suburban siberia

transitioning from Los Angeles back to Edmonton

Month: April, 2014

the perfect croissant

Things have been crazy busy with work lately so my personal life has been a bit of a blur. Tonight I was fortunate to have dinner with one of my oldest friends, Ryanne.  I don’t see her often but the time we spend with each other is always rich. It’s like finding the perfect croissant at a beautiful bakery – the experience is limited in time but it’s delightful and soulful. Not only is she one fine lady, she also makes me laugh the entire night. So much so that my stomach is always sore at the end of the evening. It’s not much of a blog post I guess but sometimes it’s exciting to be reminded of how wonderful and beautiful my friends are. It makes me happy about life and the people who I get to spend time with. It’s been over 20 years of friendship and she still inspires me. After dinner I was driving home in the country through drizzly rain in the darkness. Edmonton was a glow in the distance with pockets of fog and blurriness which made it feel like a dream as I listened to french CBC. The landscape here is subtle but once you are in tune with it, it is a beautiful and awe-inspiring thing.  No matter how many times I live away from this city, the landscape and my dear friends and family always calls me back.

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15 degrees

Today it’s suppose to be 15 degrees (59 degrees fahrenheit). It hits it’s peak at 5 pm and then drops back down from there. I wasn’t so sure this day would come. I want to know why I feel so happy about this. In Los Angeles anything between 5 degrees and 10 degrees (41-50 degrees fahrenheit) it’s winter weather, but this weekend when it was 6 degrees I saw a motor cyclist, a cyclist and a two rollerbladers in the same block when I was driving around town. Yesterday I even wore a dress without leggings or nylons. It was an amazing feeling! Even Lulu is enjoying watching the snow melt.

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Maybe that’s why I like Edmonton so much. It’s the simplest things that make me grateful and bitter at the same time. Most of my wardrobe is dedicated to summer but here in Edmonton because it doesn’t over 20 degrees too often I doubt I’ll wear most of the clothes the way I use to in LA. I can see how this sounds like griping, but truly I am sad. BUT the best thing is happening today. Not only is it 15 degrees above today I’m also going to a hockey game with my dad. It’s one of my favourite things to do with my dad and it doesn’t happen so often anymore. This also means I get to wear Levi’s hockey jersey that he wore when he played as a kid. It’s been shared between the Collinge cousins when ever there was a young one needing a jersey for when they played but now it’s all mine and fits! Go Oilers go!

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