Vancouver

I waited all day to make meatballs…

by Carol Browne on September 17, 2014 · 0 comments

in General, Street photos, Vancouver

but before I got home, I missed a fire on the 20th story of the SFU Building. I guess there was a fire in the walls (yikes! Scary!) and they had locked down a block on Hastings Street. Thankfully, this did not interfere with my commute home AND I don’t think anyone was injured in the fire. I couldn’t find any injuries on twitter, anyway. SAFETY!

Once I got home, I got cooking some marinara sauce…
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Look at those feet! WEIRD!

Yesterday in between volleyball sets, I walked down to the water where I found this little seagull. I was hoping he felt okay because he was just sitting on the rocks (right near the sea) and didn’t seem to be worried that I was getting very close to him. Oh no. Not another sick bird. I’ve come across several in the city and it’s just a sad state to see them not moving away from you when you get too close. Thankfully, this little guy got up when I got really close and I noticed his feet were a weird, pale, greenish colour. I think he felt okay, but he just looked a little odd.

His feet, definitely, and his eyes…very pale…I’m no ornithologist, but this little guy didn’t look or act quite right. Hopefully he’s just young and will fill in and get a nice pink colour on his feet like the other gulls do. I’m hoping for the very best for this little guy. Hopefully he’s eating garbage out of a dumpster just like his buddies. Fingers crossed.

In other news, even though I got home after 10 pm, I couldn’t help myself from making tomato soup. It had to be done today thanks to some lovely tomatoes from Lelainia’s garden on the weekend. Even though we continue to have a glorious summer (sorry, Calgary) soup definitely felt like the right way to go. We had soup tonight and lunch is served for tomorrow.

Again! Lunch ready for the next day! I’m on a roll.

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And we're waiting.

I may never get a gig shooting a volleyball game for saying this, but boy, there sure is a lot of standing around in the sport of volleyball. Clearly, this is not a volleyball blog.

I headed down to Kits Beach this afternoon in support of the first Intercollegiate Volleyball Tournament hosted by the school where I work. The sun was shining and it is STILL summer out here. I was a little bit warm walking around in the sand in my bare feet, walking in the ocean and taking photos of the athletes. In fact, it’s hot right now! At 10 pm in the house. I will still have to run the fan tonight so we can sleep.

In between sets (hopefully that’s what it’s called) and during the games, I managed to get a couple of photos I liked of some of my work pals.
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Birdie num num

by Carol Browne on August 13, 2014 · 0 comments

in Festivities, Vancouver

Birdie num num!I just have to say I had a BANNER day at the office today. I really did. I won’t go into too much worky work details, but know that I went on a “studio crawl” put on by the Vancouver Economic Commission. They put us on a bus that dropped us off in Yaletown and some of the other buses went to Gastown, Mount Pleasant and Railtown? What’s that? I learned today that it’s right next to Gastown. I guess that area is also becoming more commercial (probably since that new overpass has been under construction over the last 3 years? No idea if that’s true, just a guess.) and some businesses are moving that way. Sadly, I didn’t make it to Railtown today. But I did make the most of the open houses in Yaletown and one in Gastown. The studios were generous with treats, beverages, and of course, swag. I picked up a pencil, a magnet and a pad of paper. I sat in a few screening rooms and watched the studios’ “demo reels” – snippets of movies they’d worked on. I chatted with several HR people – all very friendly and helpful. It was very nice to be invited in and not feel like a pest and/or a door to door salesman.

Which I did try to do one time. Yup. Really. Selling encyclopedias in 1991 door to door.

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Almost the long weekend

July 31, 2014

I am ready for it. I’m not sure why I’m in such a hurry for these days off, but I just am. Maybe it’s the pie and cake I’ll be baking. Pretty sure that’s amping up my eagerness for the weekend. And the sewing. I just don’t get to sew during the week very often, […]

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The Friendly Horse & the Mighty Horsewoman

July 14, 2014

Clearly, our visit to the race track has affected me. I’ve been talking about it whenever I can squeeze it into a conversation and can’t wait to go  back. Part of the reason for my enjoyment was the laid back atmosphere. The people with the horses were happy to have kids pet some of the […]

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I spy with my little eye…

July 8, 2014

…something that is German! In fact, it could not be MORE German. I spotted these three German things moments after checking the soccer score through the window of our friendly, neighbourhood pub I like to call, Bologna‘s (correct pronunciation: Ba-lone-ees). But back to Germany! Cheggit! Quick! Do you count 3 German items? I’ll let you find […]

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The Happy Birthday Post!

July 7, 2014

Remember last month when we went kayaking? I never did post the film photos of us on the water. Want to know why? Because they didn’t exactly work out. But the day was so fun, I thought I’d post them in celebration of my mom’s birthday today! Happy Birthday, Mom! We had fun, didn’t we? […]

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Driving in a car with Malcolm

June 10, 2014

The last couple of days have been a grind. But it is completely self imposed because I will be on vacation starting mid-next week. I am so close to some back-to-back days off that I can’t wait to get started with all that relaxing and sleeping. We also have a graduation ceremony on Saturday and […]

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“First off, you see gum on the street…

June 5, 2014

…leave it there. It isn’t free candy.” – Santa Clause, Elf I can just imagine my mom’s reaction to this art piece, especially when reading this sign:

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