|Panorama view from Whistler|
|Sticky Toffee Pudding. Yum!|
|A black bear #1 near the Olympics ski-jumping venue|
|Bear #2 a little further down the road|
|On the top of Whistler|
|A view of the mountains from the dock on Alta Lake|
Floating on Lake Alta: a few years ago we purchased a rubber canoe and we use it once a year, at Whistler! This year was no exception. On Friday we inflated the canoe and floated out on the lake together. To be really honest, I floated and Don rowed us around until we were far enough up wind that we could safely float back to our original spot. Ah, that is my definition of vacation. We even managed to put on enough sunscreen to avoid sunburns all week. We have no photos of us in our canoe because we didn't take our phones (cameras) with us on the boat.
|Happy 150th, Canada|
|(Concert venue: Whistler Olympic Plaza)|
|(Waiting for the concert to begin)|
Reading: I was in a true vacation mode, so I got a lot of reading done, too.
- Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur---poems about abuse, trauma, loving, breaking up, and finally healing. Very well done. Print.
- A Girl Called Vincent by Krystnya Goddu---a biography about the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. It included lines from some of her famous poems. She was quite a gal! Print.
- The Dead Inside by Cyndy Etler--- a memoir about Cyndy's experience as a young teenager when she was sent to a drug rehabilitation center which was more like a concentration camp. Print. (Read my review of the three above books, click here.)
- Bull by David Elliott---the story of the Minotaur from Greek Mythology, written in poetry, many could be made into hip-hop music. Print.
Not quite finished:
- Reader, I Married Him short stories edited by Tracy Chevalier. Twenty-one short stories inspired by Jane Eyre. I am on the last story. Some I enjoyed a lot, others, not so much. Look for my review tomorrow or Tuesday. 95% complete. Print.
- The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. This year's Pulitzer Prize winning novel. Yes, it is about the Underground Railroad which helped move slaves to freedom, but it is not the form we know from history. Don and I listened to 8/9th of this audiobook on our trip to and from Canada, now we will both have to finish it separately. Audiobook.
Fab Four: I've been listening the Beatles channel of Sirius Radio a lot lately. They have a feature where they ask a famous artist or musician for a list of their favorite FAB FOUR Beatles tunes. I've been thinking about this, too. What are my favorite Beatles tunes? What are your FAB Four favorite Beatles songs and why? Play along!!! Here is my list, though it probably changes every day...
- "Hey Jude"...when I was young I would put on "Hey Jude" on the record player right before starting to wash the dishes. My goal was to finish with the dishes before the song ended. "Hey Jude" is a little over 8 minutes long, so I would really hurry to finish up my job. Lots of times I didn't make it, but I would try.
- "Lovely Rita, Meter Maid"...we didn't name our daughter Rita after this song but almost all of our friends have asked us if we did. I can't help thinking of my darling daughter whenever I hear the song.
- "The Birthday Song"... the standard happy birthday song is so old and tired and no one can really sing it well. I love this rock-n-roll birthday greeting instead. It makes me happy.
- "When I'm 64"...I find myself singing this song more and more these days. I wonder why?