Breakfast at Tiffany’s anyone?

In Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Holly Golightly uses the phrase “the mean reds” to describe her generalised anxiety:

Holly Golightly: You know those days when you get the mean reds?
Paul Varjak: The mean reds. You mean like the blues?
Holly Golightly: No. The blues are because you’re getting fat, and maybe it’s been raining too long. You’re just sad, that’s all. The mean reds are horrible. Suddenly you’re afraid, and you don’t know what you’re afraid of. Do you ever get that feeling?

I’ve been off the blog (& got back logged on my record a day blog) because we’ve been off line ~cruising around this wonderful province. The heat is here and we’ve got to get out while it lasts. Thats was one wet and long winter and spring, heh? Here’s a few snaps I took in Vancouver a couple weekends ago, while out playing. We saw Wimbledon Finals on the huge screen in 3D (thrilling and an new annual event for sure! federer is #1 again. All is well in the world), saw Spider-man in 3D (save your money ~it was medium at best), ate out,  ordered in (until you live remotely you never know how thrilling Thai food delivered to your door at odd hours is), shopped on Robson, slept like a king and queen in my in-laws incredible condo, had a Lee Vally and an Ikea visit (duh) and other fun stuff too. I love Vancouver. And I love my husband. All photos taken on my iphone, most while hanging out the car window. Some are from the Vancouver China Town summer night market. Can you spot my handsome husband in one of these photos?

 

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Foo’s Ho Ho & the East Side Cultural Crawl

I thought I’d share some recent art & food inspirations from our recent tourist mini-vaca to Vancouver. The annual Vancouver east side art crawl 2011 was on and we happened by a venue during our Chinatown afternoon.  click here for What is the cultural crawl?  You may have a BLOG post by me 2 months ago when I got my first wood burner. I’ve had a couple unsuccessful projects ie. pumpkins ~so I was awe-struck when at the top of the giant stairwell, in ghetto parts of chinatown, we saw this guy’s studio and show. Bradley Messer is his name and here’s 2 pieces of work. click here for Bradley’s website & a video of his wood process

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Foo’s ho ho. The oldest restaurant in Vancouver. My review? A  fleet of hilarious kind-but-curt characters make up the staff. 80’s classic chinese decor with duct tape holding the brown air conditioner onto the wall. We ordered the famous stuffed chicken which was too huge for 2 and too greasey to eat more than a plate of (but super fun). click here for restaurant website     

I took these photos the same day. The bottom one is one of my husband’s father’s fav buildings in Vancouver. Short version of the story: Way back when, after the swampland in Van was sold to a bunch of Chinese people, it was eventually bought back. A fellow ended up with a Lot that was only 6 feet deep and I think 50 feet long. That’s 6 feet from the curb. He built this building, which has taken many forms over the years. If you look closely, you can see how thin it is. Currently, it’s an insurance agency. Look at the scale of the sandwich board out front to the width of the building. cool.  I snapped the photo as we were driving home, thinking about my father-in-laws passion for architecture.

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Chinese tea ceremony

This is our new Chinese tea set from the Tea ceremony @ treasure green tea company on Georgia street.   click here for the tea company website & tea ceremony education.  As tourists last weekend, we were poured tea by Julie Kwan (totally name dropping here), a film director & her entourage. click here for Julie Kwan’s imbd.   Then we spent an hour with the owner, whom they are including as part of a documentary on the changing face of Chinatown, Vancouver. The hilarious, young owner is the 3rd generation owner of this incredible, stylish tea shop. We got some education and good tea that day. So today… We MAKE Chinese tea, back at home in the rainforest of Quadra

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The heart that loves is always young

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These stencil stickers are borderline country craft but I still like them. The one that I put up in my therapy office gets tons of compliments. “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away”
These are at the dollar store and take a minute to stick up. The photo is taken over a kitchen window in our cabin on Quadra, where I took down copious amounts of birds / bird feeder country fair wallpaper trim, the day after we moved in. I put this one up today.

Happy 6 months of marriage Handsome! Xo

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