and then came the snow

January 17th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Listening to: The Black Keys

I was beginning to think I’d never see it in Vancouver, and then came the snow! It was very unexpected, and very welcome. Luckily I live within walking distance of my job so I can make it there easily without being snowed in. People were cursing me in work today for wishing snow upon the city, but whatever. I love it!

Snow!

Snow!

The weekend was pretty relaxing/lazy. Friday was taken up with the excitement of getting a Coachella ticket! 🙂 🙂 🙂 It’s a music festival in Palm Springs in April-93 days! I’ve wanted to go for the last 3 years or so, it would really be a pity not to go while I’m over in these parts! I need to get my saving pants on because it’s going to be an expensive trip. I’m really looking forward to it but we have a lot to organize-flights, accommodation, where we go after the festival-since we’re going to be travelling to Palm Springs we were thinking of maybe doing a few nights in LA, San Diego and then back to Vancouver. I’m excited, but stressed about how much it’s all going to cost!

The snow came on Friday night and since then it’s kind of melted, snowed again, melted snowed again. It’s still pretty though! VERY COLD!

Downtown

Other than the excitement of snow, the rest of my weekend was pretty chilled. I skyped people at home which is always nice! Even though it’s Monday today, it feels like it should be mid week. I’m just in one of those moods at the moment.

Sunday was the highlight of my weekend, I went for tea with some girlfriends which is one of my favourite things to do-it reminds me of being at home.

I’ve had a lot of ideas and plans going through my head recently, I sometimes find it hard to harness my ideas and inspiration. This is definitely one of my flaws. I would really like to be able to use some of my ideas to do something worthwhile with my career, or even my spare time. This is something I need to work on…

Amers x

 

ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

December 11th, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

courtesy of weheartit.com

Feeling: In control. Inspired. Sunday.

Listening to: Johnny Cash “I See A Darkness”

Things have been changing in the life of Amers recently. One major thing is that I’ve moved house! (**if you’re not happy, change the things that are making you unhappy**) I’m no longer a resident of quirky East Van. I now reside just off Cambie Street, which I’ve come to discover is a pretty cool area. I’m living with 2 crazy Irish girls who are great fun! We’ve had a lot of laughs so far and I’ve only been here 2 weeks. I’m loving the area, it’s so close to work, so close to downtown and safe! Pretty much has everything. We’ve also had dry but cold weather here recently which makes everything better! I kind of fell in love with Vancouver this week. It’s a pretty cool city, and I’m really lucky to have the opportunity  to live here and have experiences like this. The world is such a big, exciting & mostly beautiful place. Being able to explore it, and live somewhere that isn’t my home is exciting . Yes, circumstances aren’t ideal at times-it’s expensive, I don’t feel I’m earning enough to live the way I’d like but this “life experience” is invaluable. Sometimes, I feel like a super hero. Though I know I’m not.

Big news-I’m heading back to Ireland for Christmas!! It was a bit of a last minute decision, but definitely the right one! I’m so excited to see my family and friends. It’s just a short trip-I’ll be there for a full 7 days. I think it’s the perfect amount of time because if I was there for longer I would possibly get a bit antsy to get back to Vancouver. I won’t know how I feel until I’m there as I’ve never been away for this long. I’m interested to see what it will be like. I know there will be LOTS of hugs. I’m looking forward  to the hugs.

One thing that I love about my little life in Vancouver is that it’s mine.

Amers

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teen angst

October 24th, 2011 Posted in costumes, halloween, Uncategorized | No Comments »

As Halloween is fast approaching, I was searching the internet for costumes and I came across this-

 

My So-Called Life

 

My So-Called Life was one of my favourite TV shows growing up. I was in love with Jordan Catalano and just generally loved the show. I bought the box set last year and watched them repeatedly! Unfortunately, there are only 19 episodes as it got cancelled prematurely *tear*. I was devastated! I’m pretty sure I was too young to actually relate to most of the issues Angela faced, but I still really enjoyed it. I love the grunge look-Doc Martens, plaid shirts, flowery dresses over tights with thigh high socks (still can’t let these go!). I’m not sure why this spread was in the Halloween costume ideas section…I’d wear this on a normal day!

