I expected to see rain as soon as we got home from Prague but this fall has been so beautiful and crisp and clear – the kind of weather that brings out the colours in the trees and allows them to stick around for a little while without melting… a.k.a the kind of weather we never get here. Matt and I were even able to get in a couple of extra (chilly) motorcycle rides up the Sea-to-Sky highway and I’ve managed to put off buying both a winter coat and umbrella a lot longer than I should have been able to expect.
So Riley and I have been taking advantage and heading out to the dog park every day and running and generally spending a lot of time outside where I have fallen in love with the way the sunlight streams through the trees, dressed in yellows and reds and golds. I can’t seem to go around the block without taking a photo of everything.
This isn’t new for me (I love fall and I am always taking a photo of everything) but I am also taking a self-portraiture class with Vivienne McMaster. It’s the second art class I’ve taken this year that was at least as much therapy as art but it’s been interesting to explore some new areas. Normally I hate taking photos of myself but the light and the leaves have been incredible and my hair matches the dying maple leaves so I’ve been keeping an eye out for photo ops.
Autumn is all about tea and toques, sweaters and boots, seeing your breath when you speak in the morning, having rosy cheeks and spending evenings reading (preferably by a fire). It’s my favourite weather when it’s cold enough to wear a vest and a toque but not raining so you can wrap both hands around a mug of tea. I should probably move somewhere where this season lasts longer than a week (as it usually does in Vancouver) and I am looking forward to winter but I’ve just been so in love with this fall.
I’m still on my “summer off” working – it seemed like we had just got back from Europe before we left for Hawaii – but I am starting to dig in and see what’s possible there before we move to Seattle in June. Everyone told me that I would know my dream career when I saw it, and I guess that’s true because I can say pretty confidently that I want to work at the Museum of Anthropology or at National Geographic but in terms of career paths and moving to Seattle, that means going back to school to do Anthropology or Museum Studies or taking a job, any job, at the Seattle Art Museum and working my way into a good fit. In preparation for that, I’ve applied to volunteer at the Museum of Anthropology, the Museum of Vancouver, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Police Museum and registered for some day-long classes at UBC’s Continuing Studies – “From Cabinets of Curiosities to the Modern Museum” and “In the Footsteps of the Adventurer Archaeologists.” I’m also looking into taking some classes at the University of Washington next September and I’ve started doing some work at the David Suzuki Foundation, which I’m really excited about.
What I’m Reading and Listening to this month:
- The Last Japanese Mermaids at Messy Nessy Chic
- Leonard Cohen
- A Home at the End of Google Earth at Vanity Fair
- The Guy Who Digs Up Lost Cities Buried at Sea at Messy Nessy Chic
- Ocean Ink in Diver Magazine (a photo of my octopus tattoo is in this!)
- Ms. Mr
- “Kakau, Written on the Skin” (about tattooing) in the Mokulele Airlines magazine
- Trying New Things in Psychology Today
- Yo Yo Ma
- Why English Majors are the Hot New Hires at Open Forum.com
- The World Happiness Report for 2013
- There’s More to Life Than Being Happy at the Atlantic
- Nine Inch Nails