Underthecurrent


Roadtrips
July 16, 2015, 9:31 pm
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Right now, eating cheddar and thyme shortbread and red onion marmalade from Niagara, like fancy.

So many highways lately, which is actually a good thing – we had been here so long and had not done certain things, guests are a good reason to get out, drink the wine.  Not worry so much.

The Most Fun Thing, lately, has been bobsledding.  If you go to Whistler, there is a non-profit that will throw you down the pro track, staffed by competitors and track maintenance people.  It was kind of wild.

We also finally went to the Highly Ranked Scandinavian baths for massages and relaxation.  No one is allowed to speak around the grounds or in the pools, everyone moves around slowly in white robes being Very Serious about eucalyptus steam and cold showers.  There were bliss balls.

One quick blink and it was mid-July.

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Big Brother with No Sound On
July 6, 2015, 3:52 am
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Hair salon.  Medium cold brew coffee and a fresh well-fried donut.  Afternoon ceasar with horseradish.  Finding a new farmer’s market. The wildfires blanket the city in an unfamiliar haze.  There are very few days we can’t see the hills in the distance.  It settled in last night, we wait for the ocean to pull it out to sea.  Everything smells like campfire.  It’s a good reason not to hang out laundry (or to do laundry at all).

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Right now it’s time to get back into work, Sunday evening.  In theory, this is month 18.  In theory, about 77 more Sunday evenings like this.  There’s always the possibility of a radical shift in plans, because: who really knows?  But imagining a time when Sundays don’t mean a cloud of building obligations and bubbling stress is kind of nice. It’s obviously not harrowing, but it’s unsustainable and sometimes pushes a bit towards feeling kind of insane.  I think about life after this and what it looks like is not that clear yet.  I think about limiting how many things come in the house because I’ll have to get rid of them or ship them.  I think about the looming paperwork to make sure things go as smoothly as possible.

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in theory, this summer so far has been pretty rad.  We started by seeing Jurrasic Park in 3D on June 21, after ending Spring with a barbeque and friends.  A few days later, a classic four day road trip that ended in Revelstoke, with picnics by glacial lakes and social river banks.  Yesterday, we lived out an 80s yuppie fantasy with hours of ocean jetskiing (reality = windswell = butt bruising), then cooked a strange variety of sausages on the BBQ.  Next weekend is a wood cabin in the mountains.  Then, there will be a Talib Kweli show and… a soap making class?  We’re going back to see my family for a few days at the lake.  The weekend after that maybe an out of town air show.  At that point, there are a handful of proper summer weekends left.

No big festivals.  Nothing crazy.  Lots of Canadiana.  Quite a bit of family.  A lot of hours on the sunny patio, easily the best feature in our place.