Did I mention I’m dressing up as a Cheerleader Vampire for Halloween? I bought the costume (minus fangs and fake blood) yesterday, now I just have to perfect my makeup techniques for the undead! Maybe I should start watching “True Blood”, or even better-

One...two...three...four...ha ha ha ha

Amers

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p is for perfect

October 24th, 2011 Posted in autumn, fall, Uncategorized, vancouver | 1 Comment »

I wrote a quick advertisement for my room that I’m moving out of (I’m not sure if I mentioned this already, but I’m moving house at the start of December). I wanted to put the ad on a “moving to Vancouver” website so any travelers coming over here would see it and hopefully take it! It’s not really my responsibility to fill the room, but I want to do all I can to help. Anyway, I just received an email back from the site administrator thanking me for being the first person to submit a perfect ad-meaning one where he didn’t have to email back for more details they’d left out. It seems strange, but receiving that email tonight made me feel really good! Even though it’s just something small (a perfectly written room advertisement on a website is hardly something to print off and save in your “life achievements” box envelope).  However, hearing the word perfect is pretty satisfying! It’s not a word people use very often.

Confession: When I said all the leaves were brown, it was a lie. The leaves in Vancouver have turned the most beautiful colour. First they went orange, then golden yellow and now some of them have turned bright pink! There is one particular street near my house that is tree lined and it looks pretty spectacular with all the pink leaves. Pictures to follow…

Amers

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thanks!

October 21st, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

It was Canadian Thanksgiving last weekend-they have it earlier than the US for some reason…I’m sure I could easily find out why…

Anyway, I had 2 Thanksgiving dinners to attend-one with a new group of Irish people that have adopted me, and the other with my housemates. Both were a lot of fun! It was SO nice to have a proper home cooked meal (we had turkey both days). I’m pretty bored of cooking for myself and I’m longing for a meal to be cooked for me. My housemate Chad did a really awesome job of cooking dinner for everyone. We all had friends over-I think there was about 18 of us in total and nobody went hungry! It reminded me a bit of Christmas, which made me a little homesick. However, it was really nice to have people to share not one, but two Thanksgiving dinners with. For that I am thankful.

Thanksgivers

 

Amers

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fright night

October 21st, 2011 Posted in halloween, Uncategorized, vancouver | No Comments »

Halloween is just around the corner-one of my favourite times of year! I love dressing up, I love going out, I love all the decorations & I love scary movies! Pretty much everything about Halloween I love. A fairground near my house has an annual Fright Night (it goes on for 2 weeks so it’s more than one night) where they decorate everything with scary things, have haunted houses & have actors running around in make up and costume.

It

It was fun and it really got me in the mood for Halloween festivities! Did I mention Vancouver is getting cold? I had a hat and cardigan on! Some interesting facts about the fairground (it’s called the PNE) is that it is the oldest fairground in Canada and their (wooden!) roller coaster was built in 1958!! It’s also been featured in a few movies. I didn’t really realize it before I came here, but SO many movies and tv shows are filmed in Vancouver. It’s the Hollywood of Canada! I’ve been out in Gastown some nights and the streets are closed off for shooting. It’s pretty exciting! Anyway, back to the roller coaster. I have always said there is no way I’m going on a roller coaster, made of wood, that was built in 1958. I kind of changed my mind this time and we stood in line for it. It actually broke down though before we even got to the top of the line (I breathed a sigh of relief).

Coaster

 

Halloween is just over a week away and I just decided on my costume today. Well, I think I have-vampire cheerleader. Now to find a cheerleader’s outfit that fits!

Amers

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all the leaves are brown

October 17th, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Autumn has arrived! Unfortunately for me, autumn is Vancouver means rain, rain & more rain! The leaves have turned golden orange and the temperature has dropped. I love wrapping up in scarves, hats and cardigans so I don’t mind! I do however, mind the rain 🙁 I’d better get used to it though.

My friend Bobby was visiting 2 weekends ago. He’s been travelling in South and Central America so he thought he’d stop by Vancouver on his way home! While he was here he introduced me to lots of fabulous people who have have been very good to me and have taken me under their wing! I feel like I’m befriending more & more Irish people the longer I’m here! While he was here, we went on a hike to Deep Cove-which is where I’ve been kayaking twice. After the hike, we had a doughnut from Honey Doughnuts-they’re a famous cafe in Deep Cove. The doughnut was really yummy. It had a maple glaze on it! I had another yesterday too!

People keep warning me about the cold weather here. A woman in work who is from Winnipeg-where it gets incredibly cold, said that she found the cold here unbearable. Apparently the damp cold penetrates through you. I’m worried! Time to stock up on thermals and layers! I’m just hoping for lots and lots of snow!

