12 November 2018

the moon looks like a toenail

"I watched the sunset like a movie tonight. 
Just me, on the beach, on a log, the ocean to my back because the real show was opposite her. 
The moon looks like a toenail. 
I think that might be my favourite kind of moon phase. 
I watched the red and orange and dark grey clouds merge and meld into something so beautiful. 
I watched people from all walks of life stroll by. 
A sweet family, baby asleep in the carrier on her mama’s back, a little boy, who I can only presume is big brother, trailing behind and trying to climb down the rocks to the beach. 
A young couple, holding hands as one of their dogs, a golden retriever jaunts ahead of them and the other, an old mutt, happily lags behind. 
Folks greeting, “hello” with each person they pass, a quick connection between two strangers. 
Happy dogs, their warm breath visible in the air, running, playing, sniffing each other’s behinds. 
I keep forgetting that we’re nearing winter now, keep forgetting that the seasons are changing and temperatures are dropping. 
The cold seemed to have creeped in so suddenly. 
There’s a bite in the air now. 
Tonight I set out in only a sweater, nothing but a thin pair of leggings between me and the frozen log on which I sat.
Ears burning in the cold breeze, I made a mental note to pack gloves and a toque in my bag for next time. 
I stayed long past freezing because I just couldn’t peel myself away from the beautiful show happening before me."

20 August 2018

new york girls trip

After spontaneously booking a trip to New York back in February and months of saving and anticipation, the time was finally here for us to hop on a plane and make our way to the big city. The last time I was in New York was for my sweet sixteen with my best friend and my mom. This time around, is was with that same best friend and two of our other good friends who had never visited before.

We spent six nights in the cutest little AirBnB in Queens, and spent our days exploring all five of the boroughs. We packed so much into all of our days, but especially the first two, which is where most of these photos are from!

Ferry ride to Vancouver at the start of the trip!

Flatiron building.

We had some time to kill before we went up to the Top of the Rock, so we got some drinks at Magnolia Bakery then sat around by this fountain for a bit, just chatting and taking in the sights. It was one of my favourite parts of the trip and I think it's because it was one of the only times we stopped to take it all in!

These photos were taken seconds apart and I thought it was kind of a cool comparison! The top photo is more accurate as to what the sidewalks of New York look like but everyone seemed to step out of frame at just the right moment for me to take a photo!

The Top of the Rock. Just as magical as last time. It's so mind-blowing to see the city from this vantage point.

The High Line.

Statue of Liberty cruise.

Washington Street in DUMBO. This was our last full day in the city and we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, then made our way to DUMBO for this photo op!

All in all, it was such an incredible trip! It was hot as heck and the humidity was through the roof. We were so exhausted by the time we left the city and I was so ready to leave, but the second I got home I missed it so much. Until next time, NYC.

14 August 2018

month in review | july

Oh, July. I had been highly anticipating July's arrival since we booked our trip to New York in February. The first half of the month dragged on, then it was finally time to set out on our girls trip to the big city!

A dip in Durrance Lake on a hot, overcast day.


Madi's birthday dinner at The Surly Mermaid in Sidney. Such a fun night with friends!

A quick iPhone photos summary of our trip! I'll be sharing more details in a full blog post soon, but my gosh, we had the trip of a lifetime.