Saturday, June 27, 2009

Life Lesson #4: Stoplights

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Current Mood: Pretty good. Sunny day.

Current Song: Nightingale by Norah Jones

This morning I had to get up early to go and go do some driving around for errands and junk. It was early and West Broadway being a generally busy street, was a bit deadish. Generally I'm a pretty cautious driver, not annoyingly so, but cautious nonetheless. Cut me some slack. I had a major fear of driving to overcome as an adolescent so it's a wonder I haven't collapsed from anxiety related illnesses.
Anyway, if any of you know Vancouver drivers, you'll know that they're a mean, crazy bunch. You seriously have to drive defensively (may as well put shin guards on your bumper). So people cut each other off all the time. The most funny is when someone gets annoyed with you, and cuts you off, driving really fast, but ends up at the same stop light. You make stink eyes at each other in the rearview mirrors and they're practically falling over themselves in frustration.
I had lots of those today. People in a rush to go wherever. And I got to thinking.
How much further did it get you, cutting me off? One car length ahead of me? And did it get you to your destination 20 minutes earlier? Probably not.
The lesson: It pays to be nice. If you're nasty to someone, you'll probably end up at the same place as them anyway in the end. Doesn't really help much if you know what i'm saying. Same thing applies to life. If you're going to be a jerk, it won't get you much ahead of the rest of us. There will be a stop light somewhere ahead and you'll have to stop anyway. So be nice.
Also it's summer, so enjoy the ride. Rushing around on a saturday morning through an empty street makes you look like a tool.
Anyway, that's all I have today. Keep an eye out this week for deets about blogathon :) I'm psyched!
Happy Weekend everyone!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Best. Night. Ever.

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Current Mood: I have no voice, I am dead tired, and I've never been happier

Current Song: Life in Technicolour by Coldplay.

Let me tell you about the unrivalled best night of my entire life. This will probably top my wedding or the birth of my children in any case. As you well know, I'm a HUGE fan of Coldplay. I'm not talking creepy fandom here. More like religious pilgrimage. So yesterday after 3 years in the making (thanks in part to a series of unfortunate events), I finally FINALLY got to go to their concert at GM Place.

It was the Viva La Vida tour with special guests the Howling Bells and Snow Patrol. Both really amazing bands. Snow Patrol had loads of energy and got the whole crowd really pumped before the star attraction.

Coldplay had some amazing surprises in store, including butterfly confetti during "Lovers in Japan" and yellow balloons during "Yellow" (duh).

They even went to the first balcony and played in the middle of the audience. I had the time of my life. And I did things that would probably have me reprimanded pretty badly if I was still singing. I've never sung so loud and so out of tune in my life.

And don't worry, I didn't cry during "Fix You". I may have gotten a little bleary-eyed at some point, but there were no tears shed.

At the end of it all, we got free CD's and memories of a lifetime (even though I totally forgot to put the memory card into my camera and could only get 8 pictures. Lame. I know). See pictures below :)


Viva La Vida, Tour 2008!



Sing Alongs in the audience (thanks to a crap ass camera. I couldn't take my D40 in. Boo!)


Gary from Snow Patrol. Gained a new appreciation for them last night. Worth every note!

Monday, June 15, 2009

I Love Love

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Current Mood: Happy/ Tired

Current Song: Harmony by Ryan Scott

This weekend a friend of mine got married. It was the first wedding I've been to in a decade and a half I think. I don't remember very much from the other weddings in my past, but this one was probably the most fun wedding I've ever been to. It started on Thursday with the Bride's henna application ceremonies and ended on saturday with a nikka (muslim marriage) and giant reception with lots of food and dancing. Ismailis throw a mean party.

I left the reception feeling rather elated actually. We all know about my personal brand of love and the giant grain of salt that follows me around when it comes to relationships (just read anything in the February section of this year). The official nikkah ceremony set off some commitment alarm bells in my head, that were soon quieted by a glass of sherbat.

For once in my life, I was happy to see people in love. Weddings have their own flavour when it comes to this rather elusive emotion. You can't help but be happy for the newly married couple and their families. It's contagious. And the great thing is that just for a little while you forget about yourself. You just dance and have fun and there's nothing complicated about it at all.

I like that. I like the simplicity of the day. Makes me want to reconsider things. Perhaps one day I will. My best goes out to everyone that is joining their significant other.

