Annecy, France

Hello Annecy

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Last weekend I finally, finally got to make a trip to Annecy. I drove up and met my friend Chynna for lunch, which was absolutely delicious. Grilled bread with goat cheese and honey (her) and a mouthwatering sauce and salmon (me). Homemade fries and salad finished off the meal while we each had half a pint of beer and shared a pitcher of water between the two of us. It was warm out so we ate outside and did what I’ve come to really appreciate in France: ate slowly and talked lots. A two hour lunch and not once did I feel rushed or like we should leave. It was something I had to get used to when I got here and now that I have, I don’t want to let it go!

We walked around the vieille ville for the rest of the afternoon, looking at the swans on the river, the artist on the sidewalk (just photographs, no videos please),  the kids playing football in the park with their parents, riding rented bikes shaped liked racehorses up and down the footpath, eating ice cream from large waffle cones. I went ‘the usual’ for me and got mango and raspberry, a small sampling of cinnamon on top, while Chynna got the full scoop of cinnamon with butter caramel. (I will be going back next time because oh my it was delicious!)

As well next time, we’re planning on biking around the lake, which is a bit of a distance, is supposed to be quite easy as it’s all flat. I’ve also got four/five days off when the kids have their next school holiday, so I’m stalking flight prices and trying to decide which new place I should see next (Barcelona, Madrid and Nice are all within price range) and trying to plan a bit of a trip. Take a break from the mountains and children and revel in the feeling of a mini-vacation.

The sun has finally decided to shine and bring it’s friend warmth with it, so lots of picnicking and running around outside, I’ve been back to shooting hoops on the court next to the playground while the kids play. Yes: lots of things. I’m rather enjoying it.

Things I’m Loving:

+ This song – (I’m late, I know. But Nate Reuss’s voice makes me so happy.)

+ This & this – (They’re not helping me make up my about where I want to go because I want to go both places.)

+ These online magazines – (Because I don’t have enough to read.)

+ This spring outfit – (I would wear that dress every. single. day.)

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A Plea for Sun

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I know there’s been a lot of talk about the weather, everyone’s just waiting for spring to hurry up and get here already, but I’d still like to join in that call for more sun and less clouds and more warmth and less rain. I know you can’t tell from these pictures but it’s been nothing but heavy clouds hanging down below the mountain tops and cold winds, rain that starts and stops at will. The new season started last month. If someone could forward that memo to the weather, I’d greatly appreciate it.

Things I’m Loving:

+ Giving yourself an assignment – (Something I’ve been trying (and trying and trying) to do.)

+ This has been making the rounds – (And making us PhotoJs laugh.)

+ Rules for dinner – (Of the cooking variety.)

+ Kitchen of my dreams – (Because: maps. Also because: purple table.)

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Confetti & Animal Masks

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So. I’ve been gone. Not gone gone, just not here gone. And maybe Good Friday isn’t exactly the best day to be posting, carnival pictures or otherwise, but I’m doing it.

Not much has really happened to keep me away, just little things. Like snow and rain and the ache for spring to just finally get here. The way my camera no longer feels like it properly fits in my hands anymore and we’re trying to work past that, trying to reconcile our differences. How I’m trying to figure out what I’m doing this summer and how even though I have options (a few of them) it feels like there’s nothing, which doesn’t make sense, but I’ve learned some things just don’t. Things like not having a vehicle the last week or so and how that feels like just being plain stuck. On the side of the mountain, with the rain. Just a lot of stuck-ness. But spring is coming. You can feel it in how the rain is rain and not snow and there’s now puddles and mud on the ground. The way the days are longer and you don’t need a winter jacket to go outside.

So I’m now working on becoming un-stuck, which is turning out to be a long process with lots of set backs and maybe I won’t fully get there for awhile, but I’m willing and ready to try.

Things I’m Loving:

+ Mr. Rogers – Last week was his birthday and ten years since he’s passed away and I ended up saving some links and here are two that are my favourite:

5 Moments That Prove Mr. Rogers was the Greatest American 

Won’t You Be My Neighbour? 

+ Camping – I miss going camping. It was something we’d do for a week or two every summer. That first picture brings it all back.

+ Around the World in 13 Songs – On repeat at the moment.

+ 15 Salads – My friends and I are bordering on obsessed with salads. For lunch, for dinner, if it’s cold, if it’s warm. These would be perfect for our next get together.

+ These sneakers – I want them. That is all.

+ Easter DIY Ideas – All lovely and quite simple and just in time!

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I finally had the two disposable cameras I had developed. Shots from when I was at school, during my internship and at home. The boys had fun too. Because you can’t see the picture on the back of the camera after you’ve taken it. (And figuring out where to put your fingers gets super tricky.)

Also got a Pentax from one of the teachers at the school that I have finally bought film for and will have developed the next time I’m in the city. It’s a bit of a learning curve, but I’m having so much fun with it, so who cares if there’s a finger smudging out a face or two?

Things I’m Loving:

A Working Girl Can’t Win by Deborah Garrison – Bought it at the thrift store when I was home for Christmas and did a quick read through then. Just re-read it and absolutely loved it.

Burn. – A photography journal curated by Magnum photographer David Alan Harvey.

Coconut Water – Don’t laugh. I can’t buy this in town. So I go to the city and hunt down a couple of decent cans. (And the stuff at Starbucks is just…no. No.) Thank goodness for one stop London Drugs!

Wise Words – Sometimes the Dr. is as true as it gets.

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Sun & Skateboards

Saskatoon doesn’t look like this anymore. Actually, it’s cold and windy and has been threatening to rain for the last two (three?) days. I thought spring was on its way the other day when my friend Meghan and I went out, her with her skateboard, me with my camera.

The great thing about someone who isn’t used to you having your camera out is that they aren’t sick (yet) of you taking their picture. I’m sure it’ll wear off, but, until it does, I’m going to use it to my advantage like nobody’s business.

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Things I’m Loving:
Boys Will Hire Boys – “The media is male and getting maler.” An interesting article (with extra links to numbers and graphs) that shows how the number of women in media is declining and how men are more inclined to hire other men for a job that a women is possibly more qualified to do.
Spring Playlist by Kinfolk Mag – I have a ridiculous love for Kinfolk. I really do. I have their first two issues and can’t wait to order their third. It’s really no surprise that they can not only put together beautiful magazines, they can also create a wonderful playlist.
Smoked Tuna Quinoa Kedgeree – Anthology Mag was doing a recipe-a-week deal for the last five weeks and this one caught my eye like nobody’s business. Not only do I love food (obviously) but I seriously love seafood. And fresh fish? I’d eat it all the time if I could. So, this is on my list of things to make as soon as possible. But until then, I’ll just stare at the beautiful photography.
Women United Football Club – If you’re a female fan of the MLS, then head on over. Snagged from their front page: “In America and abroad, MLS has scores of female soccer fans, but there is little in the way of communities or reporting to serve them. We’re changing that in 2012. This is a place where women of all ages who are MLS fans can meet, mingle and blog about their thoughts. Join us as we get to experience the thrills and spills of pro soccer in a whole new way!”  Yeah, that’s something I can definitely get behind.
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