guestimate your vingle

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i wrote a lovely post this morning then blogger decided to be a complete spazz and delete it – it even deleted john’s podcast/show notes from last night. basically, it was my report on the vancouver podcast meetup last night. there were bloggers, podcaster-hopefuls and gurus all coming together over beer and chicken strips. it was a great opportunity for me as a blogger to meet other local bloggers, and an even better one for john to offer up some wisdom and insight to newbies of podcasting and talk shop with the pros. yesterday before the meetup we both sat down in our dining room aka john’s home studio and did a podcast. there were about two dozen people at this gathering although i hear at other vancouver bloging events like the meetups at Steamworks there are even greater turn outs. our first experience at a meetup and networking with other vancouver geeks was really positive. there are also pics up, check out some of the blogs of the participants and i must plug the island podcast w/ ted riecken.


Michael & Sarah’s blog
Penmachine
MJ Ankenman’s Blog
PacificIT
Up In Ontario
David Drucker

to name a few 🙂

NOT cool

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I just found out that my Aunt’s cat is dying. When I used to rent my aunt’s basement suite in her house the kitty and I were close (although she always liked men better…hmmf). It’s been an emotional rollercoaster of a morning (and day, week, month, year…). I’m going to make some french toast and coffee – get my day started. Much on that to-do list today, not sure how much we’ll get done before tonight. Oh yeah, and to the person who snatched my mom’s purse at the bus stop today…you SUCK!

ladybugs

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Ok so planning a wedding is a pretty stressful task. When there’s so much more going on in your life, work, family, stressful timelines and SO much to get done… it’s really nice to slump on the couch for an afternoon watching movies and eating Mocha Almond Fudge ice cream from Safeway. I had a pretty rough morning and ended up taking a sick day from work. I actually have tomorrow off in lieu of a Sunday shift I worked a while back. There’s such a huge to-do list for tomorrow I hope we can get it all done in time.
Tomorrow night, there’s the Vancouver Podcast meetup. John and I will be going since he’s mister podcast (to me at least). It will be great to network, put some names to voices and meet with members of the local podcast community.
Despite everything that’s freaking me out and stressing me out – I know it’s all worth it. There’s always something to look forward to, something to hope and strive for. It’s not about living your life in a bubble, with blinders on and with rose coloured glasses. You can keep your feet on the ground and reach for the stars without having your head in the clouds. …okay did I just sound like Ed McMahon there for a minute? or was that Casey Kasem? yeah.. casey…either way ..sounds like you’d really have to stretch first, warm up and then reach and — okay i’m rambling…

today is groundhog day – i heard some interesting background info about this on the Daily Breakfast Podcast w/ Father Roderick courtesy of John. Ya know I never thought I would sit around in the morning eating porridge, sipping coffee and listening to a catholic priest.

Dunno how much time i’ll have to blog in the next few days (i always say that then find the time). We’re going to be out and about a lot. hopefully the sun will be shining as it was today over this great city.

there's a room where the light won't find you

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Okay so we had the wettest January on record. I remember last summer we were on track for the most sunny days, until there was like one day to go and the lil instrument at Environment Canada that measures such things was stolen – so everyone just ‘figured’ we broke that record. Yay Vancouver! I really hope that February is a lil dryer, for many reasons. Historically it’s actually a very sunny month.

Now, how about them Canucks eh? Jovo is out, Naslund was back and seven different players scored to defeat the Coyotes 7-4. Sedin with 4 points, Auld was great (as per usual) with 42 saves – they ended up pulling Cujo after 5 goals on 19 shots. People are saying it’s because Nagy is out that their team is outta whack – we could say the same about not have Jovo but …really I don’t think we’ll miss him that much (sorry :p).

I put on an all 80s iTunes mix this morning at work for Laura and Chris. I’m in a much better mood than yesterday – John made me eggs and toast before I left then we went downstairs to pay rent – I’m so glad my building lets you pay with Interac, since I dont have checks it’s the easiest and most convenient way to go. When the lease is up in October we’re hoping to move to a 2 bedroom place in the building – those suites are all on the west side of the building, right now we’re north-east. But, not to get ahead of myself, we still have a full summer ahead of us in this place right above the building’s heated pool mmm. Okay now I don’t want to be at work anymore…

platypus points

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Yesterday the Pickton trial started. This is it – the big one – Canada’s BIG trial. He pleaded not guilty to 27 murder charges. I was telling John about how the saga unfolded 4 years ago when a pig farm in Port Coquitlem was swarmed with police and turned into a evidence-gathering base camp for months on end. He’s accused of murdering almost 30 women – most were on missing lists from the Downtown Eastside. This is a pretty disturbing story and when I watch Guy Ritchie’s – Snatch – it disturbs me even more “so be weary of any man who keeps a pig farm.”
… Canucks eh… Jovo – possibly out for the rest of the season – getting some surgery and so where does that leave us? If he’s out for more than 10 consecutive games that frees up some cash/the cap limit so that we could acquire someone else during that time — then thing is, once Jovo is back (albeit probably not til April) we’d have to let go of that person who came on. Sucky. He’ll be missing the olympics but I don’t think the team will miss him too much. Sure he plays a heck of a lot of minutes but he really is not the best player…Speaking of which, our BEST player – Marcus Naslund is taking it easy, nursing and injury that – if aggrevated – could be devastating to the Canucks. They play Phoenix tonight.

Things have been so busy lately, if I had a pda or daytimer my calendar would be full – instead i’m relying on little bits of paper and printed out calendars from outlook to plan my days, nights and weeks. I’ve started taking lunches to work and we’re eating at home a lot more. This saves us anywhere from 10 dollars to 60 dollars a day – yipes!

I think we’re also going to sign up for the Sun Run this year. I used to do it in high school with my running club. We’d show up to school at 6am and take off on a 10km run. We’d do the Sun Run, Run for Light and various others around vancouver. Although one year for the Run for Light the weatherman from UTV (now Global) told us to leave our backpacks under the warmup stage area. We did, and when we got back my bag was gone. I had my school books, wallet, clothes and michelle’s Forrest Gump piano book in there. That guy is still doing weather on Global and man… I still don’t trust him…

kaylee annelisa

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Heidi’s baby girl is adorable. We visited them in the hospital last week – everyone is happy and doing very well. we’re heading out to New West this morning (once we pick up my mom) then my mom and I are going to Heidi’s baby shower. Kaylee is 5 years younger than her brother Aiden, and my niece Alexis just adores her – wishing the her baby brother (18 months old) was a girl instead so he’d be more fun to play with. Kids are so great, my sister can’t wait until i venture down that path because it certainly isn’t all fun and games – but i’m sure it’s rewarding…. (just trying to block out adolescent memories of being really horrible to my mom at this point). — wait what am i talking about ? look at me – does it look like i could do any wrong or be mean? :p
The sun is out (finally) – a week of rain and sun on Saturday, as long as we get SOME sun. The subject of the wet winters in Vancouver has been talked about far too much so I’ll sign off now – go get my shoes on and start my day. I heard there’s an accident at the first ave exit of Hwy 1 and so westbound traffic is a mess – i’ll be sure to avoid that. thanks fox.