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Exploration again!

The view from the top of Mount Douglas. Yes, it’s a crappy cell phone pic, but it’s what I had with me at the time. Great place to sit and look.

…glorious and free…

We only got to spend a short time downtown for Canada Day, but I’m really glad we went. This is one of my favourite days of the year. The time we celebrate our country and what it stands for. I’m proud to be Canadian.

I wish I’d been down there when the concerts started though – my inner child really wanted to see Fred Penner. At least the buskers were great. The band in the top picture played covers like Little Lion Man and Hey Jude. There’s also the Caped Piano Man that plays on Government St regularly. (He’s raising money to go to college). I think we saw a cello, a couple violins, and a guitar or two as well. There’s always music to be heard down there, and I love it.


There are so many new places to explore in this new city of ours. We are still roaming around finding many of them.  I’ve already found new favourite stores for books*, comics**, yarn (And here, and here), and vintagey/secondhand clothing. And a place that makes a killer latte. I can’t wait to take my brother here to find another hat, and once the ladies come down for a visit, we will conquer all those little boutique stores.

I start actually working tomorrow (For money, even). Yesterday I helped clean the place, and filming starts tomorrow. Wahoo! Things to do and people to meet :) I’m just manning the craft services table, but I think it’ll be interesting to try something new. I’m told I’ll have lots of time to knit and read in-between snacks and meals, so maybe I”ll actually get some projects and books done. (I hope so, anyway)

I had a chance to visit with my friend Bailey when she came down with her high school friends for a ladies weekend. It was really nice to see her again and catch up.  I have to wait a month and a half before Chelsy comes to visit :( BUT! At least Dad will be here mid July :D (YAY)


Anyway, I should go do something productive… Like watch a movie. heehee.



* As well as the huge Chapters about a block away from there


** And the two more comic shops right beside this one. Johnson Street Rocks.

Things I <3

:: Typewriter :: Button :: Scarf :: Wiggle Dress :: Petticoat :: Leather Bag :: Belt ::




We made the crazy move to Victoria. Moving day was sunny, and the ferry ride was beautiful. Tonight, after dropping Braden off to meet some family, we stopped and listened to a reggae band that was playing down off of Government St as part of Ska fest. I didn’t manage to catch their name, but it was definitely a good break from unpacking. We also spotted one of those neat vertical gardens. I’d love to try and make on of those. It’s a creative way to add green to a small space.

thoughts and such

#Trust30 30-day writing challenge from ralphwaldoemerson.me
Five Years by Corbett Barr

There will be an agreement in whatever variety of actions, so they be each honest and natural in their hour. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

What would you say to the person you were five years ago? What will you say to the person you’ll be in five years?

(Author: Corbett Barr)

To the Mel of 5 years ago… It. Will. Get. Better.

Things suck, I know. You aren’t where you thought you would be. You’re about to make a lot of mistakes, but really awesome things will come of it. You’ll meet some great people. Sure, you’re gonna go through some shit like Bell’s Palsy. And a car accident. And a Huge Fucking Breakdown. But you’ll be okay. One of those guys you met at that party? Turns out he rocks and will be the best partner in crime you could ask for. Just remember when things get really crappy and you’re not sure if you will get up in the morning, everything will be okay. The sun comes up (You end up seeing a lot of sun rises, btw. Totally awesome) and things go on. And even when it’s hard, it’s worth it.


To Future me…

Hey, you’re alive! Woo! Go you! I don’t want to know what happens yet, so I’m just going to say “You’re welcome” for everything I’m about to do ^.^

The End.

a little bit of thunder

…makes for some interesting skies.

We took a break from packing and stressing and took a little drive on some back roads and enjoyed the greenery while it lasts. Though I think we should be gone by the time it gets brown. Such a strange thought…

the beginning of an adventure…

This weekend was full of driving and ferries and more driving. We were on a quest to find a place to live in a city far away across mountains and parts of oceans. Luckily the weather was on our side, and it was beautiful and sunny almost the whole way there and back. We stopped and browsed and found new wonderful stores. We met cool people at the hostel with the same name as me :o) We found a place to live!

We’ll be moving mid-June, the three of us. We found a great suite with an owner that was really easy to talk to. I think this will be a good move for all of us. Now, if only free cube vans with unlimited gas fell from the sky, everything would be absolutely perfect!



Spring is a wonderful time for a picnic with friends.

It may have been cloudy, but it was a beautiful day for a picnic at the park. I suppose it’s good for me to get used to the weather now, as we will be moving to the island this summer. We’re doing a kamikaze run down this weekend to look at a few potential places to live. Wish us luck?