a new year

January 1, 2012

The coming year, two thousand and twelve, is already feeling like it is full of opportunity. That may have something to do with 2011 putting me through the mill for twelve long months. I won’t do too much reflecting, but instead give thanks for the wonderful people in my life, and the wonderful trips I got to take in 2011 that got me through the tough times at home.

Now, a new city and a new job, a fresh start and a return to the ocean. Sounds promising!

be right back

July 29, 2011

I am rethinking my blog, figuring out my life and how it all fits together. Ready to burst out of my limbo state of being (and Ottawa) and into something amazing. Putting it all out there in the universe. An opportunity to be true to myself, Pailin and the world around me – all I ask.

I’ll be back. I am just not sure exactly when.

week fifty-two (again)

July 11, 2011

And so another year comes full circle. The week has been filled with Bluesfest and dealing with the continuous job search. It’s an emotional roller coaster, and some is in the hands of lady luck. Here’s what I know, things will change and by next year I will most likely be living on the West coast, definitely no longer in Ottawa. Hopefully sooner rather than later. Settled down, out of limbo. Until then I will have to ride this tough patch out. The year is bound to better than the rough ride of the last six month. But what I really hope for, is that dream job where I am making a difference in the world. And maybe save some elephants on the side.

May this time next year I be as smiley as Josh Ritter was last night on stage.

good things (week fifty-two).

. being able to listen to the Tegan & Sara soundcheck while on volunteer duty
. the awesome Josh Ritter, best concert at Bluesfest so far
. napping and reading while listening to music in the grass
. fabulous fellow green-team volunteers to work alongside
. splurging on some cheese and smoked salmon
. running into an old colleague at Bridgehead, and hearing they miss me at the office, as I do them

week fifty-one

July 4, 2011

On Thursday the royals arrived in Ottawa, and despite not having fully recovered from my cold, I was determined to get a closer look. I’ve had a crush on William since I was about fourteen, so it was quite lovely to see him up close. I got to the war memorial a good two hours before their arrival, ate the salad I had brought and proceeded to wait. As moments like these always offer, I soon made friends with a girl standing near me, and we proceeded to play scrabble on her iphone for well over an hour to pass the time.

When Will & Kate did arrive, it was quite a thrill, she looked beautiful, he looked gracious. It was, all in all, well worth the wait.

good things (week fifty-one).

. playing scrabble while waiting for the royals
. up close encounter with prince William
. reading some beautiful books; Lake of Dreams & The Weird Sisters
. wandering the busy streets on Canada Day
. a delicious salad from Freshii
. enjoying another fantastic season of So You Think You Can Dance