Amers

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the end of summer

October 17th, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Since my last post (the blog procrastination monster strikes again), summer has gone, autumn has arrived, I’ve got a new job and I’m going to be moving house in a month! Summer went out with a bang. Jeremy came to visit and we had a really great, action packed few days. Cycling in Stanley Park, kayaking, nice food. Just generally fun times! Vancouver had great weather that weekend too! We ate at http://corkandfin.ca/  in Gastown on one of the days. It’s a seafood restaurant and the setting is really beautiful-open bay windows & white tablecloths. I had some oysters (they have an oyster happy hour where you can buy individual oysters for cheaper). They were the nicest oysters I’ve ever eaten! They were also the perfect size for me-I find larger oysters pretty hard to stomach, but these were perfect little mouthfuls. I’m sure we did some other fun things but since I was a lazy blogger, I can’t remember now 🙂 It was awhile ago! It was cool having a visitor in Vancouver that I could show around.

I started a new job 3 weeks ago at the stadium here in Vancouver-BC Place. I’m enjoying it so far. It’s definitely helping me feel more at home here now that I have a job that’s a bit longer term (I hope). I’m also moving house at the start of December. Living with 5 people is getting a bit tiresome, and I also want to try to get a little closer to Downtown. Living in the suburbs can be a bit frustrating on nights out if I have to get a taxi back alone. I’m looking forward to the change-I’ll be living with 2 Irish girls in a basement suite. I viewed the place on Friday and I got a good feel from it. The girls seem fun and they were really friendly-offering me a cup of tea, OF COURSE! Cliché! I’m not particularly looking forward to packing up my stuff, but I don’t think I have too much. I have a few friends with cars so I’ll enlist one of them to help me bring everything. I really miss driving I realized today. It’s been 4.5 months! Actually, that’s a lie-I’ve driven a little in Portland, but not much! I need to look into getting an international drivers licence and maybe rent a car for a weekend trip.

It’s taken 5 months, but I think I’m finally totally settled in my new life in Vancouver…for the time being anyway!

Amers

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alibi room

August 17th, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Since my last post I have managed to get a job! It’s only a 5 week temp job, but it’s something! Really glad to have money coming in!

I’m working in BC Children’s Hospital just doing admin stuff. Not very exciting, but as I said it’s $$$! It’s  a little bit depressing being in a children’s hospital. Even though parts of the hospital are happy places, I keep seeing kids in wheelchairs, incubators & signs to “Embryo Pathology”. There’s also an area that has tiles on the wall commemorating babies that have died, 🙁 All those things are really sad and it kind of reminds me on a daily basis that whatever problems I might think I have, they’re nothing compared to what some people have to deal with.

I discovered a cool bar/restaurant in Gastown on Thursday night. 3 of my housemates and I decided to go downtown for a few drinks so we went to Alibi Room http://www.alibi.ca/ They had a pretty decent beer menu and I had a glass of the tastiest cider I’ve ever had. I can’t remember the name now, but next time I’m there I will need to take note of it. It’s so light and fruity-it almost looks like white wine. Very refreshing!

Alibi

Alibi Room -via lisatemes.com

On Friday, which is the start of my 3 day weekend (I only have to work Mon-Thurs in my job),I bought a bike! It’s a Trek hybrid, and so far I’m loving it. It’s a lot different to my steel framed, dutch style bike I have at home! It has proper gears and is much lighter so it’s easier to get up the Vancouver hills! I bought it over on the North Shore (I live on the South Shore) so the cycle back was a bit gruelling in the baking sun, but it was great to get out on a bike again! Once I have a few pay cheques, I’m going to kit it out a bit with mudgaurds, a rack for the back and maybe even a pannier. I don’t think I’ll get a basket for this one, but I did get a bell & a bright pink helmet! It’s a boys bike, so I need to give it some girly touches!

I met up with some friends on Friday night (2 of which are Canadian’s I knew from Dublin who are now living in Banff-Aaron & Christine). We returned to Alibi Room for some of that cider 🙂 and stayed there for most of the night. Aaron’s brother joined us-he’s in a band called Brasstronaut http://www.brasstronaut.com/ who I’ve seen play in Vancouver. Their music is really cool & interesting. After the Alibi Room, we tried another few locations, but the lines (queues) were massive everywhere. I feel like it’s been awhile since I’ve been out in Vancouver and I’d forgotten about the wait to get into bars & clubs! Very annoying. We ended up in a really lame, pretentious bar called Diamond, where the staff were rude and the drinks were expensive! I won’t be returning there in a hurry.

I am loving my 3 day weekends. I should probably make the most of them while I can as I doubt I’ll find another job that has that luxury. The only snag is that I have to get up @ 5.15am for the 7am start! The Friday feeling I get on Thursday though is totally worth it!

Amers

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geek love <3

August 6th, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

 

A friend tweeted this and I thought I’d share. It’s really sweet!

http://juliewillyoumarry.me/

 

Love!

(Source: weheartit.com)

 

Happy Friday!

Amers

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