Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Bust Quiz

1. This shoe company was founded in Gastown in Vancouver and is known for the messages ingraved in the soles and for designing vegan shoes.


2. Paul Reubens saw his kids' show "Pee-wee's Playhouse" cancelled when he was arrested for what?

indecent exposure

3. In what decade did Leichtenstein give women the vote?

80's (1984)

4. Christina Hendricks, Mad Men's Joan, wore a dress by this designer to the Golden Globes. A contestant on Project Runway, he was known for coining phrases like "hot tranny mess" and "ferosh." Who is the fierce designer?

Christian Siriano

5. Presently a star on a TV show, what comedian was known for his roles on SNL as Safari Planet host Brian Fellow and Astronaut Jones?

Tracy Morgan

6. Rufus Wainwright's mother recently died of cancer. She was a folk singer best known for a song that played on Canadian public television and depicted a worker, also immortalized in a Monty Python song, which states that "he's ok."
Name the folk song and for a bonus point, the folk singer.

The Logdriver's Waltz, Kate McGarrigle.

7. Who was the doctor murdered by an anti-choice activist last May?

Dr. George Tiller

8. Who did Henry Miller famously have a relationship with?

Anais Nin

9. Who was a founding member of The Runaways and later formed the Blackhearts?

Joan Jett

10. Atom Egoyan's latest film stars Julianne Mooore and Liam Neeson as a copule whose relationship is tested when a young prostitute is hired by the wife to test her husband. For one point name the film; for a bonus point, name any other Atom Egoyan feature film

Chloe; Next of Kin, Family Viewing, The Adjuster, Calendar, Exotica, The Sweet Hereafter, Felicia's Journey, Ararat, Where the Truth Lies, Adoration

Friday, April 23, 2010

Pancakes and Popcorn

So far, the seven year olds have cooked "pancakes" two months in a row. I'm not going to hold my breath hoping they break out the maple syrup one day - these ones were ground pork and green onion ones and the last ones were more like cookies with flowers on them. Anyway, it was fun and relatively delicious. The popcorn making was quite amusing - no salt or butter on it, so it tasted a bit boring - because one of the girls was terrified of the noise it made when it popped!

After a long day of cooking, I went home and finally just relaxed - Jefe went back up north for work and so I had an evening to clean before he and Courtnie returned and some time to catch up on sleep.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Earth Day - Don't Be a Vampire

Naked is Good

The Naked Grill, that is. And other nakedness, but that goes without saying. The food is fabulous, the dollar drinks are decent, and the margaritas are the most amazing things ever and half price on Ladies' Night. The even better part was that I wasn't paying for myself in any way, shape or form! Rock on! It was HMMR's goodbye party - she's been leaving the country slowly since last November, off in the US job hunting, travelling around, popping back in for a couple of weeks here and there, but now she's off for good. She's one of those people that I watch leave with a lot of sadness, both for good times had and that I didn't get to know her better, as I feel I would have liked too. It's so annoying to realise stuff like that as people are winding down, but it does seem to be standard expat life. It was a night notable for its hilarity, good friends, delicious drinks, and once again, a decent bedtime was set. Also a drinks maximum. Didn't adhere to either of them, but I wasn't terribly far off, which was really the point.

"Dewey Miller. If you find me face down in a puddle of soju, return me to 719th MP."

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

32 Baby!

So, okay, BIG blogging fail this month. For this week in particular, I can totally blame Jefe. With a guest over, I was out every night. My 32nd birthday was nice - the last couple of years have been sort of shitty, for various reasons, but this one was lovely. The teachers at work had the kids sing to me all day long and then surprised me with this purple cake (sadly, Korean cake seldom has any actual taste, but I think this one was going for blueberry) and a Burt's Bees lip balm. Very sweet. Then I came home, showered, and met the gang for galbi. Samantha, Ben, Sharlene, Jefe, Nami, Gus, and Gabi - and Gus gave my mother quite a shock. She called while I was out, and really, in Korea is that ever going to go well?
Of course not. Anyway, he yelled out something about fucking me that night and then blushed when I mentioned it was my mom. Every time one of my nieces came on the phone I had to yell out "small child!" to keep the background noise sufficiently clean - needless to say, we were all into the soju and beer. At the end of the conversation, my mother commented that I should sleep with that boy - and I'm sure his girlfriend would object!

Then we moved on to the quiz, where we were joined by HMMR, who unexpectedly gave me a birthday gift - Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. Very sweet. We won - because we are rock stars! - and Ben and Gus had a long, involved argument about those fish in the Amazon that swim up penises when men pee in the water, because, well, that's just how we roll, I guess. At some point Eunice and Booty joined us and there was a fair amount of drinking, but Jefe made sure I got home at a decent enough hour.

And you know what 32 means, right? Sexual peak, my friends. I don't understand why women are depressed by their 30s at all.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Craft Day - Now With Extra Mess!

And one pause while the kids learned about how to properly brush their teeth. A score for them doing it all themselves, but my Maude, the mess. Antony full on painted part of the table. After work, Jefe and I went out for dinner and drinks (Guiness for him, margaritas for me) at the Baby Guiness, which was a new place for me. It seemed pretty chill and the food is decent.