April 14th, 2006 @ 12:08pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt
so…the canucks season ‘ended’ last night. they have one more game to play but it doesn’t really make a difference – we’re out of the playoffs. meh.
i went to the states last night with my sister and some friends for some shopping times – got measured at victoria’s secret and found out um things oh my – and got the best bra in the world possible – EVER.

drove back to surrey, took the train from surrey, then a bus from the skytrain home – collected john then went out to meet laura and a co-worker that’s in town. we got really silly and it was a really fun time. since we’ve been going to fogg n suds for most of the canucks games this season (and they have these lil prize giveaways during games… and there’s only 1 game left) they let us raid the swag cupboard. we now have 2 glass mugs, a keychain and a foam finger to go with our bobble head, flag and mug insulator thingy.

we got home and john had a msg from his brother waiting – iowa city was hit by an F2 tornado last night. the university town looks pretty messy this morning and the damage looks pretty mucky. we have yet to get in contact with his parents but everyone seems to be okay. he’ll have audio and more details up on his site later. this comes about 2 days after we watched a show on NOVA about tornadoes – weird. he keeps asking me if i’m SURE i would ever want to relocate (out of vancouver and possibly back to iowa) :p

BC Book and Mag Week

April 13th, 2006 @ 2:18pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt
I’ve just been informed of this event going on next week, April 22-29 for the Association of Book Publishers of BC (ABPBC) and the BC Association of Magazine Publishers (BCAMP).

James from over at Up in Ontario gave me the low-down, it’s basically a whole bunch of events for you to get out there and help promote and support BC authors, photographers and magazine writers – especially if you are one! Check out all the pertinent info, details and everything else at the following sources: Website, Blog,

buy 9 spatulas and get the 10th for just one penny

April 13th, 2006 @ 9:42am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt
Okay, so TONIGHT’s game is THE game. We walked away from the Sharks yesterday with 1 point - coming from an overtime loss. The Canucks are down in SJ today for the must-win game of the year. It was sad this morning on the Fox, potentially the last time we hear “Shorty on the Puck” since he’ll be all over on another station next season. But let’s not shed those tears just yet – we still have this game tonight to go all out – don’t be jumpin off that bandwagon JUST yet…. in the meantime why not also show support for the Giants – who won last night.

In other news, Mt. Trudeau is going to be named in a ceremony this June – and the Coquihalla is going to be dumped with 10-20cms of snow this weekend. Good thing we went away last weekend, geesh.

One more thing… I told John last weekend when we were in Kelowna that I had never had so many doors held open for me. There’s something up with men in vancouver – i’m not one of them snobby mini-puppy, face-eater-sunglasses-wearing chicks that just expects men to fall at her feet – but there’s something to be said for MANNERS at least. i think those plastic chicks have jaded the men (okay well some men) around here into just not giving a damn anymore, which is sad. i may also be cranky because i would really like a coffee right now. enough said.

radio what now?

April 12th, 2006 @ 3:51pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt
a sad little poll on my company’s site… either not many people take the time to participate or there’s something to be said about the people who come here.

even though podcast is the new buzz word people still do not know the advantages and awesomeness that is digital media. radio, mp3s, podcasts etc. get your news, satirical onion news, hockey team updates, casual banter, scores, highlights, etc etc all in portable media format – take it all on the bus with you and have your hands free to hold on during rush hour (as opposed to reading the paper). have everything ready at the touch of a button on your computer, archive, record… oh man… the possibilities are endless.

of course i dont have to tell you all this. just google podcasting, podcasts, check out the links on my sidebar then check out the links on those sites once you’re there. off work now, heading out to watch the game – going home to record a quick blurb for dave olsen’s podcast with john. go ‘nucks!

