Thursday, October 30, 2008

Bahama for Obama

This poster was in the window of a store on Bay Street in Nassau. There are several Obama-related souvenir items in the downtown available for purchase. While I'm pretty happy that there is a lot of excitement over Obama, I do find it strange that another country is producing material like this for an election outside its borders. I guess it reflects the feelings of so many non-Americans in that many of us don't understand why the Republican party ever wins.

Edited to add: check out these shoes!! I saw these at a craft fair in Nassau today. Too much!

Monday, October 27, 2008


Ben's ballot finally arrived from Arizona on Friday. I must say, I thought it was kind of exciting.

Originally uploaded by Jennoit

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

My New Bike

I have a new (to me) bike, seen here. Isn't it beautiful?! Triple-butted steel Vitali frame with 8-speed Campagnolo Veloce components. I don't know too much about the bike, although I am guessing mid-1990s era based on the colour, among other things. If anyone out there knows something about Vitali frames - holla! This is the bicycle that is going to propel me into bicycle commuting happiness. I need a job next, but first things first.

I took her out for my first ride today. It was my first time riding a road bike ever and I have to say I learned a few things very quickly.

1. Road biking hurts my crotch. Note: need new seat.
2. Road biking makes me feel fast (again, compared to a mountain bike) but the damn computer doesn't lie: I'm slow. 30 kph was as fast as my little legs wanted to carry me. Disappointing.
3. Road bikes are stiff. Every bump in the road is painful. Who knew how useful my fat mtn bike tires and front suspension are?!
4. Drop bars make me nervous, but they make me feel speedy!
5. My husband can still outrun me on his mountain bike on the road. Note: Stop that!

Fun though!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Palin as President

I realize this is kinda ridiculous, but it's also oh so fun! Updated every day until November 4th! So far I think my favourite is Iranistan. Although, the burning books are good too.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Turkey and 21km

Actually, it went in the order of 21km and then turkey. But I am not a meat-eater so I actually had potatoes and green beans and salad and more cheese that my arteries should probably be exposed to, and pie. Mmmmm pie. But I thought "Turkey and 21km" sounded like a nice post title, so there you have it.

Last weekend was Thanksgiving (in Canada, people) and the Victoria Marathon. The weekend was an awesome distraction from things that have had me a little down in the dumps lately (rain, missing the Yukon, lack of a job). Sierra came down from Whitehorse (she was supposed to be running the marathon but couldn't, for a variety of painful reasons which she will probably detail on her
blog) and she let Julie and me stay with her at her swank Empress suite.

I love hotels where the beds you stay in are comfier than the one you have at home.

I had signed up to run the Victoria half marathon mostly because I said I would way back in the summer. As with the KRR, I was under-prepared for this event and I seriously thought about not bothering, especially since Sierra wasn't running and she is always an excellent motivator. But, because I suffer from FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) and because I thought it would be good for me to get another 21km under my belt, I showed up to run at 7:30am on the Sunday. The day was gorgeous and I was treated to a beautiful sunrise over the Olympic mountains. It was a little odd to be surrounded by so many other runners, but they probably pushed me to keep moving even when I didn't feel like it. I ran a 2:06, which is considerably better than I had figured I would do, so I can't complain. That's me in the green shirt in the last few hundred metres. I don't look too happy because, truthfully, the end couldn't come fast enough. I guess the lesson there is...learn to run faster. Maybe someday.
While my heart had no trouble with the distance, my legs sure as hell weren't happy with me. I could hardly walk the next day. Happily, this provided me with an excuse to do very little this week, which has been pleasant.

But now...on to the next challenge. I need to think about what that will be. Certainly one goal, once I have a new job, is to become a commited bike commuter. But what about running? Will there be a marathon in my future? Or perhaps a sub-2 hour 21km? Maybe it's time for something completely different.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Palin is a pink tricycle

Oh, this is fabulous. As you can surmise, I've been thinking about bicycles a lot lately.

From Go Clipless.

Settling In

I'm starting to feel as though I live here (BC) which is good, since I do. I miss Whitehorse terribly, but to be honest, I just try not to think about it. I'm really hoping to land a good job here soon as I think that will help immensely with the transition. So, check out our new abode:
It comes complete with that Cathay Pacific A-340. Seriously. We are at the end of the runway at YVR, so the airplane noise takes a bit of getting used to. I don't mind though. I like airplanes and they remind me of what makes Ben happy. He can also walk or ride to work really easily which is important to us.

I've been scouting out running routes (mostly along the dyke in Richmond which is okay) and once I get a job I am going to try and become a committed bike commuter. This allows me to purchase a bicycle, which is an unfortunate (?) new desire that I have learned from the lovely, but bike-obsessed Sierra of Whitehorse. We saw an old Bianci in a used bike shop in Victoria this weekend that might just make its way into my life. Stay tuned and keep your fingers crossed that the frame is in the 52cm neighbourhood.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Welcome Back to the City

The 98 Airport Express
Originally uploaded by Jennoit
I'm here. Vancouver. I keep thinking I'll blog about how I am feeling about being here, but it hasn't happened yet. Something about my expression in this photo captures part of how I feel though.

Stunned former Whitehorse resident comes to terms with transit, rain, and the big city. My deer caught in the headlights look is courtesy of a bus ride on the 98 express and the usual Friday night transit combination of drunk university students and an unstable personality yelling at everyone on the bus to "move to the back" and "why are you ignoring me?"

Thursday, October 2, 2008

She Didn't Really Say This, Did She?!

From this Globe and Mail article about the US Vice-Presidential debate which was tonight. Did Sarah Palin actually say that she wasn't going to answer the questions that were asked of her?!?!

"I may not answer the questions that either the moderator or you want to hear," she told her opponent, Democratic vice-presidential candidate Joe Biden, "but I'm gonna talk straight to the American people."

I guess that's one way to try and hide the fact that you don't know the answers to most of the questions - just don't repsond!

Where's Your Platform? Under Your Sweater?

That's my favourite quote from tonight's leaders debate. Jack Layton made it, to Stephen Harper, following these comments by Elizabeth May of the Green Party:

"You offered nothing up and again tonight you've spent your time attacking the policies of others," said May. "Where's your platform? Yours is the only party that hasn't put forward any platform in this election. All the other parties have."

And she is so right - how ridiculous is it to be campaigning without a full platform?!

Then, from Layton: "You say you've got a plan? Where is it? Under your sweater?"

Tee-hee! Harper is perceived as a cold and controlling leader so in the early days of the election, his campaign put out these truly awful ads where he is wearing a sweater vest and talking about how he's a family man. They were really embarrassing. Don't believe me? Check him out.

Anyhow, I missed being able to cringe at Sarah Palin tonight, but overall our English language debate was engaging, I thought. Dion came out seeming earnest, a little bit angry (which is okay for him) and sincere. I am cautiously optimistic that we won't have a Conservative majority on October 14th. Fingers and toes crossed, anyway.

Photo of the leaders was taken from the Globe and Mail.