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April 13, 2012

I haven’t forgotten about this little slice of the internet I like to call home, I’ve just been rather busy lately.

Last week was ‘Dailies Week’ at school, plus George Stroumboulopoulos was in town filming his show, so naturally I went to a couple of tapings. I saw Sarah McLachlan in the red chair and Nick Gilder and Mother Mother perform Gilder’s 70’s hit (the first song he ever wrote, if you can believe it!) Roxy Roller.

Cut to the weekend, and my body decided to get some revenge on me for evidently pushing myself so hard the past few months to make it through the semestre, and I got sick. So I had a terrible head cold all weekend, then when I went back to school on Tuesday, I added the stomach flu to the mix and spend about 11 hours from Tuesday night well into Wednesday morning throwing up (just to be graphic) every 30 to 90 minutes. I couldn’t even keep water or Pepto Bismol down.

So basically, I’ve been in bed pretty much all week. I’m inching closer to finishing my last two assignments (tomorrow’s the day!), then I’ll be a free bird. Well, at least until the summer semestre starts in May, haha!

I’m actually looking forward to it, though. My courseload will be significantly lightened with only three classes instead of seven, so I’ll have time to get started on a couple of book projects, as well as invest some time learning to play the guitar and working on my music. Plus I plan to dedicate some time to reading and getting outside more (doctor’s orders, after all!). I’m also going to start writing for This Dish Is Veg now that I have more time.

Though I must say, one thing I’m not looking forward to for the summer is not having access to a camera. I had to give the one I borrowed from school back today. I guess it’s back to kinda-bland blog posts. Wah wahhhh.

Holi-daze

December 19, 2011

Well, it’s almost that time! (Cliché much?)

Christmas is just sleeps away, and it looks like I’m going to be rather busy in the lead-up.

Tonight I put up my Christmas Tree, it looks something like this:

(I lost my camera, so I have only my cell phone to rely on for photographic preservation at the moment. This is why my blog is lacking in colourful self-captured photography.)

I also made myself a youTube playlist of Christmas songs, so score one for me on my list of things to learn how to do.

This afternoon Tara and I fulfilled our first to go order for Harmless Innovations, and just a little while ago the woman we made it for emailed us to let us know she fed 7 people with what we made for 5, there were left overs, they all loved it and she said everyone wants to be vegan now if that’s how vegan food tastes! (Which is actually one of our goals – to make things taste so good that omnivores will be eager repeat customers and spread the word).

So tomorrow Tara and I will be going grocery shopping (have I ever told you how much I love grocery shopping? It’s my idea of a good time…and a good date) for ingredients to fulfill our Holiday Basket orders on Wednesday when we do all of the baking. We’re delivering on Thursday, so there’s still time to get an order in, so long as we receive it by Wednesday at Noon.

That should keep us busy through Thursday, then on Friday I think we might both be on the Animal Voices Radio Show, so clearly, the fun is just beginning! (And hopefully so is our success!)

…above the Golden Gate Bridge.

I’ve been caught up in trying to get caught up on work to where I can feel marginally comfortable leaving things for two weeks while I Folk around at the Vancouver Folk Festival (July 15th-17th) before departing for California the next morning, and not returning till July 29th.

On my way into Vancouver from Squamish this afternoon to pre-record what turned into just one episode (it was supposed to be two, but it took us about 3 1/2 hours just to crank out one compilation episode, so we packed it in ‘early’ at 5:15pm), I was driving over the Lions Gate Bridge and overtaken by an internal feeling best described as soaring that I get when I’m really excited or in love with something thinking about how soon I will FINALLY be crossing the Golden Gate Bridge instead.

A lifetime of waiting is soon to come to fruition. Hopefully I can wrangle some good pictures out of this upcoming epic endeavour. I’m also planning on taking my video camera that my parents recently gave me, though I can’t promise that it will be as or any more incredible than the time I went to Tacoma (I only ever wrote the second ‘part’ of what I think I envisioned to be a three or four part series before I forgot exactly how everything went down) – or the time I Pimped Laura’s Mailbox, for that matter. One can only hope.

Side note – re-reading through all my old blog posts just now to find the ones about Tacoma was a beautiful gift of self-reflection. I certainly swore a lot more a few years ago, but it’s really cool to be able to see what things I may have made some headway on, as well as see what things I still want now and where they originated (like a Smart car – I didn’t realise it had been 5 years).

Workaholism

January 17, 2011

So I just said to someone a few minutes ago (yes at 3:30 in the morning…I’m working the night shift in a hotel, and there happens to still be someone in the brewery), that I’ve never had a Monday-Friday job in my life, but after he went back to his work, I realized that’s not entirely true. When I was in Katimavik my job schedule was always Monday to Friday, but the problem there was that we never really had a day off, because we always had meetings to attend, events to go to, outings to go on, workshops to participate in, or extra volunteer projects we took on to fill up all of what looked at first or to an outsider like “free time.”

And it was in that thought that I recalled my previous conclusion that Katimavik taught me how to fill every day to the max, which I am thankful for, because it keeps me from ever doubting that I can accomplish everything that I set out to do. I do, admittedly, have to let some things slide at times (like I didn’t manage to buy spinach last night before work so I could have it in a smoothie when I wake up this afternoon, or I don’t always make it to a movie or the library when I’ve told myself I will go), but I definitely have days where I plow through life and do twice as much as what at first glance seems possible.

Lately when I think about what my weeks currently consist of (work an hour away Tuesday through Thursday, choir practice on Tuesday nights, hosting a radio show on Friday afternoons – which means furiously working on news or interviews on Thursday nights to prepare, working night shifts on Saturdays and Sundays, and physio on Monday afternoons), I sometimes wonder how it’s even possible that I accomplish it once, let alone that this is week three with the choir and week 6 or 7 of all the rest of it.

I’m kind of tired just thinking about it. At least I know the end is near…in a way. I’ll have weekends off after my last shift at the hotel next Sunday. Though I do have plans to immediately use my first Saturday night off to go see Grace Potter and the Nocturnals play in Vancouver. And I plan to start my long-awaited vegan baking business between now and the summer farmers’ market explosion, as well as learn to play guitar, and then take writing courses at SFU and songwriting courses at Tom Lee Music, as well as get a demo recorded by the end of the year so I’m prepared for Canadian Music Week next year (since I decided recently that this March is a little too soon, as I’d really rather go having something to bring to the table). But then, I don’t think I’d want it any other way – this is just who I am now.

(Originally posted on Blog.ca blog Bird-On-A-Wire on January 17th, 2011 – transferred here on May 26th, 2011)