Archive | February, 2010

Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver

22 Feb
Jeremy Bloom

After a night of partying at the USA House- I got to meet four-time Olympic gold medalist John Naber and Olympian/ESPN Broadcaster/Philanthropist Jeremy Bloom who founded the Jeremy Bloom Wish of a Lifetime Foundation for low income senior citizens- my honey and I decided to escape the Olympic fray and head out to Lighthouse Park.

A View of Bowen Island from Lighthouse Park

Lighthouse Park, located on the Straight of Georgia at the the mouth of Howe Sound, is an ancient forest full of virgin Douglas Fir, Western Hemlock and Red Cedar. An incredible energy pulses through this old growth forest that simply must be experienced. I always feel so tranquil here, breathing in the air and basking on the hot rocks that lead down to the water like sea lions. Only a half-hour from downtown Vancouver, Lighthouse Park is the perfect place for a romantic picnic as the sun sets over Vancouver Island or to come and meditate.

Pup, In Her Element

Alas, we could not stay away from the Olympics for long and returned home at dusk to make Bellinis and watch the hockey match. I must say, I wish Canada had won.


Vancouver 2010: A Week in Review

20 Feb
Photo courtesy of subactive_photo
The Olympic Torch

As Week 1 of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics comes to a close, I thought I’d share 10 things I’ve learned:

  • There’s nothing funner than watching Women’s Moguls at the gelateria with your honey and an Amaretto and Sweet Vermouth cocktail.
  • Pup is completely transfixed by the nightly pyrotechnics show. She better not start playing with matches.
  • Trying to get into a free Wilco concert can be likened to being trapped below decks when the Titanic is going down- can be, but probably shouldn’t.
  • George Clooney is as elusive as he is handsome.
  • Forget patriotism- the whole world was rooting for Shen and Zhao.
  • Colbert said it best- Canadians are chant whores.
  • The Americans are cleaning up and Canadians are none to pleased, though you’d never know.
  • Vancouver police humor themselves by doing the Hippie Hippie Stomp.
  • Nobody rocks an Olympic team uniform like an Eastern European.
  • There are distinct snickers among the media when there’s mention of Estonia.
  • I guess you can have a Winter Olympics without snow.

Listening To: Smith Westerns

19 Feb

Chicago based band Smith Westerns could be summed up as David Bowie meets T. Rex. All the tracks off their new self titles album pay homage to their glam-rock, retro-pop influences, but the Smith Westerns aren’t all throwback. There’s something fresh and new about the lo-fi sound and earnest lyrics. I have a good feeling about the Smith Westerns, something similar to when I first heard MGMT a couple years ago. Mark my words, these guys are going to be big! This song, Girls in Love, is utterly infectious, and it’s totally my new spring jam.

The Smith Westerns will be playing at the Media Club here in Vancouver on March 7th. This is definitely a be there or be square situation!

Currently Reading: The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma

19 Feb

From the back cover: This #1 International Bestseller gently offers answers to life’s biggest questions as well as a practical process to help you create prosperity, vitality, happiness, and inner peace…[it] will give you unforgettable insight into what’s most important and move you to live a life you will be proud of in the end.

This is another KT recommendation.

The Colbert Report in Vancouver

17 Feb

Stephen Colbert’s pearly whites and plasticine pompadour are even more perfect in person!

The political satirist and speed skating savior whose love affair with spandex has only just begun has been in Vancouver this past week, self professedly pandering to Canadians. My honey and I joined the polite mob of syrup suckers and ice-holes this morning at Creekside Park to watch him filming The Colbert Report.

Nation, I won’t give anything away, lest I be put on notice…except this: Canadians had the last laugh when Colbert revealed himself to be not too unlike his faux foe Bob Costas. Yes, they both rode the moose!

Happy Birthday Pup!

15 Feb
Pup, age 2
Vintage Pup

Happy Valentine’s Day!

14 Feb
Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland

On Love

Love Gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.
Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;
For love is sufficient unto love.
When you love you should not say, “God is in my heart,” but rather, “I am in the heart of God.”
And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.
Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.
But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:
To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love’s ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.

-Khalil Gibran, The Prophet

Powerscourt Gardens, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow, Ireland