Tuesday Top Ten

One

“Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address. On the other hand, this not knowing has its charms.”

Happy Tuesday everyone. It’s the first day of school today. I always loved the first day of school. I loved new outfits and school supplies and that clean, exciting, what’s-going-to-happen feeling when you open your notebook to the first page. Everyone told me when I was graduating from University and just couldn’t wait to get out of there that I would one day start to miss school. I laughed at those people, but they were right. I don’t miss papers but I sure miss heading to campus with a coffee in hand, staking out the best seats in the back row of class (so I could silently play nerd bingo). I don’t miss it enough to actually consider going back yet, but golly, do I feel nostalgic today.

Two

For the first time in my life, I bought a new piece of furniture. Not just new to me. Not a hand me down. New, new. I feel like a real, legit grown up. It’s a custom built couch from The Furniture Spot and it’s gonna be this really nice elephant gray colour. Unfortunately we’ll be without a couch for the next two weeks while it’s being built. But it’s probably good for your posture to sit on wooden kitchen table chairs, right?

Three

At my birthday party I had something life changing: a smaco. What’s that? It’s like a smore taco. Made with (cinnamon!) eggo waffles toasted over the fire. Here is a picture that Tiffany took of me eating one, look how happy I am. Yes, that is totally a piece of marshmallow stuck to the corner of my mouth.

Four

One of the former roommates and I hit up the Aritzia warehouse sale at the butt crack of dawn on Saturday. It seems like every girl in Vancouver went to this sale and every guy in Vancouver rolled his eyes (or mockingly feigned interest, ahem, Thomas) listening to stories about it. I scored a really cute laptop case, two slouchy toques and a gray cashmere sweater. It was super overwhelming though. I wouldn’t say that combing through racks and elbowing other girls out of the way is my ideal shopping experience.

Can we just pass a law or something that says you can wear toques to the office?

Five

Two Saturdays ago I had to park my car all day on Granville Island. I returned to find it literally covered in bird shit. I had just washed my car and was so angry that I had to pay for parking on the Island all day and also a car wash.

I don’t drive my car every day because I transit to work and I care about the environment so much. Way more than anyone who bikes on the sidewalk. So I washed it Wednesday night and then parked it in my underground for the rest of the week. When I took it out for the first time this past Saturday, I parked it at the furniture store and returned to find it once again covered in bird shit.

The moral of this story is that I will no longer be swerving to avoid birds.

Six

Last week I got sucked into this miniseries on the History Channel with Kevin Costner called Hatfields & McCoys. It’s all southern accents and blood feuds and civil war drama. It’s amazingly history-nerdy but so well done. If you are into period pieces or you happen to be a big Kevin Costner fan (who isn’t?) then giddyup:

Seven

Speaking of TV movies. We now have the movie channels at our house, thanks to my phone haggling skills. This is either going to be awesome or a total disaster for my sleep cycle and productivity. I pvr’d Contagion but I’m a little scared to watch it in case I start having nightmares about germs.

Eight

Oilers things: Jordan Eberle signed a contract last week and lo, there was much rejoicing. All of my Canucks-fan friends were super mean to me about it. I think they are jealous that they don’t have a Lady Bing candidate leading scorer with a beautiful gap between his teeth on their team and don’t know how to deal with their feelings. As much as I love Ebs (a lot), no one was more excited about him signing than Wanye over at Oilers Nation. Upon hearing the news he single handedly blew up my twitter feed.

I know he’s really into awful gangster rap and makes terrible drawings with MS Paint but I think I have an internet crush on this guy.

ps. look what came for me today!

Nine

Community Groups start next week at Westside! I am so excited and about 63% nervous to be leading a community group this fall. If you live in Kits and want to join one on Tuesdays, then sign up for me and Zach’s! If you are a dude I would really encourage you to check it all out because so far it’s mostly ladies. Not sure if this is because of me or Zach…

Ten

For the past week I have been going back and forth with the idea of stopping blogging. Specifically, I am considering not doing the Tuesday Top Ten posts anymore. This fall coming up is going to be so busy, and I need to be smart about where I am spending my time and attention. I’m one of those people who will push myself until I have a breakdown and I need to be realistic about what I commit myself to. I am so torn because I love writing. And as much work as the Top Ten posts are I know it is good for me to have to write every week. It keeps my voice and skills sharpened. But I feel pulled towards music this fall, I see God working in that and want to be a part of it. And as much as I love blogging, music is my first love (after Jesus obvs).

