Sunday, June 22, 2008

Ruth and Makayla come to town

So, at the end of May, beginning of June, the lovely Ruth Thompson from my Segue (Africa/Mercyships/Anastasis/Liberia) trip came to visit for 2 weeks. I was priviledged to know that she came all the way from Leeds, England, to come see me....

 During that two weeks, for 5 days, my niece Makayla came to visit from Edmonton.  

In that time, we went to Seattle, Tofino, and spent time in Vancouver.  Courtesy of Ruth, here are some of the photos.  WHen i get mine developed, I will post some more.

Driving the *really nice, free upgraded* Rental car in Seattle.  This is probably close to when i was about to die because I had to pee so badly, and proceeded to do a "chinese fire drill" in DT seattle so i could hop out, go to starbucks, and use the washroom.

Ruth and I at Prospect point, in Stanley Park.  We saw a racoon there, soon after.

Jericho Beach, on a friday night.  This is Me, Ruth, and Makayla, playing "America's top model." Can't you tell?

Myself, and my stunning, beautiful, and amazing 12 year old niece.  What a privilege to have her in my life, and to have similar big toothy grins.

In Uculelet, day one on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. Short, 5 km hike.

On the Whale watching/wildlife/hotsprings tour boat in Tofino.

Tofino hotsprings.  Deciding to get wet?

Getting wet.


Thursday, June 19, 2008

young at heart

So, i recently watched this documentary.  it was beautiful, and sad, and amazing.  it reminded me that as we get older, we do get wiser, and we get more stubborn, and in many ways, we stay the same, and desire the same things.  

and, this song was sung.  i already knew it, being a fan of coldplay, but it brought a whole new aspect...

here are the lyrics:

When you try your best, but you don't succeed
when you get what you want, but not what you need
when you feel so tired, but you can't sleep
Stuck in reverse

And the tears come streaming down your face
When you lose something you can't replace
When you love someone but it goes to wast
Could it be worse?

Lights will guide you home,
And ignite your bones,
And I will try to fix you,

High up above or down below.
When you're too in love to let it go
But if you never try you'll never know
Just what you're worth

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And i will try to fix you

Tears stream down your face,
I promise you, i will learn from my mistakes,
Tears stream down your face, and I...

Sunday, June 15, 2008

2 exciting things, one massive hill climb....

So, this week, two pretty neat things have happened...

1) i have been labeled a "premium chocolate lover" by a marketing company, and will be receiving a large crate of chocolate...  the beginning started on facebook, when i got this message:
Hi Amelia,
My name is Ana, and i came across your facebook profile when searching for fashion lovers in vancouver. 
I work for Marchstick, a word of mouth marketing agency working on behalf of Dove Chocolate to launch their all-new line of Milk, Dusk, Dark and 71% Cocoa choolate.  we're selection 100 social and influential women in the Vancouver area to receive a free Dove pleasure kit containing the full line of Dove chocolate!  All we ask in return is your feedback about your experience.
If you're interested, and would like additional information, please visit our website...
*followed by contact information*

so, there we go. i filled out the survey, then answered a few questions on the phone the next day, and apparently i qualify as a "premium chocolate lover."  I could've told you that.  but, i like how it how this lady was searching for "fashion lovers" and "100 social and influential women in Vancouver."  I had no idea that i was under those categories!  but sweet action. large  chocolate crate, i will not deny. 

