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Thursday, January 31, 2013
It was a fairly quiet NYE, just a smallish party at the house. I didn't even drink much, just a couple of beers and of course the Orofino sparkling we opened at midnight. Mostly we chatted & ate snacks, while watching disaster movies on mute with ambient music in the background (which was surprisingly interesting and epic).
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Monday, January 28, 2013
I went to the Gogol Bordello show with Sarah, Steph, Tamara, and Valerie. Also ran into Kayla and Laryssa while we were there. It was my fourth or fifth time seeing them and they were just as incredible as ever. There's something about the energy at their shows that just feels totally different from any other concert I've been to.
I got home not too late, around 1:30, but I stayed up until 3am reading a book and eating Smartfood.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
After work I met up with Iain and we had a beer and some food at Six Acres (and in doing my portrait I accidentally photographed this stranger at the next table). Afterwards we were going to go to the Alibi Room for another round, but when we got there they were closed for the holidays. Instead we bought beer at the liquor store by my house and drank it while watching Super Troopers and Cannibal! The Musical with Steph.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Thursday, January 24, 2013
I love my family. Christmas is one of my favourite days of the year because it's not too often I get to see everyone all at once. This year was a bit hard to face, with Alex gone and Alice still in Florida. But we're all still here for each other. Plus, you know, all-day drinking.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
I spent the day baking cookies and wrapping gifts. Tony and Joanne stopped by with presents for Jeff and me, including a chocolate tree from Thomas Haas, a negative scanner, and most extravagantly, a Nikon D600 (I'm trying to actually learn its mysteries before using it regularly, so my recent pictures will still be from the D5000).
In the evening we had dinner at Yvonne's as usual, and it was quite nice and we stayed so late that we didn't make it to my parents' until after 11:30. It was strange, without Alice, but we still managed to watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas! with the appropriate amount of questioning its physics, noticing bizarre bits of animation, and quoting our favourite lines.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Jeff, Iain, & I had to go downtown. Two days before Christmas. Thankfully we got there fairly early, 10:30ish, and parked under the library with lots of empty spaces. We finished after not terribly long (and the daunting lineup at Chapters actually moved surprisingly quickly) and then treated ourselves to Japadog for lunch.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Saturday, January 19, 2013
We had no snow on our drive up the I-5; in fact the journey was quicker and easier than most times. But upon crossing the border there were all kinds of traffic fiascos because apparently it had snowed eight inches or something that day. The Port Mann bridge was dropping icy deathbombs on people's windshields and they had to close it down for almost half the day, what a nightmare.
This is what Mom and I left Powell's with.
In the evening we went to a majestic beer store that Sarah knew I would like, and then we had the most incredible vegan dinner at Portobello. I thought Maddie was going to cry with joy.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Monday, January 14, 2013
After driving all day through a terrifying rainpocalypse, we finally arrived in Portland. Sarah met us at the hotel and happily chauffered us to a pizza place in her neighbourhood, Dolce Vivi. It was super tasty and they had vegan pizza so that Maddie's insides wouldn't die. Afterwards we popped into the hotel restaurant's lounge for a drink. I had some kind of pear sidecar thing.
I was Tamara's date for the Shaw holiday party and she told me to babe it up, so I went for the 'sexy librarian' look. My only complaint about the night is that I did not win any amazing prizes, and it took them a long-ass time to get to the part where we ate dinner. But other than that it was a pretty good time with a lot of free booze. Val and Sean were there too of course, and we also ran into our internet friend Clayton, who works with my uncle Mike at Global.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Friday, January 11, 2013
Steph and I went to the clothes swap at Laryssa's. We had a big pot of ginger tea and a big bottle of red wine which we drank in the living room while digging through the pile of clothes. Everyone went home with a few (or many) new things — I grabbed a dress, a skirt, a scarf, two sweaters, and two tops.
This picture is terrible.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Jeff and I went to my staff Christmas party at the Holiday Inn downtown. It was ok; the new chief of operations made way too long of a speech and they made us play this dumb trivia game to decide which tables go to the buffet first, but the food was good, we all got two free drinks, and I got a lot of compliments on my outfit. On the bus home I had one of those run-ins with someone who obviously knows you and you have no idea who the fuck they are. Thankfully after a minute or two he introduced himself to Jeff so then I remembered I used to work with him at Urban Behaviour, many moons ago.
Monday, January 7, 2013
Sunday, January 6, 2013
On my birthday, I decided to start a 365 self-portrait project. I imagine most of them will end up here, but in case I shoot something better that day, you can follow them all on my flickr.
In the photo above I am eating a salted caramel chocolate donut from Cartem's, which I treated myself to after work. In the evening I went to Nuba in Gastown with Jeff, Sarah, Steph, Jesse, Liang, Kristina, and Chris. It was delicious and I even got presents! Jeff and I came home and had a scotch. It was a pretty good birthday.
Friday, January 4, 2013
I strung up the Christmas lights in the living room and put up our tiny 2' tree, which is about the extent of my holiday decorating. I found a wreath that was kind of nice but there was nothing to hang it on the front door with so I gave up.
In the evening I went to a belated birthday party for Kristina at her place, where there was much snacking and wine-drinking and inappropriate conversation topics. Also whenever I walk to their house from the bus stop (as opposed to driving with Jeff) I forget how outrageous that hill is. Not that I have any problem walking up hills, but this one is so steep that I am always somewhat afraid that gravity might actually fail me and I will go tumbling down into Hastings St traffic.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Jeff and I were taking our old CRT television to the recycling depot and while we were setting it down it rolled onto my hand. 100 pounds of tv straight onto my hand meats; it was some of the worst pain I can recall in recent memory. It was still mobile, so I figured it was fine, but it was still incredibly painful and swollen after Jeff had to leave for work. I called Kristina and she took me to Burnaby General for an x-ray. The whole thing only took about an hour, and thankfully nothing was broken. Afterwards we went to the Old Admiral for beers and deep-fried appetizers.
Sarah and I went to the Portobello West market in Olympic Village, and it was pretty awesome. I bought a couple of Christmas gifts, and an air plant for myself. Afterwards we went for some food at Tap and Barrel, and after going home to drop off our crap and relax for a bit, we went to Danielle's art show just off Main St.