So what I’m proposing is this: I am going to take the month of September off. I might drop in here and there but I won’t be doing a consistent Top Ten for the next few weeks. I’m going to let myself get settled into Community Groups and Songwriting Class and establish some good routines and then I will re-assess at the end of the month. Let me also take this opportunity to say thank you to all of you who read every week. I like to joke around that only my Mom reads this blog, but the truth is that so many of you have been so encouraging to me in my writing. It means a lot, and it’s a huge part of why I love blogging so much. So thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

Tuesday Top Ten

One

It’s my birthday this week. Twenty-seven was a hard year for me and I’m not sorry to see it go. But (and that’s a big butt, as my 90-year-old pastor used to say) I learned a lot about God’s character and myself this year. Huge life lessons that came with a whole lot of tears and at least one or two laughs. I like to think that I’m approaching Twenty-eight a little wiser, and a little more rooted in who I am. I thought I’d do a special birthday edition of the Top Ten lessons I learned this year. Sorry, no funny videos today. Check back next week.

Two

“Suffering clarifies for us what is important and what is not.”
A few people tweeted this quote this week, and I really love it. I’ve found this to be so true this year. A lot of the “life lessons” I learned sound totally cliché or obvious when you write them out. But it’s one thing to theoretically know something is true. It’s a whole other thing to walk through something hard and come out on the other side knowing Truth. Suffering draws us closer to God, and shows us what is important and what is just noise.

Three

“I will sing of the riches of your mercy”
This year was pretty rich with musical experiences and I got to write, sing, play and record a lot. I wrote a couple of songs this year that I’m really happy with. I learned that I need to invest in my talents and the things I’m good at. Some parts of music come naturally to me and some need a lot of hard work and practice.

Music is one of the things I am most excited about going into the next year of my life. God has brought a community of musicians together at Westside who all have a passion for worship and I am so excited to be a part of it. It’s so cool to see how God is developing his heart among his people through music.

Four

“My Best Friend’s Wedding”
My best friend got married. I was a bridesmaid for the first time in my life (I usually get asked to do music instead of being in the wedding party which is awesome because you still get to go to the rehearsal dinner and be involved in the wedding without having to buy a fancy matching dress or get your hair/nails did). I learned that wedding planning is a huge undertaking. I learned that I will probably have to hire someone or get Ariana to make a million lists for me if I ever get married.

Five

“He will be the stability of your times”

There were so many times this year that I cried out to God or to friends, ”I just want a little bit of stability, is that too much to ask for!?” I went through one move, two periods of unemployment and am still currently looking for another roommate for the fall. It feels like my life has been in a constant state of change over the past twelve months. In the midst of this longing to be settled, even just for a while, this verse jumped out at me. I’d never heard God referred to in this way before.

Six

“Beer is delicious”

That’s lame, sorry I was trying to keep the quote thing going. I’ve never been a big beer drinker. Gin & Tonic is my go-to beverage and probably always will be. But this year for the first time I actually started to enjoy beer, and it makes me feel more like a legit grownup. We can all thank Natalie for this, having a roommate who works in liquor store that specializes in craft beer forces you to try enough that you eventually figure out what you like and don’t (Hefeweizen…still gross).

Seven

“Guard your heart”

I’ve always been a heart-on-my-sleeve type of girl. Some people have to learn to be more vulnerable and let others in. I had to learn the total opposite lesson. I had to learn that not everyone is trustworthy with the most intimate details of my life. Not everyone has the wisdom and maturity to speak truth into my life. This lesson was particularly painful because I learned it by being hurt by an extremely well intentioned, beloved friend. Thankfully, it turned out alright in the end and the relationship was healed by God’s grace. But I definitely learned that that verse in Proverbs—which we like to throw at young girls to warn them to protect their virtue and keep boys out of their pants—has a much wider application than just romantic love.

Eight

“Find Joy in the Small Things”

Like when your beloved bottom feeding hockey team has an unexpectedly strong start and sits at the top of the Conference after the first ten games of the year. Or when you win the draft lottery despite being only the second worst team in the league.

Nine

“You are not superwoman”
I hate asking for help. I think most people do, because it makes us feel weak. But we weren’t designed to be autonomous creatures, doing life all on our own. We were made for relationships and community. I had some friends and family who came through in amazing ways for me this year, but I had to swallow kill my pride let them know what I needed.

Ten

“It Will Be Okay”
Even when it feels like it won’t. Even if it doesn’t get better. God is sovereign over everything. From big things like jobs and roommates and where your rent money is coming from, to little things like finding your shampoo on clearance when you only have $10 left in your bank account. He is our provider and he has a perfect plan and purpose for us. (Related: his plans are often so different than mine). Phillipians 4:13 is another one of those postcard verses that everyone has on their fridge or cross-stiched and hanging in their bathroom. But the whole chapter is amazing, particularly the verse immediately before.

