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    It’s that time of year…


    2011 - 12.14

    That’s right the Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band is selling tickets for their annual Robbie Burns Dinner Fundraiser.  This year it will be Saturday, January 28th 2012, starting at 6pm.  It is at the Famee Furlane Hall, 2605 E. Pender, Vancouver.  Tickets are $60 each or a table of 8 for $440 (that’s $55/ticket).

    If you’re interested in going, you can let us know, or you can just follow the contact instructions from the band’s website.  Karin’s father normally gets a table or two, and there might be space remaining, so you might be able to sit next to us.

    Dinner is traditionally roast beef with haggis and assorted veggies.  Many of the people who attend attend for the haggis, which historically is served as 1 per table (e.g. 1/8 people), given this love of haggis, people who DO NOT like haggis are very popular at the table as it leaves more for the haggis lovers.

    The evening also includes a few performances (traditionally, although not in this order):

    • the band
    • highland dancers
    • the Selkirk Grace
    • Address to a Haggis
    • Toast to the Lassies
    • Reply to the Toast to the Lassies
    • opportunity to try various scotches if you’re interested (extra charge)
    • silent auction as well
    I’ve been several times now (4 maybe?), and it’s definitely an experience ;-)  Be warned that the band can get quite loud, and if you don’t like bagpipes or have an active aversion, you should stay away, also there’s a bunch of stairs which you need to climb (the bathrooms are also require you to use the stairs).  Maybe we’ll see you there.

    The World Illuminated Through a Windshield


    2011 - 11.17

    Regrettably today consisted largely of replacing bulbs, which was way more difficult that in needed to be in my opinion.  Replacing the taillight it was really simple to get it out, more difficult to put back in than it should have been.  Simple four petal design that you turn counterclockwise to remove and turn clockwise to lock back in place.  What they neglect to mention in the manual is that there is one specific petal which needs to match up with one particular gap.  Seems needlessly complex, but is easy enough to deal with once you’re aware that you need to line things up.

    Replacing the two headlights was a much more difficult ordeal, they really leave less than the minimum required amount of space to replace the bulb.  Probably took half an hour to replace both bulbs.  Hopefully it would be faster in the future, but much of it is fiddly rather than “difficult”.  The first main problem was that the manual didn’t actually explain how to release the metal bulb holding clip.  For the record: when you’re facing the car, push on the left hand side of the clip, push towards the front of the vehicle and then down to release the clip.  I don’t know if that’s unique to my car (2003 Pontiac Vibe AWD) or to the bulb type (9003).  With the amount of space available and the lack of visibility into what you’re actually doing, it was way more difficult to do than it felt like it should be, but in the end I was able to do it, despite bouts of doubt and frustration.

    Despite all of that, it wasn’t all bad.  I bought my dual pack of GE 9003 Nighthawk Platinum bulbs at Lordco where they were on sale for $38.99 (seems that regular there is $67.97 according to the invoice; regular price at Canadian Tire is $59.99).  In addition to being on sale, there’s also a $10 mail in rebate on them (at Lordco only) until the end of January, which means I’ll have got them for less than half their regular Canadian Tire price… so pretty pleased with that.  Canadian Tire however was about $4.25 cheaper for the taillight, so that’s where I got those, and installed all the bulbs in their parkade.

    We went out to the mall later to return some clothes and have dinner.  While we were there there was some kind of incident which involved someone being handcuffed.  It happened in the main atrium area while we were eating, Karin took a look.  When we went past later I saw that it was an older guy (rather than a young punk like I assumed it would be).

    Leaving the mall we went to the library to pick up the next half dozen books Karin needs to read in the 100 Book Challenge, some of which are even short.  I picked up Brandon Sanderson’s first book: Elantris.

    Leaving the library we decided to go for a bit of a drive up SFU to test out the new headlights… it’s kind of hard to tell how good the headlights are when you’re driving on streets with headlights.  It was snowing a little bit, but not enough to concern us at all.  Got up to the main intersection and there were some cars essentially blocking the straight through route that takes you to UniverCity that I’d planned to take, so we turned left and headed towards the main campus.  After the first turn we saw a traffic jam which involved a bunch of cars and a couple of buses, none of which were moving forward.  It wasn’t clear what the actual problem (aside from snow) was, so we turned around and headed back the way we came.  Snow 1; Headlight Testing 0.  On the bright side, the all wheel drive and all seasons are still really effective in the snow.

