beceh: (books and socks)
For my own reference - Books & Gigs that I read/attend in 2011!

Books

(1) My Life in France by Julia Child (January 3rd)
(2) Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell (January 5th)
(3) The Keys to the Kingdom: Drowned Wednesday by Garth Nix (January 12th)
(4) The Keys to the Kingdom: Sir Thursday by Garth Nix (January 20th)
(5) The Keys to the Kingdom: Lady Friday by Garth Nix (January 23rd)
(6) The Keys to the Kingdom: Superior Saturday by Garth Nix (January 25th)

(7) The Keys to the Kingdom: Lord Sunday by Garth Nix (February 3rd)
(8) The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau (February 14th)
(9) The Lady Elizabeth: A Novel by Alison Weir (February 18th)
(10) Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir (February 25th)

(11) The King's Daughter by Barbara Kyle (April 5th) 
(12) Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Cosie (April 11th)
(13) Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning (April 20th)
(14) Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning (April 21st) 
(15) Faefever by Karen Marie Moning (April 23rd)
(16) Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning (April 25th) 
(17) Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning (April 28th)

(18) Marley & Me by John Grogan (May 20th)

(19) A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin (June 2nd)
(20) A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin (June 19th)  

(21) A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin (July 9th)
(22) The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn by Alison Weir (July 14th)
(23) A Feast For Crows by George R. R. Martin (July 21st)

(24) A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin (August 3rd)
(25) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (reread) (August 27th)
(26) Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore (August 31st)

(27) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (reread) (September 22nd)
(28) Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody (reread) (September 23rd)
(29) The Farseekers by Isobelle Carmody (reread) (September 26th)
(30) Ashling by Isobelle Carmody (reread) (September 29th)

(31) The Keeping Place by Isobelle Carmody (reread) (October 6th)
(32) The Stone Key by Isobelle Carmody (reread) (October 11th)
(33) The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith (October 14th)
(34) Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith (October 16th)
(35) Morality for Beautiful Girls by Alexander McCall Smith (October 18th)
(36) The Kalahari Typing School for Men by Alexander McCall Smith (October 19th)
(37) The Cupboard Full of Life by Alexander McCall Smith (October 20th)

(38) The Sending by Isobelle Carmody (November 8th)
(39) The Magician's Apprentice by Trudi Canavan (November 14th)
(40) The Magician's Guild by Trudi Canavan (November 17th)
(41) The Novice by Trudi Canavan (November 18th)
(42) The High Lord by Trudi Canavan (November 21st)
(43) In the Company of Cheerful Ladies by Alexander McCall Smith (November 26th)
(44) The Ambassador's Mission by Trudi Canavan (November 28th)
(45) The Rogue by Trudi Canavan (November 30th)


Gigs

Eric Clapton - Vancouver - Rogers Arena - 25/02/2011 - with Keenan

Snow

1. Whistler - 17th January - with Elisa, Deb & Ian (ski)
2. Whistler - 18th January - with Elisa & Deb (ski)
3. Whistler - 27th January - with Elisa (snowboard)
4. Whistler - 27th March - with Keenan (ski)
5. Whistler - 16th April - with Mike Forwood (ski)
beceh: (at the library)
Hmmm. I want to start keeping a record of the books that I read each year. Just a list y'know. So here is 2010 so far.


                   (1) Human Love by Andrei Makine
                   (2) The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
                   (3) The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams
                   (4) The Stone Key by Isobelle Carmody (reread)
                   (5) Threshold by Sara Douglass (reread)
                   (6) The Twisted Citadel by Sara Douglass (reread)
                   (7) Wicked by Gregory Maguire
                   (8) Wolf Hall by Hilary Mentel
                   (9) East of the Sun by Julia Gregson
                   (10) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (reread)
                   (11) Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (reread)
                   (12) Mao's Last Dancer by Li Cunxin
                   (13) Heart's Blood by Juliet Marillier
                   (14) The Testament by John Grisham 
                   (15) The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing: Volume I by M.T. Anderson
                   (16) The Winter Door by Isobelle Carmody (reread)
                   (17) Billy Thunder & the Night Gate by Isobelle Carmody  (reread)
                   (18) Shade's Children by Garth Nix
                   (19) The Infinity Gate by Sara Douglass
                   (20) Black Beauty by
                   (21) Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
                   (22) The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B. by Sandra Gulland
                   (23) Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe by Sandra Gulland
                   (24) The Last Great Dance on Earth by Sandra Gulland
                   (25) Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler
                   (26) The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet by Colleen McCullough
                   (27) Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
                   (28) The Temple of my Familiar by Alice Walker
                   (29) The Keys to the Kingdom: Mister Monday by Garth Nix
                   (30) The Keys to the Kingdom: Grim Tuesday by Garth Nix
                   (31) Harry Potter & the Philosophers Stone by J.K. Rowling (reread)
                   (32) Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (reread)
                   (33) The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory
                   (34) Dragon Haven by Robin Hobb
                   (35) The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks
                   (36) Shadow's Edge by Brent Weeks
                   (37) Beyond the Shadow's by Brent Weeks