2) in my tri training, the realization that I *Cannot* do tri's here in canada without a wetsuit, dawned upon me.  then, the realization that they are super expensive also dawned upon me.  so, to make a longer story short, my dad is going to get me one for my birthday.  his reasoning? the following: "well, i figure you can afford the entry fees; even if your bike shoes are old and stinky and aren't totally comfortable, you can still get the race done.  but, with out a wetsuit, you will die of hypothermia.  and, i don't want to deal with that."

thanks dad :) you rock my socks.  i am so excited to race these races.  

and, on that note, today i did a bike-run workout... it was hard, especially with the fact that my bike ride was the grueling "Cypress hill climb" 
here is a map, of approximently the main part of the ride i did:
it was amazing, and difficult, and challenging, and exhilarating all at once. I don't think that there is a ride in Vancouver, other than the sister mountain, Seymour, as "iconic" as this one. Cypress bowl road is approximently 15km long, with 13km of the road being a relentless 7-9% grade, climbing from elevation of 215 metres, to 916 meters.  although the hill is not ridiculously steep, it does not let up.  after the viewpoint at about km 5.5, it seems a lot harder, and, i distinctly remember moments of blackness as the edges of my eyes, and another moment of wanting to throw up, and still other moments of euphoria.  

once you hit the top, you turn around put your head down, squint your eyes (in my case, b/c i dont have sunglasses), and hit over 60km an hour, and cruise back down to the highway; eventually to start to head back to van city.

the run following that was short, but necessary. following the run, i went home and proceeded to collapse.


just another day of training.  


finally, yesterday, i went to a forum at my church about homelessness.  it was the day after i was riding home on the bus from the downtown eastside, and had to deal with this man who was either a)drunk, b)high, or c)both.  i spent the ride telling him to stop leaning on me, and telling him that i will not go the a washroom with him.  i eventually convinced him to get off the bus, at the stop closest to the hospital.  but, the one thing i think about when this happens, is how poverty, mental illness, homelessness and the such is rarely comfortable.  i also rarely find it dangerous.  but, sometimes i wish that seedy men would realize that they aren't going to get what they want, and to learn to just leave people alone. 


 i also wish that we could all learn to love more and more.  and not just learn to love the ones that we are comfortable with, but the ones who also make us feel uncomfortable.



this weekend, i will have my "summer solstice birthday bash at the beach...."  (even though by birthday doesn't occur still for a few weeks, it is the best weekend for this!)  come one, come all.  i would love for you to be there. 

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

craziness?!

so, it has been quite a while since my last post, but here we go.  I will give a brief update of why i have not posted, and what is going on in my life these days....

1) i have had visitors.  the lovely Ruth Thompson, from Sunderland, in England came for two weeks.  She is a friend of mine from the anastasis, who took Segue course with me. the time was way too quick, and i think we packed a whole lot of activities in.  As well, for 5 days during that time, my super-cool niece, Makayla (from Edmonton), came to visit.  She consistently reminds me how amazing it is to have a neice, and how much fun it is to spend time with family, and how it takes a village to raise a child, not just parents. And, although i miss them both, it is nice to have a bit of time for myself, and not feel responsible for other people's happiness ;)  

2) i have had triathlons on my mind.  my first Tri will be on July 13th, in Squamish.  when i don't think about work, or school, or MCAT's, i think about tri's.  my dad is going to buy me a wetsuit for my birthday, and i am sooooooo thankful/excited about that.  I will now not have the chance of catching hypothermia.  
in addition, i watched the World Cup Tri in vancouver on sunday. it was the last qualifying race previous to the olympics, so all the best triathletes in the world were here, and it was amazing to watch.  the women were inspirational, and the men were just unbelieveable.  they are soooooo fast and fit and have nice bikes.  

and, in other recent athletic ridiculous-ness:

3) school, MCAT studying, and work are always on my plate.  I have to focus on the MCAT, because once again, i am starting to get panic-y about not getting into medical school, and what would happen if i dont.  cause, a lot of people don't get in.  but, i'm not getting overly stressed about it. i can just do my best, and go from there.  I'm working a lot, but loving my job (still).  unfortunently, 2 of our trainers are moving on, and i will miss them around the facility, a lot.  Audrey, Tony, please don't remove yourselves from my life outside of work.

4) people in vancouver love to talk about the weather.  perhaps it is because the weather outside feels like it is feburary.  if you look at the calendar, it is June.  what the hell is going on.?!?!  who do we need to talk to about this, to log our complaints?