Monthly Archives: February 2009

It’s Snowing Again

Only a short time ago I blogged about the joys of early spring.

Tonight we went over to a friends for our weekly “Lost” night and when we came out the door, not only was it snowing, but I had to pull out the trusty credit card to clear the windshield. After a winter like this one, I may invest in a proper window clearing thingy next year. My credit card, which I really only use for snow emergencies looks like it has spent the last three months on a shopping spree — I wish…

I have a twitter account now, but I am not yet a twit — no time, but loads of my brilliant suite101.com writers and editors are there with lots to say. Check it out.

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My Bionic Eyes and My Road Bike

Well spring has finally sprung in the Lower Mainland and I am back into a great routine with writing/editing and exercise. Today I rode around UBC on my new road bike — a Norco VFR 1 — lightweight and faster than a speeding bullet

It is such a joy to do sports without having to wear glasses — if any of you are considering getting laser eye surgery — don’t hesitate a second more. It is really worth it. Sometimes I forget that I have had the surgery — my eyes don’t bother me at all, but then I see a tiny little bud on a tree and realize how lucky I am to have 20/20 vision in one eye.

My front yard is full of crocuses and sprouts are popping up everywhere. My son James spent Saturday raking up the dead leaves and has drawn out a plan for this year’s garden. We are going to hold off planting the flower boxes until the Cherry Blossoms pop and it is predicted that this year, this will happen in the first week of March. I hope so!

I have posted some photos of some of the things I did on the weekend to celebrate spring.

Floating Around in the Creek

Floating Around in the Creek

Looking South East From Gambier

Looking South East From Gambier

Dusk on Gambier

Dusk on Gambier

More of my favourite tree

More of my favourite tree

Excellent Places to live in False Creek

Excellent Places to live in False Creek

My best friend in Toronto is snowed in…hmmm.

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Every Writer Needs and Office

This week I decided to stop working at home and get an office. Of course, I can’t really afford to do that — I am a writer/editor, after all, and my income is never guaranteed. Still, I think I deserve an office like everybody else.

So, I am back to the cafes — my favourite being The Wired Monk on Fourth Avenue. Everyone here seems to be on a laptop and working so they are very respectful of making sure you have your own space. Besides this, they make amazing coffee and the food is wonderful. An office does cost a bit of money but I am going to write it all off. A few coffees or beers or meals every so often…So far it is working out really well. I got more done today on the book I am finally back to working on then I have in six months. The only problem with the Wired Monk is that it is a bit of a hike from home; downhill all the way on my bike, but uphill all the way home. A bad uphill that leaves me hot and thirsty. However, the Internet is free. In a crunch when I can’t face the climb I go to Starbucks, which is only a block away, but they only provide two hours online and the coffee isn’t as good.

The False Creek Yacht Club is also totally affordable and offers an amazing view of False Creek and Granville Island. It costs nothing to join as long as you pre-buy your food and drink with their program that is similar to a Starbucks card. I’m thinking this would be a great office as it is almost empty during the daytime, but sadly they don’t have an espresso machine yet, but the beer is good.

My family is slowly becoming accustomed to me saying, “I’m going to the office,” as I disappear out the door. Even though they don’t really have a clue what I am talking about, they seem to accept that I won’t be around to answer questions, cook meals, run to the store, answer the phone, feed the cat, write a first-year essay, drive to Grouse or do the laundry. The various teenagers wandering through the house know not to drink every drop of milk and to find the fridge without too many problems.

So, in conclusion all of you writers who work at home — you don’t have to. Go to your local library or a cafe nearby — every writer needs and office — and it doesn’t have to break the bank.

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Blog Blocked and Takin’ it Easy

I have not blogged for a long time and I know this is death for a blogger…I am not sure why this happened == I did get a new computer and it is a MacBook. I have to admit that it has taken a few weeks for me to decide if I should keep it, or return it to London Drugs and find a PC.

I have decided to keep my little MacBook, although switching between my desktop and Mac can be confusing at times. Little Mac is lightweight and easy to use, although I suck at the photo program and might end up with Picassa again, but it is a challenge to learn to use iPhoto and I love a challenge.

Since I last wrote, I’ve been to Cuba — Ola — no pictures yet :), but was it ever super great to be warm for a while. I think the highlight was Havana, but I totally enjoyed the all-inclusive hotel in the tourist area — first time I’ve ever done that and I may never do it again, but Holy Pina Colada, it was excellent not to shop, plan meals or think about anything except for my book and the warm sea.

I took a manuscript to work on, but didn’t. I did manage to log on to the slowest Internet in the world to edit my suite101 articles, but apart from that I had a big big break from life.

So, perhaps I am back to blogging. Hope so.

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