“I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me…And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.”

Tuesday Top Ten

One

Happy Tuesday kids. I am totally exhausted and about 85% grumpy today. It’s mostly my own fault for trying to cram too many things into one weekend. But I would also like reserve a little bit of blame for the heat. My house is the approximate temperature of the sun and it makes falling asleep and staying asleep difficult. Humbug.

Two

Rob and Eliza’s wedding was this past weekend was amazing. The ceremony was beautiful, and the reception was full of love and laughter. JZ—oh sorry, DJ Capabilities— DJ’d and everybody danced, danced, danced even though it was so hot. It was so fun to go to a wedding and get all dressed up and celebrate with all my most favorite people in the world. They had all of their guests tag all their instagram photos with the #robandeliza, so there was an instant online photo album.

Three

I got tickets to go see The Head and The Heart in October! One of the best parts of working is that I can afford to go to concerts again.

I love this video. The white girl dance snap is my signature move.

Four

With the roommates moving out soon, I need to find a new couch. And I have to make a confession: Craigslist totally stresses me out. I hate dealing with strangers over the internet! Also I’m terrified of getting bed bugs from an infested Craiglist couch. As I write this I can practically hear Tami rolling her eyes. She has the spiritual gift of Craigslist and always finds the coolest stuff on there.

Part of me wants to just spend the money and get something new. I have never bought a new piece of furniture in my life and I know it would be 100% bed bug free. Plus, I think buying a couch is an important step towards becoming a mature, responsible adult. What do you guys think? Anyone want to just deal with Craigslist/arranging a truck (and dude helpers) to pick up a couch for me?

Five

I had to finish getting ready for the wedding at Michelle’s on Saturday, because neither of my roommates were home and I needed someone to do up the back of my dress. Her little guy kept asking if I was getting married and I had to explain that no, this was not my Wedding Dress, just a dress I am wearing to a wedding. Michelle and I were debating if I should go with hot pink lipstick to match my shoes and Levi was all, “I like that color, Sarah!” So that’s how I let a three year old pick my makeup for me.

I love this kid. And I love that he is totally giving me stranger danger eyes in this picture. To be fair, he is much more used to seeing me with glasses wearing sweatpants.

Six

Last week, Mrs. De Ridder got me and Michelle passes to the Bourne Ultimatum. Ask and ye shall receive, internet! I loved it, but I might be a little biased because I love all the Bourne movies. The first one is in my top five all time favorite movies, fuh’real. Bourne Legacy is not exactly a sequel or continuation of the Bourne story, more like a totally new storyline and character done in the same style. It’s a good action movie and there are wolves. Great movie for a girl date, I’d say.

Seven

I have been listening to this Ben Howard album nonstop for the past two days. To be honest I’m not sure why I like it so much because his voice and lyrical style isn’t the sort I’m typically drawn to. But something about his music is comforting to me in my sleep deprived i-hate-the-world-today state. I know everyone is over this song, blah blah blah. I really like this cover.

Eight

Sunday night I escaped the heat and went to see Katy Perry: Part of Me. It was good, and gave a really interesting glimpse into the life of a pop star—all the hard work that goes into creating not just the music but the image, branding and production. There were some emotional moments. Both of my friends cried. I did not. I only cry in real life, you guys. Here is Katy Perry covering MGMT. The girl can sing and knows how to write a hit song.

Nine

I am totally obsessed with 8tracks right now. I listen to it all day long at work. It’s like radio but better. I have found so many great songs!

Ten

I’m feeling pretty convicted about the unhealthy amount of business in my life right now. I always seem to push myself to the point of exhaustion before I stop, take a step back and realize how important rest and stillness is. I’m not sure if it’s my personality or our culture or both but I feel like a failure if I’m not constantly doing something or working towards something. And it’s wearing me out. As I look ahead towards fall, and all the wonderful things I’ve committed to, I am also going to commit to scheduling one night a week for myself at home to rest. To read. To write/play music. Not just for my sanity’s sake. God rested. I need to rest too.

Wednesday Top Ten

One

It’s already Tuesday Wednesday, friends. Did you have a good long weekend? I find that holiday Mondays always throw off my whole week. I do most of my thinking/planning/daydreaming for the Top Ten on Mondays, so when I actually start the work week on Tuesday and I have major blog post to write it feels slightly chaotic.

