100 days of summer

Wednesday, June 21st, 2006 — 8:42am PDT
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I think I got signed up on a spam list for Tourism Vancouver and what I received today is actually quite interesting.

It was an announcement regarding the kick off of ‘Tourism Vancouver’s 100 Days of Summer, your Guide to the Best of Everything that’s Happening this Summer’. (site) Complete with things-to-do, special offers, suggestions for fun days out n’ about in the city, this is a useful tool for locals and tourists/visitors alike. Festivals, parades (fun, FREE things) as well as complete day-long adventures are all included (Participants’ Guide). You can pick up your own guide at the Touristinfo Centre, 200 Burrard, Downtown Vancouver or visit the website, www.tourismvancouver.com.

reconsider that venti

Tuesday, June 20th, 2006 — 10:58pm PDT
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Not that I could even fathom getting a Venti sized frappucinno from Starbucks… but if you or a loved one, heck even a stranger you might have known for the last 20 seconds – if anyone is considering ordering one of these suckers be sure to know what you’re getting yourself into.

We were just watching some wholesome Seattle 10 o’clock news and they reported that the group known recently for taking KFC (story) to court over their unhealthiness, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, is now going after Starbucks for that same reason.

A 20-ounce Venti banana mocha Frappuccino with whipped cream contains 720 calories and 11 grams of saturated fat, and a banana cream crunch bar weighs in at 630 calories and 25 grams of saturated fat. By comparison, a McDonald’s Corp. Big Mac has 560 calories and 11 grams of saturated fat. (globe investor).

Now I may have been known to indulge in a tall mocha frapp (with a shot of raspberry) or maybe a Tim Ho Ice Capp… but I know it’s bad for me that’s what makes it so good right? :p I surely hope that no one thinks that by skipping a meal and having a frappuccino instead will help them stay healthy or at least think that it’s harmless (especially if you get no whip la dee freakin da). Because most of the time the things you least expect to be ‘bad’ are the cutesy lil drinks and fancy fast-food salads – but boy howdy, they’ll getcha!

I am aware that Starbucks isn’t exactly a place you visit when you’re being calorie-wise, I’m simply sayin’ be careful, be aware – just because it isn’t dripping with grease and there’s no scary picture of a crazy red-haired clown behind the counter doesn’t mean it’s ‘good’. (starbucks nutrition info)

we all tube

Tuesday, June 20th, 2006 — 3:17pm PDT
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So the biggest thing i see invading peoples’ sites lately is that dandy little You Tube screen. Video podcasts to commercials and footballs in groins. Well here’s my attempt at sharing since this song is near and dear to me – although this version might not be :p

Performed by The Achordants (You Tube). For the real thing, check out The Postal Service – Such Great Heights (site). Also try Iron & Wine – Such Great Heights, it’s a beautiful mellowed version by a group on the same label as The PS (sub pop).

very blue mile & moose tracks

Tuesday, June 20th, 2006 — 8:52am PDT
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Now that the cup’s been smooched and the Oilers fans’ makeup is all teary and smudged – it’s time to wrap up this NHL season. I mean really, there’s only 3 months til the next one!
With that said, we need a coach. Yes we do. A little while ago (post) we were looking at grabbing Vigneault from the Manitoba Moose – seems as though that’s still the goal (Sportsnet story), I’m sure things will be sorted pretty darn quick. We have the draft coming up on Saturday, right here in this fair city. For info about the event check out the Canucks website and for info about the players, try the NHL Draft Tracker (ESPN). We’ll be at GM Place on Saturday and hopefully scooping up some audio for my husband’s podcast (Radiozoom).

I’m already looking forward to next season, seeing what the Canucks will be able to pull off – who they can keep and who they shouldn’t (HockeyNW Poll). After Saturday I will officially turn my attention (fully) to the World Cup (post). Ya know unless that whole coach thing isn’t resolved and there’s trades (Luongo?) and signings yada yada… I just refuse to give into the baseball temptations… just yet.

EDIT: There will be a press conference at 1pm PT/4pm ET re: Vancouver’s new coach. You can watch it on TSN or via their website ‘cybercast’ (TSN)

to quote whitney: 'f*&kin rights!'

Monday, June 19th, 2006 — 8:13pm PDT
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Carolina Hurricanes, Stanley Cup Champs.

Gotta love the CBC… gotta love hockey.

Congrats to Cam Ward on being awarded the Conn Smythe, Brind D’Amour (good BC boy! err man) on leading this team and to the entire Hurricane organization. Geez them Oilers fought like hell though!

It will be a very happy night in Carolina (sportsnet)

weekend wrap up

Monday, June 19th, 2006 — 11:14am PDT
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Friday night I met Laura at the office then we walked over to a nice lil place for drinks. My sister met up with us afterwards and we had some really fun drinky-giggly times.

Saturday we went out to Surrey for a big huge Korean/BBQ feast at Michelle’s parents’ house. It’s the home that she grew up in, so many memories came flooding back. I pointed out to John where we buried her hamster ‘Cookie’ in the backyard, and where we burned pictures/letter from one of her first boyfriends in a coffee can around the side of the house. Her mom decided then to put on a video we made when we were 14 …. oh… my… gosh… needless to say the FOOD was the best part of the night :p

On Sunday we took off to New Westminster, popped in to Sapperton Days where I met a potential boyfriend (should anything happen to John and I). He was sporty, a good listener, not a big talker and really took a liking to me. I asked him why his blowhole wasn’t working though – oh did I mention it was Fin, the mascot of the Vancouver Canucks? Yeah. Good times. NB: If you ever have a festival/fair type event and you want to attract lots of kiddies – forget the carnival rides, the live band, the face painting… just have baby animals, lots of baby animals.

Hopefully everyone had a great Fathers’ Day – if you were out on Commercial Drive, in New West, Surrey, at the Dragon Boat races (events post) or over at the 50th anniversary party for the Vancouver Aquarium. Holy cow this city has really kick started its summer. Who ever said it was ‘no fun‘?