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.