• 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

  • If you get on the Mt. Seymour Parkway in North Vancouver, and keep driving east all the way down the hill into Deep Cove, then left onto Deep Cove Road, and then continue until it turns into Gallant Ave, you will find the most delightful little shop at the end of the road: Room6 (special things for nice people). <-- it really is!

    Room 6!

  • Intermission.
    Pause.
    Sabbatical.
    Recess.
    Breathing space.

    Beads

    It's taken me a bit of time to figure out how to write about this.

  • I first heard about Marché St. George a very long time before finally going to check it out in person. I read their blog for a very long time - the aesthetic and the photos in it are worthwhile in their own right, even if you don't live in the area (and they do have a few things in their online shop, including some of the most gorgeous linens). In the end, the charm was impossible to resist. In fact, just RSS it right now, don't delay, here's the feed URL (in case you're nerdy like me).

    Marché St. George

  • I was traveling for a conference a couple weeks ago, and decided since I rarely use my laptop at conferences and hate lugging it around the whole time that I'd only bring the iPad with me each day. Drastic, I know!

    Then a couple days before leaving, I realized I had nothing to put the iPad in to transport it, so I decided to whip up a little case for it! It turned out great, especially for something I totally winged, sans pattern or actual measurements (not something I recommend for everyone, but if you've sewed a lot of bags/pillows/etc. it's just a rectangle, so pretty hard to screw up!)

    Here's the finished product, and I'll fill in a few details below:

    iPad cover

  • I blame Jeff Rogers, Bon Iver, and a couple of inspiring friends (ie. my fitness idols) for what happened after work today: I exercised. 

    Not just my occasional yoga routine, or slow lane puttering in the pool. I did a workout. I did a workout DVD. I did a workout DVD with Bon Iver. It involved squats, weights, and cardio, and some heavy breathing. Things that I haven't done in a long while.

    From Huff Post

  • So many things have been going on since I last posted! Where do I even start?!

    The end of the summer came and went, Bruno and I went to Europe for a couple weeks for a big visit to Belgium to meet his family and friends, and then DrupalCon London. DrupalCon went by quickly with Bruno and a few of the other Affinity Bridgers there.

    Trivia night!

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