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I saw this photo back during Blogathon – someone had it on their screen at Workspace and I just thought it was the coolest thing.  Been meaning to blog it for a while.

Lightning and Fireworks by TylerIngram. Image credit: Posted by Tyler Ingram on Flickr

Blogathon night was one of the fireworks nights and also the night of a wicked thunder and lightning storm1 – this photo captured them both.

In related news2, I’m missing the heatwave.  Now, I admit that the day that was hotter than any other day in the recorded history of Vancouver and then the next day, which was even hotter, were, well, pretty freaking hot3.  Like it-felt-like-a-sauna-outside hot.  But I like heat.  I’ll take heat over cold any day.  And having been spoiled by all that heat makes the current temperature – ~22 degrees C, which is right around the normal for this time of year – feel freezing!  Fortunately, the long range forecast says we’ll be back up to the mid-to-high 20s, and possibly into the the 30s again, by mid-next week.  I’m not ready for summer to be over!
  1. we hardly ever get thunder & lightning here in Vancouver []
  2. and by “news” I mean things that happened almost two weeks ago []
  3. I work in Surrey and it was more than 40 degrees Celsius (or 104 degrees Fahrenheit) there.  And that’s not counting the humidex. Just straight up 40 degrees []


Hello Aloe, My Old Friend

I may not have brought home the gold from hockey provincials, but I did bring home a lovely sunburn. Which, I suppose, is to be expected when one sits poolside from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in 30+ degree weather and has subpar sunscreen applying skills. You can actually see finger marks where I managed to apply sunscreen and burnt flesh where I didn’t. I’m awesome.


Never too busy to tell you how busy I am

  • Busy-ness necessitates point form notes, incomplete sentences.
  • Busy writing grant, planning year-end extravaganza for my program, various other tasks
  • Next two days = conference at SFU
  • Presenting at said conference tomorrow – presentation ready?  Hells no.
  • Friday = heading to Kelowna for the long weekend for hockey provincials
  • Purchased hockey bag with wheels yesterday = w00t!
  • Starting tomorrow, supposed to be sunny and 1,000,000,000 degrees outside; right now = pouring rain
  • Gotta run to catch a bus now – SFU = a land far, far away


Summer Shoes

Today was beautiful and sunny and warm.  Granted, I spent 9+ hours of it in my office, where I only got to see the sunshine through the window and not feel it on my face like I so desperately wanted to, but I did get to wear some summer shoes.

Sure, you’ve seen these shoes before, but today was their debut for this summer.  These shoes are definitely one of my best thrift store purchases.

Keeping my fingers crossed that the warmth and sunshine lasts through the weekend or, at the very least, through tomorrow morning when I’ll be running 10 km for the Pacific Spirit Run (reminder: there’s still time to sponsor me – and many thanks to those of you who have already sponsored me, helping me to break my fund raising goal!)

Here’s wishing you a warm and sunny weekend, wherever you may be!


Things You’ll Never Hear in Vancouver

  • “So, down south in Yellowknife…”
  • “… and no one asked him why he stole the skidoo.”
  • “I have an ice fishing sunburn.”


Yes, it really was.


Off To The Great White North!

This afternoon, I’m off to Yellowknife!

In honour of my trip to the great white north, I bought a hat. A hat to replace the one I lost on the subway in Toronto on my trip there over the holidays. I have a matching pair of mittens, but the mittens are on a string… you know, like 3-year-olds have, so they won’t lose their mittens. Seriously, I lost the hat because it wasn’t on a string that was attached to my body.

Anyway. I really, *really* liked that hat. And, fortunately, the place I bought it from still had them, so I was able to get a new one:

Some random facts about Yellowknife:

  • Population: 18,700 (compared to: GM Place holds 18,630 people for a hockey game)
  • Average high temperature in March: -11.2 degrees Celsius
  • Margot Kidder (better known as Lois Lane in the Superman movies) was born there.

I also wanted to share with you this cool animation I found on Wikipedia,showing the evolution of the provinces and territories of Canada:

I was surprised to see that, at one point, much of our country was part of the Northwest Territories!

Image credit: From, republished here under the terms of this copyleft license



On Tuesday, I leave the cherry blossomed bosom of Vancouver to spend two days in Yellowknife. I’m going up there to do to some work, so it’s an all expense paid trip.

For my non-Canadian readers1, Yellowknife is the capital of the Northwest Territories. A territory is sort of like a province, but not exactly. To be honest, I don’ t actually know the difference between a province and a territory (*hanging head in shame*). But I digress… take a look at this map of Canada and look up, waaaaay up:

Yup, up there near the Arctic Circle. I checked the weather in Yellowknife the other day and this is what I saw:

Apparently their thermometers have negative numbers on them. Interesting. We don’t have that here in Vancouver, because temperature, as far as we know, only exists in positive numbers.

OK, now I’m ticked off that I don’t know the difference between a territory & a province. So I’ve looked it up. According to Wikipedia,

The major difference between a Canadian province and a territory is that a province receives its power and authority directly from the Crown, via the Constitution Act, 1867, whereas territories derive their mandates from the federal government.

And since I cannot easily find the answer to this question on the Government of Canada website, I’m going to assume that Wikipedia is not steering me wrong on this one.

Anyhoo, I’m very much looking forward to my trip. I’ve never been to any of the Territories before and seeing as one of my goals in life is to visit all the provinces and territories in Canada, a free trip to Yellowknife is a great way to get closer to that goal! Also, the furthest north I’ve ever been is, I believe2, Beaversmouth, BC, a town on the Trans Canada Highway between Golden & Revelstoke whatever the northernmost point on the Trans Canada between Toronto & Vancouver (ok, not Toronto exactly, but wherever the hell I got onto the Trans Canada after I left Toronto). Which means that even my stopover in Edmonton en route to the Northwest Territories will beat my record for northerly-ness.

My itinerary says that my hotel has wi-fi, so hopefully I’ll be able to post some photos while I’m there. Provided I can see over the snow to take photos.

1Now, I’m making the assumption that non-Canadian readers won’t know where Yellowknife is. Please feel free to tell me that I’m an idiot if this is incorrect.
2I don’t exactly remember going through Beaversmouth, but my map tells me that it’s the northernmost point on the stretch of the Trans Canada that I drove when moving from Toronto to Vancouver.My map is a liar.