Sunday, August 23, 2009
Walking down W Pender to get to Smileys. I didn't think sitting at home on a Friday evening was a good idea, so I headed to my hangout (did the math - I've been at Smileys more times than I haven't been at Smileys while being in Vancouver). Had a few beers, and then Chris (my bartender buddy) gave me a free pitcher. I decided having an entire pitcher by myself was a bad idea, so I texted Danielle and Dave and they joined me for a bit. Good night all around... and good beer.
Updating my blog for the first time in two weeks. And what a hectic two weeks it was! Looking back at what's progressed... I didn't have a visa, a place to live, any clue what I was doing with my car, etc etc. Now I'm in Vancouver, employed, have a place to live, a parking spot, and know my way around sections of the downtown area. It's amazing how fast time flies!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Time to work out! I decided that biking from Vancouver to Whistler sometime sounded like a good idea, so I'm starting to train for a day long ride. Did a mild 20 miles before Big Brother started... I'm planning on getting to 100 miles before embarking on the actual ride.
Drove back to Vancouver today. I hadn't spoken with Alla in a few days, so I spent the evening relaxing on the couch and chatting with her. The views from my place are amazing... I don't think I'll even get sick of watching the waterplanes land in the harbour.
Finally! Danielle emailed me and was happy with renting her spare room to me, so I went ahead and said yes, moved in Saturday morning, and then drove down to Seattle. I had to catch up on Big Brother since I was back in the states and could watch it online.
I missed the photo because I was a little preoccupied with drinking on this fine Friday evening. I don't know what I saw at 7:30, but at 11:30 I saw this... a bottle of Johnny Walker Blue. I've never paid more for a single drink or shot before, but this was worth it. $28 for a double shot at Smileys. Mmm....
I woke up this morning and paniced about my move to Vancouver. Will I get a visa, will I not get a visa, etc etc. So I drove up to Canada. I made the decision around 10am that I would go, and was in the car by 12:30pm. It was a long day, but getting a visa and getting into Vancouver was needed, and it was good to get it done. When I got up here I called my folks to tell them I arrived, thus why Skype is open in this photo.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Checking facebook while cooking more Borscht. Crystal came over to hang out while people are looking at her and Scott's condo, and Joy is sitting on the floor cleaning some wire racks from her friend Allen. Joy also brought Otter over today, so now there's a kitty cat in the condo! Woo-hoo!
Huge developments today... everything I had done for my visa was pretty much worthless. Found out I needed to go for a different visa in order to get it processed in less than 2 months, so here I am looking at the letter I had to write for my new visa. Luckily I got my recruiter to do it for me, so that solves part of that problem.
I cooked dinner for Courtney and Ek. I decided to make Borscht (a Russian Soup that Alla made for me before leaving New Zealand - yes Alla, you made a third blog appearance...). Turns out that Chilli powder is NOT an ingredient (or at least not that I can find online), and when you use Thai Chilli Powder it can be pretty spicy! So we each had a bowl, but it was a tad too spicy to be excessivly consumed.
ZOE! I love this cat! She doesn't like getting her picture taken though, so she's a little angry in this photo. Jen and I drove up to Apple Valley today. She's moving up there to go to Hamline Law, and I was visiting courtney, so we both loaded up our Hondas and drove north. Courtney, Ek, and I went to Shoeless Revlolution at night.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Drove down to Chicago with Jen, as she had an extra ticket to the cubs game at Miller Park South. Here is Jen, Jen, and Pam ordering 50 chicken wings. Also caught up with Ed and Andrea, who I haven't seen in at least 8 years. Ed and Andrea went to college with my mom, but they're pretty cool folks.
LAN! Up until today I hadn't had a good LAN in years! Justin, Kurt, Shiny, Wubs (sic?), Leb, and person-whos-name-i-do-not-remember were there. Good times and great games. At this point we're about 2 hours into a 6 hour Sins of a Solar Empire map, which we ended up not finishing due to... well it took 6 hours+.
Picked up some delicious pork chops and had a relaxing evening at home. After the previous day I decided I would take 48 hours off of drinking. It was a good decision, and I'm thinking about not drinking during August as well. We'll see what happens.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Andy Camann was back in town for a few days, so I met up with him at BW3s. Lots of people were there, including Ryan, Melissa, Belle, Heather, Dave, Mike Lashua, Mike's wife (I can't remember her name), and Katie. It was good seeing a lot of people that I haven't seen in a year. Belle is HUGE! I don't know what Ryan and Melissa are feeding her, but it's probably miracle grow.
New Zealand wine tasting event at Barriques with Bree, her folks, and her sister. It was nice to do a tasting here in the states to compare the more common NZ wines that we get out here to the ones in NZ. Turns out the ones we get here are nowhere near as good as the ones back in NZ!
Drove up to Minneapolis with all of my stuff for Courtney and Ek, and had a stop over at Microcenter to pick up my new Core i7 920 Processor. I was discussing external hard drives with Ek, and we decided to look at external enclosures when 7:30pm rolled around.
Bree dishing up some more lasagna from the vegetarian pan. I had Jen, Bree, Eric H., and Kim over for some lasagna and New Zealand wine. Turns out that there was a TON of Lasagna (2 1/2 big pans of it). Post lasagna and wine feasting we went to the Old Fashioned and played uker for a bit.
Day two of picture blogging... it turns out my life is much less exciting than I thought (which doesn't say too much). I suppose that in order to have the exciting pictures come I have to get a job first, which is what I'm searching for in this photo. Another job description that matches about 70% of what I can do, and 10% of what I want to do...