what i’ve been up to lately…

… according to my iPhone…

biking, beaching, snuggling, and caffeinating around Victoria…

crabbing
… aka me sitting in the sun reading magazines on the dock!

camping, swimming and market-going in Salt Spring Island

warpaint, wetsuits, and surf trips to Tofino

lazy beach days and driftwood huts in Tofino

hope summer is bringing you lots of joy! much love

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travels & island living

happy summer! it seems summer has officially shown it’s beautiful smile here in victoria and I’ve been enjoying every minute of it!

This past couple months has been full of travels, adventures, and settling down… I’ll give you a sneak peak of what has been keeping me busy…

mid-may we boarded an airplane and partied in vegas with a couple of rockstars…

margaritas with jimmy buffet

elton john!

then near the end of may, family called and I headed east to Cape Breton Island (check out http://wp.me/s1l8Lq-family)

made-in-cape-breton pepsi, the longest flight, and the ferry to newfoundland!

May 31st came and we packed our bags and hit the road… and headed west, all the way to Victoria.

we moved to west victoria/esquimalt… and chose to live here because:

1) the ocean

west bay marina

harbour seals!

2) fol epi/cafe fantastico

best coffee, bread and pastries in the city within walking distance… yum!

fol epi bread

cafe fantastico

and of course 3) anna-banana!

anna and her funny faces

… and it’s been great!

I hadn’t even been in Victoria for 40 hours, when I hopped on another plane and headed to Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Home to the Kripalu Centre for Yoga and Health.

seattle airport with my yoga mat, enroute to massachusetts!

And, I definitely felt at home! I was involved with a weeklong Yoga for Parkinson’s retreat (June 4-9), run by the National Parkinson Foundation. I left that week bursting with inspiration… so much so that I’ll share it in another post – so keep your eye out for that!

Because my dissertation was still hanging over my head, I went back to Kelowna for a week of WORK, WORK, WORK!

And whaddya know, it got finished and handed to my committee! What that means now, is that I have a couple months to wait, then head back to Kelowna in September for my defence!

the.dissertation.document

And now it’s summer-time…

and my pace has definitely slowed down! In between getting my last 2 papers published, and my last bit of data analyzed, I’ll get to enjoy ALL the island has to offer! Including,

bike rides

seafood

tuna sandwich and seafood poutine at “RedFish BlueFish”

crabbing at sooke harbour

camping

beachfront camping in la push, washington

and the beach (and surfing!)!

Bring it on, summer! much love.

outdoors adventures

i have a new perspective this season…

paddling lake okanagan

… not too shabby, eh?

camping season is well underway… we started a little later this year, but at least we haven’t been stuck in 5ft of snow like last easter!

i have a hard time “turning off” my need to work-work-work, so removing myself from internet, computers and cell phones usually does the trick!

i am so grateful for the outdoors and all it offers…

drinking coffee while the sun rises…

caffeine at Garnet Lake

or dandelion dew when the moon is out

dandelion caesars by the fire

slow sunsets

minnow lake

watching levon “the adventure dog” have the best.day.ever.

outward hound

paddling with no agenda

paddling Garnet Lake (in the rain/hail!)

and most importantly, campfire food!

fiddleheads!

banana - chocolate - peanut butter pancakes!

bring on the sunshine, summer and adventures! much love.