    What did you have for lunch?


    2011 - 10.15

    We had roast beef, with roast potatoes, maple carrots and Yorkshire puddings.  Karin found the potatoes especially delicious.  I cut them up last night, tossed them in olive oil, oregano and salt.  Added a little bit of lemon juice before bagging them for the night (because the potatoes had started to brown a little).

    There’s left-overs, but you might have to fight Karin for them while I’m at Ultimate, so you should try bribes ;-)

    Happy Birthday Christopher!


    2011 - 08.24

    Tonight we celebrated our friend Christopher’s 32nd birthday at Red Robin.  We hadn’t been to Red Robin in quite a while and even longer since we’d gone to the one by Coquitlam Centre.  Burgers were eaten, freckled lemonade (a LOT of freckled lemonade) was consumed, gluten free/dairy free cake was eaten and greatly enjoyed, friends were visited with, small children were amusing and amused by adults.  Gooey cheese sticks were also eaten, and some were fed to a six year old…who quite enjoyed them, despite (or perhaps because of) the jalapeno.

    Best of all, they made Christopher stand on his chair to be sung to.  Hee. :)

    Happy birthday! :)

    Return of the Queen


    2011 - 08.12

    Ok, so it’s not really quite that epic, but I felt the need to use a literary pun.  Yup, hate me because I’m brilliant AND funny.

    Karin got home today just after 3pm (local time), which means that the whole long list of things I had hoped to get done were not.  That said, the lack of completion really has more to do with having a cold than with Karin arriving a few hours earlier than I had expected.  That said she appears to have been quite pleased with what was accomplished in her absence.

    Despite the fact that it was quite warm today, we ended up with a lasagna from Costco for dinner tonight (the frozen one) because that’s what Karin wanted.  It was pretty delicious, but the company was better.

    We watched Going the Distance tonight as well, Drew Barrymore and Justin Long.  I thought the movie looked funny when it first came out, but we never got around to seeing it.  In watching it, it exceeded my expectations of hilarity, and we both enjoyed it quite a lot.  “Mia statue!”  It could be that we’re in the unique position of being reunited after an extended period of time apart (the movie is about a long distance relationship) which made the movie more apropo.  Regardless, much laughter ensued, and it will be remembered fondly.  So on that note: “Dan, take me to Berlin!”

    Slowing to a Crawl…


    2011 - 08.09

    Progress in the tidying has slowed to a crawl.  Yesterday, there was the unexpected visitor, then I went to Brentwood for lunch and met with my mom and aunt, then shortly thereafter with grandma.  While wondering with them I got a call looking for some help moving a couch.  So I left Brentwood and headed to Walter’s place.  It was a heavy leather Ektorp 3 seater.  We carried it around the back way, but had to stop 3-4 times because of the uneven weight distribution while carrying (we carried it on it’s back most of the way, which mean that one side was way heavier than the other).  While we were resting in the apartment Jeff called and Walter convinced us that we should go for Happy Hour.  So I returned home and showered, and then walked to Browns Social House to meet them for happy hour.

    I was a little surprised to find them sitting with two ladies when I arrived, but it turns out that they were co-workers of Walter, and it wasn’t that they had managed to both bring/find dates before I got there (which would have been bad form since my date is current out of province).  Sitting around on the patio getting a little too much sun and chatting for a few hours.  We then picked up some Panago pizza and some drinks from Save-On and returned to Walter’s place.  We got a meatball pizza on multigrain thin crust, it was interesting, not bad, but I wouldn’t order it again.

    Due to all of these compounding circumstances I didn’t get home again until after 9pm… which is a long way of saying that I didn’t get much of anything done in relation to the tidying.

    For the past few days I’ve been dealing with a sore throat, and unfortunately when I woke up this morning my nose was also stuffed up.  I had been pretending up until that point that it might have been dust, or cleaning supplies which had been causing the sore throat, but no such luck.  So today also has seen less than amazing progress.

    Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day, we’ll see.

    Goodbye and Waffles


    2011 - 07.25

    So another day of making changes to Random Synapses, at this point I think that the major changes are complete.  At least until Karin really starts to use it as more than a blog, but we’ll see, there’s undoubtedly room for lots of little changes and improvements.

    The Geckos: Sasha and Ennis have been with us since the end of the school year, but today they went to a students house (probably for the rest of the summer).  Karin misses them already!

    When we got home it was time for some comfort food, so I surprised her by making fresh raspberry syrup to go with the waffles.  We’ve still got some syrup left…

    I know I’m boring, but maybe we can convince someone else to write tomorrow, perhaps a retrospective of the gecko’s visit complete with photos, there really should be plenty of them.  We’ll see.

    Oh wait, we did finally come up with an author bio for K.E. Abel to send in for her inclusion in the first Mirror Shards anthology edited by: Thomas K. Carpenter for Black Moon Books.  I think that it turned out pretty good… but we’ll keep you in suspense, after all for those of you who don’t like augmented reality it will provide incentive to buy the anthology ;-)

    Goodbye and Waffles


    2011 - 07.25

    So another day of making changes to Random Synapses, at this point I think that the major changes are complete. At least until Karin really starts to use it as more than a blog, but we’ll see, there’s undoubtedly room for lots of little changes and improvements.

    The Geckos: Sasha and Ennis have been with us since the end of the school year, but today they went to a students house (probably for the rest of the summer). Karin misses them already!

    When we got home it was time for some comfort food, so I surprised her by making fresh raspberry syrup to go with the waffles. We’ve still got some syrup left…

    I know I’m boring, but maybe we can convince someone else to write tomorrow, perhaps a retrospective of the gecko’s visit complete with photos, there really should be plenty of them. We’ll see.

    Oh wait, we did finally come up with an author bio for K.E. Abel to send in for her inclusion in the first Mirror Shards anthology edited by: Thomas K. Carpenter for Black Moon Books. I think that it turned out pretty good… but we’ll keep you in suspense, after all for those of you who don’t like augmented reality it will provide incentive to buy the anthology ;-)

    Ren Faire


    2011 - 07.23

    A few days ago we were entertained by some friends with a nice dinner of ribs, potato salad, corn on the cob and edemame.  This was followed by a game of Ren Faire.  This is our second time playing the game, which Karin acquired at the closing sale of Drexoll Games Port Coquitlam (they still have a Vancouver store on W. 4th Ave at MacDonald).

    For a little while now we’ve been using Board Game Geek (.com) to keep track of our games collection, and it has a feature where you can keep track of how often you’ve played a game, and the results thereof.  So if you’re curious you can check out our “collection“.

    Chowder Update


    2011 - 07.19

    I finally got into the clams that we had in our freezer from our trip to Sooke.  I was a little nervous about making chowder *, as I don’t think I’ve really made any cream soups before.  Overall, it was pretty easy, thanks to my prep cook, The Dave.  I had everything measured out for me and put into little bowls…I felt like a TV chef! :) I was surprised at how easy it actually was.

    1. Take clams out of freezer and put in fridge to defrost.
    2. Two days later, start chopping clams.
    3. Cook some bacon in a pot and reserve drippings (I didn’t do this first, so I did it after and added some drippings)
    4. Cook herbs, clam juice, onions ** and potatoes in pot.
    5. Add cream, milk and flour.  Let cook for a bit.
    6. Rinse off clams because of panic that they’re going to taste too strong.
    7. Add clams.
    8. Cook a little bit.
    9. Nom with sourdough rolls
    10. Realise I forgot to put bacon in.
    11. Decide it’s pretty delicious and doesn’t matter.
    12. Eat more the next day and forget bacon again.  Decide it’s ok because it tastes even better the next day.
    13. Give some to a friend and wait impatiently until he gets home and lets me know how it tasted. ;)
    14. Consider doing it again with the rest of the clams in the freezer.
    15. Write blog post and put up pictures on Flickr.

    * or, as Dave and I call it “CHOW-DAH!”

    ** I used onion powder…or as I say in my head “POW-DAH!”