Saturday, August 19, 2017

Staycation Stats

It will come as no surprise that we had a plan for this staycation.  Allan and I each made a list of things we wanted to do, places we wanted to go and then we made a tentative itinerary for the week, weather and energy depending. 

So here's how it played out:

Well funnily Allan wanted to get up at the crack of and head to the Squamish River to try for a few Pink Salmon.  I stayed in bed like a normal person and enjoyed a quiet coffee in my favourite mug (not my travel mug as usual) and then drove Lindsay to work. 

Allan met me in Vancouver for a spot of shopping and then we headed to 33 Acres - A local brewery we have been meaning to check out. 

2 beers, 1 pretzel, 5 cornichons, 15 man buns, 1 hour of pretending to be hipster-ish

We ended Monday with 1 haircut (for me) and a workout at Maki for 3.  

A good start.

This was a day I had wanted for a long time.  10 years ago we kayaked to a beach that looked onto Jug Island.  I have wanted to get back to that beach and found the hike to do it.  We loaded Spanner up, hit our fave Main St. Bakery for a Schnecken - if you can get yo'self to Main st - go and get a schnecken at Trafiq.  

And then we  drove to Belcarra Regional Park and Hiked to Jug Island Beach.

I love a wander through a coastal forest and a PNW pebbly beach with the water lapping gently - AHHHHHHHHH so good.   

We rounded out Tuesday with a long anticipated dinner at Osteria Salvio Volpe in Vancouver.  We selected the option to have the chef design a menu for us and we were not disappointed.  

2 baked goods, 5.5kms, 1 tired dog, 1 nap and an excellent 5 course meal

This was Allan's brilliant idea!  We headed out to the Fraser Valley to try some local wineries we have driven past so many times en route somewhere but never stopped at!  What a revelation!  We loved the ones we tried and had a lovely lunch at the Bacchus Bistro at Chaberton Winery.

Many sips of wine, 3 wineries, 3 bottles for the cellar

What is a staycation if one doesn't wander into the village?  An early morning at the docks, the early bird breakfast special at the Steveston Hotel and then we headed to the beach.

Centennial was busy but we found a corner and sheltered from the wind. 

$7 brekkie, 5km wander, 2 cheeseburgers , 2 iced coffees, 3 hours chilling on the beach, 1 sunburn (because I never learn that the sun is fierce even when I am freezing on a Canadian beach)

Major fisher-wife points as we headed up to the Squamish again in search of the slightly elusive pink salmon 2017 edition.  Of course I have lots of photos - because what else was I going to do to stop from dying of hypothermia?  This fishing trip no issue from bears as there were dozens of outdoorsy type peeps all along the bank.  After a slow start Allan hit his stride and landed fish with alarming frequency - he let his somewhat frustrated fishing neighbour land one of them (you can only keep 1 and you have to land it) and gave his precious lucky fly to the birthday boy fishing next to him as we made a graceful exit. 

4:40am start (it can't be emphasized enough), 7 salmon hooked, 4 landed, 2 friends made, 1 hear shaped rock, 0 bears, not enough coffee or washrooms.

All this was followed by 1 excellent nap and a lovely evening on the patio with the 5th glass of Rose.

All in all it was a fantastic week with my Honey.  We chatted, we walked, we ate, we laughed.... we were relieved to have enjoyed each others company and feel confident when the children depart in 10 days (insert very sad face) we will be just fine together and we have lots of adventures planned!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Control ALT Delete

To my utter dismay the Alt-right are planning on staging a rally in Vancouver on Saturday. (and several other large cities) 

Emboldened by the events south of the 49th parallel and their moronic El-Presidente the alt-right is making a move here.

I am not new to activism, obviously, having been brought up on anti-apartheid campaigns and marches and sit-ins and hunger-strikes.  

I have been to my share of social justice marches and events in Canada.  

Not all of them have been peaceful (even here the great north) and I have personally encountered corrupt police during my arrest along with dozens of protesting university students and faculty.  I was booked, charged and released on bail (paid by the university for all students) and the charges were later dropped. 

Suffice to say when the cause is one I believe in deeply I am bold and fierce in saying and doing my piece.

But this one....this so-called counter-protest against the alt-right, anti-muslim, anti-immigration, anti-anything not white gave me pause.

Anyone who has seen the footage of Charlottesville USA last weekend would surely have felt a chill at the sinister lines of white men and torches and the evil that left their mouths. 

It is surely one thing to watch it on a FB video or TV but am I ready to face them literally? 

And how can I know how I will react?

Will I let my fear shout out my anger?  
Or will I be able to use my white privilege to stand in solidarity with those not born to that privilege and show love in the face of evil and hatred?

The latter being what the best me wants to do.  Needs to do as a human being on this planet at this time.  Needs to do to be true to myself and my faith.  

No matter my fears, my concerns for my safety and the safety of all those who will be there (alt left and alt right), my fears about mob mentality and how fast things can get out of hand.... I will be at Vancouver City Hall on Saturday and I will leave my shouty voice at home and I will show love in any way I can because this kind of hatred and division is not ok and on my watch I will not stand idly by and shrug my shoulders.

I will stand for love and peace and tolerance and diversity - with and for my neighbours.

If that makes me ALT-Left - well then ALT-left I am.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Pre-Staycation Accomplishments and Enjoyments #staycation2017

Clear skies and clouds #endofsmokepocalypse

 Waffles and bacon #noneedtohashtagperfection
 Sunflowers and dinner party table #happyflowershappyplacehappypeeps
 A new take on appetizers #yummystuffonbaguette
 Peach Crisp and ice cream #truesummersweets
 Raindrops on roses #nowhiskersonkittenstho
 Maritime Festival #hometowntourists
 Boats and breezes and long walks #timetowander
 Bookshop smells and iced coffees #theseareafewofmyfavouritethings
 Sunset ice cream #goodstarttostaycation

Sunday, August 6, 2017

No Tears

I did not cry when we drove out of West Kelowna today.

I likely won't the next time either on Aug 23 when we pick up that lovely boy of ours from camp to be home for a few days.

But when we leave Kelowna on Sept 3 all bets are off. 

We had such a wonderful 24 hours together.  

We laughed, we ate good food, and drank good beer (I know I know - it's wine country), we one-upped with zingers and witty comebacks (kids clear winners over parents) and we talked and caught up with each other.

I did so well staying in the moment and enjoying it all and not getting too caught up on what is to come.

We walked about the UBCO campus and looked at the residences and today we checked a few items off David's dorm needs list.
This store saw us coming....
Gulp - the reality of it all made my heart twinge a tad.

It's just one more step  - one more way we all get ready for this next transition. 

I'm trying to be gentle with my heart and just take it one step at a time but as we drove away today I was hard pressed to keep the tears at bay - truly the only reason I kept them in was I didn't want them to spill onto my chocolate ice cream in a waffle cone and melt it too quickly.

Ahhhh laugher and tears are such a fine line apart sometimes eh? 

We had a good trip home with our new favourite stop en route at Chez Hofs.  

The smoke is crazy out there folks - our province is taking a beating from forest fires - spare a thought for those fighting them and those displaced and worried and those picking up the pieces of shattering situations. 

Lovely to be home and soothe myself with homey tasks like watering the garden, making a salad, laundry.  

So happy tomorrow is a stat to be enjoyed catching up on tasks and chores before a short work week - they are tricky - those short weeks..... be careful out there.