

While we’re on the subject of festivities , HK and I attended the Vancouver Pride parade this weekend.  Talk about festive! Reports are that there were anywhere from 400,000 to half a million people there! We loved it! Everybody was cheering at the floats, throwing beads, dancing in the streets, actually, it was a lot like Mardi Gras!  Even (more…)

from bridge

A couple of weeks ago, my friend Ken, who was visiting us in Vancouver with his partner Terry, asked,  “My God, does anybody here have a job?”   The beaches were packed with people young and old, playing volleyball, frisbee,  swimming in the surf or just hanging out on a blanket in the shade.  It was a Thursday, mid-afternoon. 

This morning I took the pups to the beach near UBC for a romp at a typically deserted stretch of beach.  I looked forward to letting them run to their heart’s content without fear of other dogs/people distracting them.  WRONG! When we got to the beach, it was packed with sunbathers, dogs, kids.  Hmmmmmm–Ken had a point–I don’t think anybody here has a job…

Oh, yeah.  Just remebered.  (more…)

OMG-YUMMMMMMMMYYYY!

OMG-YUMMMMMMMMYYYY!

We’ve had houseguests visiting for the past 2 weeks (2 different couples, 1-week each), and i just love to cook up a a special meal for friends, as you know from past posts.  So, since we’re renting a little house close to Granville Island , my friend Stephanie and I walked over and bought a bunch of fresh, organic, local food to cook up a great meal.  On the menu was (more…)

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