Old Faithful…


Project 365 Photos: #63

It’s Spring Break for BC students and today we paid another visit to our favourite spot in Vancouver–Gastown. It was buzzing full of Friday shoppers and people escaping their offices for fresh air and lunch. I discovered my new retail crush–Old Faithful Shop. I was drooling over the pure wool Hudson’s Bay blankets and the bare element lightbulbs and fixtures. I even love the company mascot asleep in his cubby. I’ll definitely go back soon. Gotta love my iPhone, especially when I don’t want to carry my DSLR around all day.


fall in love…


Fall In Love

Project 365 Photos: #50

Hello friends!

You know what I’ll never fall in love with? TAXES!!!! You haven’t seen any posts from me for a little while, ’cause I kinda lost my photo mojo for a few days, and it’s all because it’s tax time. The past week was a blur of invoices, receipts, spreadsheets, hair pulling, and teeth gnashing! The only good thing to come out of the whole ordeal is that the office, which I haven’t been able to climb into for the past year, is now spotless. Yay me. You should see my recycling bins.

I can’t get enough of Gastown in Vancouver, so my bestie Sarah (Diary of a House Elf) and I headed into town for a photography fieldtrip. We always have a good time together, and today was a treat! Thanks for coming with me, Sarah!

gritty street art…


street art

Project 365 Photos: #49

While shooting in Gastown, I popped my head around a corner and instantly got an eyeful of the underbelly of Vancouver street life that’s always lurking on the edges. As I stood there taking photos, my heart broke as I watched the sad drug-addled souls suffering in the alley right beside me.

I was struck by the gritty portrait of the odd bearded man.

flatiron beauty…


Gastown Flatiron

Project 365 Photos: #48


It’s a blustery cold morning here in South Surrey, BC, and it took all the strength I could muster to climb out of bed after hitting the snooze button about a dozen times–always pushing the limit. If I forecast a few years down the line, I can see myself sleeping in until 11 a.m. every morning ’cause I don’t have any kids to drop off at school (nobody tell my husband I said that). But I’ll miss them dearly, unless, of course, they’re still in our darkened family room playing video games at the age of 25, and then I will be plotting their demise!!!!

But I digress…

The photo was snapped in Gastown, Vancouver on Saturday evening. I just love flatiron buildings. They class up a city instantly, and give it a little Parisian flare. N’est-ce pas?


how little i know about you…


Gastown Nightlife

Project 365 Photos: #47

Gastown is one of my favourite places to visit in Vancouver, BC. It’s all vintagey and historic–awesome photo fodder. It’s also one of the hottest up-and-coming hipster neighbourhoods in Canada.

We decided to take the kids clothes shopping yesterday, and headed into Vancouver. My 13-year-old daughter wanted to hit the big Pacific Centre mall with me (yuck…I detest shopping), but my 16-year-old son scoffed at that and chose instead to head for Gastown with his “square” dad. He never believes his dad when he tells him about all the cool stores and restaurants he knows in the area (his office is only blocks away). So it’s no surprise that his mind was completely blown by the time Jane and I met up with them again.

After the kids had their fill of shopping, we stuck around Gastown for some dinner and nightlife. Mark and I couldn’t stop chuckling about how little our kids know about us. We’ve got some groove, baby!

Critical Footnote:

This morning we were talking about how little our kids know about us again, and my hubby drops this bomb…

Mark: Jen, do you know who did this song originally (Debra Harry’s “One Way of Another” was playing on the radio)?

Jen: Of course, Blondie. Debra Harry is still one of the coolest artists out there.

Mark: I met her once.

Jen: What?!?!

Mark: Yeah. When I was working in New York, I met her.

Jen: How come you never mentioned that?

Mark: I don’t know.

Jen: Exactly when and where? I need details!!!!!!!

Mark: I don’t know. Probably in some meeting, but  a guy I work with has been to her house.

Jen: WTF?!!!!

Mark: Yeah. He’s in a punk band.

Jen: WTF?!?!? When I ask you how your day is, this is EXACTLY the type of detail that should be shared with me. Not, “I had a really good sushi roll for lunch.”!!!!!!


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