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Canadian Thanksgiving in America

30 Oct

Canadians are so confused when it comes to Thanksgiving. Instead of being a wonderful gateway to the Christmas season, Thanksgiving here is celebrated on the first Monday in October. More than 6 weeks early! (Another example of Canadian holiday mismanagement: they light fireworks on Halloween in Vancouver. Insanity.)

Last year the roommates and I did Thanksgiving up right, and I made my first turkey. This year though, we decided to nix the big dinner because Jaime was going out of town. To cushion the blow of stuffing withdrawal, I hopped across the border to hang out with my cousin Kylie and her family in Seattle.

We spent lots of time hanging out, eating treats and rewinding the season finale of Sherlock to pick up clues about how that clever fellow managed to fake his own death. Also, because we’re the coolest kids on the block, we went to Seattle’s premier Lego convention BrickCon. The obsessive attendees reminded of how minimal my own relative nerdiness is, despite me being a librarian. However, later that day I visited the library as a tourist destination and realized I’m still a huge nerd in my own right.

The Big Bang Theory

My own Lego creation

Me, Walt and Landon at BrickCon

I nearly got stuck inside this thing at the playground

Dinner with the family

The red hall at the Seattle Public Library

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How do you survive without pumpkin pie?

18 Oct

Did you guys know that they don’t have pumpkin desserts in Australia? It sort of makes me want to cry for the whole continent. I had the opportunity last weekend to introduce an Aussie from my book club to mini pumpkin cheesecakes. She said “Thank you” and I said, “You’re welcome for changing your life”.

Besides my adventures in pumpkin, lots has happened since I last posted. I’m back in Vancouver, working through my last year of library school. The end is looming closer and closer, slowly but surely increasing my panic about entering the library workforce. But my anxiety can wait for another post.

Since I returned I have been enjoying my time in this beautiful city. Really, Vancouver is pretty spectacular. The weather in September and early October was gorgeous! My roommates and I went to the pool in September. Craziness. We’ve also been trying to hit all the neighborhood fairs and markets. Those of you who know me know I love being a tourist in my own town. We went to the RIchmond Night Market, and I was reminded of the many markets I visited in Asia.

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Me, Mackenzie and the Biebs at the Dunbar Harvest Festival

I started a new job this year with a program in the UBC library called the Small Business Accelerator. It’s a free online business research resource for small businesses and people looking to start their own business in BC. I’ve been doing lots of design for the website and their promotional materials, which has been really fun. I’ve been putting all my Communication student skills to good use. We went to a conference yesterday, and I got to chat with lots of small business owners and other organizations about what we do. It was super fun and got me excited about our program all over again. My boss is great and I like the other grad student a lot, so I’m really enjoying this experience.

School is pretty good. Totally insane these last couple of week. I think I have self-induced amnesia every semester about how difficult the second month is because every October and February I find myself totally shocked by the amount of work I have to do. This term I’m in 4 classes: Children’s Services, New Media for Youth, Information Assets Management (aka Records Management) and Planning and Design of Libraries. Some day I will write another post about all my classes, in case any future librarians who are curious about what we study happen to run across my blog.

Well, I have lots more to write about, but I’ll save it all for future posts. It was nice getting back in touch with you all. Although I only have a readership of like 6 people, I always enjoy posting and feeling like I’m engaging with people in my life through this blog. So yeah. Thanks for reading.

I blinked and then it was over

19 Aug

Wow, I’ve been home for nearly 4 months and I’ve yet to document my summer. I’ve been loving my time here in Utah, and I’ve managed to do tons of fun stuff. Here’s a few photo snippets of what I’ve been up to.

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I hope we get to see Harrison Ford

3 Jun

I was recently invited to spend Memorial weekend in Driggs, ID with my oldest friend Rachel. Rachel now lives with my old roommates, who were also going on the trip, along with a bunch of their friends. The weather was cold and wet and sometimes blizzard-y, but we managed to have a great time anyway. We spent one day visiting Jackson Hole, WY and another in Yellowstone. (I can’t believe Ashlee had never been before!) We played games and ate junk food and tried on a variety of cowboy paraphernalia. More importantly, I got to eat my favorite huckleberry ice cream. On the drive home with Becca, we even managed to hit 4 states in one day. A worthwhile adventure for sure. Unfortunately for us, Harrison Ford was out of town shooting a movie. One of these times I’ll spot him…

2011

13 Jan

It’s that time of year. The time where we all reflect on the past year and look ahead at what’s to come. 2011 was just the way I like it–lots of travel and many strange and wonderful experiences.

I enjoyed 6 weeks of vacation. I visited four countries and saw 6 states. I crossed the US border 9 times. I took 6 plane rides. I drove from SLC to Vancouver three times and  up the  California coast from San Diego to Sacramento. I visited great friends and had great friends come visit me. I rode a bike in the Netherlands and didn’t die. I went punting down a canal in England and was actually good at it. I drank cactus beer in Belgium. I became an immigrant.

I moved twice and spent the summer with the greatest roommates I’ve ever had.

I started two book clubs, each with moderate success.

I applied to, got accepted to and started graduate school. I got 1/4 of the way closer to becoming a librarian and found out I actually like it. I also discovered I might even be good at it.

I posted 45 times on this blog.

I spent my first Thanksgiving away from home. I made a turkey for the first time and enjoyed the holiday in October and November.

