Happy Canadian Thanksgiving weekend! I am home for the holiday for the first time in four years, and the west coast is so, so, so lovely in October. I always pack in a lot of visiting into really short trips, and yesterday stayed true to form. I drove downtown with my dad on his way to work and we had a coffee from JJ Bean on the way in. Dad dropped me at Revolver in Gastown to meet my very dear friend Amanda for a long overdue chat. Amanda has been a really great friend to me and a huge inspiration as a writer (she's taking her Master's in Publishing at SFU right now, and it was refreshing to see where school, which feels mundane and simplistic right now, will get exciting and challenging down the road).
I went over to East Van to visit my cousins Annie and Becky at Annie's coffee shop, Matchstick Coffee. Annie and Becky each just had sweet new babies, and it was such a treat to snuggle with them! Matchstick is so bright and fresh feeling, which is especially nice for rainy Vancouver days, and their food is SO yummy! We had an all-too-short catch up before it was time to go.
I spent the afternoon with my dad at his new job, and it definitely felt like "Take Your Kid To Work Day," and we celebrated thanksgiving with my dad's family at night before heading to Washington for the weekend.
It's been a really quiet and relaxing weekend so far, and I hope yours has been restful and filled with great people too!
[Picture of Matchstick's storefront from Roland Tanglao].