take me down when im wired

April 12th, 2006 @ 11:50am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt
April seems too short. It could be the two-long-weekends-in-a-row thing for me or the so-much-crap-happening factor. we went to the okanagan last weekend, this weekend we’re going to a family picnic so john can meet the rest of the distant relatives that haven’t yet been able to say “you’re from IOWA?!” and look puzzled then ask where that is on the map. then we have our week of concerts, our running events, and hopefully more time to just do some un-scheduled un-planned things in this city. there are several restaurants we’ve been meaning to check out, more trails we’d like to hike and we STILL have gift cards from the wedding for HBC that we desperately need to spend ;)
Tonight we’re heading out for the game – THE game… okay well one of 3 “THE” games that the canucks must win to make the playoffs. a co-worker of mine is in town from Toronto and he’s befriended the owner of a pub downtown (well he met him on his last trip out) so we’re going to head there for the PPV. This is it folks – show your support. And as much of a Joe fan I was when I was in Boston… I hope he does not so…well tonight …and yeah… *sigh* who knows what will happen… might as well just flip a coin.

it's down to san hoser… including rant.

April 11th, 2006 @ 11:25am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt
two more games vs san jose then one vs the avs – three must-wins for the canucks. we’re so close yet so far away from the playoffs. everyone’s speculating, blaming and pointing fingers. people are looking to the big-money players for vancouver who aren’t producing, those who have been injured, those who have stepped up but can’t carry the entire team – for the entire season – on their backs. time to shake up the canucks? dump the coach? dump the captain? everyone knows what’s wrong and everyone’s sharing their opinions. people were back on the bandwagon after the win on saturday and now they’re all rolling off again in a drunken stupor. as someone in my office said this morning – the mantra of canucks fans should be ‘we’ll get ‘em next year’.
despite the loads of hot water the canucks are in now, i still feel as though i can talk-hockey as much as the next guy – sometimes better – sometimes not so knowledgeable. but i definately am not a clueless puck bunny. one of my pet peeves is people underestimating my intelligence on the level of hockey – GAW that’s annoying. the men in the office wait around til they’re all in so they can talk to each other about the game… meanwhile i’ve been here all morning, know all the stats, have read all the papers, blogs, reports and have about 200 times more insight than all of them put together. but do they want to talk to me about hockey? nope. i’m not one of those girls whose only knowledge of “hockey” is knowing what colour eyes Cloutier has and who looks ‘yummy’ with their playoff beards. :-|

woe is me. i guess i’ll keep my hockey chats for my husband, friends, blog etc. (edit: january was uber-canuck filled) although there are some hockey-femme fans around (as I discovered while checking the canucks op-ed this morning) so there is hope. but still… darn them hockey-sexists.

lost my membership card to the human race

April 10th, 2006 @ 12:38pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt
we had a great time on our mini-road trip to the okanagan. we made a mobile podcast on the drive home which will be available (i believe later today, the man just has to encode it and do whatever fancy things he does) on
we listened to so much music via our ipods n’transmitter along the way. i realized that yes, i do like Hum and that you can never EVER escape Nickelback on ANY radio station anywhere. also, we listened to a promo that john had downloaded before he left – it was for (see the button on my sidebar) – it’s the new home of the Canucks Outsider podcast.

we took the crowsnest on the way there – since we were in no rush and it was a nice scenic route (although which route isn’t scenic when driving through BC?). On the way back we just did the connector/coquihalla. we stopped at some great places to eat, drink wine, and go for a mini-hike along the water to skip rocks.

i’m just getting caught up on my vancouver blog reads, seeing what’s happened in the city (or will be going on) and readjusting to work again. although with no work on friday, this will be a pretty smooth week – more to come at a later time :)

EDIT: the podcast is up. to listen, go to or check out the miss604 section of the podcast page
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lightning blue eyes reflected sunrise

April 6th, 2006 @ 9:10am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt
up at the ‘butt crack o’dawn’ as john would say. went running and it was scrumptious. i have to watch my spelling in this post since i sped through my last one and i had two very particular women who shall remain nameless (even though they posted comments) saying how poor my spelling was. anyhoo, after the run we were stretching in the living room while watching the morning news. kevin newman from global news was given a lovely tour of the PM’s office the other day so they showed some clips. PM Harper was very pleased to show off his favourite toy/tool/aide – his Easy button sitting on top of his desk. now if that doesn’t help me put total confidence in this man running my country, i dunno what does.