Category Archives: Vancouver

Staying Safe at Night

Staying safe at night is a priority for me. Working at 4:30a and leaving the house at 3:30a means I have to be vigilant in the morning. Working until 2:30 or 1:30a sometimes means I have to be vigilant late at night. The following are my tried and true tricks for staying safe in the big city late at night and early in the morning, whatever takes you outside.

Mom: Please note, none of these things have happened to me — most likely because I’m so overprepared.

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Home is Where the Run is

I’m not going to lie, its been a little bit weird coming home from Vancouver.  I grew up here, and even though I moved away to go to University, this is the first time I’ve changed my permanent address and physically moved myself into a permanent home that is not the one I grew up in.

And it was great — and definitely the right decision — but there is a certain amount of nostalgia when you come back to a place that you left after 24 years of life there.

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Christmas plans gone awry

Hey guys!

Merry almost Christmas! This is an interesting post for me to write. At the beginning of the month I listed eight or nine things I wanted to do this December to get in the Christmas spirit! I love Christmas. It’s my second favourite holiday (other than my birthday) and I celebrate it with a vengeance!

But this year, something happened.

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This is my 100th post

It may be really hard to believe (at least it is for me) but this is my 100th post.  Happy Birthday to me!


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“You’re not a failure, you’re smart”

Welcome to an epic From the Mouth of Manfriend.

On Friday Manfriend and I made a long-planned trip to Grouse Mountain to do the Grouse Grind.  I had the sniffles and wasn’t feeling 100%, but I thought “2.9 km, that can’t be too bad.”

Manfriend helpfully reminded me “It’s 2.9km with an elevation gain of 2,800 feet that is made up of 2,830 stairs.”

Me: “I can do it.” *cough, hack, sniffle*

We ended up going up the mountain. I had cancelled hiking on Manfriend the last three weeks so I think I was mainly sucking it up for the most part to prove I wasn’t going to ditch him while hiking. He remained silent and never once said anything on the matter, so I’m not sure why I felt I had to a) go hiking while sick and b) tackle this beast.

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Happy Birthday Mom!

It’s my Mom’s Birthday. She is out enjoying the sun in Santa Barbara with my Dad. But as it is her birthday I wanted to share with you 15 reasons I love my Mom.

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Happy Weekend = Happy Week

What a weekend! It was full of wonderful, now slightly fuzzy memories of gorgeous sunshine, good friends, lots of laughs, plenty of alone time, and even a few hours of peace and quiet blogging and writing at a cafe. What a wondrous weekend! They don’t come along like that very often.  I also baked kale chips for the first time and I’m excited to share the recipe I used with you!

A little bit of cafe love

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It’s the Weekend

Hey all!

I hope you are all having an AMAZING weekend. I can tell you that I am for sure! Manfriend is away wilderness camping with the boys, and although I was invited, I decided that because I just finished working six days in a row and start another pretty long stretch Monday morning at 4:30am, that I was better off staying home.  They are hiking in 15km to camp for night one, another 5km to camp for night two, and back 20km the third day. That was a lot of work

Friday I ordered myself to relax when I got home from work and just do what I wanted to do. I rarely have two days off that coincide so when I got home at 5pm I was OVERWHELMED, and I mean, almost to the point of tears overwhelmed with everything I wanted to do with my weekend.  I finally decided to calm down and just do — what I felt like.

I spent a good hour just lying in the hammock. My favourite place in the yard. I failed to take a picture this time because I was relaxing, so here is an older picture of my ukelele in my hammock. It was either this or Manfriend’s hairy legs.

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Fall 2012 Run Goals

So I haven’t really posted about running in a while, but that would be because I haven’t really run in a while. I manage once a week, in addition to working at 4:30am 5 days a week and biking often with the bf I am usually out of energy. Not to mention it has taken me FOREVER to get into a proper sleep schedule (which now, thankfully, I am in I think. Today I was barely tired at work!).

Recently I’ve been lucky enough to stumble upon an amazing group of tweeters (?? not sure if that is the technical term) on twitter who are runners of every level, from those where I am to elite runners achieving what I can only hope to one day. One of those is rUnladylike, and today’s post about my run goals is inspired by her blog here

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One Month in Vancouver

I have been in Vancouver for almost one whole month.  I re-read that sentence and my brain went, “wait, WHAT!? WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING WITH YOUR TIME!?!” Well, its a good question brain. And here, in this blog post in the middle of the giant internet world, is the answer.

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