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  • What's this all about?

    “Good morning!” he said at last. “We don’t want any adventures here, thank you! You might try over The Hill or across The Water.”

    Bilbo Baggins in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit

    The plan is to do one new thing every week, for a whole year and blog about it. Continue reading

     
  • Giving it away for free

    “I never believed in Santa Claus because I knew no white dude would come into my neighborhood after dark.”

    Dick Gregory

    You know what I never do?  Give money to panhandlers. I know some people do and I guess that’s awfully nice of them; but I just don’t trust that they aren’t going to buy drugs with it.

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  • What the #[email protected]&%*! is wrong with you?

    “Vulgarity is like a fine wine: it should only be uncorked on a special occasion, and then only shared with the right group of people.”

    James Rozoff

    This week I took a day and tried to be positive, avoid complaining and not fucking swear. Continue reading

     
  • Sober

    “There is no better high than discovery.”

    Edward O. Wilson

    At the risk of sounding like an alcoholic, for week 4 I decided to go one whole week without alcohol; which is something I probably haven't done in the last 10 years. Continue reading

     
  • Vancouver Brewery Tour

    “God has a brown voice, as soft and full as beer.”

    Anne Sexton

    This week my friends and I will be checking out some Vancouver microbreweries. The great thing about microbreweries is that they brew beer in small batches, using natural processes and ingredients, making some unique and flavourful alternatives to mass-produced products.

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  • Luck of the Draw

    “I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm.”

    Franklin D. Roosevelt

    I’m off to buy my very first lotto ticket. Wouldn’t it be terribly clever if I won? Continue reading

     
  • Stick a Needle in It

    “What is a soul? It’s like electricity – we don’t really know what it is, but it’s a force that can light a room.”

    Ray Charles

    Dashing out of my work towards Burrard street, I hop on the 22 Knight/MacDonald bus which takes me across town, over the Granville bridge with its glorious view of English Bay, winding through Kitsilano and up into Kerrisdale, to StudioHealth clinic where Liz greets me warmly and invites me in to my first acupuncture treatment.

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  • Two Concerts in One Week

    “Live music is better”

    Neil Young

    This week I went to two concerts. By way of context, I've probably gone to five concerts in the last ten years, so two in one week is definitely unprecedented. For whatever reason, as much as I enjoy music if it happens to be playing, I never seek it out – which means I don't buy it and I don't go to shows. Continue reading

     
  • No Social Media

    “Social media has given us this idea that we should all have a posse of friends when in reality, if we have one or two really good friends, we are lucky.”

    Brene Brown

    Lately I’ve started to wonder if I might be addicted to social media; so this week I’m going to take a break. Continue reading

     
  • Beer Brewing Class

    “Give a man a beer, he’ll drink for a day. Teach a man to brew, he’ll be drunk the rest of his life.”

    Anonymous

    A 2.5 hour beer brewing course for two for only $40! Who could resist that?

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    It was all one click away on Living Social and click I did. Continue reading

     
  • Macaron Making Class

    “There was a mood of magic and frenzy to the room. Crystalline swirls of sugar and flour still lingered in the air like kite tails. And then there was the smell – the smell of hope, the kind of smell that brought people home.”

    Sarah Addison Allen, The Girl Who Chased the Moon

    I went to my first baking class this week – a macaron making class to be exact. Continue reading

     
  • Sensory Deprivation

    “Silence is a source of great strength.”

    Lao Tzu

    Removing the last of my clothing and placing it on the bench, I mold the silicone earplugs into my ears and step into the shower for a quick rinse. Emerging from the shower I open the door to the tank and peer into the darkness tentatively. Gently lowering myself into the shallow, warm water I reach up and close the trap door and the room goes pitch black. Continue reading

     
  • Phone game

     “If Pac-Man had affected us as kids, we’d all be running around in dark rooms, munching pills and listening to repetitive electronic music.”

    Marcus Brigstocke

    This week I decided to play my first game on my iPhone. Exciting stuff I know; but hey I warned you, not every week can be a big adventure.  Continue reading

     
  • Certificate of Illness/Absenteeism

    “Health is not valued till sickness comes.”

