Pumpkin carving and dinner featuring pumpkin casserole, a salad with pumpkin seeds, pumpkin pie, and pumpkin wine.
Christina’s Piñata Mashup
Our costumes from this year’s Halloween party.
Emily, Leanne, and I went as characters from Grease – T-Birds and Pink Ladies. There was also Gem, a wood nymph, Mario and Toad, a nudist on strike, a 50’s poodle skirt, the angel of death, and a recyclist.
Christina has posted more pictures on Picasa.
Over the past few weeks I’ve been feeling kind of down about my current life. I’m not entirely happy at work (a bit bored), I’m getting old (quarter century now), and I’m starting to feel too settled here in Vancouver. When I was home in Winnipeg, I talked to a lot of people about what I’m doing now and it made me think of what I’ve accomplished and where I’m going in life. Am I living up to my full potential? Is Vancouver right for me? And with all these questions and dark thoughts, I was starting to seriously contemplate moving somewhere else – maybe Silicon Valley for a sweet Google job, maybe back to Winnipeg to be closer to family.
And the weather here didn’t help. But just when I can’t take any more of the grey skies and drizzle, we get the most amazing weather last weekend – with bright sun and warm temperatures. On Saturday we took full advantage, with a wine and cheese party on the beach – something that could only happen in Vancouver. We spent 5 hours sitting on the beach, drank at least 10 bottles of wine, tossed around the frisbee, ate lots of cheese, and enjoyed ourselves. The cops came by twice, but never bothered us. It was such a perfect Vancouver afternoon, and this city is awesome.
I realized it’s not just the conveniently located beaches and occasionally amazing weather that make Vancouver special. It’s the laid-back attitude, the easy access to recreation, and the ability to get by without owning a car. There are a lot of intangibles that would be tough to find in another city.
Wow. I know a lot of Aries – including myself. Consequently, the past 3 weeks have been nothing but parties and celebrations.
During the Easter weekend, Emily hosted a Creative Sushi Party with lots of “Wacky Maki”. There was also a potluck at Heather’s place on Easter Sunday with loads of yummy food. We also went curling one night and had loads of fun.
The weekend after my birthday, we had a shared birthday party for Danielle, Rhea, and I way out at Rhea’s house in Coquitlam. The hot tub was broken, which was a bit of a bummer, but we still had fun. We rocked out with Rock Band, ate lots of good food, and turned out all the lights for Earth Hour 60 – and cracked a bunch of glow sticks and tried to make flaming drinks.
Last weekend I flew back to Winnipeg for a surprise birthday party for my Mom. I won’t tell you how old she is, only that it’s a multiple of 10. It was great to see family, friends, and even elementary school teachers that I haven’t seen in years. My Dad did a great job arranging the surprise party for my Mom. She had no idea. When she walked into the room she was stunned, and then when she realized what was happening she spun around and punched Dad in the shoulder. She has been adamant for the past few months that she didn’t want a party. However, considering how much fun everyone had, I think she’ll forgive Dad eventually.