We’ve already experienced our first real taste of summer in the lower mainland. Which, I must say was quite enjoyable. Last summer I spent a lot of time at White Pine, Crescent beach, family members pools and various water parks in and around Surrey with kids.This year we are looking forward to another family camping trip to cultus lake. It’s just a short trip out of the city and there is so much to do. We love the great swimming , beaches, canoeing, hiking. All the amenities are available and you get a nice touch of nature. I can taste those s’mores now.
I’ve also had the opportunity to travel quite a bit in the last 10 months. The first trip to London and Bath with my Mum in October was fantastic. We toured the city extensively and managed a side trip to the beautiful Roman city of Bath. The shopping in London is fantastic but crowded and there are so many sites to see. H&M is still a fave but my latest trip to Wales I was introduced to River Island and love it. I can’t wait to visit the UK again and hopefully head over to Ireland, a place I’ve always been interested in seeing.
this is probably the first long weekend in several years that i’ve spent ‘at home’ in the city. not that i’m complaining at all – this has been an excellent weekend. friday night we saw da vinci code
(which i’m not going to get into at length), needless to say we weren’t too impressed. i found that Sophie’s character seemed too dumbed-down (among many other things). john had just finished the book that afternoon so he had many more precise criticisms than i. We got to hung out with some good friends (i can’t believe i’ve know you guys for almost 20 years!) and i drove one of their cars to the theatre from the restaurant – MAN i miss driving standard! (and a car for that matter).
saturday night we saw the (international) Noise Conspiracy. the place was totally rockin’, one of the opening bands (the fever) was really good but the lead singer freaked the bejesus outta me. the lead singer of INC rubbed our noses in the fact that a) sweden beat canada in IIHF hockey action and b) we now have a right-of-center gov’t running our country – all while belting out the tunes, jumpin around the venue and delivering some really great rock. an awesome show!
sunday we took my mom out for lunch to the Boathouse in New Westminster (at the Quay). Had some yummy seafood then went downtown and shopped around. I purchased JPod (by Douglas Coupland) and look forward to reading it whenever i find the time. I’m sure I’ll be posting about it here as i go along.
After an early afternoon of watching Pulp Fiction in our pyjamas today, we got out of the apartment to wander and get food. We just got back from dinner on west 4th and are now stuffing ourselves with cake from True Confections and wine from our trip to the Okanagan a few weeks ago (Grey Monk).
We’re now all set to watch the finale of 24 – if Laura doesn’t spoil it all for us first 😉 – and totally not looking forward to work in the morning. despite the rain and the whole staying-in-town bit, i loved the time i spent with my husband and family this weekend – i have no complaints… i actually consider myself quite lucky 🙂
so the hottest new site around town is Overheard in Vancouver
. I decided to poke around and see if this was a ‘trend’ anywhere else – and it is
. Overheard in New York
, the office
, and in passing
(to name a few).
Speaking of New York, there’s actually a book published about it all.
We are always catching bits and pieces of conversations wherever we go. Sometimes we tune it out, other times we keep listening to see how it ends because it’s just so rediculous or intriguing. whatever it is, people can’t help but ‘overhear’ and now that there are outlets all over the internet for people to share all this juicy info – they’re taking advantage of it and loving it.
Of course when I married John he told me that if I took his name I would have to get used to people spelling and pronouncing it incorrectly. I thought that it couldnt be that bad but having now experience such things several times myself, I realize that perhaps it just isn’t as common and recognized as my maiden name. We got our info-pack for the PMC Sierra Science Fair Fun Run
yesterday, hence the pic here displaying my last name registered as “Beelwitt” and John’s as “Bellwitt” *sigh* okay now I get it.The proceeds from this event go towards science fairs and programs in BC. We signed up with my work team, since our client is a sponsor. So, we’re running for science, basically. You can run for the CNIB (Canadian Institute of the Blind)/BC Blind Sports, like we’re doing next Friday in the Run for Light
. You can run for Canada
, disease research and support, even Children’s
needs. I have about 20 pamflets from upcoming runs at home – we’re not going to partake in all of them but it’s sure interesting to see how this city, this province, becomes so involved.
As we did last year, we’ll be raising money for breast cancer research by doing the Run for the Cure in October. Last year our church had a team (the ONLY church to enter as a community team) and raised an impressing amount – it’s inspired us all to outdo ourselves this year, and get more people involved. I challenge any other community groups/teams/churches to get out there and try Runs/Walks as a means of charity, community involvement, teambuilding within the group and raising awareness for these causes.
What’s your motivation? Whether you just like to run/walk, you have a serious connection to the cause the event is helping, or you would like to volunteer — find out more at the Canada Running Series site or by clicking any of the links above.