    Thomas Fuller

    This week I get a vicious cold, miss a week of work and earn my very first Certificate of Illness/Absenteeism. Continue reading

     
  • Blind Dining

    “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.”

    Helen Keller

    This week my friend Brianne and I are off to Dark Table in Kits to try dining in the dark. Continue reading

     
  • Say What You Think

    “I can live for two months on a good compliment.”

    Mark Twain

    This week I’m taking a day to tell people the nice things I think about them. Continue reading

     
  • Movie Date with Myself

    “A good movie can take you out of your dull funk and the hopelessness that so often goes with slipping into a theatre; a good movie can make you feel alive again, in contact, not just lost in another city. Good movies make you care, make you believe in possibilities again

    Pauline Kael, For Keeps: 30 Years at the Movies

    This week I go see a matinee alone. Continue reading

     
  • Make a Cake

    “Cakes are special. Every birthday, every celebration ends with something sweet, a cake, and people remember. It’s all about memories.”

    Buddy Valastro

    Today I bake my first cake; The Ultimate Lemon Bundt Cake to be exact. While I do know how to bake – I’ve even made chocolate chip cookies on occasion – I’ve never made a proper cake before. Continue reading

     
  • Stoupid Facebook People

    “Be curious, not judgmental.”

    Walt Witman

    This week I post a misspelled, passive aggressive status to Facebook – all in an attempt to challenge my perfectionism and sense of propriety. Continue reading

     
  • You know, I saw you guys in Joe Fresh earlier…

    “Elegance is the only beauty that never fades.”

    Audrey Hepburn

    This week my friend Brianne and I go to an expensive, designer store to try on some clothes. I’m sure some of you might think this is no big deal, and I suppose you’re right; except that I NEVER go into these kind of stores. I just don’t belong there. Continue reading

     
  • Caribbean Brunch

    “Instead of telling the world what you're eating for breakfast, you can use social networking to do something that's meaningful.”

    Edward Norton

    This week we're off to Calabash Bistro for some Caribbean brunch because hey, sometimes the most challenging thing you want to do with your week is eat a delicious breakfast.

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  • Making Spot Prawns

    “Eat with the fingers, drink with the nose.”

    Joseph Delteil

    Lifting the lid off the bucket, I carefully pull back the paper towel to reveal the chilled spot prawns on ice beneath. As I contemplate picking one up, a prawn grabs on to my finger and I shriek as I shake him loose and close the lid.

    This week I’m preparing BC spot prawns for the first time. Continue reading

     
  • Scary Movie

    “I'm going to keep my eyes open because I think it'll be scarier that way.”

    Me

    So, tonight I'm watching a scary movie. Because I NEVER watch scary movies. Because they scare me and then I can't sleep… for months. The last scary movie I watched was It, which messed me up pretty bad and had me going out of way to avoid storm drains – and bathroom drains – for many years to come.  Continue reading

     
  • Extreme Air Park

    “There is a girl in New York City / Who calls herself the human trampoline / And sometimes when I'm falling, flying / Or tumbling in turmoil I say / Oh, so this is what she means / She means we're bouncing into Graceland”

    Paul Simon, Graceland

    This week Jaimie and I are off to Extreme Air Park in Richmond to do an AIRobics class. Continue reading

     
  • Sea to Sky Gondola

    “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”

    John Muir

    This week Emrys and I are off to Squamish to check out the Sea to Sky Gondola. Just opened in May, this 10 minute gondola ride rises to 885 feet above sea level, providing sweeping views of Howe Sound.
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  • Making Ooey-Gooey Cinnamon Buns

    “Anyone who gives you a cinnamon roll fresh out of the oven is a friend for life.”

    Lemony Snicket, When Did You See Her Last?

    This week I’m making ooey-gooey cinnamon buns. Continue reading

     
  • Canada Day

    “A Canadian is merely an unarmed American with health care.”
    John Wing

    This week I’m off to celebrate Canada Day at Canada Place. It promises to be a crowded event, full of excited, screaming kids and people wearing cheesy shirts and hats. Basically, an absolutely deplorable experience with very little redeeming value. Continue reading

     
  • Flowers at work

    “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom”

    Marcel Proust

    This week I'm buying some flowers for my desk at work. Continue reading

     
  • Zumba!

