Tuesday, July 31, 2012

09 July 12

A delicious burrito.

Monday, July 30, 2012

08 July 12

Sarah and I went to Wreck Beach to meet up with Laryssa & Amanda & co., and after a lovely time swimming and eating snacks and socializing, we headed home to shower and change before Joel's birthday celebration at the Biltmore. Every time I go to Kitty Nights, I wonder why I don't go more often...

Sunday, July 29, 2012

07 July 12

Deep Cove
Jeff and I went hiking in the afternoon, in Deep Cove on the Baden Powell trail. It wasn't too tough but it was pretty hot out, and there were definitely a lot of steep parts and stairs. However, we were rewarded with this great lookout over the Cove and Indian Arm. After we got back to the road, we treated ourself to some pizza before heading home to shower and change for the gallery opening/book release for This Is East Van.

Dad & Sharon picked us up and there were quite a few people already at Interurban, but it was PACKED after about half an hour! I got two free drink tickets, and Tesney gave hers to me and Jeff since as a pregnant woman, she can't drink beer. Ran into a few friends and met some more of the other photographers, and one of the volunteers asked me to autograph under my photo in his copy of the book (I assume he was asking everyone, but it was still flattering). Later in the night, I walked past my print and saw the little blue sticker that means 'SOLD'! I was in such disbelief I made Jeff go over and check to make sure I wasn't drunk and imagining things.

When we got tired of the warmth and the crowd, we went over to Terra Cotta to meet Dad & Sharon for some food and wine. Considered going to the afterparty, but I mostly just wanted to go home and take off my shoes.

06 July 12

Far North
It was super hot out, so I bought beer on the way back from work (and cracked one open on the walk home), and Sarah and Steph were already sitting out in the yard. We sat out drinking and chatting and ordered in some sushi, and then when Sarah and Steph had other things to do, I read my book until it got too dark and cool.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Friday, July 27, 2012

04 July 12

windowsill treasures
I wonder if looking at the sun through my viewfinder is bad for my eyes? Probably.

03 July 12

first harvest
I harvested the first vegetables from my garden, some leafy greens and a couple of misshapen carrots. Made myself a red curry and some salad.
It was Alice's birthday, but apparently her phone was cut off so I couldn't text her :(

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

02 July 12

trains & sails
I framed my print for This Is East Van finally, and dropped it off at the gallery. Then I went to meet Jeff for dinner in Gastown, but the place we wanted to try (The Judas Goat) is closed Mondays. We ended up just going to Steamworks, which has good beer and acceptable food.

01 July 12

Steph and I decided to go to The Mill for their Canada Day thinger, mostly for something to do, not because we particularly care about fireworks or anything (which is good because from where we were seated, we couldn't see shit). Mostly we just drank cider & wine and ate pizza and talked about stuff. Then we shamefully, drunkenly stopped at McDonald's on the way home.
I didn't take any good pictures, but I couldn't resist taking a sneaky one of this guy, because, uh, what?

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

30 June 12

I went to Man Up with Pia and Heather. It was a pretty good time, some excellent performances, although it was BOILING hot in the Cobalt and the show started quite late, so we were all drunk and drenched in sweat by the time the actual show began. We stayed til the bar closed, and since I didn't feel like waiting for the nightbus at Hastings & Main, I took a cab with the two of them back to Pia's, where we ate chips and chatted a bit before passing out.

Monday, July 23, 2012

29 June 12

Blooming nasturtiums! I planted them initially to keep bugs away from the watermelon, but then none of the watermelon seeds sprouted. And they do look lovely in the front of the garden.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

28 June 12

purple poppies
Taken on the way home from Chelsea's place in Burnaby, where she cut my hair, loaned me books, and fed me pizza. ♥

Saturday, July 21, 2012

27 June 12

My dad and Sharon came over for dinner. We had grilled spring salmon with maple-mustard glaze, mashed potatoes with chives & cumin-caramelized onions, and cucumber & crushed ginger salad with sesame seeds & red onion (photo here). After dinner we sat out on the patio as the sun set, drinking port.

Friday, July 20, 2012

26 June 12

at Six Acres
I was craving poutine so I convinced Jeff to meet me at Six Acres for food & drink.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

25 June 12

changing records
at sunset, changing records.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

24 June 12

roasted tomato polenta benny
I won the brunch cookoff with my mushroom-herb polenta & fried tofu benny with coconut milk garlic sauce and roasted heirloom tomato. As usual, check out the blog for all the entries and other category winners!

After the cookoff I met Jeff at work where he was going to take me to dinner, but lucky I brought a book because I ended up waiting almost an hour and a half while he and his boss had a meeting. (He's also lucky I wasn't starving, or else I would have been way more cranky.) But regardless we went to Twisted Fork and had ourselves a delicious meal and a nice time. Jeff tried the Soaring Eagle wine they had available, which was a winery I pointed out on our trip because it made me think of Alex. I probably made the waitress feel awkward by bringing it up, but oh well.

Monday, July 16, 2012

23 June 12

library pigeons
I went to the library (with a pit stop at La Taqueria) and when I left home the sun was shining... when I left the library, it was POURING.

22 June 12

Homer & Pender
Homer & Pender.

Friday, July 13, 2012

21 June 12

holey jeans
These are jeans I've worn to work at least twice a week for the past three years. They recently got their first holes and things escalated rather quickly. I think they might be shorts before the summer's out.

20 June 12

more awkward mirror shots.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

17 June 12

electronic cigarette
I met up with Laryssa and we went to check out car-free day on the Drive. Ran into June and then we all parted ways after a bit. I got myself a library card (finally) and then went to visit Jeff at work for a little while.

Monday, July 9, 2012

16 June 12

fish tacos
Jeff and I went to St. Augustine's on the Drive for beers with his friend Hiran, and another friend whose name I forget. We drank some beers and had good talks about photography and films and feminism. I also ate these delicious halibut tacos.

15 June 12

In refilling our rice/flour/sugar containers, we found some forgotten jams and relishes other people had made and given us... some of them were made in 2004. We were forced to send them on their way.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

14 June 12

zucchini pizza
motherfuckin' ZUCCHINI PIZZA

Thursday, July 5, 2012

13 June 12

Volkswagen, Cordova Street.

12 June 12

Joanne at Yvonne's birthday
It was Yvonne's birthday, so Jeff and I joined her & Gord plus her friends Joanne (pictured above, who is a riot) and Bob for delicious Chinese food in North Van. It was pouring rain so after we got home Jeff and I made a pot of tea and watched The Shawshank Redemption, which I had read but not seen, and man, what a fine piece of cinema.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

11 June 12

patio wine with Iain
Iain's last night in town. I made chana masala, we drank wine on the patio with Steph, and watched The Twilight Zone.

10 June 12

in Vancouver, June looks basically like October, only the sun sets later.

Monday, July 2, 2012

09 June 12

at the Winking Judge
I met up with Iain, Jeff, Jesse, & Steph (and, later, Dale & Trevor) downtown for an evening of pub-hopping and beer-drinking. We began at the Winking Judge, moved to the Irish Heather for dinner, followed by a quick cocktail at The Diamond, and finally the Alibi Room, everyone's favourite taphouse. I got pretty outrageously drunk because I didn't realize that two of the beers I had were 13% (though the name Lucky 13 should have tipped me off)... and this was after three drinks already. Hangover of a lifetime the next morning, but I can't say the evening wasn't fun.
A few more photos from this day here.