turkey day no work

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I learned all about American history from watching Alvin and the Chipmunks [wiki]. Ya know the one where Theodore is studying for his exam and his brothers help him out by telling stories and re-enacting history?Yeah… Canadian Thanksgiving doesn’t involve pilgrims but it does involve turkey. Lots o’ turkey. This is John’s second Thanksgiving (Canadian style) so he decided to do a little write up about its history over on his site.

We’re still going to ‘celebrate’ American Thanksgiving at the end of November because really, any excuse for cooking a nice big meal and having some wine with my man is fine by me.Yesterday we had some adventures (as I wrote in my Metblogs post) then we went down to the Peace Arch [wiki]. It’s one of many Canadian/US Border crossings in the area but it’s right on the water. Since the park is officially a no-man’s land/owned by BOTH countries, John was able to walk over to the United States for the first time since he left it over a year ago now.

After that we headed for a family dinner and stuffed ourselves silly (especially with the blueberry pie that followed). Tonight we’re heading out to Surrey to be with my mom’s side of the family. With 5 kids under 6 years old and 12 adults, it should be an interesting night.

I’ve done a Metblogs post, one here, Laura covered the Amazing Race post, and the podcasts (RadioZoom & TheCrazyCanucks) are coming this week so I think this time spent checking in on my computer and online business has been well spent. Have a great holiday everyone, see you back at work tomorrow (boo!)

Aberdeen City and Miss 604

Comments 5 by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Interview Post is now up, along with podcast audio.

Seems I’ve scored me an interview with the band Aberdeen City [aberdeenmusic] while they’re here in Vancouver as a part of their 2006 North American tour.I first heard about the band when I met John – who always plays great up and coming tunes on his podcast, Radiozoom. They had a self-produced, self-released EP in 2003, We Learned By Watching and 2 EPs & one LP in 2005. They then released The Freezing Atlantic in August, 2006 via their spankin new Sony Red Ink label deal.

The politically aware first single God Is Going To Get Sick of Me won a Boston Music Award in 2005 – before it had been commercially released- and The Freezing Atlantic was recently voted Local Album of 2006 by Boston Phoenix readers [aberdeenmusic.com]

Brad Parker (vocals, bass), Ryan Heller (guitar), Rob McCaffrey (drums) and Christopher McLaughlin (guitar, vocals) all came together in Boston (where I spent the good part of 2002-2003) and 3 of them are originally from the Mid-West. I actually lived on Aberdeen Ave in Cambridge but the band is named after the Aberdeen Architectural Conservation District of Boston (oh well).

I’m really looking forward to meeting them.The show is October 17th at Richards on Richards with Electric Six and The Blue Van, tickets are $17.50 and available at Ticketmaster, HOB.ca, Zulu and Scratch Records.More details about my interview to come, for now, please check out their website and myspace page for info and to sample their music.

Aberdeen City’s 2006 Tour Blog [amplifiermagazine]
God is Going to Get Sick of Me mp3 via Aberdeenmusic.com
Spin.com’s band of the day [spin.com]
Blogcritics.org Review [blogcritics.org]

Yo Luongo!

Comments 1 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Alanah from Vancouver Canucks Op Ed (and fellow CrazyCanuck) gave our shining new goalie that name and it’s stuck.She’s got a recap of last night’s WONDERFUL game posted over on the site [VCOE]. We played defensively and still had a lot of offense – Naslund scored with his head (literally) and Linden scored his 300th as a Canuck.Also in the hockey blog world, you can see my shiney lil face on Kukla’s Korner, hugging my pal Chouinard.

I’ve been Metbloggerific lately, with a couple posts about anything from greeting cards [mbv] to highways [mbv]. That, as well as posting on our Amazing Race blog [AR10] and contributing to both the Radiozoom and The Crazy Canucks podcasts… *phew* makes for a MUCH needed long weekend (packed full of hockey and turkey!)

Update: A fresh episode of the Radiozoom Podcast is available now, click here for the mp3 and visit the site page for show notes. It’s a bit of mobile podcasting, music, and is Miss604-less, just John and a microphone – how retro 😉

i'm not a city girl

Comments 1 by Rebecca Bollwitt

That’s what my Oma (grandma) said to us last night. She said that even Surrey is getting too big for her, “I’m not a city girl”. She grew up in a small village in what was then Yugoslavia. After meeting my Opa (grandpa), having my aunt and mother, the family moved to Canada in the 1950s.

They started out in Regina then packed up the car and moved out west. They lived in East Vancouver (Renfrew area) and before the turn of the decade they had started building a house in Surrey. “It was the forest!” Oma said, “I thought, he builds our house in the bushes?”. My Opa being a carpenter with great dreams.