Two

My interest in the Olympics has seriously waned now that swimming and gymnastics are over. Like the rest of the world, I thought Ryan Lochte was mega cute for about two seconds. And then I saw an interview and was immediately over it. Whenever he came on the TV Nat would be all, “DUH. I LIKE TO SWIM IN THE POOL.” like Gus-gus from Cinderella. Michael Phelps is a great interview. Lochte…isn’t.

Three

Usually if I have to go to a wedding or a fancy event my friend /awesome hairstylist will do my hair for me. This Saturday I’m going to her wedding, so she’ll probably be too busy. Rude. On Sunday afternoon I decided to try a practice run of doing my hair all fancy. I’m good at a number of things, but curling my hair with a curling iron is not one of them. I ended up with this ugly burn on my neck. When I first did it, my neck was all red and Nat came home and asked if I had a secret boy who was giving me hickies. Gross. I’m not 14 years old.

I might just have to wear a fancy dress with my normal frizzy hair, is what I’m saying.

Four

Ariana sent this to me this morning with the question, “Did you write this?” She has been on many road trips with me and understands the mental gymnastics I go through trying to plan out bathroom stops. I did not write this article, but I totally could have. Can you pee too much? by Sophia Rossi.

“Have you ever had to defend your bodily functions? No, because it’s a super weird thing to have to do. I’m telling you, it happens and I want you all to be prepared to do something about it.” YES. YES I HAVE.

Five

Look, I don’t want to be one of those people who complains about rain year round and then complains when it’s actually beautiful out. I love the sun. I love laying on the beach. I love wearing sunglasses. But I hate trying to sleep when it’s one million degrees in my bedroom. I am totally exhausted, you guys. I haven’t really slept for the past four or five nights. Even with two fans going.

Ed: I wrote this yesterday, before the Thunderstorm. I slept GREAT last night.

Six

On Saturday I trekked up to Buntzen lake with a few girls. It was so hot out, and we wanted to escape the crowds at the beaches in the City. When we got there (it’s about an hour’s drive from my place), it was already “full” and the park rangers had closed off the road into the beach. We had to park our cars in the village and hike down to the beach. It’s about a half an hour’s walk if you are carrying beach supplies. You know what we passed on the way to the beach? ABOUT ONE HUNDRED EMPTY PARKING SPACES. I was not impressed. The moral of this story is if you are thinking about going to Buntzen Lake for beach time get there early. Before 10am. Also I did not even out my tan lines. So the day was kind of a bust.

Seven

Tami hosted a super girly night for me, Ariana and Michelle on Saturday. We painted our nails and drank watermelon lemonade and flipped through fashion magazines. Ariana found this amazing coconut milk ice cream for Michelle who has a sensitive gall bladder and therefore has to be very careful about what she eats. I ate two bowls. Tami wants us to start calling ourselves the Fab Four. Because there’s four of us and we’re fabulous. With all due respect to John, Paul, George and Ringo, of course.

Eight

Check out this amazing work of art. It’s a cardboard castle that sounds like rain. What?

Nine

This month marks the end of an era. Both of my roommates are moving out in September. It will be sad and I’m gonna miss these girls a lot. Nat has promised that she will still come over to watch Jeopardy. And I will probably still text her with my millions of small dilemmas throughout the day like, ”Can I pull off these boots with this dress?” or ”Does my hair look cute or totally crazy?” or ”Is it too early to have a Diet Coke at 10:30am?”

It’s sad, but it means wise decisions are being made all round. I will miss these girls but I know that God has good things in store for this house in the fall and I’m excited about it. That being said, if you are looking for a place to live in Kits for September, shoot me an email.

Ten

There is so much change coming up in the fall. Roommates moving out, new roommates moving in. One roommate still TBD. Community group and songwriting class starting. I am so excited, I feel like life will look totally, wonderfully different over the coming months. In the past month or so, I have seen God answer prayers in really tangible ways in my life and the lives of those around me. There have been answers to things I’ve been praying about for so long. I am constantly blown away at his provision and his hand working among his people. He is able to do immeasurably more than all we can imagine. I feel so much joy and anticipation going into this new season.

”Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

Tuesday Top Ten

One

Merry Olympic Tuesday to you. I love the Olympics. Specifically, the swimming. But I will watch pretty much any Olympic sport except weightlifting. That one freaks me out.

Two

Clearly Contacts is pretty amazing. I got two pairs of glasses in the past two weeks for under $150. For both. One pair was on summer clearance and one pair I got for free from a Facebook offer. I know, Facebook offers always seem too good to be true and then it turns out they aren’t. But this was legit. It would have cost me even less if I didn’t need coke bottle lenses because of my prescription. All these cheap glasses have got me wondering how much my eye doctor has been ripping me off the past 20 years of my life?!

