Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Jeff and I hit up the first farmers' market of the season at Trout Lake, where we bought some more plants for the garden (heirloom tomatoes, mint, and curry), a salmon, and some apples & rhubarb to make a pie. After taking everything home, we set out for Wreck Beach with Steph, where we met up with Amanda & Laryssa & co. We sat in the wonderful warmth of the sun until it started getting late, and then Jeff and I headed to Madeleine & Ben's for their housewarming on the edge of Kitsilano. We ate a lot of food and drank some beer and admired their view and chatted about things you never remember later on.
There are a few more photos from this day here.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Sunday, May 27, 2012
We had our first BBQ of the season, and also ever since we have never owned a BBQ until now! This photo showcases Jeff's and my differing tastes in beer: he likes crisp and light, I like meaty and dark. The food we made was as follows:
-spinach & watercress salad with marinated roasted red peppers, garlic, capers, and pecorino
-lemon butter grilled asparagus with coarse salt
-mashed potatoes with cumin-caramelized onions
-grilled chicken with spicy rib rub
you can view a photo of it here.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
I went to the photographers' meetup at The Union for the This Is East Van book, which will be coming out in early July. I took Malloreigh (who, incidentally, had a photo in their last book) as my date. We had some beers and I briefly met the people in charge and a couple other folks, but we spent most of our night talking to a lovely couple, Jake and Tesney, whom I hope to see again.
After drinking beer all evening we considered going to the Foundation for nachos, but decided that without at least one more person it wouldn't be worth it and so instead we went home to our respective houses and ate nutritional yeast on toast.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Jeff and I spent Saturday afternoon thrift store hunting for a new bedside table (we found a great one for $20), and then after setting it up, decided to venture to Kits for dinner because we almost never do. I took this photo of the East Van Cross on the way there.
We ended up on the patio of a little pub called Elwood's, where Jeff had ribs and I had veggie pot pie and we listened to a dude play blues with a slide guitar. I was so into it that we actually bought a CD from him. Remember CDs? Afterwards we treated ourselves to dessert at Sweet Revenge and scoffed at the supermoon not being all that super.
Monday, May 21, 2012
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
My parents hosted a going-away party so our family could say goodbye to Alice, who will spend the next year working at Epcot in Disney World. I'm posting this photo instead of something that is, you know, not a photo of a photo because I'm just so proud to see how far Alice has come from the painfully shy, oftentimes grumpy little girl we grew up with. She is one of the most outgoing, friendly, likeable girls I know, and I'm sure she'll spend the next year making loads of people happy and having a blast. We'll all miss her, but life is too short to miss out on opportunities like this.
If you like, you can see photos of various members of my family wearing Mickey Mouse ears here.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Monday, May 14, 2012
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Alex's memorial was held in the theatre of our old high school. It was so painful and so beautiful. Mostly it was just friends of his, playing music, telling stories. It was nice for Alex to be remembered through music and in theatre, the way he felt most at home. Above is a friend of his, Chloe, playing a song she wrote for him after his death, entitled "The Good One". It was so soulful and heartfelt; she brought the house down. I don't think there was a single person in that overpacked theatre that wasn't struck dumb with emotion listening to her play it. You can watch a recording she made of the song here on youtube.
Afterwards my family went to the Black Sheep Pub, where a few of Maddie and Alex's friends and teachers had gathered for a drink and a bit of food. Steve Moore, one of my favourite teachers, sat with us and we all had a pretty good time talking about music and things. Maddie was especially grateful to him, because he was the only one involved with the memorial who really asked for her input, and that allowed her to give him a poem Alex liked to read aloud during the service. We were all pleased to see Maddie talking, and eating, and even laughing. I'm sure nothing about life is going to be easy for her for a long time, but sometimes a little distraction can help for a little while.
Friday, May 11, 2012
Pizza cookoff was held at my house. Jeff spent half the afternoon making dough, I spent half the afternoon trying to make bacon out of coconut flakes. I won with my BLT pizza, so I suppose it was worth it. Above is Tim with his fried plantain crust mini pizzas with mushroom/white bean sauce and garlic-tomato-mango salsa.
As always, visit the cookoff blog to see all the entries (there were 11!) and category winners.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Laryssa called me to see if I wanted to hang out, so I decided to stop moping around the house and go over there. We visited Amanda while she was working at Bump n Grind, and she made me this lovely macchiato. Afterwards Laryssa and I went over to Neptoon Records for record store day... I picked up Queen's A Night at the Opera and The Who's Who's Next for myself, and also Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings for Jeff.
We picked up some beer and meandered back to the house, where I was Laryssa's sous chef as we created a delicious vegan feast. Jeff met me later and we took a taxi home after one more glass (mug) of wine.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Laryssa and Amanda came over with ingredients for kebabs. It's nice when friends think to cook for you during hard times. We cooked them on the grill and then smoked a joint and watched Ghostbusters with Steph and Jesse.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Alex died this Thursday afternoon. Jeff and I went out to see my family in the evening... Jeff made pasta dinner for those that felt hungry enough to eat it. We sat around in the living room, talking, crying, laughing... Maddie curled in front of the fire, underneath a blanket from the hospital, wearing one of his shirts.
Her friend Kayla showed up and didn't say a word, just laid down at Maddie's side. We were so thankful she was there to spend that night with Maddie so she wouldn't have to sleep alone in the bedroom she shared with Alex.
I received some shocking and unbearably sad news this night from my family. Maddie's boyfriend Alex was in a car accident and it was clear he would not make it. He just turned twenty-one years old last month. Life is so fucking unfair sometimes I just want to throw up.
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Tim and Dan at New Brighton Park.
I met MaryAnne in the afternoon for caesars at Havana, and then we went down to New Brighton, where a bunch of people had gathered on the dock to drink beers for Laryssa's birthday. Then I came home and watched a godawful hockey game when I should have instead gone to Kitty Nights.
Liang came by in the late afternoon; we picked up some wine and then rode our bikes over to have dinner at Laryssa & Amanda's. We ate a lot of curry, got stoned, sat on the roof. Rode home. My brother Travers turned 19... normally I would have brought him some celebratory beers, but he doesn't drink.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Jeff made this delicious strawberry dinner. Pasta with strawberry purée, mint, garlic, and pecorino. Spinach & arugula salad with almonds, pea shoots, avocado, and strawberries; tossed with lemon oil and balsamic vinegar.