104th Avenue was merely a dirt road and still my Oma commuted to Vancouver to work, as a housekeeper, every single day. “I worked on Dunbar, MacDonald… all over – I left the house at 7am and I wouldn’t get back until 7 at night”. Yep, even in the early 60s commuting to Vancouver from the burbs wasn’t pleasant.

She would even work in North Vancouver on occasion, “I would RUN up and down those hills to catch a bus – that’s why I have bad knees now.”We’re celebrating her 85th birthday next week, and man – this woman has seen everything. Aside from her experiences during the war, which I can’t even begin to describe on my blog, she’s seen Vancouver change over the last 50 years.

On the drive home last night she kept commenting how the city’s changed. The buildings, the roads, the construction… we really need to capture some of her experiences (in her own words) on the podcast sometimes, they’re just amazing.

I’ll try to put some pics up when I get home tonight (of the house being built, of my Oma etc.) but for now, try the pics I have from my Bay experience yesterday that I have up on Metblogs :p

Pumpkin Patch Review by Jenny

Comments 5 by Jennifer Miles

Becky has been demanding a post about pumpkin patches, and apparently because I have 3 little ones I am an authority on the matter. I thought I’d enlist their help but when asked which places they preferred I got a few shoulder shrugs and an ‘I unno’. After some prodding they offered that they didn’t like the muddy one because their boots got stuck.

Photo credit: SuperNovaK on Flickr

When Alexis was a preschooler we visited a place in Tsawassen, its easy to spot, on the way to the ferry terminal and has pumpkins lining the long fence. All the kids got to plant a flower bulb and go into the field to get a pumpkin and were also given a cookie. It was a bit overcrowded and the pumpkins were pretty slim pickings. The following year we went to Aldor Acres. For those of you that remember Big Bob (r.i.p) from the barn at the PNE, that was his home.

Aldor Acres is located in a lovely country setting (just past Fort Langley), they have apple orchards, Christmas trees, barns full of animals, a big haystack and are very organized (even with the parking in the big field). Everyone gets a hayride into the patch where they hop off and pick their pumpkin, which the kids just love. The pumpkins however are pre-picked and lined up so I found it took away from the whole experience a bit.

The last 2 years the kids went to Richmond Country Farms. Located just after the tunnel (for those of us coming from Surrey/Delta) on Steveston Hwy. This is my personal favourite. You get the whole farm-countryfair-feeling. There was a place to jump in the hay, a live band playing some themed tunes, free apples and a longer hayride out to one of the many pumpkin patches. When you are let off at the pumpkin patch you have small hike to the fields where the pumpkins are there to be actually picked and there are tons to choose from. The kids really enjoyed it and I even treated them to a pony ride on the way out.

One of the best parts of being a parent is getting to experience all the ‘kidstuff’ again (man I love chuck e cheese). Oh, and sidenote to Becky’s post about the holiday trains on metblogs… I mentioned the Halloween train to Alexis and she said ‘nooooooo… but can we go at Christmas AND Easter’!

one year, eh

Comments 5 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Tonight… it begins… the 2006/2007 NHL season – boy howdy! Buffalo’s in Carolina, Ottawa’s in Toronto, Dallas is in Colorado and I’m in Surrey. Yeah, I’ll be taking the train out there tonight for some family business… so I’ll miss every one (with their 4, 430pm start times) and probably catch the tail end of the Stars/Avs who hit the ice at 7pm PT.

The podcast last night was really fun, we’re still working out some kinks but it’s SO gonna take off … hopefully. The Canucks start their season tomorrow and won’t actually be HOME to play until San Hoser comes to town on the Friday the 13th.

It’s been about 7 months since we submitted John’s permanent residency application. 7 months and a few days since we got married and 1 year (and a day) since he arrived at YVR to start his life with me in Canada. I had participated in the Run for the Cure earlier that morning and 7 days before that, I moved into what would become our little West End apartment. We drove home from the airport that afternoon and I had a “Welcome Home” banner lying on the floor (since I didn’t have tape, staples, tacks or anything adhesive with which I could stick it to the walls).

1 year, 4 blogs, 2 podcasts later, we’re going strong. He’s been able to get to know the city, some of the people, and watch the changes all around us. The Shangri-La on Alberni was merely a whole in the ground this time last year (my how the time flies *sniff*). He’s been able to experience our ‘seasons’. Such as rainy, rainier, grey with rain, showers tapering to rain, and stinkin skin-melting hot. I think he prefers the latter. Here’s to another hockey season year (and many more) together! Happy Canada Anniversary John!