Three

Last night I accidentally taped the American broadcast of the Olympics. You know what? I think the TSN/CTV coverage is better. I never thought James Duthie and Jay & Dan would rise above Brian Williams (American) and Bob Costas but they’ve done it. Those crazy Sportscentre kids. Also, having a PVR has completely changed my Olympics experience. I get to fastforward the boring (boxing, weightlifting) bits and commercials and focus on Swimming and Gymnastics.

Four

My roommates came downtown to have lunch with me today. I think it’s the first time all three of us have been together since summer started. It’s amazing how many people want to come have lunch with you when your work is located right at the Food Truck epicenter of town.

Five

I finally went and saw The Dark Knight Rises on Sunday night. I loved it. I won’t spoil it for you in case you haven’t seen it yet. There were a couple of plot twists towards the end that I did not see coming, and I very rarely get surprised in movies. I’m usually the girl that figures it out halfway through, while my former roommate Mrs. De Ridder can figure a plot twist out about ten minutes in. She could have been a screenwriter in another life. Anyway. Joseph Gordon-Levitt was my favorite part, and I still think that Gary Oldman is the true hero of Batman. I surprisingly did not hate Anne Hathaway as Cat Woman, which makes me hopeful that she won’t ruin Les Mis for me. Go see it. Preferably with a bunch of boys who are majorly geeking out over it.

Six

Speaking of movies. The Bourne Legacy comes out on Friday. Who wants to go see it with me!?

Awesome, right?

Seven

I hereby present you with the most delicious thing I’ve eaten all week. Caramelized Apples, Pecans & Brie grilled cheese. From the Mom’s Grilled Cheese Food Truck.

Eight

Excuse me while I geek out for a second. It’s crazy how much the cell phone technology has improved for these Olympics. I downloaded the CTV Olympics app and got to watch Michael Phelps beat the Olympic Record live on my phone. It was super considerate of the Olympic organizers to time that race perfectly with my lunch break, so thanks very much Lord Coe et al. The video streaming and picture quality were unreal. It was literally like watching a mini TV. No buffering, no nothing. I know someone who wants to live until he’s 100 just to see what happens with cell phone technology. I’m sure by then they will have an iPhone app that can perform surgery for you.

Nine

I was three years old when the Edmonton tornado hit. I don’t remember it. But ask any Edmontonian who was around that day and I guarantee they will have a story about where they were when the sky went black. I thought it might be fitting to share this song by the Rural Alberta Advantage on the 25 year anniversary of Black Friday.

Ten

The past few weeks have been full of joy and rest and good friends. My heart is full and fed. God has been really faithful and I feel abundantly blessed and thankful. But I don’t want to forget all the lessons I learned through the heartache and suffering of the past six months. Have you heard that phrase, ”Don’t forget in the dark what you learned in the light?” I think it works both ways. Now that I’m in the light, I don’t want to forget the powerful truths God spoke to me through the darkness. Don’t forget the valley.

Tuesday Top Ten

One

Happy Tuesday, friends! My good friends Douze and Michelle are in town from Edmonton this week. I’ve been having a great time showing off Vancouver to Michelle, who has never been here before. I’ve mentioned before that Douze is all about outdoor sports and enjoying nature. Remember the time she tricked me into climbing a mountain? Well, the good news is that Michelle is way more like me and enjoys artsy things and exploring cities. And we both have curly hair. She spent nearly an hour in Paper Ya on Granville Island on Sunday—my kind of girl.

Two

There are quite a few touristy things in Vancouver that I’ve never done in the five-plus years I’ve lived here. One of them is riding the Aquabus. On Saturday afternoon, we gave Michelle a little tour of False Creek via the Aquabus. I’m not sure about using it as a legitimate mode of transportation, but it was a pretty fun thing to do with out of town friends. Plus hey, boats.

Three

My friend Joel has started a new blog. He’s trying to record the first and last sentence he says every day for a year. I think this is a neat idea and Joel is a great writer so I’m excited to follow it over the next 365 days. Check it.

Four

Due to its proximity to my new workplace, I have become a Caffe Artigiano regular. I had been going to Starbucks for the first few days but they kept running out of blonde roast so I tried out CA’s and their coffee is so much better. It is still not as delicious as JJ’s and I think spelling Caffe with two f’s is totally pretentious, but overall I’ve been enjoying my experience.

Five

I was browsing through the Nora Ephron archives on the New Yorker and stumbled upon this photo exhibition, One Steinway Place. Photographer Christopher Payne was given access to the Steinway factory in Queens to document the making of a Steinway piano.


