The intent was there

In an attempt to tighten my belt after wild Christmas spending I schlepped off to the grocery store this morning with my granny cart and the pre-requisite grocery shopping outfit:  sweat pants, fake uggs and a ratty sweatshirt.  Classy. 

By the time I finished shopping I was beyond hungry and the thought of cooking my own breakfast wasn’t quite as appealing as it was an hour ago.

Enter ? Cafe.  Darn that brain of mine.  I can remember what was on their menu board yesterday (cranberry panckakes) but I cannot remember the name of the actual restaurant!  Gah, I will probably remember the name at three in the morning when I am supposed to be sleeping!

I dragged my granny cart into the restaurant and ordered my food to go – PapaPug would never forgive me if I ate bacon without him.  While sitting there waiting for my food I picked up a small printed ‘paper’.  The kind you used to find in small town restaurants typically highlight local news, horoscope, gossip and ads.  This particular paper was different.   This one made me chuckle.  It is called the “Elated News“.  The idea being only good news, no drama.  Mandate:

“We actually deliver positive news, enlightening humour, inspired editorials and motivating articles.”

I was skeptical.  Humans seem to gravitate towards drama.  Its just in their nature.

I was wrong.

 This paper was entertaining, thoughtful and downright funny. 

I invite you to check out Quinton Carlin.  He was a contributor to this edition of the Elated News.   An excerpt from his article, C.N.N. – Constant Negative News:

Thee years ago I started a 90 day media fast.  No newspapers, no TV and no celebrity gossip for 3 months!  How did I ever survive?  I not only survived, I thrived.  After those 90 days I never picked up the remote or newspaper again.

It made me wonder if he would have a firm grip on the happenings in the world, but after a bit of blog stalking, he seems to not only have a firm grasp on the realities of the world but an interesting take on a variety of subjects.  Too be quite honest, I expected him to be an older, different sort of man after reading his column, don’t know why, I just did.  As usual I was wrong.  Colour me surprised when I found a young, very good looking guy staring back at me from his blog.  Check it out. 

Here.

Ok, all.  I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones.  I know I did!

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Fall

My favourite long weekend of the year.

 

I love the fall.  The rain, the earthy smell of the city, the leaves, the wind!  I love all the cozy evenings cuddled up under a thick blanket.  Oh blanket buddy where are you?!  The skating, the hockey and all those noisy kids back at school finally!

 

Around 8 pm last night Junior and I went for a walk up Denman Street.  It was raining and I expected all to be quiet in the West End. 

 

Not!

 

The Dover had their regular house/cover band going strong and everyone in the Pub was all smiles and boozy-happy despite the rain.  Vancouverites dont let a little rain/windstorm stop the fun!  Junior and I continued on down the other side of Denman heading towards those potatoes … as we passed by Central Bistro the windows had that rainy, hazy candlelight glow  and the sounds of a local jazz band playing.  I was tempted to throw some jeans on Junior and sneak him in for a blueberry tea or ten… but we pushed on with a very specific destination in mind.  Potatoes!  

 

But before we could get to the potatoes, the sound of Flamenco music at Dulcinea stopped us again.  I love my neighbourhood!

 

Im telling you, Denman had it going on on this rainy Sunday!  The street was alive with flushed faces and music and strollers and doggies – it was wonderful!

 

The whole point of our walk was to go to Mr. Kumpir for the second time this weekend!  I love this place and recommend it wholeheartedly.  For $3.99 you find yourself with a full meal in a potato!  They have about 50 toppings and you get three choices for your $3.99.

  

I know what you are thinking.  Potatoes. 

Boring …

mrkumpir 

Just go there.  Do it.  These things taste so yummy, beyond all logical explanation …

Just do it.

Because I said so and I am often right. =)