Hi there. Long time, no talk.
The end of 2016 and beginning of a new year are well behind us. January’s over, and resolutions have been abandoned. Holiday decorations have either been taken down or have stayed lurking in stray corners, blending into the background.
I polished off another semester of school and left my last job at SFU’s student newspaper, the Peak. Now, I’ve started a new semester of co-op with one last communication course filling my Monday nights. It’s going to be a full few months as I venture into the uncertain territory of post-undergrad life. Even as I’m filled with nervous anticipation, I’m excited for what 2017 has in store for me. I was born in the Year of the Rooster back in 1993, so graduating this year feels particularly meaningful.
Taking the time to pause and enjoy the journey, although my anxious brain tugs at me to focus on the horizon. See below for some reflections on the visuals, audibles, edibles, and readables (a new addition as I’ve been devouring books lately!) that made this month.
Visual | My new office view. Oh my goodness, working on the 12th floor right by the water has its benefits. Every day is another opportunity stare aghast at a sunset speckling tall glass-plated buildings, or clouds rolling over snowcapped mountains. I also have a standing desk, which is life-changing for my back and energy levels.
Audible | Moses Sumney. Bless this man for his beautiful tunes. I was trying to find Mose Allison while breaking bread one lazy Sunday. Mose Allison is a beautiful jazz pianist, but Moses Sumney was the perfect accompaniment to kneading and waiting for dough to rise. Listen to “Ascension” and melt.
Edible | There was a warning in mid-January that BC oysters were putting people at risk of Norovirus — also known as winter vomiting bug. It was my friend’s birthday though, and he had decided to celebrate it at an oyster restaurant weeks ago. I took a chance. I ate raw oysters. I didn’t get sick. #WorthIt.
Readable | My favourite pen pal/dream gal came to visit over the holidays. This lovely lady is an English major and book fiend, whose love of coffee and a good novel is unparalleled. Wandering around Vancouver with her — and especially into my new go-to bookstore — inspired me to start reading more. If I cheat and carry over the book (Cannery Row) and graphic novel (Embroideries) I finished on December 30, I’ve read four books so far in 2017. That’s a lot for me! My favourite so far has been Girl Unwrapped by Gabriella Goliger. It’s a coming-of-age story, about a young girl growing up in 1960s Quebec. To quote the Amazon description, “Toni Goldblatt’s awakening to taboo desire conflicts with the expectations of her Holocaust-scarred parents and with the conservative mores of her times.” Y’ALL. This is a beautiful novel. Read it.