And also the gigs that I go to!!

1. John Butler Trio - 8th January, The Palace Theatre, Melbourne
2. Xavier Rudd - 4th June, Malkin Bowl, Vancouver
3. Arcade Fire - 28th September, Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver
4. Angus & Julia Stone - 12th October, Venue, Vancouver
5. The Jezabels - 30th October, Pit Pub, UBC, Vancouver

And the skiing I do!

(1). Whistler - March 20th - with Luke, Hannah and UK Dan
(2). Mt Baker - April 10th - with Mickey, Jacqui & Jono
(3) Mt Washington - April 17th - with Mickey, Jacqui, Luke and Dave

Mt Baker!

Apr. 11th, 2010 02:05 pm
beceh: (winter)
 Yesterday was awesome. 

I went to Mt Baker in the USA for the day with Tendai, Jacqui and Jono. I still find it very strange that we can drive to another country, let alone just for a day! 

It was a beautiful day yesterday. Clear blue skies. Vancouver looked amazing. We left around 7:30am and got to Baker at about 9:30am or so. Took a little while to get through the border. 

Soooo beautiful up there!! It looked Christmassy with all the snow covered trees. The snow was really good, nice powder - hardly any icy patches it was fantastic. I skied really well. So much better than the other week at Whistler! I only fell once yesterday and it was a minor fall. And I was doing blue runs nearly all day, great fun. Although I think the blue runs at Baker were easier than the blue runs at Whistler. It was only Jono's second time skiing, so he was pretty terrible and falling a lot and made me look better. But he was improving a lot over the day. 

Feeling a bit sore today though. Tendai invited me to go again today - just to Cypress though (one of the local Vancouver mountains) but I was so tired and stiff this morning I said no, but I'm kind of regretting it now. Luke went though. I get messages from them telling me how nice it is up there. Arrrr!! 

Anyway pictures speak louder than words, see the prettyfulness!



See more Mt Baker delights.  )

Whistler

Mar. 24th, 2010 05:25 pm
beceh: (winter)
 I went skiing at Whistler on the weekend. It was so much fun! 

Hannah and Luke, two of my housemates, invited me to go up there with them and another mate of theirs, UK Dan (as opposed to Dan the Housemate) on Saturday. 

I would like to learn to snowboard, but at present time I can not snowboard for the life of me (never tried), but I can ski, so skiing it was. I went and bought some snow gear on Friday (end of the season, got it really cheap!) and woke up super early on Saturday morning to leave. 

Had a really good day. The last time I skied was way back in 2005 when I went up to Mt Buller for the day with uni. So it's been almost 5 years. So I wasn't feeling all that confident, so I left the boys (Hannah wasn't skiing, she just came along for the ride) and stuck to the easy runs for the morning while I got my confidence back. Was being super careful as well, and only fell down once (when I was on my way back down to the village for lunch and thinking 'sweet i haven't crashed!' So of course, then I smashed and really hurt my thumb, but oh well. 

After lunch the boys made me go with them up to the top of the mountain. Oh my god, the views were amazing!!! It was such a clear day, it was soooo beautiful! I don't think my camera did it justice at all. Not that I can really tell, I still haven't been able to upload any of my photos grr. 

That afternoon I stacked sooooo many times. It was getting a little ridiculous. I was fine on the green ones, but Dan made me go down a blue run and I was stacking every couple of minutes. He gave me some good tips though, so I was getting better. I just need better control. More practice. At one point I deliberately  fell over as I was starting to ski down a very steep bit backwards. I didn't really want to be doing that... 

But anyway despite all the crashes and bruises I had a very fun day!!

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