day to day


My life looks so much better on film.


what’s in your bag

Yesterday, Silas and I had coffee with Samantha & Jason, followed by a walk around Trinity Bellwoods, and then an afternoon beer at a divey bar on Queen West I can’t remember the name of. The weather was perfect and the park was full of people, babies, and dogs. We met a very friendly Labradoodle who you can see in this photo by Samantha. I’d really like to have a dog and likely will once I’m finished school. In the meantime, I’ll live vicariously through friends and strangers.

I took lots of photos yesterday with my Pentax K1000 and I haven’t yet finished the roll so I likely won’t post them for at least another week. There’s something satisfying about having to wait until I get my photos developed. As much as I enjoy modern conveniences, I can appreciate the mystery of having to wait to see what my photos look like. Now that the weather is so much more pleasant, I’m feeling much more inspired to take a camera with me everywhere I go.

Today I’m heading to the library to get some work done on an assignment due on Tuesday. I was going through my things this morning and transferring clipboards and notes to a different bag for the week. And because I was procrastinating, I decided to take a “what’s in your bag” photo before getting to work.

You can click the photo for more info on Flickr! And with that, I’m off to hit the books.

spring fever

Oh hello! Sorry to have neglected you for so long, dearest blog. It’s currently 8ºC and sunny in Toronto, and I’ve got a serious case of spring fever. All I want to do is ride my bike and feel the sun on my face. I’m still in classes and will be until mid-June and to be quite honest, being so busy is wearing me down. I know this change of season will provide a much needed pick-me-up. This afternoon, I bought myself a $2 bánh mì on Spadina with the intention of eating outside. Unfortunately, the ground and benches were a bit wet from the rain this morning, so I ate my sandwich while waiting for a streetcar. But I was outside, wearing a spring jacket without mittens! It was glorious.

a new year

we got some snow last week.

It’s 2011! Happy New Year!

I survived my first semester back at school. They’re certainly not joking around when they say my program is accelerated. What’s usually a four year program is crammed into twenty months, and at the end I will be a registered nurse. I’ve had the privilege of providing care for older persons, people who’ve experienced life changing events and are now living with disabilities, people with chronic illness, new mothers and their even newer babes, and I’m currently in my pediatrics clinical rotation. I can say, without a smidgen of doubt, that I made the right choice in pursuing nursing. It has been intense and hectic but I’m feeling so fulfilled, engaged, and challenged. I’m happy.

S and I had a very relaxing time in Saskatchewan over the holidays. It felt so nice to leave the city and be in wide open spaces. We spent time with his parents, sister, grandmother, aunts, uncles, cousins (including Lewis, Joel, and cousin-to-be Bethany), and our dear friend Lori who also happens to have relatives in the same town where we do. We spent nine days on the prairies and then came back to a mild and dry Toronto. (The photo above was from January 8th.) S had a short week back at work and I was still on break from school, so we were still very much in holiday mode when we returned. We went out for brunch, walked around our neighbourhood, window shopped, and visited with friends. We rang in the new year at our friends’ house party. We drank cider and champagne, kissed at midnight, and called our loved ones. I insisted we take the subway home two stops when we easily could’ve walked, just because it was free. On New Year’s Day, I made the traditional Korean New Year soup and we curled up on the couch watching episodes of Seinfeld. It was perfect.

While we’re on the subject of the new year, let me share my resolutions. There are two I’ve come up with that, upon first glance, seem to contradict one another.

1. Make more time for the things I enjoy. (Spending time with my partner, my friends, knitting, calling far away people, making photos.)
2. Update this blog more often (at the very least, once a month).
3. Spend less time on the internet.

Let me clarify. I spend a lot of idle time on the internet. Especially when I’m supposed to be doing something that resembles school work. I will spend far too much time refreshing Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Google Reader, etc. We’ve all done it. So, my resolution should actually read: do what you need to do on the internet and then TURN IT OFF.

And with that, I’m turning it off. Happy new year friends!

autumn weekend



colour on grey skies

Last Saturday I took a break from school work and Silas and I went for a walk around the neighbourhood. I got a chance to take some photos of the lovely fall colours in Trinity Bellwoods Park.

chocolate almond

We stopped and got a chocolate almond croissant from Nadège and sat on a bench and watched all the zombies walk by.

