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Of mice and eggplants

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Further to my previous post: I suddenly had all this eggplant and didn’t know what to do with it so I took my question to twitter and got a bunch of very helpful and inspiring suggestions. I had intended to blog about my amazing eggplant cookery so far but I seem to inhale food far too quickly to take decent pictures of it.

This got me thinking though that this might be a fun thing to document sometimes, the challenge of dealing with a ridiculously large amount of a given vegetable or fruit, purchased in a dollar bag, dragged up Main Street and then lugged home on the Skytrain. If I was still working in the neighbourhood this could be a weekly thing.

Ah well…

Someone finally came about our mouse problem and put some traps out. It took a long time to come to this, not because of the landlord but because my roommates were for various reasons reluctant to bring it up. I found this odd because no one hesitated to freak out and call the landlord when ants invaded our suite.

But mice? Well, they’re different. And since I’m not technically on the lease where I live it wasn’t really my call to make. My roommates’ reactions were as follows:

“Well… I don’t know about contacting the landlord….”
“I can’t write English. Someone else do it.”
“I saw one in my room but I’m not convinced that they exist.”
“At least it’s cute!”
“Whatever, they’re not eating our food so no big deal.”

It was insane and it was driving me insane because they’re living in the walls and I could hear them scratching inside the wall beside my head as I was trying to sleep at night.

So here’s hoping the traps will work.

Eggplant week

Monday, February 21st, 2011

I spent yesterday downtown with the museum filming Moving Through, an event centred around dialogues about the City of Vancouver, architecture, planning and design. I’m probably going to be writing a blog post about it soonish so I’ll link it when I can.

I took some time afterward to wander around Gastown and the DTES because it was sunny and beautiful out. I kind of miss working down there and because I don’t I don’t really have much of a reason to pass through all that often so it was nice to have a few hours to wander.

I picked up some fabric at Dressew to make some summer tops clothes and was once again pulled towards really neutral greys and creams. I’m not sure why. I guess I’m just in a minimalist rut these days. I entertain the thought of having really amazing flashy style but when it comes down to it I tend toward the boring and safe.

I took a stroll down Pender to find that things are pretty much the same. The guys lined up in front of the Sally Ann still tell me I have a nice smile.

I ended up at Sunrise Market, one of my favourite little greengrocers. I used to go there all the time when I worked at the Police Museum. It wasn’t unusual for someone on staff to announce that they were making a grocery run and to take requests and for us to draw up a really random shopping list for them.

Sunrise has everything and it’s piled up in the aisles so much that you can barely walk through. People bump into each other and sometimes the staff wander around with machetes to hack rotten bits off the produce. It’s a really amazing place.

They have a bin of dollar bags of produce. It’s something different every time. Usually stuff that is going off soon that they really want to get rid of. They suck me in every time. I don’t need that giant bag of whatever but it’s in a bag and it’s a dollar! Inevitably I’m convinced that this is a good idea.

So that’s how I came to possess 10 lbs of eggplant. I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to do with it all but I’d better do it quick.

Blue cardigan

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

a sweater is born

Sometime during stitch and bitch tonight we heard a large bang somewhere overhead. It was loud enough that the ground shook and all the car alarms in the parking lot went off. It appeared to knock out all the nearby traffic lights too. I never saw a flash but if it was lightning then it was the loudest and closest I’ve ever heard.

I finally sewed the buttons onto my blue cardigan, which is big for me because I spend a lot of time making things but I rarely finish anything. I’ve been wearing the cardigan around the house for months, but with only one oddly-placed button I couldn’t wear it out in public.

Somehow or other I have misplaced the charger for my camera. I haven’t seen it in a few weeks and I’ve torn my room apart trying to find it to no avail. I have, however, been doing a lot of very overdue cleaning, vacuuming and decluttering so maybe it will turn up. If not, then I’m going to run out of easy things to clean and I might have to start scrubbing the walls with soapy water in frustration.

I really want to take some pictures. But until then, you’ll have to content yourselves with a bad webcam picture of the thing sans buttons.

Wild creatures of Canada

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

just hanging out

This guy decided to pay us a visit today. It sat outside our house for quite a while and I walked outside to go take some pictures.

February started out with a whole lot of work and other engagements so I’ve been super busy. I made this video. The editing is a little messy but meh.

The other day at the office a coyote walked right up to our window, probably looking for mice. Finding some, I’m sure because he looked pretty well-fed and healthy. I mentioned it and immediately my office filled up with people.

One of my coworkers is Australian and she was excited because apparently there are no wild dogs in Australia anymore. Dingoes that escaped culling have bred with dogs so there aren’t any purebred, wild dingoes to be found.

Not in Canada, though. We have all these wild creatures roaming around all the time. Mye asked me the other day if we warned children about cougars in schools. I said no, but we do have earthquake preparedness days. She didn’t believe me that we live in an earthquake zone.