Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Stanley Park Carnage

We headed over to Granville Island today only to discover that everthing was closed...I guess we assumed that every shop would be open today, it being the biggest shopping day of the year. I guess we were wrong! We returned back to the hood and decided to take a walk through Stanley Park to see what state the recent wind storm had left the park in.

It was amazing...Every view that we had come to known over the years of strolling had changed. So many trees were down and everywhere we turned we could see effects of the storm. Giant trees lay overturned with big roots showing and other giant trees stood unscathed. It was interesting to ponder why one tree went down while its neighbour stood standing...Much like a trailer park that just saw a tornado pass through.

Even the infamous bird feeding tree close to Third Beach was chopped in half. We didn't venture too far into the park but we didn't have to; The destruction was evident everywhere.

So many people like us were out snapping pictures and touching tree trunks...It felt somewhat expolitative but it was hard to turn back.

But life in the park went on as usual. Ducks were swimming through the trees that had crashed down into the little creek that feeds out into the ocean; raccoons were scavenging for lunch as if nothing strange had occurred and what were baby swans this summer were displaying their plumage and engaging in mating rituals all around the lagoon. It wasn't overly sad to see the downed trees but more fascinating and beautiful to see how natural this whole event essentially was and peek into the future to see how the new landscape of the park will emerge and feed off of the reinvigorated forest floor.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Christmas at R 'n Rs

Christmas came and went without a hitch or as much as a smashed glass or burned finger, which is probably a first around here. We slept in and then got mad that we slept in and then got up in a hurry to realize that we didn't really have anywhere to go or anything to do so we made a nice big breakfast complete with some tasty champagne and strawberries.

And the champagne ran through our veins all day, perhaps contributing to the easiness with which everything seemed to happen. We went through a bottle of champagne and a very very tasty prosecco (my favorite) and we're now onto a bottle of cava (with a nice bottle of wine for dinner...sounds so lush! Can't let a day end without some friendly booze-swigging!

Turkey was perfect and the dressing was awesome this year, thanks to a very handy dressing bag sent over for Christmas by Aaron's mom. Worked so well. Green beans with almonds and dill were a hit and the garlic mashed potatoes were classic. Ahhhhh, good thing there is enough leftover for the next couple of days! Already hungry again...Until next year!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

another manhattan please, barkeep

the first day of the new gig...so far, who knows. it's always sad to leave an old, comfortable way of life behind and embark on a new, scary...unpredictable one? but all big choices in life are scary. if they weren't, they wouldn't be rewarding, right? can you think of any big decision you have made that didn't scare the shit out of you? and now i am the new kid again; the one who knows nothing and asks everything; the one to be scoffed at and secretly bashed around behing closed doors. it always seems like a new trap door opens for you to fall into just as you get comfy hanging out on the couch.