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here goes nothing

October 12th, 2006 @ 11:58pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

I’ve gone and done it. Switched my provider. Switched from Blogger to WordPress.

John and I are about to pull each other’s hair out. We’re both control freaks, both the youngest in the family and completely impatient. You do the math. Throughout the entire process though, John’s been really super great and helpful, making sure that things happen, that they go smoothly and that I don’t have a heart attack.

I’ll be adding the links back to my blogroll and podcast roll tomorrow so don’t worry. We need to make it flow a little better, make it a little prettier and work out a few kinks. There’s something that still isn’t sitting quite right but hey, this is the first step.

All previous Blogger posts will stay ugly and non-Wordpressy pretty for now (hence the uneven fonts and BIG pics).

There was someone who said I really need to move off of Blogger – John just looked at me tonight and said “we need him to look at this” so he can pin point what exactly it is that we’re missing (on top of the 100 obvious things we already know about).

Please let us know what you think and if you’re a super crafty person that wants to help us out and get oodles of credit, just let me know.

PS – Laura’s work rocks. I’m now an official guinea pig err model for all their fun things like today’s eyelash tinting for example – awesome. Doesn’t she look cute with a lil lipstick on?

Going Down

October 12th, 2006 @ 10:23am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Miss604.com will be going down for the better part of the day, but I assure you that it’ll be back up and running soon (and better than ever). Please check back again at a later time :)

The Crazy Canucks – Episode 2

October 10th, 2006 @ 11:12pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Episode two follows game 4 of the Canucks season. The Crazy Canucks, (Alanah, John, JJ and I) get together for another podcast full of incite into the world of the Canucks and a little inuendo to get us giggling. We’re missing Dave O on this one but he’ll be back soon enough.

Recording took place just after the 2-1 (SO) loss to the Minnesota Wild earlier tonight, so we talked about the game a little since it was fresh on our minds. Additionally, we also cover the issue of being known more as the “Vancouver Luongos”, who else is impressing us this early in the season, and the changes we’ve seen on the bench, namely Vigneault [TheCrazyCanucks.com]

Click to listen to the mp3 and visit TheCrazyCanucks.com for more info and to leave us a comment.

EDIT: I just remembered this… anyone watching the TSN coverage – did you notice the 2-3 minute long Canadian Armed Forces commercial that aired? That is all :-|

turkey day no work

October 9th, 2006 @ 9:42am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

I learned all about American history from watching Alvin and the Chipmunks [wiki]. Ya know the one where Theodore is studying for his exam and his brothers help him out by telling stories and re-enacting history?Yeah… Canadian Thanksgiving doesn’t involve pilgrims but it does involve turkey. Lots o’ turkey. This is John’s second Thanksgiving (Canadian style) so he decided to do a little write up about its history over on his site.

We’re still going to ‘celebrate’ American Thanksgiving at the end of November because really, any excuse for cooking a nice big meal and having some wine with my man is fine by me.Yesterday we had some adventures (as I wrote in my Metblogs post) then we went down to the Peace Arch [wiki]. It’s one of many Canadian/US Border crossings in the area but it’s right on the water. Since the park is officially a no-man’s land/owned by BOTH countries, John was able to walk over to the United States for the first time since he left it over a year ago now.

After that we headed for a family dinner and stuffed ourselves silly (especially with the blueberry pie that followed). Tonight we’re heading out to Surrey to be with my mom’s side of the family. With 5 kids under 6 years old and 12 adults, it should be an interesting night.

I’ve done a Metblogs post, one here, Laura covered the Amazing Race post, and the podcasts (RadioZoom & TheCrazyCanucks) are coming this week so I think this time spent checking in on my computer and online business has been well spent. Have a great holiday everyone, see you back at work tomorrow (boo!)

Aberdeen City and Miss 604

October 6th, 2006 @ 5:06pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Interview Post is now up, along with podcast audio.

Seems I’ve scored me an interview with the band Aberdeen City [aberdeenmusic] while they’re here in Vancouver as a part of their 2006 North American tour.I first heard about the band when I met John – who always plays great up and coming tunes on his podcast, Radiozoom. They had a self-produced, self-released EP in 2003, We Learned By Watching and 2 EPs & one LP in 2005. They then released The Freezing Atlantic in August, 2006 via their spankin new Sony Red Ink label deal.

The politically aware first single God Is Going To Get Sick of Me won a Boston Music Award in 2005 – before it had been commercially released- and The Freezing Atlantic was recently voted Local Album of 2006 by Boston Phoenix readers [aberdeenmusic.com]

Brad Parker (vocals, bass), Ryan Heller (guitar), Rob McCaffrey (drums) and Christopher McLaughlin (guitar, vocals) all came together in Boston (where I spent the good part of 2002-2003) and 3 of them are originally from the Mid-West. I actually lived on Aberdeen Ave in Cambridge but the band is named after the Aberdeen Architectural Conservation District of Boston (oh well).

I’m really looking forward to meeting them.The show is October 17th at Richards on Richards with Electric Six and The Blue Van, tickets are $17.50 and available at Ticketmaster, HOB.ca, Zulu and Scratch Records.More details about my interview to come, for now, please check out their website and myspace page for info and to sample their music.