Also on Queen West, I spotted one of biggest crushes from my late adolescence: Scott Speedman. I watched Felicity obsessively in my late teens/early twenties and while my head knew that Noel was better boyfriend material, my heart pitter pattered for Ben Covington. You can imagine my excitement at this (relatively minor) celebrity sighting. Silas spotted him first but didn’t say anything because he knew how I’d react, and he wanted me to notice him myself. When I realized Mr. Speedman was walking towards us, I exclaimed, “That’s Scott Speedman!” probably a little too loudly. He sorta grinned at me. Swoon! Silas and I have lived in Toronto for just over three months now and we’ve had a fair share of celebrity sightings. I don’t think it’ll ever get old – I spent too much time in my formative years reading Bop magazine and watching Entertainment Tonight.

Sunday was Canzine and it was my first time attending. It was a beautiful venue and I saw so many lovely people but I felt overwhelmed by most of it. It was really warm in the Great Hall and I think I was overstimulated, mostly. I wish I’d browsed a bit more but before I knew it, it was time for Teri‘s reading.

teri reading

She read from an anthology called She’s Shameless and I bought a copy of her first book, Bats or Swallows. I’m looking forward to taking my copy to her Toronto book launch (November 8th) and asking her to sign it!

In conclusion: I had a lovely weekend. It was the first weekend in a few where I’ve felt okay taking breaks from school work. Having said that, I should get back to my readings. Tomorrow, I have to demonstrate the steps and skills involved in a sterile wound dressing change. And I’m being filmed while doing it. And! My instructors and peers will be reviewing my technique. Egads.

heart on my sleeve

Four times today (so far) my eyes have welled up with emotion.

1.  The 8:00 a.m. broadcast of World Report & coverage of the Chilean miners.
2. Conversations with classmates about our various clinical placements and the very sad circumstances we’ve encountered.
3. Lindsey‘s words about love, marriage, futures. Read them; you’ll be glad you did.
4. The lovely man who owns Arabesque gave me a free mini baklava with my falafel and called me “dear” as I left. I love my neighbourhood.

Please don’t get the impression that I cry multiple times daily! I certainly can and do keep composure most of the time. I think it’s been one of those days when I feel all sorts of things, big and small.

last weekend

Last weekend.
pho hung
Pho Hung. Silas has long arms which makes photos like this possible.

One of my oldest friends Tony was in town for the film festival and stayed with us. We don’t see each other that often but when we do, it never feels like much time has passed between visits.




cards of the birthday & wedding variety.

owl pillow!
Samantha gave me this lovely owl pillow after coming to my house for tea and noticing several other pieces of owl-themed decor. So sweet! The other pillow was purchased from Samantha’s old distro, Racer. It was made by Catherine Toews. (Side note: I just googled Catherine for the first time in YEARS and discovered she has this portfolio and is in a grad program through UVic!  If you’re reading this Catherine: hello & I hope you are well!)

Teri & Andrew gave us this beautiful piece of art as a belated wedding gift. It’s from the Acropolis archaeological museum. It is a ceramic replication of a wall painting from Akrotiri on Thera (Santorini) in Greece. It’s two mating swallows flying over red lilies. I don’t know that I have it placed right side up but I figure it’s open to interpretation.


So much information; so much reading; so many new people; so many new things. I’ve been bumbling my way through the first week of school and trying to get organized. I’ve been marking so many emails as “unread” so I’ll remember to go back and reply to them. Silas and I have switched roles as he is now working and I am the student. I feel fortunate to have such a supportive partner as I try to get in to a groove.

Class lectures have been hit and miss. Most are really engaging and a few have been snooze fests. Yesterday, half way through the day my backpack zipper broke so I went to buy a the exact same one. I’ve been thinking about getting a Fjallraven backpack for a little while and went as far as going to a few different stores in town to try one out. It was hard to justify it when I have a couple of perfectly functional bags that I could use for school. When my zipper broke yesterday, I immediately thought of the cute little arctic fox, but in the end I went with spending $12 instead of $65. I feel a slight pang of guilt buying a coffee for $1.47 but I need to get over that. Especially if I’m going to make it through the day (see: snooze fest, above). Making the transition from the working world (read: steady income) to full time school (read: student loans) has been a humbling experience. But enough about money.

The point of all this is to say that I’ve been a little busy but stay tuned for a bits of my weekend-inspired post. It’s from last weekend and I had intended to post it on Monday. Punctuality is not my strong suit.


morning routine

Today begins the start of a new routine. Back to school. Brisk weather. Leaves crunching under bicycle tires. Darker mornings. Coffee. Lots of coffee. (Um, there was always coffee in the summer too. I just think there will be more now.)

Summer is, hands down, my favourite season, but fall is a close second. September is my birth month, so I’ve always associated it with new beginnings and fresh starts. This September in particular, there are lots of new things. I’m trying to remember how everything feels brand new because it is so easy and comforting to fall in to routines.