Apparently there is also a documentary about the making of a Steinway, Note by Note. I am nerdy enough that I really want to see this.

Six

One of the things I miss the most about Alberta is the sky. It sounds weird, but it is just bigger there. It makes you feel small in a good way, a reminder that we really are just vapor—here for a moment.

They had a crazy thunderstorm there yesterday and Douze was obsessively checking the weather and calling her parents and roommate and everyone she knew to make sure they were indoors with their windows closed. Natalie drove through it on her way back from Saskatchewan. Crazy girl. These photos were sent to me by my bro and Nat respectively. When I look at photos like this and think back to huge thunderstorms I experienced growing up on the prairies, I feel like I understand the fear and awe the disciples must have felt when Jesus spoke and calmed the storm.

Seven

AbFab takes on the Olympics. I need to watch this, obviously.

Eight

This guy turned 25 on Saturday. We had a joint b-day barbeque for him and the legendary James Tweeds. They sang Happy Birthday and brought out the cake for themselves. Hilar.

We were joking around about something a few days ago and I said, “Sure in the past TWELVE YEARS that I’ve known you…” and I had to stop and do the math in my head. Yep. Twelve years of friendship. If you had told me when I first met him (when we were making balloon animals at VBS) that we’d still be friends twelve years later, living in Vancouver and singing/leading worship together I probably would have laughed. I guess it just goes to show you that you never know when you first meet someone if they will be your friend for the long haul. Happy Birthday, JZ.

Nine

The Great One.

Ten

Some of you will get all up in my grill when I admit this because it is only July 24th and nobody is even thinking about it yet… but I’m starting to get excited for fall. There are so many good things about fall. Namely: ROUTINE! But also hockey season starting, Community Groups, pumpkin spice lattes, big scarves, all the good tv shows. Summertime can feel like life on steroids and it seems like a lot of people use the summer as an excuse to run wild for two or three months. Everyone wants to take advantage of the sunshine and nice weather and so there are one million things happening….it’s overwhelming. I’m just saying sometimes normal is nice. But then, I tend to like boring more than most other people.

Tuesday Top Ten

One

Top Ten is back for this week friends. I’ve decided to keep going for at least the rest of the summer and then re-evaluate my whole life in the fall.

Two

We have finally reached the sunshine times in Vancouver where everyone forgets about rain and eight months of grey skies and spends every free moment at the beach. It’s hard to explain how much sunshine changes the mood of this city to people who don’t live here. Vancouver is a totally different place when the sun is out. People are happy and a million times friendlier, more likely to say hi to you or shoot a stranger a smile. I’ve never experienced anything like it anywhere else. Of course, now that I am back to full time work my beach time is limited but I’m happy to get to wear sunglasses on a daily basis.

Three

Speaking of beach time…I really need to even out these ridiculous tan lines I got when I was in Edmonton a few weeks ago. Let this be a lesson to you, kids! If you are going to sit outside all day on your parent’s deck reading a book make sure you slather on some sunscreen or wear a really revealing top so that your burn is even.

Four

I am getting so excited for the Olympics! Only ten more days until the opening ceremony. Normally I’m more of a Winter Olympics kind of gal, but I love watching swimming and gymnastics. Also there was this crazy canoe slalom kayak event that I remember being totally mesmerizing in Beijing.

I may be biased, but I think the branding for Vancouver 2010 was so much nicer than London 2012. Can you believe it’s already been two years since the Olympics were here? Egads.

Five

I bought this dress from Anthropologie last week. It was mega on sale and I had a gift card so it ended up costing me zero dollars! So so pretty. I need styling help though. What kind of shoes/jewelry should I wear with it?

Six

I inherited this dino for my desk at the new job. He has sweet hair. What should I call him? Currently I am leaning toward Melvin.

Seven

I’m a little late blogging about this but I did finally get my hair cut. It was about time. Apparently someone had even asked my hairstylist when she was going to cut it already. Egads people, it was not down to my feet or anything! She took off about four and a half inches. I love that it no longer takes 20 minutes to dry and I honestly don’t miss the mermaid hair at all. Next time I might go even shorter. And back to dark. But after summer is done, let’s not get crazy.

Eight

The Dark Knight Rises this week! I will not be going to see it on opening weekend because I will have out of town guests er, in town. And while I love the Nolan Batmans, it’s not as important to me as say, The Bourne Legacy (OMGYAYetc). How are we feeling about Anne Hathaway as Catwoman? I’m not convinced that she will be awesome. Honestly I have yet to think she is awesome in anything except for maybe The Princess Diaries 2 and my positive memories of that movie might have more to do with Chris Pine/Julie Andrews’ mattress surfing. Anyway, Anne was on Jimmy Fallon this week and wore a completely crazy dress. It was all picnic table cloth on the bottom and figure skating outfit illusion netting on the top. Check it:

ps. How adorbs is Jimmy? “Chris Nolan…I call him Chris.” Love that guy.

