So today I am celebrating the birthdays of two of my most favourite people on the planet: my son and my precious friend Anna share a June 6th birthday. (And so does the Dalai Lama!)
I had planned to call Anna this morning to wish her well and to catch up, but she beat me to it and called me from NYC yesterday afternoon. She is one of the sweetest people I have ever known and a call from her is like being wrapped in a warm hug. She's celebrating a milestone birthday (I am going to be kind and not divulge which one) but she's so beautiful and vibrant that no one looking at her would even guess anyway. (And I told her so!)
Today I went with my son and his girlfriend downtown to the tattoo shop where I plan to get inked if and when I can get well enough to do it. (Can't do anything like that while on chemo!) The kids wanted to get piercings and this shop, Adrenaline has an excellent reputation. I have to tell you that it really is a wonderful shop. Everyone is so friendly and their customer service is excellent. Their set up is incredibly sterile and I was impressed with how they handle the whole piercing process.
My son got an eyebrow piercing (he went first) and it was so quick, he said it hardly bothered him at all. I watched the whole thing and it did seem almost painless. His girlfriend got a nose piercing and I felt sorry for her because that looked like it hurt. Alot. Going through cartilage is a bit tougher than just skin. Her eyes were watering and I was a bit worried she was going to faint, but she survived just fine and said once it was done, it was okay. Honestly folks, if you have to choose, go with the eyebrow-it's way faster!
It was really nice to spend the afternoon with the kids doing something like that. (Yeah, I know, I'm weird.) I will most definitely be going there to get inked. I just like the whole vibe of the place. It's a far cry from the seedy underground dives that tattoo parlours of old were. This is far more upscale-more mainstream looking than the famed Miami Ink, actually and you've got to love a place that blasts the Gypsy Kings over the stereo system! If you are in Vancouver and are planning to get some body art, this is the place to do it!
The kids have gone off to dinner and a movie with a group of friends so the house is quiet...except for Indy who is currently "killing" an empty plastic water bottle. I think he likes the cracking sound it makes as he bites it. He gets to destroy it till it's flat and then we take it away so he doesn't actually rip it apart. He's pretty good about following the rules and will drop it when asked.
I have one last little bit of horn tooting. We went to an awards ceremony on Wednesday night as our son was given the award for top student in the culinary arts. Aside from one more event, a dinner for the parents of the kids in the chef apprenticeship program, we are DONE with graduation events. YAY!! Between all the grad events and milestone birthdays we've celebrated in the last 5 weeks, I've had enough partying! It was fun while it lasted, but now we're all worn out and ready for some quiet weekends. It's felt like a marathon and really, it was, especially with the heat wave we've had in the last week. 31C is just too hot!
I am going to try and get some work done in the studio before Wednesday. (Which will be round three of chemo! UGH!) I got a good start on the zine I am working on and I'd like to chip away a bit more on it before I am forced to go into survival mode. I am hoping it stays cool this week-the studio gets so hot and even my skookum digital fan can't seem to keep it cool enough for me to work in there. I am not keen on hot weather. Not at all. Bring on the rain, I say!
So, that's all the news from my little corner of the world. How's by you?