Sunday, June 28, 2009

home


I spent the last couple days in Seattle. Which i love.

Seriously, I've fantasized about Seattle for the last two years. I kind of expected to be disappointed after building it up in my mind so much. I was far from it. What's not to love about kayaks for rent, African Dance classes, the Space needle, community gardens, non-profit coffee shops, sun (at least while I was there) and good food? While I sat in bed Saturday night I just reflected on the day and noted how I really felt home in Seattle.

My minimal time there revealed that it is full of lovely people, breath-taking views, and exciting possibilities. I was a little, okay a lot, depressed to have to leave what I grew to love in about two days.

Going back to school for a year is going to be a little rough. I know it's where I am in life and I need to be in that part of my life, but at least I have WA to look forward to now.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

picture documentation

Thought I'd add a few more pictures from my time here...check my fbook page if you want to see more...

This is from Third Beach in Stanley Park...
This is a view from the walk along the Seawall in Stanley Park


This is from walk I took on the UBC campus. It's a truly lovely campus


And here is a picture of a near perfect Saturday morning. This was taken in Calhouns...a cute cafe I found.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

inspiration

I'm feeling inspired currently. Granted it's 1:00 am and I should be out like a light right now, especially since I've been waking up a tad bit late for the last several mornings, but I can't sleep, so here I am.

I spent a great night out with some girls tonight. I got all you can eat sushi at this great place downtown where we sat in a boat! okay - the boat isn't in the water, but it's boat shaped and its awesome. (I had "I'm on a boat" running through my head the whole time...) It's also a korean barbeque so we just had a little grill built right into our table. very cool. After dinner we headed over to a friend's house and had cake, played Napolean Dynamite pictionary (i'll explain later) and i tried to show them what pizookie is (minor fail...i'll put up pictures later)

Anyhow, i've been feeling a little blah the last several days and that is what I needed to get out of my funk. We laughed so hard we cried (Tuscan, Tucson misunderstandings, thinking pizookie was literally pizza and cookie...etc) and just hung out. I love that I've been here for 3 weeks, known these girls for 2 weeks and am already feeling so comfortable.

I guess that is why i'm an extrovert - i spend time with people and am re-energized. that could also be the two desserts I ate :)

I've spent the last little bit looking up things to do this weekend! More Vancouver adventures in store hopefully! so this will hopefully lead to more exciting posts and pictures.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

i'm in love

I was referred to this place for a delicious cinnamon roll, so I went this morning and oh boy, was it delicious. $5 for a cup of coffee and a plate of goodness, some great 90s tunes, a good book and interesting people watching made for a lovely Sunday morning here in Vancouver.

Yesterday I went on a hike - to Black Mountain. It was tough. And due to fog we had NO view - see picture below - but I enjoyed getting to meet new people and straining my body. I'm a bit sore today - but it makes me feel like I accomplished something, so it's all good.


Tuesday, June 2, 2009

all the women who are independent...


throw your hands up at meeee

okay - so this Beyonce song has been running through my head all day...as annoying as it is, it's because I realized that's part of what I'm learning while I'm here.

Granted, I've done a fair amount in my life. I'm not what you'd call a "homebody." I've traveled, gone away from home for college. I'm generally pretty independent. But this summer is the first time I've been totally on my own. I went to a new church, by myself, for the first time this past Sunday. I got dinner, by myself, yesterday...I'm exploring a whole new city, pretty much on my own.

I observe a lot of different things when I'm on my own. I notice how people treat you when I don't have someone to fall back on, I people watch more. I think a lot more about the world in general, now they may not be deep thoughts, but I still think more.

Now that I've realized this I get to think more about it over the next 2.5 months I'm here...