Links:
Aberdeen City’s 2006 Tour Blog [amplifiermagazine]
God is Going to Get Sick of Me mp3 via Aberdeenmusic.com
Spin.com’s band of the day [spin.com]
Blogcritics.org Review [blogcritics.org]

Yo Luongo!

October 6th, 2006 @ 10:20am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Alanah from Vancouver Canucks Op Ed (and fellow CrazyCanuck) gave our shining new goalie that name and it’s stuck.She’s got a recap of last night’s WONDERFUL game posted over on the site [VCOE]. We played defensively and still had a lot of offense – Naslund scored with his head (literally) and Linden scored his 300th as a Canuck.Also in the hockey blog world, you can see my shiney lil face on Kukla’s Korner, hugging my pal Chouinard.

I’ve been Metbloggerific lately, with a couple posts about anything from greeting cards [mbv] to highways [mbv]. That, as well as posting on our Amazing Race blog [AR10] and contributing to both the Radiozoom and The Crazy Canucks podcasts… *phew* makes for a MUCH needed long weekend (packed full of hockey and turkey!)

Update: A fresh episode of the Radiozoom Podcast is available now, click here for the mp3 and visit the site page for show notes. It’s a bit of mobile podcasting, music, and is Miss604-less, just John and a microphone – how retro ;)

i'm not a city girl

October 5th, 2006 @ 10:30am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

That’s what my Oma (grandma) said to us last night. She said that even Surrey is getting too big for her, “I’m not a city girl”. She grew up in a small village in what was then Yugoslavia. After meeting my Opa (grandpa), having my aunt and mother, the family moved to Canada in the 1950s.

They started out in Regina then packed up the car and moved out west. They lived in East Vancouver (Renfrew area) and before the turn of the decade they had started building a house in Surrey. “It was the forest!” Oma said, “I thought, he builds our house in the bushes?”. My Opa being a carpenter with great dreams.

104th Avenue was merely a dirt road and still my Oma commuted to Vancouver to work, as a housekeeper, every single day. “I worked on Dunbar, MacDonald… all over – I left the house at 7am and I wouldn’t get back until 7 at night”. Yep, even in the early 60s commuting to Vancouver from the burbs wasn’t pleasant.

She would even work in North Vancouver on occasion, “I would RUN up and down those hills to catch a bus – that’s why I have bad knees now.”We’re celebrating her 85th birthday next week, and man – this woman has seen everything. Aside from her experiences during the war, which I can’t even begin to describe on my blog, she’s seen Vancouver change over the last 50 years.

On the drive home last night she kept commenting how the city’s changed. The buildings, the roads, the construction… we really need to capture some of her experiences (in her own words) on the podcast sometimes, they’re just amazing.

I’ll try to put some pics up when I get home tonight (of the house being built, of my Oma etc.) but for now, try the pics I have from my Bay experience yesterday that I have up on Metblogs :p

Pumpkin Patch Review by Jenny

October 4th, 2006 @ 12:50pm (PT) by Jennifer Miles

Becky has been demanding a post about pumpkin patches, and apparently because I have 3 little ones I am an authority on the matter. I thought I’d enlist their help but when asked which places they preferred I got a few shoulder shrugs and an ‘I unno’. After some prodding they offered that they didn’t like the muddy one because their boots got stuck.


Photo credit: SuperNovaK on Flickr

When Alexis was a preschooler we visited a place in Tsawassen, its easy to spot, on the way to the ferry terminal and has pumpkins lining the long fence. All the kids got to plant a flower bulb and go into the field to get a pumpkin and were also given a cookie. It was a bit overcrowded and the pumpkins were pretty slim pickings. The following year we went to Aldor Acres. For those of you that remember Big Bob (r.i.p) from the barn at the PNE, that was his home.

Aldor Acres is located in a lovely country setting (just past Fort Langley), they have apple orchards, Christmas trees, barns full of animals, a big haystack and are very organized (even with the parking in the big field). Everyone gets a hayride into the patch where they hop off and pick their pumpkin, which the kids just love. The pumpkins however are pre-picked and lined up so I found it took away from the whole experience a bit.

The last 2 years the kids went to Richmond Country Farms. Located just after the tunnel (for those of us coming from Surrey/Delta) on Steveston Hwy. This is my personal favourite. You get the whole farm-countryfair-feeling. There was a place to jump in the hay, a live band playing some themed tunes, free apples and a longer hayride out to one of the many pumpkin patches. When you are let off at the pumpkin patch you have small hike to the fields where the pumpkins are there to be actually picked and there are tons to choose from. The kids really enjoyed it and I even treated them to a pony ride on the way out.

One of the best parts of being a parent is getting to experience all the ‘kidstuff’ again (man I love chuck e cheese). Oh, and sidenote to Becky’s post about the holiday trains on metblogs… I mentioned the Halloween train to Alexis and she said ‘nooooooo… but can we go at Christmas AND Easter’!

A Miss604.com guest post by Jennifer Miles

Guest contributor Jennifer Miles is a mother who loves being active with her family of seven. From camping, baseball, swimming, and day trips, she's a power-mom with a passion for BC living.