Nine

Can I interest you in a video of longboarders barreling down a mountain in the dark? Let’s be clear: I don’t care about longboarding. The video description is awesome: “As they battle their way through each turn, they fall deeper into an un-explored realm of stoke.” I really like the music and this reminded me of Hot Rod. WHISSSSSSKY!

WE VS. THE NIGHT from Benjamin Dowie on Vimeo.

Ten

Douze and her friend Michelle are coming to visit this week! Michelle has never been to Vancouver. Can you imagine? We are going to do all the things! Specifically: beach time, kayaking, Granville Island and probably the Art Gallery. Also food trucks.

Tuesday Top Ten

I hereby present you with my top ten thoughts during a fourteen hour solo road trip from Vancouver to Edmonton.

One

“McDonald’s breakfast is the best part of a road trip. It’s a good thing McDonald’s doesn’t serve breakfast all day because I would be powerless to resist the hashbrowns and would end up weighing 800 pounds and have to be lifted out of my house by a crane.”

Two

“Is it weird that I’m a girl and I like listening to sports talk radio? I love when guys with super thick hoser accents call in and yell about stuff that makes no sense.”

Three

“Hinton smells.”

Four

“Which Hanson sings lead on MMMBop? I think it’s Zac.”

Five

“GOT ME LOOKIN’ SO CRAZY RIGHT NOW YOUR LOVE’S GOT ME LOOKIN’ SO CRAZY RIGHT NOW GOT ME LOOKIN’ SO CRAZY RIGHT NOW YOUR TOUCH GOT ME LOOKIN’ SO CRAZY RIGHT NOW”

Six

“‘In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also’/ How Majestic is Your Name in all the earth.”

Seven

“No, it’s totally Taylor.”

Eight

“This fun. song would be so much better without the stupid autocorrect vocal interlude. Just thrown in a guitar solo, gosh.”

Nine

“Chilliwack smells.”

Ten

“Oh crap, it’s Tuesday. What am I going to do for my blog post?”

Tuesday Top Ten

One

What do you guys think of the new and improved sarahmiller.ca?! I am so happy with how it all turned out. I wanted to have a professional portfolio site to direct clients to, but still be able to keep up my blog and I think the new site design achieves that. Plus I am really excited about the branding! I hope this is the start of good things.

Two

I lost my keys on Sunday. This has honestly never happened to me before! I’ve had the same lethal looking starfish key chain (that my Mom gave me for protection) since I got my first car eight years ago. I was already in emotional meltdown mode when I discovered they were missing so it felt like The End of The World As We Know It. But there’s no point crying over lost keys, right? Right.

Jer gets +1000 friend points for driving me to pick up Roomie’s keys, then me driving home to pick up my spare car key then driving me back to Granville Island to pick up my car. I am giving it a couple more days to see if they turn up before I call to get another fob for my building (for NINETY DOLLARS, egads). Currently parking underground involves the process of getting out of my car, buzzing myself into the building and letting myself in via my phone. It’s annoying but it could be worse—I could have to park on the street for birds to poop all over my car.

Three

Someone told me the other day that you can’t cry in space. The internet confirmed to me that this is true. Reason #732 that I will never realize my childhood dream of becoming an astronaut.

Four

Thus far this summer—I use that term loosely— the weather in Vancouver has been absolutely terrible. Friday it poured all day. Nat talked me into going to the Night Market in Richmond by promising to be my sugar mama for the evening. It rained the entire time and we were soaked and freezing by the end. Despite the monsoon, we had great fun, especially towards the end when Dave got Bubble Tea, decided he didn’t like the pearls, and began spitting them at unsuspecting passersby.

Five

Westside had it’s annual volunteer appreciation BBQ at the Vancouver Canadians game last week. Confession: I don’t really get baseball. I mean, I understand the rules for the most part but I don’t get it’s appeal as a sport. It’s so slow and there doesn’t really seem to be too much athleticism involved. But man is it fun to go to baseball games and drink beer and eat pretzels and popcorn or what?