    “If theater is ritual, then dance is too… It’s as if the threads connecting us to the rest of the world were washed clean of preconceptions and fears. When you dance, you can enjoy the luxury of being you.”

    Paulo Coelho

    This week I’m headed to Renfrew Community Centre to do some ZumbaContinue reading

     
  • Hiking Bowen Lookout Trail

    “The mountains, I become a part of it… The morning mists, the clouds, the gathering waters, I become a part of it.”

    Navajo Chant

    This week I’m off to Cypress Provincial Park to hike Bowen Lookout Trail. Continue reading

     
  • Making Tea Gong Fu Cha Style

    “When tea becomes ritual, it takes its place at the heart of our ability to see greatness in small things. Where is beauty to be found? In great things that, like everything else, are doomed to die, or in small things that aspire to nothing, yet know how to set a jewel of infinity in a single moment?”

    Muriel Barbery, The Elegance of a Hedgehog

    This week Shannon and I are off to The Chinese Tea Shop for a lesson in the Gong Fu Cha tea making method. Continue reading

     
  • Meet A New Human

    “A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten and the future worth living for.”

    Unknown

    This week I’m off to meet a new human. Continue reading

     
  • Spa Day

    “We spend most of our time and energy in a kind of horizontal thinking. We move along the surface of things [but] there are times when we stop. We sit still. We lose ourselves in a pile of leaves or its memory. We listen and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper.”

    James Carroll

    Today is my Spa Day; my day of ultimate indulgence and relaxation. Continue reading

     
  • Absinthe: A Visit from the Green Fairy

    “Absinthe cures everything.”

    Ernest Hemingway

    Before I start, I should warn you that I’ve had a bit of the green fairy and it’s gone to my head. Actually, mostly to my legs which are all tingly. To be perfectly clear, I’ve gotten into the absinthe and I’m feeling a bit funny. Continue reading

     
  • Does the internet really know who I am?

    “I like a woman with a head on her shoulders. I hate necks.”
    Steve Martin

    It’s an overcast Sunday and Emrys is off to work. Coffee in hand, I have the house to myself and conditions are just right for an introspective morning of Facebook personality quizzes. I’ve resisted their allure for years but the fact is that I’m 34 years old and there are some important things I should probably figure out. All of which begs the question: why haven’t I taken advantage of this resource sooner?
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  • Blogging in the sky about Bard on the Beach

    “If we shadows have offended,
    Know but this and all is mended.
    That you have but slumbered here,
    While these visions did appear,
    And this weak and idle theme,
    No more yielding, but a dream.”

    William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    And we’re off to Costa Rica! The first flight of our 17 hour odyssey left Vancouver at 5:20pm on Saturday and Emrys and I are now in the San Francisco airport awaiting our 12:27am flight to Houston. Continue reading

     
  • Poas Volcano, Doka Coffee and La Paz Waterfalls Tour

    “Let me wake up next to you, have coffee in the morning and wander through the city with your hand in mine, and I'll be happy for the rest of my fucked up little life.”

    Charlotte Eriksson, Empty Roads & Broken Bottles; in search for The Great Perhaps

    Today we're off on a combo tour to visit the Doka Coffee Estate, Poas Volcano and La Paz Waterfalls. Continue reading

     
  • Chocolate Tour!

    “Happiness. Simple as a glass of chocolate or tortuous as the heart. Bitter. Sweet. Alive.”

    Joanne Harris, Chocolat

    It’s only 6am but I’ve been awake for a while now. As the first rays of sun touch down through the jungle canopy overhead, the sounds of roosters crowing, dogs barking, squirrels chattering, tropical birds twittering and howler monkeys, well howling, fills the morning air. Continue reading

     
  • Sloth Sanctuary

    “An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.”

