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I wasn't going to write this post, but I feel like I need to. I originally didn't know how I could do it without a classic "flame out", but I think enough time has passed that at least I can write it from a fairly removed perspective. 

As friends and regular readers will know, I'm taking a break from most everything to rest and try and get my health into a better place. I stepped down as co-lead of Drupal's documentation team over a year ago, and left my previous job as a project manager at a web development company last April. Since then, I've been on what I'm calling a "health sabbatical". I haven't been attending any tech conferences, networking events, or much of anything else since then either (aside from occasionally tagging along on trips as the partner of a Drupaller, aka. a "Drupalganger", but not attending the event itself), and I don't plan to anytime soon.

Wow, I'm on some kind of blogging rampage! I can't help it, I need to get this stuff out of my brain!

I posted on Facebook earlier saying:

I'm really glad that my sensitivity meter is not on overdrive these days, and that I'm starting to just call bad behaviour what it is, instead of feeling like I brought it on somehow and that it reflects on my worth as a person.

There are a lot of rude people on their high horses these days, who especially use the internet as their platform, who've completely lost sight of KINDNESS. Who would rather be "right" and protect their "image" as popular or competent than show compassion. 

I no longer want any part of that. KINDNESS is the glue that holds us all together.

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 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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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.

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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!

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