• I didn't get around to writing a more detailed post about Bruno's and my road trip through Oregon and California, though I've peppered some of the photos through posts since then. Better late than never, I wanted to at least gather my favourite photos, both digital and film (now that I've got them developed). I've kept the two kinds separate, since the film ones have a bit of a different look that I find interesting. You can see the full unedited set here.

    It was a wonderful two weeks, the redwoods and the coast were so much more breathtaking than I'd ever imagined. The coast was so rugged, and the trees were so enormous. I particularly enjoyed camping our way south, and spending some more time in San Francisco, Berkeley, and Portland.

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  • I realized this summer that I have my "favourite places" in lots of other cities up and down the coast, but I hardly have any here in Vancouver. I've been looking for them, but I haven't found them.

    I'm extremely envious of Portland. And also Seattle, Victoria, San Francisco... Filled with jealousy. And filled with love. But mostly jealousy. I try not to resent Vancouver for not having all the things that I want and can get so easily in Portland or other cities. Yes, I know I'm demanding. But I have seen what's possible... and it's glorious.

    Bluebird in Seattle

  • I've had a weird few days... Haven't been feeling amazing healthwise, feeling a major lack of direction because of disappointments in the art-class department, and the cell bill... I think it's time for a pick me up:

    Advanced Style 
    http://advancedstyle.blogspot.ca/

    Wonderfully dressed older women, my gosh their boldness and style floor me! It's a documentary trailer and the blog has lots more.

    Lisa Congdon
    lisacongdon.com

  • I may not talk about it much, but I love being an observer of good design. Product/industrial, interior, surface (textile/patterns), architecture... I particularly love well designed things that are part of our everyday lives. Since I was in my teens, I've been voraciously reading interior design and architecture magazines, and ripping out pages to stuff in my inspiration files. Paint colours, ceramics, textiles, furniture, gardens... the right combination of materials, textures, and colours can be like a religious experience - well, if you practice the religion of pretty things.

    Purdy creature + tiles at Heath Ceramics new SF showroom

    When Bruno and I embarked on our road trip to San Francisco earlier in the summer, there weren't too many destinations on my "must see" list. I was just going to go with the flow, except I HAD to go to at least one Heath Ceramics store. I've been coveting Heath Ceramics' gorgeous wares for as long as I can remember. And yet, I'd never even seen a piece in person! Well, I can tell you, they did not for a moment disappoint.

  • Can you believe it's been two years since our first date in Copenhagen?! Thank you to my lovely, funny, smart, sweet, handsome man for being so supportive and making every day a better one. Love you sooooo much! <3

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  • As I mentioned, one of the things I've been focused on this summer is self-care. Health (mental and physical), habits, diet, exercise, you name it I'm working on it.

    I've been reading, journaling, and experimenting with what helps me feel better - trying things that are out of my comfort zone, and even outside of my belief system. Who knew real rest - not just resting because I'm already sick and worn out - was one of these.

    I realized I hadn't really learned to rest

    Flowers in San Francisco

  • Your eyes don't deceive you, West End Girl is shiny and new! It's undergone a software upgrade and has a new design that's a lot lighter (in both weight and colour). It'll make reading here easier on your eyes, and allow my photos to shine in their full glory. There are still some kinks to work out and I'm sure I'll keep adding and adjusting along the way, but the bulk of the work is complete, yay! Huge thanks to Damien from CanTrust Hosting Co-operative and my lovely Bruno for all their help making this ominous task much less daunting! Now, where were we? I've got so much to catch you up on... Don't worry, I'll break it into several posts so I don't write a novel!

  • In the last couple weeks, I've come across other people talking about having a life to-do list of projects or things you want to accomplish. Sure, I've had an infrequently updated 43things account for years, but some of the things on there are less concrete, and not really about actual tangible things I want to do.

    I've been feeling really overwhelmed with all the things I want to do, and not knowing where to start, so I took the time yesterday to start my life to-do list. I'm hoping this will help me be able to focus on fewer things at a time and actually do them, rather than just thinking of doing everything while not doing anything.

    Here is my list (note, it's not in any particular order):

    Life to-do list

  • After much deliberation, Bruno and I decided to tackle a bunch of changes in our yard this summer. We were originally going to put it off until next year, but then we figured since we're around a lot this summer we may as well just get things started so we can enjoy our outside space more. Mostly there has been a lot of ripping out things (especially a TON of cedar shrubs) that the builders had done initially. The yard was so sterile, it looked like landscaping around a parking lot.

    Rose

  • Bruno and I went to Seattle for a few days, a few weeks ago so that I could get a blood test panel for this specialist in the US I'm going to see, and we decided to turn it into a mini-vacation before he started at his new job! It was a really wonderful few days, and despite being such a short trip, it was so relaxing - it was really the best and most relaxed I'd felt since I started my "sabbatical".

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    Hand dryer faces at one of the rest stops on the way down to Seattle

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