Wednesday, March 18, 2009

#80 - Collect photos and frame them for my walls

Okay, so I haven't entirely finished this one, but I think I've made some pretty huge steps. That is I actually got photos developed, chose some great ones from these, bought some nice frames and then last weekend I hung them myself! That's right....I didn't even use a level and yet I'm pretty sure they are level. It makes me happy to have more decoration up and as Munir says, "It doesn't look like a boy's apartment anymore." It never did look (or smell)like a boy's apartment, but now it definitely is more girlie. I'm now inspired to finish decorating. Let's hope my inspiration leads to action. Perhaps in another 6 months I will be finished.

Change of plans - my big trip: the North or bust


I promised Holly that every time I changed one of my 101 things in 1001 days I would justify why this was done and how it is an improvement. I have slightly adjusted #8 from: Plan a big trip to : Go on a road trip to the Yukon and Alaska. This is something I've wanted to do for a long time. Tara and I were thinking of attempting it way back in 2000 but ended up driving down the Oregon and California coast and getting some sunshine....definitely the right choice at the time, but now my Northern adventure has become something that keeps coming back in my mind and won't let go. Today Genevieve and I were talking about it and now it's something I (or rather we)just have to do in the next couple years! I want wilderness, isolation and a totally raw experience. So I think that this is a thoroughly justified change to #8. Holly do you approve?

Friday, March 13, 2009

29. Go to the chiropractor


After actually crying during a back bend in my yoga class, I decided that I probably should take my yoga teacher's suggestion and try going to a chiropractor. He suggested Robin Armstrong from Qi Integrated Health at Broadway and Macdonald and so far it's been great. I really hate the sound of cracking bones and I was pretty freaked out by the idea of someone doing that to my back, but I also wanted to try and solve my lower back pain and feel flexible again! I've been going for just over a month and it's amazing how much more flexible I've become already. That and I really like and now trust my chiropractor and I'm hoping that this will offer some good solutions. She also uses Active Release Technique and gives me exercises to do that will help me to stay aligned and not have to depend on coming back all the time. I must say, it's also really nice just to have someone help me take care of my body and just be focusing on that whenever I go. Also, the clinic is completely zen and has the coolest sink in the bathroom which imitates a zen garden's fountain. So, I can check #29 off my lists of 101 things! Yay! And hopefully my back gets a lot better too :)

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Losing my Commodore virginity with K'naan and Esthero


It's true. Before last night I was a Commodore virgin, but now I have finally experienced one of Vancouver's live music hot spots, a place where you never quite know what to expect, or so I hear. Last night I went to see K'naan and Esthero (one of the Cultural Olympiad shows) with some friends. I wasn't that familiar with Esthero, but was told that she was great....maybe only on a CD? From the first moment she was on stage she was unprofessional, rude and kind of offensive and not in a good way. It's not unusual for a singer to have that "I'm so cool, I can swear and say whatever I want" kind of attitude, but every time she spoke I just lost more and more respect for her and couldn't really pay attention to her singing. Her voice is good and she obviously has some talent, but I think she may have been too drunk to really showcase it. My "favourite" moment was when she completely forgot the words to one of her songs and royally screwed it up and stopped the song and started again and told everyone how she'd messed up. Wow, way to win over an audience. Needless to say, I won't be going to any Esthero shows again anytime soon.

The crowd was more than ready for K'naan to get on stage and he lived up to my expectations of him. He was likeable from the get-go, and has the kind of presence where you feel like you want to be his friend and get to know him better. His poetry/rap is so artistic, witty, smart and impressive and he had the audience in the palm of his hand. His natural, easy-going nature was an interesting combination to his politically charged music. He also started his set with one of my favourite songs, "In the Beginning" so that won be over right away :) I only wish the whole night was K'naan and Esthero had passed out drunk and couldn't perform. It would have also been better to have this show on a weekend for poor suckers like me (and others who I was with) who have to work early the next morning! I must be getting old :)

I also bought K'naan's new album, Troubadour, last night and will let you know how I like it. Congrats K'naan on saving the night :) Also, for those who don't know K'naan, he's a Somalian born Canadian hip-hop artist who combines elements of folk, rap and hip-hop into his political and catchy lyrics. As he says, he comes from a "nation of poets" and this is evident in his elegant rhymes. Check out his website.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

My new favourite place


I have discovered an oasis at UBC...you could even call it my own little sacred place. Okay, maybe it's not my own since it's open to the public but I love it anyway. It's the Nitobe Gardens at UBC and it's about a 5 minute walk from my office. I've been going there on my lunch break on sunny days and it restores my calm every time. Today I sat in the sun and stared at the pond and felt so peaceful. It's a Japanese garden so I'm getting pretty excited for cherry blossom season when I'm sure it will be even more beautiful. I will be sure to bring my camera during that time and post some photos of all the lovely blossoms. I'm so happy Nitobe and I found each other :)