Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Little things that make me happy

The sun is finally shining in Vancouver!



I'm not a sun worshipper by any stretch of the imagination; I burn really quickly, and find temperatures over 30C quite unpleasant (in the city, at least). But June-uary was too much even for me - I think we got more sunshine during the Olympics - and really, I shouldn't have to wear jeans, boots, and a sweater on Canada Day. But this week has been all capris, sandals, and t-shirts, and people are in a noticeably better mood!

So here are some other little things that make me happy!
  • Eating outside
  • Coming home on hot days to a pot of ice-cold, uber-strong peppermint tea that's been brewing in the fridge all day
  • Watching world cup games live, knowing that my friends and family all over the world are watching the exact same thing at the exact same time
  • Calling my Dad during world cup games so we can slag off the players together
  • Stripey socks
  • Red sandals (not with socks)
  • Chocolate brown trousers / capris with a white top (presence of socks depends on length of trousers)
  • "Let's do X!!!1!1!!" followed by "Let's not, but say we did"
  • Finding Saba lying on her back in a doorway with her back legs splayed and front paws tucked neatly under her chin, patiently waiting for the next passing hoomin to give her a belly rub
  • Seeing Google's paw poking through the gap under the bedroom door in the morning, patiently waiting for us to pass her just-out-of-reach toys back
  • Geeky teens with waaaaay more confidence than I ever had when I was a geeky teen
  • Being Auntie Cath (and then coming home to a peaceful house afterwards)
  • Finding out that the monkey hand puppet I bought Lilah on the day she was born is her absolute favourite toy
  • My nephews chanting "under the bus! under the bus!" when tattled on by a sibling or cousin
  • Plucking my eyebrows (hence the "freakishness" tag - I don't think this is normal)
  • Re-runs of Friends
  • Finding out that my husband is even geekier than I am*

What about you?


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*He's planning to buy me an iPhone 4G when it goes on sale in Canada, as a (very) belated birthday present, and then take my 3G for himself. I heard a squeal of excitement the other day as he was browsing the app store, and found out that he's been coveting a particular, very expensive (many hundreds of dollars) kind of calculator for years, and that there's an iPhone app for "only" $15 that has almost all of the special functions he needs from the calculator.

16 comments:

  1. Watching world cup games live, knowing that my friends and family all over the world are watching the exact same thing at the exact same time

    Yup... and getting text or Skype messages from all over the world, a few seconds after each goal, saying either "Oh, crap !", or "YAY !"...

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  2. Pong!

    Congratulation Cath from your blog !. Is very beautiful the Kayak's photo.

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  3. Yes!

    I've just turned down the chance of a weekend full of fun and live music and BBQs and ocean swimming up on the Sunshine Coast. The reason is that I absolutely HAVE TO watch the final on Sunday with one particular friend in Vancouver, who is the most fun person EVER to watch football with (she's Dutch, which is even better). Mr E Man doesn't really understand this - he's going to go to the Coast without me - but to me it just feels right :)

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  4. Thanks Alejandro! I don't know the first thing about photography, but sometimes I get lucky - that snap was taken hurriedly using a disposable waterproof camera, and may just be one of the best photographs I've ever taken!

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  5. Cath> I'd make that choice too... and I'm not even that crazy about football but it is the final... and if my friend was Dutch... (I'm probably hanging out with some Germans or Spaniards as it seems right now. BBQ and pool mesh well with football and beer :) )

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  6. Thanks again Cath - you're a pal!

    So - did you watch the Germany-Spain game?

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  7. Unfortunately not! 11:30 am on a weekday is not ideal timing. But I will watch both games this weekend, plus all the pre-game and post-game analysis! I have to get my fix!

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  8. Chall, I don't know about a BBQ, but I've been promised "an orange brunch!" I asked what was in an orange brunch, and was told "orange juice! I'm working on the rest of it!"

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  9. Cath: haha! I see carrots (carrot cake and carrots with dip sauce) and then maybe.... ehh... pumpkin pie? It's not easy being orange... ;)

    And of course, booze in the orange juice - and maybe wheat beet can be orange?! Toss in a slice of orange and call it a day!

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  10. What about you?

    Winning gaming pools! ;)

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  11. Chall, just got an email saying that orange clothing is compulsory! I don't think I have any... other than my fluorescent cycling jacket, and a pair of hiking socks. That'll be an interesting look on a 30C day!

    Thomas, yeah yeah, ha ha!

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  12. Cath, at least here in the states, you can typically buy bright orange t-shirts (Fruit of the Loom) from Wal-Mart for around $5. They'd match your socks pretty well. ;)

    And yah, sorry about that gloating ... I couldn't help myself!

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  13. You could try red-white-blue instead of orange. Usually slightly easier to find in any random wardrobe.
    I'll post a recipe of my monstrous orange cake, once I have figured out which will be the best mix between orange (the fruit), carrot, pumpkin, and mango. Or just a big splash of orange food colouring.
    As for little things that make me happy: friendly bus drivers. This morning we picked up more people between busstops than at them, because he just kept stopping for people who were running to catch the bus. (Friday eh ...nobody particularly on time)And the funny thing was that every running person was another nationality, kiwi, Indian, African, Chinese ... I love the variety of this place.

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  14. Thomas, there's no Wal-Mart within cycling distance of me (well, depending on how you define cycling distance. Normal cycling distance, not "let's ride to Seattle!!!" crazy cycling distance). But I might try one of the weird little cheap clothes shops near work. Unfortunately I don't look good in orange!

    Nina, that is of course another option! The only item of clothing I own that combines all 3 colours has an England flag on it though...

    I think I'm going to take some orange juice, a bottle of fizz, and some carrot cake with me on Sunday!

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  15. Cath,

    What DOES look good in orange, other than pumpkins?

    Hey ... you have any Halloween outfits? :P

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