I've been starting too many blog posts with apologies lately. So I'm going to skip the I'm sorry (even though I really am!) and just say that I've been a little busier than I imagined!! When I pictured my time at home I imagined suntanning by the pool, running, hanging out with my sisters, parents, grandparents and some friends. In general, I pictured relaxation and summer. Unfortunately there hasn't been that much summer here! It's been about 15-25 degrees (when I say 25...it was that for like 2 hours one afternoon!..it's currently 17 degrees here...and 31 degrees in Orlando! Gah!) and I've been so busy! So here it is...a lovely picture run down of my weekend in Tofino with my dear friend Holly, my week in Vancouver with Kimmy and then a wordy description of what happened after that. This is also an opportunity for me to show you a bit of what it's like where I'm from...tree-y, beautiful and breath taking!
|Cathedral Grove!! This is featured in the O Canada movie in the Canada Pavilion...and not far from where I live!|
|Kate + Trees = <3|
|My camera doesn't capture how beautiful it is. It is just so peaceful and tranquil.|
|Now that is a BIG tree!|
|And here it is!! Holly + Me + BIG TREE|
|On the drive to Tofino!|
|Not a bad driving route!|
|We're getting closer!|
|It's a mountainous drive from the east coast to the west coast of Vancouver Island|
|This is just from the highway...the highway gets this pretty a view! Crazyness!|
|We've arrived! Holly's good friends were nice enough to allow us to stay with them|
for two nights! Their place was beautiful including a big tree up the middle and this
|This is how real surfers now if the surf is going to be awesome!|
...I may have made that up. We were just a block from the ocean though!!
|The wind was whipping the top of the ocean through the air (aka mist) creating a great look!|
|After arriving we went for a walk on the beach, had some tea at the bakery and explored!|
|Signs of things to come...|
|...the next day we went...|
|..surfing!!! That's not us out there, but it was the next day!|
Thank goodness for wetsuits! It was windy but a ton of fun!
|We also went for incredibly delicious sushi at the place where Holly's friend works!|
|Holly!!!! She is such an incredible friend :)|
|Me! Wearing Amy's shirts...another incredible friend :)|
|Couldn't you spend forever here?|
|This is the car of my dreams! I've always wanted a convertible but I don't want one like an|
eclipse or something like that, I want a VW Cabriolet!!
They are cute and fantastic and wonderfully amazing!!!!!
|This is where we rented from!|
|Just in case you forgot what country we were in ;)|
|True North Strong and Free|
|The passage to Vancouver|
|Passing another ferry|
|Almost in Vancouver|
|The view from the home Kim and Gar were staying in in West Vancouver!|
The Ocean and UBC!
|We spend the day trying to find bridesmaid dresses! Man oh man it was frustrating!|
However this little beauty from Whole Foods brought my stress level down.
I could eat a Whole foods salad every single day.
|Bumblebee cupcakes at Whole Foods! We were looking at ordering cakes for the wedding here|
and got to sample their vegan chocolate cake that had layers of vegan mousse in it! Oh my goodness!
|The next day we ventured to IKEA where Kim + Gar spent a long time putting together a new kitchen!|
I spent the time pretending I lived in the different fake 'houses' they have set up in IKEA.
|Then we went downtown to pick up a suit. We happened to pass this little gem...|
A girl with a huge snake offering chances to hold it and take a picture for $5!
|Everyone heard about the riot, here is one of the boarded up windows and messages of love from real fans and Vancouverites.|
|Lions Gate Bridge! Every time I drive over it I think about running over it again instead.|
|Zoomed view from the house!|
|The Disney Wonder cruise ship comes in and out of Vancouver on Tuesdays. |
I may have woken up at 6am to catch this baby going into dock for 7am.
And I almost missed it!
|It's so dorky, but it just makes me so soo excited!|
|On our drive out to Abbotsford we saw this....|
only in Canada would you find a hockey puck stuck in a car window!
(It's right to the right of the Baby on Board sign)
|Back home I found these cards when looking for a birthday card for a friend.|
Cards FOR your dog and cat? Really?? Really?????
I have to admit I'm a little scared about my year at Disney, but for different reasons. I'm nervous about moving there, and meeting all the new people and hoping that people like me and I make friends. I'm nervous about starting working and memorizing the menu and not disappointing anyone including myself. I'm scared that the year is going to go by so fast that I'll miss things. I'm scared I'll become complacent and not go to the parks all the time, or fully take advantage of all the opportunities given to me. I'm scared the holidays will go by and I won't see all the decorations. I'm scared I won't save as much as I need to. I'm nervous about what I'm leaving behind and what I'll come back to. But at the same time I'm so, so excited. I'm excited to be in Orlando and I'm excited to work for Disney again. I'm excited to get to wake up everyday and go to a job I love. I'm excited to do behind the scenes tours and ride everything! I'm excited for Dole Whip! I'm excited for the half marathon! I'm so excited to see fireworks everyday. I'm excited to hang out with old friends and new ones. I'm excited to suntan all year. I'm excited to work, and work hard. I'm excited to learn more about wine and pairings. I'm excited to ride rides, pose with characters and discover things I don't even know exist.
I know there will be ups and downs, and I know some of my fears are silly, and some of my hopes won't work out, but I also know it's going to be an incredible year. And as long as I focus on seizing the day and working hard to make the most of everyday, then at the end I will be able to look back and know that it was everything I could have hoped for and more.
And lucky for you guys...you'll be there all along the way, so you can keep me working hard at doing all the amazing things over on my bucket list! 3 weeks guys! We're almost there!