An Ode to Fall

Fall is unbelievably beautiful.

When days are like droplets of dew that I wake up to find each morning on the grass: clear and fleeting and simple. The sun is out and the sky is icy blue, and looks farther away than it did in the compressing summer heat. The wind is tickling the leaves of trees, which crunch together like chimes, turning orange and yellow and brown. The air is brisk and hurts a little when it enters my lungs because it’s so fresh and cool. Continue reading

Eating My Way Through Vancouver

Why hello again! Remember me? My little corner of the internet’s been quiet for a while now. But I’m back… and ready to (finally) share my tasteful experience in Vancouver! If you want to check out my other thoughts on Vancouver, BC, check out this post, this post, and this post. Oh, and this one too!

The Sandbar


This was lunch on Granville Island. It was yummy, but not spectacular. I had the fish burger/sandwich (I don’t remember what it was called) and was happy with it. The restaurant itself is nice, too; it reminded me of a restaurant here in Seattle called Ray’s Boathouse. Continue reading

It’s Oh So Hot!

It’s getting to the point that Seattle doesn’t really know what to do with itself. Even the year-round shorts-and-t-shirt look isn’t working. Walking around in a bathing suit is hot, too. Scratch that. Walking around is hot, period. I can actually feel it getting warmer as I climb the stairs from the basement to the second floor; by the time I get to the top I’m sweating. I actually slept in the basement for a week or so earlier this month, instead of in my top floor bedroom.

We’ve tried staying inside, out of the sun, but it’s hardly any cooler. And air conditioning? What’s that? Continue reading

Shopping My Way Through Vancouver

So, back to my Vancouver trip! Sorry it’s taken so long for me to continue this; summer is turning out to be just as busy as the school year. You can see my other posts in this series here (the general stuff) and here (walking my way through Vancouver).

Personally, I didn’t do much shopping. I told myself beforehand that I really didn’t need anything, because– let’s face it– I have enough stuff. I only bought one thing, which, I think, is pretty good considering the number of stores we went into. Anyway, enough about my shopping habits, you want to hear about all the cool stores I saw!
As I said in my last post in this series, there were a few streets which were really packed full of shopping, but mostly big name brands like Adidas, lululemon, old navy, etc. we didn’t really go into those because we weren’t interested this time around, and because we have those in Seattle.
However, we did find some cool stores:

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Is This Real!?


I am still having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that yesterday actually happened. My throat is still sore from cheering.

I think that I can pretty safely say that going to the women’s World Cup final in Vancouver was the coolest, most amazing thing I’ve ever done. Right now I really can’t think of anything cooler.

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Walking My Way Through Vancouver

Granville Island


First of all, it’s not actually an island. So it should be Granville Peninsula. If we are being geographically correct here.

Despite it being grounded, we took a water taxi across the bay/inlet/small body of water separating it from us. This was a neat experience, and easy way to get therefrom Yaletown in just a few minutes. Our captain – are you still a captain if you boat is less than twenty feet long? probably not– our driver was very nice and pointed out a few cool buildings to us*, and gave us a very useful map of the city. Continue reading

Emma Takes Vancouver, BC

Other than the occasional whiff of urine, Vancouver is a beautiful city in every way. The wrap-around coastline means it’s always just a short walk to the water. Despite being something like the third largest city on the west coast, Vancouver is compact: all of the big-name brand stores are within a few block radius, and then it’s right into the old part of the city (well I assume it’s the older part, because the roads were brick). You can walk everywhere. And if you want to get off your feet, you can hop on a bike and ride along one of the trails or bike lanes. Continue reading

A Fishy Salad

Hello! I was just working on a longer post, when I suddenly realized that I’ve missed Food or Thought! I’ve just barely been out of school for a week and already I don’t know what day it is.

Last Thursday I took advantage of not having practice to make dinner. My mom had picked up some halibut that morning, so I had to find something to do with that. I looked up halibut recipes online, and I decided on this one from Real Simple:

Avocado and Chickpea Salad with Halibut

Serves 4 

Hands-On Time: 15 minutes; Total Time: 30 minutes


Four 4-ounce pieces halibut

kosher salt and black pepper

1/4 cup olive oil

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

8 cups mixed greens

One 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed

One avocado, sliced

One half small red onion, thinly sliced Continue reading