Wednesday, April 27, 2005


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Here's my big sister Catherine - she looks pretty happy considering she's about to embark on a 4day/night bus ride across Canada to Montreal.
She's a hell lot of fun - even just hanging around her this past week with her stomach flu was cool - except for the puking part. So imagine how much fun she is when she isn't vile!
She spends most of the year in Victoria getting her bachelors - she graduates in December this year. She and I have our own sense of humor that feeds off each other that I miss most of the year. She gets back from Montreal in June and she'll probably work with special needs youth in planning summer activities - it's going to be a lot of fun!

Me about to Head East to Maple Ridge

These are the clip-ons I put on before my drive out the program which is going really well - it gets better and better every day.
So why the clip-ons? My eyes started to burn for no reason - it wasn't allergies because I wasn't getting any of the other symptoms.
So I saw my doctor, got some eye drops and I was encouraged to keep my eyesight away from the sunlight. That's hard to do when you're driving East at 8:30 am on these beautiful sunny days. My mother, the resourceful person that she is, found this old pair of clip-ons. They do the job - and I laughed so hard my first drive wearing them I can't give them up! I stopped to let a family cross the street and the little blond girl laughed and pointed at me! I can't wait to wear them to the beach! Thanks Mom!
Like I said, the program is going great - I've met incredible people and we all know eachother so well now - they all have amazing, powerful stories I wish I could share but I signed a privacy agreement.
And I love the drive out to Maple Ridge in the morning - easy going, beautiful skyline - and the opposite traffic is just standing still. Even with feeling over-worked, April has been a really good month for me.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

About Calgary - Nate and I

Nate and I
Nate and I,
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Nate is Meg's friend, I met Meg at Universal Studios with Natasha. When Meg heard that I was flying out to Calgary - she told me to meet up with her friend Nate. Nate and I both enjoy hanging out with people we don't know in anticipation of potientially awkward moments. That, along with sharing a childhood fear of Large Marge from the Pee Wee Herman movie actually made it an enjoyable afternoon. We walked to a drive in hamburger joint, talked to this homeless guy who looked like Johnney Depp, and drank weird flavoured milkshakes. If Nate's friend had been at a tatoo parlour, he and I would've gotten some free tattoos. I had a lot of fun with him.
In parting I gave Nate the ugly painting I shoved under my Fozzy-bear trenchcoat when exiting the Hog and Brew. His plan so far is to put it up in some gallery/cafe with a made up artist name (the name of a local constable) a title and a price.
I had a blast with Nate and hope that he's able to meet up with Meg in South Africa.


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For those who know what I went through last summer - no one knows better than Heather. She was there for me for the last two weeks of Australia watching out for me, comforting me and taking care of me. I feel like I owe her my life.
Heather is an amazing glass-blower. This winter she won an award for her work in a competition out in Philidelphia - she's currently applying to an artist's co-op in Toronto. She's nervous about her financial future but I feel that her talent will never leave her starving. I'm really proud of her work and how far she's come. A bonus to being her friend and liking her work is that she gave me an amazing bowl she made - orange and blue.
Hanging out with her was like time never passed since I last saw her. And she took me out to the Rockies even though I was too hungover to enjoy it. We made cookies, snuggled like old times and went to the zoo. I had a lot of fun with Heather and can't wait till we meet up again.


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Andrew ran out of his house to greet me at the shuttle - he looked like Jesus in a hoodie - I jumped out to give him a huge hug - I've really missed him since Australia.
I gave him some smoked salmon and off we went to tour downtown Calgary where Andrew found himself lost in trying to find stuff to show me. I kept reminding him that I came to Calgary because I missed him and Heather - not to see Calgary's Granduer.
He showed me his pottery - since it's his final year, he's just having a blast doing what he wants and not caring what his teachers think. He has an apprenticeship set up for him in Saskachewan living on a farm with a famous potter that he's really excited about. I'm really glad he's getting what he wants.
Andrew always hated being called a hippy even though he has hippy tendencies. So why the long hair? It turns out his Mom is fighting cancer and Andrew wanted to make a wig out of his hair for his mother while she goes through kimo.
Andrew, despite first impressions, is a super sweet and caring guy. I know he's terrible to keep in touch with him through email so saying bye to him was hard knowing that. I hope we'll hang again.