lifestyle

the daily goings-on of my world

  • home,  lifestyle

    Home is where the art is

    The current global COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated drastic but necessary self-isolation measures for everyone, which means that we’re all now spending an inordinate amount of time in our homes. While we may start to feel like the walls are closing in (or that we’re ready to start climbing them), I’m trying to use this opportunity to “get to know” my own home–to be grateful for it, appreciate what it is, and also think about ways to improve it. So here…

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    My Peak Challenge

    Strangely enough, I can ultimately credit my newfound zest for leading a more active life to a time-traveling Englishwoman and a red-haired Scotsman. Back in April, I stumbled across the television show Outlander on Netflix and proceeded to binge watch the available two seasons in a few days (not much sleep was had, which will surprise absolutely no one who knows me). Much Googling and internet insanity ensued, and I eventually learned that the show’s lead actor, Sam Heughan, had…

  • lifestyle,  travel

    Top 5 Sights

    The next entry in our Top 5 series: Top 5 Sights! We have had some great times in the course of our travels together (check out our Top 5 Trips), but sometimes there are just truly breathtaking sights that stay with you long after you have left. You can click on the place names to read more details from the original posts. 5. Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Bangkok, 2009/2013) The Temple of the Emerald Buddha (referred to as Wat Phra…

  • gastronomy,  lifestyle,  travel

    Top 5 Dining Experiences

    We love to eat. As such, we’ve had our fair share of great food around the world. For us, it often isn’t only about the food– a confluence of factors conspire to make a dining experience truly great. Excellent food quality is, of course, paramount, but sharp service, a welcoming atmosphere, and even the aesthetics of the space are hugely important to us. Indeed, two of David’s all-time best meals (just based on food stuffs alone) didn’t even make the list because the rest…

  • gastronomy,  lifestyle,  travel

    Top 5 Trips

    Five years ago today, I walked down the aisle and caught the eye of a handsome young man, and we agreed that spending our lives together, traveling, eating and laughing, was an awesome idea. In honour of our 5-year wedding anniversary, here is the first in a series of Top 5s, starting with our favourite trips, in reverse order of awesomeness. Traveling is extremely important to us (we were appalled a couple of years ago, when we discovered that David’s passport had expired without…

  • lifestyle,  north america,  travel,  united states

    Chicago Bucket List

    As PhD students, the impending deadline for our dissertations and the steady passage of time loom large in our consciousness. As my fourth year nears its end, I am keenly aware of the fact that I have (hopefully) just one year left. While that fact is distressing/exhilarating on a number of levels, it also means I likely have only one year left living in Chicago. I feel like we have had the opportunity to eat and drink at some wonderful establishments and the…

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    Music: Dinnertime Melodies

    One of the oft forgotten elements of hosting a dinner party is the music. So much time and energy is focused on the food and drink and setting the table just right (and rightly so), making it so easy to forget that music truly sets the scene and tone for your guests. The first time that I really had to think about this was 5 years ago when planning my wedding. Much time went was spent looking for interesting and appropriate…

  • lifestyle

    Bright side of 30

    Today, I mark the passing of three decades and with that comes a certain amount of trepidation and introspection. As you approach the twilight of your twenties, I think it’s a safe bet that many people feel a real sense of inadequacy for the myriad of life goals yet to be achieved—Do I have a ‘real’ job? Do I have a house? Or a baby (if that’s something you’re striving for)? There is, of course, not only what has or has not yet…

  • gastronomy,  lifestyle,  travel

    Quarter century gone by

    As my 25th year draws to a close, with a couple short weeks until my next anniversaire, I feel compelled to take stock of the past year and all its adventure. I realize most people have this moment of nostalgia around New Year’s, but for me, such reminiscence is stirred by my encroaching birthday. Since I was a kid, I have always felt the need to be older…perhaps believing that I could skip the awkward, gawky faze of adolescence right…

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    GRE-ief

    And so, after a lovely sojourn in Japan, one must must inevitably face reality and head back to the “real world”. While it is nice to be back in Vancouver, treated to some quintessentially beautiful fall days, I rather fear that such things are somewhat wasted on me. 10 days into my stay here, and I haven’t forayed much farther than the lab at SFU or the confines of my bedroom. The dreaded GRE looms–terrifyingly 10 days away–and I’ve been…