Inspiration Pass Bonanza – 27 September to 10 October 2017

Back in May 2015, I attended The Happy Show at Museum of Vancouver with my cousin – we all had complimentary entry to the museum because her friend was holding an Inspiration Pass and thereafter, I put myself on the request list with VPL for one as well. Over two years later – the wait…

Vancouver’s Brewery District and beyond

A year and a half ago, we moved into Olympic Village Great beer and we weren’t that into beer back then. I remember that because the wedding was shortly after and we didn’t bat an eyelash about serving at the reception Heineken that we procured in a couple of cross-border runs. These days, we might…

How to love your job

Disclaimers: – I already like my job and company a lot. – This is not advice for everyone (or anyone). – The following is probably just a symptom of The Summer Season when I’m a nicer, more socialable and optimistic person. ******** I am currently with my fourth workplace (third company) since leaving the ranks of…

Kind of an epic week

Last Thursday, we went to view a penthouse condo listed for sale in our neighbourhood. It was my second viewing and NPY’s third. We didn’t find any dealbreakers and good friends who saw it with us have been positive as well. To view the suite, I had to skip a ballet class. I was planning on…

Vancouver’s Hot Chocolate Festival post-mortem post

This year marked the 4th year of the Hot Chocolate Festival in Vancouver. I noticed the event the first year (2011) but it didn’t make an impact on me. I was away in 2012. And last year, I was just settling back into being back. This year, no excuses! Although 20 vendors were offering 60…

How to survive a Vancouver winter (of rain)

Funny I would get around to this post when we are looking at a week relatively free of rain. But who’s complaining?! I hate the rain in Vancouver in a instinctive knee-jerk kind of way, but there’s no point in dwelling upon it. I also eschew sing-song platitudes like, “I love the Vancouver rain because…

imby*

Last year, I could see the Cavalia tent from my Toronto apartment’s bedroom but it was relatively far away. One evening, I was at the once-a-year night market near The Docks and I saw the gleaming white tents and lights from close up. This year, Cavalia’s Odysseo really is in my backyard. From noticing some…

Eating well in Vancouver, Family Edition – September 2013

This was my first week in September in food and activities. I moved into the new apartment on August 25 and Lil’ Sis arrived for a week-long visit on the 29th so I had barely unpacked (everything) and hadn’t the presence of mind to call a Telus technician to set up the Internet and Optik…

Booked up

At one point back in June I looked at my calender and was pleased to see that I didn’t have a free Saturday or weekend from mid-July until mid-September. And my weekday after-work schedule was hitting a pleasant routine. During the week, I faithfully knocked off: Yoga Barre on Monday lunch hour Power Barre Tuesday…