I snapped this photo on the photowalk where we ended up shopping in thrift stores down by the water. And the only reason we walked up the street was to see if there were more thrift stores. What can I say? We're hooked on reducing, recycling and reusing. Also, I think it's the thrill of the hunt. Because not only did I find a $4 Halloween decoration in our travels (shown later), I found THIS sweater:
I know! I can't believe that someone gave up this awesome sweater. And I have to tell you, Mike said, "Oh. I wish that was in MY size!"
I received several compliments on this treasure I found dangling off a hanger. Someone asked me if I made the sweater. In fact, the person said, "This looks like something you would make.". AWW! Nice (I think.). Yes. That was nice. I checked the tag and found:
1) It is 100% acrylic
2) It was made in China
I think this means this thing will last forever.
Best six bucks I spent last week! YES!
Whoa! I am up late on a school night. After meeting up with some friends, I took long train ride home. A very long train ride. I won't go into the details, but I could not stop looking at someone on the train who had her thumb and her first finger in her nostril. Two digits in one nostril. Hideous and incredible. I could not look away. I refrained from all photography, but just know that at one point, it looked a little like this:
GOOD LORD. The things you see on the train.
I survived. And so did she. She got off a few stops before I did. I made sure not to touch any of the handles she did. EW. I used to work in group homes and THAT is how you spread a staph infection. BLECH. I think I'd better wash my hands again and try not to read about Ebola.
Meanwhile, in the good news for friends department, our buddy, Patrick, landed the Executive Director position at DigiBC
- a non-profit organization that works with all sorts of technology companies in the Lower Mainland. Congratulations, Patrick! Guess who's getting an invitation to VCAD's portfolio show? Yes you are!
And tomorrow, I'm off to meet Lelainia at a book tour
in Vancouver with author, Kim Werker. She's signing copies of her book, Mighty Ugly
. Kim was one of the first bloggers I met when I first started blogging in 2005. I'm looking forward to this event for sure.
Worky work is getting very busy - the last portfolio show of the year is next week and we've got plenty to do before the big day. I'll be working this weekend and my coworker and I will get everything prepared. We will even have a floor plan ready for tomorrow. I feel so grown up when I work on a weekend. It's not even shift work! Whoa. My planning skills are SLOWLY improving. Very slowly.
In an effort to get some meals done ahead of time (again, grown up!) for the rest of the week (okay. Not that good. There's only 2 days left of the work week) . I tried a new-to-me recipe - this Carrot, Ginger and Coconut Soup
. It was very tasty and comforting. I think I put the grated ginger it too soon or I let it cook too long with the onions. It wasn't too gingery. When I made it again (which, I will. Such yum.) I'll add more ginger. Lots more ginger.
Also, I got invited to another fashion show. This one will be fancy as it is located at the Fairmont Hotel
- right next to the SHAW building - where all the rare and fancy cars in the city are often parked
Next week is going to be AWESOME.
I had quite the eye opening day today. As part of the Health and Safety committee at work (and being the Fire Warden of the 10th floor) I was required to take an earthquake and fire safety course this morning, followed by a fire drill. Today I learned that:
1) Canada had 3,348 earthquakes last year. When the instructor asked my guess, I said, "20". Clearly, I am not up on the earthquake news.
2) Canada has the second highest tornadic
activity in the world - only the US has more tornadoes that we do. Most of them happen in Southern Ontario, but there have been many in the prairies. Clearly, I am not up to date with the tornado news. Ontario? Really?
3) People ignore fire alarms. And, as the instructor said today, "There is no such thing as a false alarm. All alarms are real. Be glad that there was no fire. Those don't end well most of the time.". Words to live by.
4) More people die from things falling off the walls in an earthquake than having a building fall on them.
5) It can take as little as 2 minutes for an upholstered chair to go up in flames, set the curtains on fire and fill an entire room with poisonous, black smoke. It can be as hot as 1200 degrees at the ceiling. We watched the video today. All 2 minutes of it.
Whoa. All this talk made think of the kitties. What do I do in case of a fire and we have to leave the house IMMEDIATELY? We'd be in big trouble trying to get little Donner in a carrier of some kind in under 2 minutes. He's a scaredy, spazzy cat. I think we'd be able to scoop up Oscar, though.
The answer? Leave the house and the doors open so the animals can get out. He said lots of animals know something is up before the humans do (especially when people are sleeping) and are ready to get the heck out. At least they have a chance at surviving and hope for the best for them to come back home at some point. Let's hope this never happens. But just in case, I will be having fire drill practice snacks. The cats usually come running when they hear the shaking of the bag of treats, so it is my hope, that if needed, in such an unlikely event, I will be able to lure them back home with the shake of the treats.
So, what's with the guy in the hat? I documented him taking a selfie. See his camera? Yup. He was taking many photos and poses with his camera on a timer. Not an unlikely event at all.