I have been combatting this by spending my free hours (ha!) doing wonderfully fun things, such as:
Seeing a Charlie Chaplin silent film in its most wonderous form! The Orpheum is 85 years old, so they held a special concert where the Vancouver Symphony played the music to go along with the film on the big screen. As added bonuses, an organist played a special tune on the original hydraulic organ (FYI, the Orpheum is still "wired" for sound and the organ pipes blast music from the walls!), and the concert master played piano accompanyment to a short film "making it up as he went along." It was a real treat, and totally worth staying out a bit late on a work night!
Attending a Neil Young Concert with a good friend. Michael bought the tickets long before he went to Sudbury, and they couldn't go wasted! I sure wish he was there, though, because there was a whole lotta music that I didn't understand - but the crowd was great!
Walking for ages around the Circle Craft Christmas Market! My mum came to vancouver for the occasion and we were there for hours and hours! I'm still not quite in the Christmas mood yet, but I'm sure it will come!
|Alanis Concert at the last minute - totally worth the price of admission|
|My little jack-o-lantern! He was so happy!|
|Mike and his dad helping family friends move out of their farm to Chilliwack|
|A bonus of the Rio theatre: you can buy a beer with your popcorn!|
|We got a little lost in the maize maze.....|
|...lost and hungry.|
|But we emerged triumphant!|
|Family Thanksgiving at the Ball House.|
|Bert really wanted to help make sure the turkey was carved properly.|
Tofino!!! I've been meaning to blog about this for ages (obviously....it's from September) because this trip was totally rad. We drove up to Tofino for a weekend, camped out at Green Point and rented some hardy wetsuits and surfboards with a large group of extended friends. Evenings were spent trying not to be freezing (the wetsuits were excellent for keeping the frigid water at bay until you took them off and any remaining moisture chilled you down. It didn't help that Mike and I forgot to bring towels. That was a mistake), and incresing our intake of alcohol to increase our sense of not caring. I was stiff each morning I work up, but thoroughly happy. I had a moment while standing in the surf on our last morning - 15 really happy novice surfers all "Yeah, Life!" around me. Sunshine, surf, and freedom! I could barely keep my eyes open on the drive home - I'd been staving off surfing exhaustion with getting high on life and it rather caught up on me once I finally took time to sit down!
|Kaan and Tess - our fearless leaders!|
|No place like a lean-to on the beach!|
|We took a hike up to a Bomber in the woods....|
|The plane can't be removed because it's now in provincial park lands. Neat story, too|
|Visited the old forests on the way home...|
|I thought it could use some hugs!|
|Just some of our merry gang of wild adventurers!|
|After Mike moved, I bought a small potted tree (Renior), and two gnomes, straight from the Netherlands. They've been named Ilse and Pepe. I don't have a name for the hummingbird. any suggestions?|
|I took this picture while taking a break from volunteer duties at Bard on the Beach...not so bad|
|My little piggy babies! They tasted yummy|
|and all wrapped up in brown butcher's paper!|
|but mostly I've been dreaming of more evenings like this: a coupla friends over for knitting, fresh muffins, a glass 'o wine, fine china, and some smelly candles. Perfect.|