Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Tuesday 31 January 2012

Monday, January 30, 2012

Sky inside

Monday 30 January 2012

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Those last berries

Sunday 29 January 2012

Boy, Ryan really loves his canned fruit . . .

Saturday, January 28, 2012


Saturday 28 January 2012

Ryan made these amazing cupcakes today - porter chocolate cake with Bailey's icing. Yum!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Rocky Horror

Friday 27 January 2012

I didn't get a great photo, but Ryan and I went to see a live-action Rocky Horror Picture Show tonight. The local theater, the Rio, recently got their liquor license, and due to an arcane law can now no longer show movies. This was already scheduled, however, so the show went on! It wasn't nearly as good as the movie, obviously, but it was my first participatory show, and throwing things about was fun!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Forgotten mitten

Thursday 26 January 2012

This poor mitten has been on the fence along my way to math class for a couple of weeks now, staring balefully at all the students as they pass.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Last summer's hydrangea

Wednesday 25 January 2012

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Tuesday 24 January 2012

Vancouver is known as "Hollywood North" because of all the movies and TV shows filmed here. Today on my way to my ESL class, I noticed that someone was shooting down the street, so I went over to have a look. It looked like a ton of blindingly bright lights. No big stars. And they didn't see me and immediately offer me a role. *sigh*

Monday, January 23, 2012

Punjabi swim

Monday 23 January 2012

I understand that Punjabi is the language of instruction for this class. But every time I walk past this sign, I imagine Punjabi-style swimming, probably some kind of Bollywood synchronized-swimming. It would be gorgeous!

Sunday, January 22, 2012


Sunday 22 January 2012

I always think I'm going to get great photos when we go out to Surrey to visit cousins, yet I never do. Here's the view from the top of their street.

Saturday, January 21, 2012


Saturday 21 January 2012

We had a warm week followed by a snowy week, this is the result.

I wonder what "snowflower" would be in Elvish? Probably something lovely.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Yes, you have to go to school

Friday 20 January 2012

Every time it snows in Vancouver, the whole city pretty much shuts down in a panicked whimper. I went online to check an assignment today, and found out that every time it snows, even just a little bit, my school posts a weather advisory. Just to remind people that even though there is a half-inch of snow on the ground, yes, you still have to come to class.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Happy car is happy

Thursday 19 January 2012

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Wednesday 18 January 2012

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


Tuesday 17 January 2012

So, Ryan saw an awesome photo taken from the front of a Skytrain here in Vancouver, and I thought I'd try to duplicate the effect. It needs work, and you might see something similar again, but still pretty cool, huh?

I love that the trains here are remotely operated, and you can sit right up in the front and watch them zoom through tunnels - I always try to sit in the first seat.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Wait, did I just move to Canada?

Monday 16 January 2012

This is Vancouver! It's not supposed to snow!

Wreathed in cuteness

Sunday 15 January 2012

Finished a new baby hat today!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

The edge of the city

Saturday 14 January 2012

The light was just amazing today, in and out of the clouds. We've had such a nice, warm week!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Broadway and Cambie

Friday 13 January 2012

I have long wanted to get a photo from Cambie, looking down on the city. The views are lovely, but I never seem to capture it. Hopefully you'll be seeing a better photo of this in the future.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Michigan dog

Thursday 12 January 2012

This is the Michigan dog at Dunn's, a famous Montreal smoked meat restaurant here in town. Now, at every poutine and steamies place in town (Quebecois food), they offer a Michigan dog. I finally had to try one out. It seems that it is just a chili dog. I asked why it's called a Michigan dog, and the answer I got was: "Well, Michigan is close to Montreal, and . . . philly cheese steak, things like that." Ha! That made my day, anyway. Canadians can't really point fingers at Americans for having bad geography or cultural understanding, I guess!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Now where is that lipstick?

Wednesday 11 January 2012

I love statues that look like people sitting on benches.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Rare sight

Tuesday 10 January 2012

Blue skies, smiling at me . . .

Monday, January 09, 2012


Monday 9 January 2012

I love all the moss here - it feels so lush and cozy.

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Ukranian Christmas

Sunday 8 January 2012

Yesterday was Ukrainian Christmas, and today we had a giant Ukrainian dinner at our friends' house. They made borscht and perogies, and bought cabbage rolls. It was delicious - we stuffed ourselves yet again. Will I ever eat a reasonable amount of perogies? And this, by the way, is some of the best borscht I've ever had.

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Boundary Bay Bald Eagle

Saturday 7 January 2012

Ryan and I went down to Boundary Bay to see the snowy owls today. Every five or six years the lemming supply on which they feed goes through a natural decrease, and they come winter in Vancouver. We saw three of them (they're white on the brown marsh, and so rather easy to spot) but none of my photos turned out well. So, here's a bald eagle instead - we saw about a dozen of them.

Friday, January 06, 2012

Nelson Street Firehouse

Friday 6 January 2012

Today is Epiphany, the last day of Christmas. I've been meaning to take a photo of this lovely old firehouse near us for several weeks now, so I figured I'd better get it tonight before they take down the lights.

Thursday, January 05, 2012


Thursday 5 January 2012

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

First Nations

Tuesday 3 January 2012

For all my American readers, here in Canada the correct term for most native people is First Nations. The four-part circle in the middle is a medicine wheel, a symbol sacred to the First Nations peoples around here. Four in general is an important number - four seasons, four directions, etc. I saw this on the beach this morning - I love stumbling across lovely little expressions like this.

Monday, January 02, 2012

Car plug

Monday 2 January 2011

It is so cold for so long in Saskatchewan and that people have to plug in their cars. If you don't have a block heater in your engine, you likely won't be able to start your car many a winter morn.

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Almost the queen

Sunday 1 January 2012

Every year on the first of January the Lieutenant Governor's mansion is open to the public. The honorable Dr. Gordon L. Barnhart is the provincial representative of the Queen, and quite a snazzy dresser. We took a tour of the house and museum and also drank a glass of the Queen's sherry. Pretty good New Year's day, huh?