Posts tagged #vacation

weekend in chicago.

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetLast Thursday I snuck away to the tropical city of... Chicago. Seriously! It would have been nice to go on a sunny vacation to Bora Bora or something, but in comparison to the freezing weather of Toronto, Chicago was almost balmy. I have a few dear friends in the windy city so the whole weekend was full of cheese, wine, food, wine, howling with laughter and cheese.Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetOn Friday morning, locals Joe and Topher took my friend Natasha and I to Southport Grocery (ironically not a grocery store) for brunch, where I had the most magical bread pudding pancakes I've ever had (to be completely honest I've never had bread pudding pancakes anywhere else, but I'm fairly confident these were the best anyway). Then the boys took us to Anthropologie, which is arguably the girliest store ever, and they each came out with a book purchased, and we girls came out with zilch. Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetProcessed with VSCOcamMy oldest and dearest friend Lynsey lives in Chicago, and we got some serious catch up time, which was so glorious and precious. Also of note, if you're looking for delicious brunch places in Chicago, we ate at Little Goat and it was fantastic. Their hash and their breakfast burrito (of which I am a self-proclaimed connoisseur) was on a whole other level of amazing. Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with t1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with t1 presetWe didn't do too much touristy things, but just before our flight, Joe took us to The Bean. Because I guess no trip would be complete without it. Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetThanks Chicago for your bright skies, great architecture and beautiful people.


happy canada day.

8aa209fb0ffc43c8cf441830b27b4a14Happy Canada Day! I am really proud to be Canadian; I'm thankful for free healthcare and that we are an accepting and forward thinking country, we have beautiful mountains and oceans and lakes. What are you doing today? I hope you're at a lovely cottage with your feet up. I was planning on going to the beach for a thousand hours and have a picnic, but the weather is cloudy and supposed to thunder storm, so my best friend is bringing over Sex and The City DVD's, I'm going to make pancakes (with maple syrup of course!), and eat our picnic food in my living room.



Posted on July 1, 2013 and filed under from jess-.

let's visit whistler.

Mike is my dad's baby brother. He and his amazing wife Lisa live in Halifax, go surfing almost daily, roast coffee, and have the sweetest two babies, Annika [Becca's flower girl!] and Arlo [brand new 4 month old!]. They are wise and wonderful, so when they invited Marc and I up to stay the night in Whistler with them, I jumped at the chance, even though it meant driving from Whistler to Seattle for the Mariners game and back to White Rock afterwards the  next day. [picture stolen from Aunt Deb!]


After a quick jaunt around the Village (and some time playing on the playground with Annika), we braved the 12 degree weather (donned in some fleecies we borrowed from my grandparents since it didn't occur to us to bring a huge amount of sweaters in July) and went on a giant walk. I wish I could call it a hike, but I'm all for honesty. Even overcast, Whistler is stunning.

We had a lot of hang out time in the evening, delicious dinner made by Lisa, some yummy wine, a little hide and seek, and toe painting. We all stayed up late talking; such sweet family time.

We got up pretty early to start all of our driving; we had yogurt [Annika ate a banana, shown above], some Matchstick coffee that Mike and Lisa had picked up from Annie and Spencer [Annie is my dad and Mike's cousin; her dad officiated Becca and Austin's wedding], and we hit the road. I think the drive down from Whistler is my favourite of all drives. It's just so beautiful the entire way.

Now I'm eating grapes for lunch and praying it doesn't rain for my patio bar shift. Yesterday was my first day back at work and it was a cool 9.5 hour shift in heels, and I'm feeling it today. When I was home I realized how tired I had been by how rested I was feeling, and now with sore feet and feeling a little woozy from probably being a bit dehydrated, I'm appreciating even more the time I had off to rest and recuperate.

Posted on August 1, 2012 and filed under writing-.