Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Lost Treasures (Part 1)

When I left for England (over two years ago), I put all my belongings into boxes. Now that I am back, I can rediscover what I own and find lost treasures. Some of these treasures include my art from elementary school. Why am I posting it? Cause I think it's funny!

The first (in a set of four), is "Le Dinosaur Vert" - or "The Green Dinosaur" in English.

"The Green Dinosaur"

"The big green dinosaur walked quickly and ate the brown baby Triceratops."

"When the baby Triceratops died, her orange Triceratops mother came and gave a death blow to the stomach of the big dinosaur which watched ferociously."

"The enormous dinosaur with red blood on his stomach, collapsed onto the brown sand, dead before the mother Triceratops, who protected her nest."

Not exactly Pulitzer material for an 8-year-old...

More treasures coming soon...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A Peak Inside My New Digs

Here are a few pictures from inside the apartment I am living in here in North Vancouver. And I apologize for the mess!

As you can see I am still unpacking and deciding where things will live. It is a blast opening boxes of "stuff" I packed 2 and a half years ago...

It's a great small apartment, but the view is to die for!

South view

East view

North view

On a clear day, one can even see Mt. Baker (active volcano - Yikes!) behind this apartment building on the horizon! Beautiful!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Wild Things are coming...

One of my favorite childhood books "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak is coming to the big screen! Spike Jonze (director of Being John Malcovich and Adaptaton) is directing this live-action adaptation for the big screen - coming out in the fall.

Can't wait! Look at the Monster costume! (Why isn't the Jim Hensen Company doing this?!)
With this exciting news, I end this post is a photo from 2005. Tributes to Where the Wild Things Are - paper-mache puppets made by my UBC FAME teaching classmates and I!

Friday, March 20, 2009

A Personal Update

Life has been a whirlwind these last few months!

Since returning to Canada, I've been busy setting up my life. My new life here in Vancouver. I have finally achieved the Big Three Things one needs when creating your existence. Job-Car-Apartment. (Now honestly, "Car" is not necessary, but as a substitute teacher, a vehicle is very useful!)

1) Job: I happily returned to teaching as a substitute in my school district, which is the first step towards getting my own classroom. As some know, my teaching focus was in elementary and while I certainly enjoy teaching it (especially rascals in grades 4-7!), I also get to challenge myself teaching science at the high school level!

2.) Car: Yes, I have finally (at 30 years old) purchased my first car - a black 2002 Honda Civic 4-door Sedan. It's beautiful, and useful and fuel-efficient in these tough economic times. As someone who care for the planet, I have tried hard to go as long as possible without a car - using public transportation, borrowing other's, walking, leaving the country... But now that I am staying in Vancouver and my life gets busier and potentially moves towards "settling down," having a car seems like the right thing right now.

3) Apartment: As of March 1st, I am living in my new apartment - renting, unfortunately (I am not in a place to be able to buy into the market, even while it is good right now.) It's great! I'm on the eighth floor of a tower overlooking the east of North Van, Van, Burnaby and, on a clear day, the active volcano Mt. Baker!

Now I can unpack...

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Who Watches the Watchmen?


Yeah, to say I am excited about Zack Snyder's adaptation of the graphic novel "Watchmen" is an understatement. It opens on this Friday and I can't wait to see it...

Sunday, March 01, 2009

ART Evolved - Officially Launched!

ART Evolved - the PalaeoArt Website for Everyone - is now officially online!
Be sure to check out the site and see all the wonderful art from artists around the world, all working together to recreate long-lost prehistoric creatures.

This month's time capsule gallery is The Ceratopsians.

We hope you enjoy this new addition to the palaeontology blogsphere. Here is a sneak peek for those who can't wait! My "Triceratops on the Beach"...

Triceratops horridus on the Beach by Peter Bond