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Archive for the month “May, 2012”

Are we all lying to each other…how the f*%#k do people afford to live in Vancouver?

Today I read an article in the Vancouver Sun, which stated that the cost of affording house in Vancouver has risen by just over 3%.  What this means is that the combined cost of mortgage payments, utilities and property taxes costs the average Vancouverite 88.9% of their household income.  Pause and let that sink in…88.9%.  Shocking, right?  Something is really, really wrong here.  How do people afford to live in Vancouver? Read more…

Are we all lying to each other…how the f*%#k are people affording to live in Vancouver?

Today I read an article in the Vancouver Sun, which stated that the cost of affording house in Vancouver has risen by just over 3%.  What this means is that the combined cost of mortgage payments, utilities and property taxes costs the average Vancouverite 88.9% of their household income.  Pause and let that sink in…88.9%.  Shocking, right?  Something is really, really wrong here.  How the f*%#k are people affording to live on less than 12% of their incomes? Read more…

Absurd Vancouver Property of the Week (May 28, 2012)

A reader sent me a link to this beautiful home in Pasadena California. Click on the photo to see the stunning interior.  I have a serious house crush on this one.

Listing price: 1.1 Million

I searched for what one could buy for the same price in Vancouver (…and before anyone gets on my case, I know Pasadena is not “equivalent” to Vancouver, but it is sunny there and, for me, that counts for A LOT!). Read more…

Get your vote on…but only if you’re gonna vote for me!!!

I am so overwhelmed by and appreciative of everyone who reads this blog.  I love writing it, and especially love the conversations and debates that come from my posts.

I was recently nominated for a blogging award.  This is such an honor for me as I have really only been doing this for a few months…

The award is Top Vancouver Mom Blogger and I need your help to win!  Please click on the image below (or click here) to vote and pass on to any of your friends who you know enjoy my blog as well!

Thank you so much for your continued support for thethirtiesgrind!

Melissa

My Children’s Favorite Channel is YouTube

When I was a child, my kid brother and I, along with our cousins, spent countless hours re-enacting scenes from our favorite movies like Superman and Star Wars.  I was the only girl, and I always got to be Super Girl or Princess Leia.  Read more…

Be back soon…

Apologies for the recent absence…this is what I have been busy with: Read more…

Absurd Vancouver Property of the Week (May 22, 2012)

af·ford·a·ble [uh-fawr-duh-buhl]   

adjective
1. that can be afforded;  believed to be within one’s financial means.

Rennie says boomers will sell homes and help their kids purchase…but will the kids still be in Vancouver when this happens?

Baby boomers are sitting on $88 billion in equity in Greater Vancouver and they’re looking at their retirement years.  That equity will be freed over the next 15 years [and] when they sell their home, they’ll buy down and help their kids.

That’s what Vancouver real estate developer and President of Rennie Marketing Systems, Bob Rennie, told the Vancouver Sun after his keynote address to the Urban Development Institute on Thursday evening.  I think he’s right that the Read more…

My no “broad-bashing” rule aside, these are the women I love to hate on TV…

I would love to say I am one of those people who doesn’t watch TV…I wish I could go without, but with a full time job, contract work and two little kids (three if you count the husband!) I do love the ritual of flopping down on the couch with a glass of wine, tuning everything else out and just being entertained.  Lately, however, I have been thinking more about how what I watch affects how I feel…and I know if certain shows make me feel a certain way, they must have the same affect on others, too.  In particular, I’ve been evaluating the kinds of female characters I am drawn to, entertained by and actually like.   Consequently, I am very aware of the ones I don’t!!  So here are my top 4 detestable female TV characters.

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Local Vancouver cafe owner has her Mom to thank for more than just recipes.

For Mother’s Day, I wanted to find a great, local business that had some kind of tie to motherhood and the way that our moms affect our lives in ways we sometimes don’t even expect.  My friend, Stephanie, suggested I speak with Delainy, owner of The Gluten Free Epicurean, located in our Mount Pleasant neighbourhood.  Delainy’s simple and cute cafe opened a few months ago and, from what I understand, business is thriving!

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