    Martin Buber

    We’re on our way to the Sloth Sanctuary today to check out the Buttercup Sloth Tour.  Continue reading

     
  • Slot Car Sunday

    “Win on Sunday, sell on Monday”

    Bob Tasca Sr.

    Today we’re off to race some slot cars at Soses Hobby & Toys in Tinseltown. Continue reading

     
  • Learn to Drive

    “This morning, as I was driving to work, I mistook a big brown box on the side of the road for a deer. It was dark, and I swerved at the last second, and even though it wasn’t a deer, I still managed to nail that son of a bitch.”

    Jarod Kintz

    Driving into the Andes

    I did it. I picked up a driving booklet and I’m reading it. In case you didn’t know, I’m 34 years old and I don’t have a drivers license. Continue reading

     
  • Central City Brewery Tour

    “Quaintest thoughts, queerest fancies come to life and fade away. What care I how time advances; I am drinking ale today.”

    Edgar Allan Po

    This week my friends and I are off to Surrey for a tour of Central City Brewers + Distillers. Continue reading

     
  • Pumpkin Spice Latte

    “Only the knife knows what goes on in the heart of a pumpkin.”

    Simone Schwarz-Bart

    This week I’m trying my first pumpkin spice latte (#PSL). Yeah, yeah, exciting stuff. But hey, you try doing something new every week for a year and writing entertainingly about it. You’ll get to the point where you just want a drink. Continue reading

     
  • Parade of Lost Souls

    “This is the land of Narnia,’ said the Faun, ‘where we are now; all that lies between the lamp-post and the great castle of Cair Paravel on the eastern sea.”

    Mr. Tumnus

    I’ve got a chicken dinner in the oven and I’m sewing up the seams of my husband’s fur pants: do I feel like a real woman right now or what? It’s all preparation for tomorrow’s Parade of Lost Souls 2014: Masquerade.

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  • Miraj Hammam Spa

    “All relaxation does is allow the truth to be felt. The mind is cleared, like a dirty window wiped clean, and the magnitude of what we might ordinarily take for granted inspires tears.”

    ay Michaelson

    This week I’m excited to be visiting Miraj Hammam Spa. Continue reading

     
  • A Vote for North Vancouver

    “Voting is a civil sacrament.”

    Theodore Hesburgh

    It’s time to figure out who to vote for in tomorrow’s local government election. Continue reading

     
  • Be Kind

    “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”

    Mother Teresa

    Today I’m giving 5 compliments. Continue reading

     
  • Grey Cup Football

    “To show the football coach I was ready to play tight end, I wore no pants and had a Q-tip dangling out of my ass.”

    Jarod Kintz

    I'm going to watch my first football game today; a Grey Cup game at that.

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  • Ryu Goto Plays Brahms!

    “It is not hard to compose, but what is fabulously hard is to leave the superfluous notes under the table.”

    Johannes Brahms

    I'm off to check out my first symphony orchestra concert tonight! Continue reading

     
  • Christmas Crackers

    “Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more!”

    Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas

    This week I’m making Christmas crackers! My friend Raeanne is having a cracker making party at her house on Sunday and I’m pretty excited to attend. I love the idea of giving fun, little gifts; especially ones that come with a bang! Continue reading

     
  • Goh to The Nutcracker

    “Dreams are strangely familiar places. They are not all make-believe, but only the homely inside of yourself, like the inner lining of your favorite coat, or like the sweet kernel of the hardest nut that only the jaws of my Nutcracker Prince could reveal to me.”

    Clara

    We’re off to The Centre to take in Goh Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker. Continue reading

     
  • Change your tires

    Get your hands dirty (informal)
    to involve yourself in all parts of a job, including the parts that are unpleasant, or involve hard, practical work Unlike other bosses, he's not afraid to get his hands dirty and the men like that in him

    Idioms by The Free Dictionary

    This week I'm replacing the tubes in my bike tires. Which shouldn't really be a big thing but kind of is. Continue reading

     
  • Say Goodbye

    “Courage is found in unlikely places.” J.R.R.Tolkien This is my last post; it’s time to say goodbye! It’s been a great year of firsts and a pleasure sharing it all […]