I ate the greatest hamburger in the world, made the best french onion soup, tried poutine, learned to make sushi, and discovered Tim Tams and Coffee Crisp.

I learned to share my twin sister and was truly happy for her on her wedding day. I gained two wonderful brothers-in-law and two amazing step-nephews.

I took out my first student loans.

I attended my first black-tie event and was grateful that my mom taught me good enough manners to blend in reasonably well.

I was pulled over for the first time and got my first speeding ticket.

I was rehired and quit my job at the law firm for (hopefully) the last time.

I went from being an animal hater to an animal hater living with a dog and a cat.

Looking back, 2011 was pretty alright. Although I’ve decided not to worry about 2012–I’m pinning all my hopes on 2013 to be my year–here’s hoping that the next 12 months are as interesting as the last. Or at least that the world won’t end.

A symphony of sound

31 Oct

What a great weekend. Other than the fact that I didn’t get anything done and I’m stuck with a mountain of homework this Monday… so worth it.

Friday: Bought a new computer. Still on the fence about it. I might take it back. Nightmare Before Christmas with the roommates.

Saturday: Slept in. Bread pudding for lunch. Dinner in Chinatown and the new Footloose with my roommate Jaime and fellow SLAIS-er Lindsay. Amazing that we found a restaurant that was open and didn’t get mugged on the street while searching for one. The movie was excellent. Just the right mix of modern updates with the classic 80s dance movie feel. Loved it.

Sunday: Found out that they give away free Cobbs bread at church every Sunday. For those of you not in Vancouver, Cobbs is a super delicious bakery in town. I’m not sure how I’ve been going to this ward for 2 months and never heard about it. It’s definitely an added incentive to go to church. I scored loaves of whole wheat and french bread and an assortment of rolls/buns.

I also saw Jack’s Mannequin with a school buddy. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say this is one of their best shows I’ve been to. Definitely in the top two of the 5 or 6 times I’ve seen them. As always, Andrew McMahon was ah-mazing. He just has such a presence on stage. The venue was awesome too. The Vogue is a beautiful old theater, with great acoustics and comfortable seats. I’m also a sucker for a good neon sign.

The opening bands Lady Danville and Allen Stone were SUPER  impressive as well. Lady Danville was very chill and folksy. Who can resist a singer who can play the ukelele and harmonica at the same time? Definitely not me. The band took this picture of the crowd from the stage and posted it on facebook. Allen Stone was a last minute replacement for The Academy Is… who were supposed to play, but left the tour when they broke up like 3 weeks ago. Lucky me because Allen Stone was awesome. Imagine the powerful soul voices of Marvin Gaye and Aretha Franklin combined with the lyrical skills of the best of the 70s singer-songwriters. Got that? Now picture all that talent wrapped up in a skinny, long haired white kid with energy for days. That’s what Allen Stone brought to the stage. It seriously blew me away. He also led the crowd in an acoustic rendition of The Bare Necessities. I couldn’t get enough. Check him out.

You can kind of see me in the back right corner

So, as I now sit in the computer lab at school, facing a LONG day of work, I think you’ll all agree that my slacker weekend was most definitely worth it.

#75-92: Cambridge, Netherlands, a tiny bit of Belgium, and home again

1 Apr

75. My friend Australian friend living in England described someone’s style as “poncy with a dash of tarty.” I loved it. You have to say it with a muddled Australian/English accent though.

76. Punting. The greatest outdoor activity ever.

77. Boots meal deals. For those of you who have never seen one, Boots is like the British equivalent of Walgreens, but WAY better. Partly because they have the Boots meal deal: 1 sandwich or salad, 1 snack item and 1 drink for about three and a half pounds.

78. Friendships that you can pick right back up where you left off even when you haven’t spoken in months.

79. Sunny days in usually very gray countries.

80. My last night in England I stayed with my friend George at his aunt’s house. When I introduced myself to his cousin Sam (about 10 years old) I got the following response: “Hello, I like you. I think you’re dating my cousin. We need to talk.” Sam promptly left the room to discuss our relationship with George. When asked if he even knew which one of us I was, Sam answered: “Of course I know which one’s Chelsea. She’s the American, the big one.” Luckily I was traveling with my friend Patti who’s about 5 feet tall and 90 pounds so I wasn’t offended. Instead I found myself loving this cheeky British kid. Hilarious.

81. Noticing the moon the night it appeared 14% larger than normal without knowing beforehand.

82. I rode a bike with Patti on the back and neither of us died. Patti did sustain a few minor bruises though.

83. Drinking homemade hot chocolate with stroopwafels every day.

84. The canals in the Netherlands. They make everything so cute.

85. Mustard soup. This classic dutch dish is my new fave.

86. Charming Italian waiters.

87. Old buildings. We just don’t have them here. Not like they are in Europe anyway.

88. Making it onto my my last flight with 5 minutes to spare.

89. Making it though 4 security checks and customs in 2 different countries with all my illegal contraband. I’m a rebel with my cheese and tulips.

90. Sleeping in my own bed. Well, in Molly’s bed at least.

91. Three people showed up to book club this month. That’s 50% more than last month. It looks like I’m on a roll 🙂

92. I got an interview for the fellowship I applied for. After yesterday’s freak out, the call couldn’t have come at a better time.