In other news, we went to the Car Free Vancouver Festival on Commercial Drive. Loads of fun. Some pictures below on the whole shenanigan. I shall write again soon. it's going to be a busy week. 6 more days until coldplay! yay!

Everyone enjoy your sunny monday!

Colourful banners flying about
mmmmm....fruit!



African Statues for sale.

Monday, June 8, 2009

You Should Write More!

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Current Mood: Better (Thank you for your nice messages, people!)

Current Song: Koi Mausam by Jagjit Singh (nice song)

As of late, I've been thinking about how things have changed in the last 10 years when it comes to communications. As you know, I'm a writer (as in I like writing things down). I love the feel of paper and pen. I even keep a paper agenda (Blackberry? what's that?).

I remember in high school, my friends and I used to write notes to each other all the time, and pass them between classes to each other. Mind you most of them were about boys whom we liked (and then subsequently disliked) at some point or another. But it was nice getting intricately folded paper, that was decorated with four different kinds of pens (and only you knew how to open it).

I miss writing and receiving letters. I get the birthday cards and one of my friends sends everyone christmas cards with pictures of her children. We use computers so much, that the only real writing most of us do is signing our signatures on receipts. I say we bring back the paper and pen. Start a writing revolution.

There is nothing more fulfilling than writing a letter or a note for someone. And there is nothing more thrilling than finding an envelope (that's NOT a bill) in the mail. I miss that feeling. I want to write again.

Perhaps it's time to go and get some stationary Perhaps a trip to Paper Ya one of these days :)

In the meanwhile, I encourage you to write a note to someone and hand-deliver or mail it (using snail mail, with residential address). Let's start the writing revolution again!


Friday, June 5, 2009

Lesson 3 for 2009: When You Fail, Kick it Into High Gear!

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Current Mood: Moody, irritated, annoyed, weepy and wallowy (this week did NOT end well)

Current Song: No You Girls by Franz Ferdinand

So today's lesson is as much a self-ass kicking as it is a general lesson in life. As most of you know, I don't take defeat well. I also don't take failure well. At all.

Today I failed at something. I don't care to mention what, because it's my achilles heel and it's kind of a stupid thing. Leave it to say, that I failed.

I spent a good part of the day weeping and wallowing and generally wandering around like I had lost my way, and that I was probably beyond salvation. It's not like me at all. But because it's the one thing I know I'm weak at and can't seem to overcome, I got really wound up about it.

My first instinct was to say I'm never doing this again. Ever. I don't want any part of this. I'm peacing out. Forever.

My second instinct after my Arien hot-headedness cooled off was to tell myself that I have to try harder. Failure is not a comment on your character. Not trying is. And momma didn't raise no fool. Like my other lessons: Time to let it go and Move on!

Why do we fail? It's the worst feeling in the world. But I think it's life's way of kicking you in the pants. We do badly, we fail, we try harder and then we fail better (or pass, whichever).

So the next time I go after whatever this thing is, I'm kicking it into high gear. Time to get high octane and take care of business. Wallowing is for the helpless. And we all know we aren't.

Next time you fail, remember: Wallowing is allowed for about a tenth of the time. The rest better be put into making another effort. I'll have to remember that myself.

Okay, I'm off for the weekend. I may have a digital free weekend. I'm feeling the need to recharge. Adios!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Holy Heatwave Batman!

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Current Mood: Hot!

Current Song: Painter by Norah Jones (it's been in my head since yesterday).

It's been marvellously warm for the last couple of days. It's not annoying yet because it's so new, but being out in the sun on sunday was kind of a bit much. We got up to the balmy mid-twenties for the Partnership Walk. You try walking 5K at noon. Whew! Suffice it to say that I've turned a strange shade of brown that I haven't been in a long time now. I'm such a bubble girl when it comes to the sun...

Needless to say it was fun with all the food and matching t-shirts. I think it was actually the best one yet. It's good to see other Vancouverites turn out for the event, and there seemed to be way more corporate teams (including ours!) than there have been in past years.

A shout-out to my mom who raised over 2 grand for the walk and it was her first time ever fund raising. She's such a rockstar like that.

I'm not writing much today, but here are a couple of shots from the walk. Amusez Vous Bien!



Wristbands for poverty!



We got some fruit pastry, because clearly the giant burger we ate wasn't enough.