The REAL Real Housewives of Vancouver: Lisa Corriveau

When not blogging on The Sprog, Lisa can often be found in a park somewhere in East Van with her little boy, freelance writing, sewing clothing, tweeting (@blauelibelle), reading just about anything, performing on stilts, eating chocolate or drinking craft beer. (Sometimes several of the above simultaneously.) Living in a way that’s good for her health & the planet is important to her, so she usually gets where she needs to go by bike or on foot, sometimes transit & occasionally with Modo vehicles.

 

 


What characteristics define the Vancouver Housewife?

We all do or did yoga as well as at least one of the following: skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking, kayaking or competitive shopping. Takeout sushi is our fast food & $5 espresso beverages with several caveats are our drink of choice. We’re all doing at least a few things to be more green & probably feeling guilty about the ones we’re not doing.

Are you a good representation of a Vancouver Housewife? Why?

Not really! I don’t even drink coffee—I much prefer craft beer, specifically darker ales. I haven’t set foot in a yoga class for about a decade either. I hate the term housewife & though I spend most of my time at home, I avoid doing housework whenever possible. I think I do pretty well on the green living, at least.

Do you feel that living in Vancouver in some way defines who you are? Please explain.

I’d say so, yes. Living near the mountains & the ocean is natural to me after being here for 24 years, so I feel rather exposed in the cities I’ve travelled to that are inland on flatter terrain. My eating habits are definitely shaped by the availability & affordability of ethnic restaurants in Vancouver, particularly the variety of Asian cuisine.

Have you ever had cosmetic surgery, Botox, Restalyne injections, etc.? If so, please provide details. If you haven’t had any of the above procedures performed, would you consider it?

I’ve never had any cosmetic procedures, but I do have a dozen piercings & several tattoos with plans to get more ink. From the stats I’ve read & the skin I’ve seen this summer, I think tattoos & piercings are a lot more common than nose jobs & face-freezing in Vancouver.

Other than your children (if applicable), what is the accomplishment of which you are most proud?

That’s a tough question to answer—maybe a tie between two? One is leaving my day job behind to focus on my stilt performance & writing career. The other is squeezing our way into the crazy real estate market in Vancouver.

Has the desire for affluence/power/money been a motivator in the choices you’ve made for your life?

Oh, totally. That’s why I got a B.A. in French & now work as a writer & stilt performer. It totally motivated my choice of husband too, which is why we’re living the high life in a crumbling post-war bungalow in East Van.

Tell us about your stuff. What do you like to buy, collect, etc.?

If I had more money, I’d buy a few more bicycles, definitely. But to be honest, I try not to shop very often. I do have a serious fabric stash that needs paring down. I’ve been collecting cool lengths of fabric that I might make something with for decades. There is now an entire (small) room in my house devoted to these stacks & drawers of textiles, my sewing machine & serger. If only I could get in there, I might sew something.

Do you have “staff” in your home? (E.g. nanny, driver, chef, etc.)

I wish! We don’t even have a dishwasher! We do get our organic veggies delivered, though. Does that count?

Do you belong to any clubs, teams, groups or social organizations?

I don’t really do team sports. I’ve been a member of Modo, the car co-op for nearly ten years & I volunteer for them a few times a year. Or I suppose there is the loose, unofficial group of friends in their 30s & 40s trying to survive parenting toddlers. How about that?

Finish this sentence: “My life’s motto is ….”

…to leave the world a better place than I found it.

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As a thank you for participating, Lisa will be receiving a gift certificate from local juice and smoothie bar,  Juice Caboose.  Juice Caboose  is a mobile juice and smoothie bar serving it up fresh pressed, local at Vancouver and Lower Mainland Farmer’s Markets and events.  Find them on Twitter:  @thejuicecaboose and Facebook.

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8 Comments

  1. I think that comment on plastic surgery bears looking into. A lot more people in Vancouver have plastic surgery, than you’d think. I’ve met hair dressers earning $30K a year who have had work, plastic surgery is everywhere! And Vancouver has very high rates, botox was founded here! Although we also have way too many tattoos, too.

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