Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Today I ate crab with family that I haven't seen in six years. They visited my house in Calgary before coming to Vancouver and my youngest cousin, the one who likes to have his picture taken and repeats everything you say, he was able to comb the hair on my dog. Only my mom combs my dog (mostly I think cause she's the only one that is willing to do it, wants to do it, but partly because my dog only really likes it when she does it). My dog does not get along with people, can be kind of vicious (the vet had sent a letter recommending she be euthinized because my dog almost bit a nurse) and as cute looking as she is, really isn't very nice to anyone but my mom, dad, brother, and I. It is nerve wracking to have people stick their hand in front of her, asking to be sniffed and allowing them to touch her, luckily they pull away fast enough when she growls. For her to allow this boy to comb her, I think there's something kind of special about this kid, he won her heart, and even though I only saw him for an hour or so, mine too.

His older brother is cute too! Has a nice quietness to him, the kind that is okay with just listening and allowing his younger brother to take all of the attention and be the eccentric one. He plays clarinet and soccer and is very tall.

My uncle was saying that what my mom orders for dinner is very different from what he would order. She orders things with more vegetables. And what he and her order is different from what their other brother would order and so on (my mom has...4 siblings). I thought that was kind of nice. You could tell who's dinner belonged to who.

I rode the new Canada line to meet them and gosh it felt really cool and exciting! And then I began imagining if I were in charge of putting sky train lines in Vancouver, I thought about where I'd put them and whether they'd be underground or above and when.

Above mostly.


Thursday, August 13, 2009

Menu taken from Orangette for the restaurant Delancey in Seattle, Washington.

I love this menu. I straightforward names of the pizzas, I like how focused the flavors on the pizza are, and I just absolutely love love love the sound of the desserts. For most sort of European (or to be un-politically correct, white) restaurants, I tend to gauge how good I think the restaurant is based on what the desserts are. I know it sounds so insanely simple, but the idea of a organic raspberry yogurt popsicle makes me swoon along with chilled peaches in wine. I just imagine the pinkness of the raspberries and the freshness of them and having them in a cold popiscle after eating pizza on a summer day sounds pretty more than good to me.

Even though I've never been to this restaurant (and probably won't get to it for a bit), I am already in love with it as well. Maybe it's because I have been following it's progress on Orangette and had read how Molly and her husband started with wide-eyed hopes and a nameless empty space into this beautiful, classic, and undoubtedly what will be an insanely popular restaurant. I feel invested in it just by reading about it from start to another start, and I feel insanely happy for these people (almost to the point of weepy if I stare at a picture too long) even though I have never met them and I bet once I get to the restaraunt I'll feel insanely awkward and creepy for having these feelings and stare at (but enjoy) only at my pizza and popsicle (or a different dessert depending on when I'm there).

So I'm gonna leave it at that, and if you ever go to Seattle, Delancey yonder!

I present:

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

I am so very elated and overjoyed about this:

Josh sent me a bunch of his book that I designed and typeset today to sell at the bookstore(s) that I work at and even though he was telling me that there were some little problems with it, I still love it, flaws and all. I think it's because every bit of the design is mine and when something is yours, if anyone were to knock it, yah it might hurt for a second because getting dissed sucks, but who cares, you made this whole entire thing, and no one can really take that away from you. The book of course represents a lot of things to me and that's probably why I am excited about it, it's the start of something between Josh, Sean, and I, it's the culmination of years of something, it's a validation of something, and man it's just so fucking cool.

So! If you would like a copy drop by Brigid's Books (Bayswater and Broadway) or Tanglewood Books (Fir and Broadway) and talk to me!


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

I did this poster for Josh'sbooklaunch (August 16, 7 o'clock, Tubby Dog in Calgary, AB!). I like the whole thing for the most part but I kinda feel like the typeface I chose for "C" isn't quite right, it's set in Gill Sans Bold and I dunno if you have any suggestions that be cool.

But if any of you who read this are going to Calgary or are from there, you should totally go cause I would, I mean come on, hot dogs and books!

I have been watching Mad Men a lot more lately (I started watching it awhile back and just kind of lost interest) and the opening credits just kill me (always did and probably always will), I absolutely love the music, so epic! Speaking of epic, the music in Moon is so good! I kind of felt that was a big part of holding that movie together and making it 500 times more intense and interesting, without it I think it could have easily fallen apart.