first, check out what i found in the snow the other day:
raccoon prints! aren't they like creepy little hands? oh, i love raccoons. they're so cool and mean looking.
also in the cool and mean looking category, miriam and i went on a special excursion to tsawwassen to find bald eagles. they are *so* cool. we drove around and found about half a dozen sitting on trees on the side of the road, looking too kool for skool. see, mean! cool!
they're enormous. the interweb tells me that "Bald Eagles are about 29 to 42 inches long, can weigh 7 to 15 pounds, and have a wing span of 6 to 8 feet." which, um, means 100 cm long and 6-7 kilos. ginormous, in other words. the females are nearly as big, but just brown, so they blend better. they still have the big yellow beak. we saw one of them fly off above us, and i had a great view of feathered legs and great yellow claws. it was a pretty cool excursion.
today we went on a very different excursion - to the yuppy part of downtown vancouver, where winifred is housesitting for a prof. she's on the 25th floor of a building in yaletown, with a view of sea and mountains (with a bald eagle circling in the distance today). we went for a swim in the private pool which was lovely and relaxing, and deserted except for the three of us. then we went to the most insane supermarket i've been in. it was called yuppymarket. actually, it wasn't, but that's what we'll call it. you could get sixteen millions varieties of, say, fig and hazelnut flavoured crackers, or ten different sorts of fresh mushrooms (i want!), pre-chopped onions in boxes, pear cactus slabs with the spikes removed and sugar free non-caffeinated root beer in cute little glass bottles. everything was incredibly expensive. i got a small tub of really nice lemon yoghurt and a small thing of lime and macadamia nut chocolate (yum!) and it cost $10. winifed spent $75 on dinner. it was fascinating; north america is a place of infinite variety.