I have a major coffee addiction. I never drank it in college or even during much of my 20s, but now it is my very favorite thing in the world. One great thing about Vancouver is access to really amazing coffee and after much searching I have to say Forty Ninth Parallel (http://www.49thparallelroasters.com/) is the best. The Kitsilano shop has this deal where you can get coffee and a donut for about $5. Their iced coffee is way better than anything else I’ve tried and there are always different flavors. This one had a hint of strawberry in it, I think. SO GOOD.
In case you were wondering, I have the cutest (and laziest) dog on the planet. Being this adorable is clearly hard work!
I don’t know where my fascination with abandoned amusement parks comes from, but I’m totally captivated by them. As I comb through images, I’m often struck by the contrast between the sensory overload these places provided in their heyday and the eerie stillness they embody in decay. It all feels very post-apocalyptic, like I’m an anthropologist from the future uncovering secrets about a society long since departed. Atlas Obscura’s “Essential Guide” is a recent discovery of mine and a great introduction into this world of forgotten amusements. Click on this picture of the devilish ride at Spreepark in Berlin to get started.
I’ve been super into oatmeal lately. Not the instant kind, but old fashioned oats cooked on the stovetop with vanilla almond milk and bananas. And then mixed with brown sugar. And more vanilla. And more bananas. Throw in some blueberries and chopped walnuts and you pretty much have heaven in a bowl.
Ramona loves living close to the beach. Not pictured: the wild rabbits she spotted off to the right. Looking forward to spending more time here over the summer.
Ramona, enjoying her new yard (more of a patio, actually, but a vast improvement over her previous digs)
The view from the beach in our new neighborhood, looking toward Downtown and Stanley Park.