France, Misc., Plateau D'Assy etc.

Little Fun

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It’s been gorgeous around here lately. The sun has barely stopped shining (knock on wood) and we’ve been taking advantage of it as much as possible.

Last week I went to visit my friend, Katie, who is also an au pair, and her two little guys and I honestly can’t remember the last time I had had that much fun. Not big fun, but little fun.

Little fun: cooking lunch with someone else. Bundling up the boys and sending them outside while we drank tea in front of the fireplace. Going for a long walk. Building a snow igloo…thing. Snow angels. Snow diving. Drinking hot chocolate and failing at making crepes. All the little things that, on their own may not seem like a lot, may not seem like fun, but when done with the right people you find that’s exactly what they are.

Things I’m Loving: 

+ The Business of Mattering – (Delving into what matters in a photograph.)

+ Windows of New York – (Love the simple style and colours.)

+ This quote

+ WSC Writing Competition – (Because I’m still an amateur.)

France, Misc., Plateau D'Assy etc.

“Deep down I believe my year was a special year: it produced me.” – Ned Vizzini

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Yesterday was my birthday. The big 2-1. I have a weird relationship with my birthday. Like I like my birthday (who doesn’t?) but it also just feels weird to be the centre of attention. Or maybe that’s just me.

Yesterday morning we made cake (kiwi, with cream cheese frosting) and had chicken for dinner, cake for dessert, magic candles that we all tried blowing out and lovely messages throughout the day from all my friends. Met up for coffee with my friend Chynna, who brought a candle out of her purse and lit it while singing happy birthday in front of my little guy who just looked at her in confusion. Because we didn’t have time for cake, she had gotten macaroons and we had those instead. Tonight, she and another one of our friends and I are going to be making chicken fajitas and it sounds like they have something else planned.

So you know, I guess it’s not so bad to be the centre of attention every once in awhile. I can handle it once a year.

Things I’m Loving: 

+ How to find inspiration – (For if you need help finding it.)

+ This site – (Fun graphic images to take a peek at.)

+ 5 saving tips for travelling – (Things I’m going to keep in mind for this summer.)

+ A quote – (Something to remember.)

Belz/Saint Cado, France

But Where Are the People?


I’ve finally, finally gotten on board that ‘writing a blog post in advance’ boat. Can I just say: it feels bizarre? I think it’s a good bizarre, I’m sure it is. (I hope it is.) It just feels so weird to come here, look and already written post over and hit ‘publish’. It makes me feel like I’ve got it a little bit more together, even on days when that’s a lie and I definitely do not have anything together.

More photos from Belz/Saint Cado. Things that I realized while editing/uploading/writing about these: I miss taking photographs of people. (Not that this place is over run with people. Bike for an hour, see four people. And I thought I lived in a small town.)  But I think that’s something I’m going to work on in the next little bit: working up the courage to start photographing people and activities. I think I’m ready to get back on that scary ledge of talking to people I don’t know. I got chills just typing that. But good ‘this could end really, really well’ sort of chills. Little steps.

Things I’m Loving:

+ This video – (I hadn’t heard about it before, but the 8 minute clip had me wanting to see what the rest of this film will be like. Very fascinating look, with a range of voices, of females represented in media and what that means/how that affects the mentality of people growing up seeing that.)

+ This documentary – (It airs within the next few days and the previews on TV make it look really interesting. I’m hoping to catch it!)

+ This site – (This looks interesting. Especially with the holidays here, it looks like a great way to compare prices/save money. Bonus!)

+ This gift guide – (This time for the photographers on your list. Because they’re a special bunch.)


Things That Really Are Awesome



Let’s pretend this picture isn’t as blurry as it actually is. My dad, obviously, is not the kind to hold a phone still as he’s taking a photo. Which is okay because at least he took the picture, right? Right. 

Anyways: awesome things. TSN is in town today/tomorrow as part of the Kraft 10 in 10 celebration tour. Darren Dutchyshen (@dutchysc)  is actually from town and he and @KateBeirness played a scrimmage basketball game this afternoon. All of the girls had played for the Bears…minus me. But, I still got tossed a jersey and even though I haven’t played in a solid three years and almost died because as much as the court does not look that big, yeah, run up and down a couple of times. It’s that big. I’d forgotten about that.

More awesome things: tomorrow two Rider players are going to be in town and @KaylynKyle of the CanWNT is going to be here as well!! And which I am beyond excited about. When I found out I actually did some sort of weird celebration dance thing because it is that awesome and then proceeded to share the news with my family and coworkers because excitement should always be shared. 

Things I’m Loving:

Stuff No One Told Us – Things we now know helped along with adorable cartoons. 

Dudes, Relax: The Rise of Women Does Not Mean the Fall of Men – An article written in response to a piece in September’s issue of Esquire. Thought provoking and laugh out loud funny. 

A Better Version of Yourself – Because vacation usually brings out the side of us we tend to like a little bit better. 

On Dance Floors – About how the blogging world has changed and where, exactly, we should all fit in the shifting, changing, not quite understood world. 

Cover Story: How The Times Made Olympic History – I have watched this countless times and made every member of my family sit down and watch it because dskljsadlj (Yes, I just keysmashed.) not only do I love how it was shot (even if it is a little shaky and you can see cameramen in a few shots), but because everyone is so excited about the project. And the pictures! Oh my goodness! The one of the bicycles on the track and it has more than made me renew my promise to practice and practice and practice my panning. But seriously: so beautiful and wonderful and yes, I am jealous as hell. 


Day Three & I’m Still Here

I started my internship on Monday. I’m actually three days in and still here. Which is, you know, a bonus and everything. I’ve learned a lot, too. In a ‘walked around downtown for three days straight’ kind of way, which is good for someone who did but didn’t know where things were.

You know when you’ve been to a place more times than you can count but you’re really bad with directions and for some reason have never really paid attention? No? Oh, maybe that’s just me. Anyways. I’ve done a lot of walking for Planet S’s Best Of issue coming out in a month and I don’t feel so much the country mouse in the city. 

(Well, except yesterday when I got on the wrong #2 bus and went all the way to the opposite side of town before getting on the right #2 and going all the way back. Really wasn’t my finest moment.)





No, I can’t explain why all three of these places are bars/pubs. They just happen to be places that I told myself, as I was shooting, that I would like to go back to. Which might say something about me and the influences of my PhotoJ friends…hmmm…

Truth time: it’s weird not shooting back in Belleville. People there are used to all us crazy PhotoJs and our cameras, lenses hanging off of us like extra limbs. Saskatoon, not quite as used to it. No one said anything, but it’s something you can just tell, the eyes sliding past you as you stand on the side of the street, juggling lenses as you’re changing them and praying that, if the lens cap does fall, it’ll fall the right way so no dirt gets on it. The little things, you know?

I’m getting along with everyone here, though. In a ‘we like the same music and T.V. shows even though we’re 30 years apart’ kind of way where we were cracking jokes after 20 minutes. I don’t know, I’d say that that’s a good way to start. 


Things I’m Loving:

+ Colour Palette Generator – You know those colour scheme bars that are popping up on blogs everywhere lately? This is a nifty place to get your own and be the envy of everyone who isn’t in on that little secret (like I was). 

+ Light Wheat Bread – Because there is nothing, and I do mean nothing, better than fresh bread with butter melting on it. Nothing. Except if there’s fresh milk to go with it, then it just got better.

+ Pomedôro Bowties – The last thing I need is another bow tie. I don’t, I really don’t. But I would really like one, especially this one or this one.

+ AP 30 Photographers to Watch –  Quite a few photojournalistic shots in there, which is always nice to see.