Six

The NHL draft came and went with very little fanfare on Friday. I watched the Oilers pick #1 and then shut it off. I’m glad they took Yakupov, but it’s hard to get excited about the number one pick three years in a row. I was over-the-moon when they took Taylor Hall in 2010, pumped about RNH in 2011 and this year I basically just shrugged my shoulders and was all, “Whatever.” As good as Yakupov is I don’t think there is any He-Will-Solve-All-Our-Problems! type expectations being placed on him. You can’t rebuild forever, you guys. At some point they are going to have to start winning or I will have to start cheering for the Canucks. JUST KIDDING HAHAHA AS IF!!!!

Seven

Les Miserables was the first musical I ever saw. My Mom took me when I was 11 or 12 and I remember begging her to buy me the piano book after. I took that songbook home and learned all of it over the next few weeks. I cannot wait to see this movie, even with Anne Hathaway in it. Although I really wish they had had an actual singer dub over the songs. If it’s not too good for Audrey Hepburn then it’s definitely not too good for Anne Hatheway.

Eight

This Relation(Ships) Chart is cute.

It reminds me of this song.

Nine

Let’s talk about the Biebs new album for a second. I…don’t love it. I feel like it would have been a lot better if he hadn’t just released his Christmas album because a few of the songs are basically twins. Also the Nicki Minaj special guest appearance is kind of disappointing. I’m sure tween girls will still love it, but I feel like it doesn’t have the universal appeal of his earlier stuff. You guys, have I outgrown the Biebs?!?!?!

Omg can hand hugs be a real thing please?

Ten

I write this to you from the bustling metropolis of Maple Ridge, where Ariana and I are having a best friend day. There are a lot of things that suck about looking for a job. Getting to spend a whole day with your best friend in the middle of the week is not one of them.

Tuesday Top Ten

One

Happy Tuesday kids! The blog redesign is almost finished and will probably launch later this week. Enjoy the old layout while you can, say your goodbyes now. New things are on the virtual horizon!

Two

Bellitat, the dance show that Jer, Jonas and I wrote music for was a rousing success. A whole bunch of friends came out to see us, which was such a blessing. So thanks if you were one of them! We had such a great time working with Kim and the other dancers and are hoping to do more collaborations in the future so stay tuned. After spending the entire week at the dance centre and hub with these two, I am happy to report that we are not sick of each other yet nor did we argue even once. Quality gents, these guys.

Three

I had a grouchy professor in Music School named Bobby Cairns. He was the head of the guitar department and I got to take my second year improv class from him. I wish I could have brought a tape recorder with me to class every week because he said so many hilarious and wise things. One time I remember him railing on electronic music/downloading and he shouted, “We have raised a generation who think music just HAPPENS!”

This blog post, has been making its way around the internet this week. It is thoughtful and well written (and long). He makes some really good points about the ethical dilemma we face when we download music for free. I’m not saying I agree 100% with everything he says, but it’s worth a think-over.

”I also deeply empathize with your generation. You have grown up in a time when technological and commercial interests are attempting to change our principles and morality. Rather than using our morality and principles to guide us through technological change, there are those asking us to change our morality and principles to fit the technological change–if a machine can do something, it ought to be done.”
—David Lowery

Four

Are any of you guys using 8tracks? It’s a playlist/social music sharing site I’ve seen some bloggers using to share what they’re listening to. I made a summer playlist to test it out. Seems like it could be a great way to find new music. Not sure how all the licensing works though.

slowly summer from heysarahmiller on 8tracks.

Five

The Oilers have a mobile app! It’s about time. The iPhone app hasn’t been released yet but hopefully it’ll be out before the draft on Friday? I will be having a third annual Oilers draft party in my living room and you’re all invited.

Six

London Drugs now prints Instagrams! And they are cheap, cheap, cheap. I got a bunch yesterday and finally did the photo wall in my room. I moved in two months ago and still hadn’t unpacked my picture frames.


And Ariana will comment to tell me one of the frames isn’t straight in three…two…one…

Seven

I am still not sick of this song. This whole video is great, but Black Thought and Bongos are the best part.

Eight

I am very excited to announce the launch of the new Transposition Films website! Ryan and I have been working on this project off and on for the past six months and it’s so exciting to see it finished. I wrote the copy for the site and set it all up using WordPress. Aaron Rose took the headshots and Ryan designed the TFilms logo.

Nine

Tiff and I went and saw Snow White again this weekend. And this time I got to see previews (last time was a screening- no previews) and wanted to see every movie! You guys, I am so excited about the new Bourne movie. True story, The Bourne Identity is one of my Top Five all time favorite movies.

Ten

This week in Sarah’s ongoing quest for a job: Informational Interviews! I am working hard to brush up on my networking skills, and also I want to find out more about creative agencies in and around Vancouver and how they do business. Do you